Consortiums Want Shearer – Permanent Manager Soon?


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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44 comments so far

  • Wigaz

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Really hope this happens this week Ed. The silece has been deafening from NUFC! the sooner that Ashley is out the better. The man is a F**KN disgrace! If Alan is signed up this week Followed by a couple of shrewd buys then announcement of a consortium that will back him all will be rosy again. Anyone else see Rossi’s goals for Italy? Why did we let that lad go & keep Owen? Good god!

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  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    you really should read all the papers before putting articles out. its gonna be houghton, its gonna be shearer, next you will be saying coco the clown is up for the job

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  • batty

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    hope its true

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Praise the Lord!

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  • cicero

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    “If that’s the case the immediate question is why have we waited two weeks for this? ”

    Because how could Ashley appoint Shearer, even on a temporary basis, if one of the bidders didn’t want him.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    cicero

    He won’t appoint Shearer if one of them don’t want him.

    He deosn’t want to do anything that will risk the sale

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  • cicero

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    “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.”

    Ed, do you not read the comments on this post NO ONE WANTS FAT FREDDIE BACK WITH HIS HANDS IN THE TILL.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Vivadavidkelly – with respect Ed is in America and it is about 5-6 hrs behind us where he is and the journal website only updates about 9 am everyday.

    Im not holding my breath as we have had this before – a few weeks ago.

    Lets hoping the silence of the llambias that has been broken is not just a pr thing to get the press from ringing all the time.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Freddy Shepherd coming back dos have certain advantages…

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  • cicero

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    That’s what I’m saying Stuart79 he can’t appoint Shearer even temporarily. He’s only done what anyone in his position would do. I think he’s been a disaster for NUFC but it’s because he’s made bad appointments and listened to people who didn’t have a clue what they were doing; but people (including Ed) are whipping themselves up in to a frenzy because Ashley isn’t giving everyone a blow by blow account of the sale. He can’t he’s doing business the right way.

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  • cicero

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Stuart79, what advantages does Freddie Sheppard bring? The club went down and down under his watch. Bad appointments for managers, bigger and bigger debts, glory signings, big bonuses paid to him and his brother, slagging off Newcastle girls, laughing at the fans for buying shirts; talk about Joey Barton bringing the club in to disrepute. How soon people forget that when Ashley took over he cleared of a lot of debt which, if we still had when the recession struck we could have gone under.

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  • Micky Toon

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Hmm, bit of a misleading headline there Ed. Shouldn’t it be Consotiums want Shearer? We don’t even know who is in the final stages of the process, never mind who they want as manager. As you have quoted del boy as saying, they are going to ask the finalists and if all of them concur to having Shearer as manager then the current board will appoint him as manager. If they don’t agree, then no Shearer.
    Great news if it happens, as I tend to agree that Shearer IS the only person to drive us forward and it’s got nothing to do with any misplaces “messiah” fantasies.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Cicero

    He’s doing business th right way. That’s a first.

    Agree, he can’t do or say anything at this moment. It would appear that this is a really important time in the takeover process and he really doesn’t want to risk cocking it all up.

    Hopefully something can be done this week though

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  • Micky Toon

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Stuart – the only advantage of Fat fred being in the hot seat is that Fat Mike won’t be there either. Note to Keith Harris – can we have a not so fat owner this time? They only seem to be interested in their bellys and their pockets. Thanks.

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  • stevep

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s not down to Ashley or Llambias – The winning consortium will appoint whoever they want, it doesn’t really matter if they all say appoint Shearer – none of them have won the bidding war yet and someone else could still come up with a last minute bid to trounce them all.

    Afraid we’ll just have to wait and watch the clock tick tock 🙁

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Mickytoon – I hate that ‘messiah’ stigmata that the press have been using about Keegan and Shearer.

