Newcastle Confirm Shearer In And Wise Out

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!!

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • neil

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    I think this is a positive step in the right direction. Definitely last thing Ashley could do

  • magforlife

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Poison dwarf out, magic. On a down note, NUFC.COM are reporting ref on saturday is Rob Styles who has awarded three penalties against us this season and sent two of our players off.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Can’t wait till saturday!

    Still not sure if we’ll win but I reckon we can get something from Stoke


    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    With this moves (impruve communication, lower ticket prices, wiise out, shearer in) the board turn into the right direction again.

    I think it is time to back the club now again 100%! Mistakes where done and I hope all learned from them. Now we all are in together in this to try to save our famous club! I pray we can do it, please!

    And then next season? Fasten your seatbelts!

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    I honestly think wise done a good job , but at the same time i dont think the dof role works regardless of who is doing it , but while he was here he done a decent enough job imo.

    But get in Shearer! Great news should give the players a lift and get us away from the drop zone,

  • Nick 69

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed – why are you advertising Everton products FFS!

  • bowburnmag

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Would they really have such an overhaul just for 8 games?

    I think Shearer is here long-term. Either because Ashley and Llambias have come to realise their mistakes and are reverting back to something more traditional, or,

    A new owner/investor has had a major say in it all, getting Shearer in and either influencing a new ‘5 year plan’ of their own or have sufficiently twisted the regime’s arm into doing what we all know is more likely to work, particularly with a character like Big Al in the hot seat.

    I wonder whether the ground not being open to the public for the conference is significant or not?

  • Nick 69

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    what time is the conference today anyone?

  • Hugh de Payen

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Saturday will be a great day without a doubt, but I’m not getting carried away.

    I previously thought we’d lose to Chelski without a doubt and I still think it’s the most likely result, but there’s more doubt about it now and Shearer could give them enough of a lift to get a draw or maybe even a win.

  • cashley_out

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    im with ya stuart maybe we can something out of chelsea but the atmopsher will be awsome howay the lads!!!!!!!!!!

    best line uo for chelseas games:

    h.beye…colo–bassong- r.taylor
    (taylor if fit)

    owen if fit martins

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    2.30 apparently, i’m more bothered about getting an online link for SSN!

  • bowburnmag

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ll give Wise some credit if he had anything to do with establishing some promising youngsters in the academy. It remains to be seen if they progress but they appear to be ‘promising’. Nevertheless, I’m still happy he’s gone and agree with regards my feelings for him. Perhaps he was a necessary evil but I hated the idea of his association to our club and I feel the club is finally being cleansed.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    i am sad to see wise leave if im honest

    but over the moon with shearer

  • cashley_out

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    hey i found a great player for newcastle hes wicked they tried to sign him when b.robson
    was maneging i dont think he got a work premit
    he is wicked his nam is tariq he is libian hes the number 14



  • Ericles

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Great to have Alan at the helm and great to see the poison dwarf scuttling away. Great to see the spectre of relegation receding into the distance too – but still a threat. How sweet the atmosphere now that Wise has moved on. To be quite honest I really believe that the enormous uplift of having Shearer in charge at last will fire the team on to a defeat of Chelsea on Saturday. Howay the lads and on to some silverware in 2010!

  • clinta

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Will have a much needed positive effect on the layers, fans and the club as a whole at the moment. I’m not convinced it will last just yet though.

    Shearers taking a big gamble here and I hope it pays off for us all, would love to see him successfully manage newcastle for years to come but he just isn’t ready for that now, bringing in Dowie will help though.

    Off to tianjin (china) for the weekend so will have to hunt down a place to watch the game if a I can, just love to see/ hear a bit of the atmosphere that will be st Jame’s!

  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #17


    Slightly optimistic!

    But I love it!

  • RyanToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    ooh FFS

    styles reffing!

    he will try to get attention for himself even MORE now because of the atmosphere!!!

  • UTD111

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19

    The cockney mafia are stuffed. The reviled dwarf is gone.

    Cashley and Harry Potter had to face reality in the end – give in or face a half empty stadium and much decreased revenue streams.

    This is a victory for the fans and common sense – with the added bonus of the 3rd Geordie Knight at the helm!!!

    Good luck Sir Alan – we’ll deliver our bit…can’t wait for Chelsea :o))

  • cashley_out

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    what did u think of the player?is he good?

  • Steve_48

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21
  • Sav

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #22

    I’d echo those sentiments Utd11, but what’s the betting on ‘Wheel ‘o Fortune’ Llambias to be next in the clear out.
    At least Wise was canny at his job and kept his gob out of the papers.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #23


    I see you continue to sound a complete moron in your posts. Im impressed, keep it up.

