Newcastle To Approach Keegan and Shearer


The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle United may offer Kevin Keegan the Newcastle manager position, after Harry Redknapp turned the job down yesterday.

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Kevin Keegan – will Ashley approach him for Newcastle job?

It has been revealed by a Newcastle source close to the negotiations with Harry, that a major reason he turned the job down was his unwillingness to live in the Newcastle area. Ashley and Mort required that Harry live in Newcastle, despite news reports to the contrary.

The Daily Mail is now reporting Ashley is keen to bring Kevin Keegan back to Newcastle. Kevin himself has not ruled out a return to management as he said recently:

“I am 56 but you never say never in anything. If it doesn’t happen in the next two or three years I’ll be 60 and then it might be too late to return.”

We’re not entirely convinced Kevin really wants to come back to Newcastle. And the Daily Mail is suggesting the club may even try to partner Keegan with Alan Shearer as his assistant manager. This would apparently be a bid to erase the damage done to Mike Ashley’s reputation with Newcastle fans, these last few days.

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Alan Shearer – will Ashley offer the job to Alan – and take a chance?

But we think this may all be pie in the sky in a bid to sell Sunday newspapers by the Mail. Bobby Robson has often said he cannot see Alan Shearer being number 2 to anybody at Newcastle United, and he could well be right.

Getting Keegan is one thing and getting Alan is a completely different proposition, and we don’t think the two can necessarily be tied together.

Keegan turns 57 next month, has been out of football since resigning as a not so successful Manchester City manager in March, 2005. At that time he seemed to be fed up with football, but a chance to come back and revive Newcastle United may appeal to him.

Alan Shearer we think will need to be offered the job of manager outright, and Newcastle would need to take a chance on him, just like they did with Kevin back in 1992.

After all, Beyern Munich, a much more successful club than Newcastle United, will shortly appoint Jurgen Klinsmann as their manager, and he has no previous club management experience.

So it could be either Kevin or Alan, but not both – and Alan would be the riskier proposition.

What do you think – please let us know – comments welcome.


123 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #1

    alan hasnt even got his full coaching lisence, there is no way in hell he would be stubburn enough to not work alongside someone like kevin keegan at newcastle . this story could have written itself months ago , its been on the minds of everyone , our own lads back at the club sorting the mess out .

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Keegan for toon!

    Shearer has all his badges and can manage.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #3

    I dont want Keegan back – what point will it serve?

    He was shite at Fulham, Man City and as England manager.

    Yes, at Newcastle things were very, very good – but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen again.

    We need someone new, young and able to drive us forward, someone who’ll not crack under the pressure and someone who will demand respect.

    We have to think bigger than Keegan/Shearer etc.

    We must install a world class manager.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Just get Chikhaoui, he can play as one man, manage the team and get us into europe, he really is that good!

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  • GalloMate

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Edd

    We are not going to get a world class manager because we treat them like shit and do nothing but slag them off if they dont pander to our creative “flair” needs.

    WE HAVE BLOWN IT!!!

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  • Latex

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #6

    I have to agree with Edd, world class manager is required and nothing less even if it takes us the rest of the season.
    Things have to change for the better especially now that the rest of FS crap is gone from the club.

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  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Id rather have Shearer as the manager than Keegan… Shearer wont be number 2

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  • Murvar

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #8

    But why would a “world class” manager want to come? WHY?

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  • Gordon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve said to my mates since Sam left Keegan #1 & Shearer #2 to give Alan the time to get all his badges and time to learn then take over in about 2/3 years.

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  • Walker

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Van Gaal would transform club in a way that I, as a long-time fan, would appreciate – pace, to feet , and goals from several players – don’t think he would think much of Butt, Smith, Geremi as centre midfield but nor do I. If not VG then Keegan/Shearer as they would also look for something more imaginative in central midfield

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  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #11

    we wouldnt treat a world class manager like shit and how have we blown it. souness,roeder,allardyce world class have you been to the mancs crack den

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  • graham

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #12

    I very rarely listen to gossip but I have just got a text from a good ‘friend of a friend’ who insists that keegan is happy to manage till the summer but is prepared to sign for 3 years if shearer will assist…

    Not excavtly what I want but I have no reason to dis-believe.

