With the news that Barry Moat has finally made his official bid for the Newcastle club, what will that mean if he is successful?
Alan Shearer – does his appointment mean Hughton gets sacked?
We are hearing that Alan Shearer will be appointed manager if Barry Moat is successful with his bid, and we are now being told that Mike Ashley will decide on the offer within days.
And in fact Alan is reported today by the Journal to be buoyed by the new news, so we assume Barry Moat has updated him on the situation.
But if Barry then appoints Alan as manager, and we are told that would be immediate, what happens to Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood?
And how will this affect our players since if nothing else, it seems the players are 100% behind Colin and Chris, and what they have done so far this season.
Chris has the club 3 points clear at the top of the Championship, under the most difficult conditions imaginable for a manager.
He has won all Manager of the Month awards so far for the CCC (August and September) – so what why on earth would you want to fix something that just isn’t broken – and probably the only thing that isn’t broken at Newcastle right now?
We ask this question only because if you look at the pure logic of appointing Alan now, it would seem like a risky move at best.
Don’t get us wrong on this – we are big supporters of Alan Shearer and believe he has everything it takes to eventually become a great manager – but he is untested in management, as we found out in April and May.
However good Alan may be, in terms of his potential, he’s done nothing in management to suggest he can keep the run going that Chris and Colin have underway at the club.
It reminds us a little bit of the state of the club in August, 2004, when we had been flying high with Bobby Robson, and Bobby was replaced on the assumption that whoever came in (it was Graeme Souness eventually, after Steve Bruce of Birmingham turned down the job) could get us back into the top 4.
That didn’t happen and it was the start of Newcastle’s decline from a Premier League power-house.
If Alan does come in and we fall off the pace of the Championship, what do we do then?
The only way we think this would have a chance of working is that Alan and his assistant (John Carver?) came in and were told to use Chris and Colin as the coaches on the training field, and no big changes were made on the playing side of things, or even the tactics we have been using under Chris.
The last thing we need right now is for a change in playing style, when we are winning so many games. We should have learned that lesson from last season.
Let us know your ideas on this.