As Frank Lampard rightly pointed out after the game, the much-anticipated white-hot atmosphere which was expected at Alan Shearer’s first game in charge, never really materialized on Saturday.
Alan Shearer – low-key opening game – but as enthusiastic as ever
Of course it takes two to tango, and the players also have to give the crowd something to shout for, and certainly a first Newcastle goal would have got the crowd going, but it was not to be.
But Alan has today said that the focus must remain on the players and the team for the remainder of the season, and not on him.
Alan told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I would never have gone on the pitch to be introduced. I want to take the whole thing away from that. I did not think it would be right for me to have done that.”
“There has been enough said, written and sung about myself and now that has all gone and we can concentrate on what we’re here for.” “It was a disappointing day and I did not think it was right to do that.”
“I can understand why people have chanted my name and want me here, but that means nothing to me – I want to be here to save this football club.”
Alan is a realist as ever, and he really needs to be because his immense popularity will not save the club, but he has to get down to the job this week of restoring the playing squad’s confidences, along with the experienced Iain Dowie, and the rest of the coaching staff.
The players cannot start feeling sorry for themselves either – and the team is now 3rd bottom of the league because we have just 7 points from 13 league games, and over a full season that would garner us just 20 points, and we’d be bottom of the league and cast adrift.
So we’re 3rd bottom because where we deserve to be there right now, and the job at hand is st start playing better football, so we can get the results that will take us away from the bottom three, over the next 7 games.
Shearer seems not at all despondent, although he was disappointed at not being able to get something out of his first game in charge, especially since it was at home.
“It is very different from being a player.” “I said a few words to the linesman, but funnily enough he never said anything back to me.” “I really enjoyed it, I really, really did, in spite of the result.”
“At times I did not know where I was. Everything just takes over, you are looking at the game, different positions and how you can try and alter things.”
“Now I cannot wait to get back in on Monday morning and the rest of the week, work with them and see where we go.”
That’s exactly what it will need if Newcastle are to survive this season, some real enthusiasm, but quite honestly it is looking more and more unlikely that we can survive with every game.
But we need that enthusiasm and passion, and Alan has that in spadefuls for his home town team, just like the rest of us born and bred in Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!