Newcastle are at the lowest they have been since 1992, and it’s going to be very close if we are indeed to survive this season in the Premier League.
Les Ferdinand – Newcastle must keep Shearer as manager
And Les Ferdinand has today talked to the Daily Mirror about Alan Shearer at Newcastle, and we think he hits the nail right on the head – with his comments.
Les of course is hugely popular on Tyneside and he used to get standing ovations when he visited with other teams after he left for Spurs in 1997, after hitting 41 goals in 68 games for the Magpies. No wonder he is popular with that record, but he’s also a great guy of course and a real gentleman.
Let’s see what Les had to say today:
“Newcastle now have a galvanising figurehead, who will get patience. We often see managers go in saying they have a five-year plan and they are out after six months.” “Everyone will give him time to materialize a five-year plan if that’s what he chooses.” “If he keeps them in the division this season, it would be impossible for him to walk away.”
” The fans would not allow it. They would camp outside his house and make sure he was escorted to the training ground! He is going to want total control. You hark back to Kevin Keegan and things were out of his control, which Alan won’t stand for.”
“He knows how he wants to run the club and he will need assurances if he is to take it long-term.” “By total control, I mean from transfers, right down to the academy, sports science, the lot.” “He will set out his stall in the summer, hopefully once the club survives, speak to the owner and that will be the time for the owner to comply with his wishes or have him move on.”
“You wouldn’t think that Mike Ashley would mess it up with another Newcastle legend.” He would have to abscond from not only the city, but the country!” “Once he has a taste for it there will be no stopping him. But he will need backing from Ashley. If the owner says he is not willing to put any more money into transfers that won’t be good enough.”
“Alan has heard 800 team talks and done hundreds himself. He may be inexperienced in being the man in charge, but he knows how to command a team.” “He was never afraid to say his piece when he needed to say it, but he led by example.” Ferdinand remains a Newcastle fan, expressing sadness at their current plight.”
“I have never known a season be as mad, crazy or chaotic at any club. Ever,” “I have not seen any club go through the turmoil Newcastle have had this season.” “This is the lowest point Newcastle have been at for 17 years and it saddens me. It has been frustrating to watch their season fall apart after such a promising beginning.”
“Keegan was there last season and you thought the club is going back to where it wants to be. There is an owner who wants to take the club on. It went pear-shaped in such a short space of time.”
Of course we are still to see how good Alan is at the football management trade.
And while we know he has all the attributes that make a great manager, we also thought exactly the same thing about Roy Keane. Roy and Alan are similar characters – very single minded, former great players, leaders in the dressing room and captains of their sides.
Ad while Roy did very well in his first two seasons everything fell apart earlier this season, and he resigned from the Sunderland club and is now seemingly in the management wilderness.
So we just don’t know – but you would think that Alan would do well at Newcastle, since he seems to love the management even though it has already consumed his life, after just over a week. And he knows all about the Newcastle club and fans, that’s for sure.
And of course we don’t know what will happen iof Alan fails to save the club this season, and we don’t know if he would manage Newcastle in the Championship, but we would hope that would still be the case.
What do you think about Alan as long term manager at Newcastle – even if we go down this season?
Let is know – comments welcome.