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A wave of anger is sweeping the city because of what has been dubbed the cruelest April fools gag of all time. In what seemed like a sensational move, reports emerged that the T.V football pundit Alan Shearer had been appointed the new manager of Newcastle United Football Club. The wave of joy that could be sensed in the city streets at the news of the popular pundits return soon turned to bitter disappointment and anger when it became clear that it was all just an April fools day prank.

On the morning of April the 1st three national newspapers led with the spoof story on the front page and what is particularly disappointing to members is that one of our own papers, the Journal also joined in with the prank.

The Open Council is happy to set the record straight by assuring members that the reports of Alan Shearer returning are absolutely false.

Cruel April Fools Gag Angers Members