Shearer still wants Toon job but is not holding is breath.

Posted on October 17th, 2009 | 27 Comments |

No Toon job this season
No Toon job this season
Alan Shearer reveals that whilst he’d take the Newcastle United manager’s job today if it was offered, he’s prepared to get on with life in the interim.

With Barry Moat’s bid – or indeed anyone else’s bid – looking less likely to succeed as time goes on, Shearer’s chances of becoming Newcastle manager this season are fading. It looks like we’re stuck with the current regime for the moment and Shearer has been reflecting on this, saying:

I can’t revolve my life around that any more because I have other things going on.”

The future Toon manager then touches on the philosophy of determinism, saying:

If it happens, it happens, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Whatever has happened has happened. If anything else happens then it does – I will just get on with it.”

Which seems to me to be a clever rewording of Laplace’s Demon* – deep stuff indeed from the former number 9. After that philosophical interlude, Shearer goes on to praise Hughton, saying:

I am as delighted as anybody with the start that they’ve had.

At the moment Chris Hughton is doing a great job. They’ve had a great start to the season. Without any doubt everybody would have taken the position they are in now so if they can build on that, then it will be great.

They have been playing very well. It would have been amazing if they had won their last two games. It would have given them a great cushion at the top of the Championship. But they’ve now got a really tough game against Nottingham Forest. There’s no reason why they can’t go there and win that game due to the way they are playing.

They’re full of confidence, and why shouldn’t they be?

And finally he suggests that Gerrard and Rooney are the key players for next year’s World Cup:

There have been many England teams that have been to World Cups and European Championships and qualified. They’ve gone there with big expectations.

I’m not telling Fabio anything else; he knows that the England team will be judged on what happens when they get there. You are never judged on what happens in the qualifying campaign. But I believe if they keep Gerrard and Rooney fit then they have a great chance of winning it.

The nation is on a high with England getting to the World Cup. It’s been a great campaign in the qualifying series. The hard work starts now, though, doesn’t it? You need all sorts of things to go for you. Don’t forget we’ve got one of the toughest league campaigns and domestic campaigns around.

Players are more susceptible to fatigue. I believe if they’re all fit, especially Gerrard and Rooney, then we’ve got a great chance.”

It seems nobody is prepared to offer Ashley the £100m he wants and the chances of finding a buyer this season now look slim. I think we’re stuck with Ashley until next summer when we’ll probably have to go through this whole fiasco again.

*We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future. An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes.

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27 Responses

  1. From the previous thread >>>>>>

    Hugh de Payen

    “You’re right about Ed’s crappy ads. As soon as they arrived I left.”

    Is pressing the ‘back arrow’ such a difficulty for you Hugh?

  2. “* “We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future. An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes.” … never say nufcblog.org can’t diversify!”

    Would I be able to work out if someone is going to bring me a bacon sarnie and a cup of tea in bed this morning?

  3. Bacon sarnie and a cup of tea in bed eh? What a nice idea. I’ll have a word with the wife and see if she can manage that tomorrow (for me that is, not you … although I could ask her I suppose).

    I suspect the second word of her reply will be ‘off’.

  4. Hitman, Big Dave – I can see why that article might be worrying, which I’d agree with except for that fact that the Ashley/Llambias regime rarely tell anyone anything, so I’d be surprised if Hughton knows much more about the club’s plans to sell players than we do.

  5. BBM: cup of tea and a bacon sarnie in bed!!! You’ll be telling us next that Missus Bowburnmag is Pamela Anderson, and that she owns her own brewery, a massive stable of prize winning race horses and a private island in the Indian Ocean!!!

    Some of us can only DREAM of a bacon sarnie and a cup of tea in bed!!!

    Anyone else think that Shearer’s comment was an admission of defeat?

    Bet he gets a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie…in bed!!

  6. Excelsior – more like a cross between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Racheal Weiss. Though they do say love is blind. Sadly no bacon sarnie in bed. Just a croissant and a game on Bratz with the bairn (it’s bloody hard).

    Big Dave – car engine is with the re-conditioner. I dread to think of the price…..

    Off out all day now but will put up a match report later.
    Fingers crossed for a good result boys!!

    T_F – you’re a charming fella! ;)

  7. ive told you all. The only reason they haven t announced he is not selling is cos they are waiting for jay eff kay to return as manager. Simples.

  8. “bowburnmag says:
    October 17, 2009 at 11:24 am
    Excelsior – more like a cross between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Racheal Weiss.”

    That’s a hell of a cross, BBM! Lucky boy!

