Newcastle United assistant manager, Iain Dowie, has admitted this morning that both he and Alan Shearer have been surprised by just how difficult things have been at Newcastle United, since their appointment on April Fool’s day.
Iain Dowie – things have been more difficult than we expected
Certainly just 2 points from Shearer’s first 5 games in charge and a single goal, is not what most Newcastle fans were hoping for, when Alan and Iain took over the club 27 days ago, with 8 games to go.
But that’s what’s happened to Newcastle, and we’ve gone from bad to worse, with 3 defeats and just a couple of draws.
The club is now perilously close to relegation, and still a full 3 points from safety, with a mere 9 points to play for. When you consider we’ve taken 4 points from the last 30 available, that doesn’t give us a lot of hope in our last 3 games of the season.
And most of our injured players have now returned, so we would have expected an uptick in form and an increase in the flow of both openings and goals from the side, but that hasn’t happened – unfortunately. And that’s wuith Viduka, Owen and Martins now in the side.
Iain Dowie said today:
“Things have been a bit tougher than maybe we anticipated. It is a bigger job than we thought – but then this is a much bigger club that I expected,”
“But it’s not an impossible job. Me and Alan are both positive people and have to remain positive. The players are looking to Alan for leadership and he’s been a leader.”
Exactly why the task has been much more difficult for Iain and Alan than they had expected, we have no idea.
But we don’t have long to save ourselves this season, and if we are going to do that, we have to win the game against Middlesbrough on Monday night.
Failure to do that and failure to score some goals in that game, like we failed to do against Portsmouth, even with the several chances we had, will in all likelihood condemn Newcastle to the Championship next season.
And that would be no less than a huge tragedy for this once proud club.
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