“I have been offered a two-year contract and it is something I am mulling over at the present time.
“I have told Mike I am not going to go back to football for at least another three months and we will look at the situation then.
“I told him I would refuse to go back for pre-season friendlies as I was not up to it for medical reasons.
“I needed to take time out and re-assess the situation and take it from there. But obviously in another three months the picture might be completely different.
“In the meantime if Newcastle feel the need to go and get another manager then so be it.”
If correct, this would add yet another sub-plot to the endless soap opera that is Newcastle United, and shine a significant light on Mike Ashley’s current attempts to sell the club, which is currently being brokered by Keith Harris of investment bank, Seymour Pierce. If the sale is proceeding as planned, and two or more interested parties are in the process of attempting to clinch a deal with distressed seller, Ashley, then this would indeed seem to be a strange move.
Though an admirer of Kinnear’s widely underestimed efforts to rescue our ailing club last season, this writer is realistic enough to think that Kinnear would hardly be the first choice of any prospective purchasers, and that such an offer could potentially throw a spanner in the works of any ongoing deal, unless it was with the full agreement of a new buyer. It would also seem to challenge theories that Ashley refused to offer undoubted fan’s favourite, Alan Shearer, a contract to releive new owners of the burden of an incumbent manager when they may want a different choice.
Then again, Shearer has said little of any substance on the matter apart from that he was managing until the end of last season, and that was it. He will almost certainly be subject to non-disclosure agreements too, and may be seen as something of a ‘poison chalice’ in any future disputes due to his status with the Tyneside faithful. After all, it is highly doubtful that they would want a repeat of the Keegan fiasco.
Of course, Shearer has recently declared that he will now be resuming his cosy position on the ‘Match of the Day’ pundit’s sofa next season, rather than the somewhat less comfortable hotseat in the dugout of Saint James’s Park.
There has also been the recent supposed embargo on transfers, If this was indeed true, then it ended with news of a deal to sell Obafemi Martin’s to surprise German Bundesliga champions, Wolfsburg.
What in God’s name is going on? Is there no deal for the club anytime soon, or has a deal already been worked out, with Ashley working in co-operation with the new owners? Keith Harris in a recent interview (also for Five Live) suggested that a deal could be hammered out by the “end of the month”. Time will tell.
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