Shearer – Newcastle Have Good Players Lacking Confidence


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.

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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.

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46 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    ooh FFS

    styles reffing!

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

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  • Bill F

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Lots of if’s and but’s there Ed. I reckon we would be doing well to get a point from Chelski, but you never know we could play crpa and get a slice of long overdue luck, plus some assistance from the ref for a change. I’m interested in seeing what sort of team we have on the pitch I would bet on there being some changes and even a couple of youngsters in the line up. An interesting end to the season if nothing else.

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    from some one elses post where he sent nicky butts twitter websitee

    who do you think he means not playing for the shirt?

    you can kinda guess nzogbia but who else…

    heres the link again

    http://twitter.com/NickyButt

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  • coyote

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    great appointment and not a moment too soon
    shearer is very astute and a good diplomat by saying he’s only doing the job for 8 games he’s leaving the door wide open for the club to do the decent thing with JFK(he was after all the only 1 who would come here) and wait until the doctors tell him he can’t continue or he decides himself he can’t. The club can then look after him by offering him a different position and everybodies happy.
    Also everybodies UNITED and thats what we need right now and in the future

    UP THE TOON

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  • geordie jock

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t want to go over the top but this is the kick up the arse we need to help in our fight against relegation even if it is 6 weeks too late. Better late than never but i just hope Ashley is at last listening to the fans and not using Shearer as a short term fix to get the fans onside to help sell his season tickets. As i have previously said Trust has to be earned and at the moment i do not trust Ashley.

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    GET TO ST JAMES’ EVERYONE FOR 2:30 AND WELCOME A LEGEND.

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    is that the real nicky butt??? doubt hed say that on the net

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  • Kash

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    @RyanToon – I very much doubt it’s him!

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  • geist

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    just to say if anybody does not have ssn, nufctv are showing the conference free to all users at 2:30

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  • geist

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    shearerwonderland…. wish i could but i have damn lectures.

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  • valle

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Doubt Butt would state that we need Jozy because Owen is a softie.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed, Shearer said himself that he’s only here for eight games. What makes you think that he is lying?

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  • valle

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    They show the press conference for free on the official site

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1609788,00.html

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    i think he will be staying longer but hes obviously not gonna announce it straight away as kinnear will be hoping he still plays a part
    and shearer is only thinking about one thing
    KEEPING NEWCASTLE UP.
    he isnt gonna be thinking about contract details

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  • Joey Barton 666

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEARRRRRRRRRRERRRRRRR!!!!

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  • valle

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    worky… It might be that as it is at present, he only has a deal for 8 games. But that may all change, and since he brought his own team along with him, i could imagine he will stay but we just have to wait and see.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    shearerwonderland. // Apr 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    “i think he will be staying longer but hes obviously not gonna announce it straight away as kinnear will be hoping he still plays a part
    and shearer is only thinking about one thing”

    So you think that Shearer is lying shearerwonderland?

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  • BT9MAG

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    No nufctv or SSN – BBC website is running it aswell

    Tuesday is an open training session at St James’ – think I might have a toddle along!

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    im not saying he is lying
    just maybe they havent sorted out the longterm contract yet
    as i said there main aim is to keep us up

    they wouldnt be making big changes in the way the club is being run if he is just their for 8 games

    think about it.

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  • Toonkistan

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    alrite ppl any guesses wat team will shearer play….i cant tell the whole line up due to touch and go injuries to duff taylor bassong ….but i’v a feeling team would have butt and shola (hate to even think abt it) …….

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    workyticket // Apr 2, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Ed, Shearer said himself that he’s only here for eight games. What makes you think that he is lying?

    Why would Shearer tell them that Wise has to go if he was only going to be here for 8 games?

    It can’t be coincidence that he left before Shearer was confirmed.

    I think their all just playing it safe and being coy.

    It woudn’t make sense for him to only do it for 8 games surely?

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  • geist

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #22

    BT9MAG… it is going to be free to everybody on nufctv I believe.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #23

    ffs. He’s here for 8 games. That’s all we need to hear atm!

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  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #24

    Worky – I advocate we wait on that.

    Wise has gone because of:

    1. Shearer may be here long term
    2. Joe may fill that role
    3. Damage Limitation post KK results when announced.
    4. Sell more season tickets as the mob hate him (for an unknown reason as he has done a decent job)
    5. Any Combination of 1- 5.

    Think Shearers answer was a typical politicians answer – he has been schooled that way having been in the limelight for years.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #25

    shearerwonderland, he said:

    “This is for an eight-game spell, I’m looking no further than that.”

