Why Shearer And Dowie Are Long-Term At Newcastle


There are several reports today of players Newcastle will be after in the summer should Newcastle manage to survive in the Premier League.

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Iain and Alan – the new management duo at Newcastle United

This is all very well but when the team is essentially 4 points from safety, with just 7 games to go staying in the Premier League, and getting the best out of what we’ve got, surely has to be the priority.

But of course, with presumably Shearer at the head of the team long term now, and we even assume he will stay manager if we are relegated.  It’s hard to blame the gossip press for listing some players Newcastle may be interested in this summer, but that’s hardly our priority right now.

We think that whatever happens in the summer Shearer and Dowie will be at the Newcastle helm, and if they can keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season, the reports are that Shearer will pick up a cool £1.8M in bonuses and heaven knows what Iain will get, and it’s little wonder he says he couldn’t get to Newcastle quick enough, after he got the call from Alan on Monday night. 😀

But we’re almost sure that is Mike Ashley’s long term thinking, and really when you analyze the move it’s quite brilliant.

It protects Ashley and Llambias from the bulk of the Newcastle fans’ wrath if we get relegated, and he’s already removed Dennis Wise – at some considerable cost – so the decks have been cleared.

Shearer will say we’re coming straight back up, and will also be able to attract good players to the Toon, even if we go down.

If Alan keeps the club up, then reports are that Ashley will give £50M for Alan to rebuild the side in the summer. While that amount seems high, Alan will have a free hand to wheel and deal come June, and there are a number of players he will immediately unload in the summer.

As we’ve mentioned before, we think those will include the likes of Viduka, Smith, Geremi, Cacapa and even Coloccini. Alan should be able top get a little bit of cash from those sales, but the club saves massively too on the wage bill.

So even if we hit the nightmare scenario, things may not be as bleak as normal, with Alan at the helm at Newcastle.  Of course the hoped-for scenario is for Shearer to get a response form the players, and stay up, but that didn’t quite happen on Saturday.

But we watched the game again yesterday on TV replay, after being completely devatsated with the result immediately after the game.

And apart from the two goals we conceded, which were awful and Colocinni has to take the responsibility for them, the lads played decent football right until the end. And looking at the game again Shearer was right that say there were some positive points to take from the game.

After being 2-0 down Owen actually scored on 72 minutes, but the goal was disallowed and the lads certainly didn’t give up. And Stoke are hardly like Chelsea, so we must have some chance on Saturday, although Stoke’s home form is very good, and they are coming off their first win away the season at WBA 2-0. They are currently 6 points ahead of Newcastle so a Newcastle loss would be disastrous.

Application of the players will not be Shearer’s difficulty this season, but getting them some confidence on the playing side is what is needed. One win will do that, but that win must come soon.

So, the situation is nothing that a win against Stoke will not quickly start to correct, but anything but 3 points this Saturday and things will start to look like it will take a mini-miracle to survive this season.

Howay The Lads – we can do it!!



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18 comments so far

  • geordie jock

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Sell the whole team that played on saturday, not one of them is worth a 1st team place. Gutless, Spineless No skill etc, This shambles should hold their heads in shame and apologise to every single NUFC supporter.

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  • Joey Barton 666

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #2

    hope its true that we did bid for zaki, shearer is his hero so he would behave for him.

    and when he is on form he is one of the closest things to shearer i have seen.

    it may be pie in the sky but, i really hope this nani rumour is true

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  • Mag 48

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Did’nt Shearer say on TV he would not be staying come the end of the season?

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  • ToonRich

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Having spent the weekend up in the Toon, I got to talk to a fair few fellow supporters…I got the feeling quite a few of the local toon fans think Shearer is only there for the remaining games, before leaving us and handing the reins over to Big I.D…

    whats you guys opinion on that senario??

    IMO, I still dont know what to believe yet! I mean MA has pulled suprises out the hat since day 1 of buying us, so anything is possible with this man/mouse in charge of us 🙁
    I’d still like A.S to stay longer term!

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  • Hugh de Payen

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Shearer usually says what he means.

    He stated that he’s here for 8 games and I think – as far as he is concerned at the moment – that’s all he is here for.

    He might change his mind of course but I wouldn’t bet on it.

    I suspect Dowie’s here for longer.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 6, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #6

    There is just no way on gods earth NUFC will spend 50m in one season under the ownership of Mr Ashley. He just doesn’t have the money to do that!

    There will be no money available next season that’s why Kinnear will be back

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  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Shearer will just stay for the last 8 matches. From the summer on I hope to see Sven up here, he’s an amazing manager at club level. His record is simply fantastic, NUFC need a strong leader like him.

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  • Macas35

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    ”the lads played decent football” – think Ed must have been watching a different game, that’s one of the worst Newcastle performances I’ve ever seen, we could hardly even pas the ball. We have no creativity whatsoever.

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Sorry, Jan – but I’m not all that convinced about your countryman Sven. He’s a good man in the right place – but Newcastle is not that place. We need hard, no-nonsense managers – and Sven is quite the opposite.

    As for Shearer staying, I really can’t tell – he was adamant that he was going back to the Beeb at the end of the season when asked by Lineker at the weekend. But if things go well, would Ashley risk another fall-out with fans – especially given the ticket sales situation – by letting him go?

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    zaki linked with us

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  • Chris G

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed – slightly off topic, but I was sad to read your statement that you intend to discontinue this blog at the end of the season.

    Yes, there are a number of excellent fan sites that will continue to cover Newcastle United but none of them are as good as yours, so we’re really going to miss you.

    All the best to you and your family, and thanks for the superb job you’ve done over the last couple of years.

    From a grateful NUFC fan

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  • clinta

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Did i miss something..? when did it turn from shearer certainly only here for 8 games, know what his doing next season and it’s BBC..’ to sure he will be here whether we are relegated or not?

    can someone fill me in on the bit i missed… or is it just more gossip press speculation?

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  • clinta

    Apr 6, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Oh ed got it right about the shearer thing being good tactics by MA.

    Been saying all week it takes the pressure right off the man and gives him an endless amount of time if shearer stay full time.

    Just can’t help thinking we would of been better off if he was trying to save the clubs PL status more than his own arse…

    maybe shearer isn’t the answer, not yet anyway.

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  • ToonRich

    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Is anyone planning of going to watch the training session @ SJP tomorrow morning??

    Would be great if anyone going along could get some pics posted up for us?! 🙂

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  • workyticket

    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15

    clinta // Apr 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    “…can someone fill me in on the bit i missed… or is it just more gossip press speculation?”

    You didn’t miss anything Clinta, it’s just gossip.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #16

    £50m warchest? HAHAHA!
    Not a hope. He’ll be extremely lucky if he gets £15m, extremely lucky.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Sven cant do anyting without money.

    He spent 274mil at Lazio just to win the title.

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  • hebburntoon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Doocey

    That’s if he brings in 15 million from sales

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