Shearer Already Has Back-Room Staff Lined Up?

The Daily Express are reporting today that Alan Shearer has already selected his back-room staff, should he be offered the Newcastle United manager’s job by the new American owners.

Shearer – back room staff already selected?

It is understood and reported by the Daily Express today, that Rob Lee will be Shearer’s number two if he takes over,  and his staff will also include current Toronto FC manager John Carver, who was assistant manager at the club under Sir Bobby Robson.

And Shearer is almost certain to have close friends Mike Newell, Lee Clark and Robbie Elliott as part of his back-room staff.

One American consortium are said to be in the process of due diligence – or checking the books – and this is a quiet time, when no communications on either side is allowed, at this delicate stage of the process.

Alan Shearer is said to be their first choice as manager.

The proverbial, but unnamed source close to Shearer said:

“He will insist on no interference from the board in the way he runs things and wants to bring in his own men.”

“He has already begun talking to people he is close to in the game about coming to work with him if and when the job offer comes.”

Is this story true? We have no idea, but it would be so easy to report this as a possibility, because it’s something many Newcastle fans would welcome.

But it could also be made up nonsense, as most of these stories are, after all, as we keep finding out.

Comments welcome.

64 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Shearer will get us relegated.

    What a farce by the deluded mob.

  • hitman

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    dont know what to believe these days that many diffrent storys…

  • lee08

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    tom toon what you on about if anyone gets us relagated it will be joe kinnear he’s hopeless and hopefully shearer will come in and steady the ship

  • Monster

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #4


    Not sure how you can say Shearer will get us relegated. Unless you have some sort of crystal ball you aren’t telling us about. Really, there’s no knowing how he would do. That could be seen as scary.. or it could be exciting… plenty of managers have done well in their first job. Why not Shearer?

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Well if it is true then the Chinese proverb about living in interesting times springs to mind.

  • Nobby'sDad

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh how fantastic……..this MUST be true because everyone knows that once he’d worked out which staff he wanted Alan Shearer would get straight on the telephone to the Daily Express…..

    Ed since Mike Newell has JUST returned to football managment at Grimsby he’s unlikely to jump ship to the Toon!

  • Matt

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah because Ince is doing brilliantly at the moment isn’t he and Tony Adams too…

    Seriously, even if you’ve played the game all your life it takes years to become a good manager. Sure Shearer could inspire the players but he would make tactical errors, poor signings and many other mistakes as all new managers do. I’d much rather see him at a lower club learning the new trade and then come to us when he’s good and ready.

    On a side note, I love fighting talk but lately every single joke seems to be about Newcastle or Joey Barton. It’s really starting to wind me up, it’s such an easy and boring thing to say. Anyone else getting put off by it?

  • hitman

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #8

    put a tenna on houllier

  • chappa

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    how would shearer get us relagated :s he has good knowledge of the game and the fans n players will get right behind him! i would prefer shearer 2 kinnear any day! hes a LEGEND up here

  • Karltoon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Not a chance.. I’ll keep me tenna..

    Shearer was the eyes in prising N’Zog from Le Havre was he not? Has helped Roeder as well as having about 40 managers to learn from in his time here..

  • Alex

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Tom_ Toon if this story is true and it does happen , shearer would lift the confidence of the entire club by his presence alone . Much the same as Keegan did first time round and remember that was his first start in management . Shearer remember has played under some very good managers and will have learned from them . I would rather have him than Keegan coming back .

  • tyneside tommo

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Like most folk I have no idea whether this report is true. Suffice to say the telly cameras spotted Al, Rab and John at one of our recent homes games.

    They say there’s no smoke without fire. Will Big Al get us relegated? Don’t be daft. He’s intelligent and will have picked up more than a few managerial tips given some of the guys he has played under.

    Bring it on!

  • neeraj

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    the unnamed source would have been
    pedro he was posted the same thing on another post

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Ignore Tom_Toon he’s a pr*ck who knows nothing about football or he’s a 10 year old kid.
    I hope these stories are true but I really doubt it I think we’re stuck with what we’ve got troubled times ahead I’m afriad.

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    TT, Shearer is the man to take us back to the top, i am 100% confident of that. Saying that “Shearer will get us relegated” is just pessamistic tripe mate.

    If he is appointed, im sure he would be a class manager for us. He cirtainly wont get us relegated.

    Have a word with yourself son

  • Karltoon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Imagine people did go off and have a word with themselves..

    “well i dont know what i’ve said wrong”
    “i think i do”
    “I should really sort my head out”
    “Yes… i really should”

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17


    Have faith mate!

    We will be back to the top as soon as Shearer sits down in his new office at little Benton

  • Mike Ashley

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #18




    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #19

    bring it on, the way we are going anyway we could end up in serious trouble. The thing i can’t get my head around is this – Mike Ashley wants to sell and recoup his investment (fair enough) – People think he is just trying to worm his way back in! why? If he continues to hold on we will quite possibly end up getting relegated and won’t be worth £100 million, therefore he would lose in the region of £140 million (makes no sense). I genuinely believe we are close to a sale, Americans are canny investors and i reckon its just down to price and either way Ashley will have to give in as his back will be up against the wall, either hold on and get relegated and lose £140 million or sell now for the best offer he gets!

