Alan Shearer gave Ashley a list of seven potential signings at the end of last season, but the former Newcastle and England striker has now reverted back to his role as a BBC commentator during Saturday’s game at WBA.
Alan Shearer – still wants Newcastle job
But over the weekend the Newcastle’s all-time record goalscorer with 206 goals, admitted it was already too late to make a move for his preferred options.
Alan confirmed he was still interested in taking over the job at St James’ Park, but admitted the current affairs right now on Tyneside are damaging the club’s hopes of an instant return to the Premier League.
“I handed over a list of about seven targets on the Tuesday after the end of last season,”
“But they’ve all moved on elsewhere now.” “Newcastle’s squad was thin last season, and when you consider the players who have gone out, that tells a story.”
“They need players quickly and it could be a long, hard season if that doesn’t happen.” “I’m still in limbo. I wanted it sorted either way because of my love for the football club.”
“I would dearly love the chance to finish what I started last season.”
Shearer’s return to Newcastle would be all but a certainty if Newcastle businessman Barry Moat was to complete a takeover of the club this week, and it would appear that Alan would immediately dispense with Joey Barton.
As we said after the Liverpool game you don’t mess with Alan Shearer and Joey will pay the price for doing just that. The midfielder clashed with Shearer after he was sent off in last season’s defeat at Liverpool, and that was stupid of him to say the least.
And even if Mike Ashley retains the club because the offers are just too low to sell the club, he could do a lot worse than appointing Shearer even this late in the game.
That would appease the Newcastle supporters and while there may not be a lot of money to spend, Alan could still balance the squad by wheeling and dealing in the last 3 weeks and selling off a few of our overpaid players.
However the chances of that ever happening now must be extremely low, and our best chance for salvation this season must lie with Barry Moat bidding successfully for the club this week.