We has hoped that Alan Shearer would be announced as manager before the end of this week, but it looks like that will not be happening.
Alan Shearer – waiting in wings for 4 weeks now
The lack of anybody in control at the Newcastle is getting even more worrying now as we approach 4 weeks with seemingly nobody in charge at the club – or should we say – nobody willing to be in charge at the Newcastle club.
The first week of the close season was spent with Shearer meeting with Llambias and Ashley on the conditions he would want to exist if Alan was to take the club over. We were told that Mike Ashley was listening very closely to everything Alan was telling him.
Then Ashley, right out of the blue, decided to put the club up for sale, and we were told that a decision would be made at the end of the second week on Shearer, once the bankers (Barclays) had gone over the clubs financial plans. We werte told a decision would be announce on that Friday (two weeks ago).
But that did not happen and since then, nothing much at all has happened although the club’s books were open on Wednesday for due diligence, and we are led to believe that four parties are interested, and have proved they have the money to buy the club, which is on sale for £100M.
Last Tuesday Derek LLambias spoke for the first time for a while, and said that if all four consortia wanted Alan Shearer as manager, then something could be announced quickly, and maybe this week.
But we’ve heard nothing since, and the Guardian this morning is suggesting any sale will now be delayed and will not be until the end of the month – at the earliest, but no real reasons why this is now the case is cited by the paper.
Of course that doesn’t mean that Shearer could not be announced as manager before then, and that’s the main thing Newcastle fans have wanted since the end of the season, so that some pre-season work can be done before players return for the pre-season in 11 days time.
But what seems apparent now at Newcastle is there is no leadership being exhibited by anybody – none by the current owner because he says it’s up to the new owners to appoint a new manager, and none by the new owners because we haven’t got any – and won’t for a few weeks yet.
And this is a terrible time for this to be happening, as we said when Mike put the club up for sale – it’s a terrible time to do that, with all the work that needs to be done following our relegation.
It’s apparent that Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley have rather manipulated things so they can do nothing – and now have a reason for that – they’ve done nothing for 4 weeks – that’s for sure. We said in the first week that it looked like they didn’t want to appoint Shearer as manager – and they haven’t – and probably will not.
The problem is that Newcastle will not have a new owner for a while – so what happens now?
Do we continue to have nobody in charge at the club and let other Championship clubs get a significant advantage on us – they already have. of course Do we continue to allow potentially valuable players like Bassong and others prepare to leave the club, in the midst of a total lack of leadership being exhibited on Tyneside?
Recent events would suggest that’s just exactly what will happen, and on Sunday it will be a full 4 weeks since we were relegated, and we continue to drift aimlessly as a football club.
This could only happen at Newcastle, and it will take somebody to come in and take the club by the scruff of the neck – and start putting some discipline, desire and pride back into the club, which has been completely drained of these things this year.
Newcastle have been a laughing stock for the popular press most of this year, and continues to be, as others look on in amazement at how this proud club is being allowed to just drift in the wind.
An overwhelming number of Newcastle fans believe that Alan Shearer is the man to bring the pride and passion back on Tyneside. But when did the opinions of Newcastle fans ever mean much at this club?
Not for a long long time, as the Newcastle faithful have been treated like second class citizens by the current ownership for the last year – and that continue to be the case, right down to the wire.
How low can the club sink to before a new manager and new owner come to the rescue ? Your guess is as good as ours, and very little will surprise us now, after some of the things we’ve seen go on at the club since last August.
That’s the rather unwanted news we are hearing this morning, as Derek Llambias we are told will be attending Royal Ascot today.
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