    On the subject of Shearer, give him a chance, Southgate’s doing a good job, Keanes doing a good job, why wouldn’t Shearer.

  • geordie bulldog

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    the club is rotten to the core a new manager wont make that much differenc
    we are just luck that there are ten teams just as bad as us which makes relegation unlikely

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Tom toon >>>Shearer will get us relegated !!! You goyt a Crystal Ball Tom ? thought not…Why not try this nic “Tom the Loon”!!!

  • Ben-Toon

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #22

    I would like to see Gary Speed involved as well if the stories are to be true

  • Whumpie

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #23

    If this is true (unlikely, given the source):

    1. Of course it could go wrong.
    2. But it could work. Just imagine what it would feel like to climb back into the top 4 with that team at the helm.
    3. If it does go wrong, so what? Just another chapter in a familiar story. Worth the risk.

    Me, I’d be over the moon to see us give it a crack. We spend half our time clamouring for the place to be run by locals and people who know and love the club, and now people are too afraid to take a punt to see if it’ll actually work?

    Grow some stones.

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #24

    If we did go down we would go straight back up but looking at the rest of the season there are tonnes of points on offer so lets not worry about that just yet.

    I have a bet on Chelsea half time, draw full time 27 to 1….oh yeah.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Karltoon- Exactly I have said that time and time again. He has an eye for talent and is a very sensible guy. Tactics??- Keegan never used them and look how well we played under him. He will get the respect from every player at the club which is essential and a major factor for success. Also he is a modern name, most of our generation and of this time knows who he is and will want to play under him. Also he knows what the fans want as he has supplied inspiring displays every game for us and will play attractive attacking football. I can’t see Shearer making serious mistakes as manager TBH. No-one know but he has all the right attributes to become a very successful one. Only God knows what the future holds and if Shearer will be good or bad, personally I can’t see him doing worse than Souness.

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #26

    JP, exactly mate!

    Step forward Mr Shearer

  • Kash

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #27

    Nobody here knows who the prospective owners or manager maybe!!!!!! SIMPLE!!!!

    I don’t think the prospective owners will pump much money into the club, maybe £20m to keep us a float.

    If so, why would any top manager come to manage us?

    If anything, a younger less experienced manager maybe a better bet, if youth policy and bargain buys are the agenda, as they would instill some pride in the players. Consistent playing squad and management would be key to this.

    However, if the prospective owners are going to throw money at us, which is highly unlikely, then a higher profile manager would be better placed.

  • Kash

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Southgate is doing a good job for Boro, and they’ve overtaken us in the EPL. Same goes for Roy Keane too.

    How much experience do thay have?

  • Teazy

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #30

    I am a sensible 47 year old with a responsible job, great family and friends BUT I have never felt so low as I do now, and it all stems from my love of the Toon.

    We really are in a serious mess. The owner has effectively washed his hands of us, the current manager is an amiable old cove, but as baffling as the rest we have had in recent years. The team is full of has beens and never will be’s. We (The Toon Army) are at each others throats, and the Media, Press and other fans are laughing at us.

    I need something to restore my battered pride and give me hope for the future, and the only thing that can do that for me (personal opinion here) is New Owners, new broom AND Alan Shearer as manager.

  • David_Barber

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Untried untested-can’t see it happening! Media garbage! Not worth talking about-so I won’t! The quicker MA has gone the better-The only thing MA could do for Alan is unveil that statue! All this talk about being a Geordie-running the club is SJH’s vision! We are too realistic to share that-but if it where to happen…


    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #32

    utter crap!!!!!!that is all that can be said.

  • Temuri K's Shiny Bonce

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #33

    I’d love to know how John Arne Riise constitutes talk of a £10million pound player! I’d be reluctant to pay 10 quid for him


    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #34

    howay ed,the media are having a field day putting false stories around about us,and your putting them on this blog.
    we are even denigrated to commenting on joe,s swearing by oba martins,it doesn,t deserve a reply really.
    it is getting beyond a joke now sadly.

  • john

    Nov 21, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #35

    ashleys messing about im sick of him, i wouldnt be uprised if he has no owners lined up at all, he’s a waste of space.The fans could of bought the club by now, has anyobdy heard anymore about this????

  • 51times

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Tom_Toon – If you don’t like it, support somebody else.

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #37

    imo the fans buying the club would be the best long term solution to our problems
    also it would add to the clubs already different identity

    but i dont think to many people could afford it

  • Alex

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #38

    JP “only god knows what the future holds ” i ask myself if even he knows the answer to NUFCs problems .

  • Wallsend Will

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Shearer as manager, given a free hand and money to buy. It’s a lovely story which I hope could become true. But let’s get past stage one first, the selling of the club!

    American buyers please hurry up with your due diligence process and give us some news… PLEASE!!

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Whumpie are you quoting from “Shogun”, doubt if theres many on the blog who would get it. 😉

    I would agree that Shearer would be a act of Keeganesque magnitude. It would certainly stir the Toon pot in a big way. I’d be surprised (if it happened) if it turned out to be a failure, he has the status and attitude to pull it off. Especially if the team mentioned comes with him.


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