Another day has gone by in the negotiations between Alan Shearer and the Newcastle hierarchy, and while both parties seem to want an agreement, Alan seems to be testing the commitment and resources of Mike Ashley to the Newcastle club, before he will sign on the bottom line.
Alan Shearer – tough negotiator
However, we understand the negotiations are going fairy well, and that both sides seem upbeat as they work through the many items Alan wants to talk about before reaching the very last item – sign the contract.
This shouldn’t really been seen as too bad, well not at this point, because let’s face it the club is a in a bad way – and when critics come on this site – and say we are utterly hopeless – it’s hard to make a good case against them – but doesn’t stop us trying. D
The Newcastle Journal, who rather disappointingly are reporting the Keith Harris nonsense from yesterday, even though he has already denied it – have an insider familiar with the Shearer talks who told them:
“The process is continuing. Both parties are interested in getting something resolved as soon as possible but there are plenty of things to talk about,”
“Talks haven’t broken down, there’s been no disagreement, the situation hasn’t really changed. Talks are continuing.”
As we mentioned last night, we would hope they can reach agreement before the end of the week – because we have lots of new players to get in – and we are finding out – quickly – there seems to be some very good young lads in the lower leagues, who may just want to join the Shearer revolution at the new Newcastle United.
Shearer of course is playing a very strong hand in the negotiations card game, and he’s doing what he feels this club needs – a complete overhaul – and investments are needed to allow that to happen.
Two ways to think of relegation:
- A massive tragedy and embarrassment for the Newcastle club – and a huge dent in our world-wide image and reputation
- A huge opportunity to overhaul Newcastle United into a new era, where we will become a well-run club (yes – a well run club – that’s not a typo) that other players will be happy to join
Both are true of course, and since the first has already happened – and we are on the elevator (lift) down to the Championship, Alan is working hard to put the second on the right tracks before we arrive at the next floor down.
Sufficient Transfer funds and effective player recruitment this summer are both key to Shearer’s vision for the club. That sounds exactly like two items that could turn the club around quickly – but our hopes cannot be too high – well not yet anyway.
Shearer will be ruthless as he culls the current playing squad, which will live in infamy at this club – and rightly so. The 3rds highest played squad in the Premier League finished 3rd bottom – and that tells a story – and not a pleasant one.
Shearer is making the point that the fire sale could be difficult as he attempts to sell at least 11 players – and in order to do the outgoing and ingoing negotiation in parallel – he need up front funds from Mike – so he doesn’t have to wait to sell before he can buy.
Good clear thinking from Alan and his team – especially when there is only one month to go before pre-training starts up. 🙁
Alan is coming over as very thorough before he takes the reigns and it looks like John Carver and Rob Lee are two coaches he wants in – and we would not be at all surprised if that happens – so he’ll have a strong team, along with Paul Ferris and Iain Dowie.
Shearer, Dowie, Ferris and Carver seems a much better team than Kinnear, Hughton and Calderwood. And there’s been no mention of Joe at all, so we expect he’s been taken care of financially by Ashley, and trust he is recovering form his heart surgery – we may put out an article on Joe soon.
Kinnear has lots of contacts in the Championship, so we assume that knowledge is now in the hands of Alan and his team right now. We still have a warm place in our heart for Joe, who did his utmost for the club last season.
And if Iain Dowie stays on Tyneside, he’s going to be ecstatic again – even though the two failed to save us from relegation – when just 2 wins in 8 games would have been enough- in retrospect. His experience in the Championship with Crystal Palace will help us enormously for next season.
We’ll have to be a little patient this week – as we’ve asked to be – as Alan tries to start to repair our decimated and devastated football club.