Todays’ talks, which were a straight continuation form last night ended, with Alan Shearer left this afternoon at 4:02 pm with still no agreement reached.
Alan Shearer – completed second day of talks with club hierarchy
They were hardly going to have a long night tonight, with the European Champions League Final taking place, and Alan will no doubt want to see what it is like to lead a team out in those finals – as preparation for his future as manager at Newcastle – obviously. 😀
But still no agreement has been reached, after Shearer had been meeting with Llambias at the grounds for about 8 hours. The negotiations began early this morning, because of the game tonight, and followed yesterday’s nine hour discussions, after which owner Mike Ashley issued a formal apology to the fans – which was good to see.
There seems no more news about today’s session, but at least they are meeting and talking, and we have to hope that progress is being made. It’s just a guess we think that no agreement has been reached because they may have reached an agreement – decided on the wording of the statement, but put it up after the European Final tonight – right now is not a good time for such an announcement.
And things can hardly be helped by news from Sky Sports News that the investment bank representing Mike Ashley is in talks with an unnamed consortium regarding a possible takeover of Newcastle United.
Keith Harris, the chairman of Seymour Pierce, has apparently travelled to the North East yesterday to hold talks with an anonymous group that is interested in buying Newcastle.
The reports say that Mike Ashley is looking to sell Newcastle now they have been relegated – but you know – this is all very hard to believe – unless Mike wants to take a bath and lose over £100M, by selling the club only 3 days after it’s value dropped £100M.
Hey let’s have some common sense here, that’s hardly good business – and not what smart people do – and Mike is nobody’s fool. Maybe this is the gossip press trying to put a spanner in the works of Newcastle again – we just find all this hard to believe.
We had 4 months of this nonsense last year – and absolutely nothing happened at the end – it was a gossip press Christmas present – and they wrote all kinds of nonsense and it seems to us something is rather fishy here – that’s our view on this. Sky Sports however, is a legitimate news organization, and usually only report well researched stuff – generally.
The major thing we don’t like about this takeover talk again, is it takes time, and lots of it, and somebody at the club has to start doing real work to get players sold and new players in – otherwise we’ll be another relegation scrap next season.
This news says we may have both a new owner and new manager – hey – we have 34 days to get a squad together for pre-season training – for heaven’s sake.
We need to have stability at the club – at least for 2 months – before the season starts, and now is not the right time for even more upheaval – and discussions which have a 95% chance of going nowhere, and just suck up time – are hardly welcome.