Alan Shearer just loved being manager at Newcastle United at the end of last season.
Alan Shearer – may take manager job other than at Newcastle
And although he was unable to save the club, he obviously is cut out to be a manager, because he seemed to just love it, on the front lines again.
Most of the Newcastle players left after relegation thinking Alan would be the new permanent manager at Newcastle, but that didn’t happen, mainly because of a certain Mike Ashley.
If he had been appointed Newcastle manager we also think that he would have been able to persuade Bassong and Beye to stay on Tyneside, but it was just not to be.
And Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have done a super job so far this season, so much so that most Newcastle players, including Nicky Butt, Steven Taylor and Steve Harper recently, have called for Chris to be appointed to the permanent manager.
All three of them were big Alan Shearer supporters during the summer.
Speaking at a school awards ceremony, Shearer was asked whether he still had management ambitions.
Shearer flippantly replied:
“I’m not very good because I took Newcastle down.”
However, adopting a more serious note, Alan said that although failing to save the club he loves from relegation, Alan would still jump at the chance to be Newcastle’s manager:
“I would love to get back into it. Despite what happened in my short spell at Newcastle I would dearly love to get back into the game if everything was right.”
“People will say ‘Why?’ because I have got a fantastic job and fantastic career sitting on the sofa at Match of the Day every Saturday night.”
” It’s a great job and a very easy job and I do get paid for sitting on a sofa to talk about football.”
“If a job was to come up, not necessarily Newcastle, then I would be interested.”
That last line is almost a come and get me to to other clubs, who may be interested.
Being comfortable in life is not always the best thing, and Alan is one of those who has a burning desire to achieve – in whatever he does.
Yolu just have to look at his playing record – just look at the numbers, to become awed with how great a player this Gosforth-born player was.
We do think Alan could become a great manager, and certainly the players just loved having him in charge as he made the training fun and Damien Duff said it was the best months in football working for Alan.
He will also be a huge draw for good players with Alan in charge.
However, job one this season is promotion – and since Chris and Colin are doing so well, we don’t want to make changes when nothing is broken.
When new owners come in – if they do come in – we do expect Alan to be offered the manager’s job.
But if that happens it has to be done very carefully, and we’d like to see both of them part of the back-room team, with Alan as manager.
Both guys have shown their commitment to the Tyneside cause, and should be rewarded accordingly.
We’ll just have to see what happens with the sale of the club, which we’re glad has gone into the background as Newcastle pick up points in the Championship.