Shearer Still Keen On Newcastle Manager Position

We will probably see news of the Newcastle potential sale trickle out – and we would have hoped the local papers – the Journal and Evening Chronicle would give fans the most viable news on what is happening- at what is another crucial time for the club.


Alan Shearer – still wants the Newcastle job

And today Luke Edwards at the Journal does report a little new news on the current catastrophic situation, although not too much.

It seems that Alan Shearer’s desire to become Newcastle United’s permanent manager has not been weakened at all by Mike Ashley decidinf to sell the club, and in fact they point out that Alan Shearer waiting in the wings is seen as an advantage to potential buyers.

Alan has no experience in this position, but his overwhelming support from the Newcastle faithful – sick of non local people messing up the club – and players who hardly seem at care at all about the club – is a big positive.

Ashley has put Newcastle on the market for just £100M, but he may have some trouble getting that, but he has put himself in a terrible bargaining position, because he wants a quick fire sale – so potential will be only too happy to oblige with some low bids.

And given our experience of Americans – surely there are some who will snap up this club – for what is a bargain price – they come in and buy the club at  a very low price, invest in the club up front, and the Magpies could be back in the Premier League next year at this time –  and the club doubles in value .

I’ll have to again check the old piggy bank to see how much I’ve got. 😀

Is this guy Mike Ashley really a top businessman – or did he get lucky once?    We’ve been singularly unimpressed with his business judgement, and he’s again put the club in turmoil.

The Journal believes one particular consortium is leading the pack, but they are only willing to pay Ashley £80M for the club, and of course he paid £134M two years ago this month – and what a two years that has been for Newcastle fans – awful.

Another thing going against Ashley is that it’s an open secret he is having significant trouble balancing the books with 12 top paid players – let’s rephrase that – ten players who are paid top money – certain to leave the club this summer.

And as we reported yesterday – Shearer’s attempts to become manager have been put in abeyance.

And we understand Shearer wants strict control of the sale of players and also wants a guarantee that he will have a budget of around £20M to spend on new ones regardless of how much is raised through sales.

Once bitten twice shy is the watchword here as Keegan was taken to the cleaners lats August by nor having control on which players come and go. That was just one of multiple catastrophic and stupid errors Mike has made at Newcastle, and that one cost us Keegan – and ultimately our place in the Premier League.

Alan’s wage demands – thought to be around £2.5M a year – and his assistant Iain Dowie’s have been another stumbling block. Allardyce and Keegan were thought to be on £3M a year but those two had managed for years in the top leagues.

Shearer’s wage demands have been passed onto the banks, who are doing the financial restructuring of the club in the Championship. That’s the kind if thing that gets done in Chapter 11 bankruptcy court, and GM will probably enter that today, here in the US.

That work this week by the bankers should complete by this Friday, and they will look at whether a package can be incorporated with Shearer’s other conditions of employment

Shearer, as you would expect, already knew about Ashley’s intention to sell, and as always seems relaxed about the situation and has told the Journal he is keeping his fingers crossed that an agreement will be reached with the banks.

But like any other fan, and several of the Newcastle fans’ web sites, he is also frustrated by this terribly timed delay, and concerned his proposed appointment and the work they laid out to Mike last week in long meeting, will all be for nought.

Well that sounds what the Newcastle club usually does  – heaven help us if we actually make headway on anything.

We’ll put a poll up today on whether fans want Shearer at the club as full-time manager – and please ensure you vote is in for the Newcastle United  Blog’s Player Of  The Season asap – because we will be announcing the results in a couple of days on that one – and the more votes we get the better – thanks.

Comments always welcome – let’s have your thoughts and opinions on the above.

23 comments so far

  • toonsy

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1


    I see SSN say there has been no approach to buy newcastle off anyone.

  • harry861

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    We keep hearing we need a manager with premiere league experience, look where it has got us. Gullitt, Souness, Roeder, Allerdyce, Kinnear, Calderwood & Hughton as fill in managers.
    Then the man in some ways feel sorry for was Keegan if he had done what Shearer wanted before signing for club & had full control of buying & selling players without any interference as a contract signed & sealed.
    I am pretty sure we would not be in this position.
    We can also blame Freddie Shepherd for starting all of this in sacking Bobby Robson one of the best managers we’ve had, especially the way he went about it 5 games into the new season then sacked, That was very nice way for saying thank you Bobby for your services.

