Alan Shearer seemed quite relaxed yesterday in his press conference for the Middlesbrough game, but our next 3 games are vital to the Newcastle club, and we’ll need to get more points than we’ve got in the last 10 games if we are to survive.
Alan Shearer – It’s 10:00am – where the h**ll are you?
We’ve got 4 points in the last 10 league games, and it looks like we’ll need 6 points at least, to survive, so that’s 2 wins in the last 3 games, after not getting a win in the last 10. Oh my, we’re killing oursleves with these stats – every day.
Does 6 points seem unlikely? Yes it is, but it’s still possible although our players will need to wake up right now, if we are to have any chance at all.
A Hull City win on Saturday against Stoke at the KC Stadium, and anything less than a win by Newcastle on Monday night will likely have us doomed by Tuesday.
Of course we hope that will not happen, but it’s now out of our hands, and we’ve done absolutely nothing to help ourselves this year, and time is finally running out. However, 3 wins in the last 3 games is actually still possible, although unlikely – but that would be a fantastic way to finish the season, wouldn’t it – and all would be forgiven – well nearly everything But we’re dreaming again – obviously.
Shearer is hoping that what he’s instilled into the training, plus his stricter disciplinary rules, will give the team a decent chance of surviving in the Premier League this season.
He talked about this new professionalism yesterday:
“I’m not interested in what’s gone on in the past to be honest, but I was aware of things, of discipline, or lack of it,” “People have said I’ve come in and tried to instill discipline and rule with an iron rod but that’s not the case, not at all.”
“We’re a professional football club, you have to be professional and that’s all I’m asking. It’s important for players to come in and feel relaxed, to enjoy training and have a smile on their face – but it’s also very important to be disciplined and professional in what you do.”
“After all, it’s a professional sport and we’re all getting very well paid for it.” “There was a fine system in place, I’ve increased that for whatever reason, make your own mind up. I’m just asking players to be on time for work and I don’t think that’s too much of a problem, particularly when it’s 10 o’clock in the morning.”
“I’m not asking anyone to do anything ridiculous, not at all, I’m just asking for common sense, to be in on time for training to adhere to the standards that Bobby Robson asked me or Kenny Dalglish asked me and for meetings, that’s it.”
It is rather ridiculous that so much has been made of all this, and as Alan says he’s asking the players all to be on time at 10:00 am. It looks like Alan is at the training ground around 8:00am, so we don’t blame him one little bit if any player is late for the 10:00 am deadline. Some of us have been at work for 6 hours before 10:00 am each morning. 😀
Some of our players just need to grow up – but how many times have we said that this year?
Oh well – a win on Monday night would lighten the mood – that’s for sure.