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Does Shearer Have The Bottle For Management?!?!

Does Shearer Have The Bottle For Management?!?!

Blackburn Rovers legend Alan Shearer "politely declined" the managerial job at Ewood Park on Wednesday Evening Live on BBC Television. That is his decision but has he become too comfortable sitting on the couch to become the manager that he keeps claiming he wants to be?

I had been waiting for the talk about the vacant job at Rovers to come up each time Shearer is working for the BBC and finally this came up during the half time analysis of the Switzerland vs Turkey Group A match at the European Championships on Wednesday Evening, and Shearer ruled himself out of the running once and for all. Shearer came up with what was probably a well rehearsed speech, which I personally believe is a lame excuse for a man that is becoming overly comfortable doing what he is doing with his work as a television pundit.

Shearer told BBC Two: "The situation was, and is, that I was very flattered to have got a call from the chief executive, John Williams, at Blackburn.

"He asked me if I would like to be included on a shortlist for the manager's job, which I politely declined because of the commitments that I have, namely this one.

"I was very flattered to have been asked and I thank him for that.

"He has made two great decisions in his last two decisions for the managers, and I am sure he will go on and make a third one, and I wish him good luck

This is now the Newcastle United and Blackburn jobs that he has spurned (or at least jobs within these two Football Clubs). Two superb opportunities to break into the world of football management (or at least get a foot on the ladder) but he has turned down both opportunities to carry on his career in the punditry world, a world that offers good money for little in return.

Shearer keeps claiming that he does want to become a manager, but does he really?!?! Would someone that is so interested in doing so keep turning down these opportunities to remain in the luxury that they are? Perhaps he is waiting for a lower profile job to test the water with? However, the longer that this remains the case the harder it will be to move away from it, just ask any one of the number of so called expert pundits that offer their insight for match analysis and half time small talk.

At least he didn't mess us around, but personally I feel that Shearer has again bottled it, he isn't man enough to have a crack at it and prove that he can do the job that he seems to think that he can, he does a lot of talking but actions speak louder than words and his actions in regard to something that he constantly says he wants (football management) are VERY muted!!!


Date:Thursday June 12 2008
Time: 9:55AM


I wouldn't have minded Shearer returning to Ewood as our manager, and although it might sound like I am bitter at what some might call a rejection, I'm not as I'm not that bothered that he doesn't want it. I just think that he is a coward who talks a good talk but it frightened to find out if his talk can be matched with actions. Maybe he will one day move into football management, but at the moment he seems destined to stay on the couch.
Hughes Da Man
12/06/2008 09:58:00
We would have been the perfect oppurtunity for him, with a stable board that would have backed him hand over foot, along with us the Fans. Everyone says he's got what it takes, but I guess the thought of leaving his Manage Et Trois at the BBC was too diffacult to consider. Nevermind his loss.
12/06/2008 10:08:00
It is his loss to be fair, but as you say at least he didnt mess us around. Lets hope we find the guy that DOES want it.
12/06/2008 10:30:00
I don't think he really wants to manage just yet. He could have been involved with the Newcastle role but he declined that too. I am sure one day he will manage the Geordies but I don't think the time is right for him yet. Personally, I am quite glad he is not going to be our next manager, it just worries me that he has a history of falling out with (some) people and that he always seems to want to be No.1 (Not that is a problem with a manager). Still not sure about Allardyce, he is a good manager but his style of football conflicts with ours. I saw that we were being linked (speculatively) with Chris Coleman - I think he would be an excellent choice. He did well at Fulham before being sacked despite selling his best players - Sanchez came in with money to spend and almost sent them down. What do you guys think?
12/06/2008 10:38:00
I strongly feel that it has to be a name, purely because of what we have to spend. A manager with a top playing reputation that covers europe will make it easier for us to get in better players at prices we can afford. We can't afford british but who can at the moment.
12/06/2008 11:10:00
If we had Coleman we would need to make sure he doesnt go on any late night binges eh???
12/06/2008 11:48:00
... at least make sure he has a chauffeur
12/06/2008 12:27:00
I don't think Shearer's heart was in it - I liked his honest response though - maybe one for the future.
12/06/2008 12:28:00
Your prob right there FN1.
12/06/2008 13:19:00
No. All talk, no action.
12/06/2008 13:25:00
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