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.