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  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Hmmm this is the same source who said that ‘Arry was on his way eh?

    Bollocks. the lot of it.

    Edd is 100% correct we do not need to flogging our own memories to move forward, we need some one new to move us forward and Shearer ain’t it.

    Anything else and we just play into the Media’s narrative that Toon fans are a fickle stupid lot who live in the past and don’t deserve what they feel they are entitled too.

    BTW did anyone sing for Shearer at Old Trafford today? I sure as shite hope not but some clown probably did…

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  • Latex

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Money is still a very good motivator IMO and if you check it seems we’re in 25 biggest clubs worldwide, we need someone to help get our act together. Thats why a “world class” manager would come. Houllier, Hitzfeld, Scolari, Lippi, I’m sure we can get one of them if we tried hard enough and maybe for even less than the 5m we offered Redknapp.

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  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #15

    HOULLIER WILL BECOME TOON BOSS BY NEXT SATURDAY……………. WATCH THE SPACE

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  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Hmmm this is the same source at the Daily Mail who said that ‘Arry was on his way eh?

    Bollocks. the lot of it.

    Edd is 100% correct we do not need to flogging our own memories to move forward, we need some one new to move us forward and Shearer ain’t it.

    Anything else and we just play into the Media’s narrative that Toon fans are a fickle stupid lot who live in the past and don’t deserve what they feel they are entitled too.

    BTW did anyone sing for Shearer at Old Trafford today? I sure as shite hope not but some clown probably did…

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  • Jim

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #17

    What more is there to say after todays 2nd half show at Man Utd? Why not give Thora Hird a shot at the job as I’m not sure who else would accept it.

    All the top managers are now hitting the band waggon. Ferguson, Wenger, O’Neil, Rednapp, Bruce and more have all been dragged in to our freakshow. Depressed and humiliated begin to describe my own feelings.

    My lifelong blinkered support of the Toon is beginning to feel a bit jaded and I’m not sure how much more I can stomach. I understand that it’s now a business first and sport 2nd. I know that Premiership football is the centre ring and I wouldn’t get to follow the Toon much if they were relegated as I’ve moved away and am wondering if my 3 sons and I should be thinking more about personal sport like Athletics.

    The Geordie nation deserves more from their unstinting loyalty. It’s OUR team. The owner makes money from pimping it and the Manager gets paid to maintain our dignity. The players get cash to do what they love. Anyone fancy a mutiny? Could you imagine what could be achieved if the entire Toon Army turned it’s back on the money men and created a new club? Start from scratch and create something to have true pride in that speaks for the City?

    “Oh God, I’m so depressed.”

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  • Leo*

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #18

    tom toon whats with this chikhaouri guy?

    alan shearer for the manager with keegan as his assistant is my guess. dont want it to happen but reckon it will

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Those that have read my thoughts on here over the last few days will know that I’ve been convinced that Mike and Chris have had a plan up their sleaves all along and that sacking Sam was done because they had their man in place.

    I saw Mort sitting in the ground at Old Trafford today, glum-faced and that was before the first of Man Utd’s six goals flew past the hapless Given.

    Now, I have to say, I’m not so sure about Mike and Chris at all.

    I mean, Mike’s in Honk Kong – clearly sorting out other business, which suggests that he had nothing to do with Sam being sacked and wants nothing to with the appointment of a new man.
    Wouldn’t it just be nice if Mike Ashley was in Newcastle and came out of his office at SJP and spoke to the fans and said, “I’ll deliver the best I can for you”?

    Well, I guess that’s not his style as we know and all that’s left for Mort.

    Another thing troubling me is this Redknapp deal.
    Mort has admitted we appraoched him!?? Why would he do that??
    Surely, whoever else we approach is going to think they weren’t first choice??
    Who wants to be second choice?

