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Rafa Asks For Shearer’s Advice – How Are We Doing?

9:22 am, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

It was obvious as soon as Rafa Benitez arrived on Tyneside that he had great respect for Alan Shearer – who is a Newcastle legend in the true sense of the word.

And Rafa admitted that before he took the job at Newcastle he had talked to Alan about the club and we’re pretty sure he took Alan’s advice before he signed on the dotted line on May 25th to stay at the club for three full years, even though at the time Alan seemed convinced he wouldn’t do that.


Alan Shearer and his statue at St. James’ Park

And Shearer revealed that he had coffee last week with Rafa and they discussed various things and we wondered whether Rafa wanted Alan back at Newcastle in some official capacity.

And we said at the time that if Rafa did want to appoint Alan to some new job at the club, we’re pretty sure owner Mike Ashley would not object to that – he’s not that daft.

The Newcastle journalists have asked Rafa if there is a potential job for Alan at the club and this is how the manager responded:

“Everyone knows Alan Shearer is a legend and that is it.”

“We will leave the possibility of a job there and we will have plenty of time to talk about it in the future.”

“Alan Shearer is a legend here, a fantastic player and a top expert and pundit – but it is time to concentrate on the games for us and that is it.”

“I spent some time with him and asked him for some advice because he has experience.” “He knows the fans, the club, the city  – everything.”

“It was more asking him advice – ‘please tell me if we’ve made any mistakes’.”

“He was fine and he said it is going well so far. He said we are doing well and going in the right direction and he’s happy to see the club going in the right direction.”

“He was supportive and he was happy with the way things are going on.”

Alan Shearer would want to keep his job at the BBC where he is the chief pundit for Match of the Day, so if Rafa wanted Alan to be part of the club again, it would be a discussion with Alan on what that could be – they could create a unique position for Alan.

It would need to be something more substantial than just an Ambassador, but it’s intriguing as to what it could turn out to be – if it happens.

Certainly having Alan Shearer part of the club again is what the fans want to see – it would be a win-win-win for Rafa, the club and hopefully for Alan too.

Maybe something will happen in the summer?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Alan Shearer · Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Press

35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 martoon // Oct 18, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    I’m not sure Ashley would allow it – there is a massive rift between them as demonstrated by Shearer’s statue being on Council owned land rather than NUFC’s.

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Oct 18, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    martoon…It would be a huge signal of change and Rafa’s ultimate influence if Shearer did become involved.

    However, I’m not sure he even wants to get involved particularly, nor does it sound like Rafa truly wants him at the club. Just answering a question in a Rafa manner. Respectfully.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Oct 18, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Leave Alan out of it Rafa, don’t want to be mixing with treacherous failures like him.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Oct 18, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Ashley needs to get over it and start showing a bit of respect to KK and Shearer.

  • 5 JamesToon // Oct 18, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    My lineup for Barnsley:


    Sels, Hanley, Yedlin, Dummett, Colback, Atsu, Perez

  • 6 JamesToon // Oct 18, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Very tempting to put Yedlin and Atsu ahead of Anita and Gouffran to really take control of the game like at Villa, but think we’ll leave ourselves too open at the back, Lazaar will need help as will Anita, so Ritchie and Gouffran ahead of them would be ideal

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Oct 18, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Jail…If, as seems to be the case, the club have accepted that what came before wasn’t good enough and that the subsequent changes have been for the better, then surely that means that Keegan and Shearer were correct in their assessments. Ashley may not have liked it, but as you say, he needs to get over it.

    Whether it’s an official role or not, both are huge parts of NUFC’s history and are ambassadors of the club, even when they weren’t happy with how it was being run and were being turned over themselves.

  • 8 Ibizatoon // Oct 18, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Jonjo getting lauded on Sky Sports.

    A lot was said about Shelvey and his “drop off form” whilst at Swansea. I’ve never really followed them deeply and rely on our resident Swan fan for any information I have on them. Interesting about the change of manager, it would seem to answer it really.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Oct 18, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Bonus: Just looked at my Coral bet on Dwight Gayle and it’s 11/1 not 10. Keep up the good work Dwighty boy. 😀

  • 10 Jib // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Ashley seems to be cleaning up his act all over the place.

