Mike Ashley’s rash decision to entrust the First Artists agency with putting every single player up for sale in the first team squad, has caused deep concern with some of the Newcastle players.
Steven Taylor – doesn’t want to leave Newcastle (ever?)
A Newcastle insider was quoted today:
“Everybody knew that there would be casualties because of relegation and that some big names would be on their way down the road.”
“What has to be said though is that there is a group of players who are still willing to fight on for the club and try to get back to the Premier League at the first attempt.”
“The players thought that it would be a case of going away for the summer and Alan Shearer would be the manager when they get back.”
“And that’s also something that is worrying them as professionals because of the unbelievable amount of instability in the last few years.”
We are sure some of those players are Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Steven Harper, Damien Duff, Habib Beye and some of the others who have already said they want to stay at the club, and help take it back to the Premier League.
And we understand Oba Martins would also like to stay on at Newcastle, but this would only be true if Alan Shearer was managing the club.
We have to believe the groups vying for control of the the club would install Shearer as manager, with the Newcastle fans so overwhelmingly in favor of the former England and Newcastle great.
But not all these players will be able to stay, because we will not be able to afford their wages, unless the new owners are willing to pay those wages to keep some of our better and more dedicated players at the club next season.
In fact if things turn out well in the next few weeks, we still have hopes that Seb Bassong will stay on Tyneside, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one, and the club will need to sort itself out very quickly, otherwise he’ll be on his way.
And in fact Bassong did not get his first cap for Cameroon in their 0-0 draw with Morocco on Saturday, although Geremi was capped yet again for his country, and now has 103 caps.