Shearer Continues To Urge Players To Produce The Goods

Jonas Gutierrez has revealed this morning that Alan Shearer is continually talking to the players, and trying to get them top believe they can still stay up this season.


Jonas Gutierrez – we can still stay up

Jonas talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning on our slim chances of staying in the Premier League this season:

“The manager tries to work with all the players and tells everyone to be positive and to think that we can do this,”

“That is very important for us. We have to believe like this for the next five games until the end of the season. The boss is talking to us and wants to make us better players.”

“The team tries its best in every game. We have to think about the next game now, we have to keep the belief.” “We have to believe in ourselves and the team. If we don’t then it is impossible for us to do what we need to.”

It looks liker the lads will have a good chance of staying up if only we can win our three remaining home games against fairly mediocre opposition.

The next home is against Portsmouth, who are now 7 points ahead of us and almost safe, and then we face Middlesbrough, who are currently one point above us.

Then our last home game is against Fulham, who are safe from relegation on 44 points, but not near to qualifying for Europe so to them, it’s just another game.

If we can win those games and the 9 points we should be OK, but we’ve won just one of our last 17 games, so that has to be a vast improvement from what we’ve done.

But the most important of these home games will be the first against Portsmouth, and we just have to get on the winning track in that game, and that can put some belief back into the players, since they seem to have precious little of that right now.

Jonas continued:

“We have three home games and they are very important. We need to win next week against Portsmouth.”

“We need all the three points because we are in a very difficult situation and we want to leave this league position behind.”

“The final matches for us are going to be very difficult. No team is going to make it easy for us, but all we can think about is the next match, nothing else, because we have to win this game.”

We’ve been very disappointed in our players’ handling of the relegation difficulty, and we haven’t seen enough urgency and spirit from the lads. And it also seems that Shearer and those before him this season, have had to put an awful lot of work into just cajoling these highly paid players into producing the goods.

It would be good and more appropriate if they could inspire themselves – even if they just have to think of all the money they’re making each week – that should inspire them.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • batty

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    will the lot of you shut the fck up and get on with it

  • RyanToon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    jonas its time we saw that fckin mask 😉

    really nervous about pompey

  • RyanToon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    the TWO games that done us this season were


    if we could of holded on for the last minute in each wed of had another 4 points and would of been level with bburn and ull now!

  • Desmond

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Man…the whole match against Tottenham was crazy. I couldn’t see Nolan or Butt anyway in the midfield line. All I can see is Jonas running everywhere.

    Maybe it’s time to put Nolan & Butt away and then try Guthrie + Colo, Smith + Guthrie, Guthrie + Barton or Barton + Smith in the central of the midfield.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    RyanToon // Apr 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    jonas its time we saw that fckin mask

    really nervous about pompey

    It’s about time we saw fckin anything!

    I’m sure he’s a full back! He spends more time tracking back than creating anything!

    He’s been another dissapointing signing this year.

    I only see Bassong as a success!

  • stevep

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    ed – Fulham can easily qualify for the UEFA cup (or rather the Europa cup as its now called), to say that it’s just another game for them is wrong, Fulham qualifying for european action is huge for them and thier likely to be well up for the game (unless of course they lose thier next two)

  • RyanToon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7


    yeah agreed to a certain extent, jonas has not been top class like we all thought after the first 5 games but imo he gives everything (unlike most)

    i wouldnt be against seeing him at left back as he is great defensivley

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Batty – fair point – direct and to it.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Ryantoon – I was thinking that earlier about Stoke & Wigan draws. Great minds eh?!

    Frustratingly nervous for Monday.

    I said yesterday Pompey will come looking for revenge points and will see we as relegation fodder. Its how we deal with that.

    By the way – I hate pompeys terrace chants!

    Its the first of our last 3 games poss in the prem so Im going out loud and proud. 150% vocal support from me and if I loose my voice – good.

    I call on all our supporters who will be there not to boo or jeer our lads OR LEAVE EARLY!

  • RyanToon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    aye toon graeme 😉

    and bramble and faye with the goals that could cost us!

    i went to pompey away this season. lets hope for a similar score 😉


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