Mike Ashley Must Let Alan Shearer Do It His Way

In what has to be a fantastic coup for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, Mike seems to have successfully convinced the great one, Alan Shearer, that now is the time for him to come to the aid of his home town club, the great Newcastle United.


Mike Ashley – huge coup to convince Shearer to manage Newcastle

And Alan has never been one to mess around, and he must have asked Mike for quite a few changes before he would ever take on the role with Ashley the Newcastle owner, after what seems to have happened with Kevin Keegan last September.

And one of the early exits will almost certainly be Football Director Dennis Wise, who will become the first casualty of Alan Shearer’s new Newcastle revolution.

The Chronicle is reporting that Dennis Wise  was kept completely in the dark, over this morning’s stunning coup by Mike Ashley.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Dennis Wise is on his way to Newcastle right now, for talks with the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, but Mike will not make the same, almost mortal, mistake he made that almost wrecked the club last September.

That’s when he sided with the Cockney over Kevin Keegan, and immediately lost the confidence of  Newcastle fans.

That has ultimately led to Newcastle being in such dire straights, on so many different fronts right now.

Shearer will begin preparations tomorrow for the Chelsea game, but there are some reports that he will visit the Benton training ground this afternoon, to initially meet with the players and coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood.

And we fully expect that one of the things that Mike has agreed to, is that if Alan is to save Newcastle from relegation, then he must be allowed to do it his way – and his way alone.

We’ll run a poll on whether you think that Shearer and Dowie together can save Newcastle this season – please cast your vote on our home page.

Comments very welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Want it confirmed by the club before I get too excited.

  • cashley_out

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #2

    cmon shearer we need u u dont have any expireance but u still can get the atmospher going and give the players a boost

  • Monkeyspantry

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Rumours are flying round that Shearer has been appointed by a new owner and that new owner is Alan Sugar.

  • cicero

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Why does everyone want Houghton and Calderwood out and Rob Lee in? Rob Lee was a great player and NUFC legend but as a coach what makes him any better than the two we have, who are well respected, as coaches by the football community. I think Dowie is a good appointment and I hear good things about Gary Speed as a player/coach and wouldn’t mind seeing him as part of the coaching staff. Also, John Carver was an excellent coach and was a guest in Shearer’s box last year. Have some gratitude to Chris and Colin who have tried to fill in as best they could without a manager, it doesn’t make them bad coaches.

  • Bill F

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Never mind missing the breaking news last night, I’ve only just caught up with events now. theres been so many threads it’s been a job catching up with the latest. My first reaction was, about bloo*y time, my second was given the present situation he is in a win/win position even we did go down, which we won’t!
    Be interesting to see the team for Saturday, is he going to spring a few surprises? Blimey might even pull on his old shirt and play himself, (that is a joke by the way) although he would still be better than some of the incumbents.


    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t claim any insider knowledge but the strength of the rumours suggests new ownership is behind this appointment. Whatever is the case, Shearer is more of a leader than Hughton and this can only be good in the short term. I’d like to see a coaching staff that includes some of the following: Lee Clark, John Carver, Gary Speed, Rob Lee, Glenn Roeder, Terry Mac. Positive news for once. Even if we drop I have optimism for the future.


    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #7

    PS ED-the clocks have gone forward here in Blighty

  • You all seem to think he will stay on beyond this season. What makes you think that? Dont get me wrong i want him to stay here for a long, long time but you are all setting yourself up to be disappointed. Its only the 8 games for now.

  • coyote

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #9

    in fairness to Chris and Colin they don’t want the job but have been lumbered with it after JFK wobbler but I would like to see Rob Lee and Gary speed back at the club cos they were model professionals who would set a wonderful example to the players and I’m sure would do a good job as coaches

  • hitman

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #10

    where have you heard the club has been sold MAG PIE.

  • Monkeyspantry

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Personally i’m ready to be carried away on a tidal wave of optimism,i have all the public facts at my disposal in terms of the cynical approach of Ashley and Llambias,thats not bong eyed blind loyalty,it’s what we do best support and fervour and a belief when everybodys pulling in the same direction that we’re indestructable even when we know in our hearts that we’re not.He’s not a manager,yet,he’s a leader,exactly what we need right now and it’s right now thats important.

