It seems certain that Alan Shearer will be named permanent manager at the end of the season, whatever he says when asked if he’ll be at the club next season.
Dowie and Shearer on Monday night – YES!
Mike Ashley hardly has any option, but Shearer is rightly playing coy right now, for the good of the club, so he can get some transfer funds out of Mike if he accepts the job.
On the other side of things Mike, who has about the worst season of anybody at Newcastle, cannot make any more mistakes, although we expect him to stay at the club. Mike must trim the wage bill in the summer, so we’ll see a number of players leaving Tyneside.
Ashley should give Alan the job, and back him fully in what he wants to do in the future. If we survive we think Ashley will be a happy man indeed, and will give Shearer and Dowie lucrative deals, to say the least.
And Mark Viduka has today come out and said that regardless of whether he is still a Newcastle player next season, after another injury ravaged season, in which he has appeared just 10 times, it is vital the club tie up Alan on a long term deal and then back him to the hilt.
Mark, who has gained great prestige and significant praise for his play over the last few games, talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“What I would say is that I would love to spend some more time at this club,” “That’s my personal thing. I would love to play here and have good times, and with Alan Shearer as a boss, this club has a lot of potential. I have been here for two years and we’ve had five managers.”
“I would say to whoever is in charge, keep him for as long as he needs. That is my thinking. I think first of all the fans love him, he is Newcastle through and through, he is a big personality, people respect him, players respect him.”
“Regardless of whether I stay or don’t stay, I would love to see this club having good times because you know, I have spent two years here and I can see how much the club means to people.” “I have a normal life as well, I live in the city and I can see how much they love this club.”
It may be that Shearer can now save Newcastle, and if he does, they should make a documentary about how he did it. He asked Barton and Viduka to get fir anhd play, he upped the intensoty of training and initially we had just 2 points and one goal from his first 5 games in charge.
The the Barton fiasco – it would be great watching – but only if Newcastle do well in their last 2 games – but what a baptism of fire for the Geordie legend it has been since April Fool’s day.
Viduka thinks that while Newcastle have a good squad it needs a strong personality to get them out of the terrible slump in form and confidence which threatened to condemn the club to relegation, and we’re still not safe yet.
“First of all, when you have that many big personalities in the dressing room, you need somebody who everybody respects. That is very important and I think he (Shearer) is respected all around the world.”
“He is respected by the players as well because he has been there, done that. He has just got that automatically. Obviously he is new at the job, but I think if he has a chance, given time, he will do a good job.”
Mark’s right that Alan is known and respected throughout the football world, and it will have not gone unnoticed by good players if Alan saves Newcastle, and is ready to start rebuilding Newcastle into a great club, and a great team in the summer.
If we survive the summer should be an exciting time for Newcastle fans, but we deserve it after what we’ve all had to endure this season.
Howay The Lads!!