Hansen Thinks Time Is Now For Shearer

Alan Hansen has come out and said the time is never better for Alan Shearer to replace Sam Allardyce as Newcastle manager.


Alan Hansen – good time for Shearer to manage Newcastle United

Alan Hansen of course works with Shearer on the Match of the Day program and has probably got to know Alan fairly well in the last couple of years. The former great Liverpool defender Hansen wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.

“If Shearer was ever to manage Newcastle, there will never be a better time to do so because expectations have never been lower,” “When Graeme Souness succeeded Robson, success was measured by Newcastle re-qualifying for the Champions League.”

“The difference between the task Alan Shearer might face and the ones (Kenny) Dalglish and Souness encountered is that now nobody would expect Newcastle to compete for a top-four place.” “If Alan pushed the club into sixth or seventh, that would be considered a real achievement compared to the mess they are surrounded by now.”

“And, perhaps more critically than anything else, because of who he is and what he represents to Tyneside, Alan Shearer will be given time, which is something far too few Newcastle managers have had.”

“Whether Alan wants the job is up to him and whether he is offered it is up to the board.” “But he is an intelligent football man who knows that managing Newcastle will not be about qualifying for the Champions League or winning FA Cups. It will be about giving Newcastle United some self-respect.”

We’re not sure there is really much of a crisis at Newcastle right now, and certainly don’t think Sam Allardyce will be replaced. For that to happen, the results in the next few games would have to be really poor, and the team actually looked quite good at Chelsea on Saturday.

They hardly looked a team in crisis, but Sam has to show he is making steady progress with the team with such displays at Stamford Bridge. The displays at Wigan and against Derby County were just completely unacceptable and it was hard in those games, to see any progress that Sam was making.

He somehow has to get the players to improve their games and play more consistently at a higher level. If he can do that the results before the end of the season will surely come and things will look a lot better at the club. A win on Wednesday against Manchester City will certainly help to raise the gloom and doom currently hanging over the club.

Things always look so much better after a win. What do you think?

Comments always very welcome.

34 comments so far

  • mark

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Alex Ferguson got it spot on when he said

    “The thing with Newcastle fans is they expect to be winning every game 5-0”

    Too true. We arent where we want to be, Sam knows that, we know that, it takes time however, and its no good sacking him because there is nobody capable of coming in and sorting out the Souness/Roeder era in 6 months.

    Do we really want to
    1. Sack boss DEC 07
    2. Sell squad Jan 08
    3. Get new squad Jan 08
    4. Become unhappy with them May 08
    5. Sack boss June 08
    6. Sell squad June 08
    7. Get new squad June 08
    8. Sack boss Dec 08

    and so on?

  • UTD111

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Hansen has never missed an opportunity to belittle United and here he is adding his voice to the discontent which the media are fuelling for want of a better story.
    The last thing we need at United at the moment is yet another change of manager. The first thing we need is stability. Allardyce should be allowed to get on with the job and its important the more excitable fans calm down and stop having a massive inquest after every adverse result – these always happen in times of change/transition.
    Happy New Year folks!

  • Marguerite

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Not yet big Al, go get some experience then come back home again.

    Mark – Speak for yourself. None of my fellow fans expect to win games 5-0 .

    Fergie is a wind up merchant extreme with his own agenda. I think the 5-0 still rankles him.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Alan Hansen is sa prat.

    Shearer will be our manager one day, without doubt.

    He’s not the right man for it yet though, Sam is – if only he’d play the team to it’s strengths – almost everything else Sam is doing is more than respectable.

  • Sandy McNair

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    shut up Hansen

  • Bobby Ollox

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Once someone hits the top role in this and maybe in any club, and then fails, that is the end of their association with the club.
    Does anyone really feel so confident or comfortable about shearer’s ability to manage that they would risk his long term association with NUFC ?

    Edd Case got it right – we dont need another manager – we need our current manager to swallow his pride, and recognise that the club he joined demand a style of football which he is not providing.

