Sam Allardyce has admitted he expects to be replaced as Newcastle manager by Alan Shearer at some point in the future.
Shearer currently is halfway through a two-year contract as a BBC commentator – but has often expressed his wish to return to football and one day take charge of Newcastle United.
We think that’s Shearer’s destiny one day – and he can follow in the footsteps of other great Newcastle captains like Joe Harvey – who went on to become great Newcastle managers. However, we think that may be hard to do without some prior experience – but we’re getting ahead of ourselves – let’s first take a look at what Allardyce told the Sunday Sun today.
Alan Shearer Scores Again
Allardyce told the Sunday Sun this morning:
“I think Alan has made it clear when he wants to come back into football he wants to be a manager. If that is going to be the case he will be taking my job.”
“I think he (Shearer) has made it clear he wants a good rest and has other things to do in life,” “He has passed his coaching badge which is great credit to him.
But players of his ilk and his status now do not appear to want to move straight into the coaching or managing fraternity.
“Alan has shown a commitment to that for later on in his life though. He feels he wants to make that career move from the BBC into football at some point.
“And when he does he will have lots of opportunities.”
We think if Sam is as successful as we think he’ll be – that he’ll be able to get a good five years in managing Newcastle at least. After all he is just 52 years old and managers these days seem to last longer than they used to – just like the players. Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alex Ferguson are two good examples of that.
What we’d like to see is Shearer – at some point in the future join Sam’s coaching staff â€“ probably as assistant manager. He could then spend at least two years – and maybe longer assisting Sam in managing Newcastle United. Sam thought highly of the Gosforth born star while he was still playing – and he can help show Alan the ropes at some point down the road.
We don’t think it’s really feasible for Alan to go straight into management (at least at Newcastle) without some prior experience – and we’re sure Ashley and Mort would prefer a phased approach to Alan finally taking over on Tyneside. We know Roy Keane went straight into management and did just great for Sunderland last year – but that was still a risk from Niall Quinn’s viewpoint – but it did pay off in that case.
Under Sam’s guidance Alan can get into what it takes to manage the club and together they could form a good partnership. Eventually Alan can take over the club when Sam is ready to relinquish control – probably a date agreed at the time Alan comes on board. Shearer can also become acquainted with the way Sam uses his back-room staff and his scientific approach to football – which seems to work well. This way Newcastle can have an orderly transition from Sam to Alan – sometime in the future – but not for at least least five years.
But it really is just too early to even think about this – because we’re sure Sam is going to have a long spell of success at Newcastle – and you know what happens to plans like this – made by mice and men.
By the time Alan eventually joins the Newcastle coaching staff – we expect to be reigning Premiership Champions competing every year in the Champions league – and we wouldn’t want to spoil our chances of winning that would we?