Shearer Wants Newcastle Heroes To Stand Up And Be Counted

Alan Shearer has come out today and told his players to make themselves into “Newcastle United Heroes” by beating the drop at Aston Villa on Sunday.


Newcastle players can become heroes – just like Alan 

Obviously Alan read our story about being heroes on Sunday. We wanted Alan to play “Heroes” by David Bowie in the dressing room before the game.

And of course if we lose he can then play “Changes” by David Bowie ion the dressing room after the game. Sorry, but we couldn’t help ourselves there. 😀

We had good news this morning that the scan on Michael Owen’s groin injury showed no damage, and today we wait on the verdict on Bassong’s red card from last Saturday – but we are not holding our breath on that one.

Habib Beye has a hamstring injury and looks doubtful for the game at Villa, and that could bring young Canadian defender David Edgar into the picture for Sunday. This lad is Newcastle through and through, and we’d have no hesitation playing David, who is still fighting for a new contract in the summer.

What more motivation can young David have, and he’s played great for Shearer when he’s play since ASaln took over.  In fact there’s a case for playing those on Sunday who are most committed to the club, and that would include David Edgar.

And Fabricio Coloccini may be given a chance to come into central defense on Sunday, in plve of the suspended Sebastien Bassong, and in most big games, Fabricio plays well.

Shearer talked about Habib Bey this morning:

“He’s been huge for us in the games that I’ve been here, so he’ll be a big loss, but someone else could come in and make a name for themselves, or be a hero.”

“It’s an opportunity for other players as well.” “We’ll have a look at things.” “We’ll give it a go – we’re not out of it yet.” 

Shearer seems upbeat with the amount of chances his side created against Fulham, even though we couldn’t score on the day – and that could cost us our Premier League survival.

Alan said:

“We threw everything at them and created a lot of chances. We played with three at the back, gambled and left ourselves open.

“But in the second half I still believed we could get something.” “We are up against it. But I’m sure there are still some twists and turns to come yet.”

There was some of that last night at Fratton Park, when Portsmouth beat Sunderalnd 3-1.

The Black Cats now have to play Chelsea at home on Sunday, and a win from Newcastle at Villa Park could see the Magpies finish above Sunderland in the league and still survive.

27 comments so far

  • tdt

    May 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #1

    please win on sunday

  • DanToon

    May 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    I am really starting to s**t it now, plus the fact I now live in Notts it’s even worse you lot can console each other back home I’m stuck here where people just take the pi*s!

  • stevep

    May 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #3

    ditto to what tdt said

  • Toon_Factor

    May 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    If we get relegation is anyone still going to go to matches?

  • Thump

    May 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #5

    To think we’re partially relying on other teams to help us stay up… pathetic, really.

  • Thump

    May 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon Factor: Of course, I’ll support the club through thick and thin and I’m sure there’s at least 50k people who agree with me on that.

  • edtoon

    May 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7


    True, but whatever man. No matter what the result is, we have to rebuild.


  • Toon Graeme

    May 19, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Toon Factor – I will be there next season – hopefully back up the corner!!!

  • Toon_Factor

    May 19, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9


    “I’ll support the club through thick and thin and I’m sure there’s at least 50k people who agree with me on that”

    We dont even get 50k now nevermind in the Championship

  • Thump

    May 19, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #10

    @Toon Factor: You missed the Fulham game, I see?

  • Toon_Factor

    May 19, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11


    Thats only because it was our last home game in the premiership, the average attendence this season is about 47,000. Think about it!

  • Thump

    May 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Of course. Couldn’t have had anything to do with the Boro win and the fans getting behind the club, right? Had I have known I was only going for the bragging rights of saying I was at “last home game in the premiership” in the 08/09 season, I probably wouldn’t have bothered.

    Thanks, Toon Factor. Your logic simply showers me in nothing but the purest clarity.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 19, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #13

    The attendences will drop if and when we drop down. Its always gonna happen no matter who you are.

    We are were we are as we didnt get points on the board through whatever reason.

    The table doesnt lie.

    In the words of the late freddy mercury:

    “One dream, one soul, one prize
    One goal, one golden glance of what should be”

  • Toon_Factor

    May 19, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14


    Your confusing yourself- please dont, adiós!

  • kevheslop

    May 19, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Also Stardust – I think you need to review your Mike Ashley is hollier than thou attitude towards paying off the clubs debts – HE HAD TO, as part of the sale of the club there was a clause that he had to pay off the mortgage that the previous regime had taken out to pay for transfers and such like over the years – Freddie Shephard re-financed the club in 2001 taking out a mortgage which covered the extension of the ground, and added to this mortgage when making the larger of the transfers over the years……the mortgage repayments were covered by the income of the club, i.e. season tickets and TV revenues, the clubs finances were stable but were in debt (i.e. like Man Utd, Liverpool etc are now) with the debt being managed with the bank. The financing was taken out against Newcastle United Football club PLC, which ceased to exist when Mike Ashley bought the club outright and took us out of the stockmarket, putting an end to our PLC status – from a business point of view this change in status invalided out loans with the banks so he was forced to settle the debts….the fact he didn’t do his homework in this area proves what an idiot Ashley is – that and his decision to clear the debt in one swoop rather than re-financing the debt – as this decision took out all of our power in the transfer market in one go, i.e. he spent all the money he was prepared to pay off a debt that he did not have to repay in one go – had he financed the debt the many, many million he paid off in one go could have been made available to his managers for strengthening the team!!!! Does my stupidity still exasperate you! You utter tw@t…why believe Mr Ashley??? He has sold us up the river….the only reason he would clear the debt in one go is, 1) a debt free club is a more saleable asset for him, i.e. he intended to sell us on from day one, and 2) he has no intention of making anything like a reasonable amount of money available for transfers !!!!! ASHLEY OUT!

