Having just put out an article saying that Mike Ashley will need to appoint a manager soon, to start getting ready for pre-season training and speculating the interim manager could well be Chris Hughton, the Journal is reporting it could indeed be Alan Shearer – as permanent manager no less.
Alan Shearer – could he be announced manager before end of the week?
It’s what is called bad journalistic timing we suppose, because the Newcastle he Journal is reporting some potential great news that Alan Shearer could finally be named Newcastle United’s permanent manager before the end of the week.
It looks like the sale of the troubled Tyneside club appears to gather pace, and most consortia have apparently said they would want Shearer in as manager.
That’s really the new news which makes a Shearer appointment imminent, and maybe on Thursday there could be a big announcement.
If that’s the case the immediate question is why have we waited two weeks for this? But it seems like Mike was waiting to see who the consortia wanted, and now they may have all plumped for Alan as manager, Mike can appoint Alan, before the club is actually sold. But Mike could still have taken a chance and put Alan in charge two weeks ago, so work could progress, which it hasn’t.
The consortia no doubt do not want to go against the Newcastle fans, who have been clamouring for the local icon to be given the reigns at the club.
This would be great news and as we mentioned earlier today, there’s still time to recover things, and we’re sure if Alan is appointed he will move very quickly indeed for some of his targets.
Although it could still be a few weeks before any takeover is complete, the Journal is reporting there would now be no reason not to appoint Shearer almost immediately, as the control of the club shifts to the new owner following due diligence.
It seems now very appropriate for Mike to announce Alan will be the permanent manager, so real work ban get started ,and we have no doubt that Alan will throw himself into the job in the next two weeks.
Anyone interested in paying the £100M asking price to buy the famous Newcastle club apparently has until tomorrow to prove they have the funds needed to go through with the deal.
After that, the due diligence process will start (expect about two weeks on that), and if Shearer is the unanimous choice of all the prospective new owners, he could be in control of the team before the end of this week – and that’s what it’s looking like.
Derek LLambias was apparently back in Newcastle yesterday, seemingly to prepare for the final days of the Ashley regim (that sounds good), and he is hopeful that a significant announcement on the club is not too far away. That presumably will be about Alan, but could also be about the sale of the club.
Derek said today:
“There could be some movement regarding Alan Shearer at the end of this week or early next week,”
“The data room will be open on Wednesday, which will allow the groups who have proved they have the money to buy the club to look at the books. Nobody has been able to do that yet because the data room hasn’t been opened.”
“We will not be making any decision on Alan as manager, that is not up to us, that is down to the groups who are buying the club. If they want to appoint him, then it’s up to them.”
“We will speak to them about it. If they do want Alan then something could be done in the next few days. That’s where we are at this stage and everything is on going.”
There are a number of groups close to a deal, and at least two are in advanced negotiations, with former Chairman Freddie Shepherd definitely part of one of the bidding groups. If his group wins it could be that freddy will be Chairman again, and that will bring a mixed response from Newcastle fans – but at least we’ll have a manager and Chairman who are local lads, and that’s what we need right now.
Shearer has been very patient during all of the delays, a lot more than some of us, that’s for sure, but he is now hopeful of finally taking the reigns at Newcastle after another 3 weeks of total embarrassment for the club
A source close to Shearer told the Journal:
“Alan has been told that Thursday could be a very big day in terms of his and Newcastle’s future, so it seems things are starting to move in the right direction.”
“He has been incredibly frustrated by the delay because he wanted to get straight into things as manager and start preparing the club for a bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League. “
“Everything has been on hold for the last few weeks because Alan has been left in limbo while the club is being sold. That process looks to be coming to an important stage – so this week could be an exciting one.”
And if Shearer is confirmed as manager don’t be surprised if he makes two or three signings within days, as he goes after highly-rated Norwegian midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Jermaine Beckford of Leeds, Brad Orr of Bristol City and perhaps Tottenham’s talented 19 year-old defender Chris Gunter on loan.
And with Alan the figurehead and leader of the Tyneside club, it will become that much easier for Newcastle to attract new players to the club, and we now have to see just how quickly Alan can move, and of course we expect Iain Dowie wand Paul Ferris to make up his initial team.
For example we heard yesterday that Norwegian Per Ciljan Skjelbred said that Alan was his boyhood hero, and it would be fantastic to have him as manager if the Norwegian International does finally arrive at the club.
It’s also a good time to contact Seb Bassong, who is with the Cameroon squad right now, and start trying to get the lad to commit his future to Newcastle. And it will be major relief for Newcastle players like Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt and Habib Beye, who are the players Alan wants to build his team around, along with Bassong, if he can keep him at Newcastle.
This is all dependent of course on Alan being named as permanent manager soon, and while our previous story is at odds with this – very much at odds with this in actual fact, we’ll leave it up and take the embarrassment.
This could be the start of the Alan Shearer reign on Tyneside – and could be the news most fans have been waiting for, since we were relegated just over 3 weeks ago.
We hope so anyway.