Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Shear legend returns

Well it looks like Alan Shearer is going to ride in on his white horse and attempt to rescue his beloved Newcastle United from relegation. It is a decision that I think has surprised many fans of Newcastle United after Shearer was critical of the current ownership regime after the departure of Kevin Keegan as manager back in September 2008.

Many had also thought that Shearer had perhaps turned his back on the idea of management having turned down coaching and management roles at England, Newcastle and Blackburn since his retirement from the game in 2006, with him building a successful career in the media and keeping himself busy with his various pieces of charity work.

However it appears he has had a change of heart and will take charge of the team for the remaining eight games of the season as the players battle desperately to avoid dropping into the Championship. It is undoubtedly a clever bit of timing by Shearer to finally step up into the management game. He literally can’t lose. If we stay up he just adds to his already incredible legacy, and if we go down the blame can’t be attributed to him.

I for one think that by appointing him we have at least given ourselves a chance. Hughton and Calderwood proved in the last game that they are tactically inadequate. To bring Ameobi on when we had Guittierez kicking his heels on the bench was one of the most baffling decisions I have seen for years.

When Alan Shearer stepped up to take his penalty in his testimonial game the commentator marked the moment with these words.

“And Alan Shearer who has rescued Newcastle so many times before, has a chance to do so again.”

If anybody can rescue us now, Alan Shearer is that man.