We had all hoped the soap opera at Newcastle last season would be over, and that Alan Shearer would be installed as manager and bring some order, discipline and respect back to Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – evidence that Mike is not being straight with him
But then Ashley decided to sell the club, just over a week ago, and not only Shearer has been kept waiting, but the Newcastle United club itslef has now been held in abeyance for over two weeks since the end of the season.
We have to think that Mike didn’t want to appoint Shearer as manager, and rather than come out and say that, he looked ahead at the fans’ reactions and decided he better sell the club – before he was forced into it by the uproar his decision would have caused.
One might ask how work gets done in the close season, with Ashley not having the guts to tell Shearer whether he will be hired or not – although Shearer is still pushing for some definitive answer. But the former Newcastle great is left completely up in the air by Ashley’s rather devious actions. He’s certainly not being straight, that’s for sure.
We think Mike wants to avoid the issue of turning down Shearer, by staying that he has to wait until a new owner is found.
But this strikes us as Ashley not being straight with Alan Shearer – who we know to be as straight as a die, and it doesn’t surprise us if Shearer thinks that Ashley has not been playing fair with him.
Alan returns from his Villa in Portugal today, and is said to have a meeting with Derek Llambias arranged for tomorrow. Apparently when Alan was waiting for the answer late last week, he was told there had been no progress, even though the bankers had spent a full five days looking at the books.
Something is not right here.
But the good news is that there seems to be some progress being made on the sale with Keith Harris saying yesterday there were some serious bidders in for the club, and he has hopes the club will be sold before July comes around in three weeks time.
We learned that one consortium headed by former Chairman Freddy Shepherd will meet with Ashley tomorrow, and are said to be willing to bid £75M, although that seems short of what Mike is asking for.
So we still live in hope, but with the altercation with Shearer, it looks like Mike Ashley, in his short reign as Newcastle owner has managed to mess around two Newcastle idols in Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer.
Both are fan favorites, and in our readers’ poll 86% want Shearer installed as manager.
But when did Ashley ever take any notice of the Newcastle fans, who still turned up in droves last season to watch a rather pathetically run football club.
Mike has committed political suicide more than once while at Newcastle, and he seems determined to do it one more time, as one last defiant act, as part of his swan song at the club he has almost destroyed.