Good news for Newcastle fans in that Alan Shearer seems to have really enjoyed his first couple of days as Newcastle manager and says he is really really excited before his first game this afternoon.
Alan Shearer – great shot of Alan at the Newcastle shrine
That has to be good news for Newcastle fans who want Alan to keep Newcastle in the Premier league and then stay on for Newcastle as manager for the next several years, and take the club back to greatness once more.
And Shearer already knows plenty about the strengths and weaknesses of the Newcastle side, as well as the individual players whose ability has not been reflected in results this season. Alan has seen almost every match Newcastle have played this season, so he already knows a lot more than a new manager normally would, about his squad.
“I’m excited, really, really excited. This is probably different to anything I’ve done before and it is a new chapter for me. I can not tell you how much I have enjoyed the last couple of days and I’m really looking forward to the first game.”
“It helps that I’ve made a point of always watching Newcastle United games this season so I know about the players.” “If I haven’t watched the games on a live television feed I’ve been at St James’s Park to watch them from the stands.”
“Obviously when you’ve been able to see a team regularly it helps you as a new manager. It also helps that I’ve watched so many other Premier League games this season working for the BBC.” “I’ve been fortunate in that respect coming into the job.”
Shearer is now saying almost the same thing Kevin said when he came back last January, that the squad is good but the lads are lacking in confidence with just a single win in their last 14 games, and that was against bottom of the table WBA.
Wins is what we need to survive but that will be an especially difficult task this afternoon, and to be honest we’d be happy with a draw, but a defeat would not be good.
But one thing in Newcastle’s favor this afternoon will be the atmosphere and the fantastic crowd at Newcastle, as 52,000 screaming Geordies can make the difference, and they all know 3 points is what we really need in every single game we go into from now until the end of the season. And that includes today.
Alan acknowledged the Geordie crowd today will be important as he continued:
“The fans are going to be very important for us, not just at home but at away games. I know how great our away support can be as well.”
“The fans can really make a difference for us, there is absolutely no doubt about that. I’m sure they will not let us down.”
We will all see Newcastle fans at their very best today, and it’s a unique site to behold, and hardly surprising the match will be televised live around the world.
But Chelsea will also be ready for this game, and they will be expecting Newcastle to be tough this afternoon, with the Newcastle players going all out for the win.
The Newcastle lads will play as though their lives depended on winning, and when they do that, anything is possible.
Howay The Lads!!