There are some reports today that Newcastle United’s senior players are unhappy with the rules being handed down by manager Alan Shearer.
Alan Shearer – too many rules at this stage of the season?
The report is in The Sun, so it may just be some mischief they have made up, but there seem threads of truth to the story, since we know Alan is keen on people not being late – for anything..
The rules, which have been written out clearly, if broken, carry fines running into the tens of thousands of pounds. Shearer has imposed an official list of regulations and penalties concerning lateness, but if this is true it does seem an unusual time to be doing this – given our survival in the Premier League is uncertain at best, and there are just 3 games to go.
And Alan has warned his players that anyone who does not follow the rules will be hammered in their pocket — a move which has not won wholehearted support from many of Newcastle’s senior players at the club.
The proverbial inside source, who always seems to be busy at Newcastle over the years said:
“Nobody would disagree that a club needs to be properly organised, with discipline and an order everyone understands.”
“But to start writing down a list of offences that will get you fined at this stage of the season seems strange.”
“It seems counter-productive to do it with so few games left. How many times could a player possibly be late for airport check-in now? It is just getting some people’s backs up.”
“The players want to get Newcastle out of relegation trouble and want a good team spirit but don’t think this is particularly helpful.”
“It is true some have been late on occasions but there are a couple of serial offenders. Some are never late and it looks like they are all being tarred with the same brush.”
We have to hope this thing will just blow over, because this is the last thing we want to be hearing about right now.
There are also reports this morning that Joey Barton and Alan Shearer had a verbal argument after the game on Sunday, and words were hurled at each other across the dressing room.
We have to hope the team spirit is getting better if anything, and the players aren’t already starting to lay the balme at each other’s feet – or those of the manager – that’s the easy way out of the mess we are in, and will not do any good at this stage.