    I can’t help thinking that this isn’t actually a smoke screen and IS a whopping great big mistake.
    But then, you never put all your eggs in one basket – SURELY Ashley and Mort simply asked a pool of around 5 managers who they could pick from?
    Surely, Redknapp’s desire to stay at Pompey was considered?

    I’d love to believe that they’ve asked around 5 managers and simply waited, or are still waiting for replies – when they get them all, they can then pick the one they want?

    I dunno, I’m so fed up with all this, I just don’t know what to believe in…

    Mort, Ashley – we need a pick-me-up more than ever before.

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  • Shearer's the man

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #20

    I said it yesterday and I will say it again. Shearer will be our new manager and Venables will be appointed as a shoulder to lean on (if not cry on!). Shearer has a lot of respect for Venables from his Euro 96 days. Yuo can talk all you want but this is what will happen…watch this space!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #21

    whats with him?

    he could actually do that 🙂

    i really dont care who we get now, as long as we stay up.

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  • lezb

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Is this the same Mail that wrote this classic have they no proof readers.
    JOE BERNSTEIN – More by this author »

    Last updated at 21:21pm on 12th January 2008

    Comments

    Manchester United are incompetent in the boardroom and even more so on the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first Manchester United hat-trick as the champions returned to the top of the Premier League with consummate ease.

    It ended up at six but would have been 12 had it not been for Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given and four goalline clearances.

    Think mabe they ment NUFC not manchester

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t know man…………..if Mike tried everything and no decent manager is willing to take us on than ok, bring on of them in, but not both of them. I would prefer Shearer tbh. And to be really honest i agree with Bobby Robson ( lol ), this Shearer as a manager will always be there, going from mouth to mouth, whispering in the wind. If the manager we bring in is not absolute world class, and i mean Mourinho-class, then the Shearer shadow will always be lurking around him. I say let’s give the man he’s chance now, at least if he fails it will be out of the way and not impeding following managers work.

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  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #24

    it just shows how far we have fallen a pompey manager turning us down. another embarrasing day to be a toon fan

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  • Shearer's the man

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Spot on ToonKing….

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  • rubbix

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #26

    I would love it…just love it if ………….if we could get him….and a few thousand others supporters would too….realisticaly we only want shearer or KK….all the rest be non backed for this that and the other….only shearer or KK gonna be given the time …FACT….cos they are our legends…..glad that pompy fag never got the job cos he no better or worse than SA …..GO GET KK ffs and give him the 5 million a year and MA can double his money with season tickets and footy shirts and then most of us would be happy !

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  • Tez131

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #27

    I think we should get Houllier in, even though he is not my 1st choice but to be fair I don’t think we could get better in the situation we are in, and he is a very good manager.

    He has been said to be interested in the job before Sam got it.
    He has primership experence.

    The only negative would be he doesn’t really play the most attackin football.

    Get him on a 2/3 yr deal and let him make us a solid team getting european football. Then attempt to bring in a “world class manager” to take us further.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Id really like jol, he’d be very willing to come.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #29

    What’s so F***in’ good about Keegan, we won nowt with him, then he left us in the shit & shell-shocked!..He’s a bottler!..Oh yea, he did win us a load of new plastic fans for a few years, great!.. Can’t everyone get it into their thick heads, Shearer doesn’t feel ready to do the job, so if he’s talked into it, it’ll be under duress & that won’t bode well & it may just blow his chance at his beloved Toon!..Sad!..Oh soooo very sad!..
    …That said, if it comes to pass, i’ll support them the same as i’ll support whoever is brought in, it’s the only way!..Howay the Lads!..

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  • daiv

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Mort and Ashley are muppets. They sacked Big Sam in January without a peplacement lined up. It cost Ashley tens of millions. Some plan!!! And what is Ashley doing in the Far East at this time of crisis??? Earning dosh. Newcastle come second. He may have got Rednapp if he had bothered to speak to the bloke. Hope he and his company go down the pan. He’ll sell whenever he gets the chance.

