Studs Up

April 5, 2009, 11:14 am
Filed under: Football


I’ve never been a huge fan of Alan Shearer as a BBC Match Of The Day pundit, so from that point of view I am glad to see him taking up his role as caretaker manager at Newcastle Utd. But since he’s 0nly in the job on as temporary basis, it strikes me that he is in a win-win situation. If things go badly, he can beat a hasty retreat back the safety of the MOTD studio, citing the deep-rooted dysfunctionality of “The Toon” and insufficient time  to turn things around. If he keeps Newcastle up, then he is the latest Geordie-Messiah, and will have a relatively large window of opportunity to put his stamp on the job.

Aside from a good run of things under Keegan during the early years of the Premiership (an era which many fair-weather fans seem to regard as the time when football came into existence) Newcastle haven’t done much, ever. So why should we care if they go down? If they do survive, it will be nice for the Geordies, but they are not quite as well supported a club as the nations media seem to think (I’ve heard much louder sets of supporters). And they have a spectacularly small number of trophies for a supposedly major club. I guess personally, I’d find it more interesting watching Shearer struggle to explain a tremendous failure whilst sat next to the increasingly cynical pairing of Hansen and Lawrenson, than watching his every move be cheered as he guides Newcastle to mid-table security/mediocrity.

I enjoyed reading the thoughts of Phil McNulty and Paul Hayward on the subject this morning.


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the brass tacks is this;
who would you rather see as a premier league club?
stoke, blackburn, hull, bolton or newcastle? for me the first four head my list

Comment by gooner

I agree. I’d much rather see any of the others go down too.

Comment by GW

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