  • stevep

    May 19, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #16

    @kevhislop – Ashley could have paid off the debts by simply refinancing the debt in the same way Liverpool and Man U have done, he chose to pay them off out of his pocket – both Man U and Liverpool have plenty of TV money and champs league money to pay thier existing financing deals, however when they come to refinance this summer they’ll find themselves getting a pretty poor deal.

    I’ve posted the nufc finances site link before although it’s more interesting now that he’s comparing it to better run clubs such as Everton and Spurs – FFS sailed up sh!t creek before Ashley sold us down the river.
    We simply can’t carry on surviving on our current wage ration especially if we end up getting 30k + through the turnstiles.

    Think before you post lads – pretend you own the club, you aint a toon fan and it’s all your own money.

    You would look to at least make the club self sustaining.
    We are not an investment bank that can suddenly create a DRU (debt recovery unit) in which it can just shove it’s toxic waste (in bank terms CDO’s, in toons case Barton, Xisco, Nacho etc) and then expect the government to bail us out

  • stevep

    May 19, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #17

    We couldnt sustain interest payments plus wages on our turnover – simple really

  • shearerbliss

    May 19, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Kev as I do not want to inflame the argument but I think MA has done it the right way financally! My point is the previou regime would have bankrupted us in this current climate make now bones about that. Man Utd and Liverpool are in serious trouble if they can not raise the cash this year and with AIG going top the wall this could become a serious issue in football, hence why Platini is stating that if evry club runs there finances like the big 2 it would spiral out of control.
    MA mistake was getting rid of BS, if he wanted a cheat team. KK and AS will need money to get th best out of a team not shear management ability. The best managers work within there budget and get the best out f what they got. Can you honestly blame MA for the team we have now with there pay that they are not good enough to stay up. Rubbish!

  • stevep

    May 19, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #20

    @shearerbliss – totally agree

    Collocini – Argentine International
    Jonas – Argentine international
    Taylor – England U21 captain
    Martins – Nigerian International
    Viduka – Australian International
    Duff – Irish International
    Beye – Senelagese International
    Enrique – Spanish U21
    Bassong French U21
    Xisco – Spanaish U21

    We also have Cacapa, Owen, Butt, Smith who have all until fairly recently been part of international setup and a whole bunch of kids in thier respecive international U18’s.

    Surely the fault has to lie in the players themselves or the mgmt/coaching for not being able to get them to play together
    I think Shearere was brought in to late to turn it round as confidence and bad habits had almost become ingrained by then.

    Of course the players are to blame but the mgmt (JK/Hughton) have obviously no clue how to coax the best out of them and Ashley is also to blame for picking the mgmt (i.e. JK) or allowing Hughton and co (twice) to manage the team – surely this mix of youth and full internationals should not be scraping the bottom of the prem league

  • reetpetite

    May 19, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Even if the club stay up not one of those players can be called heros. If they do pull it off and the players start giving it large after the game i will be disappointed.

    It would be just typical if Owen were to get one shot and score the winner and further continue the myth that he only needs one chance. I hope players like owen, butt, duff ,smith and viduka struggle to find clubs and have to play in the first division where there talents belong.

    I will also be dissapointed if any prem manager takes a punt on that waster, barton.

  • stevep

    May 19, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #22

    @reetpetite – to be honest I agree – I hope we do find a hero in one of the youngsters but the rest are the shower of sh3t that have gotten us into this mess. You can almost guarantee that Duff, Smith and Owen will find prem clubs willing to take em for reasons totally beyond me

  • reetpetite

    May 19, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #23

    stevep- there days of high wages and big clubs are over though. And they will always be remembered as the players that took newcastle down.

    Owen is the one that really winds me up. He always has an excuse and tells people to look at his record. Well i have michael and you have totally ripped newcastle off.

  • lesh

    May 19, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Re Kevheslop ans SteveP…… I must say I do believe Ashley was right to pay off the debts he;d inherited. His aim was torun the club as debt-free and that, these days is eminently sensible.

    However, his naiivety let him down when he appointed Wise and Llambias to run the financial side of things – Wise isincluded there as DoF who effectively controlled the purse-strings.

    I have no axe to grind over MA’s mtives but his (albeit Wise and Llambais) mismanagent has been the main factor that’s contibuted to the business’s plight today.

    Many books have been written about business management, people management and communications and many guidelines penned by eminent management gurus could have been applied but weren’t.

    I really hope he’s learned from this terrible experience that’s demoralised many.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #25


  • serene0380

    May 20, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #26

    How I wish I can be there to support Newcastle team on Sunday against Aston Villa.

    Newcastle players, be a hero!!!

    I will be saying my prayer in Singapore.

    Fr Singapore
    Newcastle win win win!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #27



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