Worst Result Possible – Shearer Needed to Rescue Club


It’s hard to be beaten by Sunderland at any time, but this season, when the club has completely imploded,  it’s even harder to take.

Alan Shearer – get off the fence and save the club


And if we were to be brutally honest Roy Keane has done a great job on Wearside and they are probably the better team in the North East right now, though it pains us to say that – but it’s very probably true.

It’s hard to put a good season together when the manager walks out after just two league games, and we haven’t replaced him with a long term manager yet because Mike Ashley, who had better not show his face ever again on Tyneside, has been forced to sell the club because of the fans’ wishes and because of the Board’s absolute ineptitude and incompetence.

We heard news during the week that the Tyneside club could be sold by the end of next week – to Nasser Al-Kharafi – an Arab Billionaire –  who is said to be in in serious discussions with Keith Harris and could agree a price by late next week.

Well, let’s hope that will happen, and let’s see if we cannot get 3 points against WBA on Tuesday night, because if we cannot achieve that, we will probably be fighting relegation again this season.    🙁

And if Al-Kharafi does buy the club, let’s make sure he knows he has to come with a sizable transfer kitty for January, because the brutal truth is we have too many average players. It’s not their fault, they try their best but they’re just not good enough. And we lay no blame on Joe Kinnear, he’s been brave enough to come in and try to turn the season around – he’s shown more courage in 4 weeks than the current Board ever showed.

Whether Keegan will come back is now debatable, because some would say he is the cause of all this mess, having thrown his dummy out of the pram a second time at Newcastle. You know for a fact that if Mark Hughes had taken the job he would have still been here, and would have handled the situation in late August in a way that kept him in the job and the club safe. Once Kevin walked out we are in dire trouble.

And if Kevin does come back, it’s not a matter of if, but when he’ll throw the dummy out for a third time at the club – whether you support Kevin or not – you know that’s true.

We cannot afford that risk.

Let’s get Alan Shearer in, once the new owners arrive, give him a transfer kitty so he can do his best to revive the season via the January transfer window, and maybe he can keep Joe as his assistant, at least through the end of the season.

You know these two are all for the club, and should be able to do a good job during the rest of the season.

It’s time for Alan Shearer to step up to the plate, and save the club from any more disasters.



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69 comments so far

  • nimo

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    the club need some millions i dont care who is manager too much, whoever it is they need spending money..!!

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  • Mark

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #2

    whos we?

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  • james L

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #3

    why didnt we start with gutierez and xisco insted of geremi and ameobi.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Haha, this is a change of tack from you Ed!

    About time.

    Weren’t you calling for Keegan back at all costs a few weeks ago?

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  • DanToon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m not saying kinnear is shit, but the team he played came for a point n’ no more!!! Should have made the subs 20 mins earlier!! That’s not good enough for me, play 2 WIN!

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  • Obafan

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t know if Shearer will be able to rescue the club. He has done amazing things for the club, but he never managed a team.

    We need the following to happen ASAP:
    1. new owner (who wants to give transfer money)
    2. new European manager who gets rid of the bad players (Taylor, Geremi, Butt, Smith, …)
    3. rebuild with good players and find a strategy that suits the players he has got
    4. renew the contracts of Owen and Martins

    It indeed is very hard to point a finger at Kinnear, cause he is brave to take the challenge, but I think it is 100% true that his tactics today were awful.
    1. Why leave Butt on the field with an injection. Is he such a special player? NOT AT ALL, he is nothing special except that he is a master in giving away possession or hoofing the ball upfront which has to be very frustrating for our strikers.

    2. Why wait so long to take off Geremi?

    3. Why wait so long to bring in Barton, who really played very good.

    4. Why change a LB for a LB, when there is not much time left and the team defo needs a goal.

    Those things I can’t understad at all.

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  • DanToon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Multi Billionaire owners in…

    Shearer > Manager
    Keegan > Assistant

    Shit loads of money to spend in January!

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  • mikeygd

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #8

    agree totally about keegan

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  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    You already said that Dan.

    I’d have taken a point today like – would you not?

    I don’t think there was much wrong with joe’s tactics. Maybe could have got shot of Ameobi and brought on Jonas a bit sooner, but it still took a very special goal for them to beat us.

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  • Ed_Dub

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed, that is a ridiculous statement.
    We do not need Shearer to come in, we need a manager with plenty of experience.

    We need a lot of money if we are ever to compete again and we certainly don’t need Keegan back.

    The fans need to get behind Kinnear and the team, it was a bitter pill to swallow that loss today but we need to get behind the lads.

    Personally with regard to the match I think Butt is trying too much fancy stuff these days, play it simple!!

    Geremi should not be in the team, he constantly defended poorly and gave the ball away cheaply.

    Taylor is a shambles at the back, he has cost us countless goals this season, bring Bassong in beside Collocini and Enrique in at left back(we are in serious need of a new left back this January). Use Taylor as cover for right back, he simply isn’t a premiership centre half.

