It Could be Shearer and Houllier Combination


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.

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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 wouldn’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 Bobby’s health and age may be a factor. We’d still like Bobby at the club in some capacity.

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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.

We’ll keep you posted of any new developments, but we think this may be a great appointment, if it’s true.

Comments welcome.


43 comments so far

  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #1

    i am 100% for this! i see it as the best way forward for the club and fans!

    quick on the draw with this article Ed:)

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  • hadrian

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Hate it , horrible idea , hate it hate it hate it !!

    mort’s just released a statement .

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  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Hadrian

    pls give us a link to Mort’s statement! is it on the official site?

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  • hadrian

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #4

    aye

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  • Midjew

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #5

    where is this statement

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  • JMC

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6
  • JC

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Houllier and Evans?

    Nah, that didn’t work out too well. Evans resigned a month or two into it, I think.

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  • Midjew

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #8

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1215710,00.html

    very good words in my opinion from Mort

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  • Stami

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    yeah just read it! Mort doin his usual bit! very diplomatic as always…

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  • JC

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah, spot the thinly veiled reference to Mourinho in the statement?

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  • nightfall

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #11

    houllier is not good enough…he always comes to a good club, but after a year he turns it into average team…

    the only good dutch coach is hiddink, so don’t start with idiots such as van gaal, jol, etc…they spend millions, make a big-name squad and achieve nothing… those are all managers who can do a good job for about a year, but in a long run they burn…

    IF we can’t get mourinho, give shearer the job untill summer, then if he do a good job hire him for another year or 2 and if he doesn’t give the job to hitzfeld, hiddink, scolari…they’ll be free in summer..after EC!

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  • Midjew

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree JC.

    Sounds like someone has had a NO from Mourinho.

    Oh Well, then again we are not even in Europe.

    Just wanna know who it is gonna be getting annoying now.

    We’re gonna be left with the SAME squad by feb, GREAT we need to get rid and get in so many players. No luck this Jan AGAIN!!!!

    At least not as bad as last year when we got that crap american bloke on loan, i have made myself forget his name

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  • Steeley

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #13

    “Gerard Houllier’s representatives have today confirmed the Frenchman is interested in a Newcastle role and that informed talks have already taken place”…..Ed, has there been a confirmed statement on this, or is it one of Sky Sports’ “sources”?? If it’s from Sky Sports then I’m paying no attention whatsoever!!

    I would happy with a Houllier/Shearer role, or to be honest, since this is dragging out now, either of the two by themselves! Just give us a manager….PLEASE!!

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  • Gordon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Yep, last paragraph is a “WE CAN’T GET MOURINHO YOU MUPPETS!”

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  • JC

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #15

    The Gooch! Not only did he have a fantastic name, but he Gooch’d Bellamy! Game of the season! He was a tad Boumsongish though.

    I’m more interested in the other candidates that have been approached really. Those the press haven’t got wind of yet.

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  • Steeley

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s effectively a job ad….did they post that on the NUFC official page instead of the jobcentre page by mistake?? lol

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  • true

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Lets face facts when you read Morts comments its plain to see TOP Managers want European football, untill we get there we won’t attact one Houllier is 60 – perfect get us in to Europe in two years have a go then i three years look for a top Manager who will then be interested in comming here.

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #18

    I like the Shearer and Houllier idea. Houllier’s experience would aid Newcastle United in becoming a powerful force in europe again.

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  • JC

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Well, Houllier left Lyon because of his lack of success in Europe. He fared well domestically though Ligue 1 isn’t all that.

    Given our current status, that sounds almost ideal.

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  • Steeley

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Just looking at the top scorers chart towards the top of the page and it’s pretty depressing huh? Hopefully the “stylish” football coming to St James’ pretty soon might improve that!

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  • steve

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Whilst SBR is a class act I think he’s probably not well enough to take an active role at Newcastle.

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  • Steeley

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #22

    true- you may be right. That statement could be a pre-cursorary warning that they havent been able to get ANYONE decent because of the lack of Euro football. It may be that the only people interested are the ones with connections to the club (Shearer, Keegan). And that would be a real shame, because legendary status is there for the taking on Tyneside….all they need is a good cup run, a good climb up the league, in fact….just bringing us exciting football would be good enough at the minute!
    Next year is the season to be excited about though….we might as well write this one off now, as even if we got past Stoke look who’s next! 🙁

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  • hadrian

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23

    top managers want to walk into european football instead of building a team that earns it .

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  • true

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Hadrian, i dont think is a case of top managers wanting to walk straight into european football i think is more a case of top managers feel they have already proved themselves and dont need to do so again. They look to express their skills IN the top flight not by getting there.
    And unfortunatly we arn’t there and havent been there for some time.

