If Alan Shearer Comes In – Promote Chris Hughton

Steve Hoawrd of Leicester, who was more than a handful in the first half on Monday night, against his home town club, has come out and said Alan Shearer has to be the new manager on Tyenside.

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Steve Howard – it must be Shearer

Howard began his career at non-league club Tow Law Town, back in 1994, while working as a roofer at his day-time job.

He worked 12 hour shifts, but then got his chance moving to Hartlepool United in 1995 and moved on to play for Northampton, Luton and Derby, before ending up at Leicester last year.

Of course like most of us born and raised in the area, Steve  is a self-confessed Newcastle nut, and before the game Monday, he had made this statement:.

“Shearer is the man to take the club forward and get them back into the Premier League. He will sort it all out.”

“Just because you are a big club like Newcastle doesn’t mean you can drop your standards.”

Now that we’ve passed the transfer deadline there’s some time to look at the situation at the club.

As long as Ashley keeps the club, Chris will be his man, and we’ve heard many rumors these last months that as long as he is the owner, then Alan will not be the manager. And the way Mike has acted with Alan over the summer that isn’t too surprising.

We are obviously just  fine with Chris running things at Newcastle until they get sorted, and if they don’t get sorted, we’ll just have to hope he can keep his Miracle On Tyneside going.

But once Mike sells, we half expect Shearer to be installed as the the permanent manager, and we don’t know if it will be John Carver or Iain Dowie as his assistant.

And in the changeover lies the possible problem.

We expect Chris to be retained and will be handed a more important coaching position, in Alan’s background team.

Since he worked with Chris over the last 8 games of last season, he will know Chris well, and Chris seems to be able to get on with anybody.

Alan knows the most important thing this season is to get the club promo0ted, and get some of the pride back to the Newcastle United club, after the disasters of last year.

This is not about egos, and if he has to work well with Chris and Colin Calderwood to get us promoted next May, we’re sure he will do that.

But one thing that will not work and we hope will not happen is that Shearer comes in and changes everything.  That’s what we kept doing last year and look where it got us.

Alan will realize that Chris has done something magical that has worked very well this season, and not only with the players.  We are winning games, playing well,  and it’s a revelation to see how our players are now so committed and passionate about Newcastle United.

So if Mike sells soon, job number one is to have some continuity and Alan using Chris and understanding exactly what he’s done to produce his mini miracle, and then continue to use it – hopefully – is what we’d like to see.

The important things we need to achieve this season are:

  • Get promoted
  • Stabilize the club  – and stop these soap operas we’re continually in
  • Put Alan as manager as the face of the club, which allows us to attract great players back to Newcastle in the summer
  • Take good care of Chris Hughton, and keep this Londoner on Tyneside

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome

257 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Ha! Not so cooldj!

    Sensible words from Ed and rather than “We expect” Chris to be retained and will be handed a more important coaching position, under Alan’s background team, I think the language should be “We’d expect…… “.

    As far as AS’s no 2’s concerned, I have reservations about Dowie and would ask what’s wrong with Chris Hughton as his no 2?

  • Bill F

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Putting AS in as manager could be a de-stabilising factor, Ch is doing a good job under very difficult circumstances with no wheels coming off, YET.
    I still think Shearer should get off his comfortable BBC backside and be prepared to serve his time at a lower team or even as an assistant to Chris.

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    We should have signed this fella…. He was deadly to our back four, and he would probably be quite cheap… January is only a few months away- i guess i’ll reassess it then..

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    He looks a bit like Kevin Nolan!

  • toonsy

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Ah the takeover, anyone heard owt about it recently?

  • Stuart79

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Bill F // Sep 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Don’t know how to break this to you Bill – We are a lower team at this present moment.

  • Stardust

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #7

    AS not for me – he was in the prime seat and e couldnt come to a point where he took over the helm – he had his chance and he blew it (whatever the reasons)

    CH has earned our respect and loyalty.

    To speak about AS coming in at this time is poor form imo.

  • premier

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Remind me what happened the last time a messiah came back!!


    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #9

    dunno if its been posted probably has , so if so sorry.

    canny interview straight from the horses mouth. keith harris last night on sky news.


