Shearer confirmed as Newcastle manager — can he keep them up?

April 1, 2009

Well, at least we now know it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke… Alan Shearer has been confirmed as Newcastle manager for the final eight matches of the season.

He faces a Herculean task in keeping Newcastle up and with no managerial experience to his name the odds must be against him.

Click here for the full story, and let us know in the comments if you think the move is inspired, desperate, desperately inspired or just plain daft.

PHOTO: A Newcastle United fan is seen outside St James’ Park in Newcastle, April 1, 2009. Alan Shearer will become the club’s new manager until the end of the present season. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis


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Posted by Shearer confirmed as Newcastle manager — can he keep them up? | Soccer News Info | Report as abusive

It’s really a brave move by Shearer. But his first task is one that most managers never face in their entire career. Besides that, he has absolutely no experience as a manager.

I took a look at Newcastle’s fixture. Among the eight opponents are Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa. All of these teams still have high hopes for this season.

Posted by Soccer Tricks | Report as abusive

I agree it’s a brave move but the upside is pretty big if he keeps them up — adulation and a great big sack full of money, I should imagine.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Honestly, I’m surprised it took Newcastle and Shearer this long to agree to what had been rumored months ago.

Posted by socceryank | Report as abusive