It’s pretty clear that things went fast last week, after almost a two-year saga, the Newcastle United takeover was suddenly made possible and luckily closed.
Mike Ashley is finally on his way out after having existed simply as Newcastle fans for fourteen years and five months.
Credit to the acquisition consortium for seizing the opportunity to enforce the deal when it presented itself, but acquiring in such a hurricane obviously presented a number of immediate challenges.
A desperate start to the season with eight games and no wins was a disaster, so it was not an easy start for Amanda Staveley and her friends.
It’s unimaginable that Steve Bruce can still be in charge until Sunday’s game against Tottenham, as it just feels like everything about that first game with new owners has to be positive, a stepping stone and a first step to get around turning this inherited Mike Ashley mess around.
At the top of the list is the hiring of this new manager and clearly the lack of warnings of the imminent acquisition has led the new owners to catch up.
If they have a strong permanent candidate who can be installed very quickly then having Graeme Jones and Steve Harper in charge of the Tottenham game may not be ideal but as a very short term plan it is manageable.
However, if there is no permanent choice coming up and, above all, common sense says that the right man will be available in the summer, then it makes perfect sense for me to make an appointment at short notice to get us through this season.
The name that ideally comes to mind is Arsene Wenger.
Then when I was thinking about the NUFC situation, I saw this quite by accident on Tuesday afternoon.
Ironic the Saudi connection …
GFFN (Get French Football News) coverage – October 12, 2021:
“Arsene Wenger returns to management for one-off games”
BeIN Sport reports that former Arsenal manager Arsèene Wenger, now director of football development at FIFA, will return to the sidelines twice in the coming months to play a charity match and a friendly match.
For the “Match deséros” charity game organized by Didier Drogba, Wenger will initially lead a “Legends” team tomorrow at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. The 71-year-old will have David Trezeguet and Eric Abidal as well as basketball star Tony Parker under his management.
The former Strasbourg player will then lead a team made up of players from two Saudi Arabian clubs, Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr, in a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain – the latter game has yet to be confirmed.
Arsene Wenger still works in football and does things for FIFA. However, could he be tempted to return to football management temporarily, back to the Premier League?
There is obviously no doubt that the new NUFC owners could afford any financial package Arsene Wenger could ask for, and I think he could also be blamed a carrot for being a constant advisor to the Newcastle United owners, if they turn the club over and rebuild it. After all, he was the man who rebuilt Arsenal and gave them the brilliant platform they have been enjoying since the late 90s.
If I get involved in this Newcastle United project, I think it’s entirely possible that someone like Arsene Wenger will find it irresistible. Maybe even agree to become a football director if you make your first managerial stint this season. There certainly seems to be a consensus that a football director will be part of the NUFC plan for the future.
If not Arsene Wenger, if not available or seen as not the right choice, I think there will be a character or two similarly seasoned who may also have opportunities to get a job by next May and air the Newcastle United hierarchy close.
But of course I’m NOT talking about Harry Redknapp!