Habib Beye – Shearer Simply A Study In Leadership

There’s no doubt since Alan Shearer took over as manager at Newcastle, he has taken a liking to Habib Beye, who has leadership abilities similar to those of  Alan himself.


Habib Beye – a class act and leader at Newcastle United

And it seems that the Senegal defender believes that Shearer can save Newcastle from a relegation disaster, as he talked today in the Sunday Sun:

“I have not contemplated relegation; I just do not believe we will go down.” “I don’t think about that. It is not in my mind. We will be OK. 100%”

“Of course, we do not have time to lose any games.” “We must win our three home matches and Portsmouth is the most important game of the season – but if we win on Monday – and I am sure we will – we can get a result at Liverpool.”

“We can get something over there with the spirit we will have.”

Habib remembers Alan Shearer, the player, very well, because Alan was a world name when Marseilles played Bobby Robson’s side in the semi finals of the UEFA Cup in 2004, and Habib marked Alan Shearer – a two game match that Marseilles finally won by 2-0, with two goals at Marseilles, in the seocnd laeg form Didier Drogba.

Habib talked about playing against Alan:

“I played against him for Marseille (in the UEFA Cup semi-final in 2004). He was such a hard player. He killed us.” “It was a tough game but it was good to play against him. He was tough, but he was class. Some people are dirty, but he was hard but fair.

“He has shown the same quality as a manager. You see it in training.” “If he plays in a game and it is for five minutes, he wants to win.” “Every day in training, he says to us: ‘Keep going, keep going, because you play like you train.”

“If you work for one hour, he wants you to work with intensity for one hour. If it is two hours, you have to do it for the full two hours.” “He is a great leader – he has made the players want to play.”

“It is very important for everyone on the staff from top to bottom – from the manager to the person who cleans the dressing room – to stay in the Premier League.”

“It is about everyone pulling in the right direction. They have been for the last few weeks, but you cannot change the team in one day.” “It takes time, but everyone is confident.”

There is some news today that Alan has already talked to Habib, and in the unlikely event the team is relegated, Alan wants Beye to stay at the club. What are the chances Habib will be Newcastle’s captain next season?

He’d certainly make a good one, and Habib has always shown real class, and a never-say-die attitude at Newcastle, and reflects the class and leadership of his manager.  And it certainly seems Habib is willing to play out of his skin for his manager tomorrow night. Come to think of it he’s had three excellent games already for Alan.

We think of  Habib as a legacy of Sam Allardyce, and the Senegal International was easily Sam’s best signing for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • hitman

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1

    jfk who,we need shearer long term,this club needs a manager for longer than six months lol,shearer ticks all the boxes.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m surprised Beye isn’t our captain at the moment, i reckon he would thrive on the responsibility.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Enrique is also turning out to be a fine Allardyce signing too. It just goes to show how imperative it is for us to stick with a manager for the long term and allow him to shape his own team, style of play and allowing time for signings to develop under a consistent management structure.

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    I wish Shearer will put him back at RB, defo should be our captain instead of that creep Owen who has no leadership skills whatsoever!

  • Davies

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    I wouldn’t say he ticks all the boxes. He has no experience. Despite this, I would be happy to have Shearer as our manager next season and the season after if he proves his worth.

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Some players just click at Newcastle, they might not be our greatest players (not always the case), they might even be in a love/situation, but within the first few games you can just tell they fit!

    Habib Beye seems to be one of these players, you knew it was gunna be the case after his first interview when he told the reporter to pronounce his name like ‘Whitley Bay’…

    Then, with him talking about carrying his geordie phrase book around with him everywhere and saying he is proud his daughter is becoming a little geordie herself!


  • Shot Bru

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Davies thats the sort of short term thinking that has been at the crux of our problems for the last decade, which has eventually lead us into our current situation.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    habibib is an absoloute legend. i love the bloke

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #10

    haha i called him habibib

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Shot Bru – I agree we need to pick and stick with one manager, I DON’T think Sam Allardyce was that man though!

    His tactics were poor, his man management was poor, his training techniques were poor, his relationship and behavior towards the fans was poor and what really put the final nail in the coffin was that despite all this, he genuinely believed he was blameless…

    I remember after the Derby game, when we sat back instead of attacking a weak team and ended up losing 1:0 – that same day Sunderland lost – Roy Keane came out and apologised to the fans, admitted it was his fault for getting the tactics wrong and promised he’d learn from his mistakes – Sam came out and blamed the players for not playing well and the fans for voicing their discontent – I personally HATE the man!

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #12

    hebib beye is the best rb i have ever seen a t the toon

  • batty

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #13

    hitman long time no see m8 agree with comment 1 again

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #14

    …would never have guessed that by your username beyethegreat 😉

    …..same here btw. Breath of fresh air

  • Obafan

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15

    If he was not injured (Cattermole the fool who never should be allowed to play football again) for such a long period, we would defo had more points!!!

    I hope in the worst case that he stays if we get relegated. We need his experience next year (in EPL or in CC). If we win tomorrow I will give us 70% to stay up. If we lose tomorrow I give us 5% to stay up.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #16

    obafan- cattermole is a hard tackling player, im gutted we lost beye to injury through him, but i would say cattermole should be one of our priority signings in the summer when we stay in the league, him barton and a creative moutinho huddlestone would be a brilliant young english midfield

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #17

    thank god arsenal have a decent side out at boro today

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Geordie Gerrard 7 – NO!!!

    Cattermole is smog scum! He is a horrible little player who loses the ball, loses his temper and deliberately hurts opponents because of it!

    This season alone –

    Beye – Injured by Cattermole ’cause he lost the ball and fouled him on purpose! Got away with a yellow, Beye out for months…
    Barton – Injured by Cattermole ’cause he lost the ball and fouled him on purpose! Got away with a yellow, Barton out for months…

    In 3 years Cattermole has got 2 reds and 35 yellows – he is filth and I can’t stand him!

  • Sav

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Too late to change the captain at this stage. It’d just make it even more unlikely Owen will sign an extension. But it should have been done as soon as he refused the ;last contract he was offered and decided to wait and see. You can’t have a captain who isn’t fully committed.

    Beye would make a great captain. He hasn’t put a foot wrong on or off the pitch since he got here. Great pro.

  • workyticket

    Apr 26, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #20

    beyethegreat // Apr 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    “hebib beye is the best rb i have ever seen a t the toon”

    No sh*t Beye. Never would have guessed you thought that! 😉

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Beye is probs the best RB we have had, at least in the modern era.

    He should ou captain.

    Where are the people who were saying Fatty Nolan should be captain now?!?! He has been a waste, a fat waste.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 28, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #22



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