The identity of all four groups who are in the process of due diligence on Newcastle’s books, and the two who have submitted bids to brokers Seymour Pierce continues to remain a closely-guarded secret.
Keith Harris – deal for Newcastle done within a week?
And no decent leaks even as to who the four may be, and we hear one is form America, but we have to say Keith Harris and Seymour Pierce Bank is keeping a lid on the identities of the consortia, to their credit. But it would be nice to have at least one or two decent leaks. 😀
And today we are again being told that the American group is furthest ahead in the due diligence process.
But it appears that some of the consortia have expressed real concerns to Ashley about the wage bill at the club, which is now £74M, and will be cut to around £61M with the departure of Owen, Viduka, Cacapa and Edgar next Tuesday, when their contracts run out.
Ashley has been asked to quicken up some of the departures, and that’s the job of agents First Artists, but they have had no success at all up to this point, and the only real deal we hear about is Michael Owen, or should we say a lack of a deal.
But he’s a free agent, and as far as we are concerned he’s gone, so we haven’t paid too much attention to him, after his four failed seasons at Newcastle.
When 25,000 fans came to greet him at St. James’ Park in September, 2005, who would have thought Newcastle would be relegated in his final season on Tyneside?
Not too many but that’s how much Newcastle sank to last season, and that’s one reason it will be hard to sell some of our players – there’s now a stigma attached to many of them – including Owen
The nine players who have been identified as the highest priority to transfer out, are those we must see some action on soon.
It looks like they will all report back to Newcastle a week on Wednesday, and that will be more than a little embarrassing, although if Alan is in charge, he’ll handle it well – and keep the attitude and spirits high in training camp.
Ashley is reported to be desperate for some progress on the selling front, and First Artists will be told to increase their focus on the sale of Newcastle’s foreign players to overseas clubs.
It would be good to have at least one player sold before pre-season training begins, because otherwise question will be asked what has been done at the club for the last 5 weeks?
Answer – not much.