Jim Smith, who has managed quite a few football clubs in his time, including Newcastle United from 1988 until 1991, thinks Alan Shearer has the pedigree to become a top class manager.
Jim Smith – Newcastle Manager – 1988 until 1991
Jim has been talking about Newcastle’s plight and the future of Alan Shearer, to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Alan is tough enough to face up to stick. It’s a tremendous ask to save Newcastle but I think he is strong enough for the challenge.”
“He is looking for beginners luck in some ways.” “And he is under pressure.” “But the important thing is that he’s aware of the situation.”
“He deserves respect for taking on the challenge, it would have been easy to sit where he was.”
Alan could also have been swayed to take the job by the reported £1M he will get, if he is successful in saving Newcastle United, but that looked much better odds when he first took over with 8 games remaining.
There’s no doubt that managers have tremendous responsibility, but it’;s almost the oppsite with players, who get paid huge amounts of money, with little or no responsibility whatsoever.
Sam Palmisano, the IBM Chairman and CEO gets little more than some of the top football players, and he runs a $105B worldwide business. And I didn’t get anywhere near what the players now get, but built up a $1B business at IBM in the 4 years before I retired. Footballers are vastly overpaid for what they do (which hasn’t been much at Newcastle this season), and that’s a fact.
It even looks like they are not even held accountable if they don’t perform, or they are out injured all season, as quite a few of our players have been injured this season,. Yes, we know it’s not their fault. 🙁
But we noticed there was a rapid return for some of our injured players once Alan took over, and the only one that hasn’t become fit is our phantom Uruguayan midfielder Nacho Gonzales, who has has now had an Achilles injury for 3 years – or something like that (just kidding Uruguyan readers).
Smith also knows about the level of responsibility that Shearer now has at the club:
“It’s different to Alan’s playing days.” “You turn up, give your all and then go home.” “The responsibility doesn’t go away when you are a manager.”
“He will, as a Geordie lad, know that the whole town are counting on him to lead the team.” “He’s a strong character though and he will feel it can be done.”
“It’s do-able.” “Newcastle though can’t afford to lose another game.” “Even draws are no good really.” “It’s up to the guys on the pitch to take the pressure and start getting a result for their manager.”
Yes, survival is still possible, but it will hardly be because of the effort or the heart shown by most of our players his year, We’re looking forward to a massive clear-out of overpaid players at Newcastle this summer, and think Alan will be only too willing to oblige.
But they’ll still be very rich – thank you very much – and that seems the important thing to most of them.