We haven’t heard from Mike Ashley for quite a while, since Alan Shearer said on 25th May, the day after we were relegated, that with every day gone, another room burns.
Alan Shearer – 22 rooms burned in Newcastle mansion
So if the Newcastle United mansion had 22 rooms in it, it will be burned to the ground by now, and it seems the Newcastle fans at least deserve some words of explanation about what is going on at their club.
As we’ve mentioned before it seems that Ashley and Llambias are back in their bunker mentality mode of last year, and not talking much about anything, as the Newcastle mansion continues to burn.
With Mike not willing to appoint Alan Shearer, or presumably any other manager, the club cannot move forward in the transfer market. And the rather disturbing news we heard yesterday was that Shearer believes he has lost as many as 5 players in the transfer market, including two loan signings that he wanted to make.
We suspect the loan signings are likely to be up-and-coming players at some of the top clubs, who are unlikely to play many games next season.
Of course we have no idea who those players are, and there still seems to be a few of our potential targets willing to wait, like Jermaine Beckford of Leeds, Brad Orr of Bristol City and yesterday we were more than pleased to hear that Norwegian Per Ciljan Skjelbred, of Rosenburg, is still very keen to join the Tyneside club. The Norwegian tunrs 22 today – so we had better sign him before he gets too old. 😀
The situation right now is not that bad that if a good manager is appointed, there is still time to prepare for pre-season training, which starts two weeks tomorrow. And we can also start getting in some of our targets for the new crucial season, and try to retain some players we want to keep, like Sebastien Bassong.
Seb is with the Cameroon side until they complete their second world cup game this Saturday. After that you can bet that clubs will be actively after him, and if Shearer is appointed we must have at least a decent chance of keeping him, and it also looks like Shearer would be a big draw to other players too.
But another week or two and the Newcastle club could be in a sorry mess indeed.
It would be good to hear from Mike Ashley or Derek Llambias – something that tells the fans – who after all are the customers of Newcastle United (many would say they are Newcastle United), what is going on and what the plan is until the club is sold.
That seems a decent request to the Newcastle owner, and something surely any owner is responsible for- communicating to his customers what exactly is going on.