Shearer May Stay – And Oba Martins In Trouble


Iain Dowie has given a hint today that he would like to see Alan Shearer stay on as permanent manager at Newcastle, but that should hardly come as any surprise.

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Iain Dowie with Alan

Assistant manager Dowie talked this morning to the local Sunday Sun, and was asked whether he thought Alan  would stay on as permanent manager at Newcastle:

“That’s down to Alan. At the moment, as he said from minute one, it’s an eight-game challenge and that is where it is.”

“Whether Alan does that is a different thing and listen, to be honest, it may be that Alan absolutely takes over. He is the manager and he has got those decisions to make.”

Of course Dowie will want Alan to stay on at Newcastle because it will mean, in all likelihood, that Iain will stay on as assistant manager, and we already know Iain has been starstruck with the Newcastle club and their terrific fans. It’s a dream job for Iain and we must say the two of them seem to make a good partnership.

And it’s also good that Iain is more than a bit of a character – we never knew much about his personaltiy before he took the job at Newcastle, but we’ve really taken to him.

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Oba Martins – slight groin strain

Meanwhile, Shearer has expressed his disappointment at Obafemi Martins’ late withdrawal from yesterday’s game at Stoke with a groin strain. We reported on this last night and it does appear that Martins may have had the injury late in the week, and didn’t say anything about it.

Alan said after the game:

“Martins pulled out at 11am this morning,” “He woke up and said he had a sore groin, we got the doctors and physio to check him out and he was unable to play.”

“It was obviously disappointing because we’d worked on a particular system for the last two or three days that we were prepared to go in with but we had to scrap that three or four hours before kick-off.”

Obviously Alan was less than happy with Oba, and he’ll probably have a few words with the lad, but it looks to us like Oba wanted to play yesterday, and hoped it would just clear up.

However, if that’s true, that’s not being too professional and we hope this will all blow over, as Oba continues to learn his trade at the club. We don’t want to make too much of it, but Alan was certainly not happy at Oba’s absence yesterday.

There’s only one boss at Newcastle, and that’s Alan – and he makes that very clear – but that’s just his excellent leadership in action.

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • Fostino

    Apr 12, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    we need oba for spurs….he likes scoring against them

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  • GEORDIE69

    Apr 12, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I remember Martin’s doing a similar thing this time last season as well!

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    I heard somewhere that Oba does that all the time with Nigeria…

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  • Brutooon

    Apr 12, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    oba should play.

    owen is useless, people should be aware of that. Owen is an average player, his past scoring records is totally PAST.

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  • Gunners

    Apr 12, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ll love to see Newcastle beat spurs.

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  • Greg B

    Apr 12, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree about Owen, he should be ashamed of his performance yesterday, absolutley diabolical and certainly not £105k’s worth!!!
    Ameobi was terrible too and hopefully young Carroll’s performance in the last 15mins or so should ensure Ameobi drops down the pecking order.
    Butt was awefull again, his passing is shocking and IMO he offers absolutley nothing to the side.
    Taylor was poor, he seemed to be trying but just dosent seem good enough. I’d give the lad time though as he is still pretty new to the club.
    I thought the back 3 did OK considering, Bassong looked the best of the bunch.
    Nolan was below par considering this was the type of game he has made his name on, tough, physical battles yet he seemed to be as far away from the action as he could get.
    Guthrie was committed but did look a bit off the pace, I guess this could be down to him being out a while.

    We are going to need a fully fit Guthrie and, I never thought I would say this, but we need a Joey Barton, fully fit and commited. After all his off field problems he is stilla very talented footballer.
    We need Taylor back, fit and strong and hopefully a re-juvenated Coloccini, maybe he has played too much football and got complacent, hopefully his 90mins of sitting on an exercise bike yesterday has given him time to mull over his recent performances.
    Also I think we missed Enrique yesterday, Stoke had alot of possesion down their right flank that Jose could have snuffed out.
    Jonas needs to be getting more time on the pitch too, and finally how ironic would it be if Viduka scored the goal that kept us up?
    Now I must be dreaming…… but like the players, we cant give up. While there is a chance mathematically of us staying in the Prem we have to get behind the lads and hope that they pull us through.

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  • Toonmania

    Apr 12, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #7

    yeah that would make my day too, as i have to work with a spud, and he keeps spouting on how well they are doing atm, fu*k me come to think of it he could be bennytoon cos he talks the same shite too

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 12, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Agree that Owen doesn`t look like scoring even though he did actually score last week but he worked his socks off yesterday unlike Shola(headless chicken dance)…..

