The Newcastle United club just cannot go on being run like we have been since Bobby Robson was sacked from the club at the start of the 2004-2005 season.
Bobby Robson shown here accepting his knighthood with lovely wife Elsie
Newcastle’s recent problems started with the sacking of this great man
That stupid move by Freddy Shepherd was the point at which the Newcastle rapid decline over the last 5 years started, and we’ve had Souness, Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan, Kinnear and Shearer in since then, with Chris Hughton trying to keep things afloat a couple of times.
That’s essentially 7 managers over the last 54 months – an average of one almost every 8 months – more is certainly not better on the manager front – we’ve proved that one. But it’s an absolutely incompetent way to try to run a global business – Thomas J Watson and Alfred P Sloan would turn in their graves.
We cannot help but feel that when Chris Mort left the club last June, that’s when the most recent implosion started. Chris was a good man, and very bright, and we feel there’s no way he would have let the Keegan situation get so out of hand with Dennis Wise.
However, one thing good about Ashley (yes we know that will come as a shock to some Newcastle fans), is that he is trying to run Newcastle as a business – which is the only way to run a big modern day football club – Newcastle fans should be no mistake about that.
If fans don’t understand that we’ll write an article on the whys and wherefores – but Leeds United are the case in point – that if you don’t balance your books and have a valid and realistic business plan – catastrophes can happen – and they did with Leeds.
We have to say this week, we’ve gained a new compassionate respect for Leeds United fans – who have been through hell and high water at their club – and they haven’t yet come back yet – but they will.
The Newcastle finances are a lot better than under Shepherd, and this last season has proved that having highly paid players doesn’t maean you necessarily finish high in the league – not if the players you buy anatomically have no guts.
We’d be quite happy if Alan recruits no-name players in the summer – and we have a no-name team next seaosn, as long as they are good and give 100% all the time. Remember Sebastien Bassong was almost unknown when we signed him – and look at him now.
It’s difficult waiting on these decisions over Shearer, but Mike and the financial people at the club, need time to run all the numbers – if we don’t do this right Newcastle could become the next Leeds – and we don’t say that just to be sensational, it’s a real possibility.
The Journal has some good pieces out this morning – again – and they quote a financial person, Mr. Bedi, on what is happening at the club right now:
“I know people will be worried and anxious about the fact that these talks have gone on for a while, and from a footballing perspective time is obviously of the essence,”
“But personally I’d rather they kept talking for a week and made the right decisions based on sane calculations and achievable targets, rather than trying to rush an agreement based on unrealistic projections.”
“This is the most important few days in the recent history of Newcastle United – if they don’t get it right the business has got serious problems coming in the near future.”
“I did a few calculations based on rough wage figures and came out with a total of between £15M and £20M that the club are spending on wages with no return. That is players who are injured, not getting in the team or will not be in Shearer’s plans. That is a big financial burden for any business.”
“They have got to get shot of those huge wage earners and bring in players on more realistic Championship wages, but Shearer knows that getting rid of players who have just taken a team down is not going to be easy.”
“I can, in a way, understand why Mike Ashley doesn’t want to make rash promises on this occasion.” “Steve Gibson (Middlebrough) put his hand in his pocket. If he is prepared to do it, it may be the only way that Mike Ashley can satisfy both the demands of Shearer and the club,”
The Journal is even saying there could be an announcement as early as today on the Shearer matter, which would be good. We were always told in management – good news on Fridays bad news on Monday – so that people didn’t have to stew over the weekend, if they were given some bad news on the Friday.
That would suggest any announcement today would be good news. 😀
The danger with all of this, is that Newcastle fans know straight-shooter Shearer only too well – and he will not accept any nonsense from Ashley and the people in charge, especially during negotiations on his deal and future job (hopefully), and if he gets any of that from them during these negotiations, he will walk away, and probably should do too.
You cannot mess around with Alan Shearer – well you can – but you’ll lose – as Joey Barton has already found out.