The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Glenn Roeder has warned Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce that Alan Shearer will be waiting in the wings if he slips up at St James’ Park.
We’ve looked at this story and quite honestly don’t see too much conflict â€“ in fact we think Roeder talks about a logical progression at the club â€“ let’s take a closer look at this one.
Ex-Newcastle Boss Roeder has presumably slammed Allardyce for asking Newcastle’s fans to be patient as he tries to move them towards a top-six slot. Glenn thinks Allardyce will not be given the requested time (five years) to get it right and that Newcastle hero Shearer will be lurking in the background.
This is exactly what Roeder said to the Mirror – let’s take a look and then analyze the situation:
“It’s a sad excuse for Sam to ask the fans to be patient while he builds the team for the next five years,” “I think the supporters of Newcastle United will be angry at being asked to be patient. All they have ever done is show patience.
“The current squad finished last season well enough to be playing in Europe this season. Without so many injuries, we would have qualified again for Europe. “Big Sam says he’s aiming for a top-six finish in five years, but they should be finishing in the top six next season without any problems.
“He’s already been able to strengthen the squad in a way that wasn’t available to me, so I’m not sure quite what else he needs to get them into the top six. “The world and his wife could see that Newcastle needed to strengthen its defence last season, now Sam has got those funds to do that and he should be grateful for them.
“Instead, he’s making his excuses before a ball has even been kicked. The truth is that he hasn’t got any excuses for not finishing in the top six.”
We know Sam will not get five years to make the club successful – Sam knows he will not get five years to make the club successful. A realistic finish this next season is 6th – that would be good – but we should at least finish somewhere in the top 8 and get into Europe – that would be a good first season for Sam. Roeder had the team miraculously in 7th place after the Souness disaster â€“ and that with much of the same players that are still in the squad Sam took over. So we all know we are not a million miles away – and I’m sure Sam knows that as well – he’s just trying to lower the expectations at the club – that’s all. Most managers do that. Sam wouldn’t be talking about getting a really good start to next season if he thought he really did have 5 years.
Glenn went on:
“He’s made criticisms of panic buys at the club but I’ll stand by my record on that. Obafemi Martins was an outstanding success, Antoine Sibierski was the best free transfer of the season and the fans will see the best of Damien Duff when he recovers from injury.
“Saying it’s a five-year job would be too much for most Newcastle fans. He doesn’t have the right to ask them to be patient.”
Well we’re not sure when Sam talks about panic buys made at the club he is talking much of Roeder’s record â€“ which compared to other previous managers is quite good. The guy who made terrible buys was Souness with Boumsong and Luque prime examples of wasting the club’s money. One criticism of Roeder would be why he left things so late last summer and why did we put the release clause in Oba’s contract â€“ but other than that – the players Roeder brought in were quite good â€“ and Martins could still become a great buy.
Roeder is searching for a new challenge after gaining his UEFA Pro Licence last week – so he may be wanting to make some noise in the papers to let people know he is available â€“ no real harm in that.
Roeder went on:
“The other problem Sam has is that he and every other new manager will live under the shadow of Alan Shearer, who is the fans’ favorite son and rightly so,” “Shearer will not wait for ever to manage the club. He was supportive of me last year and he could see that a rebuilding job had to be done. “There will come a time when he will want to manage the club, and in those circumstances Sam can ask for five years – but I don’t think he’ll get that long.
“He is trying to buy himself some time before a ball has even been kicked. Sam should just be grateful for what he has got. “The players he has got and the ones he has added should guarantee the club European football straightaway.”
We know there is a lot to do to re-organize Newcastle into a club structured correctly and managed right â€“ from top to bottom. Glenn started some of that and had and has some really good ideas â€“ but unfortunately he didn’t seem to have the ability to carry them out â€“ but started making changes in the youth set-up and the scouting side.
Sam has come in and will make even more changes to the structure at Newcastle and has vowed to change the mentality and attitude of the club to one of thinking success and then being successful. Nothing wrong with that.
If Sam can come and work at the club for say 5 years – or even more – and make us successful (as we think he will) â€“ then Shearer could be the logical successor â€“ and reap the benefits Sam has sown.
So we don’t think there’s too much conflict in this story â€“ whatever picture the Mirror tries to paint. Shearer and Roeder are both Newcastle fans â€“ and want Newcastle to succeed and nobody would be happier if this happens.
Let’s have your comments on this – we see it’s on all the media sites.