  • dave 1961

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Chris is a 1st class coach hes proved that by the way the team is playing, but the training program is the one that shearer put in place,. its to credit of Chris that he has kept it going. but a good coach is as important as a good manager, if you play a good forward in goal you don’t get good keeper. and look what happened playing duff at left back, the own goal that got us relegated. if Ashley stays it will be the world renowned kinnear not Chris. & Ashley would rather make the playoff than go up, as its more money.

  • nden85

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11

    in my opinion, the job should be offered to one man only, darren ferguson. he’s worked miracles at peterbrough with 2 promotions in 2 seasons. despite the termoil at newcastle he would undoubtably come here, and for once just maybe we could have a bit of stability.

  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #12

    About the takeover //

    Kieth Harris was in NEW YORK at the WEEKEND, and then after the game on MONDAY, the NEW YORK based consortium said they wanted to talk to Ashley directly because their talks with KIETH HARRIS went to slow!!


  • Stuart79

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #13

    IMO we are ding well because the players we have are head and shoulders above anything else in this league. They have found their level.

    Hughton deserves credit for keeping it all together but I believe anyone could do a decent job with these players in this league.

    A new owner will come in and choose someone else to manage the team. That’s what happens.

  • AlanSmith.

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #14

    i’d like to see alan named manager. but instead of alan jumping straight in.. alan and chris make the changeover gradual.. say have alan take half of the training and chris still do what hes doing.. and for the first few games as the squad get used to alans way.. give chris a prominent role in match day tactics.. so its not one big change.. then after the changeover has happened id like to see chris hughton appointed as assistant manager..

  • baldynapper

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Personally I think Alan Should be brought when new owners are sorted (goodness knows when that will be). As for Chris I beleive he should be given a senior caching role (head coach) but i don’t think, and he has said in the past, that he is a manager!

    John Carver is my choice for No. 2, he is another who commands respect and will no doubt slap Barton if he got too big for his boots (which will happen).

    I honestly think thaqt we should be involving Alan thompson more and more in the first team as he seems to be doing a great job behind the scenes. I know he is there or thereabouts on match days and especially for the young kids. But this is how we bring on the next managers etc.

    Ian Dowie for me is not an option, mates with Shearer but that’s it, helped Alan when he needed it last year but sadly the damage was already done in the previous 30 games!

    As for Coaching roles don’t be surprised with Rob Lee coming in and possibly Gary Speed and Colin C moving on (from what i can gather Shearer didn’t bond with him last time hence albeit letting him go until Ashley asked him to stop as a cheap option of Chris and Colin!!)

    Just my opinion

  • sahil

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #16

    11 nden85 i dont agree , wat do we know aboot this guy?
    If he’s done miricles for peterboro it doesnt mean hel do it for us.
    AS should be given the job with CH as his assistant

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    I think CH has made a canny fist of things so far this season – he’s got the lads playing together and fighting for each other and has taught them how to win again – even if it’s not always pretty.

    I think it would be a shame to not give him the chance to finish what he’s started and try and get us promoted at the first time of asking.

    Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to have what it takes to cut it at the very highest level so I think it would be a great time for him to take a step back at the END of the season and return to coaching the first team. Then let whoever the new owners are appoint who THEY think is the best man to take us forward (ie; not necessarily Alan Shearer).

  • SpartanChris

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Although, I’m a big AS fan, it would be wrong to change the situation whilst we are winning.

  • Tino 11

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #19

    A very boring transfer window, although i still spent most of the day watching it. However i knew it wasn’t going to get any more exciting despite what the presenters kept saying! I cringed when 2 of them gave each other high fives!

    Can’t believe i’m going to say this, and i know others feel the same, but i actually agree with SOME of Stardust’s comments. It’s good to see when he is not focused on attacking people for disliking MA he can have a sensible debate, very refreshing.

    Lastly Ed if your reading, i see (Rodzilla) has been banned, i would ask you to reconsider as 90% of the time he is a good poster and talks about points sensibly and provides good comments. I know late at night when drunk he goes off track but i’m sure he would learn his lesson now.

  • Tino 11

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #20

    The whole manager situation is a difficult one, people say it was wrong to judge Shearer on 8 games yet we are now judging Hughton on less than 8 games.

