Iain Dowie Draws Fully On His Previous Relegation Experience

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.

Ian continued:

“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.

Iain added:

“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!!

33 comments so far

  • Soren

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    The support has been fantastic and we are due for a good performance on Monday are we not?
    Think Shearer/Dowie is a good partnership and I hope they continue at the helm of Newcastle United next season and many seasons forth.

  • brownrob

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #2

    I had a go at the BBC predictor, and it finished out very tight… i tried to be as honest as I could, I see us getting at most 7 points from our last 5 games

    Mackems 40
    Pompey 40
    Toon 37
    Blackburn 37
    Hull 37
    Boro 36
    WBA 29

    We stayed up due to our decent goal difference… Hull have an impossible run in

    As for our results, Ive plumped for…

    2-1 win vs Portsmouth
    We will be fired up at home as we have to win, we could in the very worst case scenario be 7 points adrift, so this will make or break us

    4-0 Loss vs Liverpool
    Well… yeah

    2-2 draw with Boro
    They will be up for it just as much as us, and derbies are always tight, especially vs boro

    1-0 win with Fulham
    I think Fulham will push for 7th and this will be a scrappy game which we might get a goal off owens kne or something like that!

    2-0 loss vs Aston Villa
    They will still be in contention for 5th spot and will fight tooth and nail for it

    7 points lads… the pompey and boro games are tight… we could draw with pompey and beat the boro so its swings and roundabouts at this stage

    Thoughts? Oh and fight my brute in my link! Takes 2 secs and you can pump him up with weapons!

  • batty

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #3

    i see shearer has sacked ian mcuinness the club doctor

  • lesh

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Well Brownrob @ 2, you’re not far away from my gut-based guestimate I’d posted eariler this week.

    Mine was based purely on points without considering goals for and against. I got NUFC ending up fourth bottom with Blackburn and Portsmouth above.

    Whatever, it’s squeaky-b*m time over the next few weeks and Monday’s the key to the lot.

  • Slam magd

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Brownrob great annalysis been thinkin of doin the predictor but cant bring me self 2 make any objective predictions! I have a sneaky feelin we’ll win more than the three games since villa are on horrendus form and the pool defence seems to be in a generous mood off late, so five wins on the trot my prediction!

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah monday is key get a win and suddenly confidence starts coming back and we could go on a mini run to keep us safe!

  • Doocey

    Apr 23, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Agreed Johno.
    one win can aspire us onto a couple more.

  • DJG

    Apr 23, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #8


    Please join. Lets play

  • Dulcinera

    Apr 23, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Just imagine if we did get relegated and Shearer stayed in charge and our first game was against Ipswich with their newly appointed manager.

    Shearer/Keane – Stage 2.

  • MarkO

    Apr 23, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Team for Pompy:






  • Partizan

    Apr 23, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #11

    If we win against Portsmouth,,,we’ll take one point at Anfiend,,same way West Ham & Fulham did.

    Show’s over,,Man Utd has leveled their EPL titles with Liverpool,,its bye bye Liverpool and Chelsea.

  • MarkO

    Apr 23, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Partizan draw at Liverpool?? lol yeh keep believing that

  • Partizan

    Apr 23, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Why not MarkO,,,the ball is round and not always the better team wins.

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 23, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Team for pompey


    When playing 433 you need a defensive mid and Nicky Butt simply cannot play, so I really want to see Colo playing there for a change. Only one question who can take free kicks, Enrique??

  • Geordie Chris 2k9

    Apr 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #15

    brownrob also went on the predictor when i was at school, meant to be revising 😀 and i got us staying up. Was really tight though and i nearly sent us down, Fulham, due to impressive home form got the 7th place spot, Villa scraping 6th with a defeat to us on the last day. I put results as:
    A win vs Pompey
    A loss to Scousers
    A draw at Boro
    A draw to fulham
    A win at Villa, with this we finish 17th above hull, boro, and of course WBA…

  • Geordie Chris 2k9

    Apr 23, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon factor, edgar CB??? hes a full-back no doubt, Beye at CB and Edgar RB…

    Edgar Beye Bassong Enrique
    JOnas Nolan Duff
    Owen Viduka Martins

    maybe swap duff for Kazenga?? he does more work, this however is more likely i think.

  • Partizan

    Apr 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #17

    My team for Pompey


  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Geordie Chris 2k9

    So is Beye dafty and Edgar even said himself he prefers to play as centre back. And also Lualua on loan at doncaster, you need to keep on top of things.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ve said it once before, this is the formation!


