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Momentum Continues To Build For Shearer

News yesterday that Alan Shearer is being lined up as Newcastle United’s next manager, given that the club does get sold to American owners.

Alan Shearer – momentum building for Alan

The Daily Mirror and Simon Bird, that good friend of our current interim manager Joe Kinnear, reports today that he is the favorite to take over as the permanent manager if the club is sold to US-based tycoons.

La Galaxy owner businessman Philip Anschutz, as we reported yesterday, is now thought to be one of the investors interested in buying the club from Mike Ashley.

The Mirror is reporting that they want Newcastle United for a cut-price £230M. but we’d be surprised if owner Mike Ashley sells for that price, which would amount to a £15M loss on the deal.

Philip Anschutz is ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the USA and he owns lots of land in Texas, and is also in the Petroleum and Rail businesses, and currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

Philip now runs wide-ranging empires in telecommunications, sports and entertainment. His biggest holding is the theater chain Regal Cinemas, and he also owns the Staples Center, and has stakes in professional basketball’s LA Lakers, and NHL hockey’s LA Kings.

As we saw yesterday SkyBet cut Shearer’s odds dramatically from 8/1 to 6/4.

Two serious US bidders, the other one thought to be Clark Hunt, owner of FC Dallas and NFL team The Kansas City Chiefs, and grandson of the more famous Lamar Hunt.

Apparently insiders on Tyneside have been told to expect the club to be in American hands by the end of the year, so we assume that Joe Kinnear would be offered another month in charge, on November 22nd, but he will hardly be happy at that.

Joe is very keen to show he deserves to get the permanent manager job at Newcastle, and has already fessed up that he would be gutted if he doesn’t get it – that assumes he does well in the next few games.

But if he can get a few good results, he will have done a very good job for the Newcastle club, in very difficult circumstances, there’s no doubt about that. Surely Joe will get be offered some opportunities with other teams, so he can indeed get back into football management.

We also think if Joe does continue to do well a bonus for him, from Mike Ashley, for his contribution, would not be out of order.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

91 comments so far

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    I dont know how smart an idea this is.
    I love the man to bits but is he ready? What happens if he takes the job and it all goes pear shaped? (like it has in the past with other idols such as keegan)
    It would give the players a huge boost, he’d have a line of ex newcastle players who’d be happy to join his coaching staff im sure….i just dont know how i feel about it if im honest.
    it will go one way or the other, be brilliant, or disasterous.

    However, this is all just speculation, and no one has a clue whats going on anyway, so my plan is to just sit back and wait…..hopefully i’ll be sitting up sooner rather than later though.

  • The Alchemist

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Not sure how I feel about Shearer to be honest. Of course he is passionate and bleeds black and White. Of the players will get an intial motivation from him…….but what about tactics.. The players have looked a lot more motivated under JFK but some of his tactical decisions/subs have let him down. I would hate to see Shearer go the same way……….


    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Partner him up with shearer, since alan doesn’t have the necessary uefa pro licence yet! It would also not “kill” the geordie heroe’s repute, becouse we can fire kinnear first…

  • Tom1664 (XiscoIsAPirate)

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Shearer’s no fool. If he does choose to throw his hat into the ring, we’ll know that he’s confident enough in himself that he feels he can do a good job. He’s got quite a reputation to maintain!


    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Or let kinnear continue work until the end of the season and then let shearer take over?

  • ObaFan2

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Didn’t Shearer “help” Roeder while Roeder was managing the Toon and they seemed to do well then however I too think it will be a great gamble to get Shearer in as manager.

    As for JFK, the Maccum result and last Sundays……. need I say more! Well I will, so many times on Sunday we opted for a long ball aimed at Shola ! When we played the wings (on a few occasions) we were definately a greater threat. My point, JFK’s tactics seem to be very limited.

    Also his team selection has been up for debate and his substitutions. IMO he deserves a managers role but not @ NUFC.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Alan Shearer is THE MAN to take the newcastle job on full time! A hero up here; a brilliant football man! He commands worldwide respect; could attract big names to the club and i also think he would bring the stability our club so desperately needs! I’d like to add that a certain sir bobby robson also feels the same; so before anyone citicises what i’m saying; would you listen to sir Bob?

    He might not have the experience; but did Roy Kenae have any experience before he took the mackems from bottom of the championship to winning it within one season?

    Has Gareth southgate had any experince at the Boro? He’s doing a great job this season with Boro well up the table!

    Then youve got Tony Adams now in charge of pompey….


