We expect to get a new manager this week at Newcastle once Mike Ashley makes it official he is going to do what Newcastle fans don’t want him to do – and that is to keep the Newcastle club for another year.
Mike Ashley – looks like what Newcastle fans are – just competely fed up
It seems that Newcastle have so far sounded out about four potential managers about taking over at St James’ Park should the club remain
unsold – but as we expected Alan Shearer isn’t one of them.
We have to think that David O’Leary, Alan Curbishley and Joe Kinnear are three of the four, and of those we would plump form Curbishley, who could do a really good job on Tyneside.
Owner Mike Ashley will first assess a couple of bids made for the club, and we know one is from local Newcastle businessman Chris Moat, but we don’t think either offer will be acceptable to the Newcastle owner.
Both offer are said to be well short of Ashley’s valuation of the club, and it looks like the odds are high he will take the club off the market within the next week and appointing a permanent manager.
If he is to do that then the sooner he does it then the more time the new manager will have of fixing up the squad for an attempt on promotion this coming season.
And we see that experienced Dutch manager Dick Advocaat, the newly fired coach of Zenit St Petersburg is also available, but whether Mike will even think of offering him the Newcastle job has to be a huge doubt right now.
Presumably Mike will want to save money to make the club more attractive to buyers next season, and little money will be available if any to bring in new players for next season.
Of course the very best thing he can do to make Newcastle a more attrative club is to get the club promoted, but exactly what goes through Mike’s mind these days is a complete mystery to us.