Shearer Changes Already Starting To Pay Off


Alan Shearer has made several changes to the way things work at Newcastle United, and the new manager thinks he is already starting to see some benefits to that.

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Alan Shearer – changes look to be paying off


Alan didn’t think the squad was particularly super-fit when he took over, so he has increased the pace of training, and that certainly showed last Saturday at Stoke where Newcastle were very strong in the last half hour.

And of course our injuries this season have been the usual – terrible, so Alan has had the injured players in until 4:00pm in the afternoon in an effort to get them fit more quickly, and that seems to be working too.

Mark Viduka and Joey Barton are back in training and Steven Taylor is fit for Saturday, so shortly it seems like Alan may well have a full squad to choose from, and as Joe Kinnear always said, we’re a match for most teams when our squad is fit.

Alan talked this morning to the Newcastle Journal, about the changes he had made since he arrived a couple of weeks ago:

“We sit down late every afternoon and review it.” “Can we do anything better, how do we improve it?”

“There’s obviously something not right because we’re third bottom of the League and we’ve had a lot of injuries.” “I don’t know whether its fate or the 4 o’clock thing, but a lot of those injuries are clearing up.”

“You’ve always got players who’ve had a knock, or playing with injuries or injections, particularly at this stage of the season.” “Hopefully the step up in training has improved things.”

“I looked at how well we played in the last half an hour at Stoke, was it because of improved fitness or confidence? Hopefully it’s a bit of everything.”

It also appears that Shearer is not shy in changing things around as he benched our two Argentine stars, Coloccini and Gutierrez last Saturday,but that doesn’t really surprise us about Alan, since he was always very vocal when he was a player and captain at the club.

And Alan let Oba Martins know he was not happy at the timing of his withdrawal from Saturday’s game, although Alan is playing that down a bit now.

That’s probably because Martins wanted to play so much, he was hoping the injury would go away, and certainly there’s no rift at all between Oba and Alan, as Alan mentioned a few times when he talked to Newcastle United TV yesterday afternoon.

But we need some points on Sunday, and we just have to make the changes Alan and Iain have made. quickly manifest in some decent results. Last week’s result was good, given how difficult it is going to Stoke, and we just have to get something out of Sunday’s game.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and while the pudding is starting to smell great right now, we’ll have a better idea of how it tastes on Sunday afternoon, after the game.

We have to hope it tastes like all 3 points – not to take this metaphor too far. 😀

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37 comments so far

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    3 Points would taste very sweet.. I’m stating the obvious here, but we desperately need a win.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    No more talk the talk – its walk the walk time now.

    Chances are we will be points adrift by 5pm tomorrow night – even more than we are now we need to go for the jugular and get max points.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    3 points from Tottenham, 3 points from Pompey and hopefully 6 points from Boro and Fulham= Safe

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    With every word Shearer says he’s showing up the last management team for what they were.

    Fossils!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Stuart79 – in a way he and dowie have been subtle in their press statements of how bad it has been behind the scenes.

    HOW can we go back to Kinnear!?!

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    3-0 spurs. pav 2, keane by HT

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  • edburn

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m worried that if Shearer turns the job down on a full time basis next season, we will simply go back to Kinnear. It doesn’t matter what division we are in, I don’t believe that he is the man to take us forward.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope you stay up and shearer remains in charge as it will lead to another season of struggle cos he hasnt got a clue.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Edburn

    There’s nothin more certain that Kinnear will be back next season!

    The club have no money to spend and the feeling I get is that Shearer really doesn’t like Ashley and is only here to try and help the club.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    bennytoon // Apr 17, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    I hope you stay up and shearer remains in charge as it will lead to another season of struggle cos he hasnt got a clue.

    Another day another dollar on the dole moobs!

    You really need to get a life….

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Bennytoon – dont get carried away with your score predictions they make you look stupid.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Kinnear was never the man to take us anywhere. BUT was the only person willing.

    Got to admit Stuart that Shearer and Dowie are sounding very professional and guarded in there statements not been drawn in to anything silly.

    From what has been said so far the club is still in one hell of a tangled mess and these two and Ferris appear to be the answer to sorting out a fair amount of it. I’m not an Ashley lover nor a hater but IF we survive this season the summer wll define my feelings towards this man and his plans. We have some good players, good kids mixed with planks and mercs that need weeding out.

    Rangers contract and inclusion in the first team squad is a more of a move forward in 2 weeks with Shearer in charge that in the rest of the season gone by the other clowns.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #13

    toon graeme- You cant score and we dont concede at home. How am i getting carried away. I reckon you will have about 2 shots on target all game. This will be a very one sided match. If you defend like you did against stoke, spurs will run riot. They will be well up for this game as will the crowd.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Do you work benny?

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Waldo P. Barnstormer // Apr 17, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    The problem Ashley has is that he knows significant investment is needed in the playing squad but he can’t afford to be the investor.

