The Guardian this morning is reporting that Alan Shearer feels angry and let down by the lack of progress made in the two weeks since the club were tragically relegated.
Mike Ashley – not being straight about his intentions
However, Shearer will do nothing that may get in the way of him at some point in the future assuming the management position at Newcastle United.
Reports in the press on Sunday that he was interested in the West Brom manager job are way wide of the mark.
Shearer returned from his Villa in Portugal yesterday, and will meet with Managing Director Derek Llambias this week, maybe even today, and will hope to get some straight answers about what is happening.
But the signs are that Ashley and Llambias have completely ignored the various plans Shearer took them through a couple of weeks ago.
They have also put everybody on the first team squad up for sale, even though they are aware that Shearer wants to keep certain players at the club, to build a new team around.
And there is nothing being done about recruiting any new players to Newcastle, which will be needed once we sell our highly paid players, which will happen as soon as decent offers are received.
Shearer presented Ashley and Llambias with a list of players he would like to recruit in the summer – but no more work has been done to recruit any of those players over the last 10 days.
Shearer is becoming concerned that Newcastle will miss out on the transfer season, as other clubs will be pursuing the targets identified, and the club will not be fully ready when this critical season starts on August 8th.
It appears that after Shearer met with Derek Lalmabis and the Newcastle hierarchy for a full week, nothing has been done with Shearer’s plans – they essentially have been ignored as the club has been put up for sale.
This seems strange to say the least – and surely they need to tell Shearer what is going on – that’s simply professional courtesy.
However, like many fans he cannot understand how Ashley and LLambias believe the club can function with nobody is in the lead in terms of bringing in new players, selling players, arranging pre-season friendlies, and arranging for the coaching schedules, once players return in three weeks.
We had thought that Ashley would not want to appoint any manager until the club was sold, so the new owners would have a free choice, but Shearer has indicated this was never said to be a barrier to his appointment during the talks of the week before last.
In fact the reports suggest that Ashley had told Shearer he would be recruited regardless of any possible sale.
We have voiced some concern for over a week now that we believe all Ashley is concerned about is selling the club and getting out of Toon, and the evidence certainly supports that.
But that will leave the club in a precarious position as far as their first season in the Championship is concerned, and we think the fans and Shearer are due some straight answers from Ashley.
If this is not true then it is up to Ashley to tell the public what his plans are to move the club forward while the club is being sold, which will still take several weeks to accomplish.
But we have yet to be convinced he has any such plans in place, if we were to be brutally honest.