Alan Shearer talked last night about taking the Newcastle manager job – at least for 8 games – and admitted he just couldn’t turn down his home town club, when he got the SOS call from Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley over the weekend.
Newcastle’s New management team – Shearer and Dowie
The 38 year-old Newcastle goal-scoring legend said last night:
“This is for an eight-game spell, I’m looking no further than that.”
“I got a call over the weekend off Derek Llambias (managing director) and Mike Ashley (owner) and I went round for a chat,”
“They kindly asked if I would take charge for the remaining eight games and I asked for a little time to think and spoke to a few people.”
“It’s a club I love and I, just like many thousands of people, desperately don’t want the club to go down and I will do everything I can to try to prevent that.”
“It’s a tough situation Newcastle are in and I feel deeply for this club. I believe I can help it along with the players, there is a nucleus here that can get this club out of trouble.”
“They are very good players lacking confidence and it’s up to me and the staff to get the best out of them.”
The 38-year-old legend has completed all but one of his coaching badges and has still to gain his FIFA Pro Licence, but the LMA chief executive Richard Bevan yesterday didn’t see that as any problem.
In fact the only thing Richard said was how great it was for the Newcastle fans, that Alan has agreed to manage the club, at least in the short term.
And Alan has quickly brought in former Southampton team-mate and the former QPR manager Iain Dowie to assist him, and that’s a very smart move by Alan.
Iain will be able to quickly show Alan the ropes, because of his vast management experience, and Alan will need that – especially over the next crucial 8 games, if Newcastle are to be saved form the unthinkable.
The Journal is reporting this morning that Joe Kinnear will still be offered a job at Newcastle, if Alan agrees to stay long term, but the job will not have the powers that Dennis enjoyed at Newcastle.
Hey, with Alan Shearer around there can and will be only one boss.
But Joe could do a job at Newcastle and do it from down south too, and since he seems to get on well with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias – maybe we have the makings of a decent team at Newcastle – maybe – but of course we really hope so.
The Newcastle Journal is also reporting they think both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will stay on as coaches , and that’s good for continuity, and both seem good coaches, but are just not up to it, in terms of leading the club in Joe’s absence.
But Alan has Iain to do that if Alan is sick or whatever – long term – so the structure looks good, and both Chris and Colin seem top want to stay at the club. But we are getting ahead of ourselves again.
But there now seems no way that Joe Kinnear will return to manage Newcastle United, but we’ve always liked Joe for his fierce competitive spirit, and we think a role, better suited to Joe’s long term health, could and should be found for him on Tyneside.
We’re sure Mike Ashley will give him a nice wage for a couple of years, and then they can take it from there – once we’re in Europe again. 😀
Maybe all is starting to take shape in Newcastle garden – finally.