    A quiet word from the boss – Your 3 year plan, should result in us playing like Newcastle United, not BWFC – and then let him get on with doing it. If he refuses, and maintains that the way to win titles is to stop other teams playing, then it will be time to part company – that is not what we want.

  • Howie

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    my god those people at the bbc drive me mad. hansem is a prat

  • Graeme

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #8

    And just what qualifies Shearer to manage the toon??? He’s a nice chap? He scored some goals? He’s Geordie??

    Please wake up to reality here.

  • DaveyC

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Hansen just wants his place back on the MOTD sofa!!

  • George

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Could Alan Shearer do a good job at Newcastle!
    God only knows.
    One thing is for certain, he could do no worse than Sam Allerdyce.
    Mind you it would be interesting to see what formation and what players AS would use for our next game and compare it to SA.
    I think if AS has an advanyage over SA it is that Shearer has a charisma that could be transferred to the players, just like with KK. Remember when KK took control, we did not have quality players but he managed to get them working together and slowly built on that and the rest we remember proudly.
    Maybe it is time for AS to come forward. Maybe he can be the saviour we all thought he was.

  • the _lord

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t hear Alex Ferguson saying give gve Grant time at Chelsea or give Robson time at Sheffield, so why does he keep sticking his nose in our club. I think he see’s us a 6 easy points if we just stay the same which will help towards his title chalange.

  • mark

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Lmao he probably does. He is a dick. He wants to shut up and talk about the big 4. Has anyone noticed Newcastle NEVER get played in the first 2 or 3 matches on MOTD, not even when we play Chelsea. were usually 2nd last.

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed – not a team in crisis eh? Your glass must always be half full or you very easily pleased or totally in denial. Not sure which it is yet!
    Stability yes but with the right man. Shepherd was incompetent at best. Let’s cut ties with that flawed regine. How do you describe the following if not a crisis:

    Barton in jail.
    £20M on Smith, Barton & Enrique
    9 points out of 33
    Drab and clueless football.
    Some games only 1 shot on goal in 90mins+
    Doesn’t know his best 11
    Doesnt know who to make skipper
    Doesn’t know best formation
    Always makes negative substitutions.
    3 points for a win is totally lost on Sam.
    Blames absolutely everyone but himself
    ” I don’t trust these players”
    Players openly questioning tactics
    Miserable and grim to watch.
    Everything bypasses midfield.
    Everyone is out of position
    He’d play Kaka as right back
    Stubborn as a mule with no PLASN B and will be to the inevitable end.

    God I’d hate to know what a club with a crisis is!!

  • Macas

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Great post Nick, I made a similar point the other day about the money wasted on Barton, Smith and Enrique.
    Surely this money could have been spent much more constructively, instead of Sam bleating on about how limited his resources were.
    Although I dont think Enrique is that bad, but he’s useless to us on the bench or out of the squad.
    9 points out of 33 is pretty awful, and the worst part is we have 9 really tough games coming up.
    The frightening thought is that after those games, at best I can only see us having 19 points out of 60.
    And that is being optimistic.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #15

    “He would play kaka at right back”

    lets try and make valid points shall we

  • scott 9

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #16

    i love shearer to death and i think i speak for everyone when i say that but i think it might be too big a task him taken over in the position were in now i hope sa has a good 10 years here and well be sitting in a champo league spot then then shearer can come and take over i nice comfortable job that needs no dramatic changes

  • Hadrian

    Dec 31, 2007 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17

    honest , if another person comes out with the ‘we shouldnt keep sacking managers’ statement , im gonna scream .
    we had a right to sack EVERY manager we have done bar bobby .
    these muppets would still have souness here and we’d be in the championship.

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18


    Yeah cos he would never play a left winger at left back, a centre forward in midfield or a right winger on the left would he !!!!!!!!!!

  • carl

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #19

    like the post nick, its all true, i believe we need stability yes, but with the right man, we need rid of all ties relating to fat freddy for good.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #20

    oh well, too bad for all you sam haters. Chris Mort has just released a statement saying Sam is NOT under pressure of the sack. He also says that he finds the speculation as funny, yet tedious.

