Shearer Promises – I’m Only Doing This For 8 Games

Shearer arrived this morning at the Benton Training ground in Newcastle smiling, and the sun was literally shining in Newcastle.


Alan Shearer – arriving at Benton training ground today – he looks great!

Shearer appeared upbeat and looked relaxed and confident for the tremendous fight ahead to save Newcastle United as he said:

“We are going to need every ounce of effort from the players and the supporters,”

“The supporters are well renowned and I know they won’t let us down. They never do and I hope we can repay them with a performance.”

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

“Joe Kinnear is in the job at the moment. He is recovering well and we wish him well, but I am here for eight games only to try and keep the club in the Premier League.”

Former QPR boss Iain Dowie will be Alan’s assistant manager and coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will stay on, but Football Director Dennis Wise has finally left the club – and that will delight most Newcastle fans, who just never took to the little  cockney.

But it’s a little worrying that Alan is saying it’s for just 8 games, but in the situation he is in, we suppose there’s not much else he can – or should say – right now.

We still don’t know the effect he will have on the players, but we know one thing – and that’s St. James Park will be buzzing on Saturday, that’s for sure.

When Alan ran the club with Glenn Roeder – back in early 2006, the team looked a completely different side immediately, after they took over from the sacked grame Souness.

In the first game Newcastle beat Portsmouth at home 2-0 and then Aston Villa away 2-1. In those final 15 games of the season the lads won 10 and drew 2 – including winning 6 of their final 7 games for 32 points. We finished in 7th place on 58 points just above Bolton Wanderers.

And the last game of the season we beat the special one’s team (Chelsea) 1-0 with that goal from Titus Bramble. Let’s hope that could be an omen for Saturday.

If Newcastle have a similar run of form this time around, the team will get around 17 points from 8 games, and end up with 46 points and safety – but it’s going to take a few wins to accomplish that, and there’s no better time to start than Saturday, even though it is high flying Chelsea – because it’s at home.

If we can win all our home games we’ll be safe, and we’ll be able to hear that huge sigh of relief, even over here in the USA, from Geordie Land. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    I find it strange Wise has gone at this time if he isnt staying for longer.

    The only 2 other explanations for leaving at this time are:

    1. Damage Limitation – KK’s settlement is due soon.
    2. JK is already earmarked for a rebranded role – and he is a person who isnt hated by the mob.

  • Erlun

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2


  • Bill F

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Seriously, can anyone see him not continuing with the job if (when) he keeps us up. I reckon he would stay if other circumstances (and I aint mentioning possibilitys) prevail. I can’t see him him being a short stay sort of bloke, he has been waiting to long to just dip his toe in the water and then bail.

  • hitman

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    it seems strange ashley would change a structure he believes in just to get big al for 8 games.

  • Ericles

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Alan is, as we all know really, quite a diplomat. He does not shout his gob off all the time and he remains reasonably cool. So – here is to next season in the Premier with Al at the helm with HIS teams of players and coaches in place.

  • Joey Barton 666

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    i can tell shearer will be here for a long time to come.

  • SpartanChris

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    I think he’s playing the caretaker game already. I.e. I’m only looking after the team til someone else comes in. Technically Joe Kinnear is still the manager, so until that changes Shearer can’t look any further than 8 games.

  • Kash

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Dennis Wise was leaving anyway. The Executive Director role will be rebranded to head of scouting like Boro have. Head of scouts will answer to the new manager…..I think

  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Wise was going at the end of the season.

    But it was strange that the club wouldn’t confirm that Shearer was to be manager until after they had confirmed Wise had left.

    He is very diplomatic at the best of times so I would take anything he says with a pinch of salt

  • JoeColl87

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    There something not clicking here regarding these appts.

    a) JK’s contract was up at the end of summer anyway. Due to health reasons he hasn’t been able to fulfill the length of this contract. I know he had an offer for another 2 years, but this appears to not be active anymore. Thus meaning JK will not be manager come end of season.

    b) Shearer has come in, saying he’s only here for 8 games of season left. Therefore his contract, at the minute runs out at the end of the season. Also brings experienced Ian Dowie in with him.

    Therefore at the minute it is looking that we will not have a set manager come end of season.

    I understand JK may be offered a different role within the club, possibly as head scout. But isn’t there rules about long distance travel and pacemakers etc? No good being a scout if he can’t travel to these far way places due to his health status.

    And then add to this consider our league status isn’t anywhere near confirmed yet. Therefore the manager situation may also depend on what league we are in.

    Just a couple of thoughts…

  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    “hitman // Apr 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    it seems strange ashley would change a structure he believes in just to get big al for 8 games.”

    Agreed hence my post at 1 – the other angle is:

    the mob hate Wise (for an inbred reason lol) so getting rid will sell season tickets

    But in general I think we agree there is motive behind his removal – only time will tell us what it is.

  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    I disnt highlight s tickets! Eds got some new adware software – urgggghhhhhh

  • the holy grail

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    it could well be to do with the fact shearer hasnt YET got the current coaching badges to take on the job full time (yes i realise its a stupid rule because they let everyone manage without them ince, roder, southgate and so on) which he could fast track in the summer and also it keeps the optomism going in the club e.g players playing for him so he gets the job.

    just a thort

  • Incognito

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Good points there JoeColl87 .

