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Alan Shearer Positive on Newcastle Future

9:04 am, Friday, September 7th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

Alan Shearer has been talking to Newcastle World TV about Newcastle’s solid start to the season under new manager Sam Allardyce.

Alan says that with the 9 players Sam has brought in it’s almost like a new team now.

But the Newcastle United icon has good things to say about Michael Owen, our new defense and of course Sam himself.

Let’s see what Alan has been saying.

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Alan Shearer in his playing days – looks like he just scored again

This is what Alan said this morning when interviewed by Newcastle World TV, starting with a question on whether Newcastle can qualify for Europe this season:

“Europe, I think. I don’t think there is anything to fear in the league.” “The top four will be there and it’s anyone’s places after that.”

“It (Newcastle’s start) has been very good. I don’t think anyone can have any room to complain. It’s been positive, and long may it continue.” “There’s a hell of a lot of new players for a start. It’s almost a new team.”

“Confidence is very high after the start, and we are all hoping that continues.”

Newcastle are quite well positioned in the league sitting in sixth place in the Barclay’s Premier League following Saturday’s 1-0 hard-earned home win over Wigan and with a game in hand on the 3 teams above them.

Alan was asked about Michael Owen, his former striking partner for both England and Newcastle:

“So long as people are creating chances for him, he will get goals.”

“He has proved that wherever he has played at whatever level, so I am not telling anyone anything they don’t already know.”

In the 10 years Alan played for Newcastle and his fabulous 206 goals for the club, you could never accuse the Newcastle defense of being solid. But this season Newcastle already have 3 clean sheets in their first 5 games and new defensive recruitments have looked good and we have yet to see some of them in the Newcastle side.

Sam has brought in Brazilian Claudio Cacapa and 6’3″ Czech David Rozehnal to solidify the center of our defense, and it looks like Shearer has been impressed.

“They look solid, and that’s a credit to the players he has brought in, and obviously Sam as well for the work he has done.”

“He has obviously done his homework on the players and they look solid, so it is a decent combination.”“The new Brazilian has only played a couple of games, but in the two games he has played, he has impressed me.”

“Rozehnal has had a solid start as well, so it’s great.”

Best player this season for Newcastle has probably been Charles N’Zogbia, with the young Frenchman having performed admirably as a makeshift left-back. He has looked a great attacking full-back and has already scored 2 goals this season, the goal against Middlesbrough being just a terrific goal.

Shearer said:

“He was unsettled last year and there were one or two rumors about him wanting to leave, but Sam has come in and obviously had a chat to him and played him in a different position.

“If anything, he has probably been the player of the season up to now. In the five games he has impressed me probably more than anyone.”

Shearer of course is like the rest of us, first and foremost a Newcastle fan.  We think a lot of fans would agree with Alan’s sentiments above. Hey, cannot wait for the next game – a good win at Derby County.

Comments welcome.



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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve // Sep 7, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Shearers obvisouly excited abnout inheriting Sams squad when he becomes manager in a few years time :)

  • 2 Lamesley Mag // Sep 7, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Just wish BSA had come to Newcastle a few years earlier; i.e. after Sir Bobby; to manage the team and extend Shearer’s career even longer…….

    Would have also avoided the destruction of a decent team and mass-waste of money on mediocre players caused by a certain Graham Souness…..

  • 3 Dingo // Sep 7, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    @ Lamesley Mag… yes but we would still have FFS steering the ship. Better this way i think :P

  • 4 t-g-w // Sep 7, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    The Derby game will be an interesting one. Their last league game was a 6-0 defeat at Liverpool so they will be determined to prove that they belong in this league. They’ve also had the international break to recuperate so will e as strong as they can be (as will we I suppose!). I just don’t think this will be as easy a game as we may think.

  • 5 dragoner // Sep 7, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    i agree with t-g-w, i think everyone is gettin carried away about the derby match, people seem to think we already have the 3 points, Derby will have a point to prove and they will make it hard for us, however i do feel that the game will be easier at Pride Park then it would be at SJP because derby are likely to come at us and not simply get 10 men behind the ball…we all know how we can often struggle to break down the more stubborn teams due to our current lack of creativity in midfield.

  • 6 AndyW // Sep 7, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    We will score against Derby, unless they have performed miracles with their back four – they didn’t look good against liverpool.

    The question is can we keep them out and for the first time in years you have to be optimistic that we will.

    Maybe not 6 – 0 but 1-0 or 2- 0 would be fine (lets keep the clean sheets going).

  • 7 Todd // Sep 7, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/team?id=374&cc=5901

    Craig Fagan won’t be helping Derby it appears.




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