The message that Newcastle United honorary vice-president for life, Malcolm Dix has delivered to Mike Ashley is to give Alan Shearer a rolling contract, just like the great Bobby Robson used to have, and we support that 100%.
Dix was a founding member of the Magpie Group, that swept Sir John Hall to power at St James’s Park in the early 1990s, and it seems like Dix gets on well with Ashley, who behind the scenes may even be human.
There’s got to be a way to get Alan Shearer involved at the club, so he can start the work he has already has detailed to Mike Ashley.
And with nothing going on at the club, something has to give soon, and we have to hope it’s not the club that goes even further down into the abyss. The appointment of Shearer as manager would electrify the fans, and eventually get some season tickets sold.
And our players, currently left high and dry by the club, would feel like Newcastle at least have the right man leading them in the Championship next season.
Dix talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I have spoken to someone at the club and made the suggestion that Alan Shearer be offered a rolling contract, and that message is being passed on to Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias,”
“It would help Alan and help the club.” “I know Alan would love a four or five-year contract, but this way he’s not tied to anything should any investors come in. A new owner may want their own man – this way Alan wouldn’t need paying up.”
“Sir Bobby (Robson) did it for a long time without a problem, and it’s not like Alan is short of money and needs the security of a long contract.”
“It would encourage Alan, and help him to dispose of players and get some in. It would also encourage people to buy season tickets. The club must send out a positive message.”
“People want to see positivity. You have to give them a reason to part with £500 or £600. It’s a mess at the moment. When Mike Ashley announced he was putting the club up for sale 48 hours after being in discussions with Alan, I found it peculiar.”
“I thought we were on our way, then this.” “It’s easy to point the finger and say ‘I told you so’. But there is a club to run. It’s like there’s been a death in the family, but we must move on.”
“We have to get things moving forward.” “I would love to see Sir John (Hall) involved in some capacity. He wouldn’t do it directly, himself, but possibly with his family business, Cameron Hall. They could take over and run it, they know how it’s done. They have money and contacts.”
“Remember though, this is our football club, irrespective of who runs it. That is very important.”
We like everything Dix says apart from getting John Hall back involved at the club, because we think his time has come and gone, and we need new local young blood at the club.
We salute Dix for making his common-sense suggestion, and we have to hope and pray now that Mike Ashley acts on that suggestion, quickly.
It would prove to be a bit of very good news, in a time when we are surrounded by gloom and doom, and the club is being made a fool of in the press.
That needs to stop, and it will if Alan can only get the job he craves.
It’s better for everybody involved at the club – including Ashley himself – so lets do it Mike – please!.