One of the many things Alan Sharer is trying to do at Newcastle, in the very short time he has to save the club, is to ensure the players start to enjoying playing football again.
Alan Shearer and Geordie fans – a good combination
Yes we know that’s a completely unheard of concept in the modern game, and it’s an old cliche – but so right.
When players enjoy their football they play well, and it seems apparent that Alan is trying to get the players loosened up a bit in training and forget about the position Newcastle are in right now in the league, and get them somehow to start playing somewhere near their best form.
There’s not doubt Alan will be talking to some of the players on the side too, about what he wants from them in the games to come, which is why he shouldn’t really need to say too much during a game, since they will have gone over every possible thing that can happen in the games – and know what they have to do in every situation.
Alan knows exactly what he needs to do and we’ll get some idea in the remaining 7 games of the season, just how good a manager he can become, because as we all know he’s a rookie right now, which is why he has friend Iain Dowie helping him out.
While Alan seems to have all the attributes needed to be a top manager -just terrific leadership skills and a mental toughness few others have in the game, the proof of the the pudding is always in the eating.
And while Alan would not have picked this time to go into management, the sad dilemma of our famous club has forced his hand, and he finds himself with the club 4 points adrift of safety with just 7 games to go to save the club. How’s that for a baptism in football management?
If he can save Newcastle, there’s few that don’t believe he will be installed as the new permanent manager, and that Michael Owen will then stay at the club. We think Mike Ashley will also cough up some money, which he will get from somewhere, so that Alan can rebuild the squad, and maybe we can have a decent side next season.
The unknown piece is what happens if Alan cannot save the club and we go down to the Championship.
Shearer is a very smart guy, and it’s a good move by him to say he’s only here for the rest of the season, because he really is, since that’s the contract he’s on. But it does give the Tyneside Idol a chance to try out football management, and from what we can tell, he is just loving it at Newcastle, as he seems to have been born for the job.
He’s a leader of men – and being a football manager gives him the opportunity to continue to do that, after his playing days are over.
We have to keep looking on the bright side of things, however hard that is right now, with the lads gaining just 5 draws and a single win in the last 15 games. We hope that somehow the lads can survive, and then there’s a huge opportunity for Mike Ashley to rebuild the club with local lads and former players at the helm.
If Mike does get another chance, surely he will not mess up again, but if we go down and the mother of all nightmares actually does manifest, what happens at the club is still not too clear. But we’d like to see Shearer take charge in that situation too, and then the goal would be to bring the lads straight back up.
If we are to escape relegation surely we have to get all 3 points at Stoke on Saturday, and we know that will not be easy, but inspired players in black and white shirts can do that – in fact there’s not much they cannot do. That’s what Shearer has to be working towards this week – but time is not on his side, unfortunately.
But the Stoke game has to be do or die, now or never – and somehow we have to get all 3 points.
Howay The Lads!!
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