Nigel Pearson Wants Solution – Quickly

Nigel Pearson was given a very difficult task on Thursday morning after Sam Allardyce was surprisingly sacked by the Newcastle club.


Nigel Pearson – did the best he could – at least he is truthful

Newcastle looked shell-shocked after the game finished this afternoon, and it wasn’t made any easier by our captain, Alan Smith, getting himself stupidly sent off right at the end of the game.

Nigel Pearson admitted to Sky Sports after the game, that is had been a difficult day, and the Newcastle United Board need to find a solution to the manager problem – and quickly.

Nigel told Sky Sports after the game:

“It has been a very difficult day,” “When you are going through a transition period you need things to be as smooth as possible. Results like this make it very difficult.”“I am not going to make excuses. It is plain for all to see the situation would be better served by being resolved quickly.”

“It is not my business to comment on those matters. Whatever is going on at that level will be dealt with by the people who have that authority.”  “But the scoreline has altered people’s perspective on how this day is viewed. The pride of everyone at the club has been pretty severely dented.”

“The mood before the game was good. But the harsh reality is we have come up against a better side.”  “What happened in the second half was down to a number of things including basic decision-making and bad defending.”

“Some of the things we did were exceptionally good, others were appalling. When you are playing against a team as talented and ruthless as that, you make it very difficult for yourself.”  “There was a big gap between the two teams.”

We need to fix things quickly and the optimum solution would be to get a very good manager in place before the Wednesday game against Stoke City. In that game, every single player wearing the Newcastle strip needs to play for their own respect and most of all the respect of Newcastle United.

After the Stoke City players watch the replay of the game today, they will fancy their chances on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park – who wouldn’t?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #1

    daily mail has a great sir bobby column , he warned us off geremi on jose’s say .
    they also have a story saying were going for keegan and shearer, which is better than jose in my eyes 😀

  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed…Dont we all 😉

  • Jamie

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Justed watched MOTD.


    there was no protection for the back four?
    whats the point in playing 451 if the two defensive mid fielders are no where near the defense in defensive situations.

    Makes me sick watching it, I’m f*king Fuming!

  • valle

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Hadrian… As i have said before… Could u really see Alan accepting a No 2 role?… I sure couldnt, for him its all or nothing, thats how he is, a winner

  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #5

    valle he’d bloody well have to , hasnt even got his coaching liscence .
    i think he’s cut from the same cloth as tony adamas aswell , and would welcome a supporting role as long as it was someone like keegan .
    sod alan just get kev back .

  • Edd Case

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Jamie, watched it too – exactly what I thought.

    You’d have thought that Pearson or someone else from the coaching staff would have seen that and changed something?

    Sad, sorry state of affairs.

  • Murvar

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #7

    There’s also a good article in the Mail by Ian Ridley who says harry was first approached in October. As Ridley used to employ Adams when he started at some Southern League team where Ridley was Chairman I’m inclined to believe him. He too says KK and SA are the ticket and I’m beginning to agree. The foreign big names aren’t going to come, and will Hughes be interested as second choice? I doubt it – he’s waiting for Manyoo.

    But Ashley – please stop wearing the shirt. It makes you look a heavyweight and a lightweight at the same time – some feat. And stop going on the terraces – you will hear nonsense of all kinds; in any event your credibility now has to be restored after your cock-up with Harry. And stop being “impossible to work with” – your own phrase, I gather. That can’t be good for a football club.

  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #8

    why not just admit it is because the players are shit. sell shay given while he still has a value been shit ever since that injury when harewood slid in and split his shit bag

  • Ali

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Right i say this through gritted teeth. Today was the best thing that could have happened to NUFC. The chairman probably realises that,but from his 5* hotel in Hong Kong it would have been painful. Yes we competed for 45 mins and were unlucky not to go in at half time in the lead but even if the linesman hadn’t of raised his flag we’d of still lost 6,7 maybe 8,9 or 10,1. We need a manager that can nurture our young talent,Taylor,nzog,Milner our older heads Duff,Owen and Butt. We have a good team and with a manager and a Board that will back him we can and will be a force again. We get nearly 53000 people into the seats at ST JAMES PARK week in week out,why shouldn’t we be so demanding? Harry Redknapp may have turned us down he may not have but Newcastle fans as a whole need to forget about names such as Morenio,Hidink and Lippi we’re simply not good enough to attract them. Give me Jol or KK and big Al. Get us to a top 5 side in the next few years and then we can start dreaming of managers of that quality adding the finishing touches.

  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #10

    even if that owen goal had stood we still would have got beaten by 6. lets face it the team is shit

  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #11

    alex ferguson is still rabbitin on about the toon he should go and sit with big sam and drink some more red wine. horrible scottish shit hole

  • Jamie

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Back to basics and end this fancy crappy 451 shit!
    Yeah it may work for Everton, but they know how to play it, and they don’t use two defensive mid fielders waiting for the other to sort the mess but instead both do nothing!

    442, two pacey forwards, one sitting mid fielder and visa versa, with a solid defense of Taylor and Faye. Its not bloody hard!

    That is what Man United play and they have extra special players to enhance what is a tried and tested formula.

