There’s not many times we will call a news report sensational, but that may be true tonight, with the Sunday Times reporting that Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle for around £100M, in what amounts to be a fire sale of the famous Tyneside club.
Alan Shearer – wage demands reported to be excessive
And the Telegraph is now reporting that Shearer’s wage demands to take the vacant Manager position at the club were excessive, given that he has no experience in management, hasn’t got all his coaching qualifications yet, the club is now in the Championshp next year, and Shearer after all, was only able to get 5 points from a possible 24 available, and in 6 of those final 8 games, the team didn’t even score a goal.
So in truth – that’s not an outstanding record on which to base an argument for a huge salary – at least not initially.
We assume Alan went and and asked for what he would have received if the club stayed up – which we understand to be £4M a year for 4 years – but now we are in the Championship, those wages will need to be trimmed, just like everybody else, because the club just cannot afford it, and has already launched a huge cost cutting progam, with 150 non-playing staff already laid off.
So now the future of Alan Shearer as Newcastle manager has been cast into some serious doubt, unless there is a White Knight about to turn up – to save our club.
If we cannot get Shearer to manage the club, then let’s offer the great Guus Hiddink £5M next season to manage the club, with an extra £2M bonus if we get promoted. Those figures are something we just made up – but give Guus an offer he cannot refuse – and it would be for a single season.
The money is really small fish, given the revenue the club will start making again in the Premier League – and Guus seems to love these different challenges he gets, to futher test his brilliant skills as a football manager and motivator – he would be welcomed BIG TIME on Tyneside.
He got a nice win in the FA Cup Final 2-1 today – against a gallant Everton side – after being 1-0 down following a superb strike after just 24 seconds, from former Newcastle player Louis Saha.
And Guus has made a huge difference at Chelsea – and he could turn the club around very quickly at Newcastle.
Of course it would take some persuading to get him to come to Newcastle – if only for a year – and it’s still an exciting thought – if nothing else. 😀
The other more likely option if Newcastle cannot get Shearer, is to offer Wigan manager Steve Bruce the job – and he would not refuse it a second time.
And of course he has had Birmingham promoted from the Championship a couple of times, so Steve has experience in both the Championship and Premier Leagues, and has become a much better manager over the last couple of years.
And of course he is a Geordie, who turned down the job back in 2004, after Bobby Robson was sacked . Sunderland are said to be after him, but he would prefer Newcastle over Sunderland – there’s little doubt about that.
But we are getting way ahead of ourselves here – job one is to find new owners – and quickly.