We’re sure Iain Dowie cannot believe his luck that is now coaching with Alan Shearer at Newcastle United.
Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer – can they do it?
As Iain comically said after he got the call from Alan Shearer last week, he just couldn’t get up to Newcastle soon enough and sign the contract, which probably will make him a rich man should Alan and Iain manage to save Newcastle United this season.
But that money will be money well spent by Mike Ashley, and will save him a good few millions in the value of the Newcastle club – at the very least.
Yesterday, when fans were allowed into St. James’ Park to watch the training Alan took a leaf out of Kevin Keegan’s book, and why not, as he instructed his players to sign autographs for the hundreds of local fans who had waited patiently to see the players, after they had lunch at the ground.
Iain Dowie talked about the open training yesterday:
“To get 7,500 people coming to watch you train when you are at the bottom of the league is very good.” “Alan re-iterated that point to the lads afterwards.”
“It was very good and I have been delighted with the response.” “I think the sessions have been a lot more up-tempo than they are used to.”
“The open training session was excellent. It showed what this place is about.” “It was bright and lively and gave the fans a chance to see the lads do care.”
“There is a caring attitude here – they are as disappointed as anybody.” “And as long as we take that into the weekend we’ll be OK.”
Apparently Habib Beye sat out the session yesterday with a slight knee injury sustained against Chelsea, but the good news is that Beye is confident he can be fit for the Stoke game. Both Sebastien Bassong and Steven Taylor sat the session out too, and instead had physiotherapy treatment with Paul Ferris.
We need at least Bassong and Beye fit for Saturday’s game, and that looks possible now, and we expect both to play in central defense in a reorganized back four for Newcastle.
What we really need on Saturday is a rare clean sheet so that one goal will be enough give us the 3 points, but whether we can do that is a good question. We’ve only had two clean sheets this year, with 0-0 draws at Hull in the FA Cup, in the very first game of the year, and a 0-0 draw against Everton on 22nd February at St. James’ Park, when we had just 10 men.
We have to hope for the best – that’s the position we find ourselves in right now.