Alan Shearer At Newcastle For The Long Haul


The Guardian and Simon Williams are reporting today that it’s very likely that Alan Shearer will stay on as manager of Newcastle United, whatever happens in the last 5 games of the season.

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Alan Shearer – here for the long haul?

But the article doesn’t have any real startling new stuff, just the hints that have been coming from Alan and Iain, probably unwittingly – like maybe offering Mark Viduka a new contract in the summer, and still looking at players we can get in during the summer.

And the statement that Alan would have some significant input to the transfers in the summer. Of course Alan hasn’t managed in football before, and he will not have known what the day-to-day life would be like as a manager, but it seems that he has already been more than attracted by the sheer challenge of the job on all fronts, and he seems to revel in that.

This is what Alan said yesterday:

“There are so many emotions. You’re up, you’re down, I don’t know how to describe, it to be honest. You have a million things going through your head. You can’t switch off at all.”

“I think it would be wrong to say I’m enjoying it when we’re not getting the right results but during it I’m enjoying the battle. I would enjoy it a hell of a lot more if we got some points.”

“I knew the size of the task going into it. I knew that the players were low on confidence and I knew there were a lot of injuries.”

“But I still believed, and still do believe, that we have enough to get ourselves out of it. I think with tactics and psychology, there’s room to improve on everything.”

Alan will also want to sit down with owner Mike Ashley this summer, and have a long discussion, and there will be a different conversation, depending on whether we get relegated or not.

First of all whatever happens, Alan will want assurances that he’s the boss with control over everything he wants control over, including transfers. And he will need to know how much money will be made available in the summer for new players. We’ve heard £10M, but that’s probably just a convenient figure that someone has made up (it wasn’t us – honest).

If we can stay up in the Premier league, it will be about restructuring the squad and getting new players in, with possibly even more than £10M in new funds available to Alan, as well as money he can get from selling some of our under-performing players, and there are quite a few of them this season, who will not be at the club in August.

If we do end up getting relegated (heaven forbid), it may be a more intense conversation about what Mike is willing to do, and whether the club needs to trim most of it’s top players, or whether Mike can afford to keep a few of them Alan would want.

Then it would be a question of whether those players want to stay and play Championship football, and we know quite a few of them like Michael Owen, Oba Martins and Jonas Gutierrez will not, because they want to participate in the World Cup next year, and that will impede their chances of that. We also will not be able to afford their wages.

Either way we think Alan will want to clear the decks at the club, and also bring in coaches and others who are already associated with the club in some way, like Rob Lee and/or Gary Speed.

Even if we do get relegated it could be a busy summer, and it will all be about coming straight back up, and getting a squad together that can do just that.  We should also win a lot more games in the Championship next season, that’s the good news, and if we can get a good start, there’s little doubt the crowds will start coming back.

We hope it will not come to that, because it will delay Newcastle getting back in the top six of the Premier League for at least a season, but if Alan is to become the manager we think he can be, this may be the start of  a new and  successful Newcastle United era.

But we hear that every summer, we know – however, it’s also true that big disappointments can also turn out to be huge opportunities.

Let’s hope that will be the case in case we do get relegated.

Comments welcome.



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32 comments so far

  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 22, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Testing comments

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  • JJJ

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Testing…

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  • JJJ

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, I passed first time! 🙂

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  • workyticket

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #4

    “Alan will also want to sit down with owner Mike Ashley this summer, and have a long discussion, and there will be a different conversation, depending on whether we get relegated or not.

    First of all whatever happens, Alan will want assurances that he’s the boss with control over everything he wants control over, including transfers. And he will need to know how much money will be made available in the summer for new players. We’ve heard £10M, but that’s probably just a convenient figure that someone has made up (it wasn’t us – honest)…”

    Ed, when did Alan tell you all this top secret information? Or are we just living in a fantasy world again?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Guys this would be good news but I see no way MA is going to gt the money to give Big AL.

    But he can have 2 ways he can do it:
    1. Sale 20%-30% of his shares
    2. St. James’ Holdings loan us the money we need.

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  • stevep

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Doesn’t our sponsorship deal with Northern Rock expire this summer, any new sponsorship money will probably go towards player fund. How much will sponsorship money we get will depend on which league we’re in

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  • richyg01

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Sponsorship will be Ashley.
    SportsDirect.com on the front of the shirts!

    Northern rock still on new tops!?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I jst thinking that we aare going to avoid relegation. Thee battle is going to remain among Boro, NUFC and Hull.

    NUFC.
    Newcastle vs Portsmouth – 3
    Liverpool Vs Newcastle – 0
    Newcastle vs boro – 3
    Newcastle vs fulham – 3
    Villa vs Newacstle united – 1
    Points – 10
    30+10 = 40 points.

