Enormous Task For Shearer To Now Save Newcatsle

Alan Shearer has been tested in the past, and he has again taken on an enormous challenge at Newcastle, with the team in dire straights through none of his own doing.


Alan Shearer – enormous task for this man

And don’t believe it’s a no lose situation for him because he’s taken this job on only because of his love of Newcastle United, and with no management experience he’s risking an awful lot.

Newcastle’s Shearer will spend this week assessing his team options for the do-or-die game at the Potters on Saturday. Alan said:

“We all know what we’re going to face at Stoke, it’ll be one hell of a battle, but we’re in one hell of a battle anyway,”

“We know we have to win matches. We have to win to get out of this trouble. Stoke aren’t a Chelsea.”

“But the way they play and the atmosphere of their stadium will be equally as tough.”

These last 7 matches will be a huge test of Shearer’s character. but that’s been tested so much in the past and has never been found wanting – that’s what makes this man so special.

We know Alan will give everything he has for the Newcastle cause, but it’s the players that we have doubts about.

They are way overpaid. and we think Alan will look for those with the spirit that’s needed for the fight to the death, that was so well epitomized by Habib Beye on Saturday. The Senegalese International was playing out of position in central defense yet he turned in a sterling display – that’s what we look for from every single Newcastle player.

Shearer has leaned a lot from all the great managers he’s played under and is trying to lift the team spirit of the side by having the lads to eat together to form a stronger bond between team-mates. They’re all in this together of course.

That’s exactly what Bobby Robson did in September, 1999 when the team was decimated after Bobby  took over when Ruud Gullit left, and of course in Bobby’s first home game we annihilated fellow relegation strugglers Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 with that man Sharer scoring 5.

That’s the type of spirit we will need to survive this season, and somehow Alan has to find a way to drum that into each and every player.

Shearer continued, and pointed out again he was only here until the end of the season:

“We have changed one or two things. We can’t address everything because we’re only here for seven weeks,”

“When Bobby came in to Newcastle, he made everyone sit down and eat together. It’s just a small thing, but I think it gets the players together as a team.”

Alan couldn’t get anything from his first game in charge, which probably surprised a number of fans, it surprised us, but from what the players are saying since he arrived, he’s having an enormous impact off the field in training and being with the players.

While all that’s great to hear, it’s on the field we have to save ourselves, and if we cannot get a win against an improved Stoke City side on Saturday, things will start to look dire indeed.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far


    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    we’ll be much stronger for Stoke in my opinion.

    Beye bassong taylor enrique will make a fairly physical and strong back four.

    Any news on Barton? Kinnear said he’s be back for the last 5 games but there’s people on here saying he may be near return? Even if he’s training at the moment he’ll miss the next two games untill he can get match fit so the last 5 looks about right.

  • Jack Bauer

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Shearer needs to be careful of the ‘Rory Delap’ throw ins… if we can stop them, then we have a greater chance… playing a 4-3-3 will work better with Owen as the deeper striker with Carroll and Martins as the strikers…! it’ll work like a charm!

  • Toonkistan

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Just wondering will barton and guthrie ever play together? or can they play together at all cuz both likes to attack and none of them is a holding mid?? but god knows we need joey and guthrie back ……we’ll beat stoke

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Was at the ressies match last night.

    Smith did his usual one touch passing and nowt special

    Guthrie was on Benjani’s ar$e like a bad smell – I do hope he is ok for Saturday.

    Carroll scored twice and had a good game

    Xisco looked 3 steps behind the pace

    Ranger – on fire. Excellent in the air and going forward to attack.

    Tim Krull some excellent saves – although Joe Hart did too.

    A good fast action packed game with some excellent passing and possession.

    Im sure I saw Ameobi sitting in the dug out. If not him it was either Geremi (too small a figure) or poss Bassong or Beye.

    No sign of shearer – but then again its hard to see from the east stand.

    Good crowd turn out – even the fans from Man Citey who came along.

    1 downside – it was bloody freezing and as for the steward who gave this bloke grief for having a bag full of food by his legs and warning him not to eat it – get a life!

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Dont think the chelsea game will make a difference to our season , we still need to win 4 games , stoke boro fulham and pompy are the most likley , and i firmly belive we will stay up

  • Whumpie

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed – were you really surprised that we lost on Saturday? Honestly?

    We need to survive, and that does not necessitate suddenly being equal to teams with twice our points.

    Stoke is a totally different matter. I know they’ve got great home form, but we should expect to beat them, even away.

    Nice to be reminded of that 8-0 Owls game. If only history could repeat itself, that would effectively be 4 points in the bag, because it would put us above the mackems on goal difference.

    If things do go well, by Monday we’ll all be talking up our chances. If we lose, then I think even I will be looking into season tickets… for the rugby.

  • richyg01

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Well said Johno Toon!

    Howay the lads!

