Shearer ‘not consulted’ over name change of his Newcastle Utd bar

NAME VALUE ... Shearer's Bar will be rebranded as Nine next month. Inset, Alan Shearer.
NAME VALUE ... Shearer's Bar will be rebranded as Nine next month. Inset, Alan Shearer.

ALAN Shearer has claimed he wasn’t consulted about the change of bar in his honour at St James’s Park.

Newcastle United yesterday ripped down the signs from ‘Shearer’s Bar’ as part of a refurbishment which will see them re-name it ‘Nine’.

Club director John Irving claimed Shearer had been kept abreast of the situation.

But the Newcastle legend today said: “There was no consultation, I was simply informed by email of their decision to change the name. It was not a question of me agreeing or disagreeing.

“It is their ground and it is up to the owners what they do with it.

“It won’t stop me from buying my season tickets and supporting the team.”

The move came just hours after Shearer had criticised the Mike Ashley regime over this week’s events, including the appointment of Joe Kinnear.

Kinnear’s return to St James’s Park this week as director of football, coupled with managing director Derek Llambias’ resignation, has caused huge controversy.

Since leaving Newcastle in 2009 due to health problems, Kinnear has consistently claimed the club would not have been relegated that season if he had stayed in charge.

Shearer eventually took over during that campaign, and is unhappy with the way the Irishman has portrayed the situation.

He said: “Over the last few days he (Kinnear) has banged on about how Newcastle would never have gone down had he not had his health problems and stayed on in the job to the end of the 2008-09 season.

“The implication being that it was first Chris Hughton and then my fault for the club being relegated.

“I had eight games as manager at the end of the season, won one, drew two and lost the rest. So, yes, I take my share of responsibility.

“But Kinnear had 19 league games in charge that season and won just four, taking 20 points.

“Indeed, before he was admitted to hospital with heart problems ahead of the West Brom away win on February 7, Newcastle had taken just two points from their previous 18.

“Chris Hughton could not arrest the slide in his brief role as caretaker, and nor could I.

“Given the downtrodden, disjointed group of players I took on, it would have been something special if I had.

“So it’s about time Kinnear took some responsibility for what happened as well.

“It was a real eye-opener when I did take charge for those final games. The team wasn’t just a mess, the club was a mess.”