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.â€
“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.â€ “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.â€
“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.â€
“Whether Alan wants the job is up to him and whether he is offered it is up to the board.â€ “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?
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