The news we are getting is that Mike Ashley met with Alan Shearer around noon time yesterday, and spent the afternoon talking to Alan, about lots of issues at the club.
Alan Shearer – decks should be cleared for him to sign on today – we hope!
There are a number of important issues that Alan wants to get cleared up, before he will sign for Mike, to manage his home town club.
We had mentioned yesterday, that we thought one of the points on Alan’s agenda would be to ask Mike to issue a formal apology, after Alan himself earlier yesterday had apologized to the fans for not being able to keep the side in the Premier League.
Mike Ashley’s apology we highly suspect was written by Alan, and it covered everything it needed to – to at last start to placate the Newcastle fans.
But the Newcastle faithful are still stunned by the gutless performance of their team in the last 45 minutes of the season, not to mention the previous 37 games in which we won just 7 games, and it will take a little time for those emotions to die down.
Most of the anger appears to be directed at Newcastle players, who are overpaid and didn’t show the spirit fans expect of players who wear the famous black and white shirt.
Getting those players out of the club will help to settle the emotions in Tyneside.
But we would expect it cannot be more than a day or two before Alan takes the job – or turns it down. But the latter is a long, long shot indeed – because we expect Alan to be appointed – maybe tomorrow.
If Alan does turn the job down, it will be curtains for Mike at the Newcastle club, because Newcastle fans seem upbeat that Alan will be appointed, and if he disappeared, Mike would be run out of Toon.
Ashley will be well aware of that, and that gives Alan a distinct edge in the negotiations.
Mike’s apology was to Newcastle fans first, and then to the staff at Newcastle United. There will need to be some significant cuts in the staff at Newcastle for next season – and that’s not the playing squad.
It really is a disaster for everybody -and the only saving grace is we can unload all the highly paid non-performers at the club – and we all know there are lots of them – none of whom we will miss – well maybe only Oba
Mike seemed to take all the responsibility of taking the famous Newcastle United club out of the Premier League, for the first time in their history, and they will not be there next year, for the first time in 16 years.
Ashley is reported to have flown by helicopter to Newcastle’s Darsley Park training ground at lunch-time yesterday, for his meeting with Shearer. We heard Mike had humble pie for lunch.
But despite Alan presumably persuading the owner to issue an apology, it seems that Alan was not yet ready last night, to commit to manage the club long term.
We know of no show stoppers, but as we mentioned earlier today, the meeting should last as long as necessary, for Alan to be comfortable in signing up for the four year deal, that he has been offered.
Mike has to offer Alan some commitments in terms of the job Alan wants, and also the club needs some investment.
If Alan can get everything he wants, and we don’t think he will sign if he cannot, and Mike invests, it is a possibility Newcastle could come straight back up – like Birmingham did this year.
The investment part may be a tricky item on the agenda, because Ashley has lost around £100M with Newcastle being relegated – and that is based on how much the value of the club has dropped.
It’s from around £250M to around £150M, but of course promotion will see that value rise again. However, our revenues will also be reduced by about £50M in the coming season, and that’ about a 50% reduction. 🙁
But it is no certainty we will be able to be promoted at the first attempt, and we should not get ahead of ourselves next season.
However, if we do somehow manage to get Newcastle back in the Premier league, the club will be in a lot better shape to challenge for the top 8 and Europe – which will no doubt be our next goal – if only we can get back up.