Newcastle fans should know this week, hopefully by Wednesday, whether Mike Ashley will remain in charge of the club. or whether Barry Moat is the new owner with Alan Shearer as manager.
Alan Shearer – should know very soon
Not too much new news this morning yet on the ownership soap opera at Newcastle.
Moat and Ashley sat next to each other on Saturday in a show of solidarity to Barclay’s Bank, in the hopes that Moat will indeed get the OK from the bank for a loan that will help buy the club and also provide some investment for new players.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that Moat, if he gets the OK from the bank for the loan, will execute a plan that will see Alan Shearer appointed manager in time for the tough game at Crystal Palace this coming Saturday – and provide him with assurances that his squad will not be further depleted.
There are also reports there will be extensive player recruitment, in the short time left in the transfer window, although it appears that Newcastle are on the verge of completing the signing of free agent center-back Sol Campbell this week, regardless of whether Shearer is manager.
That tells us that from a player’s viewpoint Newcastle is still an attractive proposition, even with all the nonsense that’s gone on this season. A good crowd of 36, 944 on Saturday was bigger than expected, and the biggest crowd this season in the Championship.
If Moat fails with his loan bid, Ashley will take the club off the market, and the owner will further reduce the wage bill at the club, by selling more players. This will be to improve the look of the financial books at the club for a possible sale later on, either in January or next summer.
Mike will likely sell both Steven Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez before the end of the transfer window, and if he can unload the likes of Geremi, Xisco and Coloccini they will go too.
And as we revealed last night, Steven Taylor is on the verge of leaving his home town club for Everton – with some reports even suggesting he will take his medical today, but surely Steven will wait a few days to see if Alan Shearer will be taking over.
And down south Joe Kinnear has been telling friends he will indeed be the new manager later this week, if Ashley is still in charge. Joe talks a lot, (as most Irishmen do), but we believe Ashley still has other management options, and David O’Leary is still in with a good chance.
Let’s hope this ridiculous soap opera ends by Wednesday, at the latest, so we at least know the direction in which the club will be going.
We hope Alan is in charge come Saturday, and then we’ll at least know we can look forward to a Steven Taylor – Sol Campbell central partnership in this Championship season.
Also new players coming in should include the likes of Jermaine Beckford (Leeds) and Norwegian Per Ciljan Skjelbred, and of course we’d expect Joey Barton to be on his way.