Shearer’s Shadow Still Looms Over Chris Hughton

With promotion at Newcastle all but mathematically certain, Newcastle fans will be turning to the summer transfer window to see how the club plans to improve the current squad.

Hughton and Calderwood will get the nod for next season

Most Newcastle fans seem to be fine with Hughton being the manger for  next season, and in in our poll a couple of weeks ago, 71% of around 500 voters said they’d be happy to see Hughton managing the club next season.

Nicky Butt has given an interview with the News Of The World today, and says that Chris will always have the shadow of a certain Alan Shearer hanging over him while he’s managing on Tyneside, simply because Alan is such a living legend on Tyneside.

But Nicky, like the vast majority of  Newcastle fans, has praised the great job Chris has done this year:

“He’s has done a great job and it’s a difficult job here.” “Chris is getting the accolades he deserves. I do believe everyone will have the shadow of Alan Shearer over him because he is such a massive name here.”

“He is a legend and everyone will have that looming over them unless they are a bigger name than him. There aren’t many bigger names in Newcastle than Alan Shearer.”

“That’s part and parcel of coming here as manager but Chris has a earned his crack at the Premier League. It would be very unfair to let somebody else come in to take it on.”

If it’s not a miracle that Chris has carried out this year, then it’s got to be close to it. 😀

There are a number of good managers currently available such as Mark Hughes, Sven Eriksson, Avram Grant and some others (Jose Mourinho?).

But we think owner Mike Ashley is more than happy with the way Chris has slotted in, the way he has got the best out of his players,  and the fact he is very willing to live within a fairly tight financial budget.

That may have been one thing that turned Mike off Shearer at the end of last season, just after relegation, when reportedly Alan was asking for £25M for transfers.

We now understand that would have been impossible, and unnecessary as it has turned out – because the revenues are cut in half in the Championship, and clubs have to rein in their costs substantially to meet the lower revenues flowing in.

But there’s also no way in knowing whether that’s what Alan was really asking for, because we’ve found out that what’s reported in the gossip press is not necessarily what’s really going on in real life – surprise, surprise.

Gone at Newcastle are the big buys, when we bought players for massive amounts in the transfer market, and paid them huge wages and they turned out to be hopeless. The examples are just too numerous to list and we don’t want to get depressed so we’ll not mention any names.

Now the club will be making their big-name players such as Andy Carroll, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger, Danny Guthrie and Haris Vuckic, and somehow it’s just as exciting to see these youngsters making such big strides at the club.

And the extra thing you get with bringing your players through the club ranks is a complete dedication to the Tyneside club, and that’s what we’d like to see more of in the future. It’s made a huge difference this season, that’s for sure.

And the Newcastle scouting network, now under chief scout Graham Carr, is now in full swing, and we are looking forward to more bargain buys in the summer.

There’s not doubt at all that Alan Shearer is a legend, you just have to look at what he’s done in football on Wikipedia and you come away thinking he must have been born a football God in Gosforth.

Whether Alan will also become a legend for his management capabilities is something we will find out down the road sometime.

And we really have no idea how Newcastle will fare in the much tougher Premiership next season – but right now we are just hoping and praying we’ll be OK.

But things are good at the Newcastle club right now – in fact they are more than good – they are great – and a an awful lot of that is due to a certain Chris Hughton.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    I am happy for Chris to keep going and don’t think we need some any magical change of attitude. The team are working together and considering the quality of some of the teams we will be playing in the premiership I think we will be in good stead.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Shearer had a shot…not a good one but he had one. He will need to work his way back up and come back under his own steam as an established manager. In short he should come back as a manager the way he came as a striker. A proven professional coming back to his home club to inspire a new generation.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Any Gaffer at newcastle united will have Alan’s shadow over them..That’s just the way it is. What Chris has done that maybe some in the past haven’t been able to do is not try to be a legend in one season. Chris strikes me as a down to earth lad who loves football and loves newcastle united. He doesn’t seem to have the ego that some of our other gaffers in the past have. He knows how to get the best out of his players, he has proved he is tacticly sound, and did very well on a shostring budget in the january transfer market. All these things are key to being succesful. Now let’s see if he can do it on the big stage. I said “let’s see” meaning the irishman has earned the right to lead the toon army onto the big battlefield next season. I have no doubt that someday alan shearer will be the manager at newcastle, and on that day i will crack open a guiness and toast one happily. But for Pete;s sake i hope it is 7 years, 3 premier league title,2 carling cups, an a f.a. cup, and a europa and champions league winners medal away from now. (what i can dream can’t i!!!!!)

    All the way from the USA,
    Howay the Lads!!!!

