It’s 5 weeks and a day since Newcastle were relegated to the Championship after their 1-0 defeat at Villa Park.
Chris Hughton – will take pre-season training on Wednesday
And what have we done since that time. Not too much as the club has been put up for sale again, and that process always seems to take some time. It’s now been up for sale just over 4 weeks at an asking price of £100M.
The club has arranged 5 good pre-season friendlies and the players return for pre-season training on Wednesday, and many will wonder where their futures lie, because that will not be on Tyneside.
But the situation on several fronts continues to be a concern at the club:
- We still have no idea who will be the new owner, or indeed if the club will be sold since we hear that the two consortia who have bid have come in below the asked for price of £100M
- There is no long-term manager in place, and Chris Hughton will again be named the interim manager for Wednesday and will be assisted by Paul Barron and perhaps Colin Calderwood
- Not one of the 9 players (at least) we need to unload this summer has been sold
- No new players have been brought into the club
- We have just lost our fitness coaches Hulse and Elliott to Liverpool
Our first friendly is a week on Saturday, but who will be in that team is a good question, because we’ll still have all our players returning from last season, who will presumably not be at the club come September.
The hope of everybody connected to the club has to be that new owners are installed this week, and news yesterday was that Keith Harris was in the United States, so presumably we could read into that, that a deal is imminent.
But all this stuff with the reports of a sale very close, all happened last year, and Ashley turned up no decent bid for the club, and in the end decided to keep the club.
That caused Shay Given to leave, and we have to hope Mike doesn’t have another change of heart, but there’s no doubt he will take a bath and lose at least £150M on his little venture of the last couple of years at Newcastle.
Until we get a new owner and new manager, there’s not much else the club can do but to continue to move along, at a slow pace, until the new leaders come on board, and that’s been the case ever since the club was put up for sale.
The sad thing is there were reports yesterday, that it could take at least another two weeks for the club to be sold, so time marches on, and is certainly not on the side of Newcastle United right now.