Thursday, 14 May 2009
Shearer Brilliance at Newcastle!
What a great performance from King Al! He came in with Newcastle all but relegated and facing a seemingly irreversible crisis. There only appeared one way the carToons were heading, and that was down!
But look how Alan has turned things around since April the First! Even though he has been unable to get Owen scoring, and despite Barton betraying the faith that Shearer showed in him, Newscastle have climbed out of the bottom three and are now looking slight favourites to survive, given the dreadful form of Hull City who cannot win a game for love nor lack of money.
How inspired was that decision not to pick Martins to start the game against Miserableborough? Choosing instead to select a brooding and goalless Owen, Shearer held back his trump card until the point when it was very nearly too late - then he played his ace. Genius, shearer genius!
And what about using over 20 players in just a handful of games? Shearer tore up the rule book of finding a settled side with settled tactics and picked the team, it seems, using a roulette wheel. First selection number 7, second selection number 32, third selection...How inspired was that?
And the results! Well, what other manager would have accumulated five points in five games in a ferocious run of fixtures that included matches away to Stoke and at home to Portsmouth and Miserablebrough? Those teams were fighting for their Premiership lives and Shearer somehow engineered a tally of five points from those games. Average that points tally of five points from five games over a full season and Newcastle would have an amazing 38 points, enough in a normal season to finish third from bottom, four less than West Ham collected when relegated under that other Newcastle management favourite, Glen Roeder!
Newscastle fans have had more messiahs than...well certainly more than the average Christian. But at last it appears they have a man who not only came and saw, but actually conquered! Surely King Al must now be offered a 10 year mega contract after a points return to make the very best managers in the game scratch their heads in wonder.
Genius! Shearer genius!
Posted by Hammersfan at 07:22