Former Newcastle center-back, Nikos Dabizas, is the latest player to come out and say that Alan Shearer is the right man for the job at Newcastle United.
Nikos Dabizas – while at Newcastle
Nickos Dabizas, who was at Newcastle from 1998-2003 was a team-mate of Alan’s, so the former Greek International knows the Geordie striker very well.
Nickos was a strong defender and he played 175 times for the Magpies with 11 goals and he talked about Alan Shearer:
“One thing is for sure, Alan is the only man who can unite the fans, the players and the club.”
“If I was chairman, I would have him as manager. He’s the only person the fans will have. He’s an idol, inspirational.”
“When the team was relegated, the reaction of the fans was unbelievable. That last game was live on Greek television.”
“And people were asking me ‘How come such a big club can be relegated and the fans are still applauding?'”
“I told them it is because of Alan Shearer, they are cheering for him. You cannot blame him, you cannot judge him yet. He can be a shield to the club. It needs protecting and with him there, he can do that,”
“The owner you can criticise because his decisions have cost the club. But Alan is the right man. It’s a new era and hopefully he can get the chance to turn it around.”
Alan Shearer, and the the rest of the Newcastle fans have been waiting for a new owner to come on board, and then presumably Alan will be appointed manager, but there will be wages to sort out, and the transfer funds will need to be discussed, before Alan will take over.
But we’d be surprised if Alan was offered the job and turned it down, since it seems he was made to manage Newcastle, and certainly other experienced managers think he has everything it takes to be a top manager.
And one thing he gets from almost everybody in the game is instant respect, and that will auger well if he indeed becomes the face of Newcastle United.
Alan of course has long been much more than just a world-class goal-scorer, as he is a born leader and was never shy to speak his mind in the dressing room, and has enormous influence on his players.
“He was not just someone who scored goals, he was a leader outside and inside the club.”
“He was always a very single-minded personality. He is a man of principles, who when he says something, does not change his mind the next day,”
“As a man and as a footballer, he has the respect of everyone. Let’s hope the club can find a solution soon.”
Dabizas joined Leicester City after leaving Newcastle, but he is still playing football back in Greece, and signed on with the Greek side Larissa in 2005. They play in the Greek Super League.
In 2007, he won Larissa’s second Greek cup, after a tremendous personal performance in the final, and of course he was the the captain. Nickos played a total of 70 games for his country.
On the Newcastle front, we all look forward to a new owner and a new manager, just as soon as possible, then we can really get the Newcastle show on the road – finally. 😀