Alan Shearer, after just four game in charge at Newcastle, has said he thinks football management is no harder than he expected it to be.
Alan Shearer – management is tough – but he expected that
And that’s probably because Alan expected to be very difficult, and he’s already been proven right in that judgement. We thought, and hoped, that Alan could turn things around within a couple of games, but that has not proved to be possible, and was probably unrealistic on our part, in the first place.
Shearer, who is only contracted until the end of the season, but most Newcastle fans hope he will kept on at the club, whichever division we are in next season, remains quite positive about his managerial experiences so far, in his extremely short career:
“Is it everything I thought it would be? Yes. Is it difficult? Yes,” “But it’s probably no more difficult than I thought it would be.”
“I was coming into it with my eyes open.” “But I am enjoying it – despite not winning.”
With four matches to go, Newcastle are by no means down yet, and even though the team has performed just hopelessly in the last 9 games, with just 4 measly points, other teams have almost been as bad, and Newcastle are still a mere 3 points from safety.
We have a tough trip to Liverpool on Sunday, but we could hardly do as bad as we did against the Red Devils at home in December, when Liverpool thrashed us 5-1. and it could have easily been 10 but for the brilliance of our then goalkeeper Shay Given, in the first half.
At one point when it was still 0-0 after 30 minutes Shay had already made 5 breathtaking saves, before he was finally beaten.
Shearer talked about the game on Sunday:
“We know it is going to be a very, very tough game at Anfield. We go there as underdogs, but nothing is impossible in life,”
“Not many players and managers have got a good record at Anfield to be quite honest, so I am not alone in that. Whether that can change, I hope so.”
“There have been a few teams gone to Anfield this season – Hull, Fulham, Stoke – and come away with points. We will be looking to try to do the same.”
“I know we are relying on other teams now, but what it is safe to say is the teams around us won’t pick up maximum points between now and the end of the season.”
“If they do slip up, we have got to make sure we are in a position to take advantage of that.”
A point on Sunday would be a surprise but very welcome, and a win would be just fantastic, and definitely cause for celebration on the streets of Newcastle.
We like to think, as Alan does, that anything is possible in life and in football. But to have these fantastic successes like Fulham did last season, when they won 4 of their last 5 games, you have to be brave, because as we keep saying – fortune favors the brave.
If the lads go for it with all their hearts on Sunday they could even surprise themselves, not to mention the loyal Newcastle fans
Howay The Lads!!