Alan Shearer has made no secret of the fact that one day he would like to manage Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – thinks he could do the job required
Alan said that yesterday when returning to Newcastle Airport from his vacation in Barbados. But he then amplified on that statement yesterday, and said he had already had contact with Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort, was interested in the job, and would have talked about it to Chris Mort if invited.
Alan told the Times yesterday:
“A couple of days after Sam Allardyce got the sack, I got a call from the club to say they were looking for an experienced manager, which ruled me out,”
“What I can say is that if you want someone to galvanize the dressing room, get them organized and playing then, yes, I think I could do that. If they want that and someone with experience then I’m not that man.â€
“People have talked about me being a number two under an experienced manager.” “But if they are after an experienced manager, which they are, he will no doubt want his own man.”
“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.”
“I understand and respect their decision. But there are plenty of people who have taken on big jobs in their first managerial role and made sure they have gathered experienced people around them.”
“If they had asked me to meet the chairman to talk about this job, I would have done it.”
This seems a clear play by Alan to let Ashley and Mort know that he is now interested, and apparently would even be willing to be assistant manager for a couple of years before taking over. This may be something that Mike Ashley will now need to think about â€“ appointing a senior man with Alan as assistant manager. However, they may be too far down the path of the manager appointment to change things now.
And when you look back to Roeder’s short reign at the club maybe Alan had more impact in the dressing room than we gave him credit for. Newcastle’s form picked up dramatically when he partnered Roeder in managing the club from February 2006, but Roeder on his own, was unable to maintain that form in the following season, and was sacked last May.