You may have realized that there hasn’t been much real news to report about Newcastle United over the last two weeks or so.
In fact there’s been almost nothing on the official site, but there again they will not want to speculate on the future at the club, but other sites can, since the club is in a log-jam right now.
We have no manager, so we can discuss when and if one will be appointed, and why exactly Alan Shearer has not already been given the reigns at the club.
If Mike is not going to appoint a manager until a new owner is identified, then we can talk about who the new owner may be, and when will they buy the club, and we’ve done all of that, along with the local papers and other Newcastle fan web-sites.
If Mike is waiting until a new owner comes in to do anything, then we should know what his plans for the next 4 weeks are, with pre-season training starting two weeks tomorrow.
And as we mentioned yesterday, since no players have yet been sold – they will all be turning up at the Benton training facility – and who will be there to meet them and put them to work?
All we seem to have had since the end of the season is pure speculation on Newcastle’s future in terms of a new owner and new manager, and no hard news about what the real situation is, behind the scenes at the club.
Keith Harris, of Seymour Pierce, has informed the fans there is good interest in the club, but he cannot say too much more while potentially delicate negotiations are ongoing with prospective buyers.
We can get annoyed at the lack of understanding Mike Ashley seems to have at running a football club, but we’ve done all that, and needless to day it doesn’t really advance the situation too much, but at least allows us to vent some of our frustration at his apparent incompetence.
As we said earlier today it would be very appropriate for Ashley and Llambias to announce via a press release, what their immediate plans are.
If it’s not to appoint a manager soon, then who will be in charge of pre-season training and who – if anybody – is working on creating a potential transfer list and looking to draft in new players.
It was sad from the Newcastle viewpoint to hear Gareth Southgate telling Middlesbrough fans yesterday, they had already done some good work behind the scenes these last few weeks in the transfer market.
And the club hoped to start bringing in new players soon.
He also rightly mentioned that getting a good start to the Championship season would be paramount to their promotion drive next season, and the Tees-side club wants to return to the Premier League at their first attempt.
That’s what we’d like to hear from a Newcastle manager, but until one is appointed it seems that little progress can be made – on anything.
That’s the dilemma Newcastle fans are in right now. And when you think that next season will be one of the most important for the club in a long long while, that starts to become more than a little worrying.
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