ALAN Shearer has told Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear he is not yet ready to join the club’s coaching staff.
Kinnear extended an offer to United’s legendary former striker to come and begin his coaching education at St James’s Park last week after reports claimed Shearer remains interested in taking the manager’s job on a permanent basis.
That prompted a phone call between the two men in which Shearer claimed he has no interest in taking Kinnear’s job – and a polite ‘no’ to the coaching offer.
“Alan has been in touch. He rang up to apologise and said the stories the Press are putting out about me – there is no truth in any of them whatsoever and I am sorry.
“He said sorry and I said, it’s okay I understand. I said he would be welcome to come in any time, that he would give the place a lift because he’s one of best strikers in the world and that he can come and work with me.
“He said that is very kind of you but I am not ready for it yet. I said ‘fine’. It was very honourable of him. There is nothing malicious about Alan at all.”
The permanent appointment of Kinnear to the Newcastle manager’s post should end the speculation regarding Shearer’s claims to the job, for the time being at least. But with the striker still interested in going into management at some point, and his huge popularity at St James’s Park, it seems inevitable that the link will be made again. That is something Kinnear says he is comfortable with.
“It is never going to go away – we are both aware of that,” he said. “But I told him he is more than welcome to come and help us out, there is not a problem between the pair of us, there is no aggravation.” Kinnear’s appointment is not the only thing barring the former United skipper from taking the job – Shearer is not likely to consider any managerial involvement with Newcastle until Mike Ashley sells the club.
That appears as far away as it ever has today, with no takers at the price that United’s owner is asking and investment banker Keith Harris having struggled to find potential owners with sufficient funds to make them serious contenders.
With his future employment tied to Ashley’s continued involvement, that situation will not concern Kinnear unduly.
“I’ve always hoped to get the opportunity to come here and do the job. There was a doubt because of the club getting sold,” he said.
“But they can’t see the club being sold. Something might be round the corner but the offers haven’t been enough.”