Shearer could become Newcastle boss ahead of takeover
Alan Shearer could be installed as Newcastle manager before a takeover is completed.
Managing director Derek Llambias has revealed that the 38-year-old could be appointed within days provided that the groups currently engaged in the bidding process for the club all agree they want him as boss.
Interested parties who have proved they have the finance to push a deal through will be able to study the club's books from tomorrow, when an on-line "data room" opens.
Although a successful buy-out could then still be some weeks away as they carry out due diligence, Shearer could be put in place to belatedly start the business of preparing for the new season.
Llambias told the Journal: "There could be some movement regarding Alan Shearer at the end of this week or early next week.
"The data room will be open on Wednesday, which will allow the groups who have proved they have the money to buy the club to look at the books.
"Nobody has been able to do that yet because the data room hasn't been opened.
"We will not be making any decision on Alan as manager - that is not up to us, that is down to the groups who are buying the club.
"If they want to appoint him, then it's up to them. We will speak to them about it. If they do want Alan, then something could be done in the next few days.
"That's where we are at this stage and everything is ongoing."
However, sources on Tyneside were urging caution today and suggesting that while an appointment could theoretically be made within days, it might also take a little longer even if there is a unanimous agreement between the competing consortia.
It is also worth noting that Llambias' comments come just days after season ticket renewal packages landed on doormats with the groundswell in favour of Shearer showing no signs of abating.
A series of consortia have expressed serious interest in buying the club after owner Mike Ashley put it on the market once again at £100m.
Only the Singapore-based Profitable Group have confirmed their involvement publicly, although former chairman Freddy Shepherd is understood to be heavily involved in one of the groups.
But with the Coca-Cola Championship fixtures due to be announced tomorrow and Newcastle yet to confirm their pre-season programme, there are big decisions to be taken on the football front and the appointment of a manager is a growing priority.
Latest in Sport
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget that fateful day in Belgium
Revealed: The most unwatchable Premier League teams of the 2014/15 season
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Michel Platini to consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa election
- 1 10 ways we damage our teeth – without realising
- 2 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 3 iPhone 'effective power' text: how to be safe from iOS bug that lets people crash your phone
- 4 Photo of wedding guest proposing to girlfriend in front of bride and groom goes viral
- 5 Charlie Charlie Challenge explained: it's just gravity — not a Mexican demon being summoned
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote