We just watched the pre-game interview on Newcastle United TV, with Alan Shearer, previewing the Villa game, and we have to say Shearer seemed full of confidence, and to say he looked upbeat is an understatement.
Nile Ranger – could start on bench on Sunday
In the very difficult job of football manager, with the emotions managers have to go through in every game, never mind for a full season, it’s got to be a very very difficult job. About 100 times as difficult as commenting on a game in a studio on Saturday evening. 😀
And generally the advice for a manager is not to get too high after a win, and not to get too low after a defeat.
Another way of putting that, is your team is never quite as good as you think after a win, but not as bad as you think either, after a loss. By that means it may be possible for managers to stay sane, over a full season, but it’s a pressure-packed job, there’s little doubt about that.
To say Shearer is taking to management like a duck to water, even seems like an understatement.
Alan believes it’s up to his team to do the job on Sunday, and the job is to win the game, because Alan thinks a win will almost guarantee safety.
He just cannot see both Sunderland and Hull wining against Chelsea and Manchester United, and neither can we.
In fact Alex Ferguson, as expected, has come out today to say it is his responsibility to try to win the game on Sunday at Hull City, and we think his Red Devils will do just that.
If we had drawn against Fulham that would have seen us safe – but as Alan says – that’s over now – and we have to now look to Villa and get the job done there, and if we can do that , we will survive.
Some points Alan made:
- Habib Beye is out for the game and will not be in the squad
- Michael Owen hasn’t started full training yet, but will do so tomorrow – and that almost certainly will mean a start on the bench for the captai – so he can come on and get a couple of goals in the last 35 minutes.
- Alan could well have Nile Ranger on the bench, and he said he would have no qualms at all about introducing the 18 year-old into the game on Sunday, if that’s what was needed.
Any youngster of 18 years old at the club, hearing Alan Shearer talk about him like that, just has to give the lad a massive confidence boost, and it’s completely obvious that Alan thinks Nile is potentially a big player for Newcastle in the future.
The TV showed Nile in training ,and he looked relaxed and laughing away, and he’s a tall lad, at 6’2″, and probably still growing. This lad seems to love it on Tyneside, and that’s what we love to see – he’s going nowhere next season, whatever happens on Sunday.
When we see Alan being interviewed, you can almost feel Alan’s leadership and his commitment to his players oozing through. We just hope that at least half of the lads tomorrow, will repay that confidence, with the performance of their lives, because that’s what we need.
Looking at the interview you would have thought Newcastle had to win the game tomorrow to become Premier League Champions, so upbeat did Alan seem – and one thing’s for sure, Alan can take all sorts of pressure, which is a huge requirement a successful manager must have.
If you can see the nufcTV – take a look at Alan’s interview – we guarantee that your hopes will rise for Sunday afternoon.
If we win on Sunday, it will be a miracle, that’s how big that win will be – it will be MASSIVE for the Newcastle United Football Club.