Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce came out yesterday and said some things about Alan Shearer’s appointment at Newcastle United, for the remainder of this season. Let’s see what he said and we have some comments to make on his statement.
Sam Allardyce – Shearer appointment is just a ploy
Sam talked about the appointment yesterday:
“It’s a ploy to try to spur the club on to get out of trouble.” “As the status of Alan Shearer at Newcastle is legendary, it will lift everybody at that football club.”
“Alan will obviously be hoping his appointment does spur the players on to do better.” “As a short-term fix, he has almost been brought in as a troubleshooter.”
“It will be easier for him because of his status. The support from all at Newcastle will be 1,000% given their admiration for him.”
“That is what a club like that, certainly the fans, will give him, and if he does get a performance out of the players, then it will have worked.”
We think Sam’s exactly right, and we have to hope we start getting the same results we got three years ago (is it that long ago?) when Glenn Roeder and Alan took over the reins after Graeme Souness had taken Newcastle as low as Freddy Shepherd would allow him to.
As we mentioned after Shearer’s appointment, we wonder how much impact Alan had on the team at that time. Shearer gave Glenn all the credit at the time, but once Glenn was on his own again the next season, he didn’t do half as well.
We have to think that Alan, who talked to the players before every game, had more impact than most fans realized at the time. Alan can certainly inspire players, and of course being born and bred in Newcastle, he knows all about the history of the club, and it means the world to him to have the club stay up, and he’ll get that passion across to the players – we know that.
Anyway, we have to hope that is true, because another defeat today and things will not look as bright as they do right now – but a win will send Newcastle fans into orbit – a very high orbit. Where’s that Newcastle Brown Ale!
This game is also being televised live around the world, and it will likely get a huge worldwide audience.
Howay The Lads!!