Alan Shearer Not Ready To Manage England

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer does not think he has the experience to manage the England team at the moment, and we agree with him.

Alan Shearer – not ready to be England manager

Alan has been in management for two months,  when he was brought in on April Fool’s day back in 2009, to try to save his home town club Newcastle from relegation, but couldn’t do it.

Alan won just one game of eight and had two draws, and Newcastle were just one point short of safety and were relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever in May two years ago.

Since then of course Newcastle’s fortunes  have been on the rise,  and they easily won the Championship in 2010, and are currently in 4th position in the Premier League.

Alan keeps talking about wanting to manage, but he keeps his position as a pundit on BBC’s Match of the Day on Saturday nights.

The only way to become a good manager is to start learning the trade,  and Alan may have to do that at a lower level club to get the experience he needs.

Shearer was close to becoming the Cardiff manager in the summer and he still has to get his UEFA Pro coaching licence, which all Premier League managers are supposed to have.

Shearer has been linked with bring part of the management team under the new England manager, who will take over at the conclusion of next summer’s European Championships from Fabio Capello.

We don’t think there’s been too many reports saying Alan would actually be offered the top job of England manager next summer, and Alan is straightforward and honest when asked if he would take the job:

“There are far more experienced candidates than me.” “When you see what guys like Harry Redknapp and Roy Hodgson have done and the experience they have, to put me in the bracket with those guys is not right.”

“I would love to do it one day, but now would be tough.” “I think if you were to ask an experienced Englishman like the guys that I’ve mentioned I’m sure they would snap your hands off.”

“Harry would be great because of his man-management. That’s hugely important at football clubs,  but more so with England because you’re only getting players for a week, or five weeks at a tournament.”

We agree with him, and maybe with Steve McClaren leaving the Nottingham Forest job yesterday, there may be an opportunity for Alan to get some management experience at a club that has won the European club Championship twice in 1979 and 1980,  when Brian Cough was the manager.

We’ll see.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 4, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    He rules himself out and rightly so. He’s a faaaar way away to be considered for ANY high profile job yet imo. Has too much to learn.
    Gah, 2 weeks til Tottenham game… What to do..? Some banter pls!

  • Klatoon

    Oct 4, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    He should be at a league two club right now not on a couch on TV.

  • Trent Toon

    Oct 4, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree he needs to start low.
    Shearer will be a great manager i believe!


    Oct 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Does this really need to be said? Christ sake
    If he wants to manage then get a job managing and stop ruining your legacy by being on the sofa of the football giggle hour
    Am sure plenty of clubs would happily have him if he was serious about it

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    on the header at the top of the page, tiote looks like hes just seen harry redknap face for the first time.

  • Sav

    Oct 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    ‘…and rightly so’.
    Do me a favour. getting tired of this saga. Al wants his cake and to eat it. The best way to get off the BBC couch is to stand up and walk away.
    I had manys the laugh at Keano’s managerial screw-ups but have to say at least that he walked the walk. Keano’s famous adage was ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ but at least I have to admit he WAS prepared to fail.
    But England? Or even Newcastle? Howay Al, get off the couch before you start to sound like Lawro and Hanson and Lineker. Time to put up and earn your spurs at some club in trouble or else shut up and be a happy cossetted pundit.

  • tynesidetommo

    Oct 4, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #7

    I have serious doubts Al has what it takes to be an outstanding manager.

    Sitting on a sofa and pontificating in front of a television camera is one thing doing it in the dug out on a wet and windy afternoon and quite another.

    Frankly, it’s about time he put up or shut up.

  • drongo

    Oct 4, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    I would just like to say that I am also ruling myself out of the running for being the next England manager.

  • rickskin

    Oct 4, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #9

    The longer you’re on Match of the Day, the bigger your shirt collar gets. #justsaying

  • Graeme

    Oct 4, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Its nonsense, he isn’t qualified to manage in Premier League let alone the England job.

    If he is anything but all mouth he needs to get off his butt and “learn” how to be a manager in Div 1 & 2. It was good enough for Clough, Revie, Sir Bobby etc and it will be good enough for Shearer.

    What he really wants is to cash in on his name and start in the Prem, avoiding all the grim reality of what it really takes to be a proper Manager.

    I just dont think he has it in him, its too much like hard work!!!

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon Tang > that made me laugh out loud mate…. What a Belta 🙂

  • solano

    Oct 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Sav is spot on! Shearer was a great player …but that usually equates to being a managerial failure. Moreover, Big Al has shown no willingness to learn the trade of managership – he turned KK down when offered a role in 2008 because of his ego and then let himself be flattered into the job in 2009. I don’t think he actually has the knowledge or nous to pass on his talents and his personality/character, judging by his tedious stint on MOTD is equal to a fencepost.
    Mention of the England job is ridiculous, but one thing that goes with that particular role is press intrusion into your private life – something that Shearer is very protective of and which he wouldn’t take kindly to.


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