The very last thing we want to see at Newcastle are any cracks appearing in the team spirit of our players.
Habib Beye – real leader at Newcastle – next season’s captain?
Certainly today’s news of a bust up between Shearer and Barton, and the subsequent suspension of Joey for an undetermined period of time, is not good news.
And the other news – all from The Sun mind you – that Shearer’s rules have upset some of our senior players – doesn’t auger well for the team spirit that will be so vital in our next two home games.
If we win both games against Middlesbrough and Fulham, we’ll likely be safe this season, which would be amazing, given all we’ve been through.
Well, one of our best and most experienced players at Newcastle, the great Habib Beye, has taken the lead again, and come out and given his full backing to Alan Shearer.
We need more leaders at Newcastle and by the way, why is Michael Owen still our captain? Michael has hardly any leadership at all these last several games, either on the pitch or off it.
This is what Habib said today to the Daily Mail today:
“It was a red card, and Joey, I think, knows it was a red card,” “He said he’s (Shearer) here for eight games – I understand that. ”
He’s here to keep the club in the Premiership.” “But if we stay in the Premiership, and we have the opportunity to build something good, hopefully he will stay.”
“He has passion. He knows the club better than anyone, and I think for everyone, it would be a good boost.” “You know when you have Alan Shearer as the manager, it is easier to attract some other players, because they will believe you have a good manager.”
“He will bring experience. I’m happy with what they’ve done up to now, and really believe they will keep the club in the Premiership.”
“I really believe Newcastle will become what it was before, because they’ve been a big club, and you can’t believe this club going into the Championship.”
Great words from Habib Beye, and they needed to be said, so we appreciate Habib showing the lead again for the rest of our players.
Hey, maybe if Alan stays on – Habib will be his captain – that would be a good bet, and Habib would make a great captain, both on and off the field. He was of course Marseilles captain before he arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2007, the best signing Sam Allardyce ever made on Tyneside, and Big Sam seems to have saved Blackburn this season.
Probably our best two players recently have been Habib Beye and Seb Bassong, with Alan Smith putting in good shifts in every game he plays, which is what we expect from the Leeds-born midfielder.
Wouldn’t it be something if Alan scores his very first senior goal for the club against Middlesbrough next Monday night – there’s a thought!