Shearer Cannot Walk Away From Newcastle Now – Les Ferdinand

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.

15 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed one thing you forget about Roy Keane, is he didn’t’Love’ Sunderland in the same way as Shearer ‘Loves’ Newcastle… But time will tell if he wants to stay on.

    And yes even if we get relegated I would like to see him with Dowie stay on, though I feel its very unlikely he would accept that and would opt to move on.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I think shearer’s well and truly been bitten by the managerial bug, I hope that passion transfers to the team to pull out their A games.

  • jimiley

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    This club will always fail as long as MA remains in charge. He is a complete moron who has destroyed a great club. Shearer would be mad to stay on. MA would destroy Shearer’s reputation. Two years ago, MA took over talking about challenging Man U for the league in 3 years. You’ve got one year left Mike, but how do you challenge them in the fizzy? Unbelievable how this club has nosedived in 2 years. Only one person to blame and that is the owner who has p….. everybody off. Players for wanting to sell them all, managers for giving them no financial help and undermining them with Wise, selling the best players when we are struggling and replacing them with cheap rubbish, and the supporters who have had to watch dross whilst MA pockets all the transfer profits. The only long term plan NUFC should have is to get rid of Ashley. It should be a very short term plan !!!!

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    jimley i could not disagree more

    ma has made mistakes and was definately wrong for what he done to kk but i believe ma will come through

  • jimiley

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    beyethe great
    Defending MA’s record at NUFC? You must be a Mackem. d

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    who said i was defending his record and please dont call me a mackem just coz i have a different point of view

  • spiderpig

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    could you imagine the dissapointment of shearer walking away to be replaced by joe again.nothing against joe at all but he just doesnt carry the same aura

  • archie100

    Apr 10, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    I have to agree with Beye. Regardless of what’s already happened, we need to move onwards and build some bridges with MA (as indeed he needs to build them with us). There’s no real chance of MA selling the club in the short or medium term – if I was a foreign investor with 250-500 million to blow on a club I’d be shopping on Merseyside for either Liverpool or Everton.

    MA has seen sense with the DoF experiment, and seems to be thinking ahead in terms of reverting to a traditional British management structure. If that continues, we can start to progress. We need a manager in for the long term who is given time to rebuild. MA’s idea of youth development is excellent, and I think all of us agree on that. BUT – the manager needs to be able to develop players, and the last manager who could do this was Sir Bobby. This shows in Ameobi, Taylor, et al who have not lived up to their potential. Taylor is what – 23/24? – and has had 6 managers + caretakers. As a young player, how on earth can he develop over those circumstances? Good youth coaching is essential, and Money seems perfect for this, but he passes those players on while they are still developing. Whether Shearer is that manager remains to be seen, but I don’t think Kinnear is. Age and ill health don’t indicate he can go for 5 years or more.

    At the same time, a complete first team rebuild is needed – we all know the issues with the squad, but we also are very lopsided – loads of holding midfielders and strikers, no full backs or creative midfielders.

    All of this is a long job. It took Bobby 2 full seasons of rebuilding (with a net transfer spend of almost zero until his 3rd close season when he bought Robert and Bellamy) before we began to compete. This seems like a similar situation.

    I need a lie down now….

  • Sav

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Well I’m inclined to agree with JimIley, but the fact of the matter is we are stuck with MA and MA is stuck with NUFC. So its in everybody’s interest to start anew and make the best of it.

    I expect the fans to stop barracking and get back onside and I expect Ashley to show some humility, admit his mistakes (getting rid of Wise was a good start) and make the manager feel he has the owner’s wholehearted commitment and backing, both financial and otherwise.

    I also expect Ashley to behave himself with a bit more decorum and credit the Toon fans with more sense than his previous ‘Fact’ statements and ingratiating behaviour have done.

    Whether Shearer makes a great manager or not, only time will tell. I hope time is what he gets.

    PS. Any news about the future of the blog, Ed, or are you just going to say ‘goodnight and good luck’ and turn out the lights at the end of the season?….Just as things were getting interesting (harr, harr).

  • archie100

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Sav – definitely agree. Did I see something about Ashley doing an interview on sky or football focus? Any idea when or was it wishful thinking?

  • Gunners

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Mike Ashley has made mistakes, but please remind yourself that this is the first time he is running a football club.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13


  • workyticket

    Apr 10, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Desperation has led Mike Ashley to repeat exactly the same mistake as last season. It’s almost like watching ‘Groundhog Day’.

  • Ashley Hole

    Apr 10, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #15

    This was it…

    END of Magpie era
    This blog




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