Comments were made by Alan Shearer during a talk-in at a Tyneside school yesterday and he will not wait around forever to become manager.
Colin and Chris on the training pitch
It seems to us that Alan wants to be manager somewhere this season, rather than wait around on the off chance he will be offered the Newcastle job, and we see nothing wrong with that.
His comments were reported in some headlines as putting pressure on the club to appoint him – but his actual words said none of that – and it seems he has just decided he wants to be a manager now, and stop doing the cushy safe job in the BBC studio every Saturday night.
Offering comments on the ootball job that’s being done by managers, players and teams on the front lines of the Premier league is hardly being part of the real action is it?.
Alan can go off and either get a job at a Premier League side once the sackings begin, or take over at a Championship side.
The Southampton job would have been perfect for him, as we know from first hand experience down there that the the Southampton club has solid fan support, and a great new St. Mary’s stadium that holds 25,000, and of course the club is the one that gave Alan his chance in football.
Of course Southampton are now in Division one, and started off on -10 points.
There’s nothing passed down in the tablets of stone that say Shearer must only manage at Newcastle, although he will at some stage in his career.
Far better Alan go off and get into the management game again, which he seems to just love, and show what he can do at other clubs, and get some experience, and at 38 he is still very young and there is plenty of time to manage his home town club, which he eventually will.
Hughton, though, seems completely unaffected by anything Shearer says or does, and all Chris is concerned with is moving the club along on the pitch – and that’s how it should be.
When asked about Shearer’s position, Chris said this morning:
“At this moment, that is probably the furthest thing from my mind. What we are doing is just concentrating all we can on the football.” At the moment, anything outside the team is an outside issue for someone else to deal with. No, my employment has not changed.”
“All I can do is wait for the call when it happens. I think probably, the way I look at it is, there is a massive issue which is the ownership of the club which affects lots of different areas of the club.”
“Around that, what we have been able to do is make sure things on the football pitch have run quite smoothly. Of course, my position comes very much into that. What I have been told is that as soon as there is an announcement to be made, I will be told.”
“I presume that announcement will be whether the club is sold or whether the board accepts that they will be in ownership of this club for a period of time.”
“I am being regularly updated, but I suppose there are only two things they can tell me. One thing is that nothing has changed, the other is that it has changed – and the second thing they have not told me yet.”
It’s really good for the Newcastle club that we have a man as pragmatic as Chris on-board, with a work ethic which is just exemplary.
Whatever happens this season this man deserves a medal – and while we’re on that subject – let’s also give one to his assistant Colin Calderwood and to stand-in captain Alan Smith.
These three have made an enormous and positive difference this season, but it’s probably wrong of us to single out too many, since this has been a great team effort so far , which is 180 degrees different from last season.
Howay The Lads!!