Alan Shearer had eight games in charge at Newcastle, from April 1st, 2009 until the last game was played on May 24th, and Newcastle were still relegated.
Alan Shearer - too picky about a management job?
Alan won one, drew two, and lost the other five, and it was just one point short of saving Newcastle from the disaster of relegation.
And in fact in those last twelve league games, with Chris Hughton in charge before Alan took over, Newcastle gained only 6 points – ouch!
And although Shearer has said repeatedly, since that summer of 2009, over two years ago now, that he is keen to get back into management, he hasn’t done that.
This is what Alan told the Daily Mirror last night:
“You don’t know what it’s like until you do it. It’s so difficult.”
“I’ve got to be careful because the first one has to be right. If it goes wrong it’s got to be my fault, and nobody else’s.
“I also don’t want to be seen as being picky and choosy, but I would like to get into it if the right one came along.”
One way back is to manage a lower league side with a limited budget, and then see what you can do with what you’ve got, and while that may not be as sexy as taking a first job at a big club, it forces you to learn how to get the best out of the players you have.
And that after all, is the essence of coaching.
It’s what Bobby Robson did when he went to Ipswich in 1969, and although Bobby had hardly any money to spend in East Anglia, he still had Ipswich in the top six of the first division regularly.
Bobby left Ipswich in 1982 to manage the England National side.
But it seems Alan is looking for a plum job to start his career in management, where he will be given sizable transfer funds to bring in new players.
But thats hardly learning the trade, and there are not too many of those jobs available for a manager with little current experience of management.
It was really strange and a little weird to see the wild celebrations of the Manchester City players and supporters, when they won the FA Cup final in May be beating Stoke 1-0.
After all they have only spent £500M on players since the Abu Dhabi United Group bought the club in August of 2008.
During the same time Newcastle spent minus £10M in transfers – don’t check I just made it up for cheap effect.
If most of us were given the money that Chelsea and Manchester City managers have been given over these last few years, we could have all built a more than decent team – just sign up a bunch of world class players, and you cannot go too far wrong with that.
We think the great Bobby Robson had the right idea, and Bobby served his apprenticeship well at Ipswich Town.
That was before he went on to successfully manage England, PSG, Porto, Barcelona and of course he then took Newcastle United into the Champions League.
What a great manager Bobby was, and he was even a better person!
Maybe Alan can follow Bobby’s lead?