It was four years ago that Iain Dowie was left devastated by the relegation of the club he managed – Crystal Palace.
Can they do it – can they save Newcastle United?
The fact that Iain has already gone through the dreaded relegation battle and lost, will make him better the second time around, because a funny thing in life is that you always seem to learn, and even become stronger when you come through particularly bad experiences.
It’s that old adage – if it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger. 😀
Iain talked today about his relegation experience:
“There are always similarities and lessons that you learn.” “We have spent a lot of time working on how we want to play.” “My view is that it is very, very important we stay positive and make players believe in themselves again.”
“Everybody has doubts sometimes, but you have to put those doubts to the back of your mind.” “It is up to myself and Alan Shearer to implement confidence.” “That is the idea. We know we have a difficult run.”
“It is about the players expressing themselves and being confident. Everybody knows what we have to do.” “All the staff here are trying to keep the confidence high.” “You take experiences from your time when you are down there fighting.”
“You are also dealing with a different set of players and different personnel.” While many managers or coaches would run a mile from the prospect of that sickly feeling of last-day nerves, Dowie is not having any of it.”
A number of players several game ago, said they thought it would come down to the last game of the season, and that really annoyed us because you always have a way of making yourself right, and they should have been concentrating fully on winning games at that time – so we didn’t like those comments one little bit.
Monday’s game is going to be very difficult to watch, never mind a game in which winning or drawing will decide the fate of our Premier League status – I’ll have to watch the old ticker if that actually happens.
“I am a great admirer of Martin O’Neill, but going there does not daunt us.” “Let’s not second-guess. We have 15 points to play for.”
“Now we have tough away games. We also have home games. That is a big positive.” “If it comes to the last season we will deal with it.”
“At the moment we are looking no further than Pompey.”
And of course Iain Dowie knows all about the fantastic fan support on Tyneside, which has surged back following the appointment of idol Alan Shearer as manager, although the duo of Alan and Iain have yet to produce the hoped for turnaround – and they are fully aware of that we know.
“Let’s give the Geordie faithful something to cheer about.” “They never let their side down home or away.” “They have a given us great support.”
“We know there will be a reaction.” “We now have to step up to the plate, and give them something which can blow the roof off.”
There’s little doubt that the City of Newcastle, the local newspapers and the fans through the new and effective Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC) are doing all they can to help save the club. On Newcastle there’s no doubt the football club is the beating heart of the City.
That’s just great to see, and we now have to hope that inspires the pants off our players, and that they perform miracles, not only on Monday night, but in all our last 5 games.
If they do that, it will be a true cause for a massive celebration on Tyneside, after one of the worst seasons we have had to endure in living memory.
Howay The Lads – we can do it!!