It seems that the way Ashley is running the Tyneside club right now, it is difficult for players both trying to leave the club as well as those wanting to come in.
Mike Ashley – current owner at a deteriorating Newcastle club
That’s because, as we heard from Coloccini’s agent today, Newcastle have not even talked to him about if Fabricio is even to be sold, or what fee they are placing on the Argentine.
And it’s just as hard for players who may be interested in joining Newcastle, and we’re sure we have missed out on a number of players already, because of the mess at the club since we were relegated. Getting relegated was bad enough, but this is now getting beyond a joke.
One agent told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The difficulty everyone is finding is ‘Who do you speak to?’,” “There doesn’t seem to be anyone to speak to about putting players into the club. There aren’t any decisions being made, so they are going to lose out.”
“I have a player who wasn’t getting a game at his previous club, a Premier League club.” “I was told Newcastle could be interested. He’s a goalscoring striker who would have done well for them, especially in the Championship.”
“But they missed out because who do I talk to? He’s joined a different club now. That’s the problem. Who’s in charge?” “Re-negotiating the contracts of players who are already there, and who they want to keep, is not a problem. It’s getting players in where it falls down.”
“Evidently, they’re looking to sell players first. They need to slash the wage bill big-time, and lose the big-earners, so that knocks things back a stage as well.” “Unless things are resolved quickly they will miss out. There are players they could get in but how long do these people wait around for?”
“I speak to people at the club all the time, I’ve recommend players to scouts Lil Fucillo and Jeff Vetere in the past. I’ve given them names but then there’s nothing they can do now.” “Is Alan Shearer there? Is Iain Dowie? Is Joe Kinnear?”
“If you get hold of Alan and recommend a player, he still might not get the job. Then someone else comes in and might not like the player you’ve recommended. It makes it harder for us, as agents.” “So you almost don’t bother, what’s the point?”
“All Alan can do at the moment is say to players ‘If I get the job, I’m interested in you. Hold on.’ But for how long? Some clubs start their pre-season training in the next week or so, and business will start picking up from then on.”
“That’s when players start thinking about where they’re going to be but all they can think about Newcastle United is ‘What’s going on?’ As an agent, I have to think about my clients’ best interests and make sure they are sorted out and happy.”
“With no date set for any proposed takeover, then any manager being in place, everything is still up in the air. Newcastle could go into the new season with pretty much the same squad they have now.” “Since they were relegated, I am talking to them about a different calibre of player. In the Premier League they’re a big club spending a lot of money on transfer fees and wages.
“Relegation changes everything for them. They’re still a big club but having played in the Premier League a lot of players don’t want to drop down to the Championship. They’re just not prepared to do it.”
“So they’re not going to be able to attract top players and certainly not internationals.”
“If Alan Shearer is appointed manager and if he can convince players the club has a good chance of promotion at the first attempt, they’ve got a chance. But these are big ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. “It’s a nightmare scenario.”
The Newcastle club is now at their lowest ebb for many a season, and it’s not that we’ve been relegated, but we’ve done very little for 5 weeks to prepare for next season – and absolutely nothing at all as far as players coming or going.
And things must improve quickly, if we are not going to do a free-fall, which is very possible as Leeds United showed, once they were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 – and Malcolm Macdonald warned the fans about last Wednesday.
He was at Fulham when a similar thing happened way back, so he’s been through it himself, and that’s what happens when a football is out of control.
If we don’t get our act together quickly, and get Ashley out – even more quickly – we could be in serious serious trouble.
And that’s the uncomfortable truth.