We had thought as much, when Mike Ashley for the second time in 8 months has put the Newcastle United club up for sale.
Alan Shearer – in limbo so took a short vacation
These deals are never easy, and always take time, especially with the world economic situation we are in right now.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that representatives of Ashley did hold a meeting with would-be buyers yesterday, but talks with these potential buyers are at a very initial stage.
So exactly when Mike is going to appoint somebody to start to steer the Newcastle ship becomes a big question. But Mike must put the club first, and put someone in charge who can start to sell and buy players and get busy with all the other stuff that needs to be done, like setting up the pre-season games for instance.
It appears that the barrier in the way of Shearer coming on board at the club is the Newcastle club’s ability or willingness to provide the resources needed to rebuild the first-team squad, for an attack on the Championship title next season.
And as we expected discussions with Barclay’s Bank have continued all this week, but last night Managing director Derek Llambias said there was no real news to report.
And as we expected the decisions will seemingly be delayed until at least over the weekend.
The Chronicle are also reporting that at least one group that is looking at buying Newcastle would want Shearer as manager, so why Mike doesn’t just appoint him now, and let him get on with it .
Any sane buyer of the club would hardly replace him, with Alan the easy fan favorite to rescue the club from the perilous depths to which the club have fallen.
And any news that Joe Kinnear will come back – should be dismissed out of hand, because there would be huge fan protests, even bigger than those following the Keegan exit last September.
And so it goes on.