  • Michael12

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Until this is confirmed, we must remain cautious.

    This is an appointment which to me, seems like a another attempt by Mike Ashley to control the fans. The decision is likely to be poor due to Shearers lack of experience.

    If this is true, one should ask if indeed Ashley has good counsel and should consider the the change of such.

    I am a Shearer fan, but I am against appointing a lion that knows his own strength as no man can control him. Keegan was one such a Lion and so is Shearer. He is “unsackable” and even if he walks as has already implied at the end of the season, the fans would protest if Ashley does not give the world or more to keep him.

    I can only hope this is an April Fools joke.

  • Monkeyspantry

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Michael,get a grip,it’s that kind of Waldorf and Statler approach to life that is partly responsible for the position we’re in.Like no other club we have a symbiotic relationship with the events that transpire on the pitch and that starts long before any home game by the consensus reality we build up between ourselves in pubs and clubs and message boards like this one.It’s up to us nobody else,i respect your opinion,i believe you’re simply wrong.


    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #14

    hitman – NUFC.com suggesting it and a local journo I know says he has heard that a far bigger announcement expected from SJP tomorrow than the Shearer story – hence the silence on the official site today. However, I stress these are rumours and I have no claim to know if they are true.

  • cicero

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    There should be no real supprise that Shearer is reported to be there for 8 games. At the end of that we will know if we’re a premiership club or not. At that time he and MA will negotiate a longer term contract, either a premiership or championship one. At that time he will bring in his coaching staff and draw up his transfer plans.

    I would like his coaching staff to include Gary Speed – http://soccernet.espn.go.com/players/profile?id=8946&cc=3888 and John Carver, who as temporary NUFC manager has a 100% win record (played 1, won 1)

  • Stardust

    Apr 1, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Will be interesting if that investor is one of the QPR type – which I would prefer as I like that model and I like Ashley.

  • hitman

    Apr 1, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    the bilderberg group buy newcastle united.
    world domination in 2 seasons.

  • Stardust

    Apr 1, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #18

    If this investor exists that is.

    Michael 12 – pragmatic and well thought out, but I feel this solution is a middle ground for the club as a whole, it might not be the ideal solution but I think it is the best fit – in light of our fans being split down the middle.

    Together we are stronger – divided we were falling.

    So as always I respect your views – well thought out – I think this is a reality decision – as for the consequence to it – time will tell……………..

  • Bill F

    Apr 1, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Hitman, nice one that is really funny. 🙂

  • Bill F

    Apr 1, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #20

    And what do you really think they are talking about in the G20 summit. Bit co-incidental or what.

  • Michael12

    Apr 1, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Many thanks Stardust. What I will concede is the timing could not have been better. With the Chelsea game beckoning, there is always that inexplicable spark and upturn in fortunes that accompanies such an appointment.

    Pray that trend continues because Chelsea is a game from which we need something. I also suppose at this stage of the season we are not going to win the league or a trophy for that matter and this may just be the sugar boost we need, one which is short lived i.e 8 games.

    Thereafter, we would need something more sustainable and balanced. In view of that, let this unite us.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 1, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #22

    hitman – that is at the same time the funniest post in a while… and the most obscure. Did anyone else get it?

  • JoeColl87

    Apr 1, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Apparently this is only a temp appointment, if the stories are to be believed. But can anyone really see JK coming back in the summer, or anyone else for that matter and trying to fill the void that would be left. Surely this can’t be allowed to happen, again.

  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Some good posts on this thread – even sawdust, moondust or whatever seems to have got the vitriol out of his system!

    Hit Man, I think your announcement about the Bilderberg Group’s a bit premature after all, the charade of the G20’s ongoing, Barak’s exchanged pleasantries with the queen et al but it’s not ratified as yet as France and Germany appear to be playing silly beggars and sawdust’ll need to bend their ears to help them see sense.

    Expect the official announcement next week though.

    Ein Sieg, ein Reich, ein Shearer!

  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2009 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Whoops forgot to refer to Wise’s departure and the official statement…..


    A word of thanks is conspicuos by its absence, just a wish of every success.

    It’s taken long enough for Wise to be found out and I’m confident I can speak for us all when I wish him all the success he deserves!!


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