Our new number one goalkeeper Steve Harper, is as much a fan of Newcastle United, as his new manager and friend is – Alan Shearer.
Steve Harper – Shearer taking us in right direction
Both men were born in or near Newcastle, and grew up supporting the Newcastle United club, and when that happens it’s in the blood for life.
But goalkeeper Steve Harper is happy with the direction that his former room-mate on Newcastle’s away trips, Alan Shearer, is taking the club in. Steve has admitted there were a few problems that needed to be addressed, as he today talked to Newcastle United TV:
“Players respond to discipline, it’s needed,” “At times in the past, it maybe wasn’t what it should have been here.”
“But he (Shearer) has tightened it up and players respond to it, and that can only be a good thing.”
We’ve seen the video of Steve on the Newcastle official home site, and he seems very relaxed and so down to earth, as usual, and it’s almost certain this lad could stay on at Newcastle and become the goalkeeper coach at the club, when he fianlly hangs up his boots.
However, that will certainly not be for at least 3 more seasons, as he takes the chance after Shay Given finally left the club. And of course he will have to keep the ever improving Dutch stopper Tim Krul at bay, if he is going to remain Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper.
Newcastle have three matches left to secure their Premier League survival and indeed all three games are winnable, if we can just find some decent form for once.
Harper seems still to be in confident mood, that Newcastle will stay up:
“He has tightened things up and lifted the atmosphere around the place,” “The fixture list hasn’t been kind to us and we have been missing a few players, but he is definitely the right man to try to get us out of this situation.”
“We were drifting along. We have lost three of the games and managed to get a couple of draws.” “But just remember what Alan Shearer does to this club – if anybody was going to get us to win these next two games and go into Villa full of confidence, then it would be the gaffer.”
“We are still in touch. We have got two home games now and if we can get maximum points, we have got to fancy our chances.”
The most important game for a long time has to be our next game against Middlesbrough, because if we win that, it’s almost odds on we can indeed stay up.
However, if we lose that game it’s almost odds on we will be relegated.
As we said – the Middlesbrough game is one of the most important games for many a season.
And it will be another easy game for us to watch – obviously. 😀