    He’s handed pretty much full control of NUFC to an expert in Benitez.

    He kicked Dave Forsey out of Sports Direct.

    He has now replaced Sports Direct Chief Financial Officer Matt Pearson , with the much more respectable Herbert Monteith.

  • 11 Oldgit1 // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Gouffram is a strange one who Rafa will not rotate, he has done nothing in the PL but I don’t think we have lost a match when he is playing In this league. Ok it could be said he has found his level but I think there is more to his inclusion in the team. Ie His work rate. Not the most talented of players though.

  • 12 beermonkey // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:28 AM


    jonjo deserves all the praise he is getting

  • 13 AncientC // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Ashley deserves no credit for cleaning up his act. SD and NUFC have been driven into the ground by Ashley’s methods. Mike Ashley is only just getting around to making assignments he should have been making all along.

    As far as Newcastle are concerned, the only thing that has changed so far is the manager, Benitez is repairing everything that is within his power to do, but real outlay for players in the top division, may or may not yet happen. (That means spending where/when it is needed and not buying players against their depreciation value)

    Mike Ashley has a long long way to go with both NUFC and SD to get them back to where they were, when he was originally neglecting them.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Aye Jib,
    Doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got it must be hard to stomach being constantly linked with the biggest tw@t in Britain award or to see you name constantly mentioned along side Oyston and Tan.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    The acid test will be when we are back in the PL, I’m quietly confident that the lengthy talks Rafa had with lawyers etc has ironed out any problems that might lie ahead in the future.

  • 16 AncientC // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Jfa, exactly. I will believe Ashley is committed to change when I see it – as you say, next season will be the real test.

  • 17 Ibizatoon // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    Beermonkey…Asbolutely. I suppose I was more commenting on why he had the drop in form. I wasn’t really up to speed with what had happened at Swansea and had unfairly put it down to him tbh.

  • 18 Jib // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Aye next season will be the real test like
    Yup next season will reveal all
    Mmm next season will show us if he’s still a tw@t like
    Roger – cannot wait for next season me
    That’ll show us what he’s made of

  • 19 Spoof // Oct 18, 2016 at 11:58 AM


    I can’t disagree with what you say, but there has been a distinct improvement and with it hopefully a sustained improvement when we get back up as I’m sure we will, for now we can’t praise him nor can we knock him for what he is doing now, knock him for what he done in the past but for the present we can’t knock him as we have a great manager who with backing which Ashley seems to be giving will get us back to where we all hope to be, although the current feeling isn’t what we had under KK when he took us up, it isn’t that far behind, were only behind due to Ashley’s past record and due to his previous then we will always be unsure, but as it is we should try to enjoy it.

  • 20 Ibizatoon // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Jib…You seem unhappy with the current topic. Why?

    Something had to give within the Ashley empire. Change was somewhat forced, so I think people are just eager to see where that takes us.

  • 21 AncientC // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Spoof, I will happily give Benitez credit for the good form this season, but the club is £30 million in credit over tranfers… I do not see what exactly Ashley has done to help – aside from installing Benitez.

    Strangely enough, when all Ashley was interested, he could have spent more on a good manager like he is now, and a better manager probably could have kept the team in the league on Ashley’s tight budget & controls.

    Re: @18, never worry, your conniption fit will wear off with time.

  • 22 Jib // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Delighted with the current topic old fruit.


    Cannot wait to see if the zebra has changed his spots or the leopard his stripes — me —like

  • 23 WWSBRD // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Shearer has a job waiting, amazed if he ever take it up while tubs is still here. Ive still got my fingers crossed he sells up soon after promotion

  • 24 Ibizatoon // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Jib…Ok then.

  • 25 Jib // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Does a conniption fit result in this ?
    Somebody pointing out that Keegan and Shearer won nowt at SJP showing lesbian tendencies like Dave’s father – in – law said ?

  • 26 Kabul Fish // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Ashley is beyond our comprehension I’m afraid! Not only the wealth but the amount of mistakes & time to realise how wrong you are. I hope this is the road to recovery….?
    Rafa on the other hand goes out of his way to ensure that he gets it! Pure class this bloke!! Let’s trust in his vision of our future…

    Anyway, on train to the Toon with Doombar in hand. Cheers to my Toon brothers & sisters HWTL

  • 27 hibbit // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    they way the pound is the club will look a lot more appealing to a foreign buyer at the moment !!

