Alan Shearer is today reported ready to turn down any offer from new England Manager Fabio Capello to join his team.
Alan Shearer – will turn down the Capello offer at England
But that shouldnâ€™t really be a surprise to anyone, since that role would hardly be attractive to a man like Shearer, who was capped 63 times by his county and is a legend in Newcastle, his home town. He scored a record 206 goals for the Magpies, just edging out the other Newcastle scoring legend, the great Jackie Milburn, who scored 200 goals for the club.
The news is that Shearer will continue his work as a BBC analyst at the European 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland before deciding on a move into football management.
Shearer, 37, had had talks with Chris Mort, the Newcastle Chairman, about a number of things. One of those is how he can better fulfill his current role as worldwide ambassador for Newcastle United. Itâ€™s also no secret that the new ownership at Newcastle see Alan as a future manager at the club, and the only question with that is when, rather than if.
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has admitted on more than one occasion that Shearer will be his likely successor – and the Newcastle fans see Alan as a future manager. But Sam Allardyce will not be short-changed to get Alan into the job, and weâ€™d like to see Shearer work with Big Sam for a couple of years before eventually taking over.
That would do a number of things.
- Give him some experience at helping to run Newcastle United
- Allow him to better understand Samâ€™s new methods on injuries and stats
- Get him to know the current staff and players before taking over
- Work towards a smooth takeover once he goes it alone
One source close top Shearer told the Sunday Mirror:
“Alan is flattered that he is being linked with a role alongside Capello in the England set-up. He admires Capello and knows it would give him the chance to learn from a top coach.â€
“But there have to be doubts about how he would fit in with a largely Italian staff and whether it would ever lead to anything other than a coaching role.â€
“Alan has always been a leader of men and his ambition since doing his badges is to be in sole charge of a team. That’s why he will take his time and weigh up his options.”
We really donâ€™t think a job with Capello does anything for Alan, and heâ€™d be much better off staying out of the England job. It looks like heâ€™d like to manage Newcastle United first, and that would be very fine with all Newcastle fans
We also think the appointment of Capello as manager is a very good choice by the FA, and we were pleased they did it quickly and smoothly, which was unlike the appointment of Steve McClaren. Hopefully they learned from their mistakes last time.
But what do you think?Â Â Would you see Alan as a future manager at Newcastle, once Sam has completed his mission at the club?
Let us know – comments always welcome.