With less than two weeks to go before Newcastle play their first season friendly, we’ve taken another look at the things Alan Shearer and the new owner will need to be doing, once they land at Newcastle.
Alan Shearer – lots and lots to do – very quickly!
Here are just a few of the things that Alan will need to do, but as far as getting those high wage-earning players out of the club, and their wages off the books, the new Chairman and others will need put a hard court press into getting those players moved on.
Alan and the coaching staff should be heads down preparing the team for next season.
Here’s probably only a partial list of the work load items:
- Sell some of the 9 high priority players or get them out on loans so that their wages are off the books.
- Take those players he wants to keep, like Harper, Steven Taylor, Beye and Bassong off the transfer list, as all the first team squad is till up for grabs.
- Start bringing in some of the new players we need to mount a Championship bid next season. Players include Per Ciljen Sjkelbred, Jermaine Beckford, Brad Orr and Chris Gunter.
- Try to persuade Seb Bassong to stay on Tyneside, or at least see what he really wants to do. If the Frenchman wants to leave ask £15M for him, and see what offers come in. It could well be he’ll get a better wage on Tyneside than at a Premier League side next season, and he’s earned that wage too.
- Appoint some new coaches quickly so we don’t suffer too much from losing fitness coaches Hulse and Elliott over the weekend to Liverpool.
- Attempt to get some players in form the big four clubs on loan for the season, as there should be some good youngsters that could help Newcastle get promoted at the first attempt.
- Hold a press conference (a long one) so Alan and the coaches (and the owner hopefully, or at least the new Chairman) can talk about what they will be doing to get the club back into the Premier League next season.
- Ensure that between Alan and the new Chairman there is constant and good communication with the Newcastle fans, who after all are what the Newcastle club are all about.
It’s a very bad situation right now, but not a lost cause yet, and if we can get a new owner and new manager in quickly (this week?), we could even be ready for the new season when it kicks off at WBA on August 8th.
And of course we would need to get all 3 points in that first game, and then we’d all be feeling a lot better. 😀