Alan Shearer has exclusively talked to the Sun today, who he is employed by as a reporter. Alan talked at length about Newcastle and the Manager job there.
Alan Shearer – talks some good sense about Newcastle manager job
Here’s Alan’s full interview this morning with the Sun.
â€œIt is my club, I scored 206 goals for them and played for them for a decade â€” I would do anything to help them.â€ â€œI might not have managerial experience but I know all about this football club, the fans and the area.â€ â€œThe club have had some unbelievably experienced managers in the past and, for whatever reason, it has not gone well. Just look at Kevin Keegan and the job he did here. Kevin did something special. He is a special person with great charisma.â€
â€œHe is highly thought of in Newcastle and rightly so because of what he did for the football club.â€ â€œBig Sam Allardyce had great experience but, for whatever reason, things did not work out for him.â€ â€œExperience does not guarantee you anything, although it does give you a head start.â€
â€œIt is a very difficult job but also a great job â€” for me, up there with the England job.â€â€œI have not spoken to Kevin, nor do I know if he wants the job.â€ â€œPeople have talked about me being a No 2 under an experienced manager.â€
â€œBut if they are after an experienced manager, which they are, he will no doubt have his own man. If he hasnâ€™t, he may not even want me as his No 2. Again, all I would say is that if someone comes in and wants to talk to me I would be willing to help in any way I can.â€
Shearer has not been too pleased by reports that his very presence in the North East has put undue pressure on Sam Allardyce, who was sacked last Wednesday, after only 24 games in charge.
Shearer said: â€œ
â€œI was as shocked and surprised as anyone that Sam Allardyce was sacked.â€ â€œI have been upset by some reports that I was like a shadow over the manager since I left and that I know everything that happens at the club.â€ â€œLet me put this straight once and for all.”
“Since retiring from playing in 2006 I have been to the training ground once â€” three months after I stopped playing â€” and I canâ€™t even remember what that was for.â€ â€œIâ€™ve never been in the boardroom or in the changing rooms and I have never met or spoken to Mike Ashley.”
“Yes, I still live in the area because I love it here â€” itâ€™s my home. I also have a box at St Jamesâ€™ Park to watch the games. But I probably only get to do that about once a month because of my work with Match of the Day.â€
â€œAfter the game I get in my car and go straight home. You can ask Sam Allardyce how many times he saw me at St Jamesâ€™ Park and the answer will be â€˜noneâ€™.â€ â€œGlenn Roeder before him will also testify to the fact that I kept myself away from the club â€” apart from, as I say, watching the odd game.â€
Shearer has even avoided games so nothing could be made out of his presence.
â€œI was going to go to the home game against Arsenal. But there was so much pressure building on Sam I deliberately stayed away.â€â€œI knew if Arsenal scored the cameras would scan to me and I didnâ€™t want that or think it was fair.”
“I always backed Sam, when he was appointed and during his reign. To give him just 24 games is not enough.â€ â€œBut when you put 280M of your own money into something â€” like Mike Ashley has â€” you can make whatever decision you want.â€ â€œHe did not appoint Sam, which worked against Sam in the end.â€
Alan was asked if it was not to be him, who specifically would he want to come into the Newcastle manager position. Alan continued:
â€œI want someone to come in and have a right go â€” and have the opportunity to put the club where we all want it to be.â€ â€œThat means challenging in the top six and winning FA Cups. The fans deserve that for their dedication.â€â€œA lot has been made of the way Newcastle play and I know they do like to be entertained. They want to be entertained and get the right result. But even Arsenal sometimes cut their cloth accordingly, like they did at Portsmouth recently, to get a result.â€
â€œI went for a quiet holiday and got exactly the opposite. I was only away for seven days and for four of them my phone was going mad.â€ â€œI did watch the Newcastle versus Manchester United game there.â€ â€œI searched everywhere to find a nice, quiet bar to watch it in.â€
â€œUnfortunately, there were six others in there who turned out to be Manchester United fans. I had the mick ripped out of me every five minutes.â€ â€œThe fansâ€™ reaction to me has been flattering. Iâ€™ve got a tremendous relationship with the fans and always have done.â€ â€œIt always nice when people say they want you.â€
Some good points made by Alan, which may give Mike Ashley food for thought. Kevin Keegan was appointed with no previous management experience, and he’s been Newcastle’s most successful manager since Joey Harvey, back in the 1960s.
And Alan is certainly smart enough to bring in experienced people around him to guide him in the job, at least initially. He may bring in somebody like Terry Venables as his adviser, as an example.
We think at least there’ll be another call between Alan and Chris, to further discuss the matter. That call be only be to further explain to Shearer why Ashley may still appoint an experienced manager and not Alan.
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