    Oh well, guess you will just have to back him now wont you

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Nick Dryden

    “Yeah cos he would never play a left winger at left back, a centre forward in midfield or a right winger on the left would he ”

    I, like you, do not like Sam playing our players out of position. But only because we do not have good enough players for that.

    Many managers play wingers on opposite sides. Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all examples of this. Hleb on left or right, SWP left or right blah blah blah etc etc.

    Although i admit Alan Smith is wasted in midfield, he has been playing in midfield since Man U…Under ALEX FERGUSON…i suppose he is a bad manager too aint he. Dwight York also changed from striker to midfield. Point being, other managers do it, it is not just Sam.

    Anyway, Kaka is a central or attacking mid or second striker. So he wouldn’t be played at right back…well i aint heard of that yet

  • Howie

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #22

    delighted mort has defended big sam.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #23

    me too Howie

  • Leo

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #24

    does he want a job with shearer or something…

    does liniker smell maybe and they want rid haha

    he has good arguement for his case though…

    i didnt used to like hansen but he has grown on me

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #25

    I like Hanson as a pundit on MOTD as he is always brutally honest and doesn’t sugar coat his words. Although this does seem like he is having a sly pop at Newcastle United. He raises some valid points though

  • steve

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #26

    nick – spot on –

    would Shearer do any worse than fat sam – doubt it.

    would he improve our style of playing – probably

    would he improve the team and have respect of players – probably

    would he constantly talk to the press – doubtful

    would he blame the fans, players for every defeat – doubt it

    I’m not sure he’d be our greatest ever manager but with the state we’re in at the moment he would definitely give some reason to be optimistic

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #27

    just sack sam, a mokey could do better than him.

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 31, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #28

    I think Steve sums it up.
    When you blame the fans or the players, you know times up. SBR & KK would never have done that. Allardyce is a gum chewing oaf (and alledged bung merchant) with an earpiece and absolutely no class whatsoever. Not the image you want for the second most important thing in most of our lives.

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 31, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Nick – it’s not the first time I’ve been accused of being too positive. But hey, we played well against Chelsea. We even looked a good team. If we can put in a good display on Wed night maybe we’re on the rise again.
    When I was at IBM – my people used to tell me my glass was always so half full it was overflowing. Hey I don’t apologize for being positive – but you also have to be realistic – that’s very true.
    I’m looking forward to Newcastle being a great team again – much sooner rather than later….some of us are getting old.

  • johnr

    Dec 31, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #30

    tom toon. Where will we get a Mokey? There is no chance of finding one anywhere. Get real, and get off Sams back.

  • joyce w

    Dec 31, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #31

    so Shearer is the new Saviour (or latest in a long line!!), no previous experience of management but apparent unparralled genuis. And when he fails what is plan B? If, or rather, when he does , what chances has he of ever managing again???

  • James

    Dec 31, 2007 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #32

    The sack him or not campaign is pointless, cause he will stay in charge until the summer. Mort continues to make that clear to all.

    As much as we despair at his square pegs in round holes, Sam has been a manager longer than anyone reading this post. He has the experience, the know how, and ability to make Newcastle a force. But we have to be patient until he gets in the players he wants instead of the ones he had to get in because of the late takeover. Making him wheel and deal on free transfers and cast offs has led to players not good enough for the cause.

    In terms of points we are not struggling in the lower reaches, but are only a few wins from the Euro places. So lets swallow our negativity and create a roar at SJP for the game against City, and show our intent for 2008

  • Lazy

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #33

    I think we should stick with Big Sam, I also think Alan Hanson looks like Captain Scarlet.

  • UTD111

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #34

    Good point about the need to be positive. Its so sadly lacking sometimes. There are too many United fans (although thankfully still in the minority) who think its part and parcel of supporting the team to be constantly negative, have constant inquests about team selection, tactics, results, the manager’s performance, the tea ladies performance, the price of the pies etc
    Mort has said it. We are going in the right direction building a strong squad and the manager will be given the time he needs to put the foundations in place for success.
    Now why dont all you whingers pick your toys up, put them back in the pram and get along to SJP tonight and roar Citeh off the park!


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