    Team vs. Stoke:

    —————– Harps —————–
    -Beye – S.Taylor – Bass — Enrique –

    —- Jonas —– Butt —— Nolan —-

    ————— Martins —————–
    ——– Carroll —- Owen ————-

  • richyg01

    Apr 7, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Did anyone actually expect anything from the Chelsea game?

    Even if we were on form I think we would be lucky to take 3 points off them!

    Stoke, Boro, Pompey we must pick up all of the points!

    Stoke and Boro are both 6 pointers, if we take the points off them that puts them further in the $hite.

  • ToonRich

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Nice sum up of the ressies game Toon Graeme…In your opinion, is Ranger worth a punt – give him say 20mins or so??

    I read that a few 1st team players were there in support – Beye was one of them, also JB, Colo, Bassong iirc!

    Calls for the 4-3-3 might be a good one, use it like the Chelsea formation with 1 up top (Andy C/Ranger!), and two wide men i.e Martins and perhaps duff/Jonas?

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    that is it rich guy they are the games we need to win to stay up, and the first win will be hardest to get, get 1 win we will get the other 3 we need to stay up, think you spot on with the team we need to go out and attack the shit out of them dont let them get into their game and hoofing it up and making it physical on us as they are better than us at that, dont give them a chance i say

  • dougnufc

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    is joey back for the next game?

  • ToonRich

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Shoot me for being a dreamer, but I wouldnt mind this team!

    —————– Krul —————–

    -Beye – S.Taylor – Bass — Enrique –

    ———-—– —-Butt ———-——

    —— Guthrie ———Nolan —-


    Carroll(Owen or Ranger)

    Or Take out Guthrie/Nolan to play MO as the 2nd striker:

    —————– Krul —————–

    -Beye – S.Taylor – Bass — Enrique –

    —— Guthrie ———Butt —-

    ——————– MO——————


  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon Rich – At some point I would like to see Ranger get an outing – this season – Im not sure. Cup games would probably be the best time or if we are like 3 – nil up (dont laugh).

  • richyg01

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    ToonGraeme – Joe Hart didnt play

  • ToonRich

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Toon Graeme, I know what ya mean…It would definately be good to get him on whenwe’re in a comfortable position score-wise!!

    Do you think Vuckic will make the jump into 1st team next season, or still too young?

  • richyg01

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    ToonRich – I would love to see Krul get a start, I feel he is much more like Shay than Harps!

  • ToonRich

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    richyg, I think exactly the same…when I’ve seen Krul he looks much more assured. At the min Harps looks scared to make quick decisions :-\

    Is there a link to watch the live training session this morning?

  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    who thinks were staying up??

    im 30% we will

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Im 100% sure we will

  • Whumpie

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #20

    richyg01 – I like the look of that team. Hopefully Big Al will be all about attack and slick ‘carpet football’ for this one. It wouldn’t have worked against Chelski, but it should be enough against Stoke, who will just hammer into us man-to-man if we go 4-4-2.

    We also need some luck, and a linesman who needn’t go to specsavers…

  • Whumpie

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Ryan – I’m about 60/40 that we will stay up, simply because I think we now have a team and manager that are better than those around us.

    Of course, that’ll drop to about 20/80 if we lose at Stoke.

  • batty

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #22

    iam 99.9999999999999999999999% sure

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    You might be right whumpie , we might need a stroke of luck to get us on our winning ways but im sure once we get 1 win we will get the other 3 we need

  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #24

    i just think weve got to be realistic, we need three wins from 7, when weve only had six all season (two against west brom aswell)

    the two games that killed us were at home to

    stoke 2-2
    wigan 2-2

    both late goals conceded

  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m not confident.

    The more I see us the more I realise the players just aren’t good enough!

    You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!

    It’s asking alot!

  • RyanToon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

    agreed stuart

  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #27

    I think the biggest problem is the fact that we just don’ have any pace.

    Martins is the only one and he doesn’t use it very effectively.

    Our midfield would struggle against the fairs cup winning side now!

    SBR was right, if you sell good players with pace and replace them with average slow players you’re only going in one direction.

    I just hope Ashley is re-thinking the transfer policy, cos it ain’t working!

  • ArtyH

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    -Beye – S.Taylor – Bass — Enrique –

    —- Jonas —– Butt —— Nolan —-

    ————— Ranger—————–
    ——– Carroll —- Owen ————-
    I wouldn’t play Martins again until he learns when the ball is lost, you’ve got to make EVERY effort to get it back. Simple you loose it you get it back or at least try to! I do not think he has the will for the fight! Give Carrol and Ranger a try at this stage of the game what is there to loose? All the players in the team have had all season to show some fight, some have and others have NOT, we all know who they are. I am sure Shearer will also. A shining example of taking a chance was shown by Manure at the weekend when they put on the 17year old who scored a hat trick against our reserves earlier in the week.
    IMHO we have nothing to loose now we must take a chance on the hungry ones who will at least try!

  • Doocey

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m confident we’ll stay up, will take 3 wins though.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #30



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