We are learning a little more of what happened at yesterday’s meeting which went on for around 8 hours, but Alan was in talks only with Derek Llambias, Newcastle’s Managing Director.
Alan Shearer – wants to completely reshape squad
Apparently there is a lot of bargaining and discussion going on in these talks and it may still be some time before Alan signs on the bottom line – but we would hope that can be done by Friday evening at the latest.
Alan emerged yesterday from the negotiations at 4:30 pm, and he looked very relaxed and smiling as he signed autographs for the waiting fans.
A source,who is close to the talks told the Guardian:
Talks are ongoing but there could still be a way to go before an agreement is signed,” “Alan is desperate to help Newcastle and take on the job because of his love of the club.”
Shearer is very concerned about the current squad, which is not equipped to deal with the different style of play in the Championship, where power and pace are what we need – and we have little of that – right now we have no pace and puff pastry players.
But as we reported yesterday Shearer wants Ashley to invest a further sum of around £15M-£20M on new players and a total investment of £30M. or so the Guardian is reporting. That may prove to be a tough call for Mike, especially in the downturn of the economy.
The source added:
“The state of the squad is part of the negotiations,” “It desperately needs reshaping and freshening. The Championship is about pace and power and the squad doesn’t have a lot of that.”
The club should get some incoming funds from selling the 12 or so players that will be leaving the club, although some of them (Viduka, Owen, Cacapa, Edgar, Lovenkrands) are free agents.
Whether the £30M is on top of the money Alan can get from these transfers – we just don’t know right now – but Alan seems to be on the right track as far as getting in players who can immediately compete in the Championship.
And it seems like – not surprisingly, Alan wants to replace Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood with former Assistant Manager John Carver and former player Rob Lee. A little bit of a Newcastle connection there, and that will help the club – big time. Seems like the team will be Shearer, Dowie, Ferris, Carver and Lee – looks good to us!
We expect Richard Money to stay in charge of the Newcastle Youth Academy, which will become even more important under Alan.
Maybe Gary Speed will come on board when we are back in the Premier League. 😀
Let’s hope Alan and his staff are in place by the end of the week, and then the club can take the next step forward – which has to be within an overall policy to get the club back to greatness.