Chris Hughton has said today that he’s been told almost every week during the summer, there would be a sale by the end of the week.
And that’s gone on now for 14 weeks and we’re no closer a sale, if truth be told.
Oh yes we have a new potential buyer in North-West-based businessman Geoff Sheard, and he would appoint Alan Shearer as manager and bring David Beckham to Tyneside (just what David wants in a world cup year – he’ll definitely get his place playing in the Champiosnhip), and Geoff will do a streak across St. James’ Park, in full daylight.
Only one of the above three bits of news is not being reported – yes we know it’s difficult – but guess which one. 😀
Sheard has already been in for Newcastle once, and if he has the money to buy the club, we’d be really shocked.
Despite the uncertainty, Hughton and the players will again get on with their jobs, as they have done since returning for pre-season.
Chris said today:
“Probably from the first day of pre-season, I have been convinced by the end of that week that a decision would be made, and of course what has happened is that that’s gone on and on.”
“A decision will be made at some stage. What has been quoted this week is that they will give Barry Moat that extra time he needs, and that’s all we can work off.”
“If something happens, that would be beneficial for everybody, but until it does, we will get on with the business here.”
The summer transfer window closes at 5:00 pm next Tuesday and any new owner – would now have little time to do any real business.
And it’s hard to take any new news on a potential sale with any seriousness.
Sales so far have brought in around £23M and the wage bill has been cut from £74M to £48M, which is still more than we can afford on £50M revenue.
But if Newcastle do mount a promotion challenge, it would appear the gate receipts could be close to what they were last year, with the last home game attendance close to 46,000, and that has to be good news.
Chris says he has not been informed of any bid for Steven Taylor or anyone else to date, and is hopeful he can keep what he already has and strengthen it.
But Chris was told of the Martins deal to Wolfsburg, for example, only after it was completed, so he’s not privy to any transfer deals – so far.