Reports coming in are that Newcastle will make an announcement on Monday over efforts to sell the club.
Mike Ashley – decision will be made today we think
Owner Mike Ashley was expected to make a decision sometime today on the sale and whether to keep the club for another year.
He has apparently given Barry Moat until 5:00 pm Newcastle time to make the deal.
And there still seem to be talks continuing with local businessman Barry Moat. And it could be that talks are also ongoing with two other consortia, but that’s less certain.
Ashley wants a £100m deal for the club, or else reports suggest he will just not sell.
It’s true that the longer things go on without a sale being reached, the more likely it will be that Ashley will stay.
We hope some news will filter through about the decision before Monday, but if Ashley decides to keep the club he will need to make a decision over his new manager.
With Chris Hughton doing so well with Colin Calderwood we have to think this points to Joe Kinnear being given the job again.
That’s even if it means waiting a month or two for Joe to be fully fit after his open heart surgery in February, because Hughton and Calderwood seem to have the support of the players at the club.
We don’t think Chris Hughton is the right man to remain in charge but he’s shown he’s an excellent coach, as is Colin Calderwood, and we would expect them both to stay on at Newcastle.
The squad is threadbare right now and whoever is announced owner and manager will need to get new players in quickly.
On Monday there will be just over a week left in the transfer window, what a ridiculous situation to be in.
We also think if Ashley strays then some players will want to leave, and we expect Steven Taylor and Nicky Butt may be two of them.
Now we have a few days to wait – well we’ve already waited almost 13 weeks – in fact on Sunday it will be 13 weeks since we were relegated by losing 1-0 at Villa Park.
We think if Ashley stays on, it will be very difficult to get the fans behind him, since he’s not well liked at all on Tyneside, and that’s putting it mildly.