Things Not As Simple As Shearer Says After Relegation

Alan Shearer was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday, and he says he thought he had the Newcastle manager job on a permanent basis,  shortly after Newcastle had been relegated. And the news is all over the papers this morning.

Alan Shearer – thought he had the manager job

Shearer had been appointed permanent manager on April 1st last year and had surprisingly been brought in to take over from Chris Hughton, who had been assisted by Colin Calderwood, since Joe Kinnear had his heart problems in mid February, that started just before the game at WBA.

With this the first management job ever for Shearer, he also brought in his pal, the experienced Iain Dowie as his assistant manager, to run the training sessions.

Alan said after that Sunday, when Newcastle were relegated by being beaten 1-0 at Villa Park from an own goal by Damien Duff, that he had attended talks with owner Mike Ashley, and apparently left the meeting thinking he had got the job for the following season.

This is what Alan told Radio 5 Live yesterday:

I thought I had the job at Newcastle,” “We had got relegated and I had sat down with the appropriate guys and we had agreed everything. Then two days later…”

“I have not spoken to them since. I rang someone up and he didn’t know what was going on and I never got a phone call after that.”

So we have no idea what “then two days later ….”  really  means other than he found out he didn’t have the job.

And it would be interesting to hear what the other side of this story is – but we never will, because Ashley has never commented on what was going on in the days and weeks following Newcastle’s disastrous relegation from the Premier League.

As we recall there was all  kinds of stuff going on in the week following our relegation, with news that Alan wanted fairly high wages for himself  and his two assistants, and was demanding £25M in transfer funds.

Of course we have no idea if that was true, but that’s what was being reported in the press at the time, and if it was true it shows Shearer had no idea about the financial running of the club.

When a club is relegated from the Premier League you get about half the revenues, and the very last thing you are able to do is come up with big transfer money – you have to do the opposite and cut your costs to make ends meet.   The club trimmed the wage bill by getting rid of some of the high wage earners like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Habib Beye, Damien Duff and Oba Martins.

And even after that, the club were about £25M in the hole last January, because their outlay was way ahead of the lower revenues they were bringing in from the Championship, and Ashley had to loan Newcastle another £25M to keep the books balanced.

And we remember Ashley making the statement later that week that Alan would have to lower his demands if he was to become manager at Newcastle.

That was the last week in May and it wasn’t until about five weeks later, just before training began on July 1st, that Ashley appointed Chris Hughton as manager, and Chris immediately brought in Colin Calderwood on a weekly contract.

We also have to remember the club had again been put up for sale that summer, and Ashley was hoping to sell the club quickly, but nobody seemed interested. Chris and Colin started the job as caretakers, thinking they would be at Newcastle only a matter of weeks,  before the new owners came in – but of course we now know that didn’t happen.

So those are the facts as they were reported in the press – true or not.

And Alan spoke of a possible return to Newcastle:

“I absolutely loved my time at Newcastle, despite what happened.” “I have never, ever worked so hard in my life and my kids have never seen so little of me.”

“But I loved the challenges that it brought and yes, if the right one came along, then I would seriously look at it.”

We don’t think things were quite as simple as Alan says, but in any case Chris Hughton came in and did a wonderful job for the club and of course we were promoted 11 points in front of 2nd placed WBA and a full 23 points above 3rd placed Nottingham Forest.

We have to think that Alan is after a management job somewhere, and this interview may help him to secure a position at some club, but it would be a long shot if he ever manages at Newcastle, while Mike Ashley still owns the club.

What do you think of all of this?

Comments always welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Sep 17, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    If Shearer was serious about becoming a Manager, he has to realise, as in most things in life, you dont start at the top!!

    He needs to get himself off the nice comfy BBC sofa and get a real job in Division 1 or 2 and learn how to be a proper Manager of a Football Club. Its how all the really great Managers have started their carreer, by getting out on the pitch, in the snow, the rain, the mud and actually making a difference to the players you have.

    For some reason Shearer seems to believe that he’s above all that!!

  • slazberger

    Sep 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    i cant imagine any other manager without experience demanding the wages and transfer kitty he is reported to have asked for. he does seem to have the same mentality as gullit that he is bigger than anyone else including the club. who knows what would have happened but if he had £25m to spend i imagine he was planning to change the fast majority of the players and we could easily have ended up in a situation similar to boro’s.

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Can we stop bringing these stories up? I hate to say a heroes name being dragged in the mud through mere rumours and the club’s current state being knocked by allegations.

    It’s in the past now.

  • hitman

    Sep 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    well well stardust,you were all wrong yet again..

  • stjamespark

    Sep 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I know ashley never talks about anything to the media. But I’ve just has a strange feeling that in a few years he will release an autobiography with his side just to make a few extra bucks? Anyone else?

