If Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie didn’t know the size of the job to save Newcastle this season they learned something new yesterday, and it will now be very difficult to save this team, with another inept second half display at home.
Alan Shearer – huge job for Alan to save Newcastle now
But of course Alan somehow has to become psychiatrist in chief, because with our players it’s all in the mind – and they need to wake up – and wake up quickly. We just don’t have enough mental toughness – something that Shearer has in spades.
Maybe we should tell them all they’ll not get paid until they start playing in a way that earns the money that Mike Ashley is paying these guys – £73M a year in wages – which must be in the top three clubs in wages, and we’re 3rd bottom – we wonder if the players are responsible this season? Ashley has a good case for wanting his money back.
That wage freeze may even wake them up – but maybe not.
Alan Shearer now faces a massive job if he is going to save the club and he said yesterday:
“I thought we more than contained them in the first half without being a threat ourselves,” “Going into half-time I was reasonably happy. – Steve Harper had only had one save to make in the first half.”
“So I was reluctant to change too much at half-time.” “But we made a mistake, and you are reluctant to open things up too much because of the quality Chelsea possess, and it was tough from then on in.”
“Effort-wise – no complaints. Quality-wise we can get better. We can pick up quality but on the other hand we are playing Chelsea and the good thing is that we are not playing them every week.”
“We can take some positives from the way we contained them in the first half.” “It was always a very hard task and it still is. We’ve got seven games now instead of eight.”
“We’ve got to try and get some confidence into the players, and I’m trying to pick out as many positive as I can. They don’t want to hear me harping on about negatives.”
We support Shearer big time of course, but he will need to get tough with some of his players, starting with Coloccini, who is just giving too many goals away.
Assuming Steven Taylor and Bassong are fit next Saturday, we’d like to see a back four of Beye Taylor Bassong and Enrique – and that is probably our best defense right now. We have to hope the good form of Bassong and S. Taylor can see us through with a much tighter defense in the final 7 games.
And playing Owen and Martins up front together just doesn’t work, and we didn’t look like we’d score in a month of Sundays yesterday, so we need a tall striker up there with some physical prowess and heading ability, and you can choose between Xisco, Carroll or Ameobi.
Unless that Australian guy who’s always in the injury room, gets fit within the next two months, but that’s unlikely.