The Newcastle Evening Chronicle has got onto the amazing Alan Shearer story like wild-fire today, bless their hearts, and it seems like the initial structure for the remainder of the season at Newcastle, has almost been completed.
Alan Shearer – most pieces seem to be in place for remainder of season
The Chronicle reports that Shearer will work with the current backroom staff and will be assisted by both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood. But Rob Lee, Gary Speed and Toronto manager John Carver may be in the frame in the summer, if Alan decides to take the job full time.
And Shearer has completed all but one of his coaching badges and is still to gain his FIFA Pro Licence. But there have already been a number of precedents to people managing in the Premier League without these, including Glenn Roeder, Gareth Southgate and Paul Ince, so that will not be a problem.
Alan can either complete this via a fast-track course in the summer, which is probably likely, assuming he wants to manage the club long term, or seek the same two-year dispensation which the Premier League gave to Paul Ince last summer at Blackburn.
And lots of comments have come in from the football greats on Alan’s appointment, which wasn’t a case of “if” but “when” he was going to manage Newcastle, and it looks like the “when” is now.
Terry Venables has been linked with the job throughout the terrible run of defeats Newcastle have endured and he told the Evening Chronicle from his home in London today:
“I am delighted for Alan.” If that’s what he wants, its great for him.” “Having managed him with England, I know what an influence he can be on players and, for that alone, he has a great future in the game.”
“There’s no reason why he cant keep Newcastle up. In fact, its not a case of why he cant, its why he can.” He’s one of Newcastle greatest icons and I wish him the very best.”
Shearer’s return to St James’ Park will probably mean he will need to give up his pundit’s role on BBC’s Match of The Day, probably immediately, to tackle the rather significant job at hand, to initially keep Newcastle United in the Premier League.
And the atmosphere at St. James Park on Saturday – will be almost unbelievable.