  • craig chisholm

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    i think ashley might sell now ed for the cut price you mentioned, the simple reason is that if he dont sell we are looking at three outcomes – all of which will hit him harder than a 15million loss. A. he doesnt sell and therefore has to buy big in jan to avoid relegation thus cancelling out the 15 million loss he may get. B. He doesnt buy in jan and we get relegated, making millions of loss. C. he buys in jan and we still get relegated – even bigger disaster! i think that saying as we are looking like relegation fodder this season, he should nad will try to sell at a cut price. i have my doubts whether anyone would even want us anyway now.

  • UTD111

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    “fessed up”?? is that american for “confessed”??
    Sir Alan, according to the Journal has expressed amusement at the betting surge……

  • BT9MAG

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    If Shearer was to come on board now, stay with Kinnear until the end of the season (in order to take stock of our squad and what needs improving) as a sort of transitional period and take over next season I think that would be better than throwing him right in at the deep end!

  • micepie

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Usually though, when there’s any rumours about Shearer he’ll be reading those rumours in the papers – in his rocking chair on his verandah – then come out a few weeks later and say there’s no truth in it!

  • Tom1664 (XiscoIsAPirate)

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #12

    BT9 – spot on mate. No sense in making the job any harder than it needs to be.

  • rooks

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #13

    shearer’s unproven. he needs to go away & see how he gets on with a small club. if he succeeds only then should he take the toon job (and lets face it he can have it when he wants it)

  • Mike Ashley

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Shearers the man for me with out a doubt

  • Richard G

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Keep Joe until the end of the season (at least) and let him work alongside Alan. This way Alan can dabble at management and get some good motivational skills from Joe.

    At the end of the season, review the situation and go from there.

  • Nick 69

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #16

    obafan2- iv often thought that myself regarding roeder, wen roeder was in temporary charge til the end of season, shearer was temporary assisstant and was in the dugout a lot of the time through injury, we done pretty damn well then, the next season wen big al wasnt his assisstant we done sh*t, now im not sayin it was big al but there is an argument there that he may have had a lot to do with it as i very much doubt he wud have taken a back seat as assissant and probly had a lot of input during that time.

  • Nick 69

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #17

    joe kinnear is definitely not the way to go and i cant believe that people actually want him given the job permanently, hes done ok so far but he totally bottled the makems and went there for a draw and some of his tactics have been diabolical. hes done ok as a stop gap manager but that is it, all u lot shoutin for him to get the job full time would also be the ones shoutin for his head come the end of the season, we’re 18th in the league, which IMO is not the sign of a manager who is workin miracles

  • john

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #18

    i say give shearer a go , i for one will give him a chance a few years to get it together. No he doesnt have experience neither did keane (im saying hes going to be another roy keane because keane studied under fergie for all those years which is a huge boost). But give him time and money and i think he’ll be ok.Hes a legend and always will be in my eye’s even if he failed at management. if he didnt give the job a go we would always be saying down the road shearer should have came!

  • Xisco Stu

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Exactly, if Shearer were to take charge all we’d need is a top coach as his assistant, preferably a foreign coach who focuses largely on technical skills, as that would be of greatest benefit to everyone at the club. Failing that John Carver would still do nicely with all his experience at the club, particularly under Sir Bobby.

    If the rest of the staff are filled by some of our ex-players then all the better. Imagine one day seeing Rob Lee, Nobby Solano and Gary Speed all in the dugout. Adam Sadler would have to return as well because he’s still a very promising coach.

  • simon376

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #20

    I do understand peoples point about him having no or very ltle experience, but lets turn the clock back about 16 – 17 years. We were going nowhere and then a certain man called Keegan came in and took over, he had even less experience then Shearer as at least he assisted somebody for part of a season.

    Keegan with no experience took us from the brink of relegation to the old 3rd and winning the league the next season and finishing 3rd in the PL the season after that.

    Before anybody says things have changed, no they haven’t. Yes, there’s more money in the game, an extra sub can be used and more than just 2 sitting on the bench, but it’s still 11 v 11 trying to put the ball in the goal more times than the other team. I’m sure Shearer if he wanted it, coudl do it no problem as I’m sure Keegan could come back and do the same if he wanted as was asked.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #21

    I think Shearer was the difference between Roeder’s successful end of season and disastrous beginning of the next one. I’d also agree with those saying it would be great to get him in next to JFK for the rest of the season.

    But would either of them be up for that? Doubt it.

  • Sun'lun's Burnin'

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #22

    deffo rather Philip Anschutz than Clark!! Kansas Are awful in NFL lol only got 2 decent players! Rarely win games. bit like us at the moment haha. However Anschutz has stakes in Lakers who are probs equal best team in NBA with Boston Celtics and have best player in NBA in Kobe Bryant and always win which is how we should be 🙂

    Simplified non serious view before any of you serious botters start!!

  • Karltoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Shearer aside.. Has anyone heard the Joey Barton song to the tune of ‘Brimful of Asha’

    I find it greatly amusing still.. and i heard it last week..

  • Karltoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Also.. You know the border thing at the top of the page.. Is that Ashley’s daughter next to him.. Cause i reckon i’d stuff that like..

  • hitman

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #25

    shearer and john carver were at the villa match in shearers box.

  • Joseph

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Perhaps shearer should first come is as mad joes assistant while he gets his license and learn the ropes of management. Still don’t see it though

  • hitman

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27

    i reckon if true,it will be shearer and carver

  • Nick 69

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    if shearer was to come in along side kinnear it wud have to be kinnear who was number 2, i can under no circumstances see big al coming in as number 2 to someone like kinnear, his ego is 2 big for him to be a number 2 IMO, and the only reason he was number 2 for roeder was probly cos he was still playin and it was only for a few months

  • Nick 69

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    i wudnt mind shearer and carver myself, my mate is carvers nephew aswell so as soon as i see him wen he gets back this weekend ill be asking him if thers owt in him being in shearers box last week or if he was just ther 2 watch the match

  • hitman

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #30

    nick i know carver is a geordie,but to come all the way from toronto to watch a match,seems a bit odd to me like.

  • michael12

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Fantasist thinking; if Shearer is indeed being courted it is not because he will have us charging up the league and winning a trophy or tow along the way. When I impart my words as to the reasoning behind the appointment of Keegan for the second time, do you actually read and consider things from the boards point of view or are you so narrow minded that you can only qualify to be a fan?

    When Keegan was appointed, do you not think there were far better managers out there or do you think Keegan was the only one available?

    The impatient nature of the toon fans have forced the board to take decisions of this nature. We demand a trophy from any other manager but nothing from Keegan but to manage the club. Someone even wrote that a 14th place finish under Keegan would be better than a top ten finish under big Sam. What reasoning is that?

    I think many of you need to back up your arguments so we understand your thinking.

    Shearer will be brought in to manage the fans like Keegan. There are only two men in the world that can get away with mediocrity season after season and not face censure from the fans. These men are Keegan and Shearer.

    Shearer will be brought in because their short term goal would be to bide time and to build; but mediocrity is going to be the result of this long term goal in the short term. So they need to keep the fans patient i.e off the manger’s back. Shearer can do this and so can Keegan. Kinner is better than Shearer as he has experience both as a player and a manager. We praised him after the back to back wins and when we lost away from home, began calling him a muppet and all sorts. Had it been Keegan you would praise him for losing but trying to win.

    Guys, get serious here. You are only building up expectations to let yourselves down.

    Shearer is not and will not be that messiah you all think is waiting in the shadows.

    We have JK and I am happy with his performance thus far. Outside the top four it is tight, and two wins can find us as high as 7th n the table. It is competitive learn to live with it.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Excuse me.. Keep your rational and quite simply explained opinions to yourself.


    chortle chortle

  • 51times

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Karltoon shows his London colours once again.

  • A.L 9

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Simon Bird? Would that be the man who answered “er… er… well… you know how it is sometimes” when asked by Kinnear why hevwrote an article on him that had 0% truth.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #35


    Im a stones throw from manors as i type

  • Nick 69

    Nov 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #36

    hitman- toronto’s season has finished, he is back in the uk now for a while.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #37

    And i’ve been to London twice in my life, once as a child that i cant really remember, and the 2nd to see Glassjaw at Brixton.. Hardly makes me a native

  • keith

    Nov 11, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #38

    I would rather jfk stay to be honest, think he has done a good job so far, he is getting the best out players like shola, he has experience and a good solid manager, give him a 3 year contract and let him get on with it.

  • Nick 69

    Nov 11, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #39

    michael- u talk sh*t, we never demand a trophy from anybody, what we do demand however is a manager who will put a team out to have go and attack teams week in week out and try to win games, not go to play boring football hoping to pick up points, that is why keegan is given time and that is why shearer will be given time as he will no doubt do the same, people forget that keegan was also an ‘outsider’ like the rest of them at some point u know, the time and respect he gets from the fans wasnt handed to him on a plate it was earned through the best football the club has ever played and taking us from the brink of the old third division to 3rd place in the prem in 2 and a half seasons

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 11, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Karltoon, whats the words to that joey Barton song you were talking about?


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