There are definite signs coming from Alan Shearer that he loves managing Newcastle United, and that he will stay on as manager long-term at the club in the summer.
Alan Shearer – has loved the last few weeks at Newcastle
Alan was interviewed this morning in the Sunday Sun, and said the following when asked about the last 19 days:
“It’s been manic to be honest. It’s been crazy, the amount of work.” “But I really enjoy it and it won’t stop between now and the end of the season. I don’t think it will ever stop. I don’t think it stops for any manager.”
“I’m definitely getting a buzz out of it though.” “I know I am under huge pressure, and the hours are getting longer if anything, but I’ve no complaints with that.”
“I look forward to coming in first thing in the morning and seeing what challenges await.”
And Alan was then asked how different is managing a club, to simply playing football and he continued:
“It’s totally, massively different,” “There’s no comparison to be honest.”
“As a player, you go out as a team member and just try to enjoy it and to win.”
“But as a manager, there are a million things to do, and then a million more when you’ve done them. It’s never ending.”
“I would never ever criticize managers because it’s a very, very difficult job. Whether it’s as difficult as I thought it would be is a different matter”
And Alan has not been able to get in a single round of golf since he took the job on April Fool’s day. Apparently Shearer is more than a decent player, with a handicap of just 3, but that may start to slip if he takes on the Newcastle job full time, which we think he will, whatever happens in our final 6 games.
Alan talked about his golf – briefly:
“I’ve not played once since I’ve been back. It’s been dark every night by the time I’ve been finished!”
And it’s clear that Shearer seems to be very good at one of the most important pieces of management – how to manage the players, and he’s already got his players wanting to play for him.
Man management is so important in any management job, and it’s one reason why former great players like Ruud Gullit, who for some reason springs to mind, will never be successful in this trade – well not long term in any case.
Shearer respects today’s opposing manager Harry Redknapp, as a great man-manager and seems to have massive respect for the Londoner, who almost got the Newcastle manger job 15 months ago.
“I have tremendous respect for him. Man-management and motivation are a massive part of the job.”
“You can go on about coaching techniques, but man-management – getting the best out of players – is the important thing, I think.”
“Yes. It was pretty despondent when we came in, and understandably so,” “Morale wasn’t great but I think particularly last week’s result (at Stoke) has built belief a little bit and given us confidence we can get out of the mess we are in.”
Alan took the lads to London on Friday rather than yesterday, and they will spend the extra day on some team building stuff, which will be needed if we are to get the 3 points we really need today in London.
You cannot say Alan is not pulling out everything he has to try to save the lads this season, but of course unless we can start to get some decent results it looks like we could go down, and that will be a disaster for the club.
Alan talked about team spirit and having the lads more together as a squad:
“That’s just common sense. You have to have everyone pulling in the same direction; have everyone on board for the benefit of the football club.”
“I’m a fan of anything that gives an edge to your club, even if its just 0.1 of a per cent. We’re dealing with such small margins at football clubs that I wouldn’t close the door on anything.”
“There has to be a balance. You want everyone to enjoy themselves and be happy about place, as well as going out and getting results.”
One thing that has surprised us about Alan over the last 19 days is his humility about management, and that he seems to be a student of the game, and is only too willing to learn as much as he can from those that he has worked with and those that he respects.
It’s a tremendous challenge when you have to rely on other people getting the results for you, and you very quickly realize man-management skills are just vital to your very success.
On the other hand, Alan is very well liked in the football business, and he has already had many accolades from managers like Harry Redknapp, who believe he is made to measure to be a top manager in the game.
Certainly Alan’s attitude suggests he thinks he may have a long career ahead as a manager in football, and at 38 he’s already the youngest manager in the Premier League.
We just have to hope that stat will remain true next season too.
Howay The Lads!!