Thursday, 9 April 2009

Timing Is Everything

Newcastle head into a crunch relegation battle against Stoke City with somewhat less media coverage than last weekend's game against Chelsea managed to attract.

Alan Shearer's first game in charge saw media representatives from all corners of the footballing world inside St. James' Park, and if three more of the Geordie faithful had turned up it would also have been the biggest crowd of the season.

The timing of Shearer's appointment was questioned, many suggested it would have been a better move to take charge after the Chelsea game, a match that Newcastle were unlikely to get anything out of, with or without Shearer in charge.

But perhaps now we are seeing the canniness that Shearer exercised in his timing, to take charge when he did meant that whilst dreams of a debut victory existed, realistically it was a game Newcastle could afford to lose. Now he has had ten days to learn what his squad has to offer, and for his squad to understand his way of thinking.

An open training session at SJP attracted 7,500 fans and with 3,000 following the team down to the Britannia stadium maybe they can see that they still have the support to push on and survive the dreaded drop.

Media coverage has dropped off since the open training session and given players a chance to relax and enjoy training with their new boss.

The atmosphere seems calm, and I'm just hoping that a storm is brewing up to be released on the pitch.

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