Alan Shearer – This Is Not About Me But Newcastle


Alan Shearer has talked at some length today about his tough new task to save the Newcastle United football club from relegation.

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Alan Shearer – arriving this morning at Benton training facilities
Alan talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“I don’t want this to be about me.” “It’s about the football club and nothing else.”

“I was asked if I would help keep the club in the division – that’s why I’m here. I love this club.”

“But I know it will be a tough run-in. Chelsea is a hard game but I believe we can get something.”

Shearer has wasted no time in his bid to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and there were lots of photos this morning of a smiling and very fit looking Alan arriving at the training ground. And the sun was shining too!

Hey – I wonder id he’s registered to play yet ?   😀

An Owen Shearer – Michael Owen front two would still be pretty good. 😀

Apparently Alan arrived early at the training  ground today ready to meet his staff, on what will be a hectic day for him, and no doubt he will try to lift the spirits of the players, to get them in the right frame of mind for the Chelsea game.

The Newcastle players have to be tickled pink with Shearer taking over, and we expect a number of them to come out today with some quotes on how the day went.

If these Newcastle players are not inspired now – then it’s a lost cause and they should be sold in the summer.

The 38-year-old Newcastle icon is now the youngest manager in the Premier League, and the Evening Chronicle is reporting Alan arrived at the training ground today at 8:30am in his black Range Rover.

And Alan cannot wait to get started and said this morning:

“I promise you that I will give it a good go.”

“I’m not bothered what has happened in the past. Chelsea is my only concern. I will be telling the players that.”

“I know some of them, but we are all a squad now and have to pick ourselves up.”

This is a huge test of Alan Shearer and also a massive opportunity, as we see how he will handle the immense weight of expectation on his shoulders. But of course this is nothing new to the man, and he’s come through before – many times for the club, during his playing days.

Shearer’s greatest strength is without doubt his mental toughness. and that came out many times when he was a player and captain of both Newcastle and England, and the man is immensely well like in the football world.

Alan is a huge personality, and the papers will just lap this one up, and so they should, but on the positive side for once.

Shearer explained that it all happened quickly last Sunday, when he got a call from Ashley and Llambias.

Alan said:

“I got the call on Sunday, had a meeting and then asked to think about it.”  “On Monday I agreed to come in for eight games and hopefully we can stay up in those games.”

“It’s a tough situation, but it’s important we get through it.” “Iain Dowie is now with me and he will be playing a huge part.”

“He’s been here before with teams fighting relegation.” “He’s a good coach and the players will like him.”

But Shearer has also said he will not be here after his 8 game spell as he continued:

“This is for an eight-game spell – I’m looking no further than that. Joe Kinnear is in the job and recovering well from his operation.”

“I’m here for eight games and eight games only and I aim to try to keep this team in the Premier League.”

That’s a strange statement at the end, because everybody and their mother knows that if Alan wants the job full time, it’s his – including Joe Kinnear.

Joe even admitted earlier this season, there’s no way he could compete with Kevin Keegan or Alan Shearer on Tyneside in terms of popularity – because they are Newcastle Gods.

But this rightly takes the pressure off Joe, which is good so he can recover fully from his serious heart operation.

We had often questioned the wisdom of expecting Joe to come in and save the club, after such a serious operation – of course Joe was only too willing to do that.

We hope Joe will get involved at the club in some capacity, as he has lots of scouting contacts throughout the world, and could scout some good players for Alan.

But that will largely depend on the chemistry between Alan and Joe.

Roll on Saturday and Chelsea.

Howay The Lads!!



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433 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #1

    He looks like he’s settling in well. Pics on the website of them in training.

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  • ToonRich

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Hey guys,

    Not posted for a while…been away!!

    I for one am happy with Shearer coming in. I wanted to see him in the job before JK got it!!

    Am after a favour…I’m coming up for the game from South Yorkshire on sat, can anyone reccommend a good place to park for the game? I’m staying in the Toon for the night too so not too bothered where I park, as long as its safe for my car 🙂
    Any help appreciated!