  • Dax Trajero

    Sep 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    2 things immediately come to mind:

    1. It pains me to say it, but I’ve never been so ashamed of my team’s attitude and performance, as I was on that final game against Aston Villa. It worried me that the team didn’t respond to the manager and that the manager couldn’t motivate his team. Agreed we had some pathetic players in that team, but a good manager can motivate.

    2. I have to agree with Graeme in that I find it incredulous that we’d bring in an untried untested manager with zero experience just because he was a successful striker and just because the fans demanded it.

  • Wallsend Will

    Sep 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    What’s with all this Shearer bashing! I believe that had Ashley put up the money as suggested we would have had a bigger and better squad than we have now, regardless of who the manager was. To be honest Hughton has surprised us all, with very limited resources, but we’re back in the premiership now with a long way to till next May.

    I repeat it’s all about money as far as Ashley is concerned, and Hughton was by far the cheaper option. He must be one of the lowest paid managers in the Premiership. (Ashley would say that the Club can’t afford to pay him any more and more importantly sees no need to do so.)

  • slazberger

    Sep 17, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Wallsend Will – one of the lowest paid in the prem yes, but we were in the championship at the time shearer reportedly made his demands. and it is absolutely all about money. there’s only man city who don’t have that approach these days.

  • chuck

    Sep 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Of course Shearer was a great player for Newcastle and will be remembered as such with the rest of those who were heros for the club.
    However it becomes obvious as a manager he was totally inexpierienced and quite naive. His recent statements in regards to the post season following relegation, tends to confirm that.
    It `s obvious why he did`nt get the job, as stated, inexperience, failure to rescue the side from relegation, lack of conviction the side could gain promotion, his salary requirements, money to spend on new faces, etc.
    Obviously Hughton was much more experienced and cheaper and could live within Ashley`s budget, a no brainer .
    As stated it`s doubtfull if he will ever manage at this club as long as MA is still in charge.
    Face it not all great players have the ability to manage clubs, which makes being a tv pundit much more appealing.

  • moonraker

    Sep 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t go along with this thing about an inexperienced manager such as AS not being able to manage at the top level as his first job.

    With his experiences as a player at the top level he would be able to cope with any situation that came up and could certainly pick the best team available and dictate the tactics.

    The secret is in motivating the players and we don’t know yet whether AS can do that effectively no more than any new manager.

    The team that went down wouldn’t have survived with Alex Ferguson in charge because it was dead in the water and only good luck would have saved it.

    CH had the right formula last season and the spirit was good, as it is this season but if he keeps dithering with team selections now that he has choices, he’ll lose the support of the fans and we all know what happens then.

    Shearer will manage Newcastle one day, maybe after Ashley has sold the club and I personally look forward to that day although at the moment CH has my support, but the jury’s still out on him!!!

  • MacToon

    Sep 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Bucks mag // Sep 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Can we stop bringing these stories up?

    If you hadn’t noticed it was Shearer who started this with his radio 5 interview…… lol, we respond to it, that’s all.

    I think it’s a disgrace that Ashley never got back in touch (or Lameass) just to let him know 1 way or the other. As things have turned out Ashley has had a stroke of luck with CH, lowest paid manager around and seems to be non-pushy with his employers, just gets on with the job in hand.

  • chuck

    Sep 17, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Hero worship of Shearer will not change the facts.
    He was proven both tactically naive and was unable to motivate (you saw how the team played) the side .
    It takes experience to manage a side, beginning either as a coach or a manager in the lower divisions.
    If Shearer wants to manage let him learn his trade as his attempt at Newcastle was a disaster .

  • moonraker

    Sep 17, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #13


    You’re entitled to your opinion and I respect it, but 8 games is hardly a fair crack of the whip and as I said, no-one could have saved the club at the time with all the turmoil and rumours going on.

    There are plenty of top coaches who never came up thro the ranks, notably Capello, Trappatoni etc. and plenty who failed going thro the ranks eg Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst.

    In MY opinion Shearer will manage the Toon one day!

  • xfer

    Sep 17, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed just blogs whatever he likes, if you dont like his articles, then you can stop visiting the site. Its ridiculous to ask for the blogger to stop certain articles.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone like to see both our argintine sits on the stationary cycling bikes again….it was a funny moment.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 17, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #16

    i support Shearer . But he needs to improve on his HR skills

  • Mag 48

    Sep 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Inexperienced like Keegan was ?

  • moonraker

    Sep 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Spot-on Mags

  • slazberger

    Sep 17, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #19

    or chris hughton Mag 48, except he didn’t price himself out of the job with wages and transfer demands. lets face it if the reports were accurate shearer said we would need £20m plus to get back into the prem.


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