There is a report in today’s newspapers that two bids have been accepted for Newcastle United, but it’s the News Of The World reporting it.
Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley – last week in charge at Newcastle?
So this news will need to be taken with a large dose of salt.
Last week there there was news that Ashley would bring in Alan Curbishley as manager, which was was just nonsense, and we knew it and it was immediately denied the following day by Derek Llambias.
But there have also been other rumors that acceptable bids have been made by at least two of the consortia.
We expect there is some deadline by which bids can be ma, so several bids can then be considered by Keith Harris and Mike Ashley, and then we suppose one of them will be accepted. We’re not quite sure what the NOTW means when they say two bids have been accepted, other than they have been submitted for consideration.
The bids are said to be £80M and the two groups are said to be an American based group and one from the North-East. However, if we were making up a story, like the NOTW does every Sunday, that’s maybe what we would say. 😀
A local group had bid, because of the local ties, and an American group, because it raises the possibilities about who that may be.
But we have no idea who the American group is, and indeed if there is a group bidding from the USA at all, as everything is being kept under wraps and highly secretive.
The NOTW is saying a further £20M, in addition to the initial £80M will have to be paid if Newcastle can get promoted back to the Premier League, but why that clause is there, we have no idea.
It doen’t make any sense to us, since why should Asley be paid £20M if new owners come in and d0 the right thing – which he didn’t – and get our club back to the Premier League, where we belong?
The NOTW world-famous inside source said:
“It is getting very close but it is so sensitive that the identities have to remain secret.”
“They have both proved they have the funding to take over and the process is speeding up.”
“There could be a third or a fourth bid early this week, but those two are at the front.”
We would hope there is some truth in the story, and it wouldn’t surprise us at all if we were told some group had eventually bought the club – within the next week. The signs are there that the groups are very serious about doing a deal, and for Newcastle fans, it’s the sooner the better after the Ashley nightmare.
There’s still time to recover if get a decent manager in soon, since most of our players want to stay – and we hope it’s not just because of the high wages.
But if the new owners can invest in the wages for one year – so we can keep two or three of our players, then it could pay off with the side getting promoted next May.
We will lose out 4 out of contract players and we would still need to unload a number, maybe up to 10, of some of the high wage -earners we just don’t want or need at the club.
If the club is sold this week, and they bring in a good manager, who most of us would like to be Alan Shearer, then all the better.
But whoever comes in, the Newcastle fans will need to get behind the new owner, new manager and the team – so we have a consistent front moving forward. We can all row the boat in the same direction, and that would be a nice change.
We need stability more than ever at the club, and we have to hope both the new owner and the new manager will take a long term view of the club, and where we need to go.
If we do that, we could be celebrating next year at this time , with a much better team than we have at the moment, and Premier League football again. Certainly that’s exactly what Birmingham City have just achieved, after just one year in the lower division.
That has to be the goal over the next 12 months.