As we reported earlier today we believe Ashley is seriously damaging Newcastle’s future by his continual display of incompetence and dithering over the last two weeks.
Mike Ashley – this man has been poison to Newcastle United
And by having no manager at the club yet, and with no sign there will be one in the foreseeable future, things are starting to look a little bleak for the club, and we’d suggest you finish your cornflakes before continuing to read this story – just in case you choke on the flakes.
And news today that Alan Shearer, who has been waiting a couple of weeks on a decision from Ashley on his future, is also said today to be extremely concerned about the club.
In the People today Alan is said to be at his lowest ebb after learning that no progress has been made over his future on Tyneside over the last week.
Further bad news for Shearer apparently is that two serious bidders, who are two of four of the bidders looking to buy Newcastle, would want him to work under a more experienced manager.
Shearer is now in Portugal on a short holiday, and returns tomorrow, and he had agreed to speak with billionaire Ashley about Newcastle’s future last Friday, but all he got was a brief message from Managing Director Derek Llambias saying no progress had been made. That’s when he took off for a short Portugal vacation, obviously unhappy about the events.
The People is also saying there are not even any meetings arranged with Ashley and Llambias when Shearer returns tomorrow.
A source close to Shearer last night revealed:
“Alan is so low at the moment.” “In fact, I’ve never heard him sound so depressed about Newcastle United and the future.”
“Friday was supposed to be D-Day regarding his future at the football club.” “He wanted news on his new contract it’s true, but more important to him is the transfer budget.”
“He wants the sort of funds that will help him fire the club straight back into the Premier League.” “Yet all he got was a brief message from Derek Llambias saying that no progress had been made.”
“As far as Al is concerned, no news is very bad news indeed.” “He fears the club is floating into oblivion.”
And we also hear that Keith Harris, who is trying to sell the club for a second time for Ashley, is now back on Tyneside, after returning from the Middle East where he was trying to sell the club.
We have been told there is a meeting today with local businessmen and Ashley about buying the club, and we assume Keith will be at that meeting.
The People is reporting there are now two serious candidates in negotiation with Newcastle, and both have English businessmen in the lead and backed by foreign Billionaires.
Both of these are said to prefer Shearer to work under an experienced manager for a couple of years, before taking the helm on his own.
That however, is in direct contradiction to what the news was yesterday, reported by the Mail, that a meeting today with local businessmen and Ashley was to take place, and they wanted Shearer installed as manager – so it’s hard to know which stories are true – perhaps this one isn’t.
But if the People is correct in what they are reporting today, it’s not only Ashley who thinks Alan is not ready to assume management – so one wonders why Mike brought Shearer in last April Fool’s day. Maybe it was a shot in the dark – but it didn’t work.
Mike has had the distinct embarrassment of presiding over a proud club that has been in rapid decline this season. It’s hard to imagine another owner who could have done much worse than Ashley.
He came in two years ago saying he wanted to broaden and globalize the Newcastle United brand, and has managed to take us down into the English second division, so it’s not surprising the man’s name is like mud in Newcastle – he’s thoroughly earned it.
However, the main concern now is that the Newcastle club seems to be in a death spiral, brought on by Ashley’s decision to sell the club at the worst possible time, and unless something breaks quickly, the club could be in serious trouble.
We are not being sensational about this – and we wish things were better, but the club has already lost two weeks into the close season, and nothing seems to be happening.
And with Ashley’s hopeless track record at Newcastle, we cannot see anything happening soon, to alleviate this ridiculous situation we find this proud club in, just two weeks after suffering the humiliation and embarrassment of relegation. 🙁