  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Turkish Magpie

    Things that are wrong with that formation:

    1. Nolan is an attacking midfielder and Dowie said he wants him to play upfield so playing him in a defensive role would be a mistake

    2. Smith is playing

    3. Michael Owen is a striker not a right winger

    4. Same goes for Oba, probably will do better than Owen on the wing but still not his best position

    Therefore that formation will not work.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Had a go at the score predictor to, this is what i got

    15. Sunderland 40
    16. Portsmouth 38
    17. Newcastle 37
    18. Hull 35
    19. Middlesbro 34
    20. West Brom 30

    NUFC 2-1 Pompey

    Liverpool 3-0 NUFC

    NUFC 2-1 Mboro

    NUFC 1-1 Fulham

    A Villa 2-1 NUFC

    Sound fair?

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #22

    That line-up didn’t look too bad to me Turkish, although I’d probably go:


    …yep, controversially I’ve dropped Owen. Probably bring him on in the 2nd half. Main pointers for me are Barton and Guthrie both playing.

    Partizan’s line-up would do me too. The thing is, as much as I’d like to see Barton, Guthrie and Smith for their battling qualities we’d need to be SUPER careful. Their pros are also there cons – that’s 3 potential red cards. My main concern is keeping 11 men on the pitch in such a heated game.

    No reds = no problem.

    COME ARN!!!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Gutirez is a no, no

    We need to use him as a super sub as thats is main impact, otherwise why use him? he just runs and tires himself out with no end product so he’s knackerd at half time

    Use him as a sub and he will run rings past an old Pompey defence, Sol Campbell etc, he then passes to 1 of three strikers and it’s hopefully 2-0 to the geordie lads

  • AndyT

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Jonas needs to start. He is definitely our most skilled midfielder at the moment and is a bloody starter for the Argentinian National team! That should probably be reason enough. Anybody can come in as a sub and inject some extra energy and pace into a team. Look at what Andy Carroll did against Stoke! If we want to use the energy of SJP effectively, then we need all of our weapons right from the start!
    Do you want to leave Oba on the bench also?!

  • DJG

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #25

    brownrob // Apr 23, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    1-0 win with Fulham
    I think Fulham will push for 7th and this will be a scrappy game which we might get a goal off owens kne or something like that!

    Can’t see us beating Fulham mate! They have done a similar thing to Sunderland this season and brought in experienced prem players like Shwartser (horrible spelling i know), Andrew Johnson and Zamor.

    One things for sure, we need a convincing win against Pompy or by the time we’ve played Liverpool we could well and truly be down among the dead men. I would say a win against Boro is completly possible and also essential.


    Apr 24, 2009 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Stats are nothing. All that there is at this point is faith. We leave everything up to the staff first, then the players.

    But then again, the fans that deal directly with the team can prove crucial.

    Whatever you want to do.

  • lesh

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #27

    A bronze statue awaits Alan Shearer if he can keep Newcastle United up…….. ??????


    And why not!

  • Hugh de Payen

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Monday’s game kick starts us. Or not!

    If we get 3 points on Monday I think we’ll beat Boro at home and at least get a draw against Fulham, maybe even a win, giving us 7-9 more points.

    Can’t see us getting anything off Liverpool or Villa.

    If we don’t get 3 points on Monday I think we’ve had it.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Lesh – the tight arsed Ashley wont commission that – although deserved for his contribution to NUFC throughout his career like the great Jackie Milburn.

    If Shearer can keep us up this season he will write a new chapter in NUFC history. 2008/2009 – The season from hell.

  • batty

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #30


  • sahota

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #31

    I think at this moment I won’t guess how many points we can get. Main thing is Will we win next match or not? I think it all comes down to next match. Probably one of easiest matches we are having from now till end of season. So if we win this it will do few good things:
    1. Belief in players that they can win.
    2. We fans can go ALL OUT again for next games and tear the opposition apart.
    3. Opposition will already be bit scared after we win our next game.
    4. We win this game and we will still can survive winning our last game.

    It all comes down to confidence at this stage. Doesn’t matter who have more skilled players. If you have guts and you want to do well , go out on PITCH and give your 500% . As this is not start of league its end of season so all can afford to do this. Come on lads gives us something to cheer about on Monday. I can see every Newcastle fan around the world will be watching this game or atleast keeping upto date with score and imagine how many people will have fast heart beat. I hope we score 1 goal earlier into match that will make this damn haunting environment for pompy.

    JUST ONE things lads, our team need to just solve one problem. WHY WE DON’T PLAY WELL IN FIRST HALF?

    If we fix it believe me we will win this game easily. As we fans will have big part to play come Monday night. I can not wait for that.

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Oh come on. A statue if he keeps us up? Is this what we have become? A club that rewards someone for keeping us up? The way people are talking you’d think we were three points from the league title and not from relegation.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33



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