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Is Shearer the only hope for Newcastle United?

By Lee Ryder on Nov 18, 08 12:28 PM

alan-shearer.jpgNot for the first time since Newcastle United tumbled away from the Premier League's top four I experienced another "what if" moment in the game with Wigan.

They occur quite frequently for me and the thoughts of "what if Shearer had have been playing here" or "what if Shearer was manager" have been nagging away for quite a while now with Newcastle slumping to rock bottom.

The incident in question stems from the game with Wigan when Lee Cattermole was running the show at St James's Park.

Cattermole was just doing his job on Saturday and he did it very well.

In midfield battling terms, the engine room if you like, Cattermole had already wiped out Joey Barton in the middle and the opportunity to do the same to him wasn't taken by Nicky Butt or Danny Guthrie.

Back in the day at St James's Park, I'm quite sure that Shearer would have simply dropped back into midfield for a while and reminded Cattermole exactly where he was, exactly who he was dealing with and which club he was playing against.

And that didn't happen against Wigan - Newcastle let him do what he wanted and Wigan picked up a point but probably should have had three.

Shearer wouldn't have accepted that.

Subsequently the lack of a crunching tackle from a black and white shirt and the lack of will to stop Cattermole running riot in the middle of the park didn't give the crowd something to feed from.

And instead the reaction from the stands was of quizzical nature.

For example, why are Wigan kicking us around our own stadium?

Why aren't we going for the throats?

Where is the leadership?

Who is dishing out the kicks up the backsides of those not doing their jobs?

Who is offering the side a rallying call?

Obviously, in Shearer's day as a player it would have been him.

Shearer the manager would surely make all of this crystal clear to his players and probably deploy a captain or a team of players that would deliver just what the crowd have been raised on.

In turn, Shearer's influence as a boss and respect in the game would give most players a big reason to sign for the Magpies, just like Keegan did when he captured most of the Entertainers.

And after the national papers served up Rob Lee's interview with the Mag for a second time about Shearer, this all comes to light once again.

Shearer has always been cool on the job but with Roy Keane and Gareth Southgate doing OK at Sunderland and Boro, Big Al must be wondering if players from his generation are doing it now, then surely his time may be on the horizon.

Only yesterday, this Blog defended Joe Kinnear and while it's accepted that the former Wimbledon boss is not bulletproof, the job he's done so far amidst farcical conditions and adverse media attention is nothing short of magnificent.

Indeed if new owners come in, they may feel obliged to keep on Kinnear in some capacity.

Whoever comes in though must ask, who is going to take the club back to where it should be?

Most Toon fans know that apart from Keegan, Shearer is the only man probably capable of taking Newcastle back to the top four.

He is probably one of a handful of candidates who they know fully understands the area and what Newcastle teams can and can't do in front of their public.

Oh so complex, but oh so simple for a Geordie, a sheet metal worker's son from Newcastle, who has lived the dream and has a goalscoring record that probably will never be beaten.

You couldn't rule out a Keegan/Shearer dream team if new owners come in.

But Shearer alone has the experience of both Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, who are the only two managers who can hand on heart say they made Newcastle United a force in the Premier League and in Europe.

It's understood Mike Ashley will not appoint Shearer during his time at the club but with For Sale signs still in the ground on Barrack Road, new owners will be more than aware they can buy themselves plenty of time by bringing back the legendary number 9.

Who knows, we might even be in danger of a bit of success and a chance to put right plenty of wrongs in the last few months.

For now though, we'll probably just have to keep on hoping and praying that one day the man who could have Newcastle playing the way most Geordies dream it every night will make a monumental return to the club.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

26 Comments

JP...from The Rock said:

Great article Lee. You're absolutely right. Shearer knows the area and what is needed here just like Keegan and Sir Bobby, that's why they were successful. We NEED Shearer and we NEED to get Ashley to sell. If not I am going to be praying we don't go down!

I really wish it will happen, Shearer as manager and maybe even King Kev back but only as assistant manager. Like I've mentioned before Shearer also has an eye for spotting talent as he convinced the Board at the time to sign Charlie N'Zogbia and he didn't get that one wrong-The kid has great talent and loads to offer.

mark stafford said:

Bring back the messiah to finish off what he was trying to start. Remember Keegans actions have always helped the club move forwards!

Mark said:

Keegan scrapped the reserves...that didn't take the club forward.

biffalo said:

Keegan scrapped the reserves..that didn't take the club forward?

It didn't hold the club back either, until Kenny re-instated the reserves..by buying other clubs reserve team players.

