Two Consortia To Appoint Shearer Newcastle Manager ASAP

Some decent, even good news from the Journal this morning, that reports the two consortia leading the race to buy Newcastle United, both want to appoint Alan Shearer as manager.

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Alan Shearer – manager within the week?

These sales usually take longer than envisaged, because generally things are found out they are not expecting, and of course unless you do a thorough due diligence you usually have to pay the Piper later.

Just ask Mike Ashley, who found out after he had bought the club two years ago, that they owed over £100M, and that was because he didn’t do good due diligence, but we are finding out he’s not too good at other business things either.

And it seems like Alan Shearer received some encouraging news from Derek Llambias yesterday, and a final resolution to the ongoing takeover saga may be close. Well let’s hope it doesn’t drag on for another couple of weeks though.

Seymour Pierce, the bank in charge of the sale, are still said to be quite confident that new owners will be announced before the end of the month, which is next Tuesday, the day before pre-season begins.

And both consortia leading the race for Newcastle want to immediately appoint Alan Shearer to lead the club back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Shearer and the two potential owners should ensure that this news gets out widely, as our players are just like the rest of us, and want to know what’s going on too.

And that has to be good news for players like Steven Taylor, Habib Beye and Peter Lovenkrands who are only too happy to stay on Tyneside if Alan is in charge.

A source close to Shearer said:

“There has been some contact between Alan and Derek Llambias this week and it seems the two serious bidders that emerged last week both intend to appoint him as manager once a takeover is completed.”

“It’s definitely some positive news at last, although no timescale has been given so we don’t know exactly when it is going to happen.”

“There is still a bit of work to be done by the sounds of things and until it happens, Alan will not be getting carried away with anything.”

“Alan has talked to Steven and Habib and they have said they will stay at Newcastle if he is manager,”

“However, as has always been the case, the sooner things are resolved the better because Newcastle have already lost ground on their Championship rivals in the transfer market.”

This is good news and we need to see reports saying that Shearer will be appointed presumably before next Tuesday, and surely he will now be the one to lead the pre-season training.

While Alan will not get carried away until things are in place, we trust he will be planning for pre-season training next Wednesday, and plan to welcome the players back on Tyneside.

Now to try to persuade Seb Bassong to stay on Tyneside, since he seems to have already been successful with Steven Taylor and Habib Beye.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • jettson1971

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    encouraging news for a change! fingers crossed ithappens asap as we cant allow potential targets to slip thru our fingers! we have the basis of an excellent championship squad with 4 or 5 new additions and with the excellent youth players coming thru i am hopeful of a decent and hopefully successful season!

  • Ericles

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    We can revive our hopes according to this news. Alan will have to move fast to retain Bassong and Martins, even Lovenkrands who would still be a useful player. He will have to move even faster to get players and other staff in. When it all finally comes out in the wash I think we are going to see what a complete business nonentity Ashley really is – and hope the slob now realises what happens to you if you take the piss out of Geordies!

  • newcastle29

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    some good news for a change.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Not another “insider/close to the deal/tip off”!!!
    Oh dear………………..

  • Wilad

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    This is reat news. However, why are we talking about keeping so many of the players who got us relegated.

    Keep Taylor, Bassong, Beye. However, Lovenkrands, Martins along with Owen, Martins, Viduka, Ameobi even Carrol were not good enough and I don’t understand why anyone would want to keep any of them other than maybe Carrol. Martins last season couldn’t hit a barn door from 5 yards. If we’re offered 8million sell him and get a young hungary striker in who has something to proove. Campbell, Beckford even a couple of young lads from Arsenal like Birmingham City did a few years ago. People can maybe blaim the midfield for the strikers poor performance and tbh I’d get shot of them all except maybe Guthrie and rebuild our front 6..

    Poss team


    Beye – Taylor – Bassong / Tozer – Enrique
    Lua Lua – Guthrie – Vukic / Inman – Ferguson
    Ranger – Carrol / Xisco

    That team would be a great blank canvas of hungary young players who want to wear the badge and then strengthen from there.

  • Johno Toon

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    About time , but with everything with nufc we shall what happens

  • Coca Cola

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    It still seems as though nothing is any closer in all honesty.

