Newcastle cleared things up nicely last night with a couple of statements that has Shearer and Dowie coming in for 8 games, and Dennis Wise finally leaving the club.
Alan Shearer – in for the rest of the season
This is the official statement issued by the Newcastle United club last night:
NEWCASTLE United can confirm that Alan Shearer will return to the Club as manager for the final eight games of the season.
The Magpies’ all-time record goalscorer takes charge of first team affairs at St. James’ Park with immediate effect.
Iain Dowie will assist Alan, with Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood continuing in their coaching roles.
The Club have made the appointments while Joe Kinnear continues to recover at home having recently underwent heart surgery.
Managing Director Derek Llambias said:
“Everyone at Newcastle United is absolutely delighted that Alan has taken on this challenge.”
“Already there is a buzz around the Club and the city. The news has given everyone a massive boost.”
Alan will hold his first training session with the squad on Thursday morning before addressing the media at St. James’ Park later in the afternoon.
The Club will not be opening the stadium to the public on Thursday.
However, Alan and the squad will stage an ‘open’ training session for all fans to attend at St. James’ Park next Tuesday. More details on this event will follow.
This leaves open what happens at the end of the season, and what would happen to Joe Kinnear if Alan wants to stay on as manager.
And then the club issued the expected statement on Dennis Wise:
NEWCASTLE United can today confirm that Dennis Wise has left his position as Executive Director (Football).
The Club would like to take this opportunity to wish Dennis well for the future.
There are no plans to appoint a replacement in this role.
There are no plans to replace Dennis Wise because they have realized, like English clubs before them, that a continental type Football Director doesn’t work very well at English clubs, where the manager is the sole leader on recruitment, as well as on the playing side.
It’s also obvious that Dennis Wise leaving was one of the things that Alan demanded if he was to come in – even for 8 games – and we expect he talked to Kevin about it over the last few days.
So with one simple statement Newcastle rid themselves of Dennis Wise, and bring in the great Alan Shearer – at least for 8 games. Nice move.
This leaves the situation very muddy for Joe Kinnear, because obviously if Shearer stays for next season, there is no position for Joe Kinnear, as we mentioned, unless they appoint him in some way under Shearer as a chief scout or something like that.
But it seems that Alan will test the waters under Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, and see if he is indeed allowed to run the club the way he wants to.
We think if Ashley and Llambias play their cards right, and Shearer shows he can get results, there wil be enormous pressure on Alan – from the Newcastle fans – to stay at Newcastle as the lead man – and that has to be a dream come true at the club.
And of course if Alan says he wants to manage the club long term – you had better snap up those seasons tickets – quickly.
Howay The Lads!!