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.
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!!