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Bobby Robson Wants Shearer at Newcastle – Now

Bobby Robson has written a brilliant piece in his column in the Mail on Sunday, that all Newcastle fans should read.


Bobby Robson – the great man himself – get Shearer now!

The article gives several insights into football and some of the moves made in the summer by Sam Allardyce. One thing the great man insists is that Alan Shearer should be handed the Newcastle United manager’s job, now.

Robson, in charge of the Newcastle club from 1999-2004, believes Shearer should be given sole responsibility to manage the club, and yes it will be a chance to take. Bobby claims that Alan Shearer will always cast a long shadow over anyone else at the helm of the club – so far better to bring him in now.

Bobby told The Mail on Sunday:

“Owner Mike Ashley has a simple but important decision to make. Does he turn to local legend Alan Shearer, even though he is untested, or choose a man with experience, a safer option, such as Mark Hughes, Gerard Houllier or Martin Jol.”

“Ninety-nine times out of 100, I would call for experience, Newcastle would normally be too big for a first-timer. But Shearer is different. He has the status and charisma of few other personalities in this country.”

“I know Shearer hasn’t been a manager before. But he is a unique case because of his standing in the city and the force of his personality. It’s not his fault, but whoever takes the job will have his ghost on their shoulder because of the strength of feeling towards him in the North-East.”

“Until he becomes manager, the Sharer factor won’t go away. So why not silence everybody now?” “He is available, lives in the town and is an iconic figure. He doesn’t have managerial experience but he does have plenty of big-match experience.”

“If he comes out and wants the job, Newcastle should give him a chance. They cannot afford to be turned down again by someone like Hughes.” “I know most Geordie fans would like Kevin Keegan to come back so Alan could learn from him. But I don’t see Shearer as anyone’s No.2.”

“If anybody came in, he would have to help Shearer rather than the other way round.” “Make Shearer boss or there is no point in having him.”

For the record, Bobby’s record as manager of Newcastle United was as follows:

Played   Won  Drawn  Lost
 255     119   64     72

That’s a win percentage that’s close to 50% – not too bad Bobby – thanks for the memories.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #1

    not sure about keegan – second stints rarely go as well as the first.

    likewise shearer might not want the job because if he took it and failed then he’d be less of a hero. I agree that his ghost will linger over the next manager unless that next manager is considered as much of a big name. If Ashley tries enough big names, starting with mouriniho, eventually one will want the challenge.

    If Mourinho really wants to be ‘the special one’ he should take the job and make a success out of it becasue right now i’m not sure there are many that could!

  • cooldj

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #2

    ** sorry mourinho **

  • Domininufc

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Anna Friel is more likely DJ

  • Graeme

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Shearer would be one hell of a risk, but MA relishes a challange does he not. Personally, I dont think its what Shearer wants at this time in his life, nor do I think it would be the best solution for the club at this time.

    It would be an interesting time though, thats for sure.

  • Domininufc

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Anything but Mark Hughes PLEASE!

    Hullier would be ok but Klinsmann would be even better but probably wouldn’t want it.

    Would love to see Shearer but Bobby is right as number 1 only he wou;ld not make a good number 2

  • scotty

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #6

    We all said towards the end that SBR was missing a few marbles, lol.

    We can’t afford to take a gamble ………… If he was to fail then the club would reach a lower point than this current plight.

    On the other hand, if he had the same influence and motivational capabillities that Keegan injected into the club – we could be looking at very exciting times ahead……….

    But as i said, too much of a gamble at this crucial stage.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve had a great idea!?!..Let’s get Keegan back, he can bring his football circus to the Toon- Aw, on second thoughts- WE’VE ALREADY GOT ONE!..HOWAY THE LADS!..

  • tommyy

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Lets just go ask mourinho,lippi,hitzfeld. simple as: im sure with the right persuasion/incentives we could get 1. I hate this sitting around not knowing anything, its extremely frustrating!

  • Andreas

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Domininufc – Klinsmann has signed for Bayern, will take over after the season.

