Shearer sends clear message to Mike Ashley, outlines two conditions for success

Steve McClaren

The Newcastle United legend has asked two things of the club owner.

Newcastle United icon Alan Shearer has sent owner Mike Ashley a clear message, outlining two conditions for success, according to the Chronicle.

They are both simple.

Firstly, Shearer doesn't want Newcastle to sell anyone before Deadline Day. Secondly, the former striker wants boss Steve McClaren to be allowed to manage without any restrictions this season.

The Magpies face Arsenal at home on Saturday afternoon and will be hoping to build on last weekend's encouraging 0-0 draw at Manchester United.

Shearer told the Chronicle: "Mike Ashley has kept his word from the summer and spent some money, I just hope we don’t sell anyone between now and when the window closes."

And, on McClaren, the Newcastle legend said: "If he is allowed to manage the way he wants, he will do well."

Essentially, what Shearer is asking of the Magpies owner is simply to be responsible. Chairmen and directors meddling with first-team management, as well as shipping off their best assets, don't benefit their clubs generally speaking.

At Newcastle right now, though, everything seems a lot calmer than it was last season and McClaren's side appear on the cusp of their first win of the season.

Should it come against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, there will certainly be a buzz about St James' Park. But will McClaren's men deliver?

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