    Stardust, care to explain who you’re referring to with this ‘mob’ exression?

  • batty

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    the holy grail he,s got his A and B badges and he is doing the last one in summer m8

  • Kash

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    JK was already a South American scout for Arsenal, so would have travelled prior to managing us. I’m sure new pacemakers are travel worthy.

    This is all speculative anyway, and the priority is the next 8 games. But Big Al being back adds so much excitement to our future.

    It’s like Luke Skywalker facing his destiny of being a Jedi, or even NEo from the matrix (nerdy I know)!

  • sahota

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Guys just enjoy the occasion, we will see what happens after this season. But my gut feeling is he will stay longer.

  • Chizzy_Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Sounds and looks to me like he may be here for longer than just to the end of the season.

    If you read he quote “This is for an eight-game spell, I’m looking no further than that, I can promise you that,”

    All he is concentrating on is the remaining games, why cloud your judgement by saying that you are here for the long term?

    Also, after the eight games we are either 1) Going to br a Premier League Team or 2) Relegated to the Championship. If either of the two happens he will state that he has signed a long term contract to push for europe, or he has signed a long term contract to make Newcastle a premier league team again. WIN WIN situation, and if this is what he is doing a very good approach.

    Only my thoughts though.

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s all in the interpretation/reading of what he’s saying…

    Not once does he promise he isn’t staying longer than 8 games – he just said he’s not thinking about that…Beckham did it in an interview last night:

    Interviewer “Are you starting to think about South Africa”
    Beckham “no, we’re only focussing on the next game”

    That’s not Beckham promising we won’t qualify though!

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20


    Good point mate

  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21

    “Mob” a collective who act like sheep and react in a collective way – where if left in a room on their own with the real raw information only – would not draw such conclusions. They act on rumour, speculation and myth, they drive themselves into a frenzy of hate – again based on nothing but rumour and myth – then they act – usually ignited by a single event or series of events that are span into a collective mythical cause.

    The Mob need and act collectively – they like history suggest will do the most outrageous things and justify they are right.

    History is littered with them

    Nazis – when did it become a good idea to try and wipe out a race.
    Romans – When should it be celebrated slaves were eaten by lions and tigers for entertainment.
    Zimbabwe – when did it become acceptable for a group of people to slaughter and rape en mass a group of people who didnt fall into line with one man – but the mob carried the killings out.
    Hartlepool – Hung a Monkey as a Spy.

    I could give another 1000 examples if you wish.

    When the cold facts are looked at with Ashley the Mob are the main protagonists in letting the club down – they turned on their own club and ripped it apart – graphic enough for you?

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Why Ian Dowie though?

    Does anyone elce think that Dowie will stay on as perminent manager if the unthinkable happens and Shearer dosent stay?

    Its a terrible thaught i know, but maybe im just being daft!

  • batty

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #23

    stardust can you change back to the old stardust the one we saw the other night plz i liked that one lol me best buddy

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24


    I dont think MA got rid of Wise because of the ‘mob’ as you put it, or anyone elce.

    He got rid because a DOF dosent work. This has been proven recently with spurs DOF, Collomoli

    MA is realising all the terrible mistakes he has mads and to his credit, he is starting to correct them.

    NUFC fans were right to vent their fustrations at Ashley and Wise imo

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Typo error there! i meant ‘made’!! 🙂

  • JoeColl87

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #26


    The thought did cross my mind, especially if we hit the champoinship.

  • Craigg

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Shearers not stupid enough to say i want a five year deal because he would look an idiot if we lost every game and went down (Which we wont)

    He will stay around hopefully for a long time ALA KK and Bobby where the stability went hand in hand with the success.

    Look out Hull, Stoke, Blackburn, Bolton, Scumderland and any other joke club weve fallen behind because were back and were badder than ever.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #28


    Nice one!! Badder than ever!

    like it!!

  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Batty – I was replying to the question by Incognito – about what I meant by Mob – still got a happy head on.

    Ronaldeano – I was speculating on a number of things – I dont advocate that was the reason either – just simply airing possibilities – time and outcome will clear it up for us.

  • valle

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree, we shouldnt get our hopes up whatever it is we wish for… Wait till its a done deal and celebrate then, and untill then just back the team and take things 1 game at the time.

  • Mags

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Looking forward to Shearer’s press conference this afternoon. I have everything crossed that big Al can galvanise the players into producing football good enough to keep us in the premiership.

    In return we as fans have our part to play to pack the stadium and give it our all in support him and the team. Please can the lads / lasses who leave early not do this for the remaining games and stay to support the lads to the bitter end. We are in it together……. SO ALTOGETHER NOW.


  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Off the subject a little but
    Do we get an article on Newcastle having two of the Best looking men in Football?
    *Ian Dowie
    *Peter Beardsley

  • Stardust

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Marty – maybe they are trying to straighten Xisco up lol

  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #34

    the llambias speaks.

  • Johnny Knobsock

    Apr 2, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #35

    After watching and cringing at Llambias’s statement at the press conference and listening to the clever but careful answers that Shearer gave to the press, I smell a new takeover bid for the club being imminent!

  • ginkoh

    Apr 2, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Not just only England, USA Toon army around the world are watching on NEWCASTLE now. Chelsea match will be one of the massive match I ever seen in my Toonarmy supporter.

    Howay the lads !!


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