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  • Mag 48

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Information is what we all crave.Even if its not the news we want to hear.Im sure Ashley could put out short statements eg.the reason for not installing Shearer untill prospective buyers have agreed to it.Small bits of official info like this would go a long way in stopping the rumour mill.
    As long suffering fans I think we deserve at least that.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    cicero // Jun 16, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Stuart79, what advantages does Freddie Sheppard bring? The club went down and down under his watch. Bad appointments for managers, bigger and bigger debts, glory signings, big bonuses paid to him and his brother, slagging off Newcastle girls, laughing at the fans for buying shirts; talk about Joey Barton bringing the club in to disrepute. How soon people forget that when Ashley took over he cleared of a lot of debt which, if we still had when the recession struck we could have gone under.

    Stardust said he would stop going to St James’ Park.

    You know that unconditionl supporter he is….

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  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    as much as ashley has to go, surely anyone with half a brain cell can see that FFS is not the answer. this man is not to be trusted with anyones cash and i fail to see any advantage of having him at the relm. most newcastle fans believe the only slight good thing about going down is that we can have a clean slate – something the club has needed for 5 years now – a complete clearout, a new era. i fail to see how bringing back the man responsible for the majority of what went wrong can be seen as a positive move.

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  • cicero

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Is Mike Ashley a poor businessman or just rubbish at football management?

    “Sports Direct on track to make profits of around £135m in the 12 months to the end of April.”

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Im forced to agree with those who think a clean slate is needed and that Fat Fred shoulnt be allowed back in the board room of barrack road.

    If he does then it gonna be another disaster waiting to happen.

    I think we need to be in the headlines for the correct reason – scoring goals and winning games – what I can dream cant I.

    Fingers crossed – although Im not getting hopes up just yet.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    Ed, bless ya – but: you’re skimming these articles and then writing up the bits you want to read, rather than actually analysing them.

    This is nothing like a done deal. There is very little chance of anything happening on Thursday.

    READ the only bit which matters, which is the quote from Llamearse. It is clear that we DO NOT KNOW who the real bidders are yet, let alone whether they all want Shearer.

    What is clear is what I’ve been harping on about for weeks now: the press – and yes, this site too – have been reactionary, bolshy and naive. There are claims of spite and ‘inexplicable’ situations, when actually all we’ve had is a continuation of the standard lack of information out of Ashley’s regime.

    It seems likely that Shearer has been kept informed all along – hence his silence. It is also clear that the sale process is being run quite well (except for the admin@nufc.com blunder!) and also run in a way most likely to lead to a quick sale to a viable group.

    I hate the way Ashley and co have done things in the past, and I detest their arrogant and cowardly lack of communication. But just as much, I hate all this reactionist, conclusion-jumping bile passing as journalism.

    For once (and who knows why it’s taken so long) we have a clear statement of what is going on from Llamearse. Yet here we are, failing to read it so we can get all angry and bed-sheety again when our imagined meaning of it doesn’t come true.

    God, we’re our own worst enemies.

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  • Stardust

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    What a surprise – Stuart putting another post with my name in it – Stuart – now please see your therapist – tell your Uncle Barry George to stop giving you tips. I am straight and not interested.

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    well although nobody WANTS

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #25

    FFS back, we may have to have him and at the end of the day we did play european football when he way hear no matter what yu say

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  • Stardust

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Whumpie – he actually states it isnt their choice any more – which infers the sale is real and will be going ahead.

    I am not sure any contract can be signed with Shearer until the sale is going through, thats a fine balance that will need a leap of faith between seller and buyer at a certain point.

    If all the bidders sign a document that they are happy for Alan to be appointed – it allows for movement forward, but if any one says no – thats difficult – really difficult and we may have to wait till after the completion.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Stardust – agree. I can’t really see why people are having trouble understanding why Ashley cannot sign Shearer – or anyone else – until there is a written agreement of some kind.

    Llamearse has said what he can, and we should take it at face value and no more. I take his quote as a very good sign, and in particular it shows that the sale is being planned and run exactly how you’d hope.

    What I don’t get is why he hasn’t been issuing something like this statement every few days. Will they never learn??

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  • Stardust

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Whumpie “What I don’t get is why he hasn’t been issuing something like this statement every few days. Will they never learn??”

