Known for stating Newcastle “would get nowhere” under Kevin Keegan as his set up was “shambolic” in nature. That season saw promotion, and the following saw us finish third.
After his application was rejected from the vacant managerial post at Second Divison Burnley FC in ’96, he decided he didn’t actually know that much about football outside of scoring goals and instead went to look after horses. Good career move all things considered.
Speaking to the Evening Chronicle today, he said:
“From what I have seen, there is no-one ready to take on the shirt; maybe they can go with Shola Ameobi or one other. However, they need to sign at least one more striker, a No 9, to keep them in the league and help them progress.”
“But from what I have seen of Mike Ashley, I doubt whether they will get all the money. He came in as the white knight and saved the club to some extent. However, I always think there’s something around the corner with him. I’m suspicious of his intentions.”
Once you’ve recovered from the excitement of having “Ameobi 9” on the back of your shirt, we’ll continue.
He is, however, spot on. We do need somebody who is capable of wearing the famous shirt and more importantly – somebody who is consistent. The chances of seeing another Alan Shearer in our lifetime is slim and even if we saw that player, the chances of that player in the black and white is even slimmer. (As much as it pains me to say it.)
Of course, we don’t necessarily need an Alan Shearer to wear the shirt as much as we need a good player who can put the ball into the back of the net on a regular basis – we need excitement up front.
He’s also bang on with Mike Ashley. You can’t trust a man who simply doesn’t speak – what exactly are his intentions? He hardly has a shimmering history with us and his silence does not help his case. In fact, the more he refuses to talk, the more likely the doom mongers are of getting together and coming up with ridiculous conspiracy theories.
Lets just not talk about Llambias – isn’t it his job to communicate?
Talking about the supposedly transfer listed Nile Ranger, Quinn continued:
“I have seen a bit of Nile and he has a lot of potential. What I would like to see is him given a run of games, maybe five or six games, to show what he can do.”
A sentiment I’m sure echoes all of our thoughts. He’s plying his trade at one of the most difficult in the world – he needs time at a lower league to relax into his game and build up confidence but unfortunately it seems as if the club are tired of his personal discipline or just don’t think he can produce the goods. Unfortunate, but that’s football and unfortunately, it’s those kind of decisions that hang over our club like a black veil.
The funny thing is, all it takes is for a bit of explanation as to where the club is headed and why certain decisions are being made. A statement every other season does not a positive atmosphere make.
Disclaimer: all fat jokes in this article were completely accidental and a product of my subconscious.