Alan Shearer has admitted today that he would speak to Blackburn if they called him regarding the vacant manager’s job.

Having had his fingers burnt though with the way he was treated at Newcastle, he is understandably looking to do it on his terms if it was offered.

Speaking on the BBC today;

“It is a strange one at Blackburn, I’m sure they had a plan with Steve kean but it’s now a tough situation. Whoever takes over, they have to make sure it is the right choice. With my history at Blackburn, I would speak to them if they called me but I think things would have to change”.

I feel really sorry for Alan Shearer who I think would make an excellent manager but I can’t see enough things changing under the madcap owners of Blackburn to encourage him to take the job if offered.

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The major shift in the modern era for the very top players who fancy a try at management, is that generally they will go straight into clubs at a high level, rather than doing an apprenticeship lower down.

You only have to look at other top players and their first managerial roles; Dalglish (Liverpool), Gullit (Chelsea), Klinsmann (Germany), Zola (West Ham).

The logic comes in two parts; if they fail at a lower club then makes it very unlikely to then later get a chance in the top league(s), plus top players find it increasingly difficult working with players the further away they get from what their own skill level was.

When Shearer worked alongside Glenn Roeder as a temporary number two while still playing, I don’t think it was any coincidence that the team suddenly leapt up the lead to a most unlikely looking seventh and UEFA Cup qualification. Only for the following season when Roeder brought in a full-time number two, the team flopped and Roeder eventually resigned or was sacked.

If ever there was a poisoned chalice it was when Alan Shearer was belatedly called in to try and turn around the almighty mess created by Ashley, Wise, JFK and various others.

Love the job Alan Pardew is doing, and an awful lot of things would need to happen in the intervening years, but I for one would love to see Alan Shearer one day manage Newcastle United.

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