There’s one thing we always noticed about Alan Shearer when he was playing – he was mentally as tough as nails.
Alan Shearer – 100% certain we can survive
And he’s had a very tough baptism in football management but the way a complete winner like Alan will look at it, whether we survive or not, is that it was a great experience in the job for him, so quickly in his short career.
Of course, we hope (pray is a better word), he can create a miracle on Sunday, and then the club will be saved in more ways than one.
But even if we go down we think Alan will stay on and start the Alan Shearer era at the club. Hopefully that will happen by the club being promoted from the Championship next year at this time – winning the title by say 10 points – but that’s only if we get relegated on Sunday.
Alan seems convinced Newcastle United will be able to get clear of the bottom three with a result at Aston Villa on Sunday. We have to hope he’s arranged something with Martin to make that happen (only kidding!).
The ever upbeat Shearer was asked by Newcastle United TV on Friday morning if he was confident that Newcastle could survive and he answered:
“I’m convinced,” “I’m 100% confident that we can get out of this.” “I’ve had a good response from the players this week and we have one last chance to save ourselves.”
“We have to forget about last Saturday (against Fulham) and the previous 37 games.” “It’s all about Sunday and that’s all that matters.”
“I believe my players will handle the pressure because it promises to be a nervy affair.” “But will go into it fighting and we’ll be giving it everything we’ve got.”
This game is one of the biggest games in Newcastle’s long history, and the players will be extremely motivated, because if they can save Newcastle, some of them will stay on at Newcastle including Mark Viduka, Oba Martins,Habib Beye, Kevin Nolan and maybe even Sebastien Bassong – maybe.
Notice that list is not very long, and only includes those who have busted a gut for Newcastle this season.
We think Owen, Coloccini, Barton, Geremi and some others will be leaving in the summer, even if we stay up. And we’d love to see Beye or Nolan captain next year – they would be real captains, and unlike the one we have now in Michael Owen.
And while Shearer was in a serious mood when he met the press ahead of the big game this morning, he did reveal he had found just a little time to relax during the week. (good for him).
“I’ve managed my first game of golf this week since I took over,” “I went round with Iain Dowie and we even enjoyed a bottle of wine.”
“I won as well which always good, especially against Iain!”
We understand Alan is an excellent golfer with a handicap of about 4 – when he plays regularly that is.
We’ll not take the cheap shot and say the handicap he has at Newcastle is his players, most of whom don’t have the spirit or the mental toughness of their very famous boss, who did it all on the field.
As much as we’ve been upset at the conduct and the form of the players these last few months, we’ve been extremely impressed with the way Alan has taken the club by the scruff of the neck – and tried to pull it to safety.
On Sunday we’ll see if he’s been successful – if he is then he’ll be worshiped even more on Tyneside than he currently is – if that’s possible.
But that’s the measure of this man.