Gerard Houllier’s representatives have today confirmed the Frenchman is interested in a Newcastle role and that informed talks have already taken place with Chairman Chris Mort.
Gerard Houllier – could partner Shearer in an awsome twosome?
Sky Sports News are reporting t former Liverpool manager would be interested in listening to an offer, which may or may not be as a senior figurehead alongside Magpies legend Alan Shearer. It’s interesting that the word “role” is mentioned rather than manager.
But this news is a little strange in that Alan Shearer has also just arrived back from Barbados, and while that may be a pure coincidence, it still seems strange. Newcastle have already said that Shearer wouldnâ€™t get the job on his own so maybe Houllier may be brought in the by a kind of mentor to Alan, something we suggested yesterday that Bobby Robson could do , but Bobbyâ€™s health and age may be a factor. We’d still like Bobby at the club in some capacity.
Alan Shearer – in Newcastle today, having returned from Barbados
We think the combination of Houllier and Shearer would be very well accepted by the St. James Park faithful and it would allow Shearer to branch out on his own after a couple of years working with Gerard. Of course Gerard has already worked for a while as a combination manger when he first arrived at Liverpool he shared the job with Roy Evans, until finally taking over. That must have been difficult for both men but they worked well – and of course this would be a lot less contentious since Shearer would be the man for the future.
Weâ€™ll keep you posted of any new developments, but we think this may be a great appointment, if itâ€™s true.