Can Shearer save Newcastle?

April 1, 2009

It sounds like an April Fool’s joke but apparently it’s true: Alan Shearer looks set to be confirmed as caretaker manager of Newcastle United until the end of the season.

Now, Newcastle could certainly do with a touch of inspiration as they bid to preserve the top flight status they have held since winning promotion back to the top tier in 1993.

But is Shearer up to the job of becoming the club’s latest saviour? He certainly faces a steep learning curve if he is indeed to become Newcastle’s fourth manager of the season.

Newcastle have eight Premier League matches remaining this season, starting with a home match against Chelsea on Saturday.

Can the 15 million pound man who scored 206 goals in 404 appearances for Newcastle transfer that record of success on the field to his new role? And if he does keep them up, should he sign up for the long haul?

FILE PHOTO: Newcastle United’s captain Alan Shearer looks on following the final whistle his testimonial  match against Celtic at St James’ Park in Newcastle, May 11, 2006. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis


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Shearer is the Messiah and will certainly save the day hopefully he will get rid of the timewaster wise in the long run and get our famous club back on track

Posted by David | Report as abusive

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I think this is a joke……. april fool time…. but if this is true… im hopefully that newcastle united can get the glory…….

Posted by Iqbar | Report as abusive

Not a chance. My mum has a better chance of keeping the Toon up.

still no confirmation, could it really be an april fool’s day joke? I think not as the original reports came out just before midnight UK time by the looks.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

If it is an April Fool there’s going to be a lot of journalists with red faces. This was written about in all seriousness across the British media. But as you say, it did come out before midnight so it would mean BBC had broken the rules.

Posted by kev | Report as abusive

I vote April Fool. If not, a brief burst of enthusiasm followed by the return of a terrible reality.

Posted by jamesy | Report as abusive

He is a Newcastle hero so I think he gets enough support from the fans. But on the other hand, he doesn’t have experience as a manager of a club. Shearer would become ‘immortal’ in Newcastle if he saves them from relegation.

It’s kind of the same story as van Basten as the new head coach of Ajax.

Its an April fools joke that he thinks Newcastle can be saved, let alone be the Manager.

Posted by andyb | Report as abusive

What can he do in 8 games that all the other managers were not able to do, the game is not played on inspiration alone. He experience is almost next to nothing, all we can do is be optimistic and hope he does. Good thing for him the bottom half of the table is packed

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