When Alan Shearer played for Newcastle for 10 seasons, there were many many times that Alan would come through and score the goal that was so vital in the game, and often went onto win the game for the Magpies.
Alan Shearer – we need some of these today
And Alan was paid big bucks by his home town club, but nobody has ever doubted the value this man gave to Newcastle, when he played. Not only did he put in a good shift, and apparently was also one of the hardest players training at the club, but of course he scored some wonderful goals – when it mattered.
There will be few who argue goals now matter for Newcastle, so we have to hope, as Alan does, that some players will come through for the team at this hour of need.
Alan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“There is an opportunity for one of these players to grab a special piece of history in this game,” “I can’t afford to look beyond this game, but there is a real opportunity for a group of players, or an individual, to make a real name for themselves so that in 10 or 15 years time someone may be talking about this situation.”
“I don’t know whether its the biggest game since Newcastle stayed up under Kevin Keegan, but it will be the most important game these players have played for Newcastle without a doubt and, I suppose, from my point of view as well. I have asked the players to give me three wins, starting with Monday night.”
“We know that one win and hopefully things will start to turn for us. Performances will improve, standard of play will improve, but it’s that first win which we are looking for. I believe we can get that and then we will get more.”
“I said to them on Monday morning, the (Tottenham) result has gone, whatever rights or wrongs have happened. We will look at it, analyze it, but I want smiles.” “I want people happy this week. I want people with a buzz, I don’t want any morbid faces around the training ground. And to be fair there hasn’t been.”
“It’s been hard, but there is no time for people to feel sorry for themselves. We know the situation, we know the stakes and now we have to produce.”
Alan seems to be doing all the right things, and his time in charge is a good study in leadership.
Alan exudes leadership of course, as you could also see during his playing days, but it’s now also time for him to get the results that will save his home town club from the indignity of relegation.
We know, as Alan has said many times, that he will be decimated by relegation, and we have to hope some of his players will rise to the occasion big time, before that becomes a reality.
Who those players will be, we have no idea.