Shearer was of course pointedly ignored for the Toon job despite his 8-week temporary appointment being called “the best decision I ever made” by Ashley. Even then though, Shearer was still in with a chance as it was widely believed that Barry Moat favoured him as manager if he had succeeded in buying the club.
However, just as Moat was nearing some sort of deal to buy Newcastle United, Ashley pulled the club off the market, appointed Chris Hughton as manager until the end of the 2011 season and that was the end of Shearer’s chances of managing the club for the immediate future.
Last month, Shearer claimed he was ‘open to offers’ from other clubs but the Mirror seems to be claiming that he’s now going to take a more active role in pursuing a new job.
An ‘associate’ of Shearer’s apparently said:
“Alan has decided after enjoying his short taste of management at Newcastle that is the direction he’d like to go in.
“He was hurt and frustrated by the way things ultimately ended there, but has bounced back with an enthusiasm and a desire to find another manager’s job.
“The BBC have always been very supportive and sympathetic to his ambition in that direction and, although he has a contract until next year, they wouldn’t stand in his way although they would hope he was available for next summer’s World Cup.”
I think if Shearer does manage another club successfully it will greatly increase his chances of getting the Toon job one day because it will remove the ‘lack of experience’ criticism that can currently be levelled at him.