Kevin talked last night about Alan Shearer, and there were a few things obvious from that talk, regarding the relationship between the two of them.
The two legends of Newcastle United during England training
One thing that came out loud and clear is that Kevin really likes Shearer as a man. He talked about him being a great footballer, which we all know about, but it was also clear that Keegan thinks that Shearer is something special. It was almost like Kevin was talking about Alan as if he was his son – just glowing praise from Kevin. 😀
Keegan was asked if there would be a clash of personalities with Alan, after the former Newcastle number 9 had said in the press he was too much like Kevin to work with him effectively.
Kevin brushed that off and said he didnâ€™t want yes men at the club and even now he has big arguments with Arthur Cox. Kevin said even recently at the training ground, if someone had come into the room when they were discussing some of the transfer targets, you would have thought these two just donâ€™t get on.
But we know the two of them have worked famously together and of course it was Arthur Cox, then Newcastle manager who first brought Kevin to the club the first time in 1982.
One thing that came out in yesterdayâ€™s talk was that Shearer has a lot of commitments that he just cannot break for the moment. So it would have been difficult for him in any case to be Kevinâ€™s number two. Working on part time basis also seems to have been rejected by Alan – just because of his workload – although he is still employed as the Newcastle United Worldwide Ambassador.
But donâ€™t be surprised if in a year or so Shearer comes into the club under Kevin in some capacity. Keegan knows Shearer will be manager of the club one day, and he thinks the sooner Alan gets on board the easier it will be for him to become the eventual manager.
But Kevinâ€™s here at least 3 years so Alan shouldnâ€™t be needed before then â€“ but after hearing Kevin last night, itâ€™s not clear to us the two of them couldnâ€™t work very well together at the club – for the benefit of Newcastle United.
What do you think?