Was Big Al the only man who could save Newcastle United?
Alan Shearer tonight sensationally accepted the post to take on Newcastle United and attempt to save their place in the Premier League.
The legendary number 9 and club's record scorer will be paraded to the media in due course and will spark scenes of excitement.
It is Mike Ashley's response to the intense pressure heaped upon him after making a real mess of affairs at St James's Park this season.
Ashley backed Dennis Wise at a time when Kevin Keegan was unhappy with life on Tyneside which resulted in him quitting the club causing uproar in Newcastle.
However, how many Ashley crictics will change their tune now Shearer has agreed to join up?
Many will be more concerned with Newcastle staying up and with Chris Hughton failing to raise the much maligned Magpies, masses will feel that with KK's ties well and truly broken with the club despite Wise's imminent departure - Shearer was the only man for the job.
Without doubt Shearer will already have the respect of the dressing room and he won't take any nonsense from anybody - the whole changing room will know the score from day one.
In fact he will strike the fear of God down any player caught slacking to delight the Toon Army.
Then you have the fact that Shearer's return will keep Michael Owen on board and attract new stars in the style of Keegan, if he is handed cash to spend - and that will surely have been a condition of him coming back.
Throw into that the fact that the crowd will be re-ignited and the remaining eight games now have a totally different complexion.
Indeed suddenly beating Chelsea becomes a realistic possibility given Shearer's input, influence and drive - while the must win games over Fulham, Boro and Pompey have also become sell out matches.
For many there were always only two candidates to get Newcastle back on the map, Kevin Keegan or Big Al.
With many feeling KK's patience at SJP had been cracked all together and beyond repair, Shearer's fresh input is the best case scenario.
And even though Shearer doesn't have managerial experience - the only question for Geordies is: Who cares?
Shearer has been working quietly on his coaching badges since retirement but it looks like he has ended up with itchy feet despite the comfort of TV studios.
Shearer is the main man on Tyneside and now the hurdle of the ex-England skipper getting on with Ashley has been overcome, many now feel that staying up is suddenly no longer such a struggle.
A new manager will never come in with the club top of the table but Shearer would perhaps prefer to come in now rather than in the Championship - which is where we were heading until this evening.
With Wise on the way out, the future of Joe Kinnear is also up in the air but whether he will be retained in an upstairs role is still to be confirmed.
Either way, Shearer's dramatic return has sent shockwaves around the football world.
More importantly though his arrival should save Newcastle and while Ashley and Derek Llambias have been battered from pillar to post - where does it leave your feelings on the controverisal duo now?
Welcome back Big Al.
WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON SHEARER'S RETURN?