Shearer On Track To Become Newcastle Manager Imminently

Today is the day when prospective new owners of Newcastle United can begin to scrutinize the Newcastle books in what is known as due diligence, some scrutiny of a company’s financial health, before they (Newcastle United FC in this case) is bought.

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Alan Shearer – should be new manager by end of the week

It was tremendous news the Journal unfolded yesterday, and something the Newcastle faithful have not had much of over these last 3 weeks, and that’s after we suffered the trauma of being relegated.

The good news was that a new owner was very close, and those consortia interested in buying Newcastle all seemed to want Alan Shearer as manager, and that being the case he would be appointed permanent manager this week even. 😀

The actual sale could be a few weeks away, but if  all  the consortia want Shearer as manager, he will be appointed very shortly, according to the statement from Derek Llambias yesterday – maybe even tomorrow.

And the news is that all the consortia starting due diligence today, want Alan as manager.

It will be good to get him to work now, while due diligence goes ahead, because we’ve already fallen way behind with 3 weeks of no real work being accomplished in preparation for next season.

And there was no reason why Ashley couldn’t have installed Alan 2 or more weeks ago as temporary manager, until a buyer came in – knowing full well it was 90% certain the new owner would want Alan as first choice for manager.  87% of our readers want Shearer as manager in our poll – which is still open.

It’s a cop-out for them to say, as Derek did yesterday, he couldn’t appoint Alan because it had to be the new owner’s decision.  You can always do sensible things in times of business stress  – and we ‘ve noticed Ashley seems to do stupid things in times of stress – and not appointing Shearer immediately the season finished, has been another good example of this.

But we know we’ve criticized the current owner probably far too much if truth be told, over these last few week s- so we’ll leave it there – a truce – and hopefully the club will soon be entering a new, more prosperous and more successful era.  Amen to that.

If Ashley finds out today officially that all of the consortia interested in doing due diligence on Newcastle books, want Alan as manager, he could be announced as early as tomorrow, and we have to hope, for the sake of the club, that  happens.

And as we pointed out yesterday Alan will have a huge to-do list once he starts, but watch this man, with the help of Iain Dowie and Paul Ferris, just throw themselves into the hard work in pre-season that could put the club on the right road generally, and specifically position us to have a very good season next year.

Most football agents believe Newcastle still have tremendous pulling power this summer with Shearer at the helm, because of his world-wide reputation as a player, and attached by the umbilical chord to his local club – Newcastle United.

When Shearer is appointed, that will be some very good news for Newcastle supporters, and we should see a bevy of season ticket sales, but just how many the club can sell in the summer, still remains questionable.

Some good buys by Shearer in the summer will of course help to sell those tickets, but we don’t need big money buys – only good players, and we’ve seen those two are not necessarily the same thing.

We fully expect some good news is just around the corner for Newcastle at this moment.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    We need stability NOW.
    Alan Shearer will provide that.
    Forget the disastrous results at the end of last season.
    Alan Shearer will be able to recruit better players simply because of who he is.
    He needs to be signed immediately.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Hugh – short and sweet – spot on!

  • Stuart79

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Nobody knows what’s going on.

    I don’t think even the local papers have a clue.

    I wouldn’t be suprised if Llambias is just giving the media and fans a bit of lip service.

  • Graeme

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry guys, I just dont buy into this histeria surrounding Shearer as our new manager. Its not the time or the place to be employing a completely untried novice.

    But, non of us have any input on these things, we just have to wait and see.

    If he is given the job, I sincerely hope he goes on to become the best manager we have had since Joe Harvey and Sir Bobby Robson.

    Its going to be one long season.


    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t think so…the due dilligence process is offically scheduled for today and the computer rooms are opened for it.

    The fixtures are very tough with WBA away and Reading at home! We need to be preparde, well prepared. So get it on and appoint shearer! NOW!


    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Did I mentionned already that we need a manger NOW?


    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    NOW! 😉

  • Ben_BKK

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Fixtures are out… WBA away first match of the season.
    Just our luck, eh?

  • Chris G

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Hugh – quite right, but what’s mybrute?
    I always thought it was a deodorant 🙂


    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Ben_BKK: I prefer to have a tough start to get used to the rough life in the fizzy pop league! Just to make sure that we are really prepared! But we need a manager, NOW!

  • Ben_BKK

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Oh and has anyone seen the Prem fixtures.

    Man Utd get Birmingham at home for the first match of the season. Absolutely typical, isn’t it. When’s the last time we got an ‘easy’ home game for our first match of the season?

