It looks like the extremely vital talks between Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Alan Shearer have commenced, as reported early this morning by the Times reporter, George Caulkin, and we hope to see agreement and an orchestrated plan coming out of the meetings, so the club can move forward again.
Alan Shearer – manager in waiting
These talks need to take place and should go on as long as is needed, to get both sides agreeing to a plan that will benefit the Newcastle United Football Club, and allow the club to move forward and become great again.
Managing Director Kevin Llambias, who is part of the talks, talked about Alan this afternoon:
“We want him to be the manager 110%.”
“He’s very good at what he does and he’s a straight-talking guy – we like that. He would be the perfect appointment.”
“Talks will start on Tuesday and we are going to review the situation.” “We are trying to sort something and we will give the public some information as soon as possible.”
“Alan has put a lot of work into the job at Newcastle and we are talking to him now.”
We don’t how long these talks will take, but we bet Alan has a very long list of things to discuss with the owner. He will be twice shy (as in – once burned twice shy), after what happened to former manager, Kevin Keegan, and we are certain Alan knows just exactly how Keegan was shafted back in September – excuse the French. 😀
But it is heartening to hear that Ashley and Shearer see eye to eye on a lot of things, or so we are led to believe. But Alan is nothing if not a straight-shooter, and he will not mess around, and not be messed around.
Let’s all hope significant agreement is reached, but fans have to remember too, that Mike has a huge financial balancing act to keep the club afloat – and keep expenditures within our greatly reduced revenues. We’ve taken a cursory look at the challenges, and there are no easy solutions, and the club will be in some minor upheaval over the next few months, as we move players out and bring new players in who have guts galore – hopefully, and not a small amount of skill.
But the severe financial problems come from being relegated, and that’s the club’s responsibility. It’s the last thing a club with highly paid players wants to happen, and no other club will ever have faced the challenges of relegation that the Newcastle club now faces. 🙁
But there again, that’s the advantage (sorry to use that rather positive word), now that we have been relegated. We can build a great club from the bottom up – and we should take the opportunity with both feet!
Hopefully there will be a statement released in the next day or two, if agreement can be reached, and then we’d love to see a press conference, between Derek and Alan, so Derek can indeed keep his promise of being more open with the dedicated and great Newcastle fans. And questions will need to be answered at the press conference, so we understand what the club’s policy is going forward.
We have our hands and toes fully crossed right now (it’s rather painful quite honestly) – and hey, one last thought.
Isn’t it like a new Pope being chosen by the Bishops – is someone keeping a watch at St. James Park to see if the white smoke is starting to drift up?