After two full days of talks on Tuesday and Wednesday there were no talks at all yesterday between Alan Shearer and the Newcastle United Hierarchy.
The pain of relegation etched on the faces of Shearer and Dowie Sunday
The reason no talks were necessary yesterday, seems to be that Alan has gone through all the items on his list with Mike Ashley if he is to take the job – finally.
But it appears no announcement will be made by the end of today, as initially hoped for, and Mike Ashley is said to be feverishly working through Alan’s list of demands and still hoping to clinch the deal to secure the Tyneside Idol as the club’s long-term manager over the weekend.
Mike has apparently told Shearer, his advisers, and wants to convey to Newcastle supporters, to be a little patient, as he works through the financial details on a brand new strategy, suggested by Alan, that will set the club in a new direction for a better tomorrow.
We believe that Shearer will turn the club upside down as he tries to bring the pride and passion back to Newcastle United, which has been drained away this year by the pathetic, gutless and heartless displays of our players, who are way overpaid and don’t appear to care one hoot about the club.
We have never heard one word from the Newcastle captain for months – and we didn’t hear from him much on the field either when it mattered, – as he failed to score in his last 4 months at the club, during which time he earned £1.9M, as he is no doubt now very busy looking for another (sucker) club.
So much for all those experts who said Owen would save Newcastle from relegation with his goals – he scored no goals and we were relegated.
But it will be harder for Michael to find a new club now that he seems to have been found out by Fabio Capello, and even by Alan Shearer, who dropped him after only a couple of games in charge.
The former great Michael Owen’s performances and attitude seem to epitomize the depths the club has sank to, with the squad of players we have, and if Ashley does come to terms with Shearer, which may not be as certain as we first thought, don’t be surprised if the list of players put up for transfer is even more than we expected.
Even if Owen comes back and does well elsewhere, that will only be salt in the wounds for Newcastle fans, because thsi man has already failed miserably at the Newcastle club, whom he has left in the second division of English football, and that’s after pocketing £22M over 4 years with just 30 goals.
Reports suggest that Shearer has confirmed to Ashley that he is indeed willing to take the St James’ Park job but that he wants a £15M transfer budget up front plus guarantees of how the club will be run with him as manager.
Alan has also told the players he wants to build a squad around and those are Steven Taylor, Habib Beye and Seb Bassong. As we have said before it would be an enormous coup if Alan can persuade the mercurial Bassong to remain at Newcastle, although Taylor and Beye have already come out and said they are on the Shearer train, before it has even left the station.
We understand Shearer will meet with Bassong’s reps today and try to persuade the player to stay – but whether he will be successful is another matter. This could well be an item that Shearer wants successfully negotiated before he says yes to the management job.
Shearer and Assistant Manager Iain Dowie were not at Newcastle’s training ground yesterday, they are currently not in the employ of the club, and it seems they are now waiting on Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias, club secretary Lee Charnley and financial controller John Irving to work through his demands, and reach a decision.
But they also know that Shearer is not in the business of paying games, and he is deadly serious, and what he says is what he means.
Ashley can either come through for Alan Shearer (and Newcastle United), or he will have thrown away his last chance to keep the club, and potentially resuscitate it big time, under the orderly, determined and passionate management of local hero Alan Shearer.
Ashley has made huge mistakes again and again at Newcastle, but if he errs again with Shearer, this mistake will surely be his final one at Newcastle, because the Newcastle fans will just not take it anymore.
So the waiting continues for at least another day (or two) – please let us know if fans see that white smoke coming out of the Benton training facility.