Can Keegan and Shearer Work Together at Newcastle?

Alan Shearer last night let people know he would be willing to join Kevin Keegan’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:

“He’s his own man and he’ll make his own decisions.”“But it’s my club and if he was to ring me up and ask me then most certainly I’d speak to him. He’ll certainly get the place buzzing.”

Shearer also said he hadn’t expected to land the top job at St James’ Park, following a phone call from Chairman Chris Mort last week, when he was on vacation in Barbados.

Alan added:

“They rang me last week while I was away and told me they were looking for experience so I was never really in the hat.”“If they’d asked me to talk to them, I would. It’s my club, I love that club and if I could help them in any way I’d do that.”

“It remains an ambition of mine to manage Newcastle — when that will be I don’t really know.”

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, it’s obvious he wants to work with Kevin, and we don’t doubt Alan’s sincerity in this one little bit. He’ll learn a lot under Kevin, and also be ready to take over the club once Kevin decides it’s time to retire.

But this decision has to be left to Kevin Keegan to make alone. It’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?

Comments very welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Stami

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    i really hope it does happen! i would love to see that partnership!!!

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Just a pipedream.

    The new number 2 will be Chris Coleman. It will be announced at the press conference tomorrow. Coleman played for Keegan at Fulham and they are said to be very good friends.

    Plus Keegan knows for this to be a success he needs experience next to him.

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I wouldnt mind coleman he did very well at fulham on his own. Only really had 1 bad run and then he was sacked.

    I think it will DEF be coleman as i heard he quit his team on wed??? Can anyone confirm that?

  • wsq

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4,20285,12606_3054864,00.html

    anyone know who the obnoxious pot belly guy is?

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Midjew – he quit his job in Spain 1 hour before the Keegan annoucement. He must have had a call from Keegan.

  • Midjew

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Thanks James, must be him then!

    Will be interesting cos i wonder wether coleman has found any good players whilst in spain?

  • paul p

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    keegan and shearer can work together defo. coleman looks likely to be a coach like, along with beardsley, rob lee, terry mac and arthur cox

  • nightfall

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #8

    we should sign:

    1 CB: dunne, metzelder
    1DMC: diaby, vieira 😀 , appiah, carrick
    1AMC: ribery would be perfect, but wouldn’t come, so i guess : chilouaki (i don’t know if the spelling is right, but would be a great back-up for n’zogbia…for the first season)
    1AMR: bentley, maxi rodriguez, arteta
    1ST: ashton/chilouaki (he could also play as striker), perhaps even bent on loan untill the end of the season (ramos is selling him)

    out: carr, smith, butt, shola, emre, barton, geremi, viduka

    so our squad would be:

    D: taylor, new CB, cacapa, enrique, rozehnal, tozer (LB), edgar (RB), and we must get Kadar now
    M: milner, faye, zog, duff, lualua, new DMC, new AMC, new AMR
    ST: martins, owen, carroll, new strong ST (and shearer as ST coach – he’d be great for carroll & martins)

  • millepede

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    get les in aswell

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Off the point here but in your opinion which players should we let go if not january then the summer?

    Carr,rozenhal,butt,geremi,barton and ameobi.I think unless something happens owen will leave and Nzogbia will have alot of suitors. e.g barca,milan yes hes that good!

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Nightfall – we signed Kadar last week. It went through fine regardless of Sam.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #12

    I would like to see Shearer as a coach with Beardsley as Keegans assistant, that would be great

  • Micky Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Keegan is probably the only person from the list of managers that were in contention for the job that could work with Shearer. Perhaps that is why her was given the job, to bring Shearer along as a manager.

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #14

    thelongshanks – i love michel owen and think he is a world class finisher, and would love him to stay and bang him some goals. but regardless of how many he scores, or how well he plays, or how highly keegan rates him, i think mort will get rid of him in the summer because his wages are killing the new sensible wage structure that mort is trying to implement.

  • BrettToon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #15

    No Coleman please.. nice guy n all but really?!?!?!?

  • Leo*

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    we wont be letting nzogbia go unless we get a rediculous bid, we have a billionare owner so we dont need to sell…

    i cant see shearer being any part of the keegan set up to be honest, place aint big enough for the both of them. i hope im wrong but i doubt it.

