Thespence Posted April 9, 2009 Share Posted April 9, 2009 LOOK WHAT ALAN SAID: You’re constantly picking teams and going through formations: 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-1-3-2, whatever. :frantic: :frantic: The full article: Alan Shearer relishing challenge at Newcastle United George Caulkin It has not taken long for the drug to take a grip on Alan Shearer. In the space of a week, his life has been transformed; the demands have been constant and respite has been impossible. If football management is an all-consuming profession, then managing the maelstrom that is Newcastle United must be particularly brutal, and Shearer has found the experience challenging. Typically, he is relishing it. With a squad to be energised, a club to be rejuvenated and relegation to be avoided, there have been no early nights for Shearer, Iain Dowie and Paul Ferris. The trio have been working at the training ground until 7 every evening, aside from Wednesday, when Shearer drove to Liverpool — whom his side play next month — for their Champions League tie with Chelsea. The responsibility is enormous, as is the detail to be absorbed, and everyone is looking to Shearer to take a lead. He has found time to consult Kevin Keegan, Sir Bobby Robson and Kenny Dalglish. There was a common theme to the conversations with his predecessors. “It was just the normal stuff — ‘how’s it going and are you enjoying it?’ To ring at any time and ‘welcome to the madhouse’,” Shearer said. For now, his appointment is temporary, although little feels short-term about his return to Newcastle. That includes his attitude. “I haven’t been able to switch off,” he said. “Not at all. Not one bit. Bang goes your relaxation time. But I expected that. And if anyone tells you that they can do this job and switch off and relax then I certainly don’t believe them. “I’ve not spent too much time in the house, put it that way. It takes over your thoughts, every waking minute. In fact, it’s every second, not minute. You’re constantly picking teams and going through formations: 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-1-3-2, whatever. “But I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve done this week. It’s been hard, but good. It’s been great, actually.” It is a response that will encourage fans. As with many of the men he has followed, Shearer has discovered that medical issues dominate at St James’ Park. Such is the paucity of Newcastle’s squad and so inadequate has been their team-strengthening, that they will travel to Stoke City tomorrow without a recognised left back; José Enrique has sustained a knee injury, while Steven Taylor (ankle) and Peter Lovenkrands (back) are also absent. “We’ve got one left back and one right back at the football club,” Shearer said. “It doesn’t take a genius to work out that you need more than that. For whatever reason, that’s what we’ve got, so we deal with it.” Damien Duff or Ryan Taylor may deputise for Enrique, while Steven Taylor’s unavailability is almost certain to mean a reprieve at centre half for Fabricio Coloccini. Much of Shearer’s efforts have been focused on restoring confidence to a side who are third from bottom of the Barclays Premier League. “I was involved in a relegation struggle at Southampton — almost every year,” he said. “It’s a tense and nervy situation to be in as I remember it, but it’s also tense and nervy when you’re at the top. That’s football. “The players have to be big enough and brave enough to handle that. They need to say, ‘Give me that ball, I’m not afraid to make a mistake.’ That’s the key — they have to believe in their own ability. They are at a huge football club and I’ve said to them I don’t mind mistakes in the right areas,as long as they’re trying things.” On Tuesday, Newcastle held an open training session and 7,500 fans turned up. “We have to take great heart from that,” Shearer said. “If the players didn’t know — and they should do — then it shows what this football club means to the people.” http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/newcastle/article6069800.ece Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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