News in the Sunday Sun today that Alan Shearer has gone on vacation after being increasingly alarmed, like every Newcastle fan, at the ridiculous situation that exists at the Newcastle club.
Alan Shearer – exasperated – off on vacation
Alan has now given up all hope of being appointed Newcastle manager before the Championship season starts next Saturday at WBA.
The Newcastle club has now been kept in limbo for 9 weeks, since Mike Ashley decided to sell the club for a second time (or try to at least), and Oba Martins has been the only player leaving the club in that time, when he signed for Wolfsburg for £9M on Friday.
That’s in addition to free agents Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Claudio Cacapa, Peter Lovenkrands and David Edgar not being retained.
We estimate that’s about £360K/week saved on the wages bill, which is around £19M saved off the wages bill.
That takes the current wage bill from around £74M a year to around £56M a year – still too much by a long way. Another £20M will need to be trimmed off that wage bill in the next four weeks.
Since Oba was one of the highest remaining wage earners that was a good deal for the club, since we paid £10M to Inter 3 years ago for the Nigerian striker, so we almost got our money back.
Alan Shearer had hoped to have been put in charge permanently, but delicate talks with Ashley and Derek Llambias broke down, and the club was put back on the market a week following our disastrous relegation, and things have gone from bad to worse since then – much worse in fact.
Alan is not due back into the country until after next weekend, so will miss the first game of the season at WBA, but that would be in time to resume his Match of the Day duties with the BBC, which must be an option for the Newcastle and England Idol.
Certainly Mike Ashley has put the Newcastle fans, the players and Alan Shearer in particular, through hell and high water over the summer – we wonder when he’s going to stop this?
He’s certainly not fit to own a football club, ever again.