Bobby Robson – Shearer Destined To Manage Magpies


One of our favorite football people ever, Sir Bobby Robson, is convinced Alan Shearer is destined for management at Newcastle United, at some time in the future.

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Bobby Robson – proudly standing by his bronze statue in St. James’ Park

It’s always good to hear from a man who lives and breathes football, and Bobby has had such a magnificent career as both a player and manager, we always listen to what he has to say.

Robson talked to Setanta Sports News today about Shearer:

“Alan will have his own personal reasons for that (rejecting Blackburn).”

“But I think there will be a time when he has done a few things that he has wanted to do, after playing, when he might be a bit more ready for the big jobs, the big tasks.”

“We’ll have to wait and see. He is his own man who makes his own decisions and we will see what happens.”

“I think he is destined for Newcastle one day.”

“I don’t think there is any more pressure at a big club because the risk is the same at a big club as it is at a small club.”

“If you are going to succeed at a little club, you are going to succeed at a big club, so what’s the difference.”

And of course Bobby has the experience of which he speaks, having managed Ipswich Town so magnificently for 13 seasons, and of course they just adore him down there in East Anglia.

The problem we have with Alan and managing Newcastle, is when will he get some management experience?

Mike Ashley has already said that Alan will need some of that before he can manage the Tyneside club.

Bobby managed at Fulham, Ipswich Town, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Porto. Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle United and is one of the best English managers of all time.

And of course he also famously managed England from 1982 until 1990.

Bobby is struggling again with cancer, but he seems to be doing fine, and obviously we are trusting he will make a full and complete recovery.

Bobby has been an avid Newcastle supporter all his life, and it’s just great to see him at the Newcastle games.

We’d still like him to be given some position or role at our club, however, even if it’s as Ambassador.

What a great man to have representing your club in the football world.

Comments welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Having Bobby Robson as manamger was a fantastic time in the clubs history!! a total Legend! a great ambassador to the game and the club!! Best Wishes to a man who’s been through a lot in hi life and is always pushing more fore the game he loves!!!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    I believe to Shearer wants to be manager at NUFC and will be in the future! but when?

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  • Leo

    Jun 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    wait your turn shearer im sure he will not be too anxious and he will go get some experience…

    ps bobby is a legend

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  • CRAIGG

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Where has this experience rubbish come from??

    Did Bilic have any experience before he managed Croatia?

    Did Klinsmann have any experience before he managed Germany?

    Did Van Basten have any experience before he managed Holland?

    Did Hughes have any experience before he managed internationally with Wales and club level with Blackburn?

    Paul Ince is going to be Blackburns new manager in the next week after doing brilliantly with Macclesfield and MK Dons without experience

    Kevin Keegan and Terry Mac had both been out of football for eight years and neither had coached or managed yet they kept us up, Won the 1st Division, Got us into europe and had us as successive runners up in the premiership

    Bob Paisley was a coach and never a manager before taking over from Shankly as was Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish was a player yet it didnt stop them all winning god knows how many trophies did it

    Shearer with an experienced assistant maybe Terry Venables and a good backroom team could do anything

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    CRAIGG – you’re right in that becoming a new manager has been done many times at country level – with the examples you list above (also Beckenbaur with Germany) but very rarely at club level.
    But you make a good point that with experienced people around him he would do well – we do understand Mort and Ashley would like him to manage somewhere else first – or at least get some management experience first.

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  • faustino

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s a modern trend to lend managers an almost scientist like image and quality, look at all the pap that surrounds Allardyce and his cronies. Truth is it’s total rubbish as Craig’s list proves.

    However, I still dont see the harm in Shearer becoming part of THIS regime though. If he is going to be the new manager in three years time a smooth transition would be a huge advantage, as would the experience for AS.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Bless Sir Bobby and there’s plenty of time for Shearer to be a manager, after all he’s still alot younger than me !!!! lol and will have many managerial years ahead of him if he wants.

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  • CRAIGG

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I would love to see Shearer coaching the strikers i could imagine him having a major impact on Martins, Zamblera and Carroll with regads to their movement in the box and their finishing.

    Dean Saunders was credited with the improvement in Dyers goal ratio in his last couple of seasons and was purely working with the attack minded players

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  • faustino

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Exactly Craig… also as I’ve said before we’re missing a huge carrot as far as the transfer market goes.

    IMO he’s up to something though, I just don’t see him being the Hanson or Lawrenson figure; sat on a couch talking rubbish.

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  • beye the great

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #10

    dont get me wrong but isnt that the comments from freddy sheppard off setanta sports it sounds similar

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  • CRAIGG

    Jun 14, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #11

    During the last World Cup on ITV they had Venables, Pearce and Allardyce as pundits and England were playing piss poor and we were drawing at half time with some totally crap team.

    You could tell all three of them wanted to get in that dressing room and get stuck into them.

    I see that with Shearer, You dont see that with Hansen or Lawrenson as they are happy to criticize and not get off their arses and make a difference but Al showed his true colours when We were playing shit last season, You could tell he hated being in the studio and would have loved to get into the players.

    He definately could have an impact on the existing players and transfer targets as every player respects him and loads of stars like Berbatov and Rooney idolized him as kids.

    Woodgate even said if Shearer had been Newcastles assistant he would have come back.

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Jun 14, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #12

    I was under the impression that he could have walked into a job anytime he wanted at the Toon under KK. Seems to prefer sitting on the comfy studio couch with Lineker and co. I don’t expect him to take the Blackburn job if he is offered it either.

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  • Michael12

    Jun 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #13

    This spells doom and gloom for Newcastle. Every time we have a manager they are to look over thier shoulders because of this Shearer factor. Shearer would help if he simply said “I do not want to manage Newcastle” We do not know when but general consensus suggests Shearer is going to manage Newcastle one day.

    This undid Souness, Roeder, and Then Allerdyce. All saying they want to leave the club in perfect shape for Shearer. They all had that mentality and that was our undoing. Since Robson left that is all our managers since have said.

    Why did Shearer not take the role at Blackburn? I am sure the deluded among you will say he only wants Newcastle. No the reason he turned it down is because he is scared to destroy what is already a highly rated potential as a manager.

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  • Frankie Boy

    Jun 14, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Destiny dictates it will happen at a time that is right for both the club and the great man himself.
    Believe me it WILL happen one day.
    A couple of years cutting his teeth at a lesser club before adorning his throne .

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