Keegan as the Newcastle manager (again!). I've changed my mind from I Hate Newcastle United (and vitriolic comments) to Shear(er) love of those Geordies. We forget, football is about entertainment and intrigue and yer colours, and what better than Newcastle United playing to the stereotype and appointing Kevin Keegan. It could have been worse (or better for the rest of us) with say Terry Venables!
It has it all, and Shearer still there as some ghostly curse, with Keegan damned if he does appoint Shearer and damned if he doesn't. How entertaining. And watching Keegan spend the billions on a stereotypical star centre forward, no midfield, and defenders who have to mop up behind the midfielders who don't fall back.
You can't hate Newcastle anymore. In the 60/70s as a Man United fan, you hated Man City, Liverpool, and Leeds. But Citeh became so pathetic, you couldn't hate them, you could almost have them as your second team. Similarly, you can't hate Newcastle anymore, just sit and watch the Shakespearian tragedy. You can now go to St James's Park, get beaten 5-0, win the Premiership, Newcastle win nothing, and everyone is happy.
So the script is now set. Newcastle United will go on an FA Cup run to the semis or final, and then get absolutely mullered. A big centre forward is on his way (shame Anelka signed for Chelsea), a lot of money will be spent, in 2008, and since there will be no imperative from owner or fans for Keegan to resign, it could go on for a few years, unless he resigns early.
What's the point in Newcastle having a long term plan over 5 years to be a really big club. No one has the patience for that, and why would we as the onlookers want something as boring as that, when we can watch the Toon roller-coaster.
But when you think about it, how else can you crack the Big 4 clubs quickly, other than putting a shit load of money on black. Is Keegan going for the "Mad" Arthur Cox/Terry McDermott axis or something new and spicy, perhaps a big twist like Steve McClaren as coach!! Who were Keegan's coaching staff at Citeh?
If you scripted this as the perfect scenario for the English Premier League, wouldn't this be what you'd choose for Newcastle?
And as for Alan Shearer, "'Black Widow' Shearer responsible for Newcastle's demise" I couldn't have put it better.
Shearer's not that bad. He just picked the one football club - one he professes to love - and set about turning it into an adjunct of his ego. He never seems particularly concerned about what he could do for the club, unless "friends" divulging to supine journalists the circumstances under which he'd be prepared to manage the club actually counts as helping the Magpies. I'm not sure it does. Now, it's probably true that not everything that has gone wrong at St James' Park in the past decade has been Shearer's fault. Just most of it. But what can one expect from a man who has spent so much of his career letting the world know that he is bigger than any team he plays for - even the national side.