Harry Backs Bobby Robson – Shearer Perfect


Harry Redknapp has today backed Bobby Robson’s belief that Shearer should be given the job of Newcastle United manager.

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Alan Shearer – Harry backs Bobby – get Shearer!

Harry talked today to Sky Sports about the vacant manager position at Newcastle United:

“I’d give Alan Shearer the job. I think he’s perfect for it. Experience doesn’t matter because he understands football,”

“Roy Keane hasn’t got the experience and he knows what he’s doing. He’s different class and he’s going right to the top. There’s no reason Alan Shearer can’t do that as well.”

“He’d set the place alight and the fans would love him. You could bring a couple of experienced people in alongside him and it wouldn’t be a problem for him.”

“Because of what he means to the place and what the fans think of him and what a player he’s been, he’d be absolutely perfect. I wouldn’t want to see any further than Alan Shearer.”

It’s going to be a difficult choice for Ashley and Mort, because neither of them, by their own admission, are footballing men. Here are two of the best, Harry and Bobby and they should at least listen to them.

We hope Chris and Mike are at least using the great football wisdom of Sir Bobby Robson, who seems to be supporting the club at every game, and is a true supporter, and just wants the club to do well.

Mike should hire Bobby as some kind of mentor or adviser for himself, at least in the short term, until he learns the ropes about managing a football team.

Harry knows what he’s talking about too, and since Harry turned the job down and knows what’s required, his opinion should carry some weight.

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Harry Redknapp – quite content at Portsmouth

Harry went on to better explain his decision to turn down Newcastle, reiterating that he is quite content at Fratton Park:

“It was a great opportunity for me to go and manage one of the great football clubs. I understand all that. Some people will say I made the right move and some people will say I should have taken it,”

“Everyone’s got their own opinions but we all have our own lives. Everybody’s got to do what they want to do with their own life, and I love my life.”

“I enjoy going to work every day. If I didn’t like the place, if I didn’t like the owner or if I didn’t like the players I’d have been up there like a shot, but there was no need for me to change.”

Well, it’s been an action packed 4 days for Newcastle fans, since Big Sam was sacked last Wednesday, and to say it’s not been all good , would be an understatement.

Let’s hope we can get our new manager in place soon, and at least before next Saturday’s game against Bolton at St. James’ Park. We need some points on the board, and we should be able to beat Bolton Wanderers – well we hope we can.
Comments welcome.


119 comments so far

  • Obafan

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #1

    As I’m the first one to comment on this. I will not comment on this article now (maybe later), but I’ve got a question.

    When do you think that a new manager will be announced????

    Perhaps a question for all the betting sites non the web 😉

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  • milnerfan

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #2

    O no, just read on sky text that souness would be happy to come and manage the magpies agen! Shearer would do ok at newcastle, cant c him winning prem thoe. Would have respect of players, but dont think the tatics etc would be good enough.

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  • scott9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #3

    i agree i would giv then job to shearer peoaple would give him time cos hes a legand and i believe he will end up a great young manager plus there are not many great managersvailable at the moment that we are realisticly able to get so i would give it to shearer plus he watches newcastle alot so should now how good the players are so give him it now and he can get syraight into the transfer window.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #4

    ha ha ha ha hahahahahaahahahaha.

    This story is crazy (not Ed’s but SJP & new manager), everyone has their own view but we’ve got to wait for MA to decide and I personally think it’s a done deal……..

    BUT WHO?

    Well we’ve got to wait n see. Hopefully very soon because we need cover (players) desperately after yesterdays shambles.

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  • thelongshanks

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #5

    If he isnt gonna go for a top european manager and he wants someone in England then give it to shearer.He would be a cheap appointment and he know the kinda players we like to see.As MA

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Obafan – I hope we get somebody before Wednesday and if not – then before Bolton next Saturday.
    There are 17 days left right now in the transfer window and we would think Chris and Mike want the new manager to be able to get 2-3 good players in – if they are available.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #7

    ObaFan2 – who do you think Mike wants????

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Mike wants van Gaal, it was slightly revealed today.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Hang on – there’s word we have signed Jose Mourinho as manager – hold on a minute.

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  • b3v

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #10

    ed!!! my god i hope your not kidding

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #11

    TBH Ed I’ve no idea but happy it isn’t HR if you hadn’t already guessed lol.

    I’ve stopped speculating and will be happy to back whoever it is now….. alsong as it isn’t ***************************************
    well that list is smaller than before lol.

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  • JC

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #12

    That’s a very cruel windup. Where on earth did you hear that?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #13

    ED your such a joker mate.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Ooops sorry – wrong again.
    Yes you’re right I’m a joker – but I bet I had some of you guessing – I’d hit the ceiling if it was really true.
    😀 😀

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  • b3v

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #15

    🙁

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Just trying to lighten things up a bit 😀
    Hey – it might happen.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    i heard we signed souness again ED .

    beat that for a joke ?

