You may have noticed, like we have, there has not been much news at all coming out of Newcastle United since Alan Shearer finished his one week long talks with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias in May.
Mike Ashley – has been as quiet as the grave for 4 weeks
We were told that Mike was listening very closely to what Alan was saying, and Ashley even issued an apology to Newcastle fans that week (probably written by a certain Alan Shearer) saying he had made some terrible decisions in his time at Newcastle.
But we already knew that, and since that week he seems to have gone off and ignored not only Shearer, but the fans and the players – just like they did from September to December, when they were trying to sell the club for the first time.
We call it their bunker mentality and there’s no place for that when you own a football club – where communications has to be full and free with the fans – and that’s especially true at Newcastle.
But with no manager in place now for 5 weeks push is coming to shove, and the NUSC (Newcastle United Supporters Club) tried to do something positive yesterday by calling on whoever, to appoint Alan Shearer as manager, but we’ll have to wait and see if that had any impact.
Mark Jensen, the editor of leading fanzine The Mag, said:
“The fans want Shearer and any future owners would be mad not to see Alan’s potential.”
“We are urging the people who can make it happen to give Alan Shearer the best chance possible of making this season a success, to make sure that this is rock bottom and there is not another trapdoor waiting for us that could see us tumble down to the level Leeds are at.”
“Any manager is untried until they are given the chance but I think Shearer has that certain steeliness, that certain something. He has to be given the opportunity and the tools to do it.”
“By coming together, as representatives of various sections of the fan base, we believe we can send a powerful message of unity that will be picked up by potential owners.”
Mark’s right that any manager is untried until given the chance but most managers learn their trade at lower level and lower profile clubs, although it seems that Alan always wanted to have his first crack at management at Newcastle. And it looks like Alan will get that chance but when is the big question right now.
We’re not sure what else to do to try to get Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias do their jobs at Newcastle, since we’ve worn the pen very low in criticising Mike, and that doesn’t seemed to have done much use.
Don’t believe by the way, that their hands are tied because of the new potential ownership – that’s rubbish – and there’s no reason why Alan or somebody else couldn’t have been appointed immediately after relegation, and we wouldn’t be in this complete mess.
They are still in charge of the club and it’s still their responsibility until the club is sold. That’s business – normal business.
It’s now 10 days the four consortia (we think it’s four) have been in due diligence on looking through the club’s financial books, so hopefully something will break soon.
But how many times have we said that in the last month?