As we learn more of the Alan Shearer it really does seem that Alan has only agreed to come in and manage until the end of the season, and the current plan is for Joe Kinnear to come back in the summer, presumably for a two year stint.
Alan Shearer – doesn’t he look fit – where’s his boots?
Most fans will have thought that Alan would take the job for the end of the season, and if he had turned Newcastle around he could have taken the job on a permanent basis.
But that is not what has been agreed with Alan, and apparently the door is still open for Joe – if he wants to come back.
But there’s another reason this is a good move for Joe Kinnear, because there’s no way the man should have been allowed back into the Newcastle oven after such an important operation, and we applaud Ashley and Llambias for getting someone in – and a second pat on the pat that it’s Alan Shearer, the great one. What a move!
Derek Llambias has talked today to the Newcastle Journal about Joe and said the following:
“Joe is convalescing at home and making good progress. Everyone’s wish at Newcastle United is for Joe to make a full and speedy recovery.”
“For that reason, Joe and the club have decided that it is sensible that Joe does not return to management this season, and that he concentrates on making a full recovery before his return in the summer as our manager.”
Derek thanked the club’s caretaker management team of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, who are probably pleased they are now out of the hot seat, and Llambias said that Shearer is the ideal man to succeed in a difficult situation.
“With eight games to go, we find ourselves fighting hard to preserve our Premier League status and nobody at Newcastle United is under any illusions as to how big the challenge is.”
“No football club has an automatic right to be in the Premier League, but I have said before that it would be unthinkable for us to lose top-flight status.”
“We must do everything we can to stop that happening. And that is where Alan comes in. Alan Shearer needs no introduction to anybody here nor to the many thousands of Newcastle United fans across the world.”
“I would like to wish Alan, Iain (Dowie) and the team the best of luck for the rest of the season.”
Derek is so right about Alan Shearer being known across the world, and this has been world wide news in the last couple of days, that one of Newcastle’s greatest ever players, who was born and bred in Newcastle, has taken over as manager at Newcastle.
If Alan does well in these last 8 games, surely there’s no way that Alan will then leave the club, and you can bet the fans, and maybe the NUSC could play a big part here, could get a petition going, or something, to get Alan to stay.
But that may not even be necessary if Alan likes the job, as he certainly seemed to take to it like a duck to water yesterday, in his press conference, and he came over fabulously. And doesn’t Iain Dowie seem a right character!
As far as Joe Kinnear is concerned a place upstairs could be found for this man, who gave his all for the Newcastle club, and risked his health and well being in the process. We have a special place in our hearts for Joe Kinnear – and that has nothing to do with his management capabilities.
The next step is tomorrow and Chelsea, and the game is being broadcast live around the world, would you believe. And we suppose we shouldn’t expect any miracles from Alan immediately, but it’s going to be some game to watch, with 52,000 screaming Geordies urging the lads on for the full 90 minutes.
We need something out of this game – that’s the bottom line tomorrow – and it will be very tough, we know that – but hey, anything is possible now that Alan is back.
Howay The Lads!!