The Newcastle Journal has some good news today regarding the appointment of Alan Shearer.
Mike Ashley – continues to sit on the fence while Newcastle burns
While Alan has not been appointed yet, the Journal is reporting tha indeed the four groups who are in due diligence with the club, have Alan Shearer as their overwhelming choice to become permanent manager.
The Newcastle club has been placed in a perilous situation by Mike Ashley, who is now saying it is up to the new owners to appoint the manager they want. However, we will not know who the new owners will be for some weeks yet, and then the question is who is the captain of the ship as it is currently drifting aimlessly in the ocean?
It doesn’t seem that Ashley cares too much, but it is still hoped that some deal can be made with Shearer quickly, but of course there still could be problems in the due diligence process so appointing Alan now could be risky.
But somebody has to be thinking of the club right now, and Alan needs to be appointed, otherwise we’ll be in a lot worse shape in a few weeks, although that’s getting hard to imagine. But the club seems to be in that window that nobody is willing to take the responsibility right now – for the club.
Shearer remains hopeful a breakthrough is near, and he is doing the right thing by remaining quietly on the sidelines, but we would hope he is unofficially in contact with some potential transfer targets and some of our players telling them something could be announced very shortly.
A source close to the former England and Newcastle captain told the Journal
“Seeing the fixtures for the first time has only highlighted how close the new season is and what a mess Newcastle are in. Alan wants to get cracking, there is so much which needs to be done and he knows it.”
“We have been told that something could happen in the next few days in terms of appointing a manager, but who knows how people are going to react when they see the books for the first time. If there are four interested people now, there might just be one left in a couple of days time.”
“All Alan wants is a decision. This has dragged on for far too long. Hopefully there will be a breakthrough soon because Newcastle need a manager if they are going to recover from relegation next season.”
Good sensible words there from whoever that source is – and it could be Iain Dowie, who will be in contact with Alan day to day – and could even be meeting with him and Paul Ferris to plan the transfers for when Ashley or whoever, finally decides to make a decision …… after 25 days in limbo.
The situation at the club is little short of ridiculous and there’s been no reason Ashely couldn’t have appointed Shearer weeks ago. Yes, it could be that the new owners don’t want Shearer in – but that chance has always seemed minuscule – given the Newcastle fans – who are the customers of the club – want him in overwhelmingly.
Which sensible owner would go against the Newcastle fans as their first act as owners? Yes we know Ashley would – but he’ll be gone soon. 😀
And from a business viewpoint he would help to sell those season tickets too, which will be important for Newcastle’s financial state next season.
We’re not going to lay into Ashley again – we will just say we are surprised, very surprised at his seeming complete inability to fully understand the situation at the club.
We’ll leave it there, and we have to hope some common sense will be restored to the club – very soon.
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