HATCHET MAN: Shear madness - Newcastle's knight in shining armour seems to have surrendered already
Alan Shearer may have donned his armour and attempted a white knight impression at Newcastle but he is acting like he always knew saving the club from relegation was a lost cause. As the team head for the critical Tyne-Tees derby against Middlesbrough on Monday, the unconvincing stand-in manager has told friends he wants to stay in charge of the club next season. The league they are in is apparently immaterial and that says it all. Oh well, there's always next year: Alan Shearer waves bye-bye to the Premier League Shearer seems to have been laying the foundations for a new regime since he arrived, preparing to take charge on a long-term basis while taking just two points from five games. More from Hatchet Man... HATCHET MAN: That's tricky, Ricky - Sbragia's transfer targets can only mean bad luck for the Black Cats08/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Theo sticks to his Guns - New deal for Walcott means he's in the money...but not the medals08/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Sticky situation for Toffees - Chelsea will take their anger out on Everton in FA Cup final08/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Harry not wild about Europe - Redknapp fears becoming a victim of his own success08/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Allardyce will have to stay quiet if he decides to sign Barton07/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Watch out Wayne, your anger might just backfire on you once again07/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Sorry Milner, moving up one place is not a great success for Villa07/05/09 HATCHET MAN: Gerrard is deluded if he thinks Liverpool are too good not to win the title07/05/09 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE But what Newcastle desperately needed and still require is a quick fix. They need a shot in the arm, something to relieve the tension and increase their resolve. Telling Michael Owen he is the man to fire them to safety then leaving him out of the team didn't do it. A new code of conduct and a stand against the recidivist Joey Barton are not the answers either. Shearer could have shown he is a disciplinarian so much more effectively if he had left the Match of the Day studio when time was still on his side. He could have taken the job a lot earlier and tried to make his mark. Instead, he has come in when the blame for relegation cannot be pinned on him and started looking towards next season. Shearer wants Newcastle to survive, of course, but he doesn't seem to have any idea of how to make that happen and thinking beyond the next three matches certainly won't do it.
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