    HULL
    Hull vs Liverpool – 0
    Aston villa vs hull – 0
    Hull vs Stoke – 3
    Bolton vs hull – 1
    Hull vs Manure – 0
    Points – 4
    34+4= 38 points

    BORO
    Arsenal vs Boro – 0
    Boro vs Manure – 0
    Newcastle vs boro – 0
    Boro vs Aston villa – 3
    Westham vs Boro – 1
    Points – 4
    31+ 4 = 35 points

    At the end we will be where we belong.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    the deal with northern rock ends in 2010 summer.

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  • Micky Toon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    If Shearer wants the job it will be his. He has all the cards and everything will be on his terms or he will turn the job down. That’s just the way he is. It’s Shearers way or nothing.
    If he gets what he wants from the club then he will stay, if not he will go and Dowie will have the biggest and best job of his career.

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  • Johno Toon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    I know its not an exact figure but 10 million is not enough funds to rebulid the squad , if we stay up we would need atleast 20 mil and if the worst happens about 15 mil

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 22, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Johno Toon, we need 30m to start well and we compete where we need to be that is top 6.

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    so the NEW KIT will have a different sponsor at the end of 2010 so does that mean that this ”new one will be out of date?” rip off! but ill still get one 😉

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  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 22, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    The thing is that northern rock might extend the sporsorship or not then we will ve MA’s Sports Direct everywhere we go even at our homes.

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  • Johno Toon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #16

    will die , yeah your prob right with that figure but i would more than settle for top 10 next season and slowly build us back up

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 22, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Shearer in it for the long haul… our long haul standards are less than 6 months at the moment.

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  • sahota

    Apr 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Its nobody’s guess if Shearer will stay or not. We can just guess depending on what he says to press. And yes, he was talking about players contracts and any scouting, which makes everyone wonder that Shearer might not go. But guessing by what kind of character he is, we will only know by end of season. Although I don’t think relegation will have impact on his decision. If he thinks he can do good and take Newcastle to past glory days, then we will defo stay.

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  • chuck

    Apr 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #19

    So what happens to JFK if She rah accepts the job, does he get kicked upstairs and how about Dowie, what`s his official role.
    What about jobs for the boys, Speed who is a novice to the non playing side of the game as is Rob Lee, looks like things are as chaotic as ever.
    Ashley needs to bring in a serious football overseer someone like an Arneson, who can reorganize the club from top to bottom and institute a business plan to replace the chaos that still exists.
    Then and only then can we have the stability thats so badly needed.

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  • Johno Toon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #20

    i imagine what will happen chuck is jfk will not be passed medically fit to keep his job , easy soultion, so if sherear stays it should be up to him how he wants to club set up with scouting coaching etc etc and if sherear doesnt stay it should be down to whoevr is manager , or so i think

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21

    I think the new kit is only for next season, it said on the website that it’s for 2009-10.

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  • Micky Toon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #22

    JFK leaving is no loss to the club. His record is on par with houghtons as far as I am concerned.

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  • chuck

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #23

    His record !
    I think he did as good as anyone could be expected to do with the horses he had, JFK that is.
    Lets see how good She- rah does between now and the end of the season.
    Unfortnately for Joe, not being a geordie makes him an easy target for the boo boys and he has really not been given his due.

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  • Johno Toon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #24

    i agree chuck , im not saying he is the greatest manager in the world but i think he done a good job under the circumstances and i take my hat off to him

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  • Micky Toon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #25

    chuck – for me it’s got nothing to do with his none geordie status. I’m all for a good foreign coach to come in and turn us into a modern team that plays “total football” rather than the big man up front formation that so many people seem to like.
    JFK is a rubbish manager and his record says so. We could have brought in anyone and they would have had the same success or lack of.

    Shearer has had two games to prove his worth, it’s hardly enough to judge him on whether he is good enough or not.

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  • darrowb1

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #26

    here is a link to the new Kit guys, looks quite good and regarding the sponsorship deal with northern rock this shirt will be ours for 2 years so i will not be out of date
    http://www.footballshirtculture.com/09/10-kits/newcastle-united-2009-10-home-adidas-kit.html

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  • darrowb1

    Apr 22, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Ignore my post guys didnt relise there was a post about the new kit

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  • workyticket

    Apr 22, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Micky Toon // Apr 22, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    “I’m all for a good foreign coach to come in and turn us into a modern team that plays “total football” rather than the big man up front formation that so many people seem to like.”

    Which modern teams play “total football” Micky?

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  • chuck

    Apr 22, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #29

    The Dutch team of the 74 world cup WORKYTTICKET, no one since then, they have moved on to big men up front these days.
    Except NUFC we have resorted to dwarfs up front.

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  • PaceOba

    Apr 22, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #30

    let’s play, click the link

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  • tripp

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #31

    Chuck, they prefer to be called “Little People”.

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  • chuck

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Or Vertically Challenged perhaps, to be PC.

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