It’s all very strange we know, but Newcastle could get more respect now than they’ve ever had in the past.
Alan Shearer – was in utter shock after yesterday’s game
The “massive” club that is (was?) Newcastle United, were relegated basically because in the last 45 minutes of the season they had weary legs and were tired, and could get that one goal that would have saved us.
Give me a break – how about the lack of heart and fighting spirit from this lot, and we are now more than confident Alan Shearer will undertake the massive task of restoring Newcastle’s image as a “big” football team, but it may take more than a single season.
Those readers who have nufcTV must watch Alan’s interview yesterday, after the game. It will be a bit of Newcastle history, and will capture for the ages, what it was like in one of the club’s darkest moments.
Alan was almost in tears, and we half expected him to break down half-way through the interview, but it is what he actually said that was so very classy and dignified.
He showed all the dignity in the world by saying we didn’t really deserve to stay up, based on the performances, and yes, we were one of the 3 worst teams this year in the Premier league, and it was right we were relegated.
And when you have a bunch of people out there who just hate Newcastle, and were just praying for us to go down, it kind of disarms them – big time.
Let’s not get too depressed right now – well not too much, yes we’ll all have our rants and raves, but we’re only human – think of it this way – we should win more games next season. 😀
Alan has already started to return dignity and passion to the club, just because of who he is, and how he loves the Newcastle club. And his interview yesterday is definitely one for the ages.
When the final whistle blew yesterday Alan walked around in a state of shock, with the TV camera rigth in his face, as he tried to get his players to acknowledge the fans, who came up with a Shearer, Sheraer chant.
But not many of his players diod that, and Coloccini was down the tunnel and into the dressing room immediately. We think it was Martin Samuel in today’s press who said he expected Fabricio wanted to get onto his cell phone and get his agent to fix him up at another (top?) club. After all he must get in that squad with Argentina for next summer.
But that just about sums up the Newcastle players this year, and we will not even mention Michael Owen.
Here’s a hint – Newcastle fans will be chided because of our relegation, because we are a massive club and all that stuff. The ammunition for that has been supplied to them by the club this season.
But the next time somebody says to you, Newcastle were hopeless and a disgrace and deserved to be relegated – don’t try to defend that (it’s indefensible), but agree with them, because it really is true.
And then notice the change in tone that will happen with the other person, espcailly if you really mean it.
This is a new chapter of Newcastle’s history, but you know the very darkest days somehow always seem to hold the biggest opportunities in life, strange as though that is – it’s true.
Surely the opportunity right now is to get Shearer as the manger, spokesman, and image of the new Newcastle United. One that we hope and trust will be a much better and more professional Newcastle United.
If that happens it may not be too long before the grace and pride return fully to Newcastle, and we’re sure our fans next season will be as absolutely great as they have been all this season.
But Newcastle can and probably should take a pointer from their Gosforth-born manager, and stay dignified in adversity.
It’s the measure of a man of how he reacts in times of great turmoil, and Alan passed that test with flying colors yesterday.
We also noticed right at the end of the game how Martin O’Neil was very aware of what this tragedy means to Newcastle, as he slowly shook Alan’s hand almost in commiseration, and Alan looked in complete and utter shock.
What a manager this man can become, if he can only get full backing from the Board.
Let’s hope Newcastle will become like the mythical Phoenix bird, that will rise again from the ashes to greatness – and quickly.