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Why Alan Shearer Will Turn Down Capello Offer

9:32 am, Sunday, December 23rd, 2007 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Alan Shearer is today reported ready to turn down any offer from new England Manager Fabio Capello to join his team.

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Alan Shearer – will turn down the Capello offer at England

But that shouldn’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. It’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 we’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 Sam’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.”

“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.”

“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 don’t think a job with Capello does anything for Alan, and he’d be much better off staying out of the England job. It looks like he’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?   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.



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris F // Dec 23, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    if he turns down the chance to work with, and learn from, fabio capello, the man’s an idiot.

    sorry, but he’d have to be daft to say no if the chance were offered.

  • 2 Hadrian // Dec 23, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    ill echo that , and also shearer cant take another prem job , it would just baffle thousands of us .
    it’s either england , the toon , or a championship side .
    id love him to take england so he can pick up on a few things from capello

  • 3 Ross // Dec 23, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    capello has brought in an entire italian coaching team, and he says he wants somebody english on there with him.
    he wants somebody english on there with him for 2 reasons.
    1, communication at early stages of his job, until he has learnt our language properly.
    and
    2, to keep everybody happy, to make sure nobody whinges about a full italian coaching staff at the england international team. Shearer is a man who likes to take charge of his team and lead by example and i dont think he would take a position that i feel, is just a bit of a crowd pleaser.
    i could be completly wrong, but thats the way i see it, shearer is too proud to go and accept something to keep other people happy.
    give him the under 21′s i reckon. he may not be learning from a great, but you have to start somewhere, and i just dont think a position like this is where Shearer is wanting to start.

  • 4 bailey // Dec 23, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    I am always bemused at the comments here and elsewhere that NUFC supporters want Shearer as manager. I for one have no wish to see this happen now or in the future. What basis do people use to put his name forward. He was hardly a winner of trophies with us and the place for my liking as always been far too much Shearer conscious and everything seemed to revolve around him. Bobby Robson knew this and tried to offload him to Liverpool. Freddie used to fill his pants if anythng upset Shearer. Remember Shearers fit of pique after the Lennon incident when he threatened not to play for England if anything was done about his disgraceful tackle.Yes he was a great goal scorer but I dont recall much leadership from him in our Cup Final disasters.

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