We Hope We’ll Leave Newcastle In Better Shape – Dowie

It seems that one good thing that may come out next week is that Alan Shearer will be appointed long term manager, whatever the outcome of our game on Sunday at Villa Park.


Iain Dowie – we hope we’ve left Newcastle in better shape

The two local papers in Newcastle,, the Journal and the Evening Chronicle have been reporting this, and they probably have inside information that it will happen.   But it will be complicated if we are relegated because Newcastle can hardly afford to pay Alan £4M/year in wages, if we are in the Championship, so we still think there are complications if we are relegated.

In fact Newcastle getting relegated will cause problems for lots of things, that will come out next week if the disaster happens. One is how on earth do we pay Kevin Keegan £8M in compensation?  That will become more of a problem for Kevin, because he’s not innocent in this whole affair – and he’s still suing the club for £8M – give me a break. But he still loves the club. 😀

Certainly the club should plan an announcement on Monday, and shape it to what actually happens on Sunday afternoon, because if we get relegated the fans will be both devastated and angy.

Assistant manager Iain Dowie had said earlier in the week that it was not a certainty that Shearer would stay on, and both Iain’s and Alan’s contracts run out on Monday.

Iain told the Journal this morning:

“I hope that, whatever happens, we’ve left Newcastle in a good shape. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I don’t think we’ve seen many bad performances.”:

“I look at Chelsea in the second half when we were chasing the game; Tottenham in the first half. But overall the performances have been good. We’ve just not been able to put the ball in the back of the net.”

A single point will be good enough against sixth-placed Aston Villa, if Hull lose at home to Manchester United – so Newcastle may not need toi win and cannot attack too m,kuch in case they get caufth on then break by the muchg better Villa side.

Iain continued:

 “If we play an expansive game, we could get torn apart.” “They have got midfielders who have pace and skill, and (striker) John Carew is a handful and has been since his days in Spain (with Valencia).”

“We have got to cope with that. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young will be a handful, whoever’s in our defence. They’ve got pace and power and they’re not up there by accident.”

Yes, it will be difficult on Sunday, but when you cannot beat Fulham at home, and have won only two  away games in the league all season, that’s our problem. That’s just one reason we are less than confident about the outcome on Sunday.

However, the same can be said about the Middlebrough game, and we were wrong on that, so let’s hope we’re wrong on this one too.

5 comments so far

  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    The Chronicle and Journal might report Shearer is staying but it sounds like Dowie is pretty sure him and Shearer are going.

  • Raffo

    May 22, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    get keegan back to work for free for his 8 million and rectify the problems of his creation

  • Bosck

    May 22, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    young is out so thats one good thing at least.

  • lesh

    May 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #4

    This statement may just be a negotiating ploy on their part……. eg seeking assurances from MA before they commit.

    For sure, MA’d look pretty stupid if yet another icon walked!

  • Sav

    May 22, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Will Ashley give those assurances and convince Al he’s in for the long haul now?


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