We had reported yesterday that before the name of Shearer’s Bar had been changed to Nine – Alan Shearer has been consulted so that he was kept in the loop, and we thought that was good that was happening.
Alan Shearer – told by email of the name change
Newcastle’s Finance Director is John Irving, and this is what he had to say about the name change of the bar:
“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.”
But Alan Shearer has challenged that premise today, and says he was never consulted on the name change, and he said this in The Sun today:
“There was no consultation, I was simply informed by email of their decision to change the name,” “It was not a question of me agreeing or disagreeing.”
“It is their ground and it is up to the owners what they do with it. It won’t stop me from buying my season tickets and supporting the team.”
Alan says he got an email but it’s not exactly what John Irvine said in his statement, and this has really come at a bad time for the club after all the Kinnear shenanigans of this week.
Newcastle need to get their house on order quickly – and it would be good that they sort things out – and maybe issue a statement to the fans.
But we suppose Mike Ashley is in charge now, with Derek LLambias having resigned, and we never hear from the owner – but maybe Joe Kinnear can give an interview and tell us all what’s happening.
Well maybe not.
In fact we’re pleased Joe has been quiet for the last four days.
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