Shearer’s New Discipline Is Hardly Too Severe


Alan Shearer seemed quite relaxed yesterday in his press conference for the Middlesbrough game, but our next 3 games are vital to the Newcastle club, and we’ll need to get more points than we’ve got in the last 10 games if we are to survive.

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Alan Shearer – It’s 10:00am – where the h**ll are you?

We’ve got 4 points in the last 10 league games, and it looks like we’ll need 6 points at least, to survive, so that’s 2 wins in the last 3 games, after not getting a win in the last 10. Oh my, we’re killing oursleves with these stats – every day. 

Does 6 points seem unlikely?  Yes it is, but it’s still possible although our players will need to wake up right now, if we are to have any chance at all.

A Hull City win on Saturday against Stoke at the KC Stadium, and anything less than a win by Newcastle on Monday night will likely have us doomed by Tuesday.

Of course we hope that will not happen, but it’s now out of our hands, and we’ve done absolutely nothing to help ourselves this year, and time is finally running out.  However,  3 wins in the last 3 games is actually still possible, although unlikely – but that would be a fantastic way to finish the season, wouldn’t it – and all would be forgiven – well nearly everything But we’re  dreaming again  – obviously. 

Shearer is hoping that what he’s instilled into the training, plus his stricter disciplinary rules, will give the team a decent chance of surviving in the Premier League this season.

He talked about this new professionalism yesterday:

“I’m not interested in what’s gone on in the past to be honest, but I was aware of things, of discipline, or lack of it,”   “People have said I’ve come in and tried to instill discipline and rule with an iron rod but that’s not the case, not at all.”

“We’re a professional football club, you have to be professional and that’s all I’m asking. It’s important for players to come in and feel relaxed, to enjoy training and have a smile on their face – but it’s also very important to be disciplined and professional in what you do.”

“After all, it’s a professional sport and we’re all getting very well paid for it.”  “There was a fine system in place, I’ve increased that for whatever reason, make your own mind up. I’m just asking players to be on time for work and I don’t think that’s too much of a problem, particularly when it’s 10 o’clock in the morning.”

“I’m not asking anyone to do anything ridiculous, not at all,  I’m just asking for common sense, to be in on time for training to adhere to the standards that Bobby Robson asked me or Kenny Dalglish asked me and for meetings, that’s it.” 

It is rather ridiculous that so much has been made of all this, and as Alan says he’s asking the players all to be on time at 10:00 am. It looks like Alan is at the training ground around 8:00am,  so we don’t blame him one little bit if any player is late for the 10:00 am deadline. Some of us have been at work for 6 hours before 10:00 am each morning.  😀

Some of our players just need to grow up – but how many times have we said that this year?

Oh well – a win on Monday night would lighten the mood – that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.


15 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    May 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    I think its more the press that have made it an issue.

    If they cant get to Benton for 10am they need a bollocking. Not as if they will get stuck in traffic at fourlane ends roundabout is it.

    There is always a disciplinary system no matter where you work so why should they be any different.

    Shearer is the gaff.

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  • nufc-rip

    May 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    championship championship you are going,
    championship championship i pray,
    championship championship you are going,
    You are going at the end of May!

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  • lesh

    May 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Those words…… “After all, it’s a professional sport and we’re all getting very well paid for it.” …… are so straightforward and should shame the lazy beggars who can’t even be bothered to turn into work on time and just get on with it to the best of their abilty.

    For £60k a week, a 10 am start’s not too bad eh?

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  • 51times

    May 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    To repeat my questions nufc-rip…
    “What’s your problem with NUFC then? You sound like a very malice filled person. Do you vote BNP? Robinho is black, you know. Don’t you think it’s hypocritical for you to support the BNP and then support Robinho on a saturday?”

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  • nufc-rip

    May 8, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    i just like to laugh at the lesser more insignificant clubs. Tell me whats it like watching a load of over paid has beens with tool like MA in charge.

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  • workyticket

    May 8, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    nufc-rip // May 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    “championship championship you are going,
    championship championship i pray,
    championship championship you are going,
    You are going at the end of May!”

    Getting better! 😉

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Hmm NUFC RIP – youve been on her before. I can tell by your writing. Sussed buddy.

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  • 51times

    May 8, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    This place is so boring. Remeber the shows I used to put on? Ah, the glory days.

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  • nufc-rip

    May 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Park park you ugly F**k,
    You look like a crispy duck,
    It could be worse you could be gay getting bummed off John OShea

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  • 51times

    May 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Problem is, nobody comes here anymore. Probably because of the new registration system, which was needed because bennytoon (or whichever alias you prefer) kept stealing peoples names. Which wouldn’t of happened had Ed banned him when he first came here, like I told him to. Well done Ed, you’re really the most incompetent website owner I’ve ever known.

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  • bowburnmag

    May 8, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    51times, you should ramp it up a little then. Get some of your crazy notions out there again. Preach to the regional masses.

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  • Whumpie

    May 8, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #12

    51Times – wum if you must, but keep your pathetic claws off Ed. He’s worth 10 of you, you pathetic waste of carbon.

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  • Whumpie

    May 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Someone should post something on-topic, so I’ll do it:

    I’m a professional project manager. You always get people in the team who take the p**s and get narky when you call them on it.

    Big Al has used a very effective technique: rather than risking a face-to-face bust-up, you just introduce something across the board which you know will be seen as necessary by most but really intrusive by the problem people.

    Those who whine first and loudest are your problem, and you immediately have them on the back foot. You can then have your ‘shape up or ship out’ conversation knowing they haven’t really got a leg to stand on.

    I’m loving what Shearer’s doing. Clever, clever man.

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  • bowburnmag

    May 8, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Whumpie – totally agree.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 9, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #15

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