Shearer Trying To Revive Newcastle’s Brittle Bunch


Newcastle gaffer Alan Shearer has vowed to rally his Newcastle United squad as they prepare for Sunday’s do-or-die,  it’s now or never, all or nothing final game of the season at Aston Villa.

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Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer
Let’s hope there’s a few of these on Sunday

The Newcastle players were said to be disconsolate and depressed in the dressing room following Saturday’s disastrous 1-0 defeat against Fulham.

Who wasn’t?

But Shearer’s job this week is somehow to revive these brittle players to stand up and be counted on Sunday.

They need to go out and get the job done for a proud club, which they’ve failed to do so many times this season, where for the fans it’s been one let down after another.

Take out two games this year – WBA and Middlesbrough and maybe Everton – and they’ve been just pathetic – and we use our words advisedly.

If they cannot do it, then we’ll have to admit we deserve to be relegated and we cannot even claim to have been unlucky.

Alan Shearer talked to Newcastle United TV this morning:

“The players’ heads were down in the dressing room but I won’t allow them to come in heads down Monday morning,”

“We have to remain positive and pick ourselves up.” “It’s disappointing that it’s no longer in our hands but I’m still confident we’ll get out of it.”

“We’ve got a week now to get ourselves ready and we’ll be giving it our best shot.”

Alan is nothing if not a tremendous leader, and his interview following the disastrous defeat against Fulham showed he is as mentally tough as anybody we know in football.

Of course that will stand him in good stead in his management career, plus his tremendous understanding of the game.

However, whether he can get the lads playing as good as they did against Middlesbrough is a good question, because our players can hardly be relied on – ever.

If we can get our brittle bunch of players playing with their hearts on Sunday and as good or better than at Middlesbrough – we’ll still have a chance – however remote right now.

Comments welcome.


7 comments so far

  • Tommyy

    May 18, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #1

    You would have thought, it being such an epic game, that any player would play their heart out. Even if they have no love or respect for Newcastle United. But of course, many of them haven’t.

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  • marshy

    May 18, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #2

    our only chance is to defend with ten men and pack our penalty area as many teams have done to us in the past.then we can only pray that hull lose although they will be playing a very weakened man.u team.

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  • DJG

    May 18, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Shearer has done as well as any manager would. He is working with what he had and that isnt much. I knew it would take a few weeks but the difference in the way we are playing is noticable. We deserved at least a draw against Fulham a side chasing European football., but for poor refereeing. Villa are struggling and we will go down there an fight for a point, which we be enough because Boro and Hull will both lose.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 18, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #4

    marshy, there’s no such thing as a weak Man U team mate. And with the likelihood of Collocini playing for us, I think attack is probably our best form of defence. I don’t think it’s wise for our current squad to rely on a clean sheet – especially away from home.

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  • NicoGF

    May 18, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘However, whether he can get the lads playing as good as they did against Middlesbrough is a good question, because our players can hardly be relied on – ever’.

    This is what annoyes me the most. How many times do I need to say that we played at the same level against Fulham.. it just didn’t work?
    If we play against Aston Villa as ‘good’ as we did against Boro, it won’t work. That’s why I’ve been so insistent on the Nacho thing, I think he’s the man to outplay Villa badly.

    Yes we can stay up. If we look at our goal difference it’s reasonably good comparing it with Hull’s, and if we talking probabilities, yes Hull will lose against Man Utd, but let’s not forget we must do our bit too…… and if we also talk probabilities, our loss against Aston Villa is a fact. That’s the reason why I’ve been so insistent, I believe we can beat them with Nacho… you will have to endure my annoyance for one more week, it’s not much at all.. so we basically want everything to go ‘according to plan’.. but we forget how unlikely is a loss not to happen on Sunday.

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  • davis_toons

    May 19, 2009 at 5:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Too bad your “Nacho” thing won’t be coming out as everyone inculding you knows it.

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  • Bosck

    May 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    nico, no offence, but give up on the nacho rubbish, he won’t play, isn’t fit to play and given the fact that he has played only 40 mins for us all season would not be picked anyway.

    it really is becoming annoying given the fact that you know yourself he wont play.

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