  • Guinea Mag

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10

    If Shearer takes the managers job then he’ll need the likes of Bobby Robson or Kevin Keegan as his No-2.

    Personally, Sir Bobby should be given a role at Newcastle United after the shambolic way Shepherd treated the great man.

    I’m still hoping Jose Mourinho or Gus Hiddink will take over.

    Shearer needs to learn his trade so maybe a management spell in the Championship will do him good!

  • Domininufc

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh thanks Andreas well Hullier/Shearer or Martin Jol it is as Lippi Van Gaal and Heitzfeld and Jose will never take it.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12

    6-0 against Man Ure!!! How embarrassing!!! We need a manager that knows the EPL inside and out. I agree with Bobby and see Shearer as the man. Give Shearer the job and an experienced assistant beside him. If he is a foreigner even better as Shearer could use, say..Scolari’s or Hitzfeld’s knowledge of experience and club connections to great use. Shearer also has an eye for talent for if I am not mistaken it was Shearer that convinced the board to fight for N’Zogbia’s signature.

  • Obafan

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Seems like our new board have been too quick with sacking FSA… Why on earth did they sack him without having a replacement for him!!!

    We are in the middle of a crisis and things need to be solved ASAP….

    We have to see that we won’t get our so called World Class Manager. Perhaps the highest possible IMO would be Houllier… But I can see more the likes of Jol or Keegan and Shearer arriving at St. James.Keegan did great in the past, but will he be capable to solve this mess.


    I don’t want a repetition like last year at home against Birmingham!!!!

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #14

    If Shearer becomes our next manager he could never work alongside Mourinho as they both have big egos. Especially Mourinho who is by far the most arrogant manager ever to be seen in the EPL. Shearer would need a calm, sensible and experienced no.2 to help him out with tactics etc. Mourinho would just argue with Shearer over everything imo.

  • Steve H

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Sam was sacked because he probably wanted to bring crap players in like Nolan,How could Ashley keep him and say no to his transfer requests???

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Shearer with an experienced No.2 – Yes

    Shearer and Mourinho – No

    Mourinho on his own as our manager- Yes

    Shearer on his own as our manager – 50/50

    Kevin Keegan on his own as our manager- No

    Shearer and Keegan No.2- Yes

    Scolari (ex-candidate for England job)- Yes

    Mark Hughes- No

    Harry Redknapp- No

  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Shearer and or Keegan will do a good job for the toon: If you’re a geordie I suspect you know it deep down. you can just feel it in your p*ss.

    Will they make us champs or win anything. Who knows? maybe not. But lets not listen to talk about inexperience or bottling things. They would not let the club be flushed down the pan like some mercenaries who’ve come here knowing they were going to be paid off well for failing…

    a) The biggest bottler we have had is Sam Allardyce. He’d come through small time teams Limerick / Blackpool / Bolton and blew his main chance here, by not being brave enough.

    b) Inexperience. Our two neighbouring teams have both appointed totally inexperienced managers. Their teams are struggling. Hell we’re struggling and we’ve had “experienced and expert managers” foisted upon us. I suspect the two blokes (horse face and the man from Cork ) will go on and make the grade as managers – and you know what. Neither will ever be fit to lace Shearers boots.

    Shearer and or keegan will steday the ship this season and will deliver an almost immediate improvement in football and tactics.

    In 2 or 3 years that may not be enough for us. However given the state the club is now through years of neglect and mismanagement by the Freddy the Fat Controller – I’d settle for that right now.

  • micepie

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m not entirely sure Mourinho would be ideal. It would be exciting, that’s for sure, But taking over at Chelsea, as he did, with endless funds and most things already in place, in “glamourous London” is very different from the challenge at the Toon.

    KK has already rejuvenated us twice, as a player and manager….maybe it could work, just maybe. Our games certainly wouldn’t feel stale and negative anymore!

    I’m not anti-Pearce either. It was only towards the end that nobody rated him, and for quite a while he was considered a top motivator. Still probably not good enough for us right now though.

