We’ve admitted many times before, over these last four weeks, that we don’t know where Mike Ashley is coming from.
Colin Calderwood – could return short-term to Newcastle
And news recently that Chris Hughton will again be asked to step into the hot-seat at Newcastle and take pre-season training this coming Wednesday.
Some new news today that Colin Calderwood could be rehired as a Newcastle coach, to assist Chris and Paul Barron with the first team squad, when they return next week.
Colin of course joined Newcastle’s backroom staff last January on a contract through the end of the season, after being dismissed as Nottingham Forest manager in late December.
That necessarily will need to be a short term contract, maybe very short, if indeed Alan Shearer is to be appointed manager once the sale of Newcastle to one of the four bidders is complete.
And we don’t expect that Alan will have a place on the coaching staff for either Chris or Colin, although we’d like to see Chris stay, since he’s been through hell and high water for Newcastle over the last 12 months.
While he hasn’t got the results when in charge of the first team (neither did Shearer), you cannot question his courage in adversity, and there was a lot of adversity at Newcastle last season.
But if Ashley can hire Calderwood on a short term contract, why couldn’t he have done that with Alan Shearer after we were relegated, and the club would not be in the mess it is now?
That seems to us to be a simple question – but we have no idea what the answer would be from Mike. It would have also provided some potential continuity at the club, which giving Chris and Colin control on Wednesday will certainly not.
We just don’t know what Mike is trying to do, but it seems – by his very actions – that he’s determined that Shearer will not be manager while he still owns the Newcastle club.
And why that’s the case, your guess is as good as ours, but this is doing no good for the Newcastle club – no good at all.