It seems like it didn’t take Iain Dowie long to decide to join Alan Sharer for the remaining 8 games of the season on Tyneside, as he drove up to Newcastle immediately after Alan had telephoned him, and signed an agreement immediately upon arriving at the club.
Iain Dowie with Michael Owen – go score some goals!
Iain told the Newcastle TV today:
“Alan rang me and he said ‘Listen, they want me to take the club for eight games and eight games only and I’d like you to come and look after the coaching side of it for me.”
“I couldn’t get here quick enough.” “I drove up that night and the deal was done in minutes for me.” “It’s a fantastic club and I believe it’s one of the big six clubs in this country, I really do.”
“It’s always been one of my favorite places to play, it’s a magnificent stadium.” “I’m absolutely thrilled to be here, it’s fantastic.”
“I spent Thursday morning coaching the first team squad and it just makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up because it’s what I love to do – I enjoy it better than when I played.”
It’s good to hear people enthuse so much about the club, because we’ve had so much stuff to put up with this season as fans, it has diminished the image of Newcastle United.
But that image can be shining bright again, if Alan and Iain can get the team on a good winning run, before the end of the season.
And now is certainly not the time to worry about whether Alan is staying past the summer, or not – now is the time to support the side big time, which we all know will happen in every single game through the end of the season, starting tomorrow against the mighty Chelsea and Guus Hiddink.
Newcastle is right now truly United, which will not be welcomed too much by other relegation sides. Every home game will be a sell-out and the fabulous Newcastle fans can truly be Newcastle’s 12th man, as Alan has already requested.
Then come the summer everybody will realize that with Alan Shearer the manager long term at Newcastle, we could keep Michael Owen, and also attract some very big players to the club.
But that should all wait until the end of May.
Until then – Howay The Lads!!