Former Vice-Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, Paul Kemsley, is Mike Ashley’s private advisor? I can say it seems to appear like that. Kemsley who left the London club Spurs in October 2007 and runs Rock Properties, is a close friend of Mike's.
Sources close to Ashley claim that Mike wants Hughes at first place after taking the decision to sack Allardyce, but he later made Harry Redknapp his top target upon the advice of Paul Kemsley. Ashley thought with Paul Kemsley having far more experience in football, he must be right about Redknapp.
Ashley has been known to admire the Welsh manager when he was regularly visiting Ewood Park regarding a commercial tie-up between Blackburn’s former kit manufacturer Lonsdale, which is one of Ashley's company.
Now, after Harry Redknapp has announced to stay at Pompey, Mike turns his sight back to Hughes again. The senior Newcastle United sources, told the Guardian last night that the CVs of other candidates are also being scrutinized. The list of other strong candidates includes Gérard Houllier, Jose Mourinho and Steve McClaren.
Before coming back from his business trip, Mike has said that he needs time to make his final decision about the one who will be the next United manager. The club source also admits they (Ashley and Chris Mort) will take their time in making a careful appointment.
After watching last Saturday’s trashing by Manchester United and how the United caretaker Nigel Pearson said it is the situation that would be best to served first, there’s no other way for both Mike Ashley and Chris Mort except to make the decision immediately.
The man himself, Mark Hughes, said he had not had any contact with Newcastle so far and he doesn’t answer to any hypothetical questions that come to his side about the possibility to manage Newcastle United.
“It’s not in my hands; it’s in the chairman’s hands. I’m proud to be Blackburn Rovers’ manager (but) in football you can never say never.” He told the Guardian.
Meanwhile, the Magpies Zone source said the thing about Hughes that bothers the Toon Army is that he is a classic ‘other club’ man. There isn’t anything about him for Newcastle to be proud of. He is just doesn’t feel right to some.
So, who will be the one?