'Very sour taste' - Former Newcastle figure delivers shock revelation over Ashley decision
Former Newcastle United youngster and physiotherapist Paul Ferris has made the shock revelation that owner Mike Ashley wanted to appoint Alan Shearer as manager after his short stint back in 2009.
The 2008/09 season was a tumultuous one for the Magpies, with a host of controversial decisions made by the board, four managerial changes and ultimately ending in relegation to the Championship, with a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa ending their top flight status and signalling an end to Shearer’s career in management to the present day.
However, while the Newcastle legend saw his time at the helm come to an end following the final game of the campaign, with Chris Hughton taking charge to lead the club to the second tier title, Ferris, who worked alongside Shearer, has made the shock revelation that Ashley was ready to give the former striker the job on a long term basis.
He told the Chronicle: “All of the noise coming from them, and all the noises in the city were that Alan would be the next manager of the football club.
“He wanted it, and they wanted him to be manager too. We then had a meeting two days later, we went forward over the next two or three hours, and Mike and Alan had a very private conversation
“I thought Mike would see that as Alan being passion and vision for the club. That is the last time we heard anything from Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias or anybody.
“Not to contact him after that for what he’d done for the football club left a very sour taste for me. Then I see Mike Ashley on Sky Sports saying he made a decision that Alan lacked experience. That’s the first time I’d heard that.”
Shearer took charge of just eight games as manager at St James’ Park, managing to pick up just five points from a possible 24 after winning one game and drawing another two.
Since Hughton’s reign as boss, Newcastle have seen Alan Pardew, John Carver, Steve McClaren and current manager Rafael Benitez in the dugout.
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