    I’m sure after what’s happening at the minute he knows that he can’t do it on the cheap as first thought.

    He needs to sell the club for us to go forward, but I don’t think he will as he is very pig headed!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Hey moobs

    It’s common knowledge in football that Spurs really struggle in the air at set peices ect…

    Carroll will crucify King and Woodgate!

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #17

    stuart79- really? They did at the beginning of the season but harry has got the defense playing well with even Gomes looking better.

    It is common knowledge throughout europe that newcastle and carrol inparticular are rubbish. You are going to get taken to the cleaners.

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  • ToonAllman22

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Bennytoon you f-ing pikey, go and find a job and stop ranting on about your shoddy Yiddy little army of boy scouts, you might have some better players than us and be notably higher in the table than us, yeah we’ve had a bad season but it’s finally on the turn for the better..Why do you always seem to be commenting on here when your a stupid cockney yid, get on your own blogs son! 3-1 to us Saturday, close game viduka and martins to score in the last ten! One word for you kid: MUG

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Stuart I think youre not far from the mark with that statement. We need a huge player overhaul but its hard to say where to start as players need to have come in before we get shot of anyone. If Shearer is hear next year it will be a large plus for the club in drawing players here.

    We NEED cover for Enrique, a right winger, 2 center midfielders how can stay fit and actually play football plus others.

    I feel that, as many do that Geremi, Cacapa, Smith, Viduka and for me Owen need to go.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #20

    Bennytool – what happened to the drudging you were gonna give us in December?

    Hmmm 2 – 1 result to the toon I recall.

    What makes you think you are gonna score 3 past we – Chelski and Manure didnt. Arsenal did – but that was when we lost two players from the back – and your team are no arsenal.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    toonallman22- a draw against stoke is hardly an up turn in fortunes. Shows how far your club has fallen if you think it is.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    toon graeme- i never stated we would hammer you in december. We will this time! I think we will score 3 because i cant see your defense copeing with lennon,modric,keane, pav and palacios. Not to mention bentley and bent if they come on against tired legs.

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  • punk skunk...

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #23

    Play for the bagde, the shirt, the club, the Toon, the fans & the coaches…Oh yea, & your lives, livelyhoods & reputations!..

    …Ho’way!..

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  • punk skunk...

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Or badge, even…Der!..

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  • punk skunk...

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Sod it, just leave it all on the pitch!..

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  • ToonAllman22

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    bennytoon – seeing as when you went to play at the brittania your cockney fairies lost 2-1 to Stoke, the same result I believe when you came to St James’.. Well we can quite happily argue about petty crap all day.. But when it comes down to it, we’ll be the ones laughing on Sunday half 3 when we’ve walked all over your poxxy army for the third year in a row at shite fart lane! MUG

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  • bennymoob

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #27

    Im a big fat kant

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    bennymoob // Apr 17, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Im a big fat kant

    Well that’s the first time you have ever said anything correct!

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #29

    yawn, how amusing, yawn. Cant believe you would go through all the trouble to set up an account in my name. To much time on your hands.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #30

    Benny – so you going to SHL or watchin on the tele?

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  • Davies

    Apr 17, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #31

    The should read; too much time on your hands, not “to much time on your hands”. Sorry bennyboobs (heh heh).

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  • Nick 69

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #32

    haha benny u cant believe sumone would go to the trouble of setting an account in ur name, i cant believe u would go to the trouble of coming on an nufc blog every second of every minute of ur sad pathetic little life,i think its YOU who has far too much time on his hands

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  • Macas35

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #33

    I don’t think we can say the changes under Shearer are paying off, we were awful against Chesea and Stoke. Hopefully playing against a footballing team will make us raise our game, although to be fair they have better attacking players than us.

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  • roscoe

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Benny u jackass, spurs lost at stoke you moron!!! Hahaha!! I really hope we beat u in Sunday just so for a while you’ll get the f@ck off our blog u sad c@nt!
    TOON TOON

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #35

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  • papalump

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    i hear spurs are looking for a sponsor to name/finance your new stadium/den of c**** daniel levy said the job centre was looking first choice as all spurs fans would be drawn in by the name and as an added bonus the turnstiles can be used to sign on meaning the fans had more time to annoy people of a higher class on a real football teams website.

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  • papalump

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #37

    bennytoon, spurs are looking for someone to sponsor /name thier new stadium daniel levy was quoted as saying”It’s a necessary and critical component of financing a modern football stadium, the clear favourite is the “sign on stadium” with sponsorship coming from the government/job centre. as all tottenham fans are more than familiar with the job centre and the fact that our local job centres are constantly filled to overcrowding this deal suits all parties. as a club we can use the hypnotic effect of the job centre sign to lure more fans into the ground,for the fans the turnstiles will double as signing on booths saving them on travel and for the job centre it means their staff will have 40,000 less halfwits to look at so beneficial to all parties i think you will agree.”

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