    Maybe it would be better if we didn’t get taken over till january, then we could judge Hughton then after he’s had more games. I’m undecided as to who is best for the job, but Hughton deserves at least till xmas to keep the position.

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Chris Hughton is the ONLY man for the job. He has earned it by hard graft and the talent to triumph over adversity. The job should be awarded on merit, Ed, not nepotism. The constant banging on about Shearer is irritating and utterly disrespectful to the achievements of Chris and Colin.

    Let Big Al work his way up through the ranks and earn our praise, not be parachuted from above because he has friends. He can bring nothing to the situation but confusion, and certainly not management experience. If this was a blindfold test and the names of the candidates were not known, would you pick Mr A or Mr H?

  • Oba

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    The takeover talk was just a front, to give Ashley an excuse for not spending any money in the window, imo.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Tino – you’re not alone, mate. I too found Stardust’s attitude this morning a refreshing bit of thinking amongst all the doom-mongering depression. We should enjoy our current situation, because it is a hell of a lot better than any of us thought.

    As for Big Al and Hughton, here’s a thought: Why has CH suddenly got so good? What has he learned since his last tenure which has led us to the top of the table?

    Something to do with working under AS for 8 games last season?

    He himself said that AS ‘designed’ the pre-season training. And we know the players were very positive about Big Al’s methods, discipline and training approach.

    Chris was already a terriffic coash; perhaps Big Al’s influence has plugged the gaps and enabled him to become a good manager too?

    As for bringing in AS, I think it’s a moot point. But I’ve developed a huge respect for Chris, so I’m wavering on it all.

    If a new owner came in, I think I’d still like to see Big Al given the main job with Chris number 2. But the more we win, the harder that becomes to justify!

    Gwaaarrrn Chris – keep proving us wrong!

    (Oh, and Colin deserves some credit too!)

  • tino_asprilla

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Aye Tino, I agree re:Rodzilla, he can be annoying but he has valid points and contributes 90% of the time.

    When we getting taken over?!?!?!

  • Dragonera

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Whumpie & Tino

    9 times out of 10 Stardust makes some very valid points. Whether we agree with them or not.

    As for Shearer, if Alex Ferguson’s son can start at the very bottom then why cant Alan? Get down the lower leagues and put the work in!

    …He won’t do it. The difference between Darren Ferguson and Alan Shearer is this, one has his heart set on management, the other doesn’t. Shearer has no real ambition to become a manager, otherwise he would already be managing a side in the lower leagues. Alan’s ambition is one thing…MONEY! Hence the reluctance to leave the sofa unless WE offer him ridiculous and UNEARNED wages. I would rather he stayed away. Greeder begger!

  • Stuart79

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #26

    JinkyGenius // Sep 2, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    I could give you a list as long as a horses c*ck of caretaker managers who have been a total disaster when given the job full time.

    We only need to look at Roeder.

  • Tino 11

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Jinky – I don’t think we should get carried away and say CH is the only man for the job, he deserves his chance but lets judge him after an appropiate amount of time/games.

    We say players and managers are cr@p to soon these days, but lets not go the complete opposite and think everything is good so soon. Lets take a balanced, time driven view.

  • Davies

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #28

    The training programme is only a small part of what’s required from a manager. He needs to be able to get the players to want to play for him. Hughton is, I think, the first manager to have done that since SBR (though I think Roeder also did it, but to a far lesser extent).

    Shearer is not the answer at the moment. CH’s position is a lot more unstable than anybody else’s and I think the playing staff have been hugely appreciative of his efforts under the circumstances. This is probably one of the reasons he has them playing so well.

    I’m more than happy ot keep faith with our present mananger. Aside from his efforts with the team, he’s one of the only people at the club that has behaved with dignity and pride. He hasn’t sulked and it has been reflected in his results.

