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.
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.
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.