Alan Shearer says he wants to get into management, but when will he finally do so?
Last Friday’s latest revelation that he has turned down an opportunity to do some coaching work at Newcastle made me wonder is he ever actually going make the leap. He seems to be waiting for some kind of perfect scenario where Newcastle are a stable club, in the top six or thereabouts and with money to spend. This is simply not going to happen. If Newcastle were ever to reach that position in the next five years it is unlikely they would then take a risk on someone whose managerial credentials stretch as far as “Well I know the club inside out”.
Since Bobby Robson was stupidly sacked at the start of the 2004/05 season, Newcastle United have had five managers – Souness, Roeder, Allardyce, Keegan and now Kinnear. I reckon that Shearer has been linked to the job each time but has always said he’s not ready. He’s scared more like, scared that it might not all go swimmingly. I would have much more respect for him if he took the job now and built Newcastle back up to the title challengers of the mid nineties, or even into European contenders. Considering they’ve won nothing since 1969 even a League Cup would see the fans happy for about ten seasons. He is in the enviable position where he doesn’t even need to apply, or doesn’t feel the need to. It’s always “Well if they’re interested they can give me a call”. There have been calls Alan, so what exactly is the problem?
Ok, maybe he wants to wait for the right moment to go back to St. James Park, that of course is his prerogative. But why not take a job somewhere else in the mean time and get some experience? What was wrong with the Blackburn job that was basically his for the taking in the summer? A solid club where he’s well revered; a decent set of players including Santa Cruz, Pederson and McCarthy; and very low expectations. They’d be delighted with just a top half finish. He won’t even accept coaching roles, which essentially have no pressure at all and you can take a lot of credit for any success (see Carlos Queiroz and Man Utd).
You could almost forgive him if he was a good pundit, but he’s not. Full of cliches, no actual opinion on anything and with the personality of a fish. I’d much rather listen to what Lee Dixon or Martin Keown have to say. Even Garth Crooks is more appealing as he at least has comedy value.
So Alan, assuming this Newcastle takeover goes through by the summer AND for some reason the new owners want you as manager, will you take the job?
Or has the Match of the Day sofa become permanently attached to your rear end?