There is some news coming through that former Coventry City manager Iain Dowie is to join Alan Shearer at Newcastle United.
Iain Dowie – Assistant manager to Alan Shearer
The news suggests that Dowie will be unveiled alongside Alan Shearer at a press conference at Newcastle United tomorrow.
We are still waiting for official news on the Newcastle United web site today, relating to the sensational appointment of Alan Shearer as the manager for Newcastle, at least through the end of the season.
Dowie is an experienced manager, and he has been working for the media since losing his job as manager of Queens Park Rangers, and so it would seem a wise appointment for Alan, to have someone experienced to help him as he becomes a rookie manager at Newcastle United.
So it would appear that Shearer and Dowie will be given the job of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League – with just eight matches to go.
We also expect Rob Lee to come in and help coach the lads, so it puts a big question mark over the futures of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood at the club.
For Alan to have accepted the appointment we expect Dennis Wise to leave the club, maybe immediately, and Joe Kinnear will likely be offered the job as Director Of Football.
But we expect that Alan and Joe will need to talk first, and Alan will need to OK that appointment, although Kinnear seems to have fallen in love with the club and the fans on Tyneside.
However, Alan may have his own ideas on that one, and he will stand no nonsense, given what happened to Kevin Keegan and Dennis Wise.
At some point we would also half expect Gary Speed to return to Newcastle as a coach, and it may even be like old times.
But if Mike Ashley is going to be successful at Newcastle, and Shearer agrees in the summer to a long term deal, he needs to let Alan get on with it, just like Aston Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner did with Martin O’Neill, who are now pushing for a European Champions place.
But we also need to start winning games, and we should not get too far ahead of ourselves, because we still need to pull away from relegation – sooner rather than later – and that’s job one.
Howay The Lads!!