Alan Shearer has made several changes to the way things work at Newcastle United, and the new manager thinks he is already starting to see some benefits to that.
Alan Shearer – changes look to be paying off
Alan didn’t think the squad was particularly super-fit when he took over, so he has increased the pace of training, and that certainly showed last Saturday at Stoke where Newcastle were very strong in the last half hour.
And of course our injuries this season have been the usual – terrible, so Alan has had the injured players in until 4:00pm in the afternoon in an effort to get them fit more quickly, and that seems to be working too.
Mark Viduka and Joey Barton are back in training and Steven Taylor is fit for Saturday, so shortly it seems like Alan may well have a full squad to choose from, and as Joe Kinnear always said, we’re a match for most teams when our squad is fit.
Alan talked this morning to the Newcastle Journal, about the changes he had made since he arrived a couple of weeks ago:
“We sit down late every afternoon and review it.” “Can we do anything better, how do we improve it?”
“There’s obviously something not right because we’re third bottom of the League and we’ve had a lot of injuries.” “I don’t know whether its fate or the 4 o’clock thing, but a lot of those injuries are clearing up.”
“You’ve always got players who’ve had a knock, or playing with injuries or injections, particularly at this stage of the season.” “Hopefully the step up in training has improved things.”
“I looked at how well we played in the last half an hour at Stoke, was it because of improved fitness or confidence? Hopefully it’s a bit of everything.”
It also appears that Shearer is not shy in changing things around as he benched our two Argentine stars, Coloccini and Gutierrez last Saturday,but that doesn’t really surprise us about Alan, since he was always very vocal when he was a player and captain at the club.
And Alan let Oba Martins know he was not happy at the timing of his withdrawal from Saturday’s game, although Alan is playing that down a bit now.
That’s probably because Martins wanted to play so much, he was hoping the injury would go away, and certainly there’s no rift at all between Oba and Alan, as Alan mentioned a few times when he talked to Newcastle United TV yesterday afternoon.
But we need some points on Sunday, and we just have to make the changes Alan and Iain have made. quickly manifest in some decent results. Last week’s result was good, given how difficult it is going to Stoke, and we just have to get something out of Sunday’s game.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and while the pudding is starting to smell great right now, we’ll have a better idea of how it tastes on Sunday afternoon, after the game.
We have to hope it tastes like all 3 points – not to take this metaphor too far. 😀