Terry Venables Backs Shearer For Success At Newcastle

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.

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20 comments so far

  • bennytoon

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    monkeytoon- stay the hell out of this blog. this blog is for our fans. you can go find a spurs blog to type crap about getting into europe. nobody wants to hear your negative comments around here.

  • Pons Aelius

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Awesome. This is awesome. St James’ will be rocking on Saturday. Absolutely f%^king rocking.

  • Stevo

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Just reading some of the comments going into the BBC about Shearer’s appointment. It’s great to see a lot of Liverpool fans wishing Alan & Newcastle well. It’s a shame Bennytoon can’t bring himself to come out the closet.

  • DJG

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    The Newcastle Evening Chronicle has got onto the amazing Alan Shearer story like wild-fire today, bless their hearts

    They havn’t got as many threads as you Ed. lol

  • Kash

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5

    @Benny – Give it a rest mate. I prefer your usual productive comments, however you’re showing yourself to be quite immature?!

    I’ve just missed the kickoffs at the RBS branch on Threadneedle street near Bank of England. Walked away from it a minute before a bunch of soap dodgers started smashing RBS up. gutted I missed it!

  • Indian toon

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:34 PM

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  • RichY

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #7

    still no news on the Club Website…

  • Howay50

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    So what do we think will be the effect of Big Al in the dressing room interms of results for the last eight games?

    Chelsea (h) – lose
    Stoke (a) – win
    Tottenham (a) – draw
    Portsmouth (h) – win
    Liverpool (a) – lose
    Middlesbrough (h) – win
    Fulham (h) – draw
    Aston Villa (a) – lose

    Would this be enough to keep NUFC up?

  • lesh

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    RichY // Apr 1, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Still no news on the Club Website? They’re probably still trying to work out how to switch the computer on!

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10


    He always makes himself to be imature because he comes on this blog every day trying in vein to wind us all up.

    He is an extreemly sad individual indeed

  • SuperShearer

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Such great news today, it just keeps rolling in. But guys can I ask you all to leave Benny alone, he is this blogs pet gimp and I for one and often entertained by him. He’s kinda cute in his own funny little way. So let’s not be mean to the kid let’s nurture him and encourage his little nuances…..Benny you’re all good in my books.

  • Toonkistan

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Chelsea (h) – lose
    Stoke (a) – win
    Tottenham (a) – win
    Portsmouth (h) – win
    Liverpool (a) – draw
    Middlesbrough (h) – win
    Fulham (h) – win
    Aston Villa (a) – lose

  • cashley_out

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #13

    we need good staff like gar speed rob lee not chris hugton colewood

  • bettyswollocks

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Howay50 – I think we will need 40-41 points.

    The three home games after chelsea are must win. If we can then pick up 2-3 draws or a win somewhere else then hopefully that would be enough.

    At least we have some hope now. To be honest I couldn’t see us winning another game under hughton.

  • coyote

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #15

    sure benny’s a closet mackem
    but today he can’t detract from the good news

  • cashley_out

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #16

    chelsea(h)-either draw or lose
    aston villa (a)(if they keep on losing and not on form)win but if they dont Draw or lose

    17 or 11

  • Joey Barton 666

    Apr 1, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    we will get a draw on saturday gents

  • Stevo

    Apr 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #18

    SuperShearer – No way your joking right?! Bennytoon is a nuisance and should be blocked. I don’t even know why he comes on here?!

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 3:15 PM

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 3:16 PM

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