Jose Enrique has been at Newcastle for three seaosn, but in that time has had five different managers on Tyneside.
Jose Enrique – five different managers at Newcastle
Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and his current manager Chris Hughton are the five managers Jose has served under at the Newcastle club, and they all have different ways of managing says the 23 year-old.
Enrique told the Daily Mail today:
“Allardyce was the one who brought me to the club and gave me the chance to play in England and I’m very grateful to him for that, for taking a chance on me.”
“I didn’t really know Keegan but he seemed like a nice man. The thing was that he didn’t pick me either and I heard that he didn’t want me at the club. That didn’t come from him because he barely ever spoke to me.”
“I only knew Joe for a very short time because of his heart problems. He didn’t really talk much to the players or work with them but he started me.”
“For that I was very grateful. Obviously Shearer is an idol up here but he was in a very difficult position. He had so little time and we were more or less down before he took over. It was an impossible job.”
“It was the first time I had been relegated in my career. I just felt so bad for the whole city and the fans. Afterwards it was strange for us all. There were lots of rumours about us all being sold but that never happened. We all told ourselves that we wanted to stay, be positive and get back in the top flight. And we did.”
They certainly did that last year, and committed themselves to the Newcastle club, and the results have been both surprising and outstanding under new manager Chris Hughton.
And rather surprisingly Jose says the managers he has had, except for Chris Hughton, have never really concentrated on tactics, which they do all the time back in his home country of Spain.
“All the coaches I’ve had here – with the exception of Chris this year – haven’t really focused on tactics. In Spain you work on tactics all the time because that is what the football is about over there. Everything is a lot more orderly.”
“In England it’s all about being fast and physical. I’ve done very, very little on tactics in my time here.”
“Chris is a fantastic guy, as is Colin Calderwood,’ ‘He was the right person to take over and you can see that from the effect he has had on the team. He works so hard – I think he spends 24 hours a day at the training ground sometimes.”
‘Last year we started going for team meals. It’s quite normal in Spain to do that once a month or so and I’m glad we do it now because it brings you together, and we have a good chance to talk about football.”
Those are interesting comments from Jose, and quite revealing. And just for the record, Jose has before said that Chris is the best manager he’s worked under at Newcastle.
We still expect Alan Shearer to manage the club sometime in the future, but not anytime soon, with Chris Hughton doing such a fine job right now.
But it would be good if Alan went out and got the type of experience that Chris Hughton has gained as a coach – there’s nothing like learning your trade before you take over a big club like Newcastle.