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