  • Murvar

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #13

    If you want to see a pic of the bloke who seems to be interviewing our prospective managers, along with Ashley and his mate Philip Green (with whom he is in Hong Kong instead of leading the quest for our new manager), here’s your chance. Kemsley, Green ,Ash

  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Keegan is the only Man Shearer would be number 2 to0, it is a possiblilty.

  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #15

    faye is at african nations

  • Edd Case

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Murvar – I bet Ashley’s not smiling now.

  • lewdavies

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Jamie – spot on. Keep it simple, get the basics of passing, ball control and tackling right and everything else will start to come right. A lot of our players need to put their hands up and admit they just aren’t good enough. I dont include jose enrique in these though, he has got something I like in him, but needs more games starting. Also we could do with a regular back four week in week out. This african cup shit is a total joke and comes at the most critical time of the season. Habib beye has looked classy and when we needed him who do we have? Carr, a total pile of dump as usual. Get rid now.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #18

    green has connections with pino zahavi doesnt he? strange surely he’s over there with green at a time like this .

  • Jamie

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Carr, Butt, Cacapa – all piles of crap at premiership level.

    Smith plays like a pile of crap in midfield.

    Milner is a headless chicken, but plays superb some of the time.

    I can’t believe Rozy was dropped for Carr.

  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #20

    if its hughes ther is an easy solution call me the shotgun seller

  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Until recently I was of the opinion that it should be a case of onwards and upwards, don’t look back. Keegan not being the man to turn to.

    Now like others here I would settle for him to return, in the much discussed AS / KK combo. I think people who say Keegan flunked things and did nothing after leaving us don’t just get the guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times on train journeys Darlington – London whilst he was manager of Fulham. Although he wouldn’t say it , I could tell he wasn’t really fired up by the whole Fulham thing.

    As we lost our way after he left, he seemed to me to lose his direction and real passion for the game. Fulham / Man City / England never saw the best of him and we did.

    Keegan took on the job at Newcastle with no experience. Arthur Cox the experienced former manager was the back up assistant in case it went pear shaped.

    Who says the untried Shearer with the back up for Keegan as number two wouldn’t work? Maybe if approached they should work it our between themsleves who would be 1 and 2. Two guys with a real love for the club and a fire in their bellies will do us no end of good.

    Maybe Ashley / Mort have to simply help them stoke the flames a little.

    Will it get us back to the very top? Who Knows? Will it put us in a stronger position and take the club forward (almost from week 1), I reckon so and feel confident enough to just hang around outside Fenwicks windows knowing I wouldn’t be putting on a display for the shoppers later…

  • shearer

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #22

    the main thing if shearer is appointed the fans would be more patient and players would want to work with him.

  • Leo*

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #23

    butt was suspect once again against man united… his passes were always short or met a manc also tackling wasnt as good as it should have been…

    he is wank, why dont we not play with nzogbia and smith in the middle and no butt… and owen and dukes up front. it makes sence.

  • daiv

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Anybody noticed how rubbish Shay has been this season. Any long range shot or free kick from the edge of the box seems to beat him. Alan Smith is simply an embarassment of a footballer. He is captain which sums up my club.

  • Eve

    Jan 12, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Daiv..*sighs*..waits for Johann.

    He gets beaten by good free kicks, he’s been beaten twice I think this season from free kicks, maybe 3 times. Not tall enough to reach him and were bloody good free kicks. Can’t really blame him there.

    Smith, he can have wonderful uplifting days, but then you see days like today and you just are left wondering.

  • nightfall

    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #26

    eve – today? every day/match

  • Ian Dawson

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #27

    I think it,s about time all toon fans realise it,s going to take time and not be total DICKHEADS

  • Dragoner

    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #28

    LOL @ Shearer

  • Dave Atkinson

    Jan 13, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #29

    THings could have been so different yesterday – had Owen’s goal been allowed; had Given not been a muppet and mis-kicked the ball against Enrigue; had Butt never been selected; had Smith been benched; had Owen been left out and kept in shape for a quick sale, etc etc.

    If we’d lost 3-1 it would have been respectable but it looked a shambles in the second half. How anyone in the management team can think that a midfield packed with Manure rejects can compete with a team that never stands still, they want shafting.

    Butt is past it at this level. Smith is ineffective in midfield. Enrique is more than good enough. Given should be sold and the back will be consequently freshened.

    My vote for manager? Get Shearer in (with or without Keegan). Why? Because it will allow the fans (and the club) to put this bloody ‘legend’ where he belongs – in the history books. If I succeeds then fantastic but if not, then the club can at least have a fresh start.

  • nufc7

    Jan 13, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #30

    is it just me or has smith been absolutely useless all season and seems to be the most over-rated player ive seen this season. CAPTAIN??? all he does is run around and get yellow cards and commit fouls. CENTRAL MID??? he has NO creativity and offers nothing in attach there!!!FORWARD?? hasn come near scpring or creating a goal!! how is he even playing football????

  • ChrisL

    Jan 13, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Sorry to sound stupid… but I’d love to have the bloke who was in charge of AZ when they beat us a season or so back. I think it was either Hiddink or Van Gaal? Either way, they played great football & looked a class team.
    Please let me know who it was?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 13, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #32

    van Gaal mate, the majority of us want him.

    Hes the best realistic candidate we can think of.


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