Iain Dowie, who is now assistant manager to Alan Shearer at Newcastle, has talked to the local Evening Chronicle today.
Iain and Alan – can they save Newcastle?
Iain talked about how big he has always thought the Newcastle club are, with their legendary fans, as he said:
“I think this club is one of the big six – I really do.” “To be in the position we’re in is disappointing, but we are where we are, and we’ve got to look forward.”
“We’re not going to look back and recriminate about what’s gone on in the past – that’s ridiculous.”
“We’ve got to focus on the future, and if the lads can respond like they did yesterday, we’ll be delighted.”
However, Dowie is under no illusions as to how hard the task will be with just 2 points from the last 4 games, and just a single win, against bottom-placed WBA in the last 14 games – a terrible record indeed. It’s no wonder we are 3rd bottom with those results.
But it looks like Iain, who has lots of management experience in these situations, seems very confident he and Alan can pull the club out of trouble, even though the results have been just terrible since Christmas.
“Alan didn’t want to mention it, but they’re the stark facts.” “I just feel there’s been a bit of turmoil, and it’s a case of needing a bit of leadership.”
“We’ve given them that, and I just felt the tempo of the training was right.”
Dowie has taken the training himself for the last couple of days, with Alan Shearer also participating, but it looks like Iain will run the training sessions from now on.
Iain commented on the tempo of the training he has seen over the last couple of days:
“It’ll take us a few training sessions to get up to that tempo, and if we can play for 90 minutes at that tempo, we’ll give teams a game.”
“There was a couple of bits about movement of players and wide men where we’ve just started to bring in some tactical things.”
“We’ll continue with that, and hopefully, it’ll make a difference. It’s about showing the players we’ve got belief in them, and showing belief in each other.”
“That’s very important, and if we can get that belief going, and pick up a few results, then there’s no question that this club can go on a run.”
So from what Iain is saying they have already made a few tactical adjustments, and we’ll be able to see in what formation Newcastle will play under Shearer.
We wouldn’t mind playing three men up front like Kevin did last year at this time, with some significant success, since we have Owen, Martins, Lovenkrands, Carroll and Xisco who could play in the front three. Maybe Alan has already talked to Kevin about that this week.
However, whether Alan will risk that formation today is a good question, as he will have to ensure Newcastle can match Chelsea in central midfield this afternoon.
And Iain talked about the fantastic reception Shearer has received from the Newcastle faithful, since the sensational news broke on Wednesday – April Fool’s day.
“I’ve never had quite that many there for me, but I understand.” “When you’re the greatest goalscorer the Premier League’s ever seen that’s what happens.”
“We had something to eat on Wednesday night, and he said ‘I’ve never regretted anything – what I have here makes me happy.”
“He could have moved elsewhere, but he’s happy with what he’s done in his hometown.” “It was quite an emotional moment, and it was heartfelt.” “He’s from this area, and he believes in it.”
Let’s hope the Alan Shearer management era at Newcastle can start this afternoon with a win, which is really what the side and the City needs, but it will be very tough against an in-form Chelsea side.
And let’s also hope that even if we cannot get the win today that Shearer and Dowie can save the club from relegation, Alan loves it back at Newcastle, and agrees in the summer to manage the club on a long-term basis – that would the dream for most Newcastle fans.