    Howay the lads :-p

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  • toonarmyuk

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Article re-hash alert!

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  • BT9MAG

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Toon Rich – your driveway would be a decent shout! Get to the game with a little help from the public transport service and Monsieur Artois!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #5

    toonrich

    Dunn st just off scotswood rd. Only a ten min walk to the ground and you’ll get a parking space there easy

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  • rooks

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed what’s with the homo-erotic subtext – ‘he looks great…very fit looking’

    you’ll be talking about his smouldering eyes & tight black trousers next

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Rooks, did you see the tennis last year? when nadal was playing? the commentator kept saying “ooh nadal has thighs to die for!” Couldn’t help but laugh, maybe it was ed?

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  • sahota

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    ha ha ….Its great to see we are happy for time being. We were not seeing these jokes earlier. Good guys , be happy, hopefully we will be safe.

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #9

    i really wanna be there!
    the atmosphere looks incredible outside the ground
    over a thousand there now
    guuuttteeedd

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Not A ghost Town……….
    Nice one,got a laugh out of that mate.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Off the subject a little but
    Do we get an article on Newcastle having two of the Best looking men in Football?
    *Ian Dowie
    *Peter Beardsley
    Lol

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12

    If you want to see the unvailing of big Al, click on the link below, from NUFC.com
    http://nufc.com/

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #13

    lol right back at ya Marty

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    shearer in 2ominsssssssssssssss

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  • Toonaholic

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #15

    everyone seems to have a smile on their faces in training, also seems shearer likes xisco, maybe he will finally get a fair chance underr him.

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #16

    anyone else feel like they want to be thereee?

    SHEARERRR

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  • can watch the Alan Shearer’s press conference live on the BBC website 😉

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7978446.stm

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Nice to see everyone still giddy over the appointment. I look forward to saturdays game when you all get brought back down to earth. Newcastle 1- chelsea 3.

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  • BT9MAG

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Jesus, you’se watching SSN – Bolivia 6: 1 Argentina!

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #20

    well done benny well done.
    come back when you have some better chat mate.

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  • BT9MAG

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #21

    benny – I’m not expecting much from the game, although we can always hope!
    Stoke will be the first real test!

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  • workyticket

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Marty-Toon // Apr 2, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    “Off the subject a little but
    Do we get an article on Newcastle having two of the Best looking men in Football?
    *Ian Dowie
    *Peter Beardsley”

    Dowie’s undoubetdly the most handsome specimen Marty, but I think Carlos Tevez could give wor Pedro a bit of competition like!

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  • JoeColl87

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Some of the players on Saturday could be in for a fright. The doom and gloom seems to have been lifted, which is what they were used to playing under.

    Gutted i’m not going to be there.

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  • roscoe

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #24

    watch the press conference live on nufc tv for free!!!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #25

    WorkyTicket!!!!!!
    Sh*t forgot about Tevez being a looker yeah,well done.
    We do have two of them at our club though

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26
  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #27

    is it just the audio online?

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28

    nope video too!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #29

    mines only audio 🙁 and all i can hear is muffled talking so far?

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  • geist

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #30

    NotAGhostToon … if ur only getting audio try switching to low quality then back to high quality, worked for me.

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #31

    haha funny photographer

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  • Chizzy_Toon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #32

    I cant get mine to work at all, keep getting the Live Conference and the time 🙁

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Cheers that’s worked 😀

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  • workyticket

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Marty-Toon // Apr 2, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    “WorkyTicket!!!!!!
    Sh*t forgot about Tevez being a looker yeah,well done.
    We do have two of them at our club though”

    You forgot about the fine, chiselled features of ‘Big Sam’ too Marty! 😉

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  • batty

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #35

    SHEARER SHEARER SHEARER

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  • geist

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Chizzy_Toon… it’s probably your wm player settings, i suggest using a differnt link w/o windows media player.

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  • roscoe

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #37

    there he IS!!!!!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #38

    wooo

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  • Girth

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #39

    lol @ Llambias’ voice, weird to hear him speak…never heard him before!!!!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Kinnear better not come back!

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