Football FanCast columnist Tom Jones thinks that Alan Shearer should put his Newcastle dream to bed and look at other opportunities.
As the sale of Newcastle United remains uncompleted and it looks more and more likely that Mike Ashley will stay in charge, will Alan Shearer be left to wonder what might have been? After an unsuccessful spell at the end of last season, Newcastle legend Shearer still remains keen to take job and give it another go. But should Shearer just put his Newcastle dream to bed for now and concentrate on looking at opportunities elsewhere and gain some more managerial experience?
Many Newcastle fans would still love to see Alan Shearer in charge of their beloved club despite being unable to save them from relegation from the Premier League last season. In the summer it looked likely that the club would be sold and that Shearer would be put in charge by any potential new owners. But that situation still hasn’t arisen and Ashley looks set to continue his nightmare spell in charge of the club at least until the end of the season. Meanwhile Shearer still hasn’t taken on another managerial job and appears to be waiting on developments at Newcastle, but would a return so soon be a good move for either Shearer or Newcastle?
Shearer told the Sunday Mirror “I would still like to be the manager of Newcastle again one day.” He further said “if the situation came around and everything was right and in place then without a doubt I would love to give it another go. But that’s not up to me.” Surely Shearer wouldn’t want to work under Ashley again and realises that he would be better of to steer well clear of the club at the moment. He also admitted that he isn’t connected to any of the potential bids and would look at other managerial opportunities. He stated “it’s not just a job at Newcastle, though, because if the right post came along somewhere else I would definitely look at it too.”
If Shearer told a job elsewhere I don’t think Newcastle fans could blame him and the experience that he would gain could even benefit the club if he returned in the future. Questions still surround his ability as a manger and a successful spell at another club would put those fears to bed. But if he had a torrid time in charge of a lower league team will that harm his chances of one day managing Newcastle? I think that is a risk that Shearer has to take.
For now Shearer has to put his Newcastle dream to bed and hope that better times lie ahead for the club. If in a few years Newcastle have more stability off the field and have re-established themselves as a Premier League side, then the time might be right for him to return if an opportunity were to arise. But with the club in the current mess that it is in, I think that Shearer has to put his feelings for Newcastle to one side and earn himself a reputation as a talented manager at another club.