Former Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle manager Kenny Dalglish, who was also a fabulous striker with Celtic and Liverpool, has today come out and said that Alan Shearer has everything it takes to become a great manager at Newcastle United.
Kenny Dalglish – when manager of Newcastle
Dalglish, who is expected to take up a coaching post with Liverpool shortly, has been talking to the News Of The World today, about the management credentials of Alan, whom he coached at both Blackburn and Newcastle:
“Alan has a really positive future in management. I’m certain of that. When he took his coaching badges he was getting his qualifications up in Scotland.”
“I know from talking to some of the people who were helping him through that how impressed everyone was with him.” “What you get with Alan first and foremost is someone who knows the game inside out – but you’re also getting someone who isn’t afraid to make a decision.”
“He also has the intelligence to do the right thing. Put this together with the fact he’s with the club he loves and – for me – he has a successful career as a manager in front of him.”
“Whether that’s with Newcastle beyond this season is a decision for him and the club but I know where he’ll want to be. Alan is Newcastle through and through. He has always idolised them and lived his dream wearing the No 9 shirt. I think managing them is an even bigger dream.”
“I’m not surprised he took on the challenge. You’re a long time out of short trousers in this game and he made the decision because he loves the club.” “I honestly think they’ll survive if they get two more wins. The goal difference could be key.”
We have to admit that one of the things that is bouying us in the run-in is the fact that it looks almost certain that Alan is at newcastle for the long haul, and even if we go down, it’s not all lost with Alan in the lead.
We have been more than impressed with the way he has kept his feet on the ground, and the quotes from our players make you beleive the spirit in the team has been inmproved considerably since he arrived.
The have been a number of great players who have made the switch to great managers including the likes of Don Revie, Brian Clough and Bobby Robson, and we have to hope that he will be just half as good as any of those – and if he is, he will bring considerable success to Newcastle United in the future.
Note: We’d like to point out that Kenny Dalglish spoke to Sport of the World (NOTW) to raise awareness for the upcoming Hillsborough Memorial Match on Thursday, May 14th, in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal. Dalglish will lead his 1989 FA Cup-winning side against an All Star XI managed by former ‘England boss’ Mike Bassett (aka Ricky Tomlinson).
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