We had heard from a number of quarters in the last 8 weeks, since Alan Shearer came on board, that Alan and Mike Ashley get along quite well – very well in fact from all accounts.
Alan Shearer – Hey Mike – can you hear me – I need some transfer funds!
With Mike knowing so little about how to run a football club and demonstrating that with devastating ineptitude last season, when Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever, he desperately needs to listen to somebody who knows about football – that’s for sure. And somebody who really knows the game.
And there’s probably no better person for Mike Ashley to listen to right now than the classy Alan Shearer. However, there is still a risk here because Alan is still untried in management, even though he shows all the signs of becoming a potentially great manager, over time.
The news is that we may even know later today whether Alan has accepted the deal being offered by Mike which is for 4 years, but we’re not sure of the amount – it was rumored it was £4M/year, but that was based on Newcastle staying in the Premier League – and we didn’t.
Shearer will no doubt make it clear in today’s meeting that he must have the total say on everything from transfers to staff recruitment, and if he doesn’t get that, he will not accept the job, and if he doesn’t get the needed investment from Ashley he will again – not take the job.
If Alan turns down the job today, Mike Ashley will be in deep deep trouble, and it’s diifuclt to see how he can stay the owner of the still proud (but currently devastated) Newcastle United club.
What comes next should be taken with a pinch of salt – because it’s that proverbial Newcastle insider quoted by The Sun – who really gets around – don’t they? 😀
“Alan has a good working relationship with Ashley who knows he can’t act how he did with Kevin Keegan, if the club are to get themselves out of this mess.”
“He is taking on board everything Alan is saying.” “Mike knows he needs to be getting on with Shearer far better than with the previous managers.”
If this is truly a quote, we wouldn’t be surprised if it came from Derek Llambias, the Newcastle United Managing Director – it sounds like something he would say.
Ashley is very keen, to say the least, to sort out the managerial situation at the Tyneside club, and is desperate to keep Alan Shearer on board, but Mike is also a shrewd business man, and it’s by no means certain he will accept all of Alan’s demands today.
If he doesn’t, then don’t be surprised if Alan announces he couldn’t reach agreement and that he will not be the manager. Alan is obviously completely aware of what happened with Kevin Keegan, because the two have talked regularly these last several weeks, and Alan will hardly accept any hollow promises or non- committals from the owner – not after what happened to Kevin.
However, we don’t expect this to happen, and have every hope that Alan could be announced as the new long-term manager at the club by tonight, but you can never be certain.
A backroom clear-out by Alan is also almost certain, with former Assistant Manager to the great Bobby Robson – John Carver – coming back to Toon, and Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are both expected to leave.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Rob Lee also was given some position at the club, under Alan.
If all this happens, at least the coaching staff will have the guts and pride required to be part of the famous Newcastle club – and then we will need to get some players in with that same attitude.
They will replace the hapless bunch of losers we’ve had this season, most of whom are frantically rushing to the lifeboats before the ship goes down – and showing the same lack of guts and spirit they had all season long.
And if that seems really harsh on the players – so be it!