Shearer Adamant It’s Only For 8 Games And Then He’s Off

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.

Llambias said:

“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!!

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    Apr 3, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    I gauruntee this will end up as another Keegan drama. Shearer keeps us up, we all love him… The he goes and Kinnear comes back. We all hate Ashley again for letting Shearer go and on top of that bringing back a very ordinary manager.

    I can just see it happening.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    His body language and answers suggested that is quite obvious as any fan that if he was a success, he would hate to walk away from it. I think we should do joe the good thing by keeping his health intact whilst honouring him stepping in at that time by moving him to a decent well paid role in the background. Obviously it depends if we stay up

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 3, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    No offence Ed but Shearer said that he would love to be offered the job if he can keep NUFC up! Which in my opinon says he will stay because we are staying up.
    There is NO way the board could allow JFK back into management after the great shearer, the fans wont allow it. What a come down that would be!
    Shearer will be our manager over the next few years, once he catches the bug it will be hard for him to go back on the sofa.
    And I would be sick if he takes another job because JFK is back.
    Truthfully I can not see what JK could bring to NUFC after today. Can you?

  • stevep

    Apr 3, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Shearer actually said he’s in charge for eight games only and then the chairman/ owner would need to decide which path they wanted to go, seemed to indicate that if he was offered longer term he’s take it (although you can imagine he’s already said he’d take it longer term if there was a) money to spend in summer and b) he had total control over football matters)

    I’ve got my tickets for Sat, atmosphere should be great although I’m not sure we’ll get anything out the game – here’s hoping

  • Stuart79

    Apr 3, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    If Al keeps us up he must surely be ofered the job!

    Even Ashley wouldn’t be that stupid would he?

    Kinnears record is p1ss poor and has got us into this position. If we stay up it will be down to Shearer!

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Andy, I honestly don’t think that will happen. For shearer to be allowed into this role i think they’re accepting that joe is probably not going to be manager if shearer is a success, why would they change back? Shearer would bring them everything if a success, he’s a global name (brand name) would attract players and if he gets us playing then he’s really the perfect manager!

  • ginkoh

    Apr 3, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Everything is possible in football. Who know what happen in the future?

  • hitman

    Apr 3, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    this would be typical ashley,shearer keeps us up and ashley gets jfk back.

  • AndyNUFC

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s a very grey area at the moment, and to be fair, Shearer can’t just say “I’m taking over from Kinnear at the end of the season”, and neither can Ashley/Lambias.

    For one we might not even stay up.

    As much as i’d love Shearer to stay on, we can’t overlook Sven. I really really don’t want Kinnear back though, one because I don’t think we can achieve what us fans wants under him, and two because if he’s in such a bad shape that he’s having triple heart bypass surgery at this stage, why the hell would we ask him to risk it again?

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I just hope Joe doesn’t come back and gets a job upstairs at the club.

    Football management is a high pressure Job and JK is not physically well.
    Personally I would be gutted to see him drop dead in the dugout.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    What I can’t understand is Mike has offered Shearer 1m for 8 games and another 1m for survival..why didn’t he use that money to get a good manager in the first place?

    Still think the move reeks of he is clutching at a bag of multi coloured straws.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Maybe Dowie will get the role on a perm basis.

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #13

    I think this decision will be the start of better things to come. As in my past posts on thhis blog there are big rumors that the club is going to get a very large injection of cash in the summer if we stay up.
    Dont be surprise if an american owner is in by the start of the season, and shearer is part of the project.

  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    like i said before they arent gonna kick kinnear when he is down they arent gonna say ‘right mate time to go’

    even if it did come down to kinnear making a choice come back i dont think he would i think he would do the right thing for the club

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15

    I really do think the world of JK,Love his banter and he is a proper cheeky chappie…just health and management wise he is not upto task.

    Be great to have him at the club in some capacity and hope he makes a full recovery.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #16

    shearerbliss // Apr 3, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Nothing would suprise me in football even more so at this football club.

    But we are just not that lucky. We was supposed to get a super rich yank in Dec then a certain Mr Madoff came along and ruined it for us!

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Stuart I can agree but the plan MA put in place to get at least two supper rich investors on board is still in place. What I heard before is that the money needed to invest in the first team would also mean that MA would have to relinquesh some of his powers. When we stay up all this would become clear!
    There are still some big investers out there that want a piece of NUFC, and the media hype just makes it sound like it is not a good investment but in football it is one of the best investment in comparison to some of the big 4.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #18


    Where are you getting this info from? I know that was his original plan but nothing came of it even when he was happy at the club.

  • Chris G

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #19

    AndyNUFC – totally agree with you, and I was interested that you mentioned Sven. Did you notice this comment by his personal manager after Sven got sacked as Mexico coach?

    “He would love to work in England again, I know that for a fact. I would say yes, his first choice would be a good Premier League club in England where he has a challenge.”

