Steve Harper has today talked about some of the changes Alan Shearer has brought in as he takes over Newcastle United, in a bid to save his home town club from relegation.
Steve Harper – talks about the changes under Shearer
Steve said today:
“The training has been really good, the tempo has improved, the sessions are longer and more competitive,”
“There’s an edge to training that maybe had started to disappear. It is 15 to 20 minutes longer but it’s more thorough and more intense and it has been good. Players respond to that.”
“He’s very big on punctuality as a respect to each other. Everyone must eat together to forge a team spirit. It’s just little things – ice baths are now compulsory.”
“The little things add up and if you start at the bottom and get the basics right, everything else will follow. His message is just be professional in all things you do.”
So it seems that ice baths being compulsory may be an attempt to get over the terrible injury record at Newcastle, and a number of managers seem to be keen on these. We suppose they allow players to cool down better, and certainly will increase the circulation of the blood, and we know Graeme Souness used to believe in these ice baths too, while he managed at Newcastle.
We also know that Alan has had the injured players in during the afternoons for extra treatment, in an attempt to get them fitter more quickly.
That’s another area he wants to improve quickly so we can get some of our players back, and of course our loan signing, Uruguayan Ignacio Gonzalez, has appeared just twice this season for us, so that’s been a huge waste of money to the club. He’s got an Achilles injury.
Joey Barton and Mark Viduka are two players in question, who now seem fit to resume full training some time next week, and it’s looking like they will be fit for the squad at Spurs next Sunday.
Jose Enrique also talked to Newcastle United TV yesterday and said that Shearer had introduced a whole new set of rules, but that they were sensible and Jose thought they would be good for the squad.
The Spaniard, who hopes to return for the Portsmouth home game, also liked the idea of eating together (it’s at 1:00pm or 1:15 pm each day) to forge more team spirit.
If you can see that interview take a look because Jose comes over very well, and seems like a really good lad