Motivational speaker and guru Steve Black has worked closely with Kevin Keegan during his first stint in charge of Newcastle United.
Steve Black – motivational speaker and Newcastle fan
Black has also worked with the Newcastle Falcons, Sunderland, Fulham and the Welsh rugby union team in similar roles.
But Black is very clear when he says there can be no excuses from the players, for not performing on the field, in these dire times for the club. And there’s no doubt the lads didn’t turn up for the game against Hull City last Saturday.
Steve told the Evening Chronicle today:
“When a manager leaves, you have to stay positive.” “You have to think of the principles that the good leader that you respected so much put in place. They have left a legacy that you must stick to and almost pay tribute to. The values that they put in place must continue.”
“Stamping your feet or getting upset won’t gain any success on the field. It is the same with normal human emotion.” “There are more serious things in life when people are no longer with somebody that is close to them.”
“Whether it is the break-up of relationships or marriages or people dying, time is a great healer. The Newcastle players will have to collectively get on with things.”
“If there is this synergy then the players will do OK. But if they get caught up in the romance and drama of it all, they will take longer to recover. They have to be really strong as a group and be a band of players. They must play passionately, and attack as a team with massive ambition and defend with incredible spirit. They must work together.”
Newcastle have lost Danny Guthrie for 3 games for what turned out to be a horrific tackle on Craig Fagan, that broke his right leg, and the player is now thinking of suing Guthrie for loss of income.
Black did not condone the tackle, and is also clear the players must stop feeling sorry for themselves in this current situation, as he continued:
“You can’t be successful and have the excuse that the reason you aren’t playing well is because you’ve lost your manager or it’s raining or anything else.” “You will only have success if you get on and make the most of the situation. The whole backroom team must pull together.”
“There may be some very real outside influences going on. It’s about the choices you make – do you let what is going on outside affect you? Or do you stick to your high standards?” “One of the greatest basketball coaches in the world, John Wooden, always said that each player must concentrate on doing the best they can rather than doing better than each other.”
“If you concentrate on getting the best out of yourself first, you will have success. But you can’t have success and excuses. The players all have talent, a lot of different talents to offer.” “But they must work hard together. And they must go to training as professionals and work hard and support each other. If they ensure that their team-mates are also working hard and they all have the same vision, they can still be successful.”
Good words from Black, in short the playing staff have no excuses because of the current situation – so get out there at Upton Park, and bring back a win for the fans.
That sounds good, and a win would certainly help to lift the mood on Tyneside, that’s for sure.