Thursday, 2 April 2009

Ashley's Final Gamble

Interim Newcastle manager Alan Shearer insists Newcastle can be saved from relegation.

Shearer's official appointment came just hours after the announcement that controversial figure Dennis Wise had left the club. It was also announced that Wise's role as director of football, a role publicly criticised by former manager Kevin Keegan and Shearer, would cease to exist at the club.

Is this a sign of Ashley attempting to rebuild the club in the fans vision or just the desperate actions fo a chairman who knew what he had to do the bring in big Al?

As much as I hope i'm wrong, I fear the latter may be true.

Ashley has taken more than one managerial gamble; appointing Kevin Keegan pleased the fans, but something never felt quite right and he left after 22 games in charge. In came Joe Kinnear as interim manager before he earned the right to manage the club until the end of the season.

It was a seemingly strange decision to place the reigns of your team in the hands of a man who had been out of football for some time. However when you consider this was at a time when Ashley was attempting to sell the club, it was perhaps less a gamble and more the easy option.

So we find ourselves with eight games to go in the season, with three different men managing to achieve just six league wins between them, we now ask one big man to keep us up. A task that could require another four victories.

We now stand a much better chance of staying up with Shearer at the helm, but if it doesn't pay off, Ashley is all out of messiahs.

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