As we’ve mentioned before it’s always good to have people working at Newcastle United who just love it at the club, and it seems that Iain Dowie has very quickly become one of those people.
Iain and Alan – let’s hope they are good magicians
And yesterday Iain Dowie said he was living his dream to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, as the assistant manager to Alan Shearer.
Of course Iain is an experienced manager who has managed in different leagues, and it seems he slots in very well with Alan, and form the news conference last week, he seems quite a character.
Dowie has had management experience at Queens Park Rangers initially as caretaker boss, Oldham Athletic, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City and Queens Park Rangers again, and his best achievement was taking Crystal Palace from the Championship into the Premier league.
Dowie told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“I am living the dream, I have said that all along.” “I have played football all my life, and it is a game I love.”
“I enjoy coaching more than playing, and not many people say that.” “For me, to be able to do that as a living is fantastic.”
But these 8 games could well be Iain’s greatest challenge yet in managwem,ent and the sings that newcastle can survive are nowhere to be seen right now, although we’re all hoping for a turnaround result at Stoke tomorrow – but hoping is the appropriate word there.
The wages Dowie will be receiving on Tyneside, even as Assistant Manager, will also be his highest in management, and if Alan and Iain together can turn the Newcastle ship around this season, then he could well be offered a plump contract to assist Alan long-term.
And it seems that Iain just loves the coaching side of things, even better than when the 44 year-old Northern Ireland International played at Luton, Southampton and West Ham United, amongst other clubs.
“I am at an absolutely stupendous football club.” “You only had to look around you in that stand on Monday night (at the Newcastle v Man City reserve game) to appreciate what this city deserves.”
“It is a proper football city. That is what it is about.” “All we want to do is make sure they have a top-flight football team – nothing else matters.” “No one person here is above the team.”
And of course if Iain didn’t know too much about Newcastle United before he came up last week, he will have heard it all from Alan, who just loves Newcastle United, like the rest of us.
As we said before, Iain seems to be really enjoying it at Newcastle and it’s good to have our coaches praising the club, even with all the difficulties we are currently in.
Just think what it would be like if we can survive this season and Alan turns into a great manager – where we would be in 3 seasons’ time is anybody’s guess.
But yes, we’ve heard that kind of thing too many times before, we know.