News this afternoon that Alan Shearer has been sacked from his role as official ambassador of Newcastle United by owner Mike Ashley.
Former England and Newcastle captain Shearer, who scored 206 goals for his home town team, was said to be relieved of his post in a phone call this afternoon, following his criticism last week of manager Kevin Keegan’s exit and the current structure of the Tyneside club.
Shearer was at St James’ Park on Saturday to see Newcastle United beaten 2-1 by Premier League newcomers Hull City, and they put in a 50% performance at best. It was a performance with little passion or determination, and seemed to epitomize the huge problems off the field at the club.
Shearer had also told the BBC that he would not be interested in returning to the club as manager under its present regime. Alan was reportedly informed by telephone that he is no longer the Newcastle Club’s worldwide Ambassador, and his former team-mate John Beresford, a regular match-day host, has also been relieved of those specific duties.
Shearer had said earlier on the Keegan resignation:
“I’d like to be a manager at some point in my career but I want to manage – and control who comes in and out of the club.”“If you’ve got three, four or five players waiting for you and you don’t know who they are, then you have got the right to ask yourself, “Can I manage this football club?”‘
The decision to relieve Alan Shearer of his title as Club Ambassador will very likely annoy Newcastle fans and further isolate Mike Ashley from the huge Newcastle fan base world-wide.
Shearer is rightly an iconic figure on Tyneside, hailing from Gosforth and being bought by Keegan during his first spell as St James’ Park manager for a then world record £15M transfer fee from Blackburn Rovers in 1996. Alan scored over 400 goals in his overall career, and scored 206 goals for Newcastle, beating the great Jackie Milburn’s record of 200 goals at the club.
It is very unlikely that Shearer’s Bar, which was boycotted by the vast majority of fans on Saturday, will undergo a name change.
We don’t think Ashley is quite that stupid, and since he has said he will sell the club, he’d be well advised to leave those things alone, and not further enrage Newcastle’s very loyal, and very large, fan base.
Just sell the club Mike.