Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bring a Trophy and We Will Be Forever Grateful

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bring a Trophy and We Will Be Forever Grateful

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Has Freddy Shepherd got the man he wanted in Graeme Souness? Not if the pronouncements of others is anything to go by.

Steve Bruce, the most plastic of all the plastic celebrity Geordies ( easily beating Sting and Jimmy Nail ( reckons he was offered the post. As did Sam Allardyce, Steve McLaren and, er, Terry Venables.

David O'Leary, who, it seems, would have loved the job, didn't get the phone call from Fred and so remains in the twilight world that is Doug Ellis's Aston Villa. He has my sympathy.

The question needs to be asked ( if we didn't get who we wanted, why not? That's a question for the chairman to answer.

Souness will take up the post on Monday in the knowledge he has some convincing of the faithful to do. Simply put, many doubt he is the right man for the job, though I doubt if he'll be quite as disastrous as the last manager we recruited from Blackburn, Gordon Lee.

His initial task is obvious and must be primarily the reason he has been taken on ( sort out the players. A professional, highly-disciplined and committed set of players, focused on winning football matches for Newcastle United is what Souness will be required to deliver.

I imagine one of our midfielders has already made a nervous call to Dwight Yorke and there may be considerable demand for sight of the first five-a-side matches our new supremo decides to take part in.

There may be several players within our first-team squad who will regard the Souness standards of discipline as a breath of fresh air and one of them will be our very own Lion of Gosforth, Alan Shearer, who has been coveted by Mr Souness for quite some time.There will be at least one player with a grin as wide as the Tyne to welcome Graeme to his first training session at Darsley Park.

Other money-spinning operations Freddy Shepherd may wish to consider is a public viewing of the `Brian Clough Method for Dealing With Errant Midfielders'. …

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