If the news that Alan Shearer has agreed to manage Newcastle United until the end of the season is indeed true, that is fantastic news for the club, but still nothing official yet on the Newcastle United web site.
Owen – clapping when he heard the Alan Shearer news – smile Michael
One player who will be delighted to hear this news is Alan’s friend and former team-mate at Newcastle and England – Michael Owen.
Shearer has always been an admirer of Michael Owen, and we suppose one striker recognizes another good one, when he sees him.
Michael still has to decide whether he will stay at Newcastle United, but it seems almost certain that if Alan agrees to manage the club permanently, it will be a no-brainer for Michael, who lives close to Alan, and has great respect for the former England and Newcastle captain.
If both Alan and Michael stay on for next season, it should also re-ignite Michaels’ England career, even under Fabio Capello, if Michael can start playing regularly and plonk in the goals.
And assuming Alan can keep the club in the Premier League he will be more than wary of what contract he signs for Ashley, given the Keegan debacle, and Mike should know that Alan will not take any messing about from Ashley.
Alan Shearer is a born leader, born and bred in Newcastle, and though he has absolutely no experience in managing any club, his mere presence at Newcastle will pick everybody up. When Newcastle signed him from Blackburn in 1996, for £15M, Blackburn offered him the player-manager role, to try to keep him, such was his influence in the dressing room.
And we always wondered just how much impact he had for Glen Roeder, when Glen went on that phenomenal run at the end of the 2005-2006 season, and won 7 of our last 7 league games to qualify for Europe.
If we get a good result against Chelsea, that could even happen this season – we hope!