It was a great press conference yesterday, and Iain Dowie played his part well, as he explained how he knows Alan from their playing time together at Southampton, and how he can help show Alan the ropes of management – quickly.
Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer – new management at Newcastle
Iain outlined his own role under Alan at Newcastle until the end of the season, and pointed out he is certainly no “yes” man.
Iain said during the press conference:
“Anyone who speaks to me will know I’m not one of them,” “Listen, the fact of the matter is that we’ll have very frank discussions and then Alan will choose the team. That’s very clear.”
“Then we’ll look back on the week, revisit it and think about what we could have done better.” “That’s very important as a staff, you have to look at what you could have done better.”
And it seems that Iain wasn’t at all surprised that Alan has landed himself in management so soon, as Shearer becomes the youngest Premier League manager at 38 years old.
“There was always something very single-minded about him.” “I think it’s unusual that you get someone who’s able to say the salient thing at the right time, but Alan doesn’t tread on eggshells, he tells you how it is.” “That’s very important. He’s always been that way, clearly he’s been a magnificent player. That was then, this is now. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t say that I think Alan will be a very top class manager.”
“First and foremost it’s a mark of Alan. There’s a Mexican saying: he’s shown good cojones (balls) to take the job.” “It would have been easy for him to stay where he was, but he’s always been very single-minded. Even in the phone call to me, from minute one, he projected a very positive aura.”
“He obviously knows that I’m a tracksuit manager and that I like to get involved in the coaching. And we have a very open and frank relationship which, to be fair, works very well.” “Alan said to me what he wanted and make no bones about it, I’ve come in to try to shape the team that Alan wants. That will be certain types of training. We dovetailed very well in training this morning.”
“I’m very intense, very hands-on. Alan chipped in with some very good points at crucial times.” “There was a sense that it was a fresh dawn. For me, I’m very much looking forward to it.” “I can take all the mundane things that sometimes drive you mad as a manager away, in terms of the organizational stuff that Alan doesn’t have to worry about and which has a massive effect on time.”
“Me and Paul (Ferris) can deal with that. That’s very important, that Alan is very clear and single-minded about team selection and about getting performances.”
Ferris is returning as the Newcastle physio, having spent recent years training to become a barrister, and when Iain mentioned this we heard Alan say to Iain on the side – you could have done with him a few years back.
It was a really funny part of the press conference because Iain was sued by Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan – when he quit the Selhurst Park club for family reasons, and then quickly took the Charlton job.
Yesterday Dowie added:
“We’ve brought Paul on board, who’s very similarly minded and he’s a trained barrister as well, so he’s a bright lad – and yes I could have done with him a few years ago!”
We didn’t know too much about Iain’s personality before yesterday, but he seems a real character, and obviously Alan is very comfortable with him, which is the main thing.
When Alan came into management he would always have needed an experienced manager as his right hand man, and Iain, as he said yesterday, can do a lot of the administration and organization stuff that Alan will not need to worry about, at least initially.
And this could be a great opportunity for Iain too, because if they do well, and Alan decides he wants to continue in the job, there’s a good job here for Iain.