The title of this article is nothing more than the obvious, because in our last 5 games under Alan, we haven’t done very well, getting just 2 points and scoring a single goal in those games, and the goal was a great one from 20 year-old local lad, Andy Carroll.
Alan Shearer – must get points on the board – now
And Andy is not one of our many highly paid strikers at the club – get our point?
Push is coming to shove, and if we are not going to get relegated with little more than a whimper, then we have to shake ourselves out of the coma the players seem to be in right now, and start playing some decent football – at least with some fire in their bellies, for heaven’s sake.
We don’t know if Alan is going to have a successful career in football management at Newcastle, but if he is, we would trust that he can start putting some points on the board for Newcastle, before we slip into the Championship, which would be more than traumatic for most fans of the club.
Of course the thing that upsets us more than anything about our current demise, is the apparent lack of fight and spirit coming from most of the Newcastle players, although not all.
We don’t want to tar everybody with the same brush and have no problem with players like Bassong, Beye, Smith, S.Taylor, Harper and Duff and others, but our more experienced players like Nolan, Owen, Martins and Viduka are not showing us much, not much at all.
And Owen seems so poor right now, and he’s our captain remember, that he’s been dropped a couple of times, and that cannot help his England chances, if they still exist after this season of complete mediocrity.
But Alan Shearer is nothing if not a positive and inspiring guy, and he remains convinced that Newcastle United can save themselves with just three games remaining of what has been a terrible terrible season for Newcastle fans. Did we make that clear? It’s been a terrible season.
Alan talked to Setanta Sports today and still believes:
“I still believe and the players believe that we will stay up,””We’ve got a very good chance of staying up.” “I don’t know what the magical figure is. Portsmouth may be a good point or a bad point.”
“Everyone’s looking at Hull, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and West Brom’s fixtures and trying to work out what the winnable games are and where they can get a point.”
“No one really knows and that’s the intriguing thing about this season. It will go right to the wire.” “What is pretty certain is all the teams fighting relegation won’t win every game from now until the end of the season.”
“We’ve got to make sure, when teams do slip up, we’re in a position to take advantage.”
Shearer doesn’t think others are being too unfair at the plight of Newcastle, and neither do we, but when a big and well known club like Newcastle are doing so badly, it’s obviously a story to be followed.
Of course we keep saying we are a big club, but we’ve won nothing in 40 years, but the potential and crowd support hasd always been there, and always will be – and it’s a decent question as to how long this drought of trophies will continue. Another 40 years?
It’s the management of the club that’s let the fans down consistently over the last few decades, and no more so than in the last four seasons, when we’ve been just hopeless.
“I think people are looking at it because of the size of the football club and because of the fans and because we regularly fill our stadium,” he continued.
“52,000 every week, not many other clubs would do that fighting relegation.
“We regularly sell out our away allocation so, from that point of view, I can understand why people don’t want us to go down.”
Once we can stop talking about the 52,000 fans at the ground every week, then we may even have a decent team.
It tells you something that whenever Newcastle United is mentioned as a club, it’s their fans that come to mind. We need to change that – and soon!
Alan – let’s get our first win on Monday night under your leadership, and we’ll be in business!
Howay The Lads!!