There was some reasonably good news yesterday from Keith Harris, saying he has some solid interest in the Newcastle United club, which today officially went up for sale for £100M.
Alan Shearer – put this man in charge – quickly!
But most Newcastle fans now have considerable concern on what will happen in the close season, with no manager likely to be appointed until the end of this month, at the earliest.
And most would like to see Alan Shearer in this position – very soon.
86% want Alan as the next Newcastle manager in our poll (still open on our homepage), and while there are some disadvantages to having Alan come in, there are also huge advantages for the Newcastle club, in the position it now finds itself.
The disadvantages cited by some are:
- No experience whatsoever as a manager
- His 8 games in charge produced 6 games with no goals at all, and only 5 points, and was one point short of what would have saved the Newcastle club.
But there are huge positives about Alan as most Newcastle fans are well aware of:
- Alan lives and breathes Newcastle United, and has done so since he was born and brought up in Gosforth. The current owner wouldn’t even know what that means – but we all do!
- He has Iain Dowie to help him out and quite possible John Carver too, who will hopefully fill in for Alan’s lack of experience, as he learns the ropes at Newcastle,
- He would quickly put the club in order – put a professional face on the club – at along last – and put some real discipline back on the playing staff
- Alan would be able to attract a number of good players who would be only too happy to come to a club run by one of the greatest center-forwards England and Newcastle have ever produced
- Iain and Alan have already lined up a number of players they want to bring in, and players they want to keep, and the word is that most of the transfer targets seem willing to wait for Newcastle to sort themselves out, before deciding which club to join
- We would have a decent chance of keeping the great Cameroon International Sebastien Basssong at the club with Alan in charge
There have been occasions when other managers have come in cold and done well, such as Kevin Keegan back in 1992 at Newcastle, and Roy Keane. In fact before he imploded last season, Keane had done very well at Sunderland, and we think Alan is a similar kind of person.
He has a background as a leader and captain in football, but has a distinct advantage over Keane, because he treats his players very well and has significant empathy for them. The way Keane treats his players could well be his Achilles heel in management, but Roy will have learned a lot from his time at Sunderland.
Roy is now at Ipswich and we fully expect them to be challenging got the Championship next season with the East Anglia club – and if we can get our act together on Tyneside, within say a week ot so, we may be challenging as well – although that is looking increasingly uncertain.
There should be some way to allow Alan to come in and do the job, before the club is finally sold, and whn due diligence is continuing, but that may be hard to attain, with Ashley involved.
But if the new owners take any notice of the fans, and we hope they will, that should be a no-brainer for them.
And news yesterday that Freddy Shepherd is interested in buying the club, and although we’ve slammed Freddy a few times, it might not be a bad combination having Shepherd and Shearer together – two Newcastle-daft people in charge of the club cannot be all bad. 😀
And given the situation we are now in, and the nightmare we’ve been through with Ashley – Freddy at least would move with lightning speed to get us ready for the Championship. He knows what needs to be done, just like any other dedicated Newcastle fan. Ashley’s the person who hasn’t seemingly got a clue.
We’ll just have to hope things start to turn in Newcastle’s direction in the next week or so – let’s hope so in any case.
Comments very welcome.