Alan Shearer last night let people know he would be willing to join Kevin Keeganâ€™s coaching staff at Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – wants to join Keegan’s coaching staff at Newcastle
Alan, the clubs leading goal scorer of all time with 206 goals (Jackie Milburn has 200 goals), was even a popular choice to take over the helm at Newcastle before Kevin Keegan got the job last night. But Chris Mort had told already Alan last Thursday, that it would not be Alan appointed this time, because Newcastle wanted an experienced manager, which is what they did.
Alan however, seems to want be part of running the club, in some capacity, even if it means being a coach under Kevin. That will presumably give him the experience he needs to finally become permanent manager. Obviously, Shearer does not see himself managing any other team than Newcastle United.
Shearer talked about Kevin Keegan today:
â€œHeâ€™s his own man and heâ€™ll make his own decisions.â€â€œBut itâ€™s my club and if he was to ring me up and ask me then most certainly Iâ€™d speak to him. Heâ€™ll certainly get the place buzzing.â€
Shearer also said he hadn’t expected to land the top job at St Jamesâ€™ Park, following a phone call from Chairman Chris Mort last week, when he was on vacation in Barbados.
â€œThey rang me last week while I was away and told me they were looking for experience so I was never really in the hat.â€â€œIf theyâ€™d asked me to talk to them, I would. Itâ€™s my club, I love that club and if I could help them in any way Iâ€™d do that.â€
â€œIt remains an ambition of mine to manage Newcastle â€” when that will be I donâ€™t really know.â€
It would be good to have Alan as part of the coaching staff. But in our experience it’s very hard to get two big lkeaders with egos to successfully work together. There can ever only be one man in charge, and it may cause some friction with Kevin, who of course is the top man.
It would only work if Alan was prepared to be in the background, as Kevin runs the club. But even if Alan says he will, it may still be hard for Shearer to carry that out. Remember Alan was offered a player/manager position back in1996, as Blackburn tried to keep him at the club, when Newcastle and Manchester United were interested in taking Alan.
However, itâ€™s obvious he wants to work with Kevin, and we don’t doubt Alan’s sincerity in this one little bit. Heâ€™ll learn a lot under Kevin, and also be ready to take over the club once Kevin decides itâ€™s time to retire.
But this decision has to be left to Kevin Keegan to make alone. Itâ€™s our view it just will not happen. Maybe once Kevin decides to call it quits Alan can be drafted in to take over the reins and Kevin can ensure a smooth transition to Alan. That’s a management transition plan in place already for the club. 😀
What do you think?
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