Keegan was great for our club and would be great again, given the requisite backing from a supportive board, and with Wise booted all the way back to Laandan

Old Tom said:

r morris is right

Simon said:

I think it is pretty safe to say that if Alan Shearer did take on the job under new ownership when people say "he will be given time to turn things around" then it would be believed. I also think you could assume that Michael Owen would re-sign.

DAVE ROBSON said:

how can anyone say kk did not take the club forward, yeah he scrapped the reserves, but in no way did this hold us back, my god we was everyones 2nd favourite team, everyone goes on about the brand of football play, i myself absolute love watching them, but was it really any better than what we produced under kk 1st time round, and that was down to the players he brought to this club.
there would have been no reason why he would not have brought that same brand of football again, had he been allowed to bring his own players in, and to say he left us in the lurch is miles away from the truth.
alan will not come anywhere near us under this regime, i would rather he comes in and will do if we get took over and drop into the championship, that would be the ideal time for him to come in, like keano did at them unmentionables.
we need to get rid of 80% of these players we have and totally rebuild.

Ronnie Chip-Pan said:

Shearer IN and sharpish!! If he comes watch out for venables as coach. I for one couldnt give a toss whether Ashley goes or not. Theres still time for him to right the wrongs and bringing in Shearer is the start, everyone makes mistakes but if he's got enough about him to admit his mistakes and put it right we have to give him a chance!!

Stephen said:

Keegan's contribution to the club and the region will never be forgotten by Newcastle supporters. However, I wouldn't bring him back as manager. Shearer's time has arrived and if Mike ashley appoints him as manager (and gets rid of Dennis and Derek), he can sit next to me at away games...

DAVE ROBSON said:

how can anyone say kk did not take the club forward, yeah he scrapped the reserves, but in no way did this hold us back, my god we was everyones 2nd favourite team, everyone goes on about the brand of football arsenal play, i myself absolute love watching them, but was it really any better than what we produced under kk 1st time round, and that was down to the players he brought to this club.
there would have been no reason why he would not have brought that same brand of football again, had he been allowed to bring his own players in, and to say he left us in the lurch is miles away from the truth.
alan will not come anywhere near us under this regime, i would rather he comes in and will do if we get took over and drop into the championship, that would be the ideal time for him to come in, like keano did at them unmentionables.
we need to get rid of 80% of these players we have and totally rebuild.

geordiewhiz said:

big Al in wise and lamdiase out ! yes i am dreaming, if Asly did that i would invite him to Sunday dinner, and buy him a ticket to the next home game

andy said:

Lee - i am fed up typing out long messages and them crashing. Sort out the software.

Ivor Clark said:

Shearer needs to cut his management teeth in the championship first........oops sorry of course that still means he will be Toon boss for next season!. He will lead them to Championship glory within 2 seasons, provide an entertaining new team in the PL that rises to the higher escheleons,only to miss out on the big cups, CL and titles yet again season after season.....hmmmm.....sound familiar??....KK of course!!....

dave nellist said:

Keep on chanting wise/ashley out. They think we have forgot. A big announcement after the Chelski game blah blah blah. We'll see that it is just a smoke screen. Get them out and Big Al and Rob Leee in with JFK as a bit of experience and we'll be just fine.

John Peacock said:

It's just as exiting being at the bottom as it must be at the top,i say give JFK a go just to keep the adrenalin flowing,bad time for Shearer&others to come in now.

Chris Blyth said:

Most Toon fans know that apart from Keegan, Shearer is the only man probably capable of taking Newcastle back to the top four.

He is probably one of a handful of candidates who they know fully understands the area and what Newcastle teams can and can't do in front of their public.

----------------------------------

You couldn't make it up could ya. No wonder the nation laughs at Newcastle.

Million miles from top 4. I would be hoping just to stay up never mind talking about champions league football.

Pete Fairless said:

I can't quite believe people still think Keegan is the right answer - as a Manager he's won NOTHING (a couple of lower league promotions aside, which he bought with Hall & Fayed money).
Can't really see how his 'hissy-fit' walkouts have been particularly good for this club, either.