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  • Therion Geordie

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25

    If Houllier Can Use Owen The Way He Did At Liverpool Then Let’s Have Him

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  • Gooderz

    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Shearer would be manager in this set up, with Houllier as a director of football. Houllier’s role would be to offer advice regards tactics, training and possible transfers. Otherwise, if things are all going well, Houllier can chat to Mort about the youngsters his vast scouting network (and other contacts) find in France and so forth, leaving our scouts free to look at other players, and give Mort the youth development scheme he wants at the club.

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  • Gordon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #27

    By the way, has everyone forgotten how BORING Houiller’s Liverpool team was?!

    He never played with wingers, they were always ‘tucked in’ and it was like watching paint dry.

    Plus the entire team was flooded with Frenchmen like Sinama Pongolle, LeTalec, Cheyrou and the like… and what’s Newcastle’s record with French players, eh?!

    Success in the French League is nothing. Look at Paul Le Guen when he went to Rangers after winning the League three times in a row with Lyon! Houiller lived off Le Guen’s team and then swapped players like Carew for Baros!

    For Christ’s sake Alan Perrin – the disaster at Portsmouth – now even has Lyon six points clear at the top!

    Think it should be Shearer on his own, let’s exorcise his shadow over the club once and for all – for better or worse. Besides, if he is successful, he’ll stay at the club for 20 years and turn down Manchester United!!! 😉

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  • banned

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #28

    this combination of director of football and coach looks good.

    But, I’m not gunning houllier to be the director. Van Gaal looks a better choice.

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  • Gordon

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #29

    PS – Van Gaal, no league or cup wins since 1999 and he couldn’t even get Holland to qualify for the European Championships…!?!

    Dalglish won trophies more recently than him – he won the Scottish Cup with Celtic in 2000!!

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  • Bill F

    Jan 15, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Gordon I was going to make the same point Re Lyon, I reckon any of our former managers would have success with the (current) Lyon team. I wouldn’t want Houllier on the strength of any success there. Can’t see why he left them either was only there a very short time.

    I would still prefer the Keegan/Shearer combo assuming Jose aint coming.

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  • Frankieboy

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #31

    I aint one to stand here and say I told you so. Most comments seem to reflect what I wsas saying yesterday and the day before.
    For me it is an extremely feasable combination without the power struggle of Keegan/Shearer.

    Am just gutted that i only got 7/1 on him Ha!

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  • Davey

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #32

    JC remembers well. The supposed dream ticket of Evans and Houlier at Liverpool failed miserably. I just do not like this stupid idea of having 2 guys in tandem..like having managemnt by committee. It wont work with strong characters. Get Keegan in NOW ffs. He will come for the right reasons……you know it makes sense.

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  • dan

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Pleased to see we are interested in someone who has a little more on his C.V…Unlike rednapp!

    Houlier has won stuff, fair enough, not champions league or anything, but we’re gonna need someone who has won things to sort our mess out.

    Houlier
    Van gaal
    hitzfeld!
    hiddink

    I’d be very pleased with any of these.

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  • dan

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #34

    and another thing!!!

    Keegan will be rubbish! he took us on when we were facing relegation into the old 3rd division – not exactly alot of pressure! It’s an entirely different scenario to now.

    he failed miserably at Man City and has won absolutely nothing…he doesn’t know what it takes to manage a team to trophies!

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  • Davey

    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #35

    yes Dan, the piffling task of preventing our descent into the old 3rd division in 1992 was indeed a piece of piss, not to mention our easily gaining promotion the next season.no pressure at all! Go back to your play station.

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  • cathal

    Jan 15, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #36

    bring on keegan. keep that muppet houllier away from our club!!

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 15, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Who’s this Brazillian bloke who reacons hes done realy well ‘Abel Braga’ or sumit? If hes done as well as his agent recons, surely i would have heard of him. Anyway Ottmar Hitzveld is my first choice. Keep the faith

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  • Davie

    Jan 15, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Shearer this, Shearer that… I think the guys a leg-end! I loved him as a player, but can’t stand the man. He’s so far up his own ass its unreal.

    Let’s just get a manager with no sidekick, to do his job. IF Houllier gets the job let it be his decision who works along side him.

    Shearer… stick to talking shit on the BBC.

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 15, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Hahahahahahaha, nice one Davy

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  • Davie

    Jan 15, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Also on Keegan… this is 2008 he had his chance and the pressure got to him (he, left) England pressure got to him (he, left) Manchester City more pressure (he, left)… this man is well known for crippling massively under pressure. The man has a phobia to pressure… To appoint him would be a massive mistake, and a mistake I’m sure Ashley and Mort can’t afford to make.

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