Newcastle gaffer Alan Shearer has vowed to rally his Newcastle United squad as they prepare for Sunday’s do-or-die, it’s now or never, all or nothing final game of the season at Aston Villa.
Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer
Let’s hope there’s a few of these on Sunday
The Newcastle players were said to be disconsolate and depressed in the dressing room following Saturday’s disastrous 1-0 defeat against Fulham.
But Shearer’s job this week is somehow to revive these brittle players to stand up and be counted on Sunday.
They need to go out and get the job done for a proud club, which they’ve failed to do so many times this season, where for the fans it’s been one let down after another.
Take out two games this year – WBA and Middlesbrough and maybe Everton – and they’ve been just pathetic – and we use our words advisedly.
If they cannot do it, then we’ll have to admit we deserve to be relegated and we cannot even claim to have been unlucky.
Alan Shearer talked to Newcastle United TV this morning:
“The players’ heads were down in the dressing room but I won’t allow them to come in heads down Monday morning,”
“We have to remain positive and pick ourselves up.” “It’s disappointing that it’s no longer in our hands but I’m still confident we’ll get out of it.”
“We’ve got a week now to get ourselves ready and we’ll be giving it our best shot.”
Alan is nothing if not a tremendous leader, and his interview following the disastrous defeat against Fulham showed he is as mentally tough as anybody we know in football.
Of course that will stand him in good stead in his management career, plus his tremendous understanding of the game.
However, whether he can get the lads playing as good as they did against Middlesbrough is a good question, because our players can hardly be relied on – ever.
If we can get our brittle bunch of players playing with their hearts on Sunday and as good or better than at Middlesbrough – we’ll still have a chance – however remote right now.