This blog is not a gossip column – well it’s not meant to be anyway – it’s simply a blog written by a life-time dedicated Newcastle fan, and it acts as an outlet for Newcastle’s many fans around the world, to express thier views about the events of the day surrounding the Tyneside club
Newcastle United – now in some peril
And we have to say that with the announcement last night that Mike Ashley is trying to get rid of Newcastle – and we use our words advisedly – for a knock down price of £100M, we are concerned now that Newcastle could have a catastrophic beginning to next season in the Championship.
A certain club – Leeds United – comes to mind, because Newcastle are now in similar circumstances to what that other proud club were in 2004, Leeds United, but only worse.
Why is that?
Because we basically have nobody in charge at the club, no manager, and there is loads and loads of work to get done – and we have no idea who’s going to get this work done.
Shearer said last week that with every day that passes another room burns – well the Newcastle mansion will be fully burnt down quite soon – in a matter of days if owners are not found very quickly. Imagine the situation at Newcastle in 2 weeks we are still looking for a buyer. 🙁
Our first game in the Championship is on the first Saturday of August, which is now a short 9 weeks or so away, and players return from their summer break on July 1st.
And as we reported early today Alan Shearer’s future at Newcastle United is now very uncertain, because we are being told the most likely potential buyers, a consortium involving a local businessman (Freddy Shepherd?) and overseas investors, are not certain to appoint Shearer.
The local buisness man cannot be Shepherd – becasue he would appoint Alan in a New York minute.
The major thing we are concerned about now is not Shearer, but someone to come in and buy the club and put some stability there as soon as possible.
To have some level of stability a manager must be appointed, and now it is more important to appoint a manager than who that manager will be – the club is in so much peril.
It’s like what we used to say in IBM management at times like this to move things forward when things were under pressure – “it’s better to make some decision than whether that decision is right or wrong.”
That’s simply because if you just sit on the fence and refuse to act – not make any decisions – gets done – and the Newcastle club is now firmly on the fence!
Well that’s what we think anyway – are we missing something here?
We are very concerned right now about the Newcastle United club – that’s what we want to make clear – not in any sensational way – we just love the club and it seems near total collapse right now.
The other spanner put in the works, are the reports say Shearer is asking for a massive wage at the club – and when you read between the lines – it looks to us as if Ashley may have been unwilling to pay those wages Alan requested.
And instead of announcing there’s no deal with Shearer – in which case he would have been run out of Toon by the fans, he decided to leave Newcastle himself – so he’s put the club up for sale.
While we have no idea if that’s true – but the actions we have seen says that may well have been a plausible scenario.
And it looks as though Geordie lad Steve Bruce of Wigan could become a key cog in the Newcastle wheel, because he has recently had two teams promoted from the Championship, and if he took over the helm, we’re sure he’d rise to the occasion and put the club right. And Steve takes no nonsense from players, that’s for sure.
Of course to add to the plot, it looks like local rivals Sunderland are also trying to hire him.
The difficulty some people seem to have with Shearer is that while he’s Newcastle through and through and a legend on Tyneside, and rightly so, he has no experience in management at all. His record in the last 8 games of the season was hardly something to write home about, or would inspire confidence in his ability to put this massive catastrophe right.
This is not meant to be a critism of Alan – those are simply the plain facts, and we’re sure that’s at least one opinion out there.
But it’s now less important who takes over – as long as somebody does, and quickly.
The club is in a terrible mess – yes even worse than we were after the Villa defeat last Sunday — and somebody needs to come to the aid of this club, quickly, otherwise we will be completely submarined.
We need a White Knight – and we need one very quickly.