Shearer Going About His Task With Zeal And Confidence


Alan Shearer is not one to be affected by anything that’s written about him in the gossip press, as he’s seen it all before, and he’s at work right now at the Benton training ground, going about the job in his usual all-out and dedicated style.

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Alan Shearer – it was over the line Ref!!

Alan Shearer talked the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today, and he’ll be doing a lot of that over the next 7 weeks, as he tries valiantly to save Newcastle United from relegation.

Alan said today:

“Without doubt there was still plenty to suggest we can get out of it. I have said that to the players.”

“Yes, we’ve lost 2-0. And, yes, there have been one or two things said about the things that we’re disappointed with.” “But we’ll continue to take the positives.”

Newcastle didn’t get any breaks against Chelsea, and even a Michael Owen goal was disallowed after 72 minutes, but the ball  was shown, by constant TV replays, to be over the line before Ashley Cole cleared the ball.

Michael had a quiet game but still managed to really score, so that’s why he will in every side, from now on that Alan turns out. We need some goals big time to survive.

The linesmen (sorry that should be referee’s assistant) these days always seem to be asleep, and unwilling to make the tough calls when they need to – lack of  guts, that’s what it is.

Shearer, who now has the chance of a full week’s preparation with his players before the do-or-die game at Stoke on Saturday, and he continued:

“We need that elusive win and we need a goal.” “It was always going to be difficult to get that against Chelsea, albeit we probably should have had a goal when there was the one that wasn’t given.”

“Whether that would have altered the game or not, I’m not too sure. It would have given us a good last 10 or 15 minutes.” “Mistakes happen, though. We made mistakes on the day and so did the linesman. We just get on with it.”

“Chelsea was tough. But when you look at Stoke’s record and the way they play, it will be equally as tough.” “But we’ll go into it in the right way and take the positives from the Chelsea game.”

“Wins are the only thing that will get us out of trouble. We realize that.” “It’s disappointing. But we move on – instead of eight games, we’ve now got seven.”

“We go to Stoke next week with six or seven days training behind us.” “That’s a few days extra to prepare.” “We need to try to look at who we’ve got. We might have one or two injured players back next weekend.”

“We’ll work hard from Monday morning and see how we can improve things.”

Hopefully Bassong and Steven Taylor will be back, and it wouldn’t surprise us if young Danny Guthrie gets a start next Saturday too, as Kevin Nolan wasn’t all that effective last Saturday, but of course Kevin has all the grit and determination in his play too.

We really like the way Alan is going about his task at Newcastle, and he, for one,  is not getting carried away with things, and he knows he has to work quickly and urgently to get results quickly if he is to have any chance of succeeding.

But he’ll work night and day over the next few weeks to try to save the club, we can be sure of that.

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 6, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #1

    question

    isnt the ref who refereed us against chelsea the same ref who sent off beye against city

    though what i have been extremely impressed with shearer is he hasnt used that as an excuse

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #2

    No doubt Shearer and Dowie’ll have he balls to tackle things head on but looking at this Guardian article, you’ll see just what a mountain they have to climb.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/apr/06/newcastle-united-chelsea-premier-league

    Is it any wonder the players can’t gel, they’re such a disparate group who’d take forever to gel.

    Forcing them to comply with a lunching regime coupled with Sunday morning training’s a good start to getting them to think as one.

    Why oh why didn’t Ashley try to get him in a fortnight ago, during the international break – at least he could have met some of the staff!

    On another note, I’d read somewhere that the decision to peddle Wise had been taken a while ago on the basis of the miserable Janurary transfer window, his pricey summer acquistions and him continuing to scout overseas players when MA wanted more domestics.

    And just to cap it, Wise is supposed to be tipping his cap toward the QPR job. Bless him!

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  • Pons Aelius

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    OFF TOPIC – Been a few days away from the blog and I’ve come back to find out the blog is ending!

    Just to say a quick congratulations to Ed. You’ve obviously put in a lot of work over the last couple of years.

    It’s going to be weird not reading the views of spyro, Stardust, batty, Ryan Toon, workyticket, 51 times, Ericles, sirjasontoon, Bill F, lesh, bowburnmag, Toon Graeme, Brazilian Geordie, Turkish Geordie and all the others (even bennytoon/AO) every day.

