Alan Shearer is not happy that Newcastle are ready to sell Damien Duff to Fulham – that’s if we are to have any chance of promotion back to the Premier League.
Alan Shearer - not happy Duff, Bassong and Beye have gone
Shearer is less than happy Newcastle are very likely to lose Damien Duff to Fulham soon, as Duff was one of the players on a list of players he wanted to keep, when he discussed his permanent appointment with Ashley back in May.
It seems that list has been completely ignored by the Ashley regime, who are now more interested in off-loading the club’s high earners, whoever they may be, and exactly why Ashley has treated Shearer with such a lack of courtesy over the summer is strange indeed.
But also Duff has become utterly disillusioned by the takeover farce ongoing at Newcastle. for a second time within 12 months, and the failure to appoint Shearer as permanent manager.
We expect other players at the club are just as upset, but are keeping a happy face on things to the Newcastle fans.
And expect that if Ashley keeps the club this summer, expect this farce to continue either in January or next summer – the soap opera looks like it will be continued.
If Alan had been appointed manager in June, we would not have lost Bassong or Beye either.
And Duff is now expected to complete a £4M move to London club Fulham, within the next 48 hours.
A source close to Alan said today:
“Damien Duff was on Alan’s list of players Newcastle needed to keep if they were going to have the best chance of promotion back to the Premier League,”
“But then again so were Habib Beye and Sébastien Bassong, so he isn’t exactly surprised. It seems Ashley is going to ignore everything that was on that list.”
“It doesn’t seem to have counted for anything.”
Newcastle must offload some of their high wage earners so that they don’t have a cash gflow problem next season.
But there seems to have been no attempt to keep certain players at all, and any good bid for any high wage earner, is going to be accepted, and more of that could happen within the last two weeks of the transfer window.
Exactly where that leaves our already weakened squad for the coming season is a very good question.