Alan Shearer Completely Gutted By Newcastle Relegation


Alan Shearer talked after the game and he says the team has no excuses, and cannot really complain as far as the results go, and on being in the Championship next season.

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Alan Shearer – looks completely gutted – just how we feel

Newcastle United manager Alan Shearer admitted after the game this afternoon that his side could have no complaints after defeat to Aston Villa saw them relegated from the Premier League.

Shearer spoke to Sky Sports after the game:

“[It’s] the worst feeling to be honest,”  “It’s painful, it hurts, but it’s been a great experience for me. I’ve enjoyed it in a weird sort of way, the eight weeks, but we’ve got no complaints.”

“We have no complaints, I can’t come in and say we were unlucky today, or we were unlucky in the season,”

“We didn’t go down today because we weren’t good enough we went down because we weren’t good enough over 38 games.”

A clearly emotional Shearer, who is not known to show his emotions,  also admitted that big changes would need to be made at Newcastle United immediately, and explained his side had just not been good enough this season.

Alan continued:

“Big changes need to be made at the football club, players need to go out, players need to come in but yes it hurts,” “We have conceded too many goals, not created enough, not scored many.”

“That’s been a problem all season and when you get in a rut it’s very, very difficult to get out of it.” “Big changes need to be made, from top to bottom, big mistakes have been made and we are now paying the price for that.”

Alan is still refusing to be drawn pon whether he will be the full tiomer manager at the club, and said he had yet to really consider whether he wanted to continue as manager. He came in to save the club in the last 8 games, and at the end of the day was not successful.

“Ask me that in a few days. I haven’t even thought about that yet,”

“I haven’t had time to think about. But it’s a magnificent football club, you’ve seen our following today, they deserve better than they’ve been given this season and I just hope they get the success they deserve.”

We don’t have to add much from what Alan said – we are all completely gutted, and we cannot even say we were unlucky. We can but we know it isn’t true. 😀

The last time I personally witnessed relegation at Newcastle was in 1961 as a fresh faced youngster of 16, and a budding goalkeeper on the club books, playing for Newcastle Juniors (N’s in those days). – as an amateur, having represented both Newcastle and Northumberland Schoolboys the previous season.

In that season, under manager Charlie Mitten, we had finished 8th the previous season, but the players then weren’t good enough either, but they busted a gut every game they played for Newcastle – how things have changed.


288 comments so far

  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #1

    times change ,Ed. honestly these players shld see their loved clubs relegated, then they will understand the pain

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  • BT9MAG

    May 24, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Difficult situation for him really, I mean, people say he has nothing to lose but next season we will be seen as the biggest scalp in the championship and everyone will be out to beat us!

    If Shearer doesn’t stay, Temuri Ketsbiah is my number one choice! B@llocks to ‘premiership experience’ – look where that has got us!

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  • Thump

    May 24, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Notice his use of the word “they” as opposed to “we”.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 24, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Would you want to be associated with such a bunch of over-payed, under performing premadonnas? I don’t think so!

    ‘They’ is how they should be referred to as Shearer is in no way in the wrong!

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  • Thump

    May 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Tom, does the word “professional” mean anything to you?

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 24, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I am ABSOLUTELY gutted

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  • Nick D

    May 24, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Shearer never had the tools to work with, but my only real complaint was that the youngsters Lua and ranger never even got a cameo role at any stage.

    looking at Villa’s 19/20/21 year old s running rings round 34 year old Butt and the slowest midfield without any legs in the premiership was hard to take.

    Butt seems to be an untouchable under any manager no matter how slow and how much of a liability he has become and he is the type of player we need to move on and start again with the youth.

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  • beyethegreat

    May 24, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #8

    at the end of the day the players just werent good enough a lot of this is ashleys fault

    ok the players werent good enough but its not their fault its who ever signed them whos fault it is the players in fairness did try

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 24, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Fair play there is a ‘professional’ element to it, though he hasn’t really set the cat among the pigeons with that statement has he?!

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  • Thump

    May 24, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Tom, no manager in their right mind would walk out and say “I did all I could – the PLAYERS were at fault! Quick! Grab your pitchforks!”. He said “they” instead of “we” because (and this is just my opinion from his choice of words) he isn’t going to be here next season… although Andy Grey made a good point with him not wanting to start his managerial career on such a low note but even then that’s just an element in his ultimate decision.

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  • harry861

    May 24, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Totally disagree with Nick D
    About Butt. If the team performed like Butt did they might have got something out of it, he never stopped running. the worst man on the field was Edgar certainly not Butt, then come on Shola for Viduka left speechless, he’s not just not good enough

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Ok Thump, your opinion, I respect that! 😀

    Lets just get Shearer tied up first!

