We are now into our fourth week since relegation and nothing much has changed – other than we have a new temporary banner for our site, until we know who is to run the club.
Alan Shearer – will Americans want him as manager?
We’ve had one or two notes from readers asking a couple of things – that we get a certain Mr. Ashley off the banner, and that we list some of the great managers and players from the past, so that will give the fans just a little reminder of our great history, when things right now are more than a little difficult for the club.
With the help of my daughter’s MS Publisher I was able to get something done yesterday, and it only took me most of the day (slow coach), but I can now do banners, so watch out in the next week or so – one or two of the players may change in that banner!
Just in case readers don’t know all the players and managers across the banner they are Alan Shearer, Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan, Peter Beardsley, Bobby Moncur, Jackie Milburn, Joe Harvey and Hughie Gallagher.
Wow, feel better already. 😀
We are amazingly into our fourth week of the close season, and we still have no manager, no owner, not one player sold, not one player bought, no plans for the pre-season when the players return two weeks this Wednesday.
Apart from that everything is going according to plan at the Tyneside club ( I couldn’t resist that one – the plans of mice and men).
There does appear to be some pending good news, and there appears to be some confidence that the proposed sale entered a new phase and some anticipation of an agreement, even this week.
We have to hope this is true, that an American consortium is about to bid for the Newcastle club, and could even be favorite to take the club off the owner Mike Ashley.
There have been several parties linked with a bid for the famous Tyneside club, and we had expected an American interest from the beginning. It is being reported today that Newcastle have prepared their accounts for due diligence and that the process could be quicker than usual.
But we have to caution that this may be a made up story in the press, and since nothing much else is happening almost every media source is reporting something on this – but as we know from past history that doent’ always mean it’s the truth.
One funny thing that did happen last week was that Managing Director, Derek Llambias, who was absent from Newcastle last week (what’s new?), has suffered the embarrassment of having his company BMW repossessed by a local hire firm.
There is some news that this new bid could go through very quickly as Ashley may be starting to realize he will come under increasing criticism from the Newcastle fans, as he has the club in hand cuffs since relegation.
What there have been no reports on is who this consortium may want as the manager at Newcastle. But one thing Americans are usually good at, they treat their customers very well, and American sports know very well who pays the bills – an it’s the supporters.
Manchester United (Glazer family who also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Aston Villa (Randy Lerner who also owns the Cleveland Browns) are just two American owned clubs, who have functioned very well since being taken over.
And the Yankee owners tend to stay in the background and let the people who know the business get on with it – what a concept!.
But we’ve noticed Randy, who has a busy business schedule, was at every Villa game last season, and one of the Glazer sons runs the board at Manchester United.
They’ve both let Alex Ferguson and Martin O’Neil get on with the business to some great success, and we have to hope if Americans do take over the club, they’ll do the same at Newcastle.
Mike Ashley should never be allowed to run a football club again, he’s been that incompetent and hopeless at Newcastle, and has all but destroyed the club, and is leaving the club in terrible state for any new owner and manager to clean up.
What other club, bought by a Billionaire would be relegated within two years – only at Newcastle.
But the difficulties we are in right now can no doubt be put right, if only the right owner and manager are installed quickly.