Alan Shearer has been speaking to talkSPORT before the charity game today, where he will manage a Newcastle side against a Manchester United Select side.
It’s to mark (celebrate?) 20 years since the we gave the Red Devils that famous 5-0 thrashing on October 20th, 1996.
The game kicks off at 1.30pm at Kingston Park.
Alan Shearer next to his stature at St. James’ Park
Alan has talked about his management ambitions and it’s hardly surprising he says he doesn’t have any at the moment.
But we think he would take the England job or a management position at a top Premier League club if he was ever offered it – but that’s highly unlikely.
This is some of what Alan has said and he also talks about a certain Rafa Benitez:
“I’m very, very happy in what I’m doing.” “I made a conscious decision a few years ago to stick at the media and work at it.” “I’m quite content and happy with what I’m doing.”
“What the early games tell people is that Newcastle aren’t going to walk the Championship,” “It’s a long hard slog in that league.”
“But the big thing coming out of Newcastle eventually, and I hope it stays that way, is that Rafa is running the club.”
“He’s doing it his way, he’s able to bring players in that he wants to bring in, not who the Chief Scout or the owners wants to bring in.”
“And if that’s going to happen and stay that way then they’ll have a big chance of getting back up – and not only that, but having success in years to come.”
Alan is right of course and if Mike Ashley just keeps doing what he’s been doing since May 25th when Rafa joined the club for the next three years (that is – he’s not not interfering) then we can all look forward to big success in the future.
In the Chronicle today they have again mentioned that in the future Rafa has some huge ambitions for Newcastle.
And they will have to be big if Benitez is to get Newcastle into a position where we can win trophies again.
That’s what Rafa wants to do at Newcastle United and why he agreed to sign on for three years – and it’s exactly what the fans want too.
Sounds good to us.
Howay The Lads!!