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #17

    i agree james the least he can do is bang in loadsa goals this season get us up the table,improve his valuation and sell him back to liverpool for 15million.Oh and we will use that money to buy huntelaar…. heres hoping.

  • Michael Parker

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Shearer should get off the fence and manage a football team (not NUFC) before anyone thinks about taking over from Kevin when he retires at age 65.

  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #19

    thelongshanks – i put a tenner on keegan last week at 40-1, and will now be putting some of my winnings on an Owen hatrick against Bolton.

  • Bill f

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s going to depend on Ashley and Mort, if they want Shearer then I think KK would be happy to have him. I don’t think he is busting a gut to have him on board unless it is a done deal as I have been suggesting all along.

    With Coleman coming on board I am beginning to think it wasn’t and would think he will be the next manager when KK does leave for whatever reason. I couldn’t see any other reason why he would take the assistant job, regardless of what the fans may think and who we would prefer.

    Looks like a smart move by KK though as I think he realise his own shortcomings as a manager, from what I have read so far he is trying to assemble a good team around himself.

  • dirk

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #21

    imagine if we get coleman shearer tony adams in the backroom staff!!

  • paul p

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22


    carr, enrique, ramage, cacapa, rozenhal, geremi, smith, emre, barton, viduka, ameobi,


    given, harper, krull, beye, taylor, faye, milner, nzogbia, duff, owen, martins, carrol, lua lua, tozer, kadar

    the rest will need to be as i said above. we want to go places again, only way to do that is to bring in new acadamy manager, coaches who no good players inside out, buy good youth players for the future and also strenghten our squad so it can compete with man u, arsenal, liverpool, chelsea, man city etc. we all no we are a million miles off man u, hence the 6 nil defeat, but am sure keegan will put that right like.


  • paul p

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #23

    i thort coleman and shearer were good mates too. i think they will both be there. watch this space

  • Southern_Magpie

    Jan 17, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Harsh on Enrique and we should see more if him without Sam Allardyce limiting his first team football. It would be a shame to see Emre go, and I don’t think he should leave until the summer at least providing we buy a couple of creative central midfield players. I agree with the rest of your ‘outs’ list and they cetainly could do with a trip to Kevin’s Soccer Circus to learn how to actually use the football.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    wsq, the “obnoxious pot belly guy” as you put it is Phil Thompson, a fantastic player in his time and team mate of KK. A little respect rather than ignorance next time maybe?

  • nightfall

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed – draw bars over joey’s face 😀

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Nice little win there james, i wouldnt waste money on the hat trick though.With butt,smith and emre suspended for bolton will we be playing 3 up front or giving lua lua a chance this weekend?

  • paul p

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #28

    if you watch enrique’s game when he is defending, he ball watches too much. got caught out 3 times at man u. he is clueless at the back, going forward he is good yeah i agree, but if he is to stay, he needs to sort his defencive duties out. emre, just does not look the same player like he used to be for inter millan. i used to watch video’s of him dribbling past 3-4 players and sticking it away in the back of the net, he’s scored goals for us, but not like that, plus the sending off last night he just lost his head, and we have paid the price as he is missing for saturday. we now have milner, duff and nzogbia only for midfield for saturday, unless we sign anyone, but that wont happen until the backroom has been organised.

  • Southern_Magpie

    Jan 17, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29

    No defensive duties will be needed under Keegan !!!

  • Davey

    Jan 17, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #30

    I dont like shearer’s baleful influence over matters nufc the last year or so. I just wish he would f..king shut up.

  • jimmer

    Jan 17, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #31

    shearer wont be no 2 he would spend a week with keegan. see how poor a manager he now is and then walk out. a guy doing his badges just now will think keegan is a fossil. which he is.

  • UTD111

    Jan 18, 2008 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Everybody goes on about Sir Alan casting a huge shadow over whoever is the manager. If Kev thinks a partnership would work, it would be better to bring Sir Alan into the setup and get rid of the shadow?
    At the very least, in addition to what he would add on the footy side, Al could use his media experience to deal with the press and tv pressure and deflect it so that Kev could concentrate on what he does best – assembling, organising and motivating the team.


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