Iain Dowie – A Real Character And Experienced Too

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.

Iain continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far


    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    they both seem like they compliment each other, I’m glad dowie is a tough no-nonsense man as they players obviously need it. You could tell chris was a pushover! With Dowies hardline approach and the shearer effect we could be a different team come sat. I still don’t think we’ll get anything out of the game, but there’s always hope! With chelsea having loads on international players we’ll have a good chance as they’d all have played 90 minutes on wednesday so may be a little fatigued.

    I recon alun will play :


  • stevep

    Apr 3, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Paul Ferris is my brothers mate, good to see him back at the club

  • Kevin Nichol

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Anyone else think that ian dowie looks like the emperor from star wars 🙂

    I havent blogged for a good few weeks now as i have not been able to bring myself to pick up a newspaper, watch any football on tv, check out latest news etc!

    I thought we were down, dead and buried! The bolton game was the hair that broke the cammels back for me; i’d given up hope and i am the most ardent, biased, and optimistic newcastle supporter you will ever meet!

    But now i feel revitalised! We have genuine hope that we might get out of the bottom three! Even if we do still get relegated (because to be fair we are still shit and the majority of the players are not good enough) then the least that i am now expecting is for us to fight for the entire 90mins (not just the 60 we managed against arsenal), to show some passion and pride!

    Alan shearer is my absolute idol! A true pro!!!

    It’s very fitting that i have read today that he has banned the players from hitting the city pubs and clubs! Verry fitting that… as after the defeat against arsenal i saw both habib beye and seb bassong in tup tup palace! The same seb bassong who had to leave the field injured! That injury must have been causing him real problems in there (tosser)…Good player or not; if he’s not fit to sty on the pitch surely a matter of hours later he should not have been out night clubbing?????? Great committment eh????

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Two good young british managers, we must get behind them, because lets face it one mistake the media would be all over them and have the cheek to call us deluded?
    I will back them all the way as I know all you fans will.
    Howay the toon!

  • Big Dave

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Lads as i said yesterday I know Iain pretty well to talk too and have a few jars with, he is a real decent guy, funny enough he is as hard as nails but he is a real joker too i think the players will want to please him so that they see the joker side of him, as they wont want to get on his wrong side as if they do not perform or train well then they will see the hard side of him. plus him and Al have a think in common they both slapped Keith Gillispie lol

  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    well i got told by my brother the other day that when chris hughton was in charge the players didnt listen to him
    they didnt turn up for training and just generally disobeyed him and didnt give him any respect
    so im glad we have a strong coacch and a manager who will make an instant impact 🙂

  • Widowmaker

    Apr 3, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t know if the appointment of Shearer and Dowie would be good or bad to our onfield performance but we will surely have a better media relationship with both Shearer and Dowie on board.

    I rekon this is vital at this stage.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 4, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #8



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