Newcastle fans were delighted when Alan Shearer was appointed the gaffer just 10- days ago, and not least of which because he could coach one of the most exciting players at the club in 6’2″ teenager striker, Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger – has already impressed Shearer
Alan talked about the youngster this morning:
“I’ve been very impressed by him. I was aware of him looking from the outside but when you start to work with players a little bit closer, you learn a bit more about them,”
“I’ve been impressed with both him and Andy – and Shola, to be fair.”
So there’s a nice diplomatic statement from the manager to keep everybody happy, but we think Nile can, and will learn a lot from Shearer, if Alan indeed becomes the long-term manager at the club.
But we must start getting some wins on the board quickly, and today’s game will be a mighty one, because if we can indeed get the 3 points, then it will look like Sharer is starting to have an impact and confidence, which is so important in football, will start returning to the club and the players – not to mention the fans.
And Shearer is right to be looking for more inspiration from his senior players, as the likes of Nicky Butt have not been at their best in recent weeks.
The boss has spent a full week in training with Iain Dowie and has implored the players to be courageous and keep going, and to cut out the silly mistakes at the back.
“I was involved in a relegation struggle at Southampton – almost every year,” “It’s a tense and nervy situation to be in, as I remember it. It’s also tense and nervy when you’re at the top – that’s football.”
“The players have to be big enough and brave enough to handle that. They need to say ‘Give me that ball, I’m not afraid to make a mistake’. That’s the key – they have to believe in their own ability.”
“They are at a huge football club and I have said to them ‘I don’t mind mistakes in the right areas’ – as long as they are trying things.”
We hope to see a good display form the Newcastle team today, and one in which they are particualrly solid at the back, and we’ll have to look for some good diaplays coming form Butt and Owen, as they must lead the way for the younger players in the side.
A win is what we need and a win is the only thing today that will make Newcastle fans happy.