    If he really wants a challenge, where better than here? 🙂

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #20

    The one glaring point that says that this probably could be longer term is the appointment of Paul Ferris to overhaul the medical side of things.
    for an 8 game placement for Shearer this I feel is a little over the top if temperary.

  • workyticket

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #21

    shearerbliss // Apr 3, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    “Shearer said that he would love to be offered the job if he can keep NUFC up”

    When did he say that Shearerbliss?

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #22

    I travel quite often to the USA on business and ed would tell you NUFC is a massive club in the US! There have always been rumors even before MA brought the US investment firms thought that NUFC was a good investment.
    Alot of investments have been hit hard as you know but the intrest in the club has not changed. What does not come out often in the news in the UK is the amount of times these companies have been turned down by the owners, and last time it was just too much to pay when we were on sale in the winter.
    But with the likes of Shearer on board I feel that the US would look at those scense yesterday on tv and truly relise what a fantastic club this really is.
    Investor would be lining up in the summer if we stay up!

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Worthy on football focus interview he says that if he is offered the job he knows he has done a good job.

  • sahota

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #24

    SHEARER will stay irrespective of what he is saying or what club officials are saying. believe me if he manages to keep us in league, MA won’t be removing him. I don’t think club will do that mistake again. They have already learned from Keegan saga. So guys just chill, enjoy rest 8 games and hopefully we will be still in PL and SHEARER will stay.

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Think he will stay on , think the world and the mother can see jfk is not fit enough to do the job , ive said before i take my hat off to the man and he should be given a cushy job upsatirs, the more football people we have involved cant be a bad thing can it?

    I have heard rumors like that myself shearerbliss but dunno how true it is , but hopefully

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Johno I agree it is rumors so I do not want to get hopes up but from what I can see and hear where I am there is a lot of talk surrounding NUFC and for once it is positive!

  • Stuart79

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Eery similarities to when KK came back in 92.

    KK was offered a 3 yr deal but he said no, I’ll do it till the end of the season as he didn’t want to be held responsible for taking us down.

    We all know what happened after that don’t we……

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #28

    well i heard it from my aunt ( i know prob bot the most relaibly of sources! ) but she works on the sock market in new york and dublin and she told me that she heard a consortium of 2 or 3 wealthy men were looking at newcastle , have no idea if its true but she tell me someone was lloking to buy the club the summer ashley bought the club so i dunno

  • Stuart79

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m getting the feeling that it’s the club that are stipulating that Shearer is only here for 8 games!

    Dowie has said that he got a call of shearer and they wanted him to take the job for eight games only!

    I reckon he would snap their hand off if they offered it to him, but the more I look into this I reckon the club are hell bent on returning to Kinnear next season.

    I would say that that is using Shearer!!!!

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #30

    stuart79 lets what and see what happens! think the most important thing is we stay up and take it from there

  • Nick 69

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #31

    if shearere turns us around ther is now way ashley will be dumb enough to make the same mistakes again and get rid of a new messiah, surely they are saying its only 8 games as they dont wanna turn around to joe and say hes sacked, but kinnears contract is up in the summer and if it comes down to either kinnear or shearer signin a contract then if he opts for the very very averge manager over the man who saved us then it shows hes learnt absolutely nothing over this last year and will prove once again he is an incompetent club owner

  • Chris G

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Johno Toon // Apr 3, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    well i heard it from my aunt ( i know prob bot the most relaibly of sources! ) but she works on the sock market in new york and dublin and she told me that she heard a consortium of 2 or 3 wealthy men were looking at newcastle , have no idea if its true but she tell me someone was lloking to buy the club the summer ashley bought the club so i dunno

    Wow, that’s lucky. As it happens, I need several new pairs of socks at the moment. Does your auntie also work the sock market in Melbourne, Australia, or does she just just concentrate on the New York and Dublin markets?

    ps. Do I need to tell your auntie the size of my feet?

  • Sav

    Apr 3, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #33

    The only way I could imagine Joe kinnear gettingthe job back is if Al’s 8 were miserable failures ans we crash out into the championship. In which case, we’re already cooked, so it won’t make much difference. Stay up and he’s elected. Only a narrow-but-valiant relegation will give any doubt one way or the other.

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #34

    Sven is available now, he was sacked as manager of Mexico yesterday. 🙂

  • Ross

    Apr 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #35

    worky-shearer said if he was offered the job full time then he knows he will have done the job he set out to do, that being keep us in the premier league. (i think implying that should we get relegated, he’s under the impression he wouldnt be offered the position anyway).
    He then went on to say once again he is working for the bbc next season and will not be managing us.

  • Nick 69

    Apr 3, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    shearer was asked by one reporter if he was ruling out managing us next season, and shearer would only say ‘ im here for 8 games’ and was asked the question 3 times in a row but refused to say he was ruling it out

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 3, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #37

    haha chris g! as i said it prob not the most realible source in the world but just a rumor! and it doesnt help with my inability to spell!

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 4, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #38



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