The Mail On Sunday is reporting today that Alan Shearer is in danger of being frozen out at Newcastle United, as Mike Ashley seems to be running the club into the ground – again.
Ashley – how can I screw this club up even more – let me count the ways
The Mail says that Mike Ashley has made it clear that Alan Shearer is not his first choice as manager.
That comes after the two of them talked for about a week, the week before last, when Alan put his plan to Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias, and they promised a decision by last weekend.
No decision was forthcoming, but Ashley then rather surprisingly put the club up for sale at 9pm a week last Saturday, and said he was prepared to sell quickly and at a bargain basement price of around £100M.
Then we were told last weekend that the bankers, Barclay’s, were looking over the minute details of the plan that had come out of the meeting with Shearer, and that a decision would be reached by last Friday, on whether they could appoint Shearer as manager, but no decision was forthcoming.
As we had intimated last week, we think Ashley is dragging his feet because he doesn’t want to appoint a manager until he’s sold the club, but that just will not work, because it will take far too long to sell the club.
We went through hell and high water for four months last year trying to sell Newcastle, and ended up with no buyers – and we cannot do that again.
And The Mail On Sunday, is also reporting something we find rather hard to believe, that even if the former Newcastle and England star Shearer, had succeeded in keeping Newcastle up in his eight games in charge, Ashley would have have offered the job to Steve Bruce instead.
We don’t know where the proof of that statement is – but Ashley we feel is now in a corner, and running out of time, because after presiding over one of the worst season in living memory at Newcastle, in which we finally ended up being relegated, he is now stalling too much.
His dithering is seriously starting to impact the preparations for next season. What is his plan for the next four weeks – if he has one?
Before the players start pre-season training in 25 days time, we have to sell about 11 players and bring in some new blood to the club, and times goes by – all the time! We also have to arrange pre-season friendlies and so many other things that time is already running short.
Bringing some new manager in now will be curtains for Ashley, whether he likes it or not, because there will be more protests from fans, who are already more than depressed and angry about last season, and didn’t expect even more incompetence in the first two weeks following relegation.
Mike may be great at what he does at Sports Direct, but he has shown himself to be rather inept at running a football club, and the sooner he leaves the better it will be for the Newcastle club.
We have to remember the Tyneside club have already been brought down lower than they’ve been in 20 years, under his executive leadership, or lack therof – so he hardly has any track record to lean on.
Mike’s admitted to serious errors of judgement, but is continuing to make them.
We have to hope some good news comes out of the meeting that is reported to take place today with a local consortium, who are said to be willing to pay the £90M Ashley wants.
But crucial time is passing by with every week of non-action at the football club, and the longer this stuff goes on, the worse Newcastle will be prepared – or should we say not prepared – for the upcoming season – which most would agree is crucial to the club’s future.
Ashley admitted when he bought the club two years ago, that he knew nothing about running a football club, and by his actions of the last two weeks it doesn’t look like he’s learned too much since then.