  • toonarmyuk

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #24

    So Keegan was manager. Then Kinnear was Caretaker when he left, then Hughton was Kinnear’s Caretaker Caretaker. Now Shearer is the Caretaker’s, Caretaker’s Caretaker? lol – only at Newcastle!

    I hope he stays, regardless of whether we go up or down. This thing has been on our backs since blooddy Bobby Robson left! Lets give him his time – he certainly needs a few seasons in charge instead of chopping and changing AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN!

    Of course that’s if he wants to stay on! I think Kinnear should be give the managerial boot anyway – even with the experience he had he was cack. At least with Shearer its a fresh start.

    I dont think its everyone’s ideal situation, but lets try and give this one a try eh?!

  • valle

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Guys, anyone got a link to sky sport, i only have sky news and i dont wanna miss it.

  • Stevo

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Why are some sad to see DW leave. It’s the best news I’ve heard for a while! It’s a big step forward with regards to the way the team will be ran. DW may have had a good eye for a player and some might disagree but the DOF position didn’t work and that’s what got us into a mess to begin with. To be honest I would be gutted if we went into the Championship but I’d be happy in the knowledge that Shearer will be given the time and money to rebuild a good squad whether it’s in the premiership or championship and there’s no DOF around to throw a spanner in the works and cause friction.

  • cashley_out

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #27


  • Joey Barton 666

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #28

    right lads, i hav just heard that a certain gazza will be coming in next season as a coach. anyone else heard this?

    I bet we will see the best out of nicky butt now shearer is here, butt is alot better player in these circumstances than you give him credit for

  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #29

    I think Llambias will be here to stay and that doesn’t bother me really.

    We just need Al to be backed by everyone and by that I mean the board and Ashley too!

    He’ll get time from the fans we know that, even if we go down

  • cashley_out

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #30


  • UTD111

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #31

    Dragonera (Stardust in Drag??)

    I see you continue to call people names in your childish fashion. Grow up wimp.

  • UTD111

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Joey Barton – theres been nothing in the media. I reckon its just one of those daft rumours you always get at times like this….

  • bowburnmag

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #33

    Can’t see Gazza ever coming back. Assuming Big Al is here long-term, which I do – Gazza is too much of a liability. Shearer will only want people he can put his trust and faith in. Gazza needs to earn respect again. Harsh but true.

  • Nick 69

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #34

    very much doubt shearer would consider bringing gazza in unless it was just some micky mouse role he was given as shearer will want people he can really rely on and gazza doesnt come under that category

  • Joey Barton 666

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    thats what i was thinking about gazza, but maybe it could help him keep on the straight.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #36


    “The cockney mafia”
    “The reviled dwarf”
    “Harry Potter”

    …Yet it is who is the childish one. Your comments stand testimony to your stupidity.

  • Paul P

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #37

    my question is why now. why did they not do this 9 months ago. none of what happend this season would ever have taken place. keegan would still be here, wise would have been gone and keegan full control of who came in and who went out. but it never happend until tuesday night. when i first got told, i thought it was a joke, then my phone was going doo dally cop shop, so i went down stairs and it was true. how delighted am i, i am over the moon. if players can not pick there game up with a man like alan shearer at the helm, then they may as well just pack in playing football altogether. full stadium saturday, fans buzzing, we can beat chelsea and get our season finally off the ground and hopefully build us to staying in this league, which i think we will. shearer will stay on, and in the summer be given the backing. we will never ever find ourselves in this situation again.

  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #38

    The only sad thing about Shearer arriving is that the Monkeys on the tree havent been shaken out – Sav and UTD111 are still around.

    Sad really.

  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Paul – the club may have approached him then for all you know – but we were unmanageable then – not because of the club – but bcause of the fans – but thats history – on to Chelsea.

  • UTD111

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #40

    Stardust – you’re rants are becoming tiresome and irrelevant.
    Your glorious leader has had to eat humble pie and accede to the wishes of the fans.
    You and your kind are irrelevant. The real fans have won and their opinions have proven correct.
    As for your childish “monkeys and trees” comment – I was supporting United when you were just a twinkle in your daddy’s eye (albeit a dull one) – and I was still supporting them when (as you admitted previously) such a great fan as yourself used to sit over the road having a pint rather than go to the match because you were having one of your “hissy fits” about Glenn Roeder. LOL
    Crawl back under your stone son.


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