We knew Iain Dowie was really happy to be coaching at Newcastle United, and there seems little change in Iain’s positive attitude about Newcastle United and their supporters.
Alan and Iain – you add one to this one – and that makes two
Iain talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning, and he’s still loving life on Tyneside, and we think he’d just love to stay, if Alan gets to be the long-term manager at Newcastle United.
Iain said today:
“I’m absolutely loving it here. Alan could have called a number of people up to get them to come up here and work with him and I’m delighted he chose me.”
“It’s a fantastic job and a magnificent club. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that when I came up here before as a manager and as a player, but it’s only when you live and work here that you realise what a special club it is.”
“How many people have said before that if you get it right here as a manager, it would be incredible. If we can get a bit of stability in place and a bit of long-term thinking this place will be scary if it gets a bit of success.”
“It’s definitely one of the biggest six clubs in the country, without a doubt, and it just needs someone to get it going again.”
It turns out that Dowie and Shearer have been close ever since they were team-mates down at Southampton, where Iain was also a striker too, in his playing days.
It was a little surprising perhaps that Alan didn’t turn to Rob Lee or Gary Speed as his assistant, but there again they are as new to management as Alan is, and he needed somebody with good experience, and Iain no doubt already has that, plus he seems to be excellent on the training ground, where he seems to just love it.
“I don’t have a problem being a number two. I’m enjoying it, I’ve done it before. I’d been a number one for a long time but I work well with Alan. He is a straight talker and I’m a straight talker and that works as a partnership.”
“He gives me a free rein with the coaching, but I will tell him what we are doing and if he wants more of something we will do it. We then meet up and discuss what we are going to do in the next game and it’s a pretty frank discussion.”
“We’ve stayed in contact for years and I’ve been up regularly to see him. Mind you, I’m still waiting for him to get his wallet out. He’s never bought me lunch, not even now I’m working with him and he’s the manager. What is that they say about people with money?”
Maybe if Alan stays on in the summer, with the £4M a year deal he will be able to get, that would be the time to buy Iain lunch, or even go for it with dinner, and it will certainly be some celebration dinner if we are still in the Premier league at that time.
However, to do that we just have to start winning games, starting with Spurs on Sunday afternoon.
Here’s hoping – as always.