Alan Shearer has just 5 weeks to somehow work the miracle that will save Newcastle United from relegation from the Premier League, for the first time in their history.
Alan Shearer – starts work today on how to beat Portsmouth
There’s a lot of pessimism around Tyneside right now, and there was quite a bit on this web-site yesterday, following Newcastle’s dismal display in London yesterday, at least for the first 65 minutes of the game.
Our view is that we don’t mind being beaten as long as the lads show some fight, pride and passion, and very little of that was on display yesterday.
But Alan Shearer has a job to do, and one thing he will not do is let the squad get too down on themselves, and certainly he will not allow any self pity from the players. They shouldn’t feel sorry for themselves because we deserve to be exactly where we are, based on our performances and record since Christmas.
Alan Shearer is proving to be a monument of self control and common sense, as it looks like his players have again let him and the Newcastle club down, but we also have to hold back on too much criticism, because we can still do it, if the players will only stand up and do what’s required of them.
Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“There is no room for feeling sorry for ourselves.” “We have to go to work and try to get three points against Portsmouth – and it starts now.”
“I understand why the fans are deflated. We’re exactly the same.” “We fully intended to go to Tottenham and get three points out of the game, but it hasn’t worked out that way.”
“My thoughts are now on Portsmouth and trying to win that game.”
This is becoming a huge test for Alan Shearer and the Newcastle United club, but Alan has never come up short before in his character, and we don’t see him coming up short this time around, but whether he can save us from relegation with the spiritless bunch of players he has taken control of, is now an open question.
We’ll just have to see how we do next Monday against Portsmouth, but we are not going to be swayed by all the good words that will come out of training and in the lead up to our next home game.
How the players perform for us against Portsmouth is 100% of what matters next Monday – and it will now be a little bit of a surprise if they play great. But let’s hope that’s what happens, and they don’t disappoint the Newcastle fans – once again.