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  • Little Willie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d like to see the club be brave enough and give Ketsbaia the job, someone who’s done wonders at a smaller club and now looks ready to make the step up.

    Kinnear reminds me of Allardyce in the way he sets his team out and he left it too late to make the substitutions today, the weather conditions were shocking yet he still continued to play the long ball game rather than bring on Jonas and N’Zogbia who are better at bringing the ball forward at pace.

    All of our defenders struggled with the weather conditions today so I don’t blame them for looking all over the place from long balls.

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  • buddy

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #12

    NO NO NO

    NO more bloody risks

    NO FEKN KETSBAIA NO SHEARER

    we need a proven manager, this would be possibly the worst time to get someone in whos totally unproven

    we need a top class experienced manager. there are no englishmen in this category who would be good enough

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  • Terry

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #13

    What a terrible, knee-jerk article. Calm down, Ed.

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  • james L

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    has anyone else seen ilunga play for west ham on loan. hes canny good always seems to be on the ball down left wing even though he is a left back. he might be an idea in january to thicken the defence.

    in Jan id sell:

    ameobi-2million dont need to explain
    smith-3million dont need to explain
    viduka-free too old and lazy
    geremi-free cant put a ball in the box
    nzogbia-7million wants to leave

    total=12million

    and id buy:

    micheal dawson- free. good in air
    ilunga (tolouse)-1million .good at crossing
    james mcfadden-5million. goal scorer
    jermaine beckford-1 million. goal scorer
    lee bowyer-free. hard man.west ham have to sell

    total=7million

    that would set us up like this:

    given
    beye collocini taylor ilunga
    gutierez bowyer barton duff
    martins owen

    bench: dawson beckford mcfadden xisco enrique guthrie butt

    what do yaz reckon top 15?

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s not the time to panic. We need to look forward to the next game. Shearer or KK, to be honest, I care more about avoiding relegation and 3 points then anything else.

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  • Alvin Chan

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #16

    You are right, after all these weeks of lousy results, Kevin Keegan is the start of all these trouble. It is right that the management “Mike” is not giving him the right amount of money to buy players, but he should also not just walk out of the club and dont care about it. Now it is going down and I think it will be relegated sooner or later. Once this happen, it will be like leeds united which went down and not able to come back to the premier league, Which is sad.
    I really hope not to see all the Newcastle fans crying at the end of the season because Newcastle are relagated.
    Please can anyone do something to save this giant of the northeast?

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  • james L

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #17

    ian dowie is available.

    lol

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  • Sav

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Bloody hell! Ed wants a bloke who has never managed before in his life as ‘our only hope’ and somebody else thinks reckless = brave as regards Temuri Ketsbia

    What happened to your usual measured response, Ed?…’And if Kevin does come back, it’s not a matter of if, but when he’ll throw the dummy out for a third time at the club – whether you support Kevin or not – you know that’s true. ‘
    Sorry, but I don’t know that’s true and with respect, neither do you. Keegan had little choice but to resign. You reported the details minutely at the time. Have you forgotten already? The problem is Ashley and his policy of running the club remotely with a popular puppet manager in Newcastle. Keegan could not and should not stand for that.
    You know where to stick your dummy, Ed, although I’ll let it pass as I know you are sore.

    – Better expected in future.

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  • Sav

    Oct 25, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Bloody hell! Ed wants a bloke who has never managed before in his life as ‘our only hope’ and somebody else thinks reckless = brave as regards Temuri Ketsbia

    What happened to your usual measured response, Ed?…’And if Kevin does come back, it’s not a matter of if, but when he’ll throw the dummy out for a third time at the club – whether you support Kevin or not – you know that’s true. ‘
    Sorry, but I don’t know that’s true and with respect, neither do you. Keegan had little choice but to resign. You reported the details minutely at the time. Have you forgotten already? The problem is Ashley and his policy of running the club remotely with a popular puppet manager in Newcastle. Keegan could not and should not stand for that.
    You know where to stick your dummy, Ed, although I’ll let it pass as I know you are sore.

    – Better expected of this blog in future.

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  • UTD111

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Funny how its all KK’s fault all of a sudden!! What planet are you people on????
    Kevin was put in an impossible position – having to bow to the greater wisdom and football knowledge of that Cnut Wise. Would you have stayed???
    The blame for our situation lies firmly with Ashley and his poison dwarf.
    I’d welcome Kevin back with open arms.

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  • scottynine

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21

    why the hell didn’t enrique start he should the difference of a full back and centre half in only the 5 mind he was on. Yes the retards won but we MUST get right behind the lads for Tuesday we desprately need those 3 points. Also why slag off ameobi lads he was properly the only one to so heart todayand created most good thing that we did. Where was oba today or yes still trying to take on that extra man and losing the ball. Also drop geremi

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed i feel this is a knee jerk response to say the least.
    You’re talking like he is the only man who could do the job and if he comes everything will be bright and breezy again. What happens if shearer goes wrong? where does that leave us in terms of moral? if we brought shearer in, and god forbid we went down, where would that leave everybody?
    We need a manager with experience. A good manager who can get us playing good football again, for me, shearer is not the man for the job, at this moment in time.

