The Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC) have said they have some concerns at David O’Leary being hired as the new Newcastle manager.
NUSC spokesman Steve Hastie told Telegraph Sport today:
“Why would you want to get someone in when you have previously said Alan Shearer was 110 per cent the man you want only a matter of eight weeks ago?”,
“I am absolutely baffled by this latest development. I can not understand what Ashley’s game is. He is either a very good or very bad poker player.”
“The fans cannot comprehend why people like David O’Leary, Gordon Strachan, Alan Curbishley and Joe Kinnear keep getting mentioned when Alan Shearer has openly said he wants the job and would love the chance to get on with it and to move on with his plans.”
“It is unbelievable. The whole situation with Newcastle has reached the point where we have been waiting for the Alan Shearer scenario to get back online. This smacks of a desperate owner trying to make desperate decisions without any rationale. Which is what his done throughout his rein.”
Hastie says that Alan Shearer and not David O’Leary is the best candidate to lead the club out of the Championship, and stright back to the Premier League:
“David O’Leary has been out of the game for three years now,” “He does not have any connection with the North East or with football at the moment even as a pundit.”
“This has come from left field because he is somebody else that is currently unemployed like Curbishley.” “On the other hand Alan Shearer knows the club, he knows the city and he knows the fans and in his heart he wants to do the job.”
“He has said that and that is exactly what the people want to hear.” “People want to see Alan Shearer being given the opportunity to work with the club and the fans to get Newcastle United back where it should be in the Premier League.”
At this point we have no idea what Mike Ashley will do, but this thing has dragged on for far too long now – over 11 weeks.
We have to hope that Mike sells the club to Barry Moat, but we fear he will keep the club, and indeed appoint David O’Leary as the next boss at the club.
We wouldn’t mind him keeping the club if only he would give Alan Shearer the chance he craves.
And if Mike keeps the club, and goes his own sweet way again, it’s almost certain that Newcastle will continue to lurch from one crisis to the next – just like it has these last 12 months.