Alan Shearer – New Era at Newcastle United

Alan Shearer spoke at the launch of his new illustrated autobiography Alan Shearer – My Illustrated Career yesterday.

Like any other Newcastle fan Shearer thinks this is a new era for the club and apart from Monday’s debacle against bottom placed Derby County, the start to the season has been a positive one.

Let’s take a look at what Alan has been saying.


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This is what Alan said yesterday:

“Taking Monday night away, it was a very positive start to the season,”

“Obviously it’s a new era for the club and they have a lot of new players. It will take time for them to gel, but I don’t think there is a lot out there to beat. Realistically they could finish seventh or eighth this season. Give Sam time and I’m sure they will kick on from there. I hope they do have some success.”

“I’m hoping and praying it happens, sooner rather than later. I really believe we’ll have a chance of doing that. Sam needs time to get his ideas across. I’m sure he will be given that and hopefully we will be successful.”

“We all hope he can bring the stability we need. Apart from Monday night it has been a very encouraging start with decent results and performances. It was looking okay despite a few injuries.”

Certainly we have a bad injury situation at Newcastle with the club again at the top of the PhysioRoom.Com league table with 9 injuries, but 4 of these are supposed to clear up by next Sunday, including Michael Owen’s groin problems. But that’s an area where we hope Sam can make some improvements because the last two seasons have been wrecked because of our terrible injury record.

Shearer went on:

“It does look healthier, there are players fighting for positions which is great. Given time we can do very well. He put a structure in place at Bolton so there is no reason why he can’t do it here.”

“It all looks very positive, but everything is going to be judged on what happens on the field as it always is. Monday was disappointing, but I’m sure they will try to pick up on Sunday (against West Ham).”

There was an over-reaction by fans to the Aston Villa home draw, when we were really outplayed by Aston Villa who of course then went on to beat Chelsea convincingly at Villa Park 2-0. But the response to Monday night’s defeat has been loud and clear from the fans – it’s just not good enough – and we’re sure Sam knows it was not a good performance. It reminded fans too much of times gone by which is why Sunday’s game against West Ham now becomes so  important – because we want the Derby game to be a mere blip.

Shearer also believes the new players Big Sam has brought to the club is another reason for Newcastle supporters to be encouraged by what could happen this season. Alan continued:

“I like Alan Smith, I’ve always liked Alan Smith. I like his attitude and I think he will get along great with Newcastle fans because of what he is and what he does.”

“I have also been impressed with the two centre-halves (David Rozehnal and Claudio Caçapa). They have done reasonably well up to now. Obviously they will be disappointed with the goal they conceded on Monday but hopefully that is just a one-off.”

Alan Smith made a good start at the club but hasn’t been too prominent of late. The big question with Alan is where to use him best – midfield or up front. We also think the marking was a bit sloppy in central defense for the Derby goal on Monday night and it is too easy to say a wonder goal beat us. A fluke goal would probably be closer to the truth but that goal could have been prevented with tighter marking and there’s too many times Newcastle are caught short at the back on breakaways. It’s also true that Rozehnal and Cacapa are getting used to the physical requirements of playing in the Premier League but they have fared quite well so far.

As always in Shearer interviews these days he was asked about his future and Alan said:

“I’m really enjoying my life and I am happy with my TV work, which is keeping me busy along with my golf. I would like to manage one day. If I got to 50 or 55 and I hadn’t done it then it would be nagging away with me. I’ll do it one day.

“I didn’t say it would happen at Newcastle, that is the Press presuming things. Management does interest me, otherwise I wouldn’t have done my coaching badges. I’ve just finished my A License, which was two years’ hard work. But I don’t know, I really couldn’t tell you when I plan to go into management. I’m happy doing what I’m doing at the moment.”

We hope Sam is in this job at least 5 years because that will mean he’s done a good job. If all goes well Shearer could well take over from Big Sam as manager of Newcastle in the future. But that’s just too far ahead right now and hopefully we’ll be winning things before Alan eventually takes over the reins at the club.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 20, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s good that Big Al’s still a part of the Newcstle set-up and supporting BSA.

    BSA has changed the team during the summer but it’s only the first phase as we all know there’s still others who need to leave.

    Finding the best position for Alan Smith and Gerami is a priority, as Smith on the RW is a non-starter and Gerami is to alike to Butt to have them both in CM. I’ll leave that decision for BSA, but looking forward to Enrique and Barton’s return, releasing Zog to LW or CM

  • Big Sam Fan

    Sep 20, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    sorry to be so negative but im getting a bit sick of people saying we still need time to gel..the players have been togethere for about 3 months much longer do they need?

  • Alex Brett

    Sep 20, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    The players do need time to gel, yes some have been there 3 months some 2 some just 1, when you buy 8 new 1st team players who have never played with each other it takes time even at Sunday League level.

    The Derby game I am sure was a one off, we will get better and stronger!!!

  • Macas

    Sep 20, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    If the manager insists on playing 3 defensive midfielders both home and away then nothing will change. We have played poorly all season and were lucky to pick up 3 points at home to Wigan. How many other so-called top teams would go to Derby and pack the team with defensive midfielders?? The tactics are a joke and questions have to be asked as to whether Big Sam is up to the task of managing a bigger team than Bolton.

  • Rich

    Sep 20, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Macas – I agree with you to some extent, I really dont like the tactics Sam is using but i think hel get it right with time. Having said that if Kevin Keegan wanted to come back tomorrow id bite his hand off, that was when we played football, ppl always say we never wone the league like that but it was bludy close and so exciting!! Just cant see us fans feeling like that under Sam as sad as it sounds


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