The delay in the sale of the Newcastle club is doing nothing for players, like Sebastien Bassong, who still seem to want to leave the Newcastle club.
Sebastien Bassong – can Shearer keep this player at Newcastle
With even some of our sensible and experienced players like Habib Beye and Nicky Butt getting a little sick of the farcical situation at the club under Mike Ashley, this is hardly the time to have good young players like Seb returning to the club.
If this situation lasts even just one more week, that could be enough to squash any chance Alan Shearer has of persuading Bassong that his future lies on Tyneside.
The news is that the Frenchman was extremely impressed with Alan at the end of last season, and of course we know the 22 year-old gave everything he had for the team last season, and was easily the club’s best player.
Bassong turns 23 years old tomorrow, and is known to be extremely ambitious, so it will be tough for Shearer to keep him on Tyneside, but with new billionaire owners willing to invest in the club, and Alan in the lead it is not impossible.
The Malaysian consortium in Newcastle United takeover talks were on Tyneside yesterday and returned last night, and were this time accompanied by the man said to be the number two to the prime investor, who we think is Ananda Krishnan.
The party was again hosted by Managing Director Derek Llambias, and they were at the grounds for about 90 minutes, arriving around 5:00pm.
It’s hard to know right now which group would be better owners for the club, but having Krishnan, who is worth around £4.6B, in charge of Newcastle, with Alan as manager, cannot be a bad thing.
We just all have to hope that this deal concludes as quickly as possible this week, so the real work of preparing the club for the Championship can start – at last. It’s 7 weeks this weekend since we were relegated.
Written from Paris, France.