Alan Shearer has who scant management experience – having managed Newcastle for just eight games, but failing to save the team four years ago from relegation, has come out today and said he is delighted the club stuck with Alan Pardew as manager.
Alan Shearer – you don’t become a bad manager in one year
Shearer was speaking at Steve Harmison’s benefit golf day at Slaley Hall yesterday, and he had this to say about Pardew:
“I think he deserves to keep his job because of the season before, he bought himself time.” “The nature of the game is he’s under pressure and he knows that but I’m delighted they stuck with him.”
“I think he earned a bit more time because of last season when they finished fifth and he was manager of the year. You don’t become a bad manager in one season. “I’m pleased they stuck by him. He’ll feel they have to get off to a good start as you always do, but fingers crossed that will happen.”
“It was a disappointing season, everyone will tell you the same thing. But they’ve got a chance to try and rectify that next season and hopefully they will purchase some players in the summer that will allow them to come strong again.
“I don’t know how much they’ve got available to spend, if anything, I wouldn’t like to say. Hopefully there’s some money for the manager to spend and I’m sure he’s hoping that as well.” “He needs to get them in as soon as possible so he can get his preparations started.”
It seems there is some money to spend this summer, and the purse strings should be loosening up a bit, with Newcastle going to receive at least £60M next season for being in the Premier League.
There’s also an opportunity to sell some fringe players like Dan Gosling and Gabby Obertan in the summer, and that will also raise some funds for new players.
It seems the main thing Newcastle are short of are strikers, and we’d love to see two top strikers brought in over the summer months.
What do you think?
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