Newcastle’s Assistant manager Iain Dowie has warned Newcastle supporters not to presume that Alan Shearer is definitely taking over in the long-term come the summer.
Ian Dowie – go and get fit for Sunday!
It has been widely reported that Shearer is set to agree a permanent deal to become Newcastle’s new manager, and we were even led to believe that deal would have been announced earlier this week, if the lads had won against Fulham.
Alan himself continues to bat away questions about his long-term future while the relegation dispute is yet to be resolved.
Some have read his apparent long-term planning, which has included an overhaul of the disciplinary system, to be a sign that he is in it for the duration.
However, Dowie does not feel that is certain to be the case. Both of their contracts run out on Monday.
Iain told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I have said from the first minute we got here that we have taken decisions that are right from the long-term of this football club, and I think maybe that has been perceived as we’re staying for the long-term but I don’t think that’s the case,”
“Alan came to me and said ‘It’s an eight-week job.” “As far as I’m aware that eight weeks ends on Monday, nothing’s changed – although it will be a matter for Alan to sit down and talk about it if that’s what he wants to do.”
“All our focus is on Sunday and keeping the club in the Premier League.” “We will be very, very positive against a very, very strong Villa side. We have got to make sure we go there well organised and with the right attitude to try and get something.”
“There is nothing we can do to affect other teams. But I believe that if we win we will stay up – I really do. We have got to take care of ourselves and our own result first. It’s very, very important that we do that.”
This seems almost a veiled communication from Iain that if Newcastle go down Alan will not stay. But Ian should know what’s happening so we have to listen carefully to what he says.
There again if Ashley is going to sell the first team squad, and all the things we heard yesterday, it sounded like Leeds United all over, and Alan will not want to be part of that. Shearer’s goal will be to keep a decent team that can bring the club straight back up. We have to assume that a deep conversation with Ashely, if we do go down, will result in Shearer becoming our long term manager.
We just cannot believe that Joe Kinnear would be brought back, but if Alan turns down the deal, or is not offered one, maybe that’s the club’s back-up plan.
The hiring of Shearer would at least help to balance the devastation that will be felt on Tyneside, and indeed all around the world by the many dedicated Newcastle fans, who can now follow the team on TV for every game almost. That will not be true if Newcastle get relegated.
We should add there are a lot more Newcastle fans spread around the world, than some local Newcastle fans may realize. Newcastle are a very popular football club. You just have to see where some of our readers are form, and we get notes all the time from readers in Australia, Uruguay, Singapore, Sweden, Russia and many other countriespread all over the place. And they are usually just as daft about the club, as the rest of us. 😀
Either the readers are diplaced Geordies, like ourselves, or they have picked up on Newcastle during the Keegan or Robson eras, or after seeing them play on TV – for instance the Middlesbrough game where the players were phenomenal, would have picked up quite a few new Newcastle fans.
In fact this site was set up mainly for those fans, because we know what TV games will be broadcast outside of England, and we put up the video on Monday if we didn’t get the game or it was not live. But going down to the Championship will make it very difficult to follow the side from afar. There again Newcastle United in the Championship may be like Manchester United in the Premier League – maybe.
There are some Championship games shown world-wide, but not many.
We will be more than over the moon on Sunday night if we can survive, but the big doubt is the lads have to get at least a point to do that, and that has to be difficult at Villa Park, since the Martin O’Neill team seems so much better than we are this season.