    I don’t think Forest were that good. Our “Poor” made their “Organised” look brilliant. Should’ve had a second half leveler at least. Harewood looked weak and ineffectual, Carroll played like a Great Dane Puppy and collectively (first half) we couldn’t keep the ball. Improvement in the second but…it couldn’t really get any worse. Why Smudger was booked after 2 minutes I’ll never know. A cantankerous, whinny, bunfight….we blinked first and lost as a result!

    Chris Hughton’s just started making his way across that “Proving Ground”….interesting to see how far he gets?

  9. Think a few losses may bring about some kind of reality check to Ashley and his casino buddy ?
    I mean are we not a bit thin as a squad, do we not have to return certain loanee`s come Christmas ?
    As far as i know , we have no divine right to promotion, do we ?
    Soh! no new faces, no promotion, less income, more difficulty to retain quality players, even more difficulty in gaining promotion, reduction in clubs value,realize we have become another kind of United,
    a (Leeds Utd.)

  10. The way Newcastle played today, the team looked like they belonged in the division below this one :(

    Right now, if the fat man is staying in charge, I can only hope we already have enough points to save us from relegation as if he is planning on selling players come January we are stuffed. A few injuries and already we are coming undone.

    Signed ‘depressed in Florida’

    PS to try and cheer myself up I’ve got a fantasy of Keegan and Solano coming back. If only….sigh

  11. I know what you mean Jillybean!

    Although quite how you can be depressed in Florida is beyond me.

    You could always boost the sale of the club by having a word with Uncle Walt and the fellas in Orlando…see if they need another “Mickey Mouse Outfit”.

    More depressing rubbish in the “RedTops” today: club insiders report Ashley fed up with Moat. He has seven days to deposit £80m or the deal’s off……sigh.

    P.S. What does your Keegan/Solano fantasy involve, or is it of a…… sensitive nature, shall we say?

  12. I have just read an online article in the News of the World regarding Keegan and Blogs. The story is probably untrue however comments left include the following from Stardust :-
    ————————————————————
    “Most of the geordie fans still seem to back Keegan. Only the gullible idiots, most of who dont go to games, have fallen for the spin by Ashley and his cronies.
    One blog written by a so called Newcastle fan who is based in America is particularly responsible for this pro Ashley – anti Keegan hype.”
    By Stardust. Posted October 18 2009 at 12:00 AM.
    ————————————————————
    Surely this cannot be our very own Stardust?????
    The condecending little man who peppers the blogs with Anti-Keegan propoganda.
    If the newspaper story is true it will no doubt be Stardust who has upset Keegan ! Shameful!
    He then goes on to have a dig at NUFC.blog….. Unbelievable !
    However, my main question is for Stardust himself !
    How do you know how the Geordie Fans who attend the games feel ? Batty names you as ‘Keith’ and I have it on good authority that you are NOT a season ticket holder. The closest you come to the Supporters of NUFC is online and through your Keyboard you sad little man !

  13. Joking aside.. Stardust is NOT a season Ticket holder !
    He is entitled to his opinion like every one else, ticket holder or not, however it is the manner in which he aggressively forces his opinion.
    He is condecending towards the Fans who he calls the Mob and treats them with no respect.
    The good people of NUFC who actually put their hand in their pocket, attend the matches and support the team with their very prescence should be treat with respect. They are the backbone of this club and they inspire the players.. 44,000 on a Wednesday night against Sheff Wed.. Fantastic !
    Stardust … Until you actually support Newcastle United, then please, keep your delusional ramblings to yourself !

  14. interesting article,but he still has to have a dig at the fans”i put more money in than the fans”doesn,t exactly endear him.
    mike the whole point of a football manager is to let him decide who plays for the club and not you.
    chris deserves a shot at the title,aye and he,ll get knocked out in the first round.

  15. To Excelsior at post #19 Yes, it is very hard to be depressed in Florida. I have to work at it very hard, damn all this sunshine! LOL Thank goodness I have Mike Ashley to bring me down. I actually live very close to ‘The Rat’ so next time I pop over to borrow a cup of sugar I’ll be sure to ask MM if he can reclaim one of his own and get rid of Ashley for us.
    PS Keegan and Solano fantasy involves Keegan managing NCL and Solano putting in some great crosses…..sorry to disappoint! I’m sure whatever you were thinking was a lot more fun ;) Darn my underactive imagination.

  16. Whoops….busted!! Yes, Jillybean I was being a little, shall we say, fruity there. Just the way you worded it made me smile.

    I see the chunky one has offered Hughton the job….looks like we’re off the market again! Is there no end to this madness.

    Enjoy the sunshine…it’s supposed to stimulate the imagination , don’tcha know! Although I think Nobby and KK are a little past it for any “fruity” fantasies. LOL.

    Excelsior out!

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