Date: 12th June 2008 at 9:56am
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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!!!


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25 Replies to “Does Shearer Have The Bottle For Management?!?!”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • I don’t think Shearer’s heart was in it – I liked his honest response though – maybe one for the future.

  • I don’t think its a matter of not having the bottle. Its the fact he’s probably on a great pay packet at the BBC so why would he want the pressure of management.

  • Yeah thinking about it he’d prob get the less from us than he gets at the BBC and he gets less hassle there and more time to spend with his family.

  • At least he was honest and didn’t mess us around. I never thought I would say this but I think he hasn’t got what it takes. After all he iosn’t prepared to take the plunge with one of the countries most stable clubs, what will he take the plunge with. Not many better chances me thinks! Still top bloke and I do enjoy watching him on BBC

  • He is one of the better ones on there but I do wish they would say what they think on there instead of trying not to upset anyone!

  • he’s done the right thing not messed us about, and been honest. Makes me wonder though what sort of first job he thinks he’s gonna get Man utd

  • I don’t think so,I know he’s a hero to you guys but the guys got no personality or charisma whatsoever on top of the old cliche about great players not being able to manage.Stick to your boring and often wrong analysis and predictions on TV Alan.

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