Stoke City Is Do-Or-Die – Now Or Never – Must-Win Game


One of the many things Alan Sharer is trying to do at Newcastle, in the very short time he has to save the club, is to ensure the players start to enjoying playing football again.

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Alan Shearer and Geordie fans – a good combination

Yes we know that’s a completely unheard of concept in the modern game, and it’s an old cliche – but so right.

When players enjoy their football they play well, and it seems apparent that Alan is trying to get the players loosened up a bit in training and forget about the position Newcastle are in right now in the league, and get them somehow to start playing somewhere near their best form.

There’s not doubt Alan will be talking to some of the players on the side too, about what he wants from them in the games to come, which is why he shouldn’t really need to say too much during a game, since they will have gone over every possible thing that can happen in the games – and know what they have to do in every situation.

Alan knows exactly what he needs to do and we’ll get some idea in the remaining 7 games of the season, just how good a manager he can become, because as we all know he’s a rookie right now, which is why he has friend Iain Dowie helping him out.

While Alan seems to have all the attributes needed to be a top manager -just terrific leadership skills and a mental toughness few others have in the game, the proof of the the pudding is always in the eating.

And while Alan would not have picked this time to go into management, the sad dilemma of our famous club has forced his hand, and he finds himself with the club 4 points adrift of safety with just 7 games to go to save the club. How’s that for a baptism in football management?

If he can save Newcastle, there’s few that don’t believe he will be installed as the new permanent manager, and that Michael Owen will then stay at the club. We think Mike Ashley will also cough up some money, which he will get from somewhere, so that Alan can rebuild the squad, and maybe we can have a decent side next season.

The unknown piece is what happens if Alan cannot save the club and we go down to the Championship.

Shearer is a very smart guy, and it’s a good move by him to say he’s only here for the rest of the season, because he really is, since that’s the contract he’s on. But it does give the Tyneside Idol a chance to try out football management, and from what we can tell, he is just loving it at Newcastle, as he seems to have been born for the job.

He’s a leader of men – and being a football manager gives him the opportunity to continue to do that, after his playing days are over.

We have to keep looking on the bright side of things, however hard that is right now, with the lads gaining just 5 draws and a single win in the last 15 games.  We hope that somehow the lads can survive, and then there’s a huge opportunity for Mike Ashley to rebuild the club with local lads and former players at the helm.

If Mike does get another chance, surely he will not mess up again, but if we go down and the mother of all nightmares actually does manifest, what happens at the club is still not too clear. But we’d like to see Shearer take charge in that situation too, and then the goal would be to bring the lads straight back up.

If we are to escape relegation surely we have to get all 3 points at Stoke on Saturday, and we know that will not be easy, but inspired players in black and white shirts can do that – in fact there’s not much they cannot do. That’s what Shearer has to be working towards this week – but time is not on his side, unfortunately.

But the Stoke game has to be do or die, now or never – and somehow we have to get all 3 points.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments always welcome.



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33 comments so far

  • Steve R

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    I really think Shearer-Dowie must play a 4-3-3 with Butt as the usual defensive-mid anchor. Nolan should not start, he has not been convincing and is nowhere near as good as Butt in a defensive role. Guthrie could play in-front of Butt.

    back4: Beye…S.Taylor…Bassong…Enrique
    Colo is finished for this season and should be heading back to Spain.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    my lucky pound this weekend goes on
    stoke-win
    sunderland-draw
    boro-win
    spurs-win

    As harry redknapp would say, Trific!

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Stoke will be to strong for the barcodes. They are good at home whilst newcastle are rubbish home and away. I can see sunderland scrapeing a point at home with all out defending.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #4

    bennytoon

    The ugly clinic have been on the phone for you- apparently there’s nothing they can do for you as you’re too far gone.

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  • Steve R

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Bennytoon, all jokes aside now, do Spurs have a blog? Maybe u should go talk about how you can get a point against West Ham. After a lucky win vs Chelsea, i think Tott. will lose 3 on the trot.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #6

    stuart79-thats a shame as i was hoping for a breast reduction. The personality clinic have been on after looking at your posts and reckon your personality is underdeveloped as a result of only having a social life on this blog. They suggest you try and make real friends in the real world. They told me to remind you that world of warcraft doesnt count.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    bennytoon // Apr 8, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    stuart79-thats a shame as i was hoping for a breast reduction. The personality clinic have been on after looking at your posts and reckon your personality is underdeveloped as a result of only having a social life on this blog. They suggest you try and make real friends in the real world. They told me to remind you that world of warcraft doesnt count.

    Oh the irony!!!!

    Least I’m among my own!

