It’s Sunday again, and time for some ridiculous reports in the Sunday gossip press, and they have hardly disappointed us this week, with their stories, which always seem to lack any sense or facts – picky picky.
Alan Curbishley – is Ashley going to appoint this man as manager?
The News Of The World, which seems to make stories up every week, without showing the slightest embarrassment, is now saying that Mike Ashley wants to appoint Alan Curbishley as the new manager.
The NOTW is saying that Curbishley has been sounded out and, despite the chaos that surrounds the club, and he would be willing to move up to the North East.
And the interesting news, which we would have to hope is true is that Seymour Pierce, the brokers handling the sale, have received a formal bid from an international consortium with no links to the North East.
It’s said to be an American group, and they have presumably bid around £100M on Friday, after Barclay’s Bank did the work and gave Newcastle a working overdraft of around £25m to ensure the club can keep going for a while.
That proverbial NOTW inside source, who seems to be everywhere the paper needs him (or her) said:
“A deal is nearly done, it’s very close,” “It could be announced as early as Tuesday or Wednesday next week.”
After refusing to appoint Shearer, or anybody else for that matter, for the last 3 weeks, because presumably Ashley wanted the new owners to be able to bring in their own manager, the NOTW is now saying Mike wants to appoint Alan Curbishley – and by their own report that’s just 3 days before a deal could be completed.
Does that sound like utter nonsense, or does that sound like utter nonsense? It sounds to us like a ridiculous set of statements to be sure, but this is Sunday and this is the NOTW.
It says nothing about who the American Group wants in as manager, and who in their right mind would bring in a manager of their own choosing, when the club is supposedly being sold within days?
There’s no doubt Alan Curbishley is more than decent manager, and if appointed would probably do well on Tyneside, but the overwhelming favorite for the job, and the man who can put the pride back into the Newcastle club is Alan Shearer.
We hope this report is true about the American owner, but the report about Curbishley seems preposterous.
Maybe that means the report that American owners are just days away from buying the club, is also a made-up-for-the- weekend story.
It wouldn’t surprise us much, if it was.