    So if you don’t think that he is lying, that must mean that he will step down at the end of the season.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Stardust

    Agree for once!

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  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Stuart – its a miracle – see your posts are upbeat in general too – do you give any credit to Ashley for any of this?

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Stardust

    You have to give Ashley credit for this decision. I just wish he had done it earlier.

    But you can’t have everything. Ashley doesn’t have much to lose in this decision as we were only going one way before this.

    We can only go one way!

    But I just hope he stays for longer!!!

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #29

    workyticket

    ffs! why are you trying to see the negative side in this situation

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  • Craigg

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Delighted !!!

    Im glad about the Dowie appointment also as it shows straight away the astuteness of Al and also that he is his own man and not following Keegan or Dalglish.

    Kev is and always will be a legend and i will forever love the man and be grateful for the wonderful memories but maybe his “up and at em” style with old school coaching, Positive attitude and lots of five a sides also used by Kenny has had its day.

    Shearer by appointing Dowie shows he is embracing modern techniques like Fitness staff, Performance enhancers and dietitions started by Wenger but replicated by modern thinking managers including Dowie who uses an ex rugby fitness coach on his regular staff and has a strict code of conduct on his players weight and condition as i learnt watching a documentary on sky.

    Lee will probably come in soon and i personally think guys like Tim Flowers who was Dowies assistant as well as a mate of Shearers, Speed who to me was always going to be a top coach and maybe even John Carver coming back along with Dowies rugby coach and conditoning guy but maybe not until the summer where i hope Hughton, Calderwood and the smoggies goalkeeping coach will depart.

    The mood has changed…

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  • MarkO

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #31

    SHEARER we will stay up with Shearer.

    Sheareer also knows what the fans want if he can get it right it is the perfect apointment.

    Team next season :

    Krul

    Beye–Colo–Bassong–Enrique

    Barnetta–Veloso–Barton

    Owen–Martins–Lopez

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  • workyticket

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #32

    Stardust // Apr 2, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    “Worky – I advocate we wait on that.”

    I know what you’re getting at Stardust, but personally I think that we should just take things at face value. We all know the kind of trouble that can be caused at Newcastle by attempting to read between the lines!

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  • workyticket

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #33

    shearerwonderland. // Apr 2, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    “workyticket

    ffs! why are you trying to see the negative side in this situation”

    I’m not shearerwonderland. I think it’s great that Alan has come back in an attempt to inspire the fans and lift the negativity on Tyneside. I also think that he has too much integrity to lie about his role at the club.

    What’s wrong with that?

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  • Bosck

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Have to disagree with you on one thing though stardust:

    Kinnear won’t fill in the role that Wise has left as they have said they will not be continuing that role. I do however think he may be given a head scout role, similar to wise’s role but without the potential power clash against the manager.

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  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Bosck – I agree – whatever the “role” is (thats what I had meant) will have the same fundamentals but packaged in an acceptable way.

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  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Worky – “I know what you’re getting at Stardust, but personally I think that we should just take things at face value. We all know the kind of trouble that can be caused at Newcastle by attempting to read between the lines!”

    Agree as always – I am – as you are – just aware of a number of consequences and outcomes – but will await time and those outcomes to form my view – as always.

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  • Sal

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #37

    The official statement from the club stated Wise has left, and they wont be recruiting a replacement for that role – That tells its own story in that (I hope) the stupid layerd boardroom hierarchy is being dismantled.

    Shearer said he is looking no further than 8 games, that certainly does not mean he wont be here next season.

    Funnily enough, all it means is that he is looking at the next 8 games, as he should be.

    Everything else can wait.

    Whatever happens, am pleased they have finally made a move to halt our seemingly one way ticket to the Championship.

    We now have a chance.

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  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #38

    Sal – be assured the fundamentals wont change – they will have a framework for signings that prevent catasrophe.

    The roles and titles may change but the safeguards will remain – but in a way that everyone is happy.

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  • Sal

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #39

    Am all for caution, and implementing a transfer policy.

    The whole thing comes tumbling down when the people looking for players have a different agenda to the person that is actually running the team.

    If there was to be a head scout, or whatever glamarous title they want to give it, then they should surely be appointed by the manager, given it is he that lives & dies by his signings.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #40

    Stardust

    I suspect that if shearer stays longer he will want funds available for new players. He wouldn’t take the job if he had the same anount of funds as we hve seen recently.

    We know that if Shearer keeps us up he will hold all the aces and Ashley will pretty much have to do what it takes to keep him.

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