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  • Nev

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #31

    im not against shearer, but i still would like a van gaal
    i am against keegan as thats a step backwards
    but tbh with my current state of mind id take anyone … excluding mc’clown

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  • boywatts

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #32

    the team of shearer, keegan and terry mac !!!!! perfect !!!

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  • graham

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Edd case- don’t worry too much. Nufc have been in turmoil since the joe Harvey days. Every year or so when things go wrong is like finding out your wifes been sleeping with your brother. Yes it hurts at first but you always let her back into your heart in the end.

    Ps my wife has never slept with my brother.

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  • Jim

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #34

    For Gods sake get real!!!

    Shearer is a very recently retired player. He’s playing at being a pundit and relaxing for a while. He’s got NO BLOODY EXPERIENCE!!! Give him a small time club to get it right under his skin and 10 years to mature and then, maybe, consider him.

    Why not let a good web surfer manage Google. I know… what about letting Gerry Haliwell take over Sony Music. WTF is everyone on here!!!

    Shearer is a PLAYING legend. Let’s keep him as a legend, not throw him to the lions before he’s had a chance to crawl.

    Depression is beginning to turn to despair.
    GET A GRIP

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  • KevinHann

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Some of you are very ridiculous in their self-contradicting comments.
    Shearer can’t be anyone’s number 2 – how do you know, you asked him personally? Or you can say by watching him play on the field with 10 others?
    Let me remind you managers can also be a duo, not necessarily manager and assistant. Remember how Houllier started with Liverpool? Ring any bells?
    Look to the future not the past – brilliant piece. More beautiful as literature than making any sense.
    Who says Keegan will do good, no matter he did awesome at first – emm let’s see, how about Harry Redknapp at Pompy, he left the club after promoting them, they nearly got relegated and then got him back. Oh, a miracle, their fans didn’t say look to the future forget the past Harry is shite look what he did to S’ton, and where is Pompy now? Defo not in losing 0-6 to Man Utd. Besides, Keegan was no shit at Man City. They played the most entertaining football of the time, they beat Man Utd and they beat us too! When he resigned they were nowhere near relegation scrap. And after him they moved backwards.
    Let’s presume the board does not turn to anyone outside England. Is there any better option than Keegan – Shearer partnership? Any that can happen, not I-DEMAND-MOURINHO-EVERYONE-ELSE-SUCKS rocket science fiction?
    Oh, and world class managers have lots of cash and reputation. Why would they risk the second to get more of the first which they can easily have elsewhere, where people don’t sack their managers in 8 months?

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  • graham's brother

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry Graham, I have….. 🙂

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #37

    not that you know of , graham 😉

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #38

    I personally wanted Jose and have knocked Kevin for dropping the reserve team (which I still think we’re paying the price for now) but after today’s game the dream team is sounding much, much better.
    KK had our team playing with passion.
    AS played the game with passion.
    We could be in for a roller coaster in two ways, we appoint the right Man or Men otherwise we are going down. No doubts about it it folks we are that bad at the moment.

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  • gareth

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Why do you geordies think you are a trophy winning team???? You are a 1 team town. 100.000 seats would not be enough if that was the case in most major cities. How many of you went to St James’s Park when in bottom 3 of the old 2nd division??? under 10.000 and if you dont believe me check your stats. Where were you when you were s**t comes to mind. Man City dropped to the 3rd tier of english football and still had capacity crowds at home games and broke almost every away teams attendance record. So get a grip boys and be thankful your watching good teams at St James’s even if there not your team. So please stop moaning and all the best for the rest of the season.
    good luck.
    Man City Gaz

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  • Shearer's the man

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Jim, Shearer is never going to go to a small club. Period. If he did that and it didn’t work out for whatever reason he would never get the chance at his beloved Toon. Your analogies are lame. Shearer has been a top player for nearly 20 years, captained club and country and is repsected the world over. Just like when Dalglish managed Liverpool or Klinsmann with Germany, Cruyff with Ajax.
    It’s going to happen….get used to it!

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