Alan Shearer must look at Newcastle these days and think what might have been.
Alan Shearer – while manager of Newcastle
Shearer of course had a great chance to become the permanent manager at his home town club, when he and Iain Dowie took over the reigns of the club on April Fools day of 2009, from Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood.
But for all their hard work and endeavor, they couldn’t save Newcastle when they gained just 5 points (one win and two draws) from the last 8 games, when 6 points would have been enough to save Newcastle from the dreaded drop.
Newcastle were relegated and had to cut costs big time to make ends meet in the Championship, and with Alan presumably asking for £20M in the transfer market and huge wages for himself and two assistants, it obviously didn’t go down well with owner Mike Ashley.
In short he didn’t get the job and Chris Hughton came in and performed a miracle for the Tyneside club, and we’ll never ever forget the courageous and brilliant work done by Londoner Hughton – he’s a hero to us.
But Newcastle are now back where they deserve, and have done very well this season to consolidate their Premier League position, which was the major goal of the campaign.
This is what Alan Shearer said today:
“If I’m honest they have done better than I thought,” “I think I was like everyone else, probably a little bit apprehensive.” “You’ve got to give them credit they’ve done really well.”
“They’ve stayed away from the bottom six for the majority of the season.” “I think that was their target when they first set out and they’ve achieved that, really, with ease.”
“It’s never really been panic stations, as it has been in other seasons. We hope that’s the same next season – but that really depends on what the manager’s going to be given to spend.”
“You spend £10M to stand still. That’s the harsh fact of it. It all depends on what’s going to happen, there’s only one guy that can answer that.” “Hopefully he’ll give him a few quid and they can start climbing.”
“You have to say the manager has done very well and the players have done very well. Now we’ll have to see who comes and goes in the summer,” “There’s obviously the money there from Andy Carroll.”
They’ll have to bring in one or two strikers in. I’m sure everyone will be looking at the transfer activity.” “That will be a good time for everyone – everyone will be looking forward to next season.”
It seems from that statement that Alan Shearer doesn’t agree with his former manager Kevin Keegan, who keeps saying that no money will be made available to Alan Pardew from the Andy Carroll sale.
Newcastle have indeed done very well this season, and huge credit should be given to the players, who have often played their hearts out for the Newcastle cause.
We’d love for them to end the season with a win at home to WBA a week on Sunday, and then take their deserved lap of honor, and celebrate with the local fans, because they’ve done massively well for this season.
We’d love to see five or six top players brought in over the summer, but that will not be easy, and we also fully expect a couple of free transfers coming in to kick things off early in the summer months – that’s the hope anyway.
And as Alan, one of the greatest footballers Newcastle will ever produce, rightly says, it’s an important summer for the Newcastle club, who have to strengthen big time if they are ever to get back with the big boys.
That has to be the aim over the next couple of seasons.