Today is not exactly good news day for Newcastle fans, as news leaks out that Alan Shearer may have given up on getting the managers job at Newcastle, and an incompetent owner, by his own admission, continues to take the club down even further – or so it seems.
Alan Shearer – Mike will not hire Alan
Scouring for some good news in the papers and web sites about Newcastle today is not easy, but there is a story in the Mail on Sunday, that Keith Harris seems confident he can find a good buyer for the famous Tyneside club, so let’s take a look at that story.
We think the Newcastle club is going through some of its darkest hours right now, as the last two weeks has been hard to take, immediately following our disgraceful relegation.
But our players, who were hopeless most of the season, seem to be doing OK – as they arrange to leave Newcastle for new clubs, but the club itself, who they let down so badly, isn’t.
Keith Harris is said to be optimistic about arranging a deal now that Mike Ashley has decided to cut his losses by asking for £100M or less for the famous Tyneside club.
But the servicing of a £40m debt, and the task of reducing the players’ huge £74M wage bill, to accommodate life in the Championship, are challenges the new owners will inherit. So there are some difficulties with anybody who takes over Newcastle – well we knew that already. 😀
Ashley’s best hope appears to be an Omani-based consortium, who have expressed an interest in the club, but now the issue, as we have tried to stress on this blog, is not just who may buy the club, but how quickly the deal can be closed.
As we had dreaded, if Ashley cannot find a buyer soon, he may decide, as he did last December, to continue as owner, and we know he will not appoint Alan Shearer as manager.
It would not surprise us too much, if he brought Joe Kinnear back, who would be willing to work within the severe financial constraints Mike will place on the club.
Alan Shearer will not, and that’s the main reason Mike will not appoint Shearer. Mike will say it’s because of his lack of experience in management – but we know better.