It’s strange timing indeed, but Shearer’s Bar, which is close to St. James’ Park, is being renamed and signs were taken down yesterday, and the bar will be re-branded and called ‘Nine’ – presumably in honor of the many famous number 9s we’ve had at the club, and including not only Alan but the great Jackie Milburn.
Mike Ashley – still needs to appoint new Managing Director
Newcastle’s Finance Director is John Irving, and this is what he said:
“Shearer’s Bar was immensely popular when it was first launched in 2004 but its popularity has dwindled over the years as this part of Newcastle has developed and new bars have opened around it.”
“In transforming the site and opening the bar up to a wider range of visitors, it was important that a new name remained in keeping with the club’s history and heritage, and Nine is certainly faithful to that.”
“We have liaised directly with Alan to keep him abreast of the plans, which he has been appreciative of, and we’re looking forward to launching Nine next month.”
John almost makes that sound like it’s all been done professionally, but most reports are saying it’s a slight against Alan Shearer – but it’s good that Shearer has been kept in the loop on what’s happening.
With Derek LLambias having left the club, presumably in protest of Joe Kinnear – the unprofessional one – being appointed as the new Director of Football – somebody will have to take up the slack on the financial (and commercial) side of things.
So maybe John (here’s his Linkedin page) will be the one given that responsibility, and he could even become the new Managing Director at the club.
It’s either appointing somebody from within, or bringing in someone from the outside, and usually Ashley has used his own men in the Chief Executive position – – like Chris Mort and Derek LLambias.
But surely Derek needs to be replaced, in case somebody thinks that Joe Kinnear is the top Executive at Newcastle – if that ever happens we are in trouble – deep trouble.
We still don’t understand what Ashley was thinking when he brought in Joe Kinnear – but suffice to say it hasn’t gone very well – in fact it’s been another complete and utter disaster for Newcastle.
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