Big Praise From Big Al For Big Andy


There’s probably nothing a young Geordie striker would like to hear more, than praise from one of the greatest strikers Newcastle United have ever produced – Gosforth born and raised Alan Shearer.

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Shearer – smiling because Andy looked so good

Alan Shearer has today praised the latest local lad –  even if he was born south of the Tyne –  to score a goal for his famous hometown club.

Andy Carroll not only had a good game for the side on Saturday, but he also scored the vital second goal, with a great header, that earned Newcastle a vital point.

A defeat on Saturday would have had the storm clouds gathering again over the Tyne.

And Shearer has 206 goals for Newcastle United, beating my boyhood hero, the great Jackie Milburn, born and raised in nearby Ashington,  by just 6 goals.

Alan is delighted to see another Geordie coming through the ranks at St.James’ Park.

“To see a youngster come through from the ranks is great,”

“Let’s face it he wouldn’t be in the side if Mark Viduka, Oba Martins and Shola Ameobi were fit.”

“But he’s been given a great chance.” “He had an earlier chance but to his credit he wasn’t afraid to go in and miss again.”

“But it was a great header and he earned Newcastle a point.”

Andy is still far from the finished product as Michael Owen talked about on Friday. But they have identified the weaknesses in Andy’s game and with players like Michael Owen only too willing to help the youngster on the training field, Andy has a great chance to make it big at Newcastle.

Here’s a thought – why couldn’t Shearer come in to help Joe with the training and work with our strikers – like Andy – that would be good for the club.

But Andy must also keep his feet firmly on the found because once he starts believing his own headlines – it’s all over.

Comments welcome.

Note: Have a look at Ed’s new report on the game on Saturday in his News Of The World column – and please leave some comments – thanks!



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26 comments so far

  • AmSickOfThis

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t see the great Shearer ever back at the club under the current regime in any capacity

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  • clinta

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes still a promising talent, we do need a big man to replace Viduka though, and while Sholas signed on for another 3 years he’s clearly just a squad player on not up to the task week in and out.

    We’d be better off trying to get someone young (around 22) in know from one of the smaller leagues instead of paying big money in a years time when were desperate for a player.

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  • Californication

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Fair play to Carroll, he certainly looked the part of a Premier League footballer on Saturday(questionable haircut aside).

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    NO chance shearer will come back during this, how do we say, unsettled time.

    Infact I dont think he will come back the manage any time soon. He doesnt have the experience and then again – who would want to work under MA and Lambias – who you ask – that voiceless dimwit as a chairman.

    Answer me this – you are the chairman of one of the 18 clubs of the Premier League. You would live upto that role and do you upmost in that position. What has this plum done – nowt – what has this plum said – nowt. All he does is sit with his sunglasses on when its raining in the directors box – which by the way was rammed on Sat – didnt see fat ash like.

    We said this before but we need from the top down to be quality too and MA & Llabiarse aint that! COME BACK MORTY BOY (i know that aint gonna happen)

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  • Kash

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d like to see other youngins get a chance!

    If Given was to leave, then Harper should be given his chance of being number 1 with Krul given the bench berth.

    Still wondering whether the likes of Tozer, Kadar, Lua Lua, Donaldson and Ranger will be good enough. Considering these are the only youngsters who may make the first team, then I think we’re thin on the ground for youngsters pushing for the first team!!!

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  • tino asprilla aka richie

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    who does megson think he is tryin to get barton for 2 mill??!!joke

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    What was SSN saying again re Barton. Tony Adams offerring him a fresh start!!!

    Are you having a laugh. 25K or 52K supporting you. Peter Crouch or Michael Owen. North East or ar%e bit of england (well sort off).

    S*d off Megson. £2 mil is a joke and if NUFC sell him they are stupid!! He just back from injury (Cattermole you t**t) and in training today (me thinks).

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  • ArtyH

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Give Andy a chance, Viduka is a sick note and Shola has had his chance(s). Let Given go with all our blessings he has been great for us and deserves better. This will give Harper his chance and possibly an England call up. Also Krull a chance to be understudy which would keep him interested.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Shearer already said he wouldn’t consider being at NUFC while this current owner is here and who could blame him.

    Shame as his advice and experience could really help some of our squad including Carroll.

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  • Sav

    Jan 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Megson ends Barton interest when his 2 million offer is rejected? We describe City’s 3 million offer for Shay not as ‘unwelcome’ but as ‘laughable’. Does this not set alarm bells ringing that on the grapevine once again our entire squad has been put up to the highest bidder and clubs are seeing us as desperate?
    Otherwise, why even bother to make such an offer for either of these players? Everyone knows their market value is way above that.

    Unless Dennis Wise is having another fire sale. He did it before, when Ashley was a lot more flush and behind the back of a manager in a stronger position than the one we have now. It seems Joe is reading the signs but has not been given the courtesy of a ‘phone call, let alone consultation.
    Is this why he won’t talk to the press?
    What can he say?
    – The poor bloke doesn’t bloody-well know what is going on.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Sav – neither do we ha ha ha. Sorry for laughing but you have to. Transfer season again eh! Fun and games.