    Then the manager he replaced him with Souness was a total disaster & the way they went about luring Owen to Newcastle United was asking for trouble promising the earth to sign for us, I really would like to know the cost of signing him.

    Yes Ashley is to blame in the final demise of Newcastle & whoever advised about running a football club should be shot.
    I sincerely hope whoever is the next owners are that Alan Shearer will be at the helm.

  • Wallsend Will

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I can’t believe that Ashley is trying to sell the Club now at such a low price. How the Hell he made any money in the business world I’ve no idea. Two years ago when he bought the Club, taking the then PLC off the Stock exchange, he was considered an astute business man, who could not only turn things around at Newcastle, but was also willing to use his own personal wealth to to take the Club forward to a new level, competing against the Man U’s and Chelsea’s. At least that was the bullshit he fed to Kevin Keegan. The man is a complete “bottler”, and backed out once Alan Shearer told him the football facts of life and what it would cost to get back into the Premiership. I pray that we get a new owner sooner rarther than later and that Alan Shearer is appointed ahead of any due diligence process.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    We need to club run by football people who know what they are doing – that is a certainty.

    Is shearer the best man for the job?

    Its hard to say – he has had 8 games- which we did see some improvement in play, however in effect he has ‘inherited’ a team who are overpaid and under acheiving and by sight some not ar$ed either.

    Shearer will keep bums on seats at SJP. If he is installed and can ‘rebuild’ the team and kick out the dead wood and get players in who actually care and want to play for the team, then I think he could do the job.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Well done on getting 1st Toonsy and the great contribution to the thread.

    Moving on…lads we need to move away from the past with these silly appointments.
    Shearer was a great player…sadly he has no management experience.

    Let’s say bought a sports retail empire next week and decided to appoint Toon Graeme as Director who had done a YTS on the tills at Netto would this be a safe bet for success?

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    SJT – 🙂

  • Stardust

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon Graeme

    This is not a rant at you – but its the misconception that football clubs are bought by those “who is a football man” its very very very rarely happens. They are bought by successful or ambitious men. (Karen Brady and Delia aside)

    They then surround themselves with football men. Ashley simply chose the wrong ones for us as he didnt understand how big a gap there was between Wise and the fans.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    I owe an apology to Stuart79, SJT and others for slagging them off when they were suggesting last week that Ashley would bail. They were right, I was wrong. And I’m gutted.

    I just cannot believe Ashley’s lack of guts. I can only assume that Sports Direct are in trouble and he needs the money – hence selling his JJB stake.

    As for Shearer, I do think he would do a good job – but not on his own. What I really like about Big Al is that he is open about his shortcomings and invites good people to plug the gaps. In other words, he does what Ashley failed to do.

    As for £2m wages, I really doubt if that is more than press guessing. It may be that he wants that once we’re promoted – but Big Al is not daft or greedy enough to demand that in the fizzy league.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Stardust hope all is well,you forgot to mention Pub Landlord Derek Llambias and the Chap that just got fired who looked after the Racecourse…you couldn’t make it up.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree with Ed that the Journal article is the closest thing we’ve seen to a silver lining in this huge cloud of sh**e that has enveloped us. If Seymore Pierce agree that having Big Al and co in charge makes the club more saleable, I just hope the bank lets it happen.

    We need some good news, and quick. This soap op is getting beyond belief.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Apology accepted Whumpie…I can recognise a spineless tosser a mile off 🙂

  • Wallsend Will

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Alan Shearer, Steve Bruce, or Kevin Keegan take your pick! I hear that if the Club is not sold quickly or that the banks who are now involved, do’nt approve the “Shearer Plans” then it’s likely to be a fit again, Jole Kinnear who will be appointed. However my point is that it is bottler Ashley who has put our Club in it’s greatest ever PERIL and RISK. That unless the Club is sold very quickly and that a manager is appointed as a matter of great urgency, to be afforded time to buy and sell players ready for pre-season, then what happened to Leeds could easily happen to us. Ashley as a matter of spite would I think enjoy it.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Will – good word, ‘spineless’. Not good when combined with ‘arrogant’ and ‘ignorant’, and that combo is what’s got us in this mess. Fat Fred started it, but was only guilty of the 2nd two.

