Alan Shearer has again said he would consider going back into football management, two years and 11 days since he was appointed the Newcastle manager on April Fool’s day, 2009.
Alan Shearer – says he’s still keen on management
Alan managed Newcastle for 8 games, and although he and Iain Dowie did their absolute utmost to avoid relegation, they were ultimately unsuccessful, with just 5 points from the last 8 games of the season.
That included two 1-0 losses against Fulham at home and Aston Villa away in the final two games of the season, after Newcastle had crushed Middlesbrough 3-1 at St. James’ Park in what seemed to be a win that could have saved Newcastle.
As it turned out, a single point from those final two games would have been enough for Newcastle to survive, and Hull City would have been relegated, because they had an inferior goal difference to that of Newcastle.
But it wasn’t to be as we all know, although Hull City were finally relegated last season.
Shearer talked about having some job interviews since he left the Newcastle job:
“Yes, I have had interviews and got close to taking a managerial job. I loved my eight weeks at Newcastle, despite the way it ended.”
“I would seriously consider going back into football, but it would have to be right.” “It’s imperative that you have a chance of success at your first job. That’s what I would be looking for.”
There’s no way that Alan would be given the job at Newcastle United again, well at least as long as Mike Ashley is owner of the club, and Alan has to remember that success in coaching is simply getting the very best out of the players you have available.
It’s not taking a job where he has a guaranteed £40M to buy players or something like that, which is what he seems to be looking for.
Bobby Robson was so great at in his management career, because he could always get the very best out of his players, and his success at Ipswich over 13 years (1969-1982) was just phenomenal, and he didn’t do too bad at Newcastle either. 😀
But we’d like to see Alan do what other potential future managers are doing, and get some decent experience in management.
Lee Clark is doing very well at Huddersfield Town, where he has the Terriers joint second top of the League One right now, and is a possible future Newcastle manager. Lee also likes to have his teams play in the Kevin Keegan way, and attack the opposition.
Gary Speed has everything it takes to become a good manager too, and is great friends with Alan of course, and after managing Sheffield United, when he hired John Carver as his assistant, Gary has recently taken the Wales manager position, which proved to be a good grounding position for Mark Hughes.
Alan has to learn the game as a manager, and he cannot really expect to get a plum job first time out, but we think that’s what he’s probably still hoping for.
Football management is a lot different than playing, but Alan does seem to have those qualities needed to become a top manager, but he may have to start at a smaller club first.
Some time in the future we would expect Shearer back at Newcastle as the manager, but when that will be, we have absolutely no idea.