How Can Fans Applaud Team That Has Just Been Relegated?


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.

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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.

Nickos continued:

“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. 😀

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45 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Get him as a coach, or a scout at least he was my favourite foreign defender of Newcastle (until Habib Beye)

    I think he would do well with Shearer

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  • Eaststander

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #2

    absolutly dying for some news on the sale of the club so we can get back on dreaming of glory for the Toon again not even the media are bothering speculating now. Just can’t believe that any players can come or go until the sale goes through as they would be buying something different each day after all aren’t the players the main asset of the club.

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  • Toonmania

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #3

    A.S Please give us a sign, just post on here, i won’t tell anyone else 😉

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  • nimo

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #4

    howay ashley hurry up and be on ya bike man. and how any bodys foreign defender can be anyone but albert is beyond me

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Domi was our best foreign defender IMO, shame he got homesick and went back to France because he was the best attacking fullback we’ve had by a mile.

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Toonmania……..”…A.S Please give us a sign”

    …hahaha. A plague of Penguins in Eldon Square or sumik.

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  • toonoholic

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #7

    is penguin meat delicious ?

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  • toonie

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Ode to the Toon

    It started with hopes of marriage and indeed King Kev said Yes
    But Ashley began to get involved and started off this mess.

    Along came Mr. Wise who began to pick the Toon
    And from that point on was plain to see that King Kev would be leaving soon.

    Fear not, as here comes Big Sam to put the place in order
    But it was not long before he left too, it was lambs to the slaughter.

    JFK did then arrive but with horse behind the cart
    It was fuc#king difficult to steer and it almost broke his heart.

    I did not mention Mr. Hughton who filled in gaps along the way
    We cannot blame that sorry sod twas the players who could not play.

    We needed a Messiah to turn the crap around and up stepped Big Al who felt he was duty bound.

    He tried and Tried and Huffed and Puffed but alas it was too late
    The trap-door opened and doon we went, it was an unfair fate.

    We do not have a manager and the club is up for sale
    The odds are stacked against us, but now we dare not fail

    Can we slide any further, it’s just like an evil curse
    And this never ending soap opera just goes from bad to verse ?

    Farewell Mr. Ashley and the cockney mafia too
    Bring on the Championship; we might even win a few.

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I always found it difficult pin-pointing our best defenders, coz we’ve always been such a shower collectively. Although I’d probably rate Distin as our best foreign defender that we let go, in recent years.

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #10

    toonoholic, I’ve heard it makes a tasty inside source.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Rangerman- I agree in a way but Dabizas was my FAVOURITE

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  • Shot Bru

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Toonoholic couple penguin recipes for you.
    http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/polar/antarctic_recipes.htm

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  • toonoholic

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #13

    toonie, the order is wrong. it was fat sam then kev….

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  • toonoholic

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #14

    thanks shot bru, today i search for an antartic/artic restaurant

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Shot Bru, I prefer Savoury Seal Brains (on toast).

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  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #16

    phillip albert

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Shot Bru, fantastic link btw – entertained me for a few minutes.

    Anyway, bye for now. I’m off clubbing.

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  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #18

    i wonder what crazy joe is gonna say in his book

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  • Thump

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Off topic: Is anybody getting the mobile version of NUFCblog as a front page? I’ve had it on and off for the past week and can’t figure out why it isn’t just displaying as it usually does =/

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  • Thump

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #20

    @Toonie: Big Sam? Not after Keegan, mate.

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  • toonie

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Well spotted Thump…I need to put the bottle down…Hick !!!!

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  • toonoholic

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #23

    thump i had that issue too whenever i wld put in nufcblog. com instead of http://www.nufcblog.com

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  • toonie

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #24

    I hope the bloody order is right this time !!

    Ode to the Toon

    It started with hopes of marriage and indeed Big Sam said Yes
    But divorce was around the corner and he left us in a mess.

    But King Kev arrived to pull us out the s#it
    Alas Mr. Wise’s appointment meant Kev was soon to quit.

    JFK did then arrive but with horse behind the cart
    It was fuc#king difficult to steer and it almost broke his heart.

    I did not mention Mr. Hughton who filled in gaps along the way
    We cannot blame that sorry sod twas the players who could not play.

    We needed a Messiah to turn the crap around and up stepped Big Al who felt he was duty bound.

    He tried and Tried and Huffed and Puffed but alas it was too late
    The trap-door opened and doon we went, it was an unfair fate.

    We do not have a manager and the club is up for sale
    The odds are stacked against us, but now we dare not fail

    Can we slide any further, it’s just like an evil curse
    And this never ending soap opera just goes from bad to verse ?

    Farewell Mr. Ashley and the cockney mafia too
    Bring on the Championship; we might even win a few.

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  • Doocey

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah, as long as you put in http://www.nufcblog.com , you’ll be fine 🙂

    Any news for me lads?

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  • toonoholic

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #26

    penguins in fenwick doocey

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #27

    My lass is selling her car Doocey.

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  • toonoholic

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #28

    bowburnmag, run it over a mackem if u want quick sale on the tyneside.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Plenty of them round here. The place is littered with them. We have a problem in the village with dog-fouling (by dogs obviously) and crimes against humanity (by makems sending their kids out to play in replica kits). Both are enough to make me puke.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #30

    So we’re suddenly a back-up plan?
    On yer bike Pete. Like rats they are, on the sinking ship that is NUFC.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_5398120,00.html

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  • nimo

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #31

    gk – pav srniceck
    lb – didi domi
    cb – phillipe albert
    cb – nikos dabizas
    rb – beye
    lw – ginola
    cm – beardo
    cm – lee
    rw – solano
    cf – Shearer
    cf – ferdinand

    subs –
    given
    watson
    speed
    batty
    gillespie
    tino
    cole

    id of love to of seen that team

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  • nimo

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #32

    with exception of cole all loved the club aswel

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  • IrishMan

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Thanks Toonie.

    There was a young man called Shearer
    Who as a manager we hope is nearer
    We are now on a downer
    Without any owner
    However, hopefully things will soon be clearer.

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  • Big Dave

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #34

    nimo if only mate that is a real dream team. Glad to see gillespie in there he was one of my favs

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  • nimo

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #35

    yeah was toss up between him and solano for starting place lol, biggest thing that messed us up for me in the last 20 years is kenny daglish selling les and ginola and few others to buy past it liverpool players

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  • nimo

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #36

    im only 24 and already im reminiscing the good times lol

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  • Big Dave

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Nimo yeah mate Dogs lesh did rip the heart out of our team . lol rush and barnes where two crackers to start with

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  • waddler

    Jun 24, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #38

    The Times journalist George Caulkin has just reported that Shearer is wanted by the groups competing for our club, and that Shearer is being kept up to date through Harris and via Llambias.
    Its also being reported that Ashley is not part of the negotiations between Seymour Pierce and the consortiums, this would explain why Shearer is being updated as Harris is a professional who’s only interest is to set the selling price and critically award the contract to the best bidder ( for the club not the owners ) and will want a smooth transition from owner to owner. His integrity would plummet if he were to fail to do so.

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  • mag_pie-eater

    Jun 24, 2009 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #39

    ED, I’m sorry but I didn’t read that article at all, because I could answer that question easily. We can still support a club who has just been relegated because…….”WE ARE THE GEORDIES, THE GEORDIE BOOT BOYS….”

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  • ginkoh

    Jun 24, 2009 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #40

    I would love to see one day our past player like Lee, Solano, Dabizas, Ketbaia etc come back to be our staff coach with Shearer to be boss.

    It may just a dream but I hope one day we’ll be Geordies nation again.

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