After Shearer Comments Hughton Continues Getting Job Done

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.

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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!!

18 comments so far

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Alan Shearer has stated he is open to offers from other clubs , this is a clear indication to all inside and outside of the club , than Alan is aware now that the sale is NOT going through , and therefore he is NOT likely to take the reins , so he is deciding that he MUST look elsewhere , …..UGH Ashley is here for some time !!!!,19528,11095_5569127,00.html

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    And theres a guy called Shrews ,, who is on the previous thread who states we will win 4 – 0 today !
    Can ANYONE remember when we last one a league match 4 -0 uummmh , sometime ago , eh ?, who can trivia , an answer to that ??

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    sorry i mean WON not one 4-0 !

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 19, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    nzedtoonman – you could well be very right there.

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed , I remember Stooey Barraclough , and Ollie Burton , and Pop Robson , lads who were honest black and white boys , nowadays the whole toon scene wreaks of dishonest backhanded goings on , Als had enough !!

  • magpie6699

    Sep 19, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    nzt – I can’t remember 4 goals in a league game recently except the 1-4 against the Mackems ? As for 4-0 – no idea.
    The game today will be a lot harder than some people think!

  • magpie6699

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Hi – just checked on a website called – says that in 2003-4 we beat Tottenham 4-0 at SJP – that seems to be the last.
    Can I claim my prize now?

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    mag6699 , us getting beat 2-1 by the seasiders brings everything clearly into focus , we are not as good as we thought we might be ….
    We will not stuff teams 4-o , no way , we have a fragile midfield , and a defence that is stil vulnerabl;e especially to high stuff !

    Lets get real , we are in about five teams who have a chance of promotion , but as ever 46 games is a LONG haul , and after about 38 games it is then we will see who is really in with a chance to go up , it is too early to say at mo….

  • magpie6699

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    I would have been there – strange I can’t remember much about the game – old age plus suffering all the crap since, probably.
    Anyone remember the scorers?

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    m6699, saved me a bit of internet statistic hunting ,,,,,,

  • magpie6699

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    nzt – you forgot to mention that our wins this season have mainly been based on our defence, not our goal-scoring abilities. Our 3-0 against Reading and 4-3 against Huddersfield were based on super-Shola who’s not available!

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Also remember this is the 2009-2010 season so the last 4-0 result in league against the spurs, was SIX years ago , frightening as to how INEPT we really are now…..

  • nzedtoonman

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Ok my prophecy , Nufc 2 Plymouth 1 , its about right , as we haven’t got a lot up front with shola out , and we are a bit scarey at the back at the mo !!

  • shrews mag

    Sep 19, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    … trust me … 4 – 0 …

  • Michael12

    Sep 19, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #15

    He is provoking the fans. As I mentioned in an earlier debate, we have been winning under Hughton and as the call from fans and players begin to change from appoint Shearer as manager to appoint Hughton as manager, up he pops to remind us he is still there.

    If he has a replete of offers as his comments suggest, why is he waiting?

  • johnny67

    Sep 19, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    well i didnt think there would be any chance of watchin the game today but three sites have the game on their schedule

    so am hopeful of catchin the game….howay lads lets get to top spot again were we belong

  • dave 1961

    Sep 19, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Michael12 you seem very anti shearer, i wonder if you ever seen him play, or is 12 your age, my one fear is he will go to another club prove himself, then go on to manage a top club and stay well clear of his greatest football mistake that was giving up all the medals at man-u. i know everyone’s entitled to there own opinion but your seems to be based on spite.

  • Michael12

    Sep 19, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #18

    @dave1961: I do not, not like Shearer. I love him as player but hate his management style or lack thereof.

    You only get one chance to make a first impression and Shearer has made a very bad first impression.

    We are winning and doing well under Hughton and surely we should reward Hughton by allowing him to continue the job. Imagine if despite all this success, the club moves Hughton aside for Shearer who has done nothing to earn the job.

    Hughton is earning the job and Shearer is undermining his efforts by barking that he will not hang around forever trying the club into making a rash decisions when one is needed. We are not in trouble so why does he talk as though we need him.


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