    Thats been my biggest disspointment – they dont…..maybe they got to the point of just wanting to get the hell out of town, I cant imagine its been an enjoyable time for them.

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  • waddler

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Lets hope the best offer for the supporters is accepted, quid pro quo.
    l don’t really care if there American’s, Sultan’s or Martian’s as long as they want success and are not crooks.

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  • toonsy

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Waddler – Marsians, quality!

    Watch out, the NOTW will run that on sunday!

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  • Sav

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #31

    “I can’t imagine its been an enjoyable time for them”? You jokin?

    It seems MA is not going to appoint any new manager under contract to him. He is determined to be gone before the next season kicks off and it appears one of the bidders will have to commit to a contract if we are to get the ball rolling. They can all agree on Al but until one of them commits to buy, it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans as they could all walk away leaving MA tied to a contract. He doesn’t seem willing to let that happen even to the extent of letting the club rot while the attempted sale goes through.

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  • Spitfire

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #32

    If Ashley was at all competent he could have appointed Shearer on a 2 or three month contract ( or until change of ownership occurred ) as a caretaker manager to sort quite a bit of preparatory work out. Failing that Shearer could have been invited in on a consultancy basis for a short period pending any sale. Obviously such arrangements would need Shearer to agree but I am sure any one with any wit or intelligence or indeed sense of responsibility and willingness could have worked something out. Ashley and Llambias are just utter berks who thought they were clever enough to run a football club. After all how hard could it be?. Its akin to me opening a 4 star restaurant because I can knock up a mean chilli on a Saturday night. But lets be honest they could have done – and communicated things -a lot better if they had really wanted to

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  • Sav

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #33

    I’d have thought that would have been the best interim solution as well – if Shearer would agree to it. But it looks as if MA is prepared to put pressure on new buyers to make a swift decision before next season goes down the tubes like the last one did.

    Of course, what would happen if MA found himself still in charge when the season kicked off is unclear. God forbid.

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  • Stardust

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Spitfire – for that reason I posted a week ago that may have been rebutted by Shearer himself – just one of the possibilities as it was a decent shout.

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  • Sav

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Mike Ashley: the man who made Freddie Shepherd a popular choice on Tyneside. I wouldn’t have believed it possible if I hadn’t lived to see it with my own eyes.

    Talk about a club in Limbo? Its more the dance than the state of grace.
    But the question is, How much lower can we go?

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  • Sav

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #36

    ‘Limbo’ Llambias – lower than a snake’s belly, has slithered off to London after having hiss car repoed. Llovely!

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Anyone else see Rossi’s goals for Italy? Why did we let that lad go & keep Owen?

    …….

    Because he wasn’t any better than Xisco when he was here.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #38

    If Ashley was at all competent he could have appointed Shearer on a 2 or three month contract ( or until change of ownership occurred ) as a caretaker manager to sort quite a bit of preparatory work out. Failing that Shearer could have been invited in on a consultancy basis for a short period pending any sale. Obviously such arrangements would need Shearer to agree but I am sure any one with any wit or intelligence or indeed sense of responsibility and willingness could have worked something out.

    …….

    Unfortunately business doesn’t work like that, any consortium would know that once Shearer had his feet under the table it would be impossible to shift him without a fans backlash.

    As for Shearer being in on a consultancy basis, how do you know he hasn’t been in touch with the club all along?

    Ashley has done the right thing here, it may have been frustrating but that’s what happens when a club is in the process of changing hands, Portsmouth are in the same position too.

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  • Sav

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Sawdust, I presume you will be hoping if the bidding comes down to Fat Freddie’s mob, Ashley will refuse to sell and carry on as owner with Chris Hughton in charge, right?

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jun 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #40

    I think everything will be finalised on 30th June, that is the year end for the club and it would seem sensible to conclude it all on that day.
    If Shearer is appointed beforehand i dont see it as he will still be in limbo land-can you imagine a buyer giving him 10m to spend then finding half way thru due diligence they have changed there minds or someone else buys us-it makes no sense.
    The announcement will just be that x number of parties are now looking at the books.

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