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  • Macedonia toon

    Apr 12, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #9

    We dont create chances for ours forwards THAT’S THE PROBLEM.Owen doesn miss any chance.Miedfield was awful.Long balls from Nicky F***ing Butt, max two passes in a row,Nolan invisible, Guthrie not fit enough i think only duff played a little decent football.

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  • Michael12

    Apr 12, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Ian Dowie is simply trying to extend his employment with Newcastle. If Shearer stays so does he.

    Shearer needs to get his badges and experience before considering management.

    He is out of his depth and that is obvious to us all. The only difference is some of us are willing to admit it while the others are not.

    Ian Dowie has a horrendous reputation as a manager and a person. Deceit in the case of Crystal palace, and poor managerial records across he board. He is not fit to manage or assist in this league.

    What was Ashley thinking appointing these two?

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  • workyticket

    Apr 12, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Michael12 // Apr 12, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    “What was Ashley thinking appointing these two?”

    The same thing as he was thinking when he appointed Keegan, probably.

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  • nick_9

    Apr 12, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #12

    macedonia toon – so owen doesn’t miss any chances does he? he should of had at least 4 goals in the 2 fa cup games against hull and wasted a glorious chance against stoke when in space when the ball came off his shoulder, all he needed to do was nod it in.

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  • nick_9

    Apr 12, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #13

    other then that though i agree with all your other comments about our players. even the comment about our midfielders not creating any chances was spot on. The sooner barton’s back the better.

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  • batty

    Apr 12, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #14

    ashley hasent got a brain to think with the same as you Michael12 you little sh:t

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 12, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Michael12 tell me how do you know what Iain is like as a person presumably you know him personally ? and as for AS not being up to the job what is ur solution ?

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  • batty

    Apr 12, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #16

    bigdave Michael12 is a little twit m8

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 12, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Batty he sounds like it m8. he sounds a bit like nando the knob

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  • workyticket

    Apr 12, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Big Dave // Apr 12, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    “Michael12 tell me how do you know what Iain is like as a person presumably you know him personally ?”

    Dave, Dowie was found guilty of “Fraudulent Misrepresentation” at the High Court. I think that’s one of the things Michael was getting at.

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  • beardsleyschin

    Apr 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    So many ignorant fans on this site have had it in for owen from day one!!!! Oba is the one who should be gettin the stick, pulling out like that yesterday and taking a strop when he gets subbed! Owen has been nothing but professional.

    Think about it …owen has never been a Ronaldinio…….he needs chances and when he gets them he’ll score goals! We have zero creativity in midfield and Owen doesnt get a sniff so you blame him! Its not his fault we are shit, he’s also comin back from injury……..if we have any chance of staying up we need Owen in the team and we need to work on gettting him chances! Owen gets 10 chances he’ll put 7 away, Oba gets 10 chances he’ll put 2 away!! Great goalscorers dont turn shit overnight….open your eyes

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  • MAGPIE99

    Apr 12, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Totally agree Beardsleyschin.

    I can’t understand why we have so many clueless fans singing Obas name every game when he does nothing.

    At least Owen keeps the ball, gives the ball and makes runs into space, not his fault we can’t pick a pass out for him.

    Oba has got no touch, and is nothing more than a novalty facture. He may get you something out of nothing 1 game in 10 but thats it.

    There are some reet clueless fans who pick a favourite and an enemy and stick to it regardless of how good or bad the actually are as a player.

    I’d sell Oba this summer no question….he’s just not good enough.

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  • Anis

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:42 AM

    Comment #22

    i feel that there are only two players that can save us from relegation- Barton and Viduka. Barton because, we need a creative midfielder and he owes us. Butt and Nolan are doing the same job, and i’d rather have Nolan than Butt.
    Mark Viduka is a brilliant player, his hold up play is magnificent. Mark Viduka only does it when Mark Viduka wants to do it. Alan Shearer must somehow ‘persuade’ Mark Viduka to save us. we all know know the he’s faking the injury
    Team for rest of the season:
    Harper
    Beye Bassong Taylor/Collicini Edgar/Enrique

    Guthrie

    Nolan Barton

    Martins Jonas

    Viduka

    time to play route one football now. not the time nor the place to play pretty football. HAVE TO PLAY UGLY TO SURVIVE.

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