    I had a dream last night that they called a huge press conference and bigged it all up, and then….Joe Kinnear walked out from behind a curtain! I was not best pleased…

  • shrews mag

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    We have just moved house and it took 7 weeks to get the key and move in … how do people expect a multi million pound football club (with land assests, the club itself, 100s of employees and a squad of players) to be sold in only a few days.

    We have been hearing since last wednesday (when the accounts were made public to the interested parties) that the club will be sold in days/hours.

    Come on people … lots can go on before now and the actual sale … and lots will … buyers will come and go … rumours will come and go … paper talk will come and go.

    Lets just sit tight and hope the right bunch comes forward.

    Staility at the top with AS with a 5 year contract (which the owner sticks to) and we will be fine.

    But above all we need to show patience and understanding for the new owner … and the new manager.

  • Ericles

    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    What sort of dealings has Ashley done at NUFC. I am curious to know what Suxedo Prestige means which is described as “formerly Newcastle United Football Club Ltd”. Apparently the catering section which, apart from Shearer’s bar, sacked 60% of employees prior to relegation. Anybody know? We had better watch out for some more stunts from Ashley before July 3rd too – he can still do a lot of damage before he finally agrees a sale.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10


    Although I do not fully agree, you do make some valid points.

    Yes the Midfield needs a big shake up, we had no creativity or flair like the days of Ginola, Robert, Gillespie etc.

    I think that although Oba didnt have the best season for us, he was not helped by the players around him and also lacked a consistency in who he was partnering up front.

    Beye, Taylor and Bassong are a strong building block and give us some real strength at the back, Im not sold on enrique and would like to see someone else come in or one of the younger lads given a chance there.

    Midfield, I would get shot of the lot, except, like you say Guthrie and I have to say I am an Alan Smith fan like big Al, but his wages are too high for the championship.

    Up front, they can all go, except Oba and Carrol, then bring in Frazer Campbell to be a constant partner to Oba then they will be a good strike pairing I think.

    As far as McLoven is concerned, I would love to keep him, he reminds me of when we had Sibierski sat on the bench, someone pacey who causes some problems and asks questions of tired legs, I think we should keep hold of him.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Patience and Consistency is the key throughout the team, from the Board to the Manager to the squad, I think we need to go back to basics here.

    So what if we dont bounce straight back up, we need time to repair the cracks and not just paper over them like we usually do.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    I got a bit of an arsey / realism head on today.

    Not to dampen on things but – this is practically a word for word article from the times so where is it coming from and is it bulls locks or direct release from NUFC press office.

    Shearer aint said sh*t to the press since his holiday / ashley officially put up for sale. Bearing in mind prior to that it was direct quotes left right and centre.

    This source close to him is ….. ????

    I welcome good news but Im resistant to jump up and down until something concrete comes out.

    Can I just say – Pompey! That take over has been going on for weeks and weeks and doesnt look like getting finished anytime soon.

    Patience my friends,

  • Stuart79

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon Graeme // Jun 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Portsmouth have a great deal of debt which would make due dilligence a longer hardious task.

    We are told we have no debt.

    Due dilligence could have been going on for 3/4 weeks. We just don’t know what’s going on.

    Seymour Pierce think it will be concluded for the end of the month so I suspect they know more than the Journal or anyone else.

  • estechco

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Wilad – Are you our new Hungarian talent scout or is you spell checker just on the blink? ;o)

  • estechco

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Oops spoke to soon…you -> your

  • gandeyb

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Please let this be true, I have been waiting since the last day of the season to hear some good news. I’m hoping Alan already knows that he is going to be manager, it just won’t be released until a new owner is in place. It wouldn’t suprise me if Alan and Sloth have been working hard behind the scene’s listing potential signings and drawing up a list of numpties we can get rid off. Smith, Butt, Nolan, Colo, Geremi etc.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Toon Graeme
    My sentiments exactly mate………

  • Chris G

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    estechco // Jun 24, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Wilad – Are you our new Hungarian talent scout or is you spell checker just on the blink?
    He’s probably not the new Hungarian talent scout – he forgot Tamas Kadar 😉

  • Wilad

    Jun 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Damn…. Kadar!

  • NorthernPaul

    Jun 24, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    This is more of the same. Speculation and thats all it is.

  • JJJ

    Jun 24, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #21

    This story is just the press creating something of scraps… nothing more!
    Sick are this poor journalism but more sick of the fans believing it!


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