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  • neeraj

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #23

    a bad game, a bad result

    i was not able to see the whole game because of power cut

    kinear’s decision have been strange….. but we still don’t know fitness levels of jonas and barton its no point throwing them on for 30 mins and worry about them getting injured

    if he introduced them late in the match, then it meant he was going for the draw….. but unfortunately it didn’t happen….

    i would still give kinnear few more games…. let him have a full squad with all of them being fit

    and him not introducing xisco, no idea why????

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  • Norwegian fan

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #24

    For the third match this year Butt has given away stupid freekicks; two penalties and the freekick today. We can’t afford those silly actions. Besides Taylor had yet another handball situation.
    terrible!!!

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  • Steven

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Thanks to mr keegan / ashley we are in this mess, please can people engage brain and realise that shearer has no management experience and I can’t bare to see keegan spit his dummy and walk away AGAIN when times are hard, please get this club sold NO to Keegan or shearer.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Shearer to rescue us???!?!?!!? Hahahaha Ed, dont be silly.

    To be honest i never find a derby defeat easier to take, but this is easier than most.

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  • charlie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #27

    oh gawd !!! come on people lets see a bit of positivity, we lost today but to be fair sunnderland looked more up for it and deserved to win (only just) now i see people questioning kinears tactics. They say a week is a long time in football, a week on here is an eternity. I thought barton looked good when he came on and jonas always seems full of positivity and energy. Lets not dwell on this and concentrate on the next three game shwich in my opinion are crucial. 7 points form brom, villa at home and fulham away and we will be doing alright. if we are still in the relegation zone aon the evening of the 9th of november then start calling for joes head but christ we only just lost today and we were far below par so lets be a bit positive. We still have 29 games to play people…

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  • Tom

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Keegan or Shearer are absolutely NOT the way forward for the club. Some Newcastle fans need to lose the frankly pathetic idea that either of those two will turn us all around because they used to be good for us.

    We need a FRESH start. New owners, new manager, new outlook and new players; we need to stop picking people on reputations, or past performances who clearly aren’t cutting it on the pitch (e.g. Butt, Geremi, Taylor, Ameobi, Duff et al).

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  • UTD111

    Oct 25, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Tom – I would take Duff out of your list he’s back to full fitness and has played very well lately for both United and the Republic

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #30

    All the part Newcastle managers are fools for using nicky butt as a first team player.

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  • reillers

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    So what..Keegan one week, Shearer the next. This is dillusional. Shearer is a legend, he was a very good player, but what next, if Shearer says no, who do we want after that when he turns it down..Given, Ant and Dec, Alfalfa??

    We don’t need a fairytale, we need a good manager and we need one now, Kinnear’s not doing a bad job.
    Shearer has never been a manager before, he hardly wants his first job to be in a fire crash zone like Newcastle.
    What do ye think that’s he’s going to fly in lke Keane did and rescue Newcastle like he did.
    It’s not going to happen, and Shearer is one of the last people who I’d want to come in. He’s NO experience at all. I don’t even know if he’s his coaching badges done.
    Stop dreaming lads. It’s no more then a wee fairytale.

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  • Ken

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree with Ed, We need three points against The Albion on Tuesday. As for the next manager, let’s wait and see who will buy us – assuming we can get a buyer in this market. Meanwhile, one match at a time and support Kinnear.

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  • Tom

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #33

    UTD111

    I’ll give you Duff then, provided he strings a series of good games together for us.

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  • Shola Ameobi

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #34

    it’s too late now 1 win and nearly quater of the season gone we looked like a relagated side today, keep this up and we will be by xmas

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #35

    James L ha ha ha
    Did you say BOWYER?????????????
    What the heck are you smoking mate?
    He will give away more free kicks than Butt Head

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  • sirjasontooon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #36

    No to Keegan,
    No To Shearer
    No To Ketsbia.

    Non of these candidates have won anything at managerial level.

    New players and whole new management structure is needed and the manager needs to have a european pedigree and a massive pot of cash…we are just not good enough right now.

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  • Pg

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #37

    spot on ed

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #38

    REILLERS!!!!
    He has most of his Badges done,still has a couple left to do i think.
    He would know how to set up a team and what type of players to buy.
    He aint ready yet though

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  • UTD111

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Here’s a good quiz question – which team scored the only goal that has been conceded by Manure at Old Trafford this season…….

    Funny how things change….

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  • micepie

    Oct 25, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s funny you should say that, Ed, beaause I don’;t think we DO have average players by any means. We are at least 3 quality senior players short, that’s true. We have mostly better players than Sunderland in my opinion, though many of our players played badly today.
    It’s not just about personnel either. It’s not as if Hull have better players than us, It’s about teamwork, fighting for each other and blending with each other.

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