Alan Shearer seems now to be hoping that the offer from Freddy Shepherd, will eventually buy the club, and Alan will be installed as manager immediately.
Alan Shearer – not much of this if he is appointed manager
This is what the local Sunday Sun is reporting today, but there is supposed to be a major rival bid for Newcastle United imminent from a foreign group, and maybe that’s the bid coming from the US, that was reported today in the News Of The World – we hope so anyway.
Shepherd has begun the exhaustive process of due diligence – going through Newcastle’s books from a full financial perspective, looking for any hidden costs in an attempt to buy out Mike Ashley.
It is also being reported that Freddy will own the club, as he is financing it with his brother Bruce and son Kenneth. and it will be with their own finances.
Shearer is said to favor a Shepherd takeover, more than any of the other deals so far reported for the Newcastle club.
Since it is his own money we can only assume (and hope) the Newcastle club, if Shepherd is successful, will be run as a business and will be in good health for the long term.
A Newcastle source close to the discussions between Shearer and Shepherd last Tuesday in Newcastle, said Shearer is excited about the potential of Freddy buying the club.
The source said:
“Alan Shearer is very interested in what the Shepherd camp have to say.”
“He would prefer to deal with people he knows, and he knows exactly what he will get from that group.”
“Newcastle United is the football club Alan Shearer wants to manage, and that is why he has waited patiently for a breakthrough.”
“But he cannot wait forever, as the BBC will soon want to know if he is going back there.”
There are also reports that Seymour Pierce, the investment bank handling the Newcastle sale, are expecting a serious offer from new bidders in the next few days.
There are still some finances that haven’t been completed such as a still-to-be agreed-to settlement package for Kevin Keegan, details of the £5M compensation payment to Real Mallorca for Jonas Gutierrez, and the payment arrangements on all the player purchases made in January, need to be understood in more detail.
We hope some real deals will come in for Newcastle and one of them is accepted, and as long as the new owners install Alan Shearer as manager – the club can start recovering its self respect and dignity with the faithful help of the devoted Newcastle fan-base.
Spirits will be raised on Tyneside, if only because Mike Ashley has finally left Toon, and because of the current situation, that would be an excellent first step, and will allow the Newcastle fans and the City of Newcastle to take a huge sigh of relief that the pillaging of the club may be finally over.
We hope so, anyway.