Former Newcastle chairman Sir John Hall is confident Alan Shearer will lead the Tynesidi club to safety this season, as the former Newcastle striker takes charge of his first game at St. James’ Park this afternoon, in front of a sell-out crowd.
Sir John Hall – thinks Shearer could stay on
Hall told Sky Sports News:
“He will not be pushed into anything, he’s so determined he will make his own mind up at the end of the day but it seems strange just coming in for eight games,”
“He can’t lose, I suppose in a way, because they are in this difficult situation where they might go down. If Alan keeps them up he is a winner, if they go down we can’t blame him, nobody can blame him.”
“I am certain he will keep us up. He will motivate those players and we will be in the Premier League next season.”
“And hopefully he will reconsider his decision just to go for eight games and I have got a sneaking feeling that he wants to be back in the game.”
“Certainly everyone in Newcastle would welcome him as he is one of us – a Geordie, he’s played for the Toon, he supports the Toon and he has got that feeling for the area and the region and for everyone here.”
“He will want to see Newcastle get some silverware on the shelves.” “We have been bridesmaids for so many years it is time we were the bride. The initial thing is he has got to keep us up and I am hopeful and pretty certain that he will do that.”
We think Shearer staying on at Newcastle will depend on a number of things.
First of all he has to be successful in keeping Newcastle in the Premier League, because that’s job number one right now – and Newcastle fans know it.
Alan will be able to gauge if he would like to return to the guts of football, rather than being in a studio commenting on teams and managers and the like. That’s hardly where football really matters, but Alan will get a taste of what it’s like on the other side of playing, and on the front lines, although we’d still like to see him get a pair of boots on and line up!
He’s probably still the best striker when he plays with the lads in training, and he certainly has looked fit and healthy in the last few days.
Then of course Alan will need to be more than satisfied with the backing he gets from Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, although they have already let Dennis Wise go, although we are told that would have happened in any case in the summer.
So if Mike Ashley is wise (excuse the pun), he will give Alan what he wants – which would be to be in full control of all playing matters, including the transfers, and Alan will need to be the real boss.
And of course Mike is not shy on giving out decent money and could really tempt him with at least £3M/year to manage the club. That’s the figure both Big Sam and Kevin were paid, so he may include bonuses in there for trophies – that would be good.
For Newcastle fans like ourselves we looked it up – trophies are apparently cups and shields and stuff you get for winning things – anyway that’s what it says in the dictionary – but of course we wouldn’t know too much about those things. 😀
But we’d like to think that although Ashley has made big mistakes, he still has the good of the Newcastle club at heart, and will do his utmost to have Alan stay on past the summer.
If Mike can do that then Newcastle fans may even forgive him for the terrible mess he’s made of things this season, and thankfully he has already admitted his many mistakes in the press, and is likely to give an interview to Sky Sports News next week.
We can only hope for the best on a number of fronts for our club right now, but certainly having Alan back has given everybody a huge lift, that’s for sure – what a guy!
Howay The Lads!!