The situation the Newcastle club have got themselves into – and this is only since we were relegated a short 9 days ago, is stuff of soap operas – yet again!
Mike Ashley – this man is totally incompetent – it’s as simple as that
Alan Shearer spent most of last week speaking with Ashley and his representatives – and thrashed out (we thought) how he and Iain Dowie would manage the club, what controls they wanted, what their future polices would be, which players they want out, and which players they would like to bring into the club.
So Ashley and his people listened carefully, or so they all told us, and from last Thursday on – Newcastle fans were all waiting – and excited too – about the forthcoming announcement that Alan Shearer would be the new manager.
OK, great – so what does Mike do – announce an agreement has been reached and that Alan will lead the club forward? — not on your life!.
Ashley issued a statement at 9:30 pm on Saturday night, saying he was again putting the club up for sale – for the second time in 9 months – but for a reduced price of 100M so it would be a quick sale.
Notice the politics of saying he wanted a quick sale – because all the questions are – what happens at Newcastle until a buyer is found – the answer – nothing at all.
That means after spending lots of time with Alan last week – that’s essentially could be wasted effort, because if Shearer is not appointed – and appointed soon – it will have been wasted effort.
All this during a summer where Newcastle need to pick themselves up quickly, dust themselves off, and get fully prepared to fight for all we’re worth – to get out of the Championship (upwards I should quickly add) as soon as we can – after one of the most disastrous and incompetent seasons in the long history of this famous club. 🙁
And don’t tell us this club will be sold quickly – rubbish!
It will take weeks – to do due diligence once a deal is finally agreed in itself takes some time. And this businessman, who when he took over Newcastle informed us all he knew nothing about running a football club – then went on to demonstrate in a rather classic manner , that he was not lying.
He’s taken Newcastle down further than we’ve been in a long while and even now he could take us even further down, if we’re not careful.
We are now in the ridiculous position where Newcastle United cannot move forward at the club until a new manager is appointed – and presumably a new manager will be appointed only after a new owner is found – which will be weeks away.
Ashley will also want to drag his feet until a new owner is appointed, because it seems to us he didn’t want to appoint Shearer, and rather than come out and say that – at which point Newcastle fans would demand he leave Toon and quickly, he decided to sell the club instead.
While that might be good for him – it could kill the club – and it’s now clear this man has no leadership qualities – none at all. He’s a danger to the Newcastle club, if not a danger to himself (how did he ever make £1B?)
But enough is enough – and Mike cannot be allowed to drag the club even further into the mud pile.
It was good to hear Bobby Moncur, and a few others, come out today and say (demand?) that Shearer be appointed soon – somehow we need to get this man to put Shearer in charge – and quickly.
Ashley needs to appoint Shearer now – even if it’s only on an interim basis at first – so some real work can get done at the club this summer.
News about appointing Joe Kinnear will just not be tolerated by the Newcastle fans, and will only go to show, once again, the owner is so much out of touch with things at and about Newcastle, that it’s embarrassing – for a man who’s proved himself utterly and completely incompetent on Tyneside.
Right now, it seems to us it’s only the fans who are keeping this club going and with some pride, and even ready to support it with unique Geordie force again – if only we could get people running the club that 1) love the club and 2) know what they are doing.
Until then – we wait and hope – yet again.