Today is the day when prospective new owners of Newcastle United can begin to scrutinize the Newcastle books in what is known as due diligence, some scrutiny of a company’s financial health, before they (Newcastle United FC in this case) is bought.
Alan Shearer – should be new manager by end of the week
It was tremendous news the Journal unfolded yesterday, and something the Newcastle faithful have not had much of over these last 3 weeks, and that’s after we suffered the trauma of being relegated.
The good news was that a new owner was very close, and those consortia interested in buying Newcastle all seemed to want Alan Shearer as manager, and that being the case he would be appointed permanent manager this week even. 😀
The actual sale could be a few weeks away, but if all the consortia want Shearer as manager, he will be appointed very shortly, according to the statement from Derek Llambias yesterday – maybe even tomorrow.
And the news is that all the consortia starting due diligence today, want Alan as manager.
It will be good to get him to work now, while due diligence goes ahead, because we’ve already fallen way behind with 3 weeks of no real work being accomplished in preparation for next season.
And there was no reason why Ashley couldn’t have installed Alan 2 or more weeks ago as temporary manager, until a buyer came in – knowing full well it was 90% certain the new owner would want Alan as first choice for manager. 87% of our readers want Shearer as manager in our poll – which is still open.
It’s a cop-out for them to say, as Derek did yesterday, he couldn’t appoint Alan because it had to be the new owner’s decision. You can always do sensible things in times of business stress – and we ‘ve noticed Ashley seems to do stupid things in times of stress – and not appointing Shearer immediately the season finished, has been another good example of this.
But we know we’ve criticized the current owner probably far too much if truth be told, over these last few week s- so we’ll leave it there – a truce – and hopefully the club will soon be entering a new, more prosperous and more successful era. Amen to that.
If Ashley finds out today officially that all of the consortia interested in doing due diligence on Newcastle books, want Alan as manager, he could be announced as early as tomorrow, and we have to hope, for the sake of the club, that happens.
And as we pointed out yesterday Alan will have a huge to-do list once he starts, but watch this man, with the help of Iain Dowie and Paul Ferris, just throw themselves into the hard work in pre-season that could put the club on the right road generally, and specifically position us to have a very good season next year.
Most football agents believe Newcastle still have tremendous pulling power this summer with Shearer at the helm, because of his world-wide reputation as a player, and attached by the umbilical chord to his local club – Newcastle United.
When Shearer is appointed, that will be some very good news for Newcastle supporters, and we should see a bevy of season ticket sales, but just how many the club can sell in the summer, still remains questionable.
Some good buys by Shearer in the summer will of course help to sell those tickets, but we don’t need big money buys – only good players, and we’ve seen those two are not necessarily the same thing.
We fully expect some good news is just around the corner for Newcastle at this moment.