  • 28 Jib // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    I have loads of Koppite friends and they try to hide it but they are so jealous of us – the majority would take Rafa back in a heartbeat.

  • 29 Spoof // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:20 PM


    That’s why the jury is still out on Ashley, as apart from installing Rafa as manager he has done very little else, but by installing Rafa and then allowing Rafa to dictate the transfer policy, and lets face it Diame and Gamez would not be here under the previous policy, so that is a huge change from Ashley and for the better, but it is easy for Ashley to give a little when he is still making a huge profit from the transfer market, lets face it without Diame Rafa may have forced Sissoko to stay so as I say under those circumstances it’s easy for Ashley to give a little, but what will happen next season if we go up and Rafa wants to spend £15m+ on a 29yr old+ player, that will be the acid test but that’s for the future, for now I am just looking at the present and enjoying having a decent side with decent back up when the injuries and suspensions start to come in, how long since we were in this position.

    So I intend to enjoy today and worry about tomorrow when tomorrow comes, none of us know what the future will bring and none of us know if he has changed or whether he is using Rafa to stabilise us again with a decent side capable of staying up and then saying good bye Rafa thanks for your good work but it’s now time for me to rake in all that sky money, so without that knowledge I will enjoy the now and hope that the future is with Rafa who is getting the backing that we all want him to get.

  • 30 AncientC // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Jib, I would expect an individual not to be a great fan of Shearer or Keegan’s achievements, especially one that mocks the Geordie dialect, using “like” at the end of a sentence to be sarcastic.

  • 31 AncientC // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Spoof, nothing wrong with that… the fans have been surviving on scraps for some time. As I remember it, the last tour of the championship was an enjoyable one. It makes a pleasant change to win games for a change.

  • 32 Spoof // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM


    In fairness KK and Shearer may not have won anything, but they did make a genuine effort to do so, there aren’t that many trophy’s to win in football with a lot of teams trying to win them, all a fan base can do is to expect the club they support to do as well as they possibly can and to be as successful as they possibly can be, you can’t guarantee trophy’s, but you can demand effort to win them and sadly that effort has not been there.

    KK and Shearer are loved up here, why, because they done all they could and gave all they had to try to win something, that is all we can ask from them, that’s all we asked from Ashley, but he never gave that, that’s all we ask from Rafa and he does appear to be giving his all, it’s not always about the winning, but it would be great if it happened.

  • 33 Kabul Fish // Oct 18, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Jib – me too mate! The bin dippers play it down but they know he is class ha ha

    Looking back over last season and past how many of us were wishing for a proper manager and would even accept relegation to get it! Strange old game footie hey – it’s like a real life soap opera but I luv it!
    Can’t wait to get to the cup game ?

  • 34 bettyswallocks // Oct 18, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Rafa would not take a job if he was instructed to just survive in the division and not bother to compete in the cups. He just wouldn’t. He is a winner and I’m sure he has negotiated assurances that under his management we will compete in every match we play.

    Ashley must now be able to see that a competent, experienced manager with a proven track record can actually make owning a football club a pleasure as oppose to a headache.

    During his last interview when asked about football he said, Oh, football ha ha , the sun, the moon and all the planets have to align to succeed in this sport.

    My hope is that after his own failed attempts to run the club with subordinates not fit for purpose, he has finally realised that if he employs the right man for the job and sits back and let’s him get on with it , then there is a chance to succeed.

  • 35 Bobbybee // Oct 18, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Spoof, I’m with you on this one. Just enjoy what’s happening without looking for things that MIGHT happen in the future. Ashley spent 80m through McClaren and they blew it. Didn’t stop him then pushing the boat out to get Rafa and back him all the way. Has he changed? Looks that way for now. Will he revert? No evidence of it so far. As long as Rafa gets what he wants, why even bother about him? Just enjoy what’s happening now and let the future take care of itself. We can’t change anything after all. He’s doing everything we wanted of him – staying out of football matters – so I’m not even sure what else he could do to show he now gets it. Just enjoy. 🙂

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