Shearer Gives Up Hope – Off On Vacation

News in the Sunday Sun today that Alan Shearer has gone on vacation after being increasingly alarmed, like every Newcastle fan, at the ridiculous situation that exists at the Newcastle club.

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Alan Shearer – exasperated – off on vacation

Alan has now given up all hope of being appointed Newcastle manager before the Championship season starts next Saturday at WBA.

The Newcastle club has now been kept in limbo for 9 weeks, since Mike Ashley decided to sell the club for a second time (or try to at least), and Oba Martins has been the only player leaving the club in that time, when he signed for Wolfsburg for £9M on Friday.

That’s in addition to free agents Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Claudio Cacapa, Peter Lovenkrands and David Edgar not being retained.

We estimate that’s about £360K/week saved on the wages bill, which is around £19M saved off the wages bill.

That takes the current wage bill from around £74M a year to around £56M a year – still too much by a long way. Another £20M will need to be trimmed off  that wage bill in the next four weeks.

Since Oba was one of the highest remaining wage earners that was a good deal for the club, since we paid £10M to Inter 3 years ago for the Nigerian striker, so we almost got our money back.

Alan Shearer had hoped to have been put in charge permanently, but delicate talks with Ashley and Derek Llambias broke down, and the club was put back on the market a week following our disastrous relegation, and things have gone from bad to worse since then – much worse in fact.

Alan is not due back into the country until after next weekend, so will miss the first game of the season at WBA, but that would be in time to resume his Match of the Day duties with the BBC, which must be an option for the Newcastle and England Idol.

Certainly Mike Ashley has put the Newcastle fans, the players and Alan Shearer in particular, through hell and high water over the summer – we wonder when he’s going to stop this?

He’s certainly not fit to own a football club, ever again.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Hobs

    Aug 2, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1


  • Rangerman

    Aug 2, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #2

    There’s only 2 ways Shearer will become boss, the first is if the club is sold and the second is if Ashley takes the club off the market because he can’t sell.

    I’d prefer Ashley to get Curbishley in on a rolling contract as for any new owner he will be easily disposable, they couldn’t just get rid of Shearere that easily if they don’t want him.


    Aug 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope he has gone somewhere nice.

    If I was Alan Shearer, I would go to Hawaii.

    I’d love to see the look on ashley’s face as wor Al says “Here’s Johnny!”

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Aug 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    I would be happy if Curbs was appointed full time by a new owner.
    He ticks most of the boxes………….

  • stevep

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #5

    what boxes does curbishley tick – able to manage a bunch of mediocre players to mid table position every year – where we gonna get players as good as mediocre

  • dave 1961

    Aug 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #6

    just turned down a 10 mil bid for Sebastien Bassong somethings going on

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 2, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #7

    …£10m to anyone else…but, £15/20m to spuds just for bein’ shoite!..

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 2, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8

    You wouldn’t wanna move to tottingham, it’s skid row ’round there…What a hole!..

  • Michael12

    Aug 2, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #9

    This is good news. Something is finally going right at Newcastle and it takes as much as the people causing the problems to step down. We are not missing out on anything by not appointing Shearer.

    Ed:”Certainly Mike Ashley has put the Newcastle fans, the players and Alan Shearer in particular, through hell and high water over the summer”. I must contradict you here for the following reasoning:

    – Shearer is the one who put himself through this mess. He knew contractually he had been given the job till the season’s end. He himself said he did not want the job earlier last season when Keegan walked and then when appointed insisted he was only going to be here for 8 games and that he himself did not want any longer than 8 games.

    Why is he playing a victim of Mike Ashley?
    No one ever promised Shearer the job after the season’s end so no one is breaking a promise to anyone.

    The players have put Ashley through financial and business hell. They knew the consequences of poor performances the formula is no scientific nor is it abstract to the point of finding hard to understand. Poor performances = relegation. their current plight is a direct result of their poor performances they have put themselves in this mess.

  • Chris G

    Aug 2, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #10

    It looks like you’re right about the BBC option, Ed. One of the tabloids is already reporting –

    ‘Alan Shearer has confirmed that he will be back at the BBC next season and will not return to St James’ Park to resume his role as manager of relegated Newcastle United’


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