Alan Shearer thinks his new assistant manger Iain Dowie has already made a big impact with the Newcastle players.
Iain and Alan at the Thursday press conference
The former Northern Ireland international has got right down to work and has run the training sessions for Alan at Benton, and according to Alan has already had an impact.
Iain was brought in along with physio Paul Ferris, who will oversee the Newcastle medical staff, and try to ascertain why the club suffers so many injuries each season.
Shearer is already very pleased with the work that Iain has done with the Newcastle players this week. Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“He’s a very good coach, as the players have found out already.”
“Iain is there to lean on with the experience he’s had and the fact he’s been in these situations.” “They will enjoy working with him.”
Shearer also stated he was keen to bring in his own staff to go with the backroom team already in place.
“I think it was important to do that.” “Paul has come in on the medical side.” “He will oversee everything on that side and I have great confidence in him to do that.”
This doesn’t sound to us like Alan would bring in his own people just for 8 games, and we just have to hope he’s here to stay, with the first task being to save the club from relegation.
We are indeed in dire straights, there’s little doubt about that, so we shouldn’t worry too much about what will happen in the summer, other than to hope we’ll remain in the Premier League.
That has to be the single goal for this season, and then if the club can do that, the summer has to be a time for rebuilding. And if Shearer and Dowie are at the head of the club, so much the better.
If Mike Ashley wants to be successful at Newcastle, he will know exactly what he has to do, and he’s already done very well to convince Alan to come in and manage the club for the final 8 games.
Let’s hope he can continue this good work in the summer months.