Shearer Hints Strongly To Players He Will Return As Manager

The Times and George Caulkin, one of the very best reporters on Newcastle United we know about, have a good article out this morning on Alan Shearer. The following article is a bit longer than we usually put out, but contains some good information, taken from the Times story, which as usual is a well thought through piece from George.


Alan Shearer – to be offered 4 year deal at his home town club – great!

 They are reporting that Alan Shearer will be offered a four-year contract to continue in his post as Newcastle United manager today, and they say he will meet with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias for a first of maybe a series of meetings to iron out the vast and pervasive problems at the club.

Not surprisingly  Shearer is said to want complete control over all playing matters at the club, and would like a transfer budget of more than £10M – and that’s in addition to the money the club can bring in through moving players out. Whether Ashley will agree to that is another matter, however.

We’re sure they will also discuss which players will need to be moved out, since we cannot continue with an annual wage bill of £74 million, for such a lousy bunch of heartless players.

That is just  not possible in the Coca-Cola Championship, and must be brought down to around £40M, to fit into the business revenues that will be reduced by around  £50M.

The Times is also reporting that Shearer held a meeting at the club’s Benton training headquarters at 9.30am yesterday morning, and during his  45 minute meeting, the players were all provided with fitness programs and told to report for pre-season training on July 1st – Good for you Alan!

In his comments to the players Alan is said to have hinted very strongly he would return as manager, but that significant upheaval should be expected, if he does return.

Shearer said:

“If I’m here next season, there are going to be big, big changes,”

Colin Calderwood is set to leave the club, and John Carver, who recently resigned from Toronto FC,  is expoected to return to the club, where he was an excellent Assistant Manager to the great Bobby Robson, and Bobby has been telling Alan to hire him, or so we have been led to believe.

On a side note Bobby must be heartbroken that Newcastle have been relegated, but he is likely to mentor Alan, unofficially, in the months ahead, and could be  abig help on assessing new players.

Alan continued:

“The problem this club has got is that the other Championship teams have already started preparing regarding players and everything else,” “Newcastle are already lagging behind. The sooner a decision is made, the better for everyone.”

“It needs to be filled with people who love this club. We’re up against it already. We have to get over what happened at Aston Villa. We need to look at it with a clear head. I will give them my opinion on what is wrong and what needs to be done.”

Shearer will give Ashley and Derek Llambias a list of players he would like to retain at th club, but it will not be long, and apparently goalkeeper Steven Taylor and Nicky Butt will form the basis of the leaders of the side. But it appears that offers on most of the other first-teamers will be considered.

Players such as Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Claudio Caçapa and Peter Lovenkrands are all out of contract and will definitely now leave, while there is virtually no chance at all that high wage-earners such as Oba Martins, Gérémi, Alan Smith, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez will stay on Tyneside.

And Alan does not want to keep bad boy, Joey Barton, Xisco and José Enrique, although we are a little surprised that Alan doesn’t want to keep Enrique.

Of course, with this fire sale of players, we will not get the full value of the players, and lots of clubs will balk at the high wages Newcastle paid them for their pathetic displays all season,

But nevertheless, the club will try to get rid of most of those players Shearer just doesn’t want – but you can see there is loads of work to do. Some players will stay only if we cannot get them moved out, but that will be the big exception.

Steven Taylor, who has the Newcastle emblem emblazoned on his forehead will stay, and the great England Under-21 captain, has already pledged his future to the club he supported as a boy.

But it seems obvious that Alan has been unimpressed with most of Newcastle players in his 8 weeks in control, and he will look to bring a new Newcastle spirit back to the club, and hire those players who want to come and rebuild Newcastle back to a great club.

And as the shock, disappointment and anger of our relegation starts to wear off (well – just a little), there will be a new commitment from our ever faithful fans, as they look to support Alan in doing what is needed desperately – building a great side, from the ground up at Newcastle.

We are 100% confident Alan will do just that – and sooner rather than later.

Howay The Lads – we’re down right now, but we can come back stronger than ever.

10 comments so far

  • mylestoon

    May 26, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #1

    if shearer stays, we will go back up, he showed that he can manage the club, we jut need dedicated players! players that will play for less and comit more to the cause!

    Howay shearer you living legend!

  • BT9MAG

    May 26, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Peter Lovenkrands, providing he takes a lower salary, should stay – his pace is dangerous and would work well off carroll!

    Nicky Butt is past it, and cannot pass – keep him on as a player coach for his experience but PLEASE do not build a team around him.

    Stevie Taylor has redeemed himself twice over this season, from being a complete and utter failure, to producing sterling performances and being the only man to stand up and fight from last ditch tackles to goals – he scored 3x more goals than Michael Owen in the past 21 games for Newcastle!

    If we can keep Bassong then I’ll be more than happy, and Damien Duff, who was fantastic under Shearer has also pledged his future to us (which I’m both suprised and pleased about) so keep him…but again, only on a pay-reduction!

  • Johann

    May 26, 2009 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Shearer has shown no manager skillz at all this season, but we´ll see next season.

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    May 26, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Ha ha funny comments at the end there Ed… “and as the shock, disapointment..”
    Shock!!!, come on Ed.. Any fan that has been watching Newcastle play this season surely cannot be shocked at the outcome.. I think in time we will see this as the turning point in the clubs history. This will be the shot in the arm (head) that the club will need to move forward. Most will blame Mr Ashley but I think that this relagation has been building for many years now. The club could not keep going the way it was.. I can’t remember a recent season where we haven’t spent a fortune on expensive players that turn out to be flops. Where the players give their all for their shirts and team mates… Hopefully now any player willing to pull on the black and white shirt will do so because he has the pride and desire to represent Newcastle and not be resting comfortably knowing his bank balance is in a heathy state… Shearer may be the man to shake things up… Tactically he seems a little short of the mark, but if he can build his own team from scratch I think we will not be in the lower league for too long… Please let it only be a year… I for one are excited by the prospect of seeing some of the much talked about youngsters we have getting a chance to show their stuff… Bring on next season and let us see the Newcastle TEAM we have all longed to see!!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 26, 2009 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #5


  • davis_toons

    May 26, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Nicky Butt still can be a def mid. He just have to stay back just like former David Batty. He can cut out those passes and get those ball back for the team. BUT most importantly he will be a backup or supersub.


    May 26, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7


    Nicky Butt has always been a def mid!!!! Nothing else. As for super sub?????????

  • beyethegreat

    May 26, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    i deriousely doubt well have 10 mil

  • Sav

    May 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    This is great stuff – starting to feel better already. As Aussie says, this has been building for a fall for years. But having to pay whopping wages to attract players to Newcastle is likely down to two things: firstly, it reflected the way Shepherd ran the club – he wanted to be at the forefront of any success story and was willing to put the club in hock to do so and also add another nought to make up for lack of negotiating skill; the trophy signings were primarily for Freddie. Secondly, once a club is on the slide and needs to sign a player to rescue a situation, you end up with has-beens on high wages (like Kluivert) to persuade them to come yet you never get the commitment required. On the other hand, if a club is ‘going places’ like Keegan’s first stint, then players couldn’t care less about chilly winters or lack of glitzy nightclubs – well not the players you really want.

  • Nick 69

    May 26, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    johann- do one you muppet! no manager in the world could do anything with the useless bunch we have!


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