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    stever- i assume they do have blogs. I am only a member of the proper spurs websites. We dominated chelsea and will dominate the hapless barcodes at the lane. Going down!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh and before I forget Benny-

    Moob reduction? There isn’t a sucking invention strong enough to suck all the jelly out of your moobs!

    Jelly heed!

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    stuart79- thats the problem though. The majority are kiddies so you get sucked into there playground banter. Its your life, so waste it as you see fit.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    stuart79- see what i mean. Comment 9 sums you up as a person. hahaha Lack of personality and the banter of a 9 year old.

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  • Doocey

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    And 6 from you Bennytoon. Nothing to be proud of for a Spurs fan.

    We can beat Stoke, just need to keep the ball away from the sideline 😀

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    I thought that as a 9 year old your self that that’s theonly humour you understand?

    You must really get bullied at school suffering from gynacamastia!

    Not to worry I’m sure ya mam will wipe ya tears away after she’s wiped ya arse and wan*ed you off. AGAIN…..

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  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    moobs.. what you doing here? be honest.

    can you see the irony of mocking newcastle fans for contributing to a newcastle forum while you’re one of the chief posters and you’re a spurs fan

    surely you can see the irony.

    6 in a row moobs man.. 6 in a row..

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    “Stoke City Is Do-Or-Die – Now Or Never – Must-Win Game”

    Well I reckon it’s shake and bake, poop and scoop, and scratch and sniff mesell like!

    ffs!

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  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    i forgot to mention as well moobs…. you’re quite honestly one of the most hideous looking men i have ever seen. Your profile photo is embarrassing..
    you’re like a jacobs cracker!!!

    Dry as f**K

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    stuart79- hohoho. your posts just get funnier.yawn. i take it you are just a silly teenager which is why you struggle with the banter and have to resort to crude jokes about my mother. I hope the 79 in your username doesnt represent the year in which you were born. Because if you are in your 30s i really do pity you. haha

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  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #18

    moobs.. i pity the fools that hang around on rival team forums.. ha ha..

    6 in a row…

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #19

    broonale- your posts are embarressing. I dont know why you bother to be honest.jog on.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #20

    broonale- i pity the fools who try to make friends with people on facebook that they dont know to boost there friend count. How sad.

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBU53blJqPM&feature=related

    EVERYONE. GREAT DAY LADS WERENT IT

    REMEMBER IT WELL 😉

    TOTTENHAM 1-4 NEWCASTLE

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #22

    TOTTENHAM WERE A BIT QUIET LADS

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  • Gunners

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    Good luck to Newcastle fans, will hate to see you go down, but doubt you will go down as well.

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  • wilbur1979

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #24

    I read these posts everyday and everyday i make an effort to read peoples comments. These comments however are now becomming pointless pieces of useless waffle mainly eminating from the hugely skin crawlingly annoying BennyToon. I applaud your bravery BennyToon. It must take guts to post what you do on a daily basis, your waffle eminating from behind a cum riddled screen in some little squaler or bedist somewhere in north london. You are a pest, you are boring and can only be described as retarded. You are very much suited to this online world of mayhem and anarchy, too scared to speak up in the real world? Oh sorry you dont live in it. P1 ss off back to where you came from you little sh1 t. Now back to what really matters. NUFC.

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  • TORONTOON

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    seriously guys it’s obvious that this prick is only on here to wind us up, and enjoys the response. ignore him and maybe he’ll find another forum to start fights. i’m not sure what his job is, but he seem to be able to reply to everyone instantaneously. it could be he’s just a 10 year old who has just discovered how to masturbate and is on this forum in between them sessions.

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  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #26

    friend count… ha haha

    says the man hanging around on the nufc forum.

    loser

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  • batty

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #27

    DOOCEY no one can log in to your blog m8

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  • BennyToon you need to get a life and lay your wife

    Apr 8, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #28

    BennyToon…….every day a watch this blog and all is see is sad comment after sad comment by you……have you got a job or are you a fat waste of space, sat with your hand down you pants getting off at posting really pointless junk on a NEWCASTLE UTD blog……have you been ban from your own site due to being a secert GOONER!!! Do one you ponitless f-ing loser…..

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  • ronaldeano

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #29

    MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS MOOBS

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Stoke aint a must-win IMO; although it would be nice to win.

    It is a must-not-lose.

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  • chuck

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #31

    Just as well Ed is closing the blog, why?
    Because anyone with a brain in his head can see it has been hijacked by the lowest common denomiter, teenies and morons.
    I`m outa here, thanks for your effort Ed.

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  • chuck

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #32

    denominator

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #33

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