As we’ve mentioned before if Alan Shearer had been manager this season, with the results we’ve had, his name would have been shouted from the rafters, with probably even a call he be the new England manager, once the fabulous Fabio Capello ends his fantastic reign.
Chris Hughton – unbelievable coaching job this season
Newcastle put in another good professional performance yesterday, where once again every player in the side was willing to give to the Geordie cause.
And two of them who shone through like beacons were the much maligned Newcastle captain Alan Smith, and the irresistible young striker, Nile Ranger, who seems as if he can run all day – and does. Nile seems to be a budding superstar with every game he plays.
Let it be known that Smith, whose time on Tyneside has been difficult, to put it mildly, has resurrected his career, albeit in the second tier, with some heart warming and passionate performances for the team. He looks like a Newcastle fan would play, with all spirit and passion.
But Alan is also a good player, and we always knew he had the ability in him, if only he could ever get a decent run in the side.
Nobody has ever questioned the lad’s fight, passion and spirit in life or when he plays football.
As an example of Alan yesterday, with the game almost won in injury time, Jay Boothroyd was moving menacingly just outside the penallty box, and the rejuvenated Smith stopped him, be it rather crudely, and was sent off for a second yellow card.
But Alan knew just exactly what he was doing, and he took one for the team, as they say. He will now miss the game on Wednesday at Blackpool, and we have to hope that club captain Nicky Butt will come in and give a similar performance at the sea-side club.
Smith’s play this season epitomizes what Chris Hughton, with the aid of Colin Calderwood, have done for this team – they have brought them together, and instilled a pride in Newcastle that is there for all to see this season.
And yes, that’s strange because it certainly wasn’t there for all to see last season, and Chris is a Londoner and Colin from bonnie Scotland.
Chris said after the game:
“I am very proud of us today,” “We came to a Championship-hardened team like Cardiff and limited them to minimal chances.”
“We didn’t play as well on the ball as we have done, but the rest of it was first rate.”
If somebody had said in June that Newcastle would make this kind of start – 5 successive league wins without conceding s goal, and 6 wins in 7, we would have thought Shearer had been brought in as manager.
We are a surprised to say the least, that the team has done so well this season, but results are everything in this game, and we will not argue with success – we’re just not that daft.
And some fans have blasted us, since we had smashed Chris when he wasn’t getting the results last season when Joe Kinnear took sick. Let’s just say we give our criticism and form an opinion based on real events and new facts, and are not that proud (or stupid) to keep one opinion forever – only politicians attempt that. 😀
It seems that Chris has the job as long as Mike Ashley is the owner, and if Chris can do this month what he achieved last month, in terms of results, even if Newcastle are now sold, it will be difficult to replace Chris as manager now.
Ans with every additional accomplished win this coming month, it will get even more difficult when things are going so well, and the players are so obviously believing of their unlikely coach.
No – let’s not fix something that obviously is far from broken, and even if the club is sold, it may be that Alan Shearer will have to wait a little longer before he takes over on Tyneside.
And that’s because it’s for the good of the side and for the good of the club, which has to take the priority this season.
The lads have done us proud so far this season – let’s hope they can keep it up – and it’s even starting to look like they may just be able to do that!
But we’ll take it just one game at a time, and 3 points at Blackpool is the next assignment.
Howay The Lads!!