DAVE ROBSON said:

Pete Fairless all the top 4 bar arsenal have had to buy success, spending millions on millions, villa have spent big thats just the way it is,but just about everyone of keegans big buys were well worth the money he spent i.e shearer, ferdinand , asprilla, were we did not do to bad after they were sold on and others were the list is to long were bought for very reasonable prices i.e ginola , lee, beardsley, cole, albert, batty, maybe we did not win the league, but we got closer than we will than we for the very long forseeable future and we did, nt to bad when these players were moved on in recouping the initial outlay paid on these players and there were many more besides these.
unlike past managers after kev who spent millions and millions were we have justcut our losses such as, marcellino, boumsong, luque, vianna, owen, ferguson, kliuvert(big wages) duff, bramble and many many more who keegan did not sign.
yeah we did not win anything but he did not squander millins on talentless prima donnas, check up on his buys and the ones who were sold and it will be 2nd to none on how he spent well for this club.
it was,nt keegan who put the club in debt it was the others after him,
i would take not winning anything but finishing in the top six, playing football how it should be played the keegan way, not the dross we have had to endure since he left 1st time round and excluding bobby as he did great for us
he would have got us back to those heights had he been left to manage and get the players he wanted within two seasons with out a doubt.
i think 99% of us fans would settle for this.

northshieldsmagpie said:

Amongst all this gossip, speaking as a despondent newcastle supporter and a lover of football, i think we are grasping at straws hoping for this and that to happen. Long gone are the days of european football for the short or prob long term, what has happened to our club with its support is nothing but a travesty. Sadly money rules in this day and age more than ever(apart from the rare exception of wenger) it has all but killed the heart of the game in england, it has taken much of the gloss away from the viewing of the game. Ofcourse reporters have to fill the columns and so will the columns be filled. We will evolve and maybe in our life time may see some dizzy heights again but for what? some multi billionaire to come in and buy it? do we buy into that? Ofcourse regardless i'd like to see us doing well, but in a sense it does feel all senseless. the game needs a boom and bust before we get to the old days again, which by the looks of thing may be in the offing. For now RIP English football !!!
carl d meadowell

lambic peach said:

This could be Shearers chance to have the fans turn on him.... He could take the job on and be blamed when the team keeps playing the same way in three months time. Get over it everyone. We need to avoid relegation first, and then think about consolidating our place next year. Our club is THE laughing stock of the league, and not just for the last few months either. Its these ridiculous notions that we will just waltz back into the top four........ We need to fight and Kinnear has enough mongrel in him at the moment to save the TEAM while club is in complete MELTDOWN.....

Brian Whitfield said:

How many jobs has Keegan quit?? He is not the 'Messiah' that is going to save Newcastle. He would just quit...has guit....again...and again, ad nauseum. In fact any sensible owner wouldn't have him anywhere near the place.
As for Shearer? C'mon, give the man a break. What managerial experience has he had? Give your collective headss a shake. No what Newcastle need is a good healthy dose of Championship football. Well.......the deadwood would leave for one thing leaving us with a different team................EUREKA.........I've got it.................A DIFFERENT TEAM. 'God, what a wonderful notion,I should patent that idea'.

joseph daniels said:


shearer should not be next newcastle manager he was not interested till losing his job at bbc at end of season at moment kinnear should stear us threw season hes hard but gets best out of players and players seem to work for him

Peter N said:

I think we have to remember the thing which every newcastle fan mentions on the arrival of a new manager...stability! Personally I hope Ashley can pick up his balls, realise his mistake and either re-instate keegan under new (and improved!) terms or give JFK a contract...give whichever of them he chooses until the end of next season, let them buy the players they want (within reason!), and throughout this gradually work Shearer into the club. Let him see what's happenning and where the club is going, and once we're a secure premier league team again, put shearer in the hot spot. A fresh face with a good squad and lots of passion would only improve us further, and he'd always have KK and i sincerely hope Sir Bobby just a phone call away for advice! Someone tell me im wrong!?

Alex said:

Sorry to post this here, as I have posted elsewhere, but I have just read that Kinnear is too meet with Ahley to TELL him who his transfer targets are for January??!!!!

Isn't this what caused all of the problems in the first place? That Ashley had put Wise in charge of player recruitment??

So, has the situation changed? Has Ashley realised that his chosen system DOESN'T work? Or have all our fears and suspicions been proven: that Wise was simply on an ego trip and liked the thought of lording it over Kevin Keegan and Ashley was stupid enough to let him??

Bring back Keegan AND Shearer, let's ignite some excitement and passion amongst the supporters AND the players. JFK is NOT the answer and I believe you are a fool if you think otherwise, the man will not attract decent players and will take up into the Championship.

Duncan Mackay said:

"Why are Wigan kicking us around our own stadium?"

Because they're managed by a competent, experienced manager, who'll be on many a chairman's managerial shopping list in good time.

Don't forget Steve Bruce. Wigan won't hold on to him forever.

If you're looking for a local lad that really understands what the club means to the supporters, look no further.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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