The Times and George Caulkin, one of the very best reporters on Newcastle United we know about, have a good article out this morning on Alan Shearer. The following article is a bit longer than we usually put out, but contains some good information, taken from the Times story, which as usual is a well thought through piece from George.
Alan Shearer – to be offered 4 year deal at his home town club – great!
They are reporting that Alan Shearer will be offered a four-year contract to continue in his post as Newcastle United manager today, and they say he will meet with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias for a first of maybe a series of meetings to iron out the vast and pervasive problems at the club.
Not surprisingly Shearer is said to want complete control over all playing matters at the club, and would like a transfer budget of more than £10M – and that’s in addition to the money the club can bring in through moving players out. Whether Ashley will agree to that is another matter, however.
We’re sure they will also discuss which players will need to be moved out, since we cannot continue with an annual wage bill of £74 million, for such a lousy bunch of heartless players.
That is just not possible in the Coca-Cola Championship, and must be brought down to around £40M, to fit into the business revenues that will be reduced by around £50M.
The Times is also reporting that Shearer held a meeting at the club’s Benton training headquarters at 9.30am yesterday morning, and during his 45 minute meeting, the players were all provided with fitness programs and told to report for pre-season training on July 1st – Good for you Alan!
In his comments to the players Alan is said to have hinted very strongly he would return as manager, but that significant upheaval should be expected, if he does return.
“If I’m here next season, there are going to be big, big changes,”
Colin Calderwood is set to leave the club, and John Carver, who recently resigned from Toronto FC, is expoected to return to the club, where he was an excellent Assistant Manager to the great Bobby Robson, and Bobby has been telling Alan to hire him, or so we have been led to believe.
On a side note Bobby must be heartbroken that Newcastle have been relegated, but he is likely to mentor Alan, unofficially, in the months ahead, and could be abig help on assessing new players.
“The problem this club has got is that the other Championship teams have already started preparing regarding players and everything else,” “Newcastle are already lagging behind. The sooner a decision is made, the better for everyone.”
“It needs to be filled with people who love this club. We’re up against it already. We have to get over what happened at Aston Villa. We need to look at it with a clear head. I will give them my opinion on what is wrong and what needs to be done.”
Shearer will give Ashley and Derek Llambias a list of players he would like to retain at th club, but it will not be long, and apparently goalkeeper Steven Taylor and Nicky Butt will form the basis of the leaders of the side. But it appears that offers on most of the other first-teamers will be considered.
Players such as Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Claudio Caçapa and Peter Lovenkrands are all out of contract and will definitely now leave, while there is virtually no chance at all that high wage-earners such as Oba Martins, Gérémi, Alan Smith, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez will stay on Tyneside.
And Alan does not want to keep bad boy, Joey Barton, Xisco and José Enrique, although we are a little surprised that Alan doesn’t want to keep Enrique.
Of course, with this fire sale of players, we will not get the full value of the players, and lots of clubs will balk at the high wages Newcastle paid them for their pathetic displays all season,
But nevertheless, the club will try to get rid of most of those players Shearer just doesn’t want – but you can see there is loads of work to do. Some players will stay only if we cannot get them moved out, but that will be the big exception.
Steven Taylor, who has the Newcastle emblem emblazoned on his forehead will stay, and the great England Under-21 captain, has already pledged his future to the club he supported as a boy.
But it seems obvious that Alan has been unimpressed with most of Newcastle players in his 8 weeks in control, and he will look to bring a new Newcastle spirit back to the club, and hire those players who want to come and rebuild Newcastle back to a great club.
And as the shock, disappointment and anger of our relegation starts to wear off (well – just a little), there will be a new commitment from our ever faithful fans, as they look to support Alan in doing what is needed desperately – building a great side, from the ground up at Newcastle.
We are 100% confident Alan will do just that – and sooner rather than later.
Howay The Lads – we’re down right now, but we can come back stronger than ever.