Thursday, August 06, 2009

'Urry up Barry!

The latest in the succession of prospective buyers for the club was named today as Barry Moat, a local businessman and executive box holder. His pre-existing connections to the club lend the story added credence, while it's also being reported that, were his bid (or the bid he's fronting, at least) to be accepted by Fat Mike, he'd be in favour of installing Alan Shearer on a permanent basis - on the grounds that he was the chairman of Shearer's testimonial committee three years ago.

The Guardian claims the chances of Moat and friends taking charge are 60-40, but with the cogs at St James' generally turning at the speed of tectonic shift these days, I wouldn't hold out much hope of it being resolved any time soon. One thing's for certain, though: the phrase "last ditch" is likely to recur in tabloid reports on developments...

The news is considerably more welcome than JFK's declaration that "I have been offered a two-year contract and it is something I am mulling over at the present time". Was it only Monday that I wrote, with some satisfaction, that although there's been "no official confirmation that cantankerous convalescent JFK's association with the club has been severed ... that does now seem highly likely"? Either the nurse has upped his medication and he's delusional, or he's telling the truth. I know what I'd prefer to believe - and in any case Fat Mike genuinely offering a contract to God's gift to swearboxes but not to Shearer would quite frankly be unbelievable.

In other news, it's been confirmed by 'Appy 'Arry that Sebastien Bassong was understandably keener on going down to London for a chinwag with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy with a view to an £8m move to White Hart Lane than he was on going to Dundee on Saturday, while we've accepted a bid for Habib Beye from Hull. So, with Martins already gone, the asset-stripping looks set to continue. I shouldn't be surprised that it's our best performers who are being picked off, and that crippling wage bill won't reduce itself, but I am concerned that our already threadbare back line will soon be two defenders shorter and that it's looking increasingly likely that we're going to be left with the dross aka Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, ASBO. Surely we can fob them off on someone?


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