We were hoping for some new news on Newcastle today, but the Journal story on Michael Owen today, tells us there’s not much coming out of St. James’ Park today, well not yet anyway.
Mike Ashley – made a hash of things at Newcastle
Derek Llambias is supposed to be in town today, and tying up some loose ends on the sale of the club, and we were hoping we’d hear some decent news sometime today.
Most Newcastle fans are not much worried about what happens to Michael Owen, as he will not be a part of the Newcastle story anymore. After all he was paid a monumental sum at Newcastle and his less than stellar stay ended up with the club being relegated, and Owen being dropped a couple of times in the run-in to the season.
While he may yet start scoring goals again, he’ll not do that at Newcastle, so why all the local news about Michael surprises us – to say the least. We’re not much interested at what happens to Michael if truth be told.
Of course there’s not much else going on right now, and that’s more than a problem of course, as there is still loads to do at Newcastle before the new season kicks off on August 8th at WBA.
Here’s what we think most Newcastle fans would like to see happen just as soon as possible:
- A new owner announced. We have no idea who that would be, but the sooner the better, and hopefully they will be able to cough up some funds in the transfer coffers for the new manager.
- A new manager announced, and most of us would like to see Alan Shearer in charge. We took a beating in the comments recently, and probably deserved it, for saying if the owners didn’t appoint Alan it would be their first big mistake. And while we think Alan’s appointment is around 90% certain it could be somebody else who is brought in. As long as the new manager is a good appointment, and he can move the club forward, most fans will be able to live with that. We have to think Alan is at least a hot favorite for the job – but only after the current owner leaves, who has simply ignored Alan for the last two weeks.
- Some stability at the club after Mike Ashley has wrecked whatever good name the club had, and the Newcastle club internally is now in the worst shape it’s been in for many a year. Mike has had only two years on Tyneside – but he made the most of that time to wreck the club and has been quite successful at it, unfortunately. It’s just a pity he couldn’t have been successful at doing something good for the club.
- And last but not least – Mike Ashley leaving Toon – and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
If we can get those elements achieved within say the next week, most Newcastle fans will be happy and willing to support he club in their quest for promotion first time from the Championship. Our nightmare would essentially be over and we could look ahead with some positive vibes that the club can come back, and possibly come back quickly.
We also hear from a few readers, who say they work at the Newcastle club, that Ashley is more than a little upset at all the negative press he’s been receiving. If that’s true we’re surprised that he’s surprised.
He could get the Newcastle fans wrath down by immediately appointing a manager, since after all, whether he likes it or not, the Newcastle club is his responsibility until he sells, and he’s managed to do nothing for 30 days since we were relegated. We have arranged 5 good pre-season friendly games, which in fairness was good news amongst the doom and gloom.
Poor managers are those who sit on the fence and refuse to make the tough decisions necessary to move a company forward. Does that sound familiar at what’s happened at Newcastle these past four weeks?
The next step on our terrible down-slide since relegation will be if Ashley does announce Chris Hughton as the new interim manager.
Everybody knows he is not the long-term solution, and that could have a negative impact on the players we want to keep at the club like Steven Taylor and Habib Beye. Both players are getting more than a little impatient at the complete mess the club is still in.
We await good news with bated breath, and once we get a new owner and new manager in, then we can start rebuilding and forget about the last two years, well at least start to forget.
The owners will need to unburden the club of up to 10 players, but it could be that two or three of our high wage- earners will stay – if only because we cannot unload all of them in the short time left until the end of August.
The club will hardly have a choice as to who they keep, because once a bid comes in for any of those 9 high priority players that’s acceptable, they’ll be out of the door quickly.
We need stability at he club, and once Ashley leaves we’ll need to restore the pride and passion at Newcastle, that has to be job one.
A few wins in August, when we start in the Championship, could also help the mood of everybody associated with the club.