The good news we heard yesterday was some positive words form the man who is charged with selling the famous Newcastle Club, now relegated to the Championship for next season.
Keith Harris – expects solid offers in short order
Keith Harris, chairman of investment bank Seymour Pierce, confirmed yesterday there were “two or three” parties interested in buying out the unpopular Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
The identities of the consortia remain unknown, although we have heard most are fronted by English businessmen, although there was a report yesterday that said one was American based.
Harris spent last week in Dubai trying to gauge the interest there for buying the club, and has already said most groups are not from abroad.
Keith, who is thought o be in Newcastle right now, said:
“I’m confident there will be offers to consider in quite short order,” “By the end of June would be ideal because clearly the transfer window is now open.”
“The players start to report back earlier than they would in the Premier League for pre-season training, so I would think someone wanting to own this club would want to be in possession of it by the end of this month.”
“There is real and decent interest. This is not from far flung parts of the globe who expressed interest at first.” This is good, gritty interest.”
And yesterday we heard one of the groups was fronted by former Chairman Freddy Shepherd and his son, but their bid was said to be £75M, and that will need to be increased if they are to have any chance of success. But of course asking £100M and getting £100M for the club, are two different things.
It seems as though Alan Shearer will need to bide his time a little until new owners are identified, and then see if they will appoint him manager. A good first step for the new owners, whoever they are, that would be supported by the vast majority of fans, would be to appoint Shearer as soon as they can.
That would get the owners off to a good start, at least with the Newcastle faithful.
It’s clear that if Shepherd is successful he would appoint Shearer quickly, and at least the club could probably make the best recovery, if Freddy is able to buy the club, with Middle East backing.