Alan Shearer will return from a short holiday at his Villa In Portugal over the weekend still desperate to be appointed Newcastle manager – and soon.
Dowie and Shearer – put these guys in charge – now!
And the Evening Chronicle today has a good quote from a source close to Shearer as he admits to being concerned about the preparations (or lack thereof) for next season being stopped flat in their tracks as Mike Ashley sells the club, at just about the worst possible time.
Yet it is Shearer’s position that is most worrying for the Tyneside public, as they see their hero seemingly being messed around by the unpopular owner, who has just taken the club down.
A source close to Shearer told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Alan is desperate to be appointed and get on with what he sees as a massive task.”
“Because of his love for the club, the current silence is hurting him because every day that passes, the rest of the division take another step forward and leave Newcastle wanting in terms of player recruitment.”
“He has a lot of feasible plans to take Newcastle forward but he is helpless to stop the club sliding downhill until he gets the nod.”
“It’s hard to see what the delay is because it seems like a no-brainer.” “The support Alan had from all of the fans, even at Aston Villa when the team went down, was overwhelming.”
“It was clear that the fans see no other man to take the club forward.” “The big worry is that we are heading for oblivion and that’s a sad thing for Newcastle fans to hear given the season they’ve had.”
Alan presumably has a meeting with Derek Llambias tomorrow, but we think Derek will just pass the buck again, and say there’s no more real news to give Alan. But they promised Alan a decision over a week ago and have been dragging their feet ever since.
We do get the sense they are not playing entirely straight with Alan, who is a straight shooter, if ever we saw one.
If things don’t sort themselves out quickly, Newcastle fans may need to be called into controlled action, and we would look to the NUSC (Newcastle United Supporter’s Club) to do what’s appropriate – if that becomes necessary to save our club.
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