Alan Shearer has come out today and confessed that he has every faith in his Newcastle players to avoid the drop.
Shearer – make him long term gaffer right now
Now the players have to reciprocate and start producing the goods if Newcastle are to avoid the tragedy of relegation, which will not just hit the club big time in the pocket, but also to the image of Newcastle United.
Alan talked today and said he thinks the fight will go right down to the wire as he said:
“It will go right to the wire and nerves will jangle, but I believe in my players,” “Players threw their bodies on the line, threw themselves into tackles and were prepared to get cut today.”
“We’re going to need all of that – and a little bit more if we are to survive – but the fight is there.” “In the second half I thought they showed me what they had done in training during the week – the attitude of the players has been great.”
“They showed they can pass it, they can play, and with a little bit more confidence and belief in themselves then we will go on and get results – certainly that’s the aim.”
Alan is right that the fight was there but the lads didn’t show it until the last 30 minutes,and then admittedly they went for every ball and seemed determined to get something out of the game.
Andy’s goal was just a joy to watch for the 30 times or so we’ve replayed it – and he scores every time – it was a tremendous header – and this lad surely must start next Sunday.
Things like rebuilding a squad, even in confidence, unfortunately takes time, as Kevin found last year. It’s hard to come in, wave a magic wand, and we suddenly start winning, and it may be our players , who are under their 4th manager now this season, are a bit shell-shocked at all that’s happened this season.
But we don’t want to make any excuses for them, because they still need to do the job, which up till now they haven’t done.
If Mike Ashley can convince Alan to become the permanent manager right now, and that’s a big “if”, independent of whether we are relegated or not, it could well prove a boost to the players.
After all, they still don’t know if Joe Kinnear will be coming back in the summer, and in fact that’s still the official party line, although few of us really believe that.
The other advantage if Alan is appointed now is that some players will want to stay at the club, even if we get relegated, because with Alan at the helm, there’s every chance the club can come straight back up next year.
And then Alan can build from there, and he also needs to get management experience somewhere in running the club, so if he can commit himself to Newcastle as their manager, it would be a good time to sign along the dotted line. It will also provide some long term stability to the club, which we’ve needed for some time.
But that’s the challenge Mike Ashley will have, because he’s hardly earned the trust or respect of those associated with Newcastle United this season, including the fans.
Alan said he had talked to Mike last week, and discussed a number of things, so we hope this may have been one of them, and if Alan loves the job like he seems to, now could be the right time to cement the deal.
Mike and Derek Llambias would need to do through the plans on players and the like, if we get relegated, but of course we’d all hope (and pray) it didn’t come to that. Certainly the fans would be elated, and we think it would also be great news for the players.
It would also save Mike Ashley’s skin, should we go down.
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