It’s now Friday, which is normally classed as the end of the week, so that means Alan Shearer is due to discover from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley what the verdict of the bankers is, and whether he will be made permanent manager at his home town club.
Joe Kinnear – could this man return to Newcastle?
We try to read the tea leaves of this situation this morning.
The bankers have been going over the restructuring plans that Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias came up with last week, and the club is attempting to get the short-term cash injection needed to install Shearer.
Of course Shearer has had his hands tied behind his back until he hears the verdict on all of this, which we were promised at the end of this week from Derek Llambias.
Once the answer arrives, Mike Ashley then has to decide whether or not to give Shearer’s proposals the green light and make him Newcastle’s manager.
But it seems to us it is hardly good news that Louise Taylor of the Guardian is reporting this morning that Alan Shearer has gone away on holiday to Portugal yesterday, and will fly back to Newcastle in Monday. So that doesn’t look good to us.
But we have a hard time believing that things will be sorted out today, and there there could be another delay that takes the situation into next week. That would not be good, but what’s new?
That would explain why Alan has taken a short vacation – or it could also be that Joe Kinnear is emerging as the likely manager of Newcastle for their first Championship campaign.
Why Mike hasn’t appointed Alan Shearer before now though is beyond us – Mike seems to be stopping Alan from just getting on with things that must be done quickly at the club, and his vacation could be viewed as a little ominous.
Ig Joe comes back in, that would be deja vu all over again, and runs the club until a buyer is found – but that just seems too ridiculous for words, that Joe would decide which players to bring in, and which can leave, when a new owner would need to select his own manager.
Of course, unless months pass by again and Mike decides to keep the club with Joe Kinnear in charge. Oh no!
Then history would definitely be repeating itself at Newcastle – but not for the good of the club – that’s for sure.