  • Ericles

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Bang on Hugh. We will know soon I think. I do not think we have criticised Ashley nearly enough. The man has done more damage to the Newcastle region than the Luftwafe!

  • Stuart79

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    I need to retract my previous comment.

    I have been told by someone who I trust that Shearer himself has been told that there could be a significant breakthrough on Thursday.

    The Chronicle may run this story but I don’t know if they have been told th same thing.

    The guy who told me is a Rochdale fan who is close to Sports Direct and has no reason to lie.

  • HarryWorth

    Jun 17, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    “Sorry guys, I just dont buy into this histeria surrounding Shearer as our new manager. Its not the time or the place to be employing a completely untried novice.”

    The fact is that Shearer is trusted and is the only person that NUFC can appoint who will get this club back to being UNITED… quickly.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Shearer is a terrible appointment if it happens,untested,unsackable,unexperienced (I know it’s meant to be inexperienced).

    How deluded the fans are to think he has the managerial talent (with dowie)to win the championship or promotion,I would seriously rather have J.K via telephone from his sick bed.

    We need a manager that has won things as a manager not some local folk hero that happened to be a great striker.

  • cicero

    Jun 17, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed, if Ashley appointed Shearer on a temporary basis (assuming Shearer would have accepted that) what was he going to do? He couldn’t and shouldn’t buy new players because they might not be the ones a different manager would want. A bonus is that WBA don’t have a manager at the moment and their fans and players are disheartened about Tony Mobray leaving. Also Reading have just appointed a new manager and he’s going to take time to assess and rebuild his squad. A little bit of good luck but we’ll need every bit we can get.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 17, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    sirjasontoon // Jun 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Managers like Dalgliesh,Robson,Souness ect…

    They have won everything there is to win but won cock all with us.

    About time we tried a unexperienced manager with potential.

    Barca did it, Holland did it and Germany. They didn’t do too bad.

    Chelsea won a few things under Vialli too.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 17, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    We need someone who has played the management game,wheeled and dealed,unearthed good talent.

    I would take Coppell over Shearer anyday and I don’t like him much either 🙂

    Now aint the time for untested managers…ITS CRITICAL.

  • simon376@work

    Jun 17, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19

    We can use Shearer just like we did Keegan. To be honest, we were in a worse postion when Keegan first came in, on the brink of going into the old third and probs out of business. A bloke came in with no managment experience and kept us up on the last day. The following season we won the league. How?

    He employed good coaches and used the fact that lots of players looked up to him and wanted to sign for him. Can the same not be done with Shearer?

  • lesh

    Jun 17, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #20

    The man [Ashley] has done more damage to the Newcastle region than the Luftwafe! Nice one!

  • Sav

    Jun 17, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed, the truce is noble, but I’m not subscribing to it yet.

    If anyone reads what Llambias said, its actually nowt. He sounds pretty much disinterested like a bloke whose bags are already packed. It doesn’t sound as if they are willing to commit to a contract with Shearer or anybody else. He has had enough and if the club goes further down the tubes, its not Ashley’s worry. In fact it is a lever to pressure bidders into getting it sorted faster, or they will be buying a club in the First Division before they know it.

    Ashley has already said, the first one to slap 100mil on the desk gets the gig. (I hope the table legs are reinforced). No question of suitability, extra funding for developing the club or ambition to do the best for NUFC.
    If Fat Freddie gets it, I suggest he gets a massive photo of Ashley and Llambias to hang behind his executive desk.
    – They did more between them for his rep and image than a lifetime of Max Clifford and donations to Mother Theresa of Calcutta could ever do.

    Be careful what you wish for……

  • Whumpie

    Jun 17, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed – you are assuming that you somehow know more about the legal and financial situation than the people involved.

    First up, “3 weeks of no real work being accomplished”. What makes you think that? If you re-read the Journal’s article from yesterday (upon which your article seems to be based) then you’ll see that they also claim that we already have deals lined up for several players.

    Why is that hard to believe?

    Also, you keep saying there was no reason not to appoint Shearer – how the hell do you know that?? There could be all kinds of financial and legal blockers to such a move; not least a condition of the bank’s continued support that no new contracts over a certain value are signed until the new owners are in place.

    To me it makes perfect sense that Shearer has been kept informed, knowing he was likely to be signed up soon after bidders were vetted and verified. In the mean time, he and the recruitment team have been lining up all the player moves – in and out – until the club is in a position to sign the contracts.

    Isn’t that the most logical explanation for all of this?


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