Alan Shearer said some good things during his first press conference yesterday as he got about the task of saving Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – home again
Alan Shearer, during his news conference yesterday, said he had already talked to Michael Owen, the Newcastle striker and captain, and Michael will definitely start in the game against Chelsea tomorrow afternoon.
“I spoke to Michael and a few of the players to try to remind them of the standards and the qualities they possess but most importantly what they think of themselves.”
“It is well known Michael has had his fair share of injuries but his goalscoring record is fabulous and I think a club in this position needs goals.”
“We have a great goalscorer to get us that. He is fit and trained this morning very well for two hours, so we hope he is fit for Saturday and if he is he will start.”
Shearer has played under many great managers including Sir Bobby Robson, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish (at Blackburn), and Terry Venables, and has completed all but his FIFA Pro Licence – but he remembers something that Terry Venables did before the 1996 European Championships.
“I remember in Euro 96 when I hadn’t scored for however many games. A month before the tournament Terry Venables said to me Youll be starting the tournament.”
“I always remember the belief and confidence that gave me. It was a great piece of man-management and that stuck out for me.” “All players are different but everyone loves to be told they are a good player and how well they are doing.”
“You go through your playing career and you tend to pick up the good things from the good managers.” “Ive had some very good and experienced ones which I have learned a lot off. Even in the two or three hours this morning Ive tried to pass on one or two things to the players that I remembered when I was a player.”
“I’ll speak to Kevin, Kenny, Bobby, Terry, Glenn Hoddle and then we will see after that.” “I think it is important I try to tap into all the experience I can – Im going to need it.”
Shearer has brought in former Crystal Palace, QPR, Coventry City and Charlton manager Iain Dowie, and that’s another smart move by Alan, but it’s hard to believe all these changes are really just for 8 games, but Iain will of course be a big help to Alan, as he shares with him his management experience.
“I’ll make mistakes, I’m pretty sure of that, but I have someone next to me who will tell me if he thinks I’m doing the wrong thing and that is very important for a number two.”
“I am inexperienced in this job but I have to learn quickly because I haven’t got the time.”
And Alan has also insisted that Physiotherapist Paul Ferris, who was at the club in Shearer’s playing days, has also returned to St James’ Park to oversee the medical department.
One thing Alan has asked Paul to do is try to understand the cause of the Newcastle huge injury list, which happens every single season.
That’s something the club should have done long ago, because it hits Newcastle each season, and the club must find out the reason for it – and then fix it. And this is another thing that is hardly just a mission for the last 8 games of the season.
But the remaining games of the season will give Alan a taste of management at Newcastle, as he attempts as job one – to save the club from relegation.
And we’ll all see how he does, and he can see how he does himself, and then decide in what direction he wants to take his overall career this summer. Like other gifted people he has many choices.
Newcastle United will also need to decide where they want to take the club at the end of the season, and if we remain in the Premier league look for Mike Ashley to offer Alan Shearer a deal he will find very hard to turn down, and that will include Shearer running as much as the club as he wants to. That would work.
And we have to hope as fans of the club, that Mike has leaned from the many mistakes he made when Kevin was managing Newcastle.
Now that Dennis Wise has finally gone, the structure of the club is what Alan will want, and we would expect him to bring in his close friends, Rob Lee and even Gary Speed, to help him coach at the club.
That could mean both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood could be on their way – if Alan stays – but there again Alan may be impressed by the two coaches already at the club, and may want to keep them.
But it promises to be exciting once Alan takes Newcastle to safety.