Once Alan Shearer becomes manager at Newcastle, and that now seems almost inevitable, with the only question now seeming to be when?
Alan Shearer – ready to work day and night for Newcastle cause
But when Alan does take over he will have a mountain of a job to do before the season starts on August 8th, and the embarrassing thing will be that nearly all our players will return for pre-season training because they will still be Newcastle players.
There are 4 players who will leave the club on June 30th – those whose contracts run out and will not be renewed:
Those four should unburden the club of around £240K/week from the wage bill – a good start.
Apparently David Edgar was offered new terms by the club at the end of the season but he decided to move on, as he doesn’t want to warm the bench too much longer on Tynesdie, and we hear Birmingham, are now more than interested in signing David.
And the 9 priority players Newcastle want to transfer who are all on existing contracts at the club, and whom t First Artists are attempting to unload for the club with limited success, will need to be moved out as soon as possible.
When that list was issued it didn’t have Alan Smith on it, and we can only assume Alan thinks that Smith’s fighting copabilities and never-say-die attitude can be well used in the Championship.
But keeping Smith, who is on over £60K/week on Tyneside will depend on unloading those other players and we are sure there will be quite a number of those still on the books when the season starts on August 8th.
It also appears that Shearer has a number of players already lined up and once he is finally given the go ahead could go into immediate action for these players – but we wonder how he will know how much money he has to spend with the owners not yet identified.
Anyway, picky picky, and we think Alan already has lined up the following players to bring in – as soon as he can
Andy Griffin – Stoke City
Brad Orr – Bristol City
Jermaine Beckford – Leeds
Per Ciljin Skjelbred – Rosenborg
Andy Griffin played 76 times for Newcastle from 1998-2004, and he has now played a total of 300 first class games, so he would give some experience at the back, and he can play in either full-back position, and of course he is a former team-mate of Alan’s at Newcastle.
He would jump at the chance to return to Tyneside, and could do a job for the club in getting us back in the Premier League, as soon as possible.
Alan has been linked with some other players too, including young 19 year-old Spurs defender Chris Gunter, probably on loan for the season, and the club was linked with three players from QPR just yesterday.
We think Shearer is ready to throw ( or should that be “hoy”?) himself into the work, but must first wait for the powers that be (excuse that term) making a decision as to who to appoint as manager of the club .
So far, that’s taken them over three weeks, but we have to think that once the appointment is made, things will brighten up signicantly on Tyneside, and right now we’ll just have to keep the faith, as always.
Howay The Lads!!
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