Shearer arrived this morning at the Benton Training ground in Newcastle smiling, and the sun was literally shining in Newcastle.
Alan Shearer – arriving at Benton training ground today – he looks great!
Shearer appeared upbeat and looked relaxed and confident for the tremendous fight ahead to save Newcastle United as he said:
“We are going to need every ounce of effort from the players and the supporters,”
“The supporters are well renowned and I know they won’t let us down. They never do and I hope we can repay them with a performance.”
“This is for an eight-game spell, I’m looking no further than that, I can promise you that,”
“Joe Kinnear is in the job at the moment. He is recovering well and we wish him well, but I am here for eight games only to try and keep the club in the Premier League.”
Former QPR boss Iain Dowie will be Alan’s assistant manager and coaches Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood will stay on, but Football Director Dennis Wise has finally left the club – and that will delight most Newcastle fans, who just never took to the little cockney.
But it’s a little worrying that Alan is saying it’s for just 8 games, but in the situation he is in, we suppose there’s not much else he can – or should say – right now.
We still don’t know the effect he will have on the players, but we know one thing – and that’s St. James Park will be buzzing on Saturday, that’s for sure.
When Alan ran the club with Glenn Roeder – back in early 2006, the team looked a completely different side immediately, after they took over from the sacked grame Souness.
In the first game Newcastle beat Portsmouth at home 2-0 and then Aston Villa away 2-1. In those final 15 games of the season the lads won 10 and drew 2 – including winning 6 of their final 7 games for 32 points. We finished in 7th place on 58 points just above Bolton Wanderers.
And the last game of the season we beat the special one’s team (Chelsea) 1-0 with that goal from Titus Bramble. Let’s hope that could be an omen for Saturday.
If Newcastle have a similar run of form this time around, the team will get around 17 points from 8 games, and end up with 46 points and safety – but it’s going to take a few wins to accomplish that, and there’s no better time to start than Saturday, even though it is high flying Chelsea – because it’s at home.
If we can win all our home games we’ll be safe, and we’ll be able to hear that huge sigh of relief, even over here in the USA, from Geordie Land. 😀
Howay The Lads!!