Alan Shearer was as depressed as any other Newcastle fan when the incompetent Mike Ashley allowed Rafa Benitez to leave the club last June.
So when he looks a world-class manager like Rafa Benitez in the eye, all he sees is money and how he can save it.
That kind of character will never ever make a person into a good owner of any football club – let alone Newcastle United.
It was also more than disheartening for many of us when, in his wisdom – Lee Charnley – who knows as little as Ashley about football – appointed Steve Bruce as manager.
He was never in our reckoning to be the manager, but now Steve is in place we hope he can do well and we support him.
Alan Shearer – supports Steve Bruce to get the job done if he’s allowed to buy in January
On the other hand, we don’t support Mike Ashley one little bit and want him out of the club asap.
Alan Shearer’s comments about Steve Bruce were a little surprising:
“I was delighted for Steve that they beat Man U. I was delighted for the team because when you put in a performance like they did against Leicester, you know you’re going to get battered.”
“Steve’s had to put up with a lot of crap over the last couple of weeks.”
“There’s something in there to work with. If you can keep the majority of the squad fit, then I think they’ll do all right.”
“If you get a result like that against Man United, it certainly gives you something to go and build on.”
“It’s been a mixture. I mean, there have been some poor performances. Norwich away and Leicester away were terrible. Then you look at Tottenham and Man United.”
“If you look at investment in January, and hopefully that’ll come as well.”
Shearer seems to think that Steve Bruce can get the job done this season – if he can bring in reinforcements in January.
We are surprised at that although, of course, they have been good friends for some time now.
Indeed, the work is being done now as to which players the club will go after in January.
If Steve Bruce can keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season – he will have done the job.
But we are hoping at some time (asap) we can get new owners who will have lots more ambition and enterprise than the current owner.
And if that happens, we think they will immediately go after a top manager to replace Bruce.
But as we said – as long as Steve is the Newcastle boss, we support him and want him to do well.
That includes a second successive win against a top-six side on Saturday – when we visit Chelsea.