In these current difficult times it’s always wise to be on the look out for a merger. For a long time people have been telling us you want a place where you can discuss the sporting issues of the day.
You’ll be pleased to know there’s a new programme where you can do just that.
Our colleagues at Sportsworld will be linking up with us at WHYS to launch the cunningly named “Sports World Have Your Say” this Saturday.
Presenter Russell Fuller will take your calls, and read your e-mails and texts this Saturday at 17.30 GMT on the day Liverpool could go top of the Premiership, Alan Shearer could bring good times back to Newcastle and West Ham could….er, beat Sunderland.
Russell will blog here before then to tell you how he sees the programme…you can contact him through all our addresses here and at the usual Sportsworld addresses on their site.
As the managers always say at the end of their programme notes…..enjoy the game.
Here’s Russell’s comments :
And this is Alan Shearer, not Russell, though they are both legends :
Although most of you seem to support the Premier League’s Big Four, we’ve had texts and emails in the past about Crewe Alexandra, Northwich Victoria, and even Newcastle United. If you’re a signed up member of the Geordie Nation, then stand by your phones this Saturday, as I’m looking forward to chatting to you about Mike Ashley’s final throw of the dice.
Alan Shearer insists he has only agreed to take charge of Newcastle for the final eight games of the season, but he has a big enough challenge in that time, with Newcastle two points from safety, and Chelsea the visitors to St James’ Park on Saturday. Trips to Liverpool and Aston Villa await, along with games against relegation rivals like Stoke, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough
My own feeling is that Ashley has rolled a six. He kept negotiations with the club’s leading goal scorer away from the media, and then persuaded this open critic of his regime to sign up for the rest of the season. Alan Shearer is a very single-minded individual, and even though the squad he inherits is a very cosmopolitan one, who can fail to be impressed by a man who scored 206 goals in 404 appearances for the club, and also found the net 30 times for his country
My fear for Newcastle, though, is that a six may not be enough. Even if Shearer proves an instant hit – and shrugs off his complete lack of coaching experience – Newcastle are in a hole of their own construction. Shearer is the fourth man they have asked to manage the club this season. His predecessor, Chris Hughton, won just two points out of a possible fifteen having been asked to keep Joe Kinnear’s seat warm for a few weeks while he recovered from a triple heart bypass. A few weeks?? I have little knowledge of what a triple heart bypass involves, but surely it was supremely optimistic to expect a 62 year old with a history of heart trouble to be fit to tackle the immensely stressful closing weeks of a Premier League relegation battle.
Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling ride. Newcastle clearly need goals to stay up, and they have proven pedigree in Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins. If both can stay fit – and that’s a very big IF in Owen’s case – then Shearer should be the perfect man to inspire them.