The game against Aston Villa on Sunday will be one of the most important in Newcastle history, but we already have Beye, Bassong and Barton missing, with news last night that Michael Owen is extremely doubtful.
Alan Shearer – CRUCIAL game on Sunday
So it doesn’t come much harder for a manager and we don’t know if Alan can get a good enough performance out of what he has available.
We need a performance as good as the Middlesbrough game, and a draw could be good enough, with Alex Ferguson saying today he will go all out to beat Hull City -that’s good to hear although that’s his job too.
Alan was asked if he has any speech made out before the lads take the field on Sunday afternoon:
“‘At the minute I haven’t got a prepared speech,” “I probably won’t say that much to be honest. We’re all aware of the stakes and I won’t have to motivate the players for this game, put it that way.”
“The manager’s role is always important. It’s not difficult to know how we set up at the start because we have to win the game. Villa are not on a great run but I’ve got an important role to play. And so have the players.”
“I know what this club is, what it means to the people. You know what it means to me. That is why I came back.”
Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has worked with Shearer in the BBC studios, so they know each other well and the Villa manager thinks that Shearer has everything it takes to become a top-class manager.
And of course Newcastle tried to get Martin O’Neill to replace Greme Souness in early 2006, but he was having none of it.
O’Neill and Shearer were together for the 2006 World Cup with the BBC, and Martin even thinks Alan could spur the Newcastle side into a great performance on Sunday.
Martin O’Neill said:
“You, as a manager, can affect things all week. And if you don’t have an effect with 15 minutes to kick-off, what’s the point of the club employing one?”
“Initially, it was a short-term galvanising effect that they were looking for. You can do that to the players, the club and the crowd. He’s definitely galvanized the crowd.”
“He has given them the lift they were looking for. He would have been hoping after that Middlesbrough result that they kicked on against Fulham. But he understands that football isn’t like that.”
It also looks like Shearer’s time has been gobbled up by the Newcastle job since April 1st, and apparently his son Will, like any other Geordie fan, has his own views on Newcastle. 😀
Alan talked about his son Will:
“‘He just tells me what team to pick,’ “And I might be better off listening to him, judging by our results … and I said that before anyone else did.”
Will must be around 8 years old now, and has been raised on Tyneside, so he’ll grow up just like his Dad, a Newcastle United supporter through and through.
We wonder if Will has blond hair?