Former interim Newcastle manager reveals he was opposed by players over fining system as he told players ‘just don’t be f*****g late’
Alan Shearer recently detailed the time he tried to implement a fining system while he was the interim manager at Newcastle United in 2009, but faced backlash from his players.
The 53-year-old stated that he rang every member of the team, including the staff on his very first day asking what time everyone had to show up to training.
However, the former England forward revealed that two players were late as well as a member of staff.
After attempting to deal with the situation privately, Shearer explained that one of the two players was late again the following day – with the Englishman then deciding to take matters into his own hands.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Rest Is Football podcast along with Gary Lineker and Micah Richards, Shearer said: ‘I remember on the Wednesday afternoon I was appointed as the manager, I rang around every single player and every single member of staff and said ‘what time do we have to be in the next morning?’
Alan Shearer recalled the time he faced backlash from his Newcastle players after trying to implement a fine system
The 53-year-old was left fuming after two players turned up late on his first day in charge
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‘Staff had to be in at 9am and the players had to be in at 9.30. I had one member of staff late the next morning and I had two players late.
‘I’m thinking ‘what the f***?’ Can you imagine any other business that you turn up late or clock in late? I thought straight away that there are huge problems at the football club.
Shearer was Newcastle’s fourth manager that season, with the Englishman revealing that there were major problems at the club before his arrival.
‘I was thinking ‘here’s my first test. Do I set a bar here and do I try and fine the players or do I try and discipline or just have a quiet word and don’t make a scene on your very first day,’ when asked how he approached the situation.
‘There was probably a culture there that it was alright for players to come in late. if that’s the case, you are never going to be successful.’
Shearer, 53, said he just had a quiet word with the three individuals who were late, claiming he didn’t want to make it a big issue. However, the next day, the Englishman revealed that one of the same players was late again.
‘No word of a lie, one of the players, same player, was late the next morning as well. So I’m thinking ‘f*****g hell, this is unbelievable!’
‘Then I tried to put a fine system in, which I thought ‘if I don’t do this, this is going to continue to happen.’ But to put a fine system, you have to print it out on a piece of paper.
Speaking on The Rest Is Football podcast, Shearer said the PFA wouldn’t allow him to put a fine system in place
Newcastle went on to get relegated that season – the club deciding against offering Shearer the full-time role.
Attempting to stamp his authority on the matter, Shearer claimed he tried to put in a fining system. The former Newcastle star revealed that it was immediately opposed by the players.
‘So what I tried to do, the first time you’re late. I said ‘everyone’s clean. The first time you are late, it’s 10 per cent of your wages, the second time you are late, it’s 20 per cent, and the third time it’s 50 per cent.’
‘Within two minutes of it hitting the dressing room floor, I had the players committee knock on my door saying ‘this is unacceptable.’
Shearer later mentioned how Erik ten Hag is going through some ‘serious’ off the field issues
‘You know what I said? I said ‘just don’t be f******g late then.”
Shearer later stated that the fining system was never put in place as the PFA wouldn’t allow it. The Magpies would go on to get relegated that season – with the club opting against offering the Englishman a full-time role at the club.
He also discussed the current situation at Manchester United. Shearer mentioned that Erik ten Hag is having to deal with ‘some very serious off the field issues’ – like he experienced at St James’ Park.
Reports ‘four stars were involved in a furious dressing room bust-up’ after United’s defeat to Brighton were shut down by the club.
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