Shearer The Only Hope For Most Newcastle Fans

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.

20 comments so far

  • Wigaz

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed i have posted a comment on offers thread but will do agin on here. I have an idea, Barca is owned by the fans so why cant we be? I crunched some numbers before based on 50,000 fans & here’s what i came up with. If we were to buy the club for £100m (Think we could get Fat boy’s price down like) Give shearer a deal for £2m a year (only for one year, see if we’re up & we could get more investment) & give him a £20m kitty, based on 50,000 fans it would cost £2,440 each. Now taking tn to account we have a hell of a lot more fans than that i think the idea could work. We do also have some famous fans who could pay a hell of a lot more than that too. How about a poll or article to see what response we get from this. Cheers. Wigaz.

  • cicero

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s a no-brainer. If Shearer’s manager 40,000 seats filled, if Joe Kinear’s back in charge 20,000.
    20,000 seats @ £500 = £10 million

  • Wigaz

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Exactly cicero! i din’t even start on that. How many shearer number 9 shirts would be sold from club shops too? Shearer’s army flags etc? It’s just simple business sense which ashley seems to lack in abundance! I think the NUSC should have a protest in the middle of the Toon advertise on look north this blog etc & get people to come and sign a petetion stating that their in & how much they’d be willing to chuck in then we could present it to fat boy or Harris & they would need to take it seriously.

  • Stevo

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Wigaz – I love the idea of the fans owning the club

  • The Alchemist

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Wigaz… Where is the money to cover the operating loses the club is making? How are we going to go about making decisions on club affairs? Where is future transfer money going to come from? How many people have 2.5k to put in with no guarantee of a return?

    To play devil’s advocate..what is so great about having shearer in charge…. What has he proven to be put on a 2 million a year salary?? That’s more that most managers in the prem!

  • Wigaz

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Alchemist you do ask important questions and i think we could only suitbly answer them when we had a number of how many people are investing. The £2,44o was only based on 50,000 fans also my friend, there is as you no doubt know fans of NUFC all over the globe. In terms of the day to day running of the club we would need to have a chairperson & hire a cheif exec i’m sure to cover this which is again more money. However a comprimise of maybe 50% owned by fans & 50% owned by business’s may solve this issue. I’m sure their is business who would love to advertise in the brand that is NUFC. We could have them as shirt sponsers possibly rename the training ground eg: Sage sports centre. These could be arranged as well.

  • cicero

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #7

    I can’t believe Ashley is as stupid as he is behaving. He obviously has lost all interest in NUFC and just wants rid of it and get his £100m out asap to reinvest by buying up shares in his Sports Direct business while there cheap. But surly he can see that financial it makes more sense to have Shearer as manager (ticket sales) from a PR point it gives the customers what they want and operationally it puts management in place to run the football side of the business. This has to be a better proposition to any potential buyers than the alternative, lost ticket revenues, a fan base disillusioned and a no football management.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #8

    I think our fans in the NE and rest of the world would love to go for it but you have to bare in mind we’re already forking out alot on our club anyway.

    How did Barca do it?

  • Wigaz

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    That’s a good question Pen spot. No doubt they had a spokesperson & possibly hired a solicitor to proceed with deal. We could do this if it was presented in the right format. We could arrange an open forum where all prospective investors could attend & we could take through the business plan with eachother. Again we would need a spokesperson to front this, how about supermac? he has the name for people to pay attention & he would get the radio there & the tv there in Real & sky. Again you would need a venue big enough to carry it out.

  • The Alchemist

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Wigaz… I’d love a share in the club, but we are losing so much money a year, so the money for transfers would end up going on that.

    Ideally it would be great if someone bought us now and floated us on the stock market again. It would then allow that investor to recoup some of their money. It would allow fans to invest as much as they could, but they could also liquify their funds into ready cash if needs be.

  • Wigaz

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Alchemist slashing the wage bill would help towards reducing the £ we’re losing. Also we could offer some coaching programme’s that maybe schools could invest in to increase some revenue. Maybe have like a scholarship programme that they kind of do in america where the schools/ uni’s etc pay for x amount of places in a coaching programme during the off season. This could also help with future player recruitment & improving the academy. We could also launch NUFC tv take it off web & pimp it to Sky/Virgin/Freeview although we would prob have to spend a bit of £ on staffing it. Unless we went in with local BBC or ITV as partners.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Jun 8, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Have you asked the opinion of Nial and Biffa at ?

    It’s not a blog but you can contact them and they seem to be the official voice of the fans (no offence Ed)

    They’d certainly have a word or two to say on any potential fan buy-out.

  • Wigaz

    Jun 8, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #13

    No i aint though of that Pen. I think this kind of think could maybe be where the NUSC could come in handy. I know some people see them as nutters with bald heads & tatoo’s but one thing they could do is get our message across on sky & web etc. Ed i do think you could play a massive part in as well just with coverage. Especially after your blog has won awards. could also run with it.

  • hitman

    Jun 8, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #14

    barca & real have been owned by the fans from the very start

  • Wigaz

    Jun 8, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Would have been a lot easier to seal a deal then i bet hitman. Still this could be the best way to run our club. I think a 50/50 split between the fans & some business’s would be the best way.

  • bri h

    Jun 8, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #16

    ed i agree with you about shepard, he knows football inside out and if he is talking to ashley i think he will stump up the asking price because he knows so much work needs to be done in a short space of time.Although he has had some bad pr over the years you could never dobt his love of the club.

  • chuck

    Jun 8, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #17

    There` a certain majority including Ed. who continually advocate for Geordies to either own , manage or play for the club.
    Yes that would be nice, except the best Geordie manager and in most cases the best players were either sold or fired and both recently and in the past Geordie owners did nothing but plunder the club.
    And to be honest i can think of a number of people I would rather have as manager than Shearer.
    I just don`t understand this xenophobic attitude it`s as much a part of the problem
    as our present owner, but will still be with us long after he leaves.

  • David_Barber

    Jun 9, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    We just want a decent manager that can get us out of the championship! Shearer has some good ideas with restructuring-keeping certain players to build round. He however is still unproven (as you point out!) he is still learning his trade. He seems to lack a little tactical awareness-which has let him down. He over complicates things-expects too much from the players…but then he was asked to put a “rabble” of a team together-plus his best players were injured! The best bit of transfer news must be MA out!! Until then…Oh, ‘where are all the Ashley fans’? Same place as the flowers I expect.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM

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    Jun 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM

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