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.