    What am I going to read at work!? 😀

    ON TOPIC –

    Shearer will do his best and will get the best out of these players. If he fails to save us no one will judge Shearer badly cos this squad has been useless.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    In all honesty – I just want this season to be over so we know our fate. Its a sickening feeling.

    I cant even switch off about the thought of the threat of relegation.

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    I think that Guardian article is a bit wide of the mark. Look at any team from a club that’s had a few managers over the past decade and you’ll see that most have a mixture of sources.

    What I do think is that we have quality players, and ought to be beating the likes of Stoke and the Smogs. What’s needed is confidence and a good leader – and he walked in last week.

    It’s going to be very tough, of course, but it is entirely possible that we’ll pull out of this dive just in time.

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  • DanToon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #6

    ………………Harper
    Baye Coloccini Bassong Enrique
    …….Guthrie Nolan Jonas
    ……………….Owen
    ………Carroll …..Martins

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  • batty

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed Harrison // Apr 6, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    I am committed to running the blog through the rest of the season.
    And I’ll take another look at the end of the season to see where things are with everything.
    Don’t over react to this blog – the important thing is that the club stays up this season – let’s put our energies towards that end and help Alan and Iain – and the players – over the rest of the season.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    After all the work i put into this blog i would be gutted if it was to go offline before you get relegated. Just 2 more games to go before you are down so if ED could please keep it running till then i would be grateful.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    On a serious note. Are you not all embarresed as fans how the media is portraying newcastle fans at the moment with all this talk of messiahs and alike.

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Whumpie @ 4, I agree to a point but the fact is some of these guys have seen so much turmoil it must be unsettling. The newer ones, one might expect to be oblivious to the changes, but let’s not forget, we’re dealing with real human beings who talk to each other and whose emotiona affect others.

    It’s a mess and it’ll take a real strong character to gee the lads along and in Shearer and Dowie, I believe we’ve got the right mix.

    However, they’ve still got to get the team to play as one and in a short space of time, not easy. I’m not saying impossible, but not easy and believe me, I’m praying for a fair wind for us and some slip ups from those in the mire with us. Fingers and everthing else crossed eh?

    Beenytoon, please do yourself a favour and stop gloating and just remember, what goes round, comes round!

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  • DanToon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #11

    I could understand if the prick supported a good team, Spurs have spent millions and millions this season and are still just as sh*t.

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  • broon ale

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #12

    benny… are you not embarassed to have lost your last 6 league games against the premier league’s 3rd worst team.
    It seems you take pleasure in reminding us of how crap we are so it’s worth pointing out that we always beat spurs..
    go away pencil dick!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    broon ale // Apr 6, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Pencil dick?

    Do you really think he has one that thick?

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  • broon ale

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    good point stuart…

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  • Micky Toon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #15

    I see bennyspud got his wish on Saturday as his belovid spurs lost to Blackburn. What a true fan he is, taking pleasure from his team losing.

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  • Micky Toon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    I mean beloved not belovid obviously. What a nugget I am.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #17

    dantoon- we are not getting relegated because we sspent millions. Good luck in the fizzy pop league!!

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 6, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18

    broon ale- How i look forward to spurs hammering a nail in your relegation coffin. Its on sky for the whole world to see too!

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  • stevep

    Apr 6, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19

    @bennytoon – what you gonna do next season when you have yet another lower mid table finish and no nufcblog to go on.

    everyone else – how about we chat to Ed with the following.

    Add a paypal donations button with a running total to the amount needed to run this site on a yearly basis

    Get 4 or 5 writers to assist in publishing articles

    If he just wants out completely he could transfer domain ownership to myself and I’d sort out the website side of things (although I can’t dedicate time to writing articles)

    Any takers?

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  • bowburnmag

    Apr 6, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #20

    stevep – I volunteered earlier and in the main I was referring to writing rather than administrating. Keep me in mind if anything happens.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 6, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21

    stevep // Apr 6, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    “If he just wants out completely he could transfer domain ownership to myself and I’d sort out the website side of things (although I can’t dedicate time to writing articles)

    Any takers?”

    Ed gives you a domain he has worked to build up for two years, we do all the writing, and you just collect all the revenue?

    reet-o Steve! LOL 🙂

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #22

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