The Newcastle United club must be at its lowest ebb for many a year, as it’s now looking like an ocean liner adrift in the ocean, with nobody at the helm. Or perhaps that’s a drunken sailor at the helm
Alan Shearer – left in the lurch by Ashley
Mike Ashley has said he wants to have a quick sale, but what does quick mean, these big deals never go through quickly.
If they do it’s probably because enough due diligence wasn’t done, and the buying party could be in for some surprises along the way.
In fact that’s what happened to Ashley when he bough the club, he later found out the club had debts of around £100M. But of course if you don’t do the work up front you deserve everything you get, as was the case with Ashley two years ago.
Newcastle have seen interest from four consortia, but only Keith Harris at Seymour Pierce will know that state of each of the bids, and the five local businessmen bidding yesterday was a complete hoax, as Rick Parkinson turned out to be Sunderland supporter, Richard Parker.
Is that rubbing salt into the wounds, or is that rubbing salt into the wounds.
But we have to be responsible and a lot of this turmoil on Tyneside, is again result of incompetence – complete incompetence.
We’ve got to believe due diligence has started in earnest at the club for at least two of the consortia, and it looks like that’s one headed by Freddy Shepherd, and another mystery one, said to be from a rich banker in South Africa, but we’ll believe the SA one we hear more solid evidence.
Poor Alan Shearer is among those keen to see Ashley sell the club quickly, because he’s been left on th sidelines and in the lurch by Ashley, just a terrible way to treat a former England and Newcastle great – but at least Mike is being consistent.
He didn’t seem to treat Kevin Keegan any better, and amazingly back cockney Dennis Wise over his manager for players – unbelievable -but that was only a sign of things to come back in September.
The Mail is also reporting that Newcastle have no plans for preseason in place, none at all.
And although there is some initial interest in Nicky Butt and Damien Duff from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Kevin Nolan from Hull City, there have been no firm offers received for any player.
It could well be that we’ll have to take a few back for training on July 1st, before we can unload them. That’s going to be a little difficult too.
But this is what happens when there’s absolutely no leadership being shown at Newcastle, and we hate to say this, but we expect things to get even worse in the next several weeks, as pre-season approaches in 18 days time.
There has been very little that has been done since we were relegated, other than all the machinations around selling the club.
With this turmoil at the club we are often reminded of the famous saying of Ollie to Stan, in the many Laurel and Hardy movies of long ago:
“That’s another fine mess you got me into Ollie.”
Those movies were a scream, and we need to replace the two above with real clowns – Ashley and LLambias.
And of course Stan had a local connection. While he was born in his grandparents’ house in June 1890 in the Furness region of Lancashire, England, he grew up in Bishop Auckland, County Durham and his childhood there was a happy one.
He attended school at the King James I Grammar School, Bishop Auckland and The King’s School, Tynemouth, and for a while he also attended Rutherglen Academy.