The Newcastle fans are more worried about staying in the Premier League right now, but there will be some changes made in the summer, and one of them will be who will be appointed as the long-term manager at the club.
Joe Kinnear – will he be abck this summer?
We’ll take a little break from our relegation worries, and discuss what the likelihood is that Alan will stay on, or Joe will come back in the summer.
Officially Joe Kinnear is the manager right now with Alan Shearer filling in for Joe over the last 8 games of the season, in Joe’s absence after open heart surgery. We think that was a good decision by Ashley, because you can’t expect a man to come back after such a serious operation, and try to save Newcatsle United from relegation, and we had said that for weeks.
But of course Derek Llambias did say that Joe Kinnear would come back to manage the club in the summer, but since last week, hasn’t said anything on the subject.
The changes Alan Shearer has made at the club seemed to have been welcomed within the dressing room, where there is already talk about the chances of the club’s all-time leading scorer (206 goals) taking over from Joe Kinnear on a full-time basis.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper , who used to room with Alan on away trips, and is a good friend of the Tyneside Idol said today:
“In the short term, I would like it to be very successful,” “In the next seven weeks, as long as there are three teams that finish below us, there will be a big clamor for him to stay but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.”
“Alan, I mean the gaffer – I’m doing it on purpose – said that would be a scenario we would all like to happen. So if three finish below us, that would be great.”
“It is still the first week but he has instilled discipline and professionalism and players have responded to him and appreciated it. It has gone down well with the lads.”
We think Alan will become the long term manager if the lads manage to stay up, because then he will have come in and got the results and proved he deserves the jopb long term – end of story.
Even so, Alan will have to talk to Mike Ashley long and hard because he, and also the Newcastle fans, don’t want another complete mess next season, and if Alan takes the job, he must be given time.
The murky bit is if Alan fails to save us from relegation, and then it’s an open question as to who will be manager this summer.
We’d like Alan to still take over because that would protect Ashley from the wrath of the Geordie fans, and the talk this summer would all be about coming straight back up, as Alan wheels and deals in the transfer market to put a decent squad together.
Shearer would need to greatly reduce the wage bill of course, and we can kiss goodbye to players like Viduka, Owen, Cacapa, Geremi, Smith, Martins, Coloccini, Gutierrez and even more.
The alternative is that Joe Kinnear could still return for a couple of seasons, and his job would be to get us back up, but whether Alan would want to relinquish the job, even if we are relegated, is still dubious to us.
In short we think Alan will be the manager whatever happens – we hope Alan will be the manager whatever happens. 😀
But yes, first things first, and we have to put our energy into supporting the lads, as we try to keep the club in the Premier League.
But let us know your thoughts on who the new manager should be in the summer, in the two situations above.
Howay The Lads!!