If Calderwood Can Be Hired Short Term – Why Not Shearer?


We’ve admitted many times before, over these last four weeks, that we don’t know where Mike Ashley is coming from.

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Colin Calderwood – could return short-term to Newcastle

And news recently that Chris Hughton will again be asked to step into the hot-seat at Newcastle and take pre-season training this coming Wednesday.

Some new news today that Colin Calderwood could be rehired as a Newcastle coach, to assist Chris and Paul Barron with the first team squad, when they return next week.

Colin of course joined Newcastle’s backroom staff last January on a contract through the end of  the season, after being dismissed as Nottingham Forest manager in late December.

That necessarily will need to be a short term contract, maybe very short, if indeed Alan Shearer is to be appointed manager once the sale of Newcastle to one of the four bidders is complete.

And we don’t expect that Alan will have a place on the coaching staff for either Chris or Colin, although we’d like to see Chris stay, since he’s been through hell and high water for Newcastle over the last 12 months.

While he hasn’t got the results when in charge of the first team (neither did Shearer), you cannot question his courage in adversity, and there was a lot of adversity at Newcastle last season.

But if Ashley can hire Calderwood on a short term contract, why couldn’t he have done that with Alan Shearer after we were relegated, and the club would not be in the mess it is now?

That seems to us to be a simple question – but we have no idea what the answer would be from Mike. It would have also provided some potential continuity at the club, which giving Chris and Colin control on Wednesday will certainly not.

We just don’t know what Mike is trying to do, but it seems – by his very actions – that he’s determined that Shearer will not be manager while he still owns the Newcastle club.

And why that’s the case, your guess is as good as ours, but this is doing no good for the Newcastle club – no good at all.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • Nick D

    Jun 27, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #1

    How many wrong decisions can ashley make??

    Wise
    Kinnear
    Llambias
    Calderwood
    Hughton

    will he never learn.

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  • Big Dave

    Jun 27, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Nick D you forgot Newcastle at the top of your list mate

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  • geordie deb

    Jun 27, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed to answer your question:
    There is a big difference between Calderwood coming in for a couple of hours a day to help supervise training for a few weeks, versus employing Shearer even temporarily who would want to buy and sell multi million pound assets of the club that a future owner may not want. Bit of a daft question if I may say

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 27, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #4

    How many wrong decisions can ashley make??

    Wise
    Kinnear
    Llambias
    Calderwood
    Hughton

    will he never learn.

    ……

    I don’t think Ashley made all of those decision tbf.

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  • Mags

    Jun 27, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Geordie Deb – I understand what you are saying, but why Calderwood? The guy has done nothing but disrespect our club in the past and should never have been invited to join us in the first place.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 27, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Geordie Deb – I understand what you are saying, but why Calderwood? The guy has done nothing but disrespect our club in the past and should never have been invited to join us in the first place.

    ……

    Perhaps he’s a highly thought of coach within the club and could stay on if Shearer takes over?

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 27, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Who cares what someone done against us years ago when they were playing against us btw?

    Do things like that really bother people?

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  • TERRYHIBBETONTHEWING

    Jun 27, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    ED-A GLIMMER OF HOPE.
    Talksport Radio this morning on the Alan Brazil show had,Times Football Editor, Tony Evans guesting and giving his opinion on various issues.NUFC was on the agenda and whilst we’ve heard this on numerous occasions,he did expect a deal to be concluded this week regarding the buyout.He did imply that the local consortium didn’t have the clout to do the takeover and that the players were from outside the UK.I know it would be easy to dismiss this as more waffle,but surely when it comes from the Times it must carry some GRAVITAS.He ended by saying that he expected Shearer would be appointed manager.KEEP THE FAITH!!!!!!!!!

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  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Never expected local money to take control, local money is somewhat of an oxymoron.
    Hopefully it`s US money, with a businesslike approach.
    Get the club back to the upper levels of the PL, by hiring the RIGHT people (not neccesary the fans choice) success will bring about the reluctant fans, as it did at Man. U.& L`pool.
    It`s generally believed to be a bad idea to let the inmates run the asylum.

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  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #10

    As for Calderwood, that should be obvious, guy`s out of work and like Joe is willing to pick up a few bob, with the hope it may turn into quite a few bob.
    With AS it`s different he will be more demanding and want both a certain amount of control and the security of a contract.

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  • baro

    Jun 27, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Calderwood and Hughton are the sorriest coaches in the world

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  • the holy grail

    Jun 27, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #12

    my mate from london seems to be 100% certain that the takeover from america is Philip Anschutz (ed you should have heard of him) dont know if that is good or bad????????????

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  • getouttatoon

    Jun 27, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Thinking that AS had some harsh words and home truths for Ashley and the coaches are just after an honest wage. We need stability and Ashley cares nothing now for a club that has turned it’s back on him. Can see Shearer walking to be honest…

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 27, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Yawn.

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  • Sav

    Jun 27, 2009 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed, frustrated as we all are, I’m with Geordie Deb on this one. Calderwood is a cones and whistle man. Whereas, Shearer is going to want to sell and buy millions-worth of assets. If they are doing Due D, presumably that is all about accountants weighing up the net worth of the club. You presumably can’t go shifting players in and out when they’re in the middle of negotiations. I wish it weren’t the case, but it seems it is.

    We aren’t the only ones getting the due diligence treatment. Pompey are in a similar boat. A spokesman on TalkSport said DueD normally takes SIX weeks. So it seems our biggest problem has been Llambias stringing everyone along that it will be done ‘by the end of the week’, and then ‘by the end of next week’. Unless you are Mike Ashley who has lived to regret it, no-one else is daft enough to dive in heed first without checking the water for sharks.

    We know Shearer has got some sensible conditions to taking the manager’s job – he’s no desperate JFK.
    Ashley will not sign him up to a contract as he’s had to pay off Fat Sam and has still to settle with KK.

    The good news is there’s still not been much significant transfer activity and the transfer window remains until Midnight on 1st September – a full 9 and a half weeks away – long enough to make a movie about it!
    A lot can happen in 66 days. I know its pre-season and in an ideal world we’d all know where we stood but its premature to be panic attacks about it. As long as the new owners have a decent kitty.
    By the way, the stuff from Colo’s agent does not gel with what is supposed to be happening from Bassong. The one cannot find anyone at SJP and doesn’t have a clue, while the other is supposed to have a couple of deals already lined up for himself. Something doesn’t add up there.

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  • Sav

    Jun 28, 2009 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Maybe Colo should get rid of his agent and have Bassong do his deals for him.

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  • Ericles

    Jun 28, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #17

    The Calderwood decision would be done for cheap. And it just shows what a cheap spiv Ashley really is. Anyway – I think what Ashley is doing to the club, the fans and Alan is not only cheap it is deliberate and malicious.

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  • Michael12

    Jun 28, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Why not Shearer? 1 win in 8 games that is why.

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  • Solaidback

    Jun 28, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Well if the guy from the Times is correct, mayby Keith Harris being in the States this week is maybe to get a signature or 2 from the new owner, maybe it is Philip Anschutz or Paul Allen, either would be fine with me & as we’ve already read, they both know sports inside out, so would do a decent job with the Toon!!!

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