There was a report from ESPN last night about Freddy Shepherd wanting to buy the Newcastle United club, and it came from ESPN so it seemed that it could even be true – maybe.
Mike Ashley with Chris Hughton at Benton
So we put out the report and of course it would bring up so many questions like is Freddy’s time at Newcastle now over, and what happens with the recent stability on Tyneside under the under-stated Chris Hughton, and would it mean we start to pay out daft money in the transfer market again, and in addition pay our players ridiculously high wages?
Lots of questions came up, as you may expect, but then Newcastle very quickly issued a one sentence statement denying any bid, and that the club was not even for sale, and that seemed to stop the speculation in its tracks.
The full club statement released was as follows:
“There has been unfounded speculation today suggesting that Freddy Shepherd intends to put a consortium together in a bid to buy Newcastle United FC from its owner, Mike Ashley.
“The club can confirm that it has not received any contact from Freddy Shepherd expressing an interest in buying the club, nor is the club for sale.”
It’s good the club came out quickly with that statement because it stops all the unsettling talk of Freddy coming back, even though he may still want to buy the club – whatever he may say publicly.
But Chris Hughton has brought some great stability and some success to Newcastle, and we think lots of Newcastle want his reign to continue, and we’ll see just how good this man can become as manager of Newcastle United.
If Chris gets ultra successful on Tyneside that will become part of Geordie folklore as he has already surprised many of his former coaching colleagues with his perfomance so far as Newcastle manager.
Pundit Jamie Redknapp only last week came out and said what a great job Chris had done on Tyneside, but when Jamie was at Tottenham as a player, he didn’t see Chris as a future top manager – so he’s been surprised at just how well this modest man has done so far.
He’s been so much better than we ever thought possible – so we hope Chris keeps making us wrong – and keeps Newcastle successful – because that’s so much more important to us.
He’s certainly brought the very best out of the squad he has, and has made some great buys in Tiote, Williamson, Campbell, Gosling and Simpson for just peanuts in the transfer market.
After winning our last two league games we seem to be in decent shape to do quite well this season, especially when we still have to see Campbell, Steven Taylor and Dan Gosling play lots of games for Newcastle this season.
But we’re not getting too carried away with things, and quite honestly, if we can get a draw against Arsenal next Sunday afternoon, that would be a very good result – we’re not really expecting to get anything from the game.
But we are very willing to be surprised again on Sunday.
Howay The Lads!!