Shearer was always a strong personality during his playing days, and he had his own ideas and opinions, and now as manager nothing much has changed.
Alan Shearer – the boss, gaffer and manager
Shearer talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s just one or two little tweaks here and there, which I think the players have wanted to happen but, for whatever reason, haven’t happened.”
“Punctuality’s a major thing for myself, and we all eat together.” “The injured players are now in until late afternoon, and I hope that will have an effect in clearing the medical room.”
“Players don’t like to stay until late afternoon – do they?”
As people may remember when the great Bobby Robson took over he didn’t like the number of players in the injury room (one of them was Marcelino), and he even hinted some were faking injury so they wouldn’t have to play. Marcelino was injured for 3 years, as we recall.
But that’s a strong hint from Alan that he’ll make it uncomfortable for players who are injured, because they will be in the injury room more than they like – a good move by Alan. Also it looks like it’s not a healthy thing under Alan to be late either. 😀
And it looks like Shearer could have Mark Viduka back in action for the trip to Tottenham Hotspur next week, and Alan believes Mark can be a crucial player for Newcastle, if only he can get him fit.
We’ve panned Mark a number of times because of his injury record, but we know Mark’s also a decent guy, but it seems his body is past it, as far as top class football is concerned. But if he can return and make a difference at Newcastle in the final 6 games of the season, that would be just great, and we’d be the first to acknowledge that.
Shearer also took a leaf out of Kevin Keegan’s book and ensured all the players signed autographs for every supporter who had waited behind, after the Newcastle open training session on Tuesday – and that’s something Kevin Keegan used to absolutely insist on. Respect the fans who pay your wages – that’s something Ashley and Llambias can both learn from Alan.
So if Alan Shearer is taking the best stuff he’s learned from each of the excellent managers he worked under – he could become really good himself – couldn’t he?
But Alan does not have time and must very quickly have his influence manifest itself on the field, in terms of some good results. We hope that will start tomorrow afternoon, it has to start soon if we are to survive, that’s for sure.
And it doesn’t help that our only left back has injured himself in training. However we expect Duff to play in that position tomorrow, and we also expect that Damien will do more than a good job there.
Howay The Lads!!