Steve Harper On Changes Shearer Has Already Made


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.

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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

Comments welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • MarkO

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    All talk won’t believe it unless they produce it on the pitch.

    Team for Stoke:

    Harper

    Beye–Bassong–Colo–Taylor

    Gutierrez—-Nolan—-Guthrie
    —————-Duff————–
    ————-Oba–Owen———

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Goos team there but i’d maybe leave out duff for carroll, I like that you’ve kept colo in the side because i think that’s ultimately what will happen, a new week a new start. HOWAY THE LADS!! squeeky bum time

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Nacho who? I do hope he does get to play for we before end season – we need young fresh legs in the team.

    Doubt it will happen though – but with Shearer I hope he is strong enough to bench someone if they arent performing.

    Ranger to play today? Lets see

    Harper – get your fists ready and punch them long balls.

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  • buddy

    Apr 11, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    its good to see shearer actually taking initiative. wat a clown joe must have bin, the more that people have been talking the last week or two, the more rediculous the coaching seems to have been. lets hope it shows today.

    btw ed, ice baths are superb for recovery especially after a hard session(something the players have probably not done since september,ha). they enable you to work harder the next day, and when combined with hot showers, they can be quite effective and help with injury prevention.

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  • NicoGF

    Apr 11, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #5

    “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.” blah blah

    That adds nothing to the information we already have. We know he has an achilles inj….
    he has undergone surgery also, but when will he play is what we don’t know.

    This is a bit of what he can do (picked from 4 or5 games): http://www.megavideo.com/?v=BRRKJP6P

    He’s the creation we need. Our only AM. We need his brain.

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