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  • Alex

    May 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Its not just Ashley who is at fault , Freddie Sheppard needs to take the blame as well . Under his stewardship there was millions wasted on the likes of Owen , duff , Boomsong , Vianna , Luque and a whole load of others . If some of that money was spent on the youth we would never have fallen so far .

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  • BT9MAG

    May 24, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #14

    spot on alex, Ashley messed up, but the cracks were there already!

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone see Ferguson laughing when the news came in that Toon lost??

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 24, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #16

    harry861

    If you think Butt played well today then there is something wrong with you

    Alex

    “Freddie Sheppard needs to take the blame as well ”

    Did you ever think we would get relegated under Freddie? because I certainly didnt. I have never hated anyone like I do Mike Ashley!!!!!!!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    May 24, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #17

    no Doocey?

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #18

    maybe it was me. But when the final whistle went at Villa Parka and news have scuffled through to Hull. Ferguson passed Phil Brown laughing.

    The again I could be imagining things….

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  • Turkish Magpie

    May 24, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Imagine Newcastle survived this season, here are the players i would of kept based on their performances this season

    Lovenkrands
    Bassong
    SIR STEVEN TAYLOR!
    Oba Martins
    Andy Carroll
    Danny Guthrie
    Damien Duff
    (i guess you could put Steve Harper in there)

    AND THAT’s IT!

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  • Michael12

    May 24, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #20

    The tools to work with is utter rubbish. Fergie put out a youth team but still won at Hull. We have Internationals, player who have won titles, trophies played in the champions league, players of distinction.

    The only thing we did not have was a manager to match. I said this from that Aprils fools when Shearer came that he has no tactics. He came in ripping Formations out of his head but formations are not on their own tactics. You come up with tactics which then influences the formation. They are congruent and clearly that is something Shearer lacked. Is it a coincidence that our form became its worst when he took over????

    I think not.

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  • jimiley

    May 24, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Shearer did not have a lot to work with because he selected the same crap players as JK and Hughton. Youth was never given a chance. Is Shearer the man to take NUFC further. I think not.His inexperience showed greatly the more we got in trouble. 5 points from 24 is crap Alan. Back on the sofa mate. I never expected great tactics from Alan but I did expect him to energize and motivate. Did anybody see that in the second half when we needed a goal? Most of our season long tossers were acting as if we were winning. Hardly a threat in the second half when we needed a goal. Abject surrender since January.

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  • jimiley

    May 24, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Doocey
    Why wouldn’t Ferguson be laughing. He beat Hull with a youth team and Hull stayed up. Shearer turned MUFC down twice and went down. Can you blame him?

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  • daffy

    May 24, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #23

    hi lads got a bit of a song for you & it goes a bit like this : WELL MEET AGAIN , DONT KNOW WHERE DONT KNOW WHEN BUT I KNOW WELL MEET AGAIN SOME SUNNY DAY ! X

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  • bordeauxtoon

    May 24, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #24

    From the subtleties in AS language it doesn’t look good to me. Sounds like another KK story. Let’s hope and pray AS stays on, hopefully with a new owner. MA thinks money and doesn’t understand the club or even football. Another Sir John is what we need. But it can’t be any worse than my earliest memories of NUFC playing Wrexham in the old second division with about 13,000 other geordies can it?

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  • Alex

    May 24, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon Factor
    yes i did think we would be relegated under Sheppard since Sir Bobby was sacked . He was never replaced with a manager that would take us anywhere near to a place in europe . We have been on a slide for 4 -5 seasons now , not just under the tosser that owns us now

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  • bordeauxtoon

    May 24, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #26

    About AS ‘s team selection and tactics. Maybe he hasn’t got the tactics sorted out yet, but he is certainly a great motivator, and has given the team alift. You can’t blamehimfor his lack of depth in the squad. The m

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  • Macas

    May 24, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Micheal12 – I totally disagree. The players are not good enough, we have no creativity, which has been our problem all season. Keegan still had the use of Milner and N’Zogbia before he left, but the squad is worse now. I’m not saying Shearer is a great manager, but I don’t think anyone could get much out of this squad, as it’s woefully short on numbers and totally unbalanced. Where are our quality midfield players?

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  • daffy

    May 24, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #28

    the good news is youve just signed sunderlands old coach driver – knows all the championship grounds like the back of his hand .

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Daffy – Ye managed to survive this season.

    Hopefully we’ll be playing the Tyne-Wear derby in 2 seasons.

    Off topic but anyone see Anelka’s goal? Unbelievable!

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  • daffy

    May 24, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #30

    allways look on the bright side of life .