One thing we are pleased with since Alan Shearer took over as the new manager at the club, is the management team at last is trying to reduce the enormous number of injuries we seem to get every season at Newcastle.
Iain Dowie – doing all he can to curb injuries
And that has hampered Newcastle during a number of seasons recently, so we’re pleased Alan has said he wants Paul Ferris to get to the bottom of it – and then fix it.
But it looks like Alan and Iain are already implementing some new procedures which should help the lads stay fit.
Iain Dowie told the Evening Chronicle this morning:
“I will take any extra percent I can get.” “We’ve implemented a lot of stuff.”
“They can now get on the bikes before they warm up.” “That then makes them half warmed up before they warm up.”
“If that prevents an injury, so much the better.” “Jonas looked very lively when he came on and if it’s something to do with the bike thing, it’s something that we’ll keep doing.”
“It’s very important to take any edge you can and that may have been the case at Stoke.”
And of course Alan Shearer now insists on players eating together and injured players will face late afternoons as Alan has asked all injured players to come in for additional treatment – smart move by Alan.
And former Newcastle player and local lad, Robbie Elliott, is playing a major role in in the sports science side of things at the club’s Benton Headquarters.
Iain Dowie continued:
“We make sure the lads are well hydrated, they get regular ice baths, plenty of stretching beforehand and plenty of rehab.”
“Alan has made his point –it’s all hands on deck now and we’ve implemented a few changes.” “I’d never be disrespectful and talk about anything that happened before.”
“Myself and Alan can’t change that.” “What we can affect is what happens in our time here.” “We’ve got a fantastic response from the lads on the training field.”
“We’ve had a really good work ethic – we’ve been delighted with the response.” “Rome wasn’t built in a day but we’ve embraced it all.” “There is a sharpness in it.”
It looks like some of the changes that have been made are straight forward but comment sense and it will help us in the future, that’s for sure.
Whether we can also get short term benefits, like in our next 6 games, we’ll have to wait and see, but we’re hoping for some good luck on the pitch in our last 6 games.
10 points should do it for us, and of course we have 3 home games against Portsmouth. Middlesbrough and Fulham, and if we can 3 wins there, surely we’ll be safe. And hopefully we’ll get a sold-out St. James’ Park of 52,000 fans at each of those home games, to cheer on the lads.
Tell me which other club would be sold out, when they are 3rd bottom of the league and fighting for their very lives? No wonder Simon Bird in the Daily Mirror yesterday hoped, quite sincerely, that Newcastle would survive in the Premier League this season.
Let’s hope so, but the more points we can pick up away from home, in our final 3 away games the better, and we should be able to pick up some points at Spurs and Aston Villa. We’re not too confident of getting anything at Liverpool, but who is these days?
Only Chelsea comes to mind. 😀
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