Doesn’t the saying go….’ a good player doesn’t always make a good manager?’ From what we saw of Alan Shearer’s brief stint in charge of Newcastle, it’s a saying which could well be applied to the Premier League’s all-time leading goal scorer. Although maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, as that statement is a rather premature. Yes Shearer’s first foray into management was a failure, but he was thrown in at the deep end at a time when Newcastle were in a desperate state, so they turned to their favourite son to try and save them. However 5 points from a possible 24 and relegation doesn’t give Shearer the best looking managerial CV should he want to step back into management in the future.
Management is still something on Shearer’s to do list, but how many teams would be willing to offer a man of Shearer’s managerial experience an opportunity? After Sam Allardyce was sacked by Blackburn, Shearer’s name was mooted as a potential candidate for the position. This could mean that due to his reputation the opportunities could be there for him to walk into a job in the Premiership or Championship in the future. However I should mention that his links with Blackburn were a large contributing factor to his name being linked with the vacant manager’s position. Shearer has set his sights high regarding any potential return to management as this quote on NUFC blog confirms, “I would seriously consider going back into football, but it would have to be right. It’s imperative that you have a chance of success at your first job. That’s what I would be looking for.”
What type of success Shearer is referring to is down to assumption, it could be winning trophies or gaining promotions, but I sense Shearer is expecting to go straight in at the top. Which I suppose should be expected from a man who has spent his entire playing career at the very top of his profession. As I alluded to in my opening gambit, it doesn’t always work like that though, and I think Shearer would benefit from following the example set by his fellow Geordie Lee Clark. Clark has started his management career in League One with Huddersfield Town, learning his trade in a lower league which has seen him blossom into a fine manager.
I can’t help but think, irrespective of what Shearer has said about the possibility of stepping back into management full time, that it will never happen for him. The tidy pay packet he receives from the BBC for sitting on their sofa, in one of his shocking shirts, is surely a way of life which would take a special job offer to draw him away. Then I think, what club hunting for success would offer a pretty much untried manager a shot? Has Shearer potentially missed his chance in management by not keeping Newcastle in the Premier League in 2009? You can rest assured that if he had kept Newcastle up that year he would have been installed as the permanent manager for the following season.
Under the current ownership Shearer can forget any chance of a return to St James’ Park in a managerial capacity. So is he better off sticking to his punditry? Well let’s be honest, Shearer isn’t the most charismatic of people and his punditry shows very little enthusiasm when compared to, say Jamie Redknapp, but he seems to be doing something right. So why would he want to change the cushy number he currently has sitting on the Match of the Day sofa for a dugout? I can’t see Shearer being offered the desirable job he appears to want and as time goes on I think he will become more and more content in his TV role, so maybe the management game is over for Shearer before it started.