    Is Scolari out of the running, by the way? Did he take another big job, I forget? Another risk.
    Maybe the worst thing is NOT to take a risk though! That would mean Shearer shouldn’t be ruled out either. He’d need all the advice of our scouts because I’m not sure Shearer would know who to buy in defence, for example (I also want us to sign som more of those young prospects like Tozer and…I forget his name, Ftang-Ftang Olay Biscuit Barrel or something…the young French striker we got).

    Sheaer might even help re-inspire Owen! Whoever comes in might have to gradually change part of the squad or somehow reinvigorate their careers. Owen does not look a 17M player – or anything like – and Duff barely looks a 5M one!

  • Shaun Dean

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Greame Souness just had some really interesting comments about Newcastle on Sky Sports.

  • John

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Keegan/SirBobby+Shearer is the best combination at this moment

    two yrs before,Roeder+Shearer had done a good job…

    this is the time for nufc to repeat this formula, by doing wt nufc did two years before, or do something wt Grant+TenCate doing @ Chelsea

    that means,

    That will be great to nufc,maybe after this 1/2 to 2 years, shearer can be the sole manager…hope so…

  • Ashamed_to_be_Toon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Guys, the problem here is not the manager we get. We’ve had some of the most experienced in the world and they have failed at the club.

    It’s been down to 2 things, a poor upper management and the ridiculous expectations of the local fans.

    One of those has changed (possibly not for the better on initial impressions) but the second won’t ever as there are too many glory hunters with no patience sitting in St. James every week.

    If you fans who attend the stadium every week don’t cop on and grow up, we will be relegated forever with no hope of coming back. No new manager or new player is being given any time at Toon over the past few years. For example all it takes is for a new defender to make one mistake and the fans dump him mentally and from a support perspective, Just look at the revival of Bramble since he moved to Wigan as evidence from a player perspective.

    Even worse as a manager, lose one game at home and it’s sack the bloke and those a**holes behind the dugout singing you don;t know what your doing (they should be thrown out of the ground and have their season tickets removed).

    How many prem teams win all their home games? Manure and Chelsea? We are million miles from the quality of these teams and we need to start acknowledging that and not living in some dream land of a ‘right’ to win every game 3-0. Our team has some players past their best but some good young ones, we need to build but it will take time and money. However, sadly I don’t think the local fans will provide this time or support or have patience for this, thus leaving all us fans based in foreign countries looking like fools every day of the week for being associated with that type of behaviour.

    How could any of us do a job or succeed in such an environment?

  • scott9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #22

    why wouldnt van gaal take it course he would az alkamaar or newcastle united.

  • ToonRich

    Jan 13, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Ashamed_to_be_Toon, how can you post on here saying that there are “too many glory hunters” supporting Newcastle? Thats radiculous to say, if we were glory hunters we wouldnt be on here moaning about the team we love & hate seeing in this state…we’d be out buying a Man U or Arsenal shirt and forgetting this mess!!
    I agree Bramble is performing better at Wigan, but he’s getting support from the manager – he never got that here because he could defend for us, not sure why?!
    It’s obvious from the players body language, that they dont like the tactics they’re asked to play…We need a manager that will be respected in the dressing room.

    Personally im swaying more & more to the idea of Shearer + 1 as boss. He’s old enough to handle the pressure, yet young enough to stick with it for more than a couple of years.

  • domtoon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #24
  • scott9

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #25

    just give the jodb to shearer he nows what us fans want and he understands us

  • Leo*

    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #26

    would be a dangerous thing to do, but again i wouldnt be suprised with this club atm

  • Tinnas

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #27

    How about Shearer as #1 and Bobby Robson as #2?
    Purely because I cannot see Shearer as #2 to anyone, but someone like Bobby is old enough and wise enough to be labelled #2 regardless of his input.

  • Lawman

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #28

    What’sw the big fuss about???? Just bring in Jose as manager, Lippi as his no.2 and Hiddink as Director of Football. There – problem solved. If Mike still has a few bob left, bring Souness back as head ballboy as he so desperately wants to return. He could even bring Gullit as his assistant ballboy but we’ll need to buy some “sexy footballs” for him to work with.


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