Newcastle United’s managerial history under Mike Ashley has featured several familiar names in English football, such as Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce, Alan Pardew, and Chris Hughton. However, one name that stands out is Alan Shearer, who had a short but intriguing stint as the Magpies’ caretaker manager almost 15 years ago. Shearer managed the team for eight games, and these remain the only matches he has ever managed in his career.
Shearer recently revealed that his original plan was to become the full-time manager of Newcastle after the team’s relegation. He stated that he had reached an agreement with the club and had shaken hands on a deal to take over as the manager. However, he was ultimately snubbed by Mike Ashley, the club’s owner, who never followed through with the promised appointment.
Shearer’s managerial career did not take off after his brief tenure at Newcastle, and he transitioned into a successful career as a pundit. He expressed his belief that he was going to be the permanent manager of Newcastle, and the fact that the deal fell through remains a point of frustration for him.
In hindsight, it’s interesting to consider what a full Shearer tenure as the manager of Newcastle would have been like. His legendary status at the club would likely have earned him respect in the dressing room, and his punditry work in recent years has showcased his excellent tactical understanding of the game. With strong fan support, it could have been a recipe for success. Many fans may view the club’s decision to snub Shearer as a missed opportunity for Newcastle United.