  • Tanzy

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Manager : Alan Shearer
    Assistant Manager : John Carver
    Coaches :
    Paul Barron GK
    Chris Houghton DF
    Gary Speed MF
    Rob Lee MF
    Colin Calderwood
    Best XI
    Simpson S.Taylor Kadar Enrique
    Lovenkrands Smith Nolan Gutierez
    Ameobi Carroll

    other players
    guthrie , ranger , coloccini , vuckic , donaldson , lua-lua , barton , gerimi , butt , R.taylor , danquah , tozer , solderburg

    there will be injuries and suspensions throughout the season and all players will be uses i believe that NUFC should use the loans market to the full and sign 4 more loan players

    GK 3
    DF 7
    MF 11
    FW 4

    I would buy 2 DF , 1 MD and 1 FW
    Craig Cathcart manchester united
    Geovanni dos santos tottenham hotspurs
    James Vaughan Everton
    Garath Bale tottenham hotspurs

    premier league and championship experience

    also there are free agents which could come in
    micheal ball
    mark viduka pay as you play deal
    Henri Camera

    = 31 players for at least 49 games

    p.s chris houghton should be knighted haha
    he done a class job in the circumstances.

  • Tino 11

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Dragonera // Sep 2, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Whumpie & Tino

    9 times out of 10 Stardust makes some very valid points. Whether we agree with them or not.
    I’d say 5.5 out of 10. 🙂

  • devonshier-mag

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #31

    i dont want to get ahead of myself but if we do end up getting promoted this season alan shearer will be 1 of the biggest assets come next summer…when we had keegan and sir bobby they were both 2 very well respected characters of the game,and could both attract big star players….shearer will be adsactly the same what is the best thing for a young cf player whos got loads of talent, and im talking cr9 talent…that would be to have the best premiership cf/goalscorer the premiership has seen as ur manager/coach. with big al as manager we would be getting the young talented players along with older classy players because all players of all age groupd respect shearer just like they all respected keegan and sir bobby…if ch does get us up like i think he will he deffo deserves a big role as hes a true gentlemen and has stuck by our club when we’ve truly needed him.

  • Dragonera

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Why do people keep suggestiong Giovani? He has an awful attitude and would be another N’Zogbia-esque signing. Quality youngster with bags and bags of potential…but it will forever remain as potential as they already believe they are the finished article.

    I would much rather go for Adel Taarabt of Spurs. He is on loan at QPR and has just got his head down and got on with it. He, like Giovani has immense potential and could be world class if he found the right club and guidance.

  • komfort

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #33

    tino 11 @ 19 , is this a piss take about rodzilla ??..if not why has he been banned..

  • Tino 11

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #34

    I think if we got promoted then AS would attract better players than CH, but thats not enough of a reason to give him the job.

  • Tino 11

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #35


    No, i only found out reading it here,


  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Agree wth Tino and Whumpie about Sawdust. He/ she/ it’s been talking non-condecending sense. Either somebody’s had hard words or Moondust’s been given different medication!

    A suggestion: Maybe Stardust could use his Stardust nom when he’s posting sense and Sawdust when not. That way we’d have a clue which personality (eh?) we’re seeing.

    Just a thought.

  • Dragonera

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Can people also stop saying things like, “Alan will attract quality players”…How do you know this!?

    Yes he was a fantastic and well respected footballer, but times have changed. Players hardly ever make 100% of their decisions regarding their future as they hire agents to guide them in the direction that will see them earn the most money, or attract interest from an even biggr club (stepping stone process.)

    Players coming out after signing a contract with comments like, “the manager really attracted me to the club…” or “the direction the club is pushing in…” etc is just the generic spin their AGENTS tell them to say so that fans don’t get on their backs about being unloyal money grabbers.

  • Dragonera

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #38


  • Bill F

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Stuart, LOL, yeah it is but I was thinking more of the even lower leagues or even non league clubs.

    I stand by what I said but have to admit the suggestion he serve his time under Chris was a bit tongue in cheek , just wanted to see if there was any reaction. A lot of people have him walking on water before he has even done anything to merit ascension. 😉

  • workyticket

    Sep 2, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #40

    baldynapper // Sep 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    “As for Chris I beleive he should be given a senior caching role (head coach) but i don’t think, and he has said in the past, that he is a manager!”

    He didn’t say that baldynapper. He wants to be a manager, and he said that he wanted to be a manager after being Jol’s assistant at Tottenham. I don’t know where you got that information from, but it’s incorrect.

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