Newcastle Managing Director has issued a foul mouthed tirade against Newcastle legends Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, and he’s thrown in some criticism of Chris Hughton too.
Foul mouthed attack on Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan
Derek hardly ever gives interviews, so it’s just a little sad that when he does he use foul mouthed language and criticizes Newcastle icons, when he must know it will make it to the papers.
Derek doesn’t think much of the management abilities of either Kevin Keegan or Alan Shearer, and of course both have been Newcastle manager under Mike Ashley.
Kevin lasted eight months before the stupid Dennis Wise affair caused him to resign, and essentially he was lied to by the Newcastle Board, and Alan lasted only two months, when he failed to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
Indeed, Derek LLambias has even blamed Alan Shearer for Newcastle’s terrible demise when they were surprising relegated in May of 2009, when in eight games in charge Alan could only muster one win and two draws for a measly 5 points, which was just one point short of safety.
But Alan worked his socks off to try to save his local club.
The report is in the Sunday Mirror today, and of course it’s always dangerous for the Ashley regime to criticize two local legends, who gave magnificent service to the Newcastle club, and Derek is showing no common sense, and certainly no class.
LLambias claims Kevin Keegan could never deal with the day to day stresses of management, and that his head was all over the place.
This is what Derek said:
“Kevin Keegan can’t take pressure. His f****** head was all over the place.” “Mike Ashley was selling to the Arabs and they wanted Kevin Keegan.”
“The Arabs wanted him, the fans wanted him — perfect!” “Shearer was my choice and I have to hold up my hands — the wrong choice.”
“There would never be the right time for Shearer.” “There would never be a right time in football.” “Shearer, for this, destroys us. He gave all the responsibility to Dowie. Rubbish!”
“It wasn’t the right time” “You guys have given him that arrogance.” “Chris Hughton would never have taken us where we want to be. “That’s my decision by the way.”
“Chris can’t make decisions. If I am asking about a player, Ben Arfa? he says ‘I’m not sure, blah blah blah’.” “With Chris, he couldn’t cope with where we are mentally. We are aggressive.”
“You need to be aggressive. I don’t want a manager below me who can’t argue.” “You guys don’t understand how f****** horrible we can be.”
What’s interesting there is when Kevin was appointed in January, 2008, Mike Ashley was supposedly selling to the Arabs, but that was only six months or so after Mike Ashley took over, so was he thinking of selling even then?
And the other thing that doesn’t jibe with the Shearer comments, is that only days after relegation, Mike Ashley issued a statement in which he said:
“Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best decision I have made.”
You would have thought with that statement that Mike would have kept Shearer on as manager, but he didn’t, and Chris Hughton was left to take the club back to the Premier League, which he did in brilliant style.
The reason that Chris was sacked was that he didn’t seem to be on the same wavelength as Ashey and LLambias, and the fact he never saw his firing coming, even supports that view.
And indeed Newcastle now have Alan Pardew in charge, who certainly shows leadership, and is also a take control type of guy, and in retrospect it’s been a good appointment for Newcastle and Alan seems to just love it on Tyneside.
But you have to have some class in life, and we all do poor jobs at times, even though we give 100%, and in those cases it’s best not to come out with a full scale attack on people, with all guns blazing.
It just doesn’t work, and if nothing else it proves you have no class, and that’s about all it proves.
Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton have given great service to Newcastle United, and they hardly deserve this foul mouthed criticism, even if some of the criticism may be true.