The League Managers Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan, has expressed both his support and excitement at the news today, that Alan Shearer has accepted the position to manage Newcastle United through the end of the season.
Alan Shearer – classic shot of the striker
Newcastle are expected to confirm later today that Shearer is indeed to take charge of the club for the final eight games of the season, but there is nothing on the Newcastle web-site at the time of writing.
Ashley and Llambias may want to tie up some loose ends before making the announcement, which has already been greeted with passion and excitement by the Newcastle faithful, who have endured one of the worst seasons on Tyneside in living memory.
And we expect Director Of Football, Dennis Wise, who is meeting Ashley in Newcastle today, to be very likely leaving the club immediately.
LMA Chief Executive Bevan believes Shearer’s appointment will lift spirits on Tyneside, and Bevan told Sky Sports News..
“I am delighted,” “We have the G20 leaders round the corner from here trying to boost the economy and Alan’s appointment up in Newcastle will have a similar motivating effect.”
“I am sure the Newcastle fans will be ecstatic.” “Alan went to Newcastle back in 1996,” “303 games and 206 goals for Newcastle, he knows exactly what the fans need up there.”
“Alan has his B licence and his A licence and is in communication with the FA over his pro license so there are no problems at all there.”
“It is a very difficult place to manage and I am sure he will be supporting the existing management team there.”
And as Richard says this not good news for Newcastle fans, but very good for the English game in general, to have one of England’s great players take on managing his home town club, where he scored 206 goals, just 6 more than the fabulous one and only – Jackie Milburn.
My mother and father took me to a game in 1949 at St. James’ Park, and in those days the old Newcastle Brewery was across Barrack Road from the ground, and you could often smell the fumes of the hops from the brewery.
No wonder the lads played in such inspiring form in those days.
At my very first game iback in 1949, t was my mother who was pointing out the great Jackie Milburn, number 9, to me, and in those days the numbers were in red with the old fashioned real shirts, with button up collars, like the dress shirts today.
And when Jackie ran, his shirt blew out behind him, and that made him look like he was going even faster than he was – and he certainly had lightning speed.
That’s a fond memory of Jackie Milburn that I have held with me ever since – and Alan Shearer is on a par with Wor Jackie in terms of being a legend on Tyneside.
And today may be the dawn of a new era at Newcastle – let’s hope it is. 😀