There’s a mini-update today on the potential Newcastle sale to Barry Moat in the Journal, and the little bit of new news they report could be taken as positive.
Mike Ashley and Barry Moat
While the local paper goes through the same old stuff about the size of the overdraft, and the fact that Shearer could still be installed as the new Manager even while Ashley is still at the club, there are some new (positive?) points which we’ll try to pinpoint specifically.
- The discussions between Moat and Ashley have continued this week and there are face to face meetings with the two men taking place, and no sign of animosity between the two men, who seem to get on quite well
- Moat’s business plan to Barclays for Newcastle was based on home gates averaging 25,000 and they are currently averaging 40,000 and with increased success will only get bigger. It also appears that the away gates will be bigger than envisaged, as most grounds will be sell-outs for the visit of Newcastle.
- Gates much higher than 25,000 will make Newcastle much better off on a cash flow basis this year than was first planned, and it hardly hurts Moat’s case that Barclay’s should consider the club a special case in the Championship – because of its tremendous supporter base -in fact it has greatly enhanced Moat’s ability to get the large overdraft he needs and wants from Barclays
- Because of the good relationships between Moat and Ashley and if and when things progress to a certain point, Ashley may agree to make some management changes even before the sale is complete
- This could include Alan Shearer coming in as manager, and Shearer has not hurt his chances of this by keeping a diplomatic silence (unlike certain web-sites), through all the mess going on at the club in the summer
- Before the sale is complete Moat may be offered a place on the board, as an interim way of getting into the running of the club, and it’s at that time that Shearer could be announced as manager, but we would have to hope that Chris and Colin will be kept on board as coaches for at least a couple of reasons:
- They’ve done the hard job of getting the players together and started to win consistently
- They should stay on at the very least for continuity at the club and with the players – which was sadly missing last season
That’s the way it stands at the moment so if these negotiations continue amicably, that would certainly help the club stabilize at the board room level, as the lads continue their great form and courage in the league.
But we have to continue that form on the field, and starting on Sunday we have a challenging 7 games in 20 days, before the international break after our home game with Bristol City on October 3rd.
But it’s one game at a time, and we just have to secure 3 points in what looks to be a tough game at Cardiff this Sunda,y in front of another sold out crowd.
We must keep the momentum going.