Alan Shearer came through what he described as the biggest game of his career on Monday night,when it really mattered, and showed he has everything it takes to become a top manager for Newcastle United.
Mark Viduka – in action Monday night
Both Alan and Gareth Southgate came across on TV before and after the game on Monday as two good, down to earth managers who were former England team- mates, and they spoke an awful lot of sense. We expect both men to have successful management careers in the future.
But it was Alan and Newcastle who had escaped a jail sentence, on the night, or so we are all hoping, as Newcastle brilliantly won the game in the last 20 minutes 3-1 to rise to 4th bottom and safety, at least for now.
And the player who sparkled more than anybody on a night when Newcastle players regained their passion for the fight cheered on by the legendary Newcastle fans (there’s no other way to describe our fans) was Mark Viduka, what a game this man had on the night.
And Shearer today has revealed he made the return of Mark Viduka one of his main priorities when he came back to Newcastle United as manager.
Any more displays like Monday night form Mark and even though he’s been in the injury room far too much these last two years, most fans would be happy for Mark to stay another year, just as long as he is put on a personal fitness program and gets a good pre-season in.
Shearer has not ruled out the possibility of giving the 33-year-old a new contract at the end of the season.
Alan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about Mark’s contribution:
“I was absolutely delighted. His performance against Middlesbrough was precisely the reason why we did not give up on him. The fitness guys have worked ever so hard with him, and so has Mark.”
“We had to get him fit because we knew he could put in the type of performances which could help save this club from relegation. A fit Mark Viduka playing like that, not many people can handle him. Middlesbrough simply couldn’t handle him.
“Trying to get him playing was an obvious priority for me because we knew what a good player he is and it would have been a terrible waste if we had just let him waste away, which is what was happening.”
“We knew he had these sorts of performances in him. Hopefully we will get another one of those out of him against Fulham on Saturday.” “It’s a Catch-22 situation.”
“We want to keep him fit, but we don’t want to push him too hard in case he gets injured. It’s been a delicate balancing act. But he has done superbly since I got to this club and has shown fantastic desire to get out there playing.
We still have two games to go and we cannot let up after Monday’s night’s absolutely superb display of guts, courage and skill from the lads. To say it was heart-warming is to utter another huge understatement, because it was a game and night to remember for the ever faithful Newcastle fans, who again were more than superb.
As Alan has said we need two more wins, and then we’ll know we’ll be safe.
If Mark plays like he did on Monday night, we expect a goal from the Australian on Saturday, after he brilliantly cannoned a shot off the bar against Middlesbrough early in the game, and Steven Taylor almost converted the rebound. What was Steven doing in the penalty box? 😀
We need the same typew of all out performance against Fulham on Saturday, and nothing else will be good enough.