There doesn’t seem to be much good news this morning on Newcastle, and we also have learned that yesterday’s interest by the Profitable Group may have been a complete hoax.
Hippocrates – 4th century BC – he’d look good in black and white shirt!
So we all wait and hope for Mike Ashley to unburden himself from the Newcastle club, hopefully before too much more damage is done to the internals of the club, as well as Newcastle’s image around the world.
It’s clear the club is taking a profound beating in the press, and with Kaka’s transfer from Milan to Real Madrid for £60M, he’s worth more than half than the Newcastle club.
Of course the reports fail to mention that our team playing Kaka, and maybe with another £40M player to even things up, would decimate him. Well lets’ rephrase that – if our lads – those who will be left that is – played well we could probably beat Kaka and his partner in a game, reduced to 30 minutes each way to help Kaka and A N Other get through the game. Well, we’d at least have a decent chance anyway, with the wind at our backs. 😀
Seriously though, it’s clear the first thing any new owners and manager will need to do is restore the pride back to the Newcastle club, which has taken some beating last season.
Last season was nothing less than a prolonged soap opera for the Newcastle club, and it’s all become even worse since we were relegated on May 24th, following a heartless (gutless) second-half performance at Villa Park, when a last minute goal would have still saved us.
The fact that a London-based owner and his cohorts, with no previous connections to the club at all, have taken Newcastle to the cleaners this last year, will have fans wanting some local people running the club again, whoever turns out to be the eventual buyer.
That has to give Alan Shearer, who is the Toon Army’s overwhelming choice as manager, a very good shot at getting the job, although exactly why the club is being allowed to drift aimlessly right now, is an excellent question that Ashley refuses to answer.
Other Championship sides, like Scunthorpe and Peterborough, are strengthening their sides before next season starts, but we are only in the process of selling any player to any team that meets their transfer price.
And when all of this blows over, it’s hard to believe any of our targets will still be available in the summer.
If it takes a short 3 weeks to complete the sale, that brings us to July 1st, when training starts up again. The season starts on August 8th and who will be in the team is an open question, but I’m cleaning my boots, just in case we get the call.
Many of Mike Ashley’s business decisions in running Newcastle were never taught to us in the any of the business classes we’ve taken, that’s for sure. Mike makes Freddy Shepherd look like the Jack Welsh of business, and of course at least Freddy is a born and bred Geordie, who has always loved the Tyneside club, like most of the rest of us.
Unlike Ashley – who is continually accused of being a Tottenham suporter.
We don’t have any good news to report this morning, other than that if Shearer does eventually take over, watch this man move in terms of getting the club back on track quickly, and in patching together what is left of the playing squad before the coming season.
The length of time this disaster continues at Newcastle, or is allowed to continue, will determine just how difficult the new manager’s job will become.
Just like medical doctors take the Hypocratic oath not to harm their patients, and abide by an ethical code of conduct, maybe the Newcastle club should protect itself in the future, by creating a Newcastle Toon oath and code of ethics.
That would need to be signed by any new owner, and would lay out the ethical guidelines, and that the new owner must not harm the Tyneside club during their tenure.
It is widely believed the initial oath was written by Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, in the 4th century BC, or by one of his students.
The Newcastle oath could be written Geordie Toon, in June of 2009, and would have been put in place to protect the club against any further maltreatment by new owners, and was required following the traumatic and misguided tenure of a certain Mike Ashley.
Seems to make sense to us. 😀