The Newcastle Journal has some good information today about the meeting that took place yesterday between Mike Ashley and Alan Shearer at the Darsley Park Training facilities.
Mike Ashley – in happier times at Newcastle
They are reporting that the meeting lasted 7 hours and culminated in an apology being issued on the Newcastle United web-site by the owner, at around 8:30 pm local time last night.
Mike took responsibility for everything bad both this season and last – and that’s quite a lot of errors and ineptitude he took responsibility for.
Shearer is not now contracted to the club since his and Iain Dowie’s deal ran out on Monday, so the club is in limbo right now, and Mike is trying to get Alan on board – quickly.
Managing Director Derek Llambias met Shearer who had Iain Dowie and Paul Ferris with him, and ti looks like the meetin got going at 1:00pm, and Owner Mike Ashley arrived two hours later by helicopter.
After the meetings the Journal is reporting that Llambias and Ashley left at around 8:00 pm, with Shearer and the others still inside, with no agreement reached.
The meetings will presumably continue today, and since we read the tea leaves about the apology accurately yesterday. one item we think will be under discussion is Sebastien Bassong.
It would be a smart move by Alan to demand they talk to Seb now, and offer him a good contract to stay, and at least get Seb’s reaction – if necessary Alan could meet with the youngster.
It is critical for Newcastle to keep this player, and Alan should get them to do it quickly – since he will have heard how they dragged their feet on other contract talks when Kevin was there.
We wouldn’t mind seeing an announcement at 8:30 pm tonight saying Seb has accepted a new contract – but here’s an awful lot of wishful thinking in that. Can you imagine a back four next season of Beye, Taylor, Bassong and Enrique (or Duff)? However, before Alan signs, there could be an agreement to do everything possible to keep the Frenchman on Tyneside.
If that announcement or something like it does happen, the fact Alan has not signed a new deal would be OK – because he would still be working down his list of issues getting Mike to agree to every single one of them, before he gets to the last one on his – sign the contract!
If that happens it has to be good for Newcastle – if not good for Mike’s bank account ? And which one or we more worried about – now that’s a difficult one. 😀
We’re still hoping for a good, and even a great outcome from these discussions.