While he interrupted his holiday in Portugal over the weekend, Alan Shearer gave an interview in the Sun, where he went into detail about his involvement at Newcastle these last 11 weeks, and it hasn’t been much.
Alan Shearer – still wants Newcastle job
With Newcastle not even signing one player this summer, and with 6 players having left, our squad right now will not be strong enough or big enough for promotion to be possible.
“Key players have gone out and none have come in.” “When you consider the squad we had at the end of last season was pretty thin anyway and it wasn’t balanced enough.”
“Look at it. Mark Viduka, Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Sebastien Bassong, Habib Beye, Peter Lovenkrands… all gone. All of those have gone without anyone coming in so that tells the story for Newcastle.”
“It does not take a genius to work out that it is not ideal preparation for them.” “While other clubs have been preparing, while others have been bringing in players they feel will get them out of this league.”
” Newcastle have stood still and are static.” “They are going into it with their hands tied, not a nice situation for anyone.”
Shearer still freely admits he wants to become the Newcastle manager, despite his poor record of just one win in 8 games, during his brief spell in charge starting on April 1st.
Shearer, who wants to start a management career as soon as possible, after a terrific playing record in which he scored 206 goals in 404 appearances for his home town club, continued:
“I was asked to make a list of the players that I wanted to keep and a list of the players I wanted to be moved on. I did that.”
“I gave him a list of potential targets of players who I thought would give Newcastle a great chance of returning to the top flight within a year.”
“But because there has been no sale of the club that’s not happened.” “You have to believe me when I say I only know as much as anyone else.” “I would love it sorted out for the sake of the football club.”
“But more importantly so that the football club can move on and get properly prepared for this tough campaign.” “Yes, I have spoken to one, two consortia over the summer. But, for confidentiality reasons, those guys can’t be named.”
“It needs sorting out one way or the other.” “To go up automatically you look at the three clubs who have come down to go straight back out.”
“But I believe there will be at least 10 clubs battling it out to go up in what is a very competitive division. And, yes… I wish I was still in the dugout.”
We think Alan could get Newcastle promotion, if he gets to be manager and that would be if and when Barry Moat buys the club – maybe even this week.
He will need help in the dugout, and may bring in both Iain Dowie and Gary Speed to help him in the coming season. And Alan will need to act very quickly to get some decent players in to bolster the squad, before the end of the month.
But we could get a couple of players on loan, and we understand a couple of them have been agreed already with Tottenham, and we could sign a few more, while unloading some players on big wages that we don’t need or want – like Coloccini and Gutierrez as two examples.
So it still looks possible to put a decent squad together, even with just 20 days left in the transfer window.