Most Newcastle fans are going through hell and high water right now, waiting for a new owner to come in and buy the club.
Newcastle fans are the club! - which is still a huge draw
We’re also waiting for Alan Shearer to be announced as manager, but this week is turning out to be exactly like last week – we are being told there will be some news and decisions at the end of the week. We just have to hope the news is not as uprooting as last Saturday’s news was for the club.
And hopefully that Alan is the new manager – that would lift some of the gloom on Tyneside.
But some good news today – yes good news – that’s not a typo. Even though the club has fallen on hard times, and our £74M playing squad last year through poor play, lack of effort, and little spirit, had the Tyneside club relegated for the first time in 20 years.
So we’re almost down and out right now – or so it feels.
However, it’s also due to those same fans, 52,000 sell-out at out last two home games, for a team that would be relegated, in addition to the passion for football in the City of Newcastle and surrounding areas, that the club still seems a huge magnet for players – or so we are being told today.
Add to that the potential appointment of Alan Shearer as manager, and that would seem to be a potent draw for footballers. Shearer of course is known throughout the world, as one the great strikers ever in football, and he would put both a professional and passionate face on the club.
Isn’t that just what the club needs right now?
You can also bet he will not hire any players into the club that lack fight, guts and spirit, which let us down big time last season.
One football agent has told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“Newcastle United are a massive club and they will blow any club in the Championship out of the water. If there is a sniff of interest from Alan Shearer and Newcastle, it is the only place that a player will want to go.”
“They might have fallen on hard times but they’re still a much bigger draw than any club in the division and I think most players would probably wait if there is a suggestion that Shearer and Newcastle are keen.”
And even now, when the club seems to be in deep turmoil once again, that doesn’t seem to have put off many of the Newcastle summer targets that Alan Shearer has drawn up. That list is said to include both Premier League players and those from the lower leagues, and most apparently have already been contacted – at least unofficially.
One on the list – Brad Orr of Bristol City , we profiled yesterday, and got some good comments from Newcastle fans in Bristol about the former Newcastle player – who never did make a single appearance for the first team.
And the fans in Bristol say that although Brad spent some time in jail a couple of years ago, that was a single mistake and he’s since cleaned up his act, and that it would be unfair to compare him with Joey Barton – who continues to make mistakes seemingly ad infinitum. We’ll take that input which was well received here.
Today another player said to be on Alan’s list is prolific Leeds United goalscorer, Jermaine Beckford – whom we profiled last week . There was also news we reported 12 months ago, that Kevin Keegan may have been interested in the player.
And it seems like in both cases the word is that Newcastle is the choice club they’d like to join – in Brad’s case – rejoin – and are even prepared to wait out the talks and tribulations we are going through right now, as Mike Ashley tried to sell the club, for a second time.
Of course if Newcastle are indeed bought by the Sultan of Oman – whom we also profiled yesterday, the club will probably be an even bigger attraction.
But the point we want to make with Newcastle fans, waiting again for some good news on Shearer – just like we did last week – is that maybe our club isn’t quite as bad as those gossip columns would have us believe.
It’s not in good shape for sure, but we still think if somehow the club can get Alan and Iain in working on some transfer deals, and soon, we may just be better off than we think.
And of course the biggest attraction for any player is playing at St. James’ Park in front of 52,000 Geordie fans, and if that starts to happen next year – we’ll know we’re at or near the top of the Championship – and winning games again.
Wouldn’t that be a nice change?