Alan Shearer has revealed that he would be open to discuss the possibility of becoming an ambassador for Newcastle United in an exclusive chat with Gary Neville.
While our record goalscorer ruled out the possibility of ever returning to football management, he flirted with the idea of returning to his boyhood club in some capacity now new owners have arrived on Tyneside.
Club legends were infamously shunned during the Mike Ashley era, with our Shearer himself being brushed aside by a previous regime that did anything it could to disconnect fans from the club.
The consortium have already shown that iconic names from bygone eras will be welcomed once again at St James’ Park as former players were on show when we played Spurs last month – our first game under new ownership.
Amanda Staveley even boldly stated that Shearer’s statue will be moved to a spot within the stadium itself, rather than outside the ground on Barrack Road.
Shearer also spoke to his former England teammate about the urgent need for investment at the club, even embarrassingly claiming that the youth academy and training ground hasn’t changed at all since he retired in 2006.
Here’s what Shearer had to say in his conversation with Gary Neville on The Overlap:
“What impact does it have on the City, the football. I know everybody up here is mad about football…?”
“The football club is their life, they go to work all week, to earn money to spend on the weekend, to have a good time…and spending their money means going to watch their club, Newcastle. Going to the pubs and restaurants on a Saturday night, then they start all over again, so Newcastle is their life.
“I have been all over the country and I have never quite seen anywhere…that when you walk around the town you see the nanas and grandads, the mams and dads, the brothers and sisters, all the kids, wearing the black and white, wearing the shirt…so it is their life.
“So for the last 14 years it has been really difficult, they have had no hope.
“Cup competitions have been zero and it has just been about surviving.
“So I can get why all of a sudden there is a bit of excitement in the City.”
“Everybody up here has a passion for Newcastle United, why does the club not just hone in…because they want that connection so much between fans and the players. I can see that when I come up here and saw it for this past 25 years when I have came up here…and I’m not from up here. Why does it not have that incredible youth conveyor belt?”
“Well it needs investment. The Academy needs investment and you know as well as I do that you don’t get anything, without putting something in there.
“For the last 14 years it has had nothing.
“I mean, the training ground and Academy is exactly how it was, when I left back in 2006.
“Nothing [invested] at all. It is the same Academy and training ground, it may have had a lick of paint but other than that, nothing.
“Going forward, whatever happens, that has to change…and I’m hopeful that it will.”
“Is it the investment in the training ground? Is it the scouting, the recruitment, the quality of the coaching…?”
“Everything. It has to be everything.
“There has to be investment in Newcastle’s training ground, Newcastle’s Academy, the scouting, the coaching, you have to do everything. Without all of that, players are still going to go to other football clubs.”
“In terms of yourself, there has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about you being reintroduced into the club. Could that be the type of area that you could look at and completely overhaul it, is that a project you would look at? Talk of an ambassadorial role, whatever?”
“Well that is all it has been so far, talk, because they [Newcastle’s new owners] have got far more important and bigger decisions to make than who they are going to bring in as an ambassador, or who they are going to bring into the games.
“If they want to sit down and talk then of course I would be willing to do that, but at the minute there hasn’t been anything and I wouldn’t expect there to be anything [for the time being].”