    I think is Wise and Ash fat another firesale that would be the last straw for a lot of supporters – me included.

    It wont stop the kids (11 – 16) from going but for the more hardcore supporters then it would just be the straw that broke the camels back.

    Surely MA aint that stupid?

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 12, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Surely MA aint that stupid?

    any proof? 😆

    Definate proof that he is clueless when it comes to running (or ruining) a football club!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 12, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Perhaps MA doesnt really know what is going on at NUFC.

    Lets speculate for a minute. Lambiarse is an apparent rubbish chairman. What has he done during his tenure that has come out to the public domain – nowt.

    Compare to Chris Mort – he was communicating – even if was just a piece of how they were doing on NUFC website. Point is the ship seemed steady under him – Llabiarse – please let me sit next to him in the directors box. Someone needs to have a 2 min chat with him about how crap he is as a chairman.

    No public backing of the players. Even when Given issue broke. NO balls to even come out and stand by our no1. Im sure Mort would have.

    You need more than a managern. Look at the borough chairman. He publically got involved with the Downing issue.

    Given has stuck his v’s up the board with what was issued and has got the backing of the crowd. Not one person out of 47K can deny that after saturdays chants of support.

    Anyway lost the point – I know no player is bigger than the team but in our case we need support from all up on high – not just the fans.

    What is the NUFC trading statement now?

    Sort it out will you Ash and lets get back on that road that takes NUFC back up the table. Grow some balls and back what you say when you took us off the market!!

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 12, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Andy Carroll definitely looked the part against West Ham. I’m looking forward to seeing whether or not Kinnear would ever pick him ahead of Shola…

    I hope so!

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jan 12, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    You are always finding reasons to hate Ashley. I would think rejecting the offers is a statement of intent that we dont want to sell rather than they are for sale. I dont think Ashley is stupid enough to do it knowing what most of us think of him already. It would be suicide.

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  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Sav, Toon Graeme to be honest, I don’t think that MA’s learned anything from recent events.

    He’s still employing the causes of the problems in September and I wonder whether he’s working on the information they provide him?

    If he had, he would have acted to smarten up the club’s PR and where appropriate, rubbish all speculation that we’re a selling club. The silence is deafening and despite his stated desire to be return to the fold, that really is a non-starter unless he smartens his act up and takes a more hands on role.

    No chaps, not hands on certain throats but on the reins of the club!

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  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Pons Aelius // Jan 12, 2009 at 12:37 PM re

    Andy Carroll definitely looked the part against West Ham… could we have the makings of aanother Peter Crouch?.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Jan 12, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Ever seen a mackem….

    I am inclined to agree with you on this one, just because some half witted fool, like sMegson puts in an offer for one of our players does not mean we have put them up for sale !

    I am forever optimistic that we can do something and will never change that point of view as long as I live

    Ho’way the lads !!!!

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  • arctoa

    Jan 12, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s good to see the ball sticking to a striker when it is sent up there, it just bounces off Ameobi which is probably why Kinnear is going with Carroll; it can only be good for Owen too as he plays best with that sort of player: look at the damage he inflicted when partnered by Heskey.

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  • arctoa

    Jan 12, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s also nice to see a Newcastle striker winning headers for a change, hah. Something’s got to be done about that hair though!

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  • TORONTOON

    Jan 12, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    i was thingking blkbrn would’ve been a great starter club for shearer, but that was never talked about..and the shamless fatsam ended up with the job.

    carroll looks a bit light weight to play the post-man game; but looks alot more alert than ameobi.

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  • najikhin86

    Jan 12, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #22

    why have to log in???

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  • arctoa

    Jan 12, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #23

    najikhin86 – we were getting a lot of issues with troublemakers and impostors so the account system was introduced to stop that.

    As for Shearer, he’d be much better off starting somewhere like Hartlepool. I’d suggest Gateshead or Blyth but his profile is too high for that level of football.

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  • I luv Sunderla-wha

    Jan 13, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #24

    OMG adam siara is super hot and did’nt he score the most touch downs last season for New England Patriots, was’nt he William Wallace in Braveheart, and was’nt the doctor in naughty nurses 8.

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  • I luv Sunderla-wha

    Jan 13, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #25

    This l’ crane; Love of LAN shearar knows from the battle of the football of the morning. In the proximity of the ape [the range [of dayushch], likes the punishing cause that of k], the spiders it is at l’ jusqu’ hearing; now. L’ brings; out; Lighting the smoke the magic, which likes the thing more.

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    Jan 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #26

    breath the dragón magical had sex of that they are vague with quest’ dirty bird of l’ spider that hennelled l’ amoungst the reigns of satan’ ; harem of s. and this is esquilador d’ a part has taste to smoke this that is gatito, in l’ scale to the sky, and plays bad billiards automatic rifle.

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