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  • JC

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think Mourinho will even be approached.

    If the plethora of Shearer endorsements are anything to go by, he’s the frontrunner. Perhaps Mourinho’s style of football doesn’t fit in with Ashley’s ‘Man U clobbering’ dream. Shame really!

    Let’s hope we make an approach for good ol’ Ottmar.

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  • KevinHann

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #19

    It can be worse than Souness.

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  • chuck

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Without seeming to be boastfull .I suggested exactly this in a comment recently. Shearer
    could learn from one of the best managers in the game (still dont understand why Sir Bobby was fired) could also benefit from his contacts etc.
    Hey! who knows?
    Better than Arry and the out of a job loosers like Souness, O`Leary etc.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes – I just read what Graeme says – he reckons Shepherd more or less picked the players. But at least he’s being positive about the job and says he’ll take it in a heart-beat – and he’s being very positive about Newcastle and fans etc.
    Really do think we’ll have a manager in 2-3 days – hope so 😀

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #22

    mclaren

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #23

    picked the players in the transfer market that is.

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  • b3v

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #24

    i don’t think i have ever pressed the refresh button so many times on a website. you just wait ed, we’ll get you back! 🙂

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  • Halliday

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Shearer for me. Don’t care what anyone says. He’s the one for the job.

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  • Michael

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle’s problem is we do not get a world class manager,
    -Keegan is not world class;
    -Ruud Gulitt is not world class.
    -Bobby Robson was not world class
    -Souness is not world class
    -Glen Roeder is not world class
    – Sam Allerdyce is not world class.

    Yet we paid salaries to all the guys what other world class managers around the world were not even getting .

    Why pay Harry Redknapp £5Mill a year, when he has won nothing? We wanted to get Harry for that amount. Why not Gus Hiddinks, Mourinhos, Scolaris, if we can afford to pay Harry that much then please get that extravagant manager. Please, do not employ mediocrity. Employing mediocrity brings mediocre results, do not complain.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #27

    however its funny he offered the job to harry redknapp. thats not as promising as it sounds does it ?

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  • andyc290

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Mourinho has been spotted playing on the Deal or No Deal bandit in the Bensham Jockey on Bensham Bank – PaddyPower are offering odds of 10-1 that he will stop off at the Ping On for chips and curry sauce on his way back to the B n B he’s staying at on Gateshead High St.

    Do you think we should read anything into this?

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  • andyc290

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #29

    And Michael I disagree with you about Bobby. He was world class – look at the clubs he managed and what he did at World Cup 1990 with England.

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  • andyc290

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Souness knows hes not up to the job. He just wants another big pay day.

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  • Hammy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Redknapp played attractive football at West Ham while on a shoe string budget, while he’s obviously dodgy you can’t fault his passion for the game. I thought he came accross well in the “why I didn’t take it” interviews….

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #32

    which part of world class manager does arry fit in ?

    dint sam acheive what arry did ?

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  • Michael

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Perhaps, Bobby Robson was world class, he did do well at Newcastle which may justify this, But do you see the trend here, Poor managers, poor performances. It is simple. Sam at Bolton was not that successful. Look at the past seasons and judge for yourself. Where have they finished.

    In business you bench mark yourself on what the best are doing, right? Mort and Ashley are business men, why is this not obvious to them.

    The best teams in the league have world class managers, save Chelsea, since Mourinho left. And they Occupy the top four positions. Before Liverpool had Benitez, and Chelsea had the Italian dude, they were not in the top four, We had Robson, who I think we can debate is world class. We were in the top four / five.

    Get a world class manager, gives the board the confidence to back him, what makes him world class is he is tactically adroit, good eye for players entice players to a club, motivate them as well. Once all that happens, we will be in the top four / five – six.

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  • heads23552

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #34

    It must be Shearer, hes been spotted in Newcastle. Actually what experience did Mourinho have before he went to porto, he hung around Sir Bobby. There is your answer.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #35

    lol @ the italian dude … ranieri is currently doing good with juve though he failed with valencia .. speaking of which, does anybody know where flores is ?

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    that was cruel Ed, really below the belt……………. 🙁

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  • Hammy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Yeah, everyone can spot a world class manager with hind sight, why don’t we trawl the Japanese J league and see if there are any frenchmen with dodgy hairstyles available.

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  • ELFER

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #38

    if you look at the current squad there are many good french speaking lads, so it would make sense to have a french manager too.

    there’s some one available who already managed owen at liverpool…yes, HOULLIER!

    and thats simply why he would be the best choice!!!

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  • Steve H

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Nice one ED !!!
    just texted all my mates with the news ,they all immediately tuned in to sky sports !! hehe

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 13, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #40

    surely we cld search in the scottish league too then

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