Owner Mike Ashley, who is enjoying two days at Royal Ascot with Derek Llambias, while Newcastle continues to burn, will have to come off the fence very soon.
Chris Hughton – ready to get the nod again from Ashley
While Mike would really like to do nothing until the club is sold, there is one thing approaching quickly, that will force him to make a decision, and that’s pre-season which starts a week on Wednesday, July 1st.
We will have all our players back except Owen, Viduka, Edgar and Cacapa, whose contracts run out on Tuesday, and that will reduce the Newcastle wage bill by an amazing £240K/week or 12.5M/year. Were these players being overpaid or were these players being overpaid?
Of course the playing staff are still due a bonus next Tuesday, supposedly for what they achieved last season, and to think we thought they were relegated. 😀
It seems more and more likely that Chris Hughton will resume his temporary position in charge of Newcastle come July 1st, and we suppose he will be assisted by Richard Money and Alan Thompson who are still coaches at the club, but we expect Colin Calderwood to have moved on.
We bear no animosity at all towards Chris, and he seems a good guy, and always does his very best for the club. But he’s been thrust into positions by Ashley that’s he’s really not made for or accustomed to. He’s a solid behind-the-scenes coach, but isn’t equipped for being the front man.
There’s nothing much wrong with that – to each his own – and we’re quite sure Chris doesn’t exactly enjoy these challenges thrust on him by Ashley. But let’s not blame Chris for this ridiculous situation the club is in, it’s as difficult for him as any fan supporting the club right now.
We are still told the four consortia are looking through Newcastle’s books, which may cause some surprises with our financial stability, as they see Newcastle need to pay out £10M in bonuses for last season, and the player’s wages are so high that Sam Allardyce has intimated today he will not move for any Newcastle players.
But get ready for Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and Seb Bassong all to be back on Tyneside soon, as they continue to be paid ridiculous wages by the club, that we simply can no longer afford. That’s exceptSebastien Bassong of course, who’s our best player, but that makes sense in a Newcastle kind of way, doesn’t it?
And notice we didn’t even mention Alan Shearer in this article, but if and when he’s appointed Newcastle manager, the mood on Tyneside will immediately be elevated – big time – as he now looks our only hope.
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