Alan Shearer has been tested in the past, and he has again taken on an enormous challenge at Newcastle, with the team in dire straights through none of his own doing.
Alan Shearer – enormous task for this man
And don’t believe it’s a no lose situation for him because he’s taken this job on only because of his love of Newcastle United, and with no management experience he’s risking an awful lot.
Newcastle’s Shearer will spend this week assessing his team options for the do-or-die game at the Potters on Saturday. Alan said:
“We all know what we’re going to face at Stoke, it’ll be one hell of a battle, but we’re in one hell of a battle anyway,”
“We know we have to win matches. We have to win to get out of this trouble. Stoke aren’t a Chelsea.”
“But the way they play and the atmosphere of their stadium will be equally as tough.”
These last 7 matches will be a huge test of Shearer’s character. but that’s been tested so much in the past and has never been found wanting – that’s what makes this man so special.
We know Alan will give everything he has for the Newcastle cause, but it’s the players that we have doubts about.
They are way overpaid. and we think Alan will look for those with the spirit that’s needed for the fight to the death, that was so well epitomized by Habib Beye on Saturday. The Senegalese International was playing out of position in central defense yet he turned in a sterling display – that’s what we look for from every single Newcastle player.
Shearer has leaned a lot from all the great managers he’s played under and is trying to lift the team spirit of the side by having the lads to eat together to form a stronger bond between team-mates. They’re all in this together of course.
That’s exactly what Bobby Robson did in September, 1999 when the team was decimated after Bobby took over when Ruud Gullit left, and of course in Bobby’s first home game we annihilated fellow relegation strugglers Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 with that man Sharer scoring 5.
That’s the type of spirit we will need to survive this season, and somehow Alan has to find a way to drum that into each and every player.
Shearer continued, and pointed out again he was only here until the end of the season:
“We have changed one or two things. We can’t address everything because we’re only here for seven weeks,”
“When Bobby came in to Newcastle, he made everyone sit down and eat together. It’s just a small thing, but I think it gets the players together as a team.”
Alan couldn’t get anything from his first game in charge, which probably surprised a number of fans, it surprised us, but from what the players are saying since he arrived, he’s having an enormous impact off the field in training and being with the players.
While all that’s great to hear, it’s on the field we have to save ourselves, and if we cannot get a win against an improved Stoke City side on Saturday, things will start to look dire indeed.