Once bitten twice shy and Alan Shearer was done the dirty on (so to speak) by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley back when we were relegated in the summer of 2009 and Ashley never did extend Alan Shearer’s contract beyond the end of that season.
Alan came in on April 1st – April Fools Day – but couldn’t save his home-town club when he managed one win and 5 points from the last 8 games he managed.
Chris Hughton was about the only coach still standing at the end of June that year before pre-season training and Chris was put in charge along with his assistant Colin Calderwood – and the rest is history
Alan Shearer – Newcastle manager – circa April, 2009
And even though things seem to be humming at Newcastle this week, with Ashley promising Rafa big funds to spend in the summer transfer window, Alan Shearer isn’t so sure.
First of all this is what Mike Ashley said following the four hour meeting on Tuesday night at an unknown destination between Newcastle’s new triumvirate – Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley:
“I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny that the club generates through promotion, player sales and other means in order to build for next season.”
This is what Alan has said on Coral’s YouTube account:
“Mike has promised that there are big funds for Rafa to spend which is great news, but actions speak louder than words,”
“We will have to wait and see whether that will happen but hopefully it will and it is all good news for Newcastle.”
There are still lots of people wary of Mike Ashley, but we are hoping he has put his full trust in Rafa Benitez and the Spanish manager and Managing Director Lee Charnley can run the club together for Mike with Rafa in charge of all football matters.
That’s the hope of the fans.