    However, I’m not so sure about Ashley’s intentions or feelings on this. I suspect that his recent apologies and regrets are genuine.

    After all, he really has just lost about £150M on this.

    What I don’t get is why he’s bailing now, just when it looks like he could actually pull off a reputation-redeeming recovery for the club by implementing that much-needed rebuild.

    I think he’s skint, stressed, and just wants to get out with whatever he has left and go live on a huge yacht somewhere. If I totally lacked testicles, but had a few hundred mill left, so would I.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #14

    What is the possibility that the club could go into administration? I heard a report yesterday on the tele saying it is a distant but possible chance if the finance plans are not agreed and they reduce the overdraft etc.

    Im no financial and business wizard as you may guess.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #15

    People make too much of deal about bringing football men in to run the club, where do you think they got the experience in the first place? It’s something you learn as you go along while in the job.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    As for why Ashley is going now, he knows he’s never going to be excepted by the fans even if he was to pump money into the club and get us back in Europe, some people would still be harping on about Keegan.

    He’s lucky enough to be in a position where he can just write £100 million off but most of all he just doesn’t need the sh1t.

  • toonsy

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Toon Graeme, I would say the dangers of administration are very real, especially if a buyer is not found very soon. Fat Mike wiuld rather out us in administration than have to pay for stuff himself!

  • Rangerman

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #18

    accepted even,what a shocker of a spelling mistake!

  • Whumpie

    Jun 1, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Experience in the manager right now is less important than reputation, influence, respectability and stability.

    Shearer provides all of those more than anyone on the planet could for this club.

    The experience bit is where Dowie and others come in. I don’t think we could wish for a better team given the position we’re in. I just hope they are willing to be realistic about money – for them and for players.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #20


  • Michael12

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #21

    @whumpie: “Experience in the manager right now is less important than reputation, influence, respectability and stability”. To what evidence can you point to back or give some weight to this claim?

    Certainly the 8 games in which Shearer was in charge is evidence to counter your argument.

    Shearer may end up like Southgate at MiddlesBro’ many years at the helm yet stability there did not come to fruition. Stability is an ingredient to success but nothing in isolation.You talk of things like “reputation, influence, respectability” Again intangible things. The problem here is perhaps we have settled for compromises. Under Robson he had every attribute. Experience, stable, respectability (only until he lost it did things go bad) reputation etc…. Then we settled for Souness who has Experience, but no respectability and for that shortfall the results were against him. Reoder had no experience, questionable respectability, no reputation, and stability we will never know.

    Big Sam: Has experience, reputation, respectability but because of the fans instability and because of that, results turned on him.

    Keegan, Rusty upon return. He has experience, respectability reputation but instability again we lose out.

    Kinear: Experience questionable respectability and instability due to failing health.

    Shearer: No experience, stability questionable, respectability questionable.

    By calling for Shearer you are taking someone deficient in some attributes. Have you noticed that Successful teams have managers with all those attributes. If ou want Newcastle to be competitive then that is what we need.

    @Stardust: “They then surround themselves with football men. Ashley simply chose the wrong ones for us as he didn’t understand how big a gap there was between Wise and the fans”

    On this I must disagree. Not all good decisions are popular and not are popular decisions always good.

    Wise was a good decision but unpopular.

    Actions speak louder than words and I think during Wise’s time here we were updated weekly of the good youth purchases he was making and there were many.

    He is a so called “football man” was a member of the legendary “crazy gang”

    Leicester city
    Coventry city
    Also he played for England.
    And managed @

    HE is distinguished beyond doubt.
    If that is not a “football man” then I am not sure what one is.

  • ian

    Jun 1, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Stardust re wise: I do not think he knew how big a ‘gap’ there was between his ears.

    Wise was a terrible choice, I do not know how that ever happened anyone know? I thought veryone knew Wise was impossible to work with anywhere.

  • ian

    Jun 1, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Re Sam, he only got one of his requested signings, Beye, the rest had gone before he got the reduced budget, so he panic bought some rubbish.


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