Alan Shearer Backs Chris Hughton As Newcastle Manager

Alan Shearer, the Newcastle United fan, has come out today and said that Chris Hughton thoroughly deserves the chance to manage in the Premiership.

Alan Shearer – asks owner to back Chris with funds

Alan has come out in full support of Chris Hughton once again today.

Chris Hughton was of course a coach at the club when Alan and Iain Dowie were brought in to try to save the club during the last 8 games of last season.

We are great admirers of Alan Shearer, both as a player and a man, and we often think how hard it must have been for him last summer, when it seemed like Mike Ashley, the owner,  basically ignored him after Newcastle were relegated.

Most of us wanted Alan installed as manager then, but since last July Chris Hughton has come in and basically performed a miracle for the club and the team, and we now seem to be standing high.

Yes. we know very well  there will be people over the summer saying how it was really obvious that Newcastle were just too strong for the Championship, and you can bet your lives they were the same ones who were saying we would be relegated to League One.

Such is gossip journalism.

This is what Alan said today:

“I hope the owner backs Chris up financially,” “He deserves the right to manage in the Premier League because he went where not many people wanted to go and has taken them back up.”

“He deserves credit for that and deserves the chance to manage in the Premier League.”

“It has been frustrating not to be able to talk about Newcastle but I have seen a lot of their games because so many have been on Sundays and Mondays,”

“It has been a slog and at times they have not played particularly good football. But once you are in that league you have to get out as quickly as possible and now they are back where they belong.”

Those are good words from Alan, but we hope Alan doesn’t mean to give Chris say £30M in transfer funds, because that is neither possible or necessary.

Some managers – Rafael Benitez comes to mind – want cash to splash all the time, but that’s hardly possible with most clubs these days.

Most of us with say £100M to spend could bring in some good players, but it doesn’t say we are good managers. Good coaches and managers are those that get the very best out of what they have – and that’s one reason Bobby Robson was so great.

At Ipswich he had very little money to spend but still had them in the top six most seasons, and that’s also why Fulham have done so well under the impressive Roy Hodgson too.

We think the way forward at Newcastle is not to splash the big cash all the time,  but to build the club from within, with a huge concentration on youth development.

It’s not only youngsters we will be concentrating on, but also building the scouting staff so we can get bargain buys into the club, like Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge as three recent examples.

When we get back into Europe it may then be necessary to occasionally pay out big bucks for specific players, but we have a long way to go before European football returns to Newcastle.

However, we are willing to be very wrong on when we will return to European competition. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    May 7, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    “Alan Shearer, the Newcastle United fan,”
    And there was I thinking that NUFC had a massive fan base?

  • Ericles

    May 7, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Good scouting finds good players – often locally. Remember Alan Shoulder? We need a blend at NUFC that utilises the experience of older players and the potential of quality youngsters. We have that basis and Shearer obviously recognises this. I do wonder if CH and others demanded Alan be kept as a permanent manager for last season?

  • boater

    May 7, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree with the principle. As a club you set your stall out for immediate impact signings of the superstar variety – i.e. man u/ liverpool/ city.

    We’ve been there eh, but I like the idea of us now building up a squad of players under the £1-5 mil watermark, under 26, technically gifted with an emphasis on pace.

    The arsenal/ villa (o’neil) model. We shouldn’t be afraid to source players from the lower leagues as SBR did – so successfully. Whickham, Adam, Sigurdsson, Gunter, Whittingham, Snodgrass, etc. etc.

  • lesh

    May 7, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Your right to a degree in citing the signing of Alan Shoulder as good scouting.

    He played at Bylth Spartans for a few years, in the shadows of SJP and before 50000 fans scouted him when Blyth took on Wrexham at SJP!

    That Ericles, was more good fortune than good management.

  • lesh

    May 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Off topic but it looks as though goalkeepers are beginning to express concerns about the incidence of injuries among them.

    What next? Will thet be padding up like the big girls blouses in American football?


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