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.
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.