Alan Shearer says there can be no half measures for Newcastle United in the Championship next season.
Alan Shearer – no half measures next season
And Shearer – who is still in talks with Mike Ashley about the Newcastle manager job, says the club have to take on promotion back to the Premier League “head-on” next season.
Shearer – who took charge for the last eight games of the season but could only deliver 5 points – one solitary point short of survival, is now more determined than ever should he take the reins at his home town club.
“It was a quiet dressing room at Villa Park,” “I said one or two things, but what can we do now?
“The most painful thing is that we couldn’t help ourselves, but it’s happened, and we have to face the challenge head-on and see where we go.”
And the fans had to go through hell and high water, after Kevin left in early September, but at the end of the season in the last few home games St. James’ Park was stll packed full – but the players didn’t produce the goods – unfortunately for the club and the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Even at the end of the game at Villa Park, and we had been relegated – the TV scenes of Newcastle supporters chanting “Shearer, Shearer” was a sight to behold, and was quite emotional for some of us old codgers – since these fans hardly deserve to be down in the Championship.
And of course, at the time, Shearer had a TV camera poked in his face, and seemed in stunned silence walking over to the fans, trying to get to grips with the fact the side had indeed been relegated. He looked in a complete daze, poor guy, and that was before his post match interview, where he was struggling to evn talk – it seemed.
But that interview will have done the Newcastle club a power of good, because here was a manager, who had been a world class super-star in his playing days, reduced to almost tears and it was clear to see the mnan really cared – unlike most of his players.
But that will change big time next season – just wait and see.
That interview is one I will never forget until my dying day – which may be soon if next season is anything like the last one. 😀
Shearer talked about the legendary Newcastle fans:
“They have been magnificent. They probably get fed up of me saying how magnificent they are, and other people saying it too.” “But they really are, though, and they’ve been badly let down.”
“They’re now having to face the consequences of having to watch their team in the Championship. That is not a nice feeling for them, and I understand how they feel.”
Alan knows just exactly how the fans feel, because he is one himself, just like the rest of us. They felt like Alan looked like during his post-match interview – completely devastated .
In the last day, as we all await some announcement on Shearer, good or bad, we’ve allowed ourselves to look ahead, just a ltitle bit.
And if Alan is announced as manager, the season ticket sales should take off, and we only have to have a half decent start to the season, and prove that we can indeed be challengers for promotion next season – and just watch those home attendances rocket up, something the Championship will have never seen before – and probably will never see again – that’s if we can get out of there next season – which is a big “if” of course – we know that.
But that’s the opportunity the club has of paying back the fans for last season’s series of disasters, one after another.
We hope they will take the opportunity, and give something back to the fans – for a change. 😀