Shearer has tried everything he knows since he came in on April Fool’s Day to try to turn around the fortunes of Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – trying everything he knows to save Newcastle United
So far Alan has not been very successful, with just one point from his first 3 games in charge, although to be fair, those games have been tough, and the lads were close to getting at least a point last time out at White Hart Lane, where they played well in the last 30 minutes of that game, with Viduka and Martins on the field.
But now is the time for the Newcastle players to finally show what they are made of, in tonight’s crucial game against Portsmouth. Portsmouth are one of the teams that have pulled away in the last few games and are now 7 points ahead of Newcastle, and on the same points number as Blackburn Rovers, who beat Wigan 2-0 at home yesterday.
Blackburn’s win was a good one, when it mattered, and 25.000 fans turned out to support their team, which is close to the 31,367 capacity at Ewood Park.
But there will be no empty seats at St. James’ Park tonight, as it promises to be a complete sell-out of over 52,000 at Newcastle for this vital game – the official capacity at St. James’ Park is 52,387.
Shearer talked today to the Newcastle Journal about the relegation struggle:
“There’s no time is there? I am looking at myself, at how I can improve the team, or how we can start creating more chances to score more goals?”
“Iain (Dowie) has been in this position too so it’s nice to have him alongside me, but it is just a matter of trying to get the players to believe in themselves.”
“It’s been tough, but now we have a home game we are expected to win and I want the players to show the ability they have.”
“The characters are there and now they need to show their character in front of 52,000 screaming fans.”
Of course as we’ve reported a few times, Shearer who was involved in one relegation battle as a player with Southampton, and he scored his record breaking 201st goal for Newcastle – breaking Jackie Milburn’s all-time scoring record on Tyneside.
Alan talked about that, as he said:
“Someone has just reminded me about breaking the goalscoring record against Portsmouth three years ago.”
“I am now hoping it will be Portsmouth when I get my first three points as a manager.” “I don’t want to talk about that, though.”
“It’s not important, but what is important is this Monday.”
And what is important about tonight is getting all 3 points, that’s the one and only thing that matters, and we have to hope the lads can do it, so we’ll all be a happy bunch tomorrow.
Then it will be Liverpool on Saturday, and who knows what will happen in that game, if we can win tonight.