Alan Shearer has resisted the challenge of managing his famous town club, Newcastle United, until now.
Mike Ashley – tremendous opportunity – please don’t mess this one up
And when the SOS call came from beleaguered owner and Derek Llambias over the weekend, Alan though it over, phoned some friends and then accepted the challenge for 8 games.
But before Alan came in it looks like Mike has acquiesced to Alan’s wishes to get rid of Dennis Wise, and that he is only in charge of playing matter, including the transfer market.
Why Mike would do this, if Alan is only go to stay for 8 games, is an interesting question, but right now 8 game is all that really matters right now at Newcastle United.
It reflects well on a man, who would drop everything for a couple of months, as he attempts to save his home town club from the unthinkable – relegation.
And if Alan dies succeed, which we think he will, there will be enormous pressure on the Newcastle icon, to take the job on a permanent basis.
This has to also be a coup for Mike Ashley, because we just didn’t think Alan would touch Newcastle, with Mike still the owner.
But in a way it’s a mini vote of confidence for Mike from the great one, but no doubt Alan will see how things are handled for 8 games, and if he is successful will sit down with Mike and Derek for another long chat on the future of the club.
We know Alan has absolutely zippo management experience but when you look at good players who have gone onto be good managers there are a number of qualities they have:
- Motivation skills
- Respect from their players
- Run a disciplined ship with no nonsense allowed
- Passion for the club
We’re sure there’s more than this, including of course football strategy and the like, but our main point is that Alan seems to have the management skills necessary in spades, and he is also a very single-minded individual, who will not be happy until Newcastle United are great again.
This is also a huge opportunity for Mike Ashley, and probably also his last on Tyneside, and if he messes this up, he will probably have to sell the club.
But we hope Mike will have learned form his many mistakes he’s made since Keegan left in early September. However, Mike seems to have completely back-tracked on what he wasn’t willing to do for Kevin – to get Alan into the club.
We hope Mike has now learned from his many mistakes – we certainly hope so.