There is some news today in the Mail that Newcastle have ditched plans to use Alan Shearer in their new season ticket campaign, because of the uncertainty over Alan’s future at the club.
Chris Hughton – new Newcastle manager?
That will mean very few season tickets will be sold anytime soon, especially with no owner and no manager is place, so you can hardly expect Newcastle fans to pledge their support, when the club doesn’t seem to have its act together for the new season.
But with a Newcastle sale still probably at least a month away, Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias will be forced into some action soon, so somebody had better wake them up. Players will be returning in a couple of weeks time and somebody, anybody, will need to be in charge before then.
We suspect Ashley will shortly be appointing Chris Hughton as the interim manager once again (that makes 3 times in the last 10 months), so at least he can start getting ready for pre-season training, and can also start arranging some pre-season friendly games. Mike seems to have little other choice, with the Championship fixtures due to be announced tomorrow.
What exactly Chris will be able to do to get new players in during the summer, or keep good players we already have (Bassong is one example), is another question, since he hardly has the name or reputation to attract any good players to Tyneside.
Chris is a decent coach behind the scenes, but doesn’t seem to have the force of personality or leadership to be at the helm of a club – or so it would appear.
The Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias is running the club from his London base, probably because of safety concerns, and it’s a good question as to how many times Ashley or Llambias will return to Newcastle, before the club is sold.
As Alan Shearer and the rest of us continue to wait for any good news of the pending sale of the Newcastle club, it’s also being reported that previous plans put in place by Freddy Shepherd to build 80 ft high statues of our greatest ever strikers, Alan and Jackie Milburn, have been put on hold.
It seems that Ashley and LLambias are determined to run the club into the ground – and if that’s not so – we need to hear just exactly what they are planning to do until the club is finally sold, which could be a lot longer than a lot of us think.