  • Ian

    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    With hindsight, I’m glad Shearer had his go and failed, because it actually takes the ‘Shearer Shadow’ away from St James’ for quite a long time.
    I dont think that if Hughton had a miserable season in the Premier League that many people at all would be clamouring for Shearer, unlike most of our recent managers gone by.
    It will take Shearer to have a crack elsewhere (and succeed) before his name is mooted with the management position here again.
    Put that in with the fact that as long as Mike Ashley is in charge Shearer wont be back, then I think Hughton doesnt have to look over his shoulder at all.
    In all honesty, if Hughton does a Roeder, then I certainly wont be giving him a hard time.
    Perhaps he is perfectly suited to the Championship (just like I think Shola is), but he at least deserves a chance at a full Prem season (if not at least two) as a thanks from all of us for the AMAZING and LEGENDARY job he has done this season.

  • Ian

    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed – my comments are appearing. Can you put them up please?

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think CH will even bother thinking about Shearer….hardly a managerial threat to him at this moment in time.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 4, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    ‘But things are good at the Newcastle club right now – in fact they are more than good – they are great – and a an awful lot of that is due to a certain Chris Hughton.’

    …and a certain Colin Calderwood as well! This has been a real Clough / Taylor type partnership.

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 4, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    From reading the extracts from Nolan recently, it appears there is a 3 tier system in place at Newcastle United these days.

    The gaffer
    The managment

    I’m sure similar systems are in place at other clubs on an unoffical basis, but it appears to be working.

    Shearer will always be held in the highest esteem with myself and most genuine NUFC fans, but its not his time, its Chris’s and deservedly so.
    I cant believe there are still stories about other managers coming in (Daft woman at the Guardian apart).
    Ed its not even worth column inches to even suggest it!

    We’re all but in the big time again, so lets enjoy it and enjoy what CH has brought…..success !(relative !)

  • Bangkok Mag

    Apr 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Alan Shearer – The single most dangerous person to the future development of Newcastle United.

  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 4, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Shearer no way he needs to prove himself.

    CH needs a bigger backroom staff. Carver and Thompson. Butt for reserves.

    We can also give Butt coach player. Jst to keep him in the dressing room. I have a feeling we still need him.

    CH, CC,Carver, Thompson
    Butt-reserve coach.

    If not Butt we can get Speed. I wld love him back.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 4, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    entertainers, there is at chelski,

    Deviant Terry- Lampard- Drogba-Deviant cole




  • Sav

    Apr 4, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Its not Shearer’s shadow CH needs to be worried about.
    The papers say its Nolan and possibly Smith. Butt seems content to retire but replacing the other two, as and when that is needed, will be a delicate job, if Hughton has relied on their changing room influence as much as speculated.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    There is a saying that no one man should be bigger than the club but sadly that was allowed to be the case at NUFC under Shepherd wih A.S.

    Fergie got rid of RVN, Sheringham, Yorke, Cole et al when their best years had gone. SBR tried to do the same with A.S and got sacked.

    Shearer could not inspire his best mates (Mickey Owen, Duff, Butt, etc) to get 1 extra point when it really mattered. If he coudn’t do it then when could he?

    A.S was largely responsible for getting Owen to come here and like KK , AS would be a high maintenance manager who would need lots of funds and a huge salary based on what kind of track record – he was once a great player !

  • xfer

    Apr 4, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    I aint got a problem with Nolan and Smith if they continue to perform. I thought they have both been magnificant for us this season.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #15

    To be fair to shearer he was in charge 8 games with a team that was not his,said to my mate at time he took over if i had been him i would not of took the job as it would be his name that went down in history that got us relegated.There was just to much dead wood in that team at the time ,even chris strugled to get results with that team in the prem says it all dont it.

  • marshy

    Apr 4, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #16

    hughton did very badly in the premiership as did shearer so to blast shearer is a bit unfair.we have got where we are now with a great deal of luck as in a lot of matches we have played very badly yet come away with results.i don’t think we can play as badly in the EPM and get away with it. we need some good investment in the summer or before and I don’t think that will happen with ashley in charge.


    Apr 5, 2010 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Im 100 percent behind ch and come on fellas dont be knocking shearer the man turned down man utd to join us.

  • balubas1

    Apr 5, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #18

    I would absolutely love to have Shearer as manager for Newcastle again… but not for 5-10 years. Add some experience and man-handling skills to his extreme will for winning, and we have the best manager in the world:)

  • balubas1

    Apr 5, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    btw Hughton.. good work mate! will never be forgotten! In the past when Keegan took us up we saw the birth of “the entertainers”. Now I’m exited about what the Hughton-era brings us!


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