Alan Shearer has put a douse of reality on the very fragile situation at the Newcastle United club.
Alan Shearer – club cannot move forward until new owners here
Alan said last night:
“No one can control what is going on off the pitch, but we know the club is for sale and the sooner that is completed the better,” “Until it is actually gone the club will struggle to go forward. I hope it happens soon because they need to get through to January and get players. They have to try and consolidate.”
“I have huge respect for Joe Kinnear and good luck to him. No one would have turned that job down in his position. But the longer the club is standing still, and no one knows what the future holds, the harder it will be to attract players.”
“It is possible Joe could still be here in January, but no player will want to come here while everything is up in the air. You can’t expect a player to sign a three or four year contract while everything is so uncertain.”
Shearer also said he would never work in a situation where there was a two tier system like the one Mike Ashley put in place at Newcastle, and ultimately led to Kevin Keegan’s second resignation from the club.
“If it is right what has been reported and players were bought without his knowledge, he (Keegan) was right to do what he did. That seems to be an ongoing trend in our league, that other people apart from the manager are running the football club.”
“The least a manager asks is to run the football side of his club. It is his neck on the line. He is the one who has to have the say on whether players come in or go out, otherwise what is the point? In those circumstances Kevin was right to do what he did.”
“If you are appointed as manager and someone is appointed above you, you are right to ask questions. Personally I don’t think that system works in our league.”
We think a recruitment team can still work as they can scour the world for good talent. But only if the manager has the last say on the playing side and who is brought in and who isn’t.
If we do get another Director Of Football in (assuming Wise will be out soon), that would need to be made plain to them, but we still think the system can indeed work, and we’ve brought in some great youngsters this year.
What do you think?