Alan Shearer seems to be really enjoying his first stint at managing Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – seems to be loving it at Newcastle
And now that he’s got a real job, he doesn’t seem to be missing being on Match Of The Day on Saturday evenings, where pundits sit back in the comfort of a studio and talk about everything, but never have to prove anything. They’re hardly out there on the front lines, are they?
Alan has a very difficult job and he has chosen maybe one of the very worst times to start his management career, with Newcastle struggling so desperately at the bottom of the Premier League.
And of course he is having to learn as he goes along, although he’s getting considerable help from the experienced Iain Dowie, who also seems to just love life on Tyneside, and very happy to be Alan’s right-hand man.
Alan talked this morning about the Newcastle job to the Journal:
“I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It’s been a good week, but it’s all about what happens on Sunday.” “That’s how it will be until the end of the season, get one game out of the way and then prepare for the next one.”
“You’re learning all the time how to deal with different problems and situations. What you say to players, and what you don’t say to them, is very important.”
“Some need a kick up the backside, or to be pushed harder than others, I’m learning that all of the time.”
Certainly part of being a good manager and coach is getting the very best out of the players you have, and man-management starts to be so important in that area, as Alan already knew, but also seems to be realizing again, very quickly.
It also seems like Alan is growing in the confidence that his players are ready for the monumental fight ahead in our last 6 games, and although it will be tough at White Hart Lane on Sunday, we’re hoping for at least a point from that game, although we really need the win.
But it looks like Alan will again go all out for the win at Spurs as he continued:
“We said we would go to Stoke looking to win the game, depending how the game went.” “In the end we were happy to get the point, but it could have been more, particularly in the last half an hour.”
“Not only did we prove we are up for the scrap and can fight, we showed we can play a little bit as well. It has given everyone a big, big lift and it’s been a decent week for us.”
“We saw players step up to the mark and accept responsibility, not just from Andy Carroll who scored a magnificent header, there were a few big performances at Stoke.” “I think we proved something to ourselves and to our supporters last week.”
A win at Spurs would really be what all Newcastle fans want to see, but Tottenham are in good form right now, having won 5 of their last 7 league games, and are now pushing hard for a place in Europe next season.
But we’ll have to start winning games very soon, if we are survive, so we have to hope for all 3 points on Sunday afternoon. Then we can really celebrate on Sunday night!