Speculation from Sky Sports in the UK is that Houllier is being lined up for the year with Shearer as an assistant and then taking over next year.
Personally, I thought before the season that Newcastle had made the moves needed to challenge for the title (Butt and Kluivert). The other thing that irks me about this move is the role Bellamy and Dyer have played in this. Bellamy hit out during the week stating he'd seek a move if the club purchased Rooney. Dyer refused to play on the right side of midfield and was dropped. The Newcastle players seem to whine about everything rather than playing football. I can't help feeling that the players have got him sacked.