Alan Shearer yesterday made comments about Craig Bellamy when he first heard there may be an approach by Newcastle for the Welshman â€“ but was this wise of Alan? What happens if Allardyce wants to sign Craig or even signs him.
Sam is not one to be put off by othersâ€™ opinions.
This is what Shearer said yesterday regarding the potential Bellamy move back to Newcastle:
“I was having a few days away in France with Gary Speed and Steve Harper and the wives and I picked up a newspaper. I was having a fantastic day but when I read Bellamy for Newcastle, I thought I would definitely have to have another drink, so I had several.
“Has no one learned their lesson about signing him? If only Rafa Benitez had rung me, I wouldâ€™ve told him exactly what he was like. I hope there isnâ€™t anything in it.
“It would be interesting, especially with Terry McDermott still here, because there was a scuffle at Anfield when Craig and Terry were coming down the tunnel.”
Bellamy is alleged to have taunted Shearer with:
“Your legs are gone. Youâ€™re too old. Youâ€™re too slow,”
following Newcastleâ€™s 4-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United in 2005.
Of course things really go ugly when Bellamy had the bust-up with Souness – and it was clear Bellamy was hoping to return to Newcastle – but Souness lasted just long enough in the Newcastle job so that this wasn’t possible. Bellamy was good when he played for Newcastle – he always gave 100% and is he really as bad as he’s made out?
Bobby Robson seemed to handle him quite well – so we’re sure he would be no problem for Big Sam. However – we already have two similar players in Owen and Martins so we don’t think it’s an option Allardyce is exploring too much.
As far as Alanâ€™s coaching is concerned he has now completed his badges:
“I have just finished my badges so I could go into management now if I wanted to, but why should I? There is only one place I am going to go when I do it, so I just wanted to enjoy some time out.
“My wife says, ‘We see less of you now than the previous 10 years,’ so Iâ€™m going to take a bit of time to spend with the family, but I will do it one day. If I get to 50 or 55 and I look back and I havenâ€™t done it, I will regret it, but I donâ€™t know when I will do it.”
Usually Alan in the past has said he will think about management but here he says he’ll do it – he just doesn’t know the time-frame. When Shepherd was running the club he wanted Shearer as manager as soon as he could get him. But things have changed now with the Ashley takeover – and it will be the new owner who will decide who Newcastle’s managers are in the future. If we are as successful as we expect with Allardyce – he could be ther manager for the next 3-5 years so there’s plenty of time for Alan. From the comment above it doesn’t look likely he will try to get management experience at another club first.
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