Shearer Needs To Get Tough With Some Of His Players

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    id like to say viduka was fit but april fools is well past its sell by date… damn

  • Don

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    With some of our players it not just in the mind, its that they just arent good enough

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 5, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Shearer needs to work on:

    Enrique- Passing
    Jonas- Shooting/Crossing
    Coloccini- Awareness
    Nolan- Running

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see many points being picked up especially against fellow strugglers who we have failed to beat on most occasions this season.

    The players and how they work together is just not upto modern day premiership standards..they just can’t work as a Team.

    Even Alex Ferguson could not get these players to pick up points in the remaining games.

    They are sluggish,poor defensivly,badly organized,low on motivation,lack any craft,zero stamina and the opposition know how poor they are.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Ages ago on here someone said “Ashley gambled that there would be three teams worse than Newcastle this season”. I can’t remember who but i think that is a valid assumption.

    I think it is to little to late, we have no form,we don’t look like we have the ability to hurt teams or even craft some good play and punish the opposition.

  • batty

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    sjt it was obamartins who sed it m8

  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7


    after yesterday mate, im not conifdent at all, are you???

  • Sav

    Apr 6, 2009 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #8

    We are crap and have bought badly – Nolan being the latest waste of cash and hope. But get Taylor and Bassong in defence and we have a chance still. The stats don’t matter – there are 7 games and we can expect points from 6 of them.
    But I agree with Ed about Owen and Martins being poor together, except where Owen has played in midfield, as Keegan experimented successfully.
    Guthrie for Lovenkrands, unless he partners Martins and 3 central midfilelders (Butt, Guthrie and Nolan).

    On another note, I’m sorry to hear Ed is retiring the blog. I hope it can be handed over to someone else to carry on the tradition – perhaps someone at NUFC Supporters’ Trust. And many thanks to you, Ed, for all your dedication and the interest and pleasure your NUFCBLOG has given. Well done.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #9


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 12:30 AM

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  • Bosck

    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    to be fari ed saying we didnt look like scoring in a month of sundays isnt entirely true seeing as we did score a perfectly good goal that wasnt given


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