Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan had their long-awaited conversation on Thursday, and it seems the two of them had an amicable discussion, and Kevin probably went over with Alan exactly what his plans were for the club.
At the end of it Alan decided he didn’t want the number 2 role – at least for now.
Alan Shearer - mulling over an offer from Keegan
But what is apparent is that Kevin seems keen to get Alan into the club.Â He has probably been encouraged by Chris Mort to look on Alan Shearer as his successor,Â but as Kevin rightly points out, too much planning cannot be done in the topsy turvy would of the Premier league.
Kevin told the Newcastle Journal today about his talk with Shearer:
â€œI spoke with him for four hours,â€ â€œIt was great to see him again. At the end he said, â€˜I definitely donâ€™t want to come as a number two at the momentâ€™. â€œ
â€œBut I think he is interested in joining us. He is going to talk about it with Lainya (his wife). She was away and we will talk again on Monday. There is no pressure on him to join us.â€
â€œThe perfect scenario is for him to get more involved as time goes on and eventually take over from me. I have three-and-a-half years on my contract, I will nearly be 60. But that is a perfect world, letâ€™s wait and see what he comes back with.â€
â€œI have not made a decision on who will be my assistant. I have got a lot of good staff around me. I am not one who needs numbers ones, twos and threes. If I have two or three guys around and if they can all be number twos when I need them that will be okay.â€
So weâ€™ll see what Alan comes back with â€“ but it wouldnâ€™t surprise us if Alan completes his contract at the BBC, and then has another discussion with Kevin on the role he could then assume at the club. That’s in about 18 months time and that will then give Alan a couple of years in the job to learn the ropes, before taking over from Kevin in 2011.
But as we said you cannot plan too much ahead â€“ after all 60 is hardly an old age these days, and many managers are now managing way past that age.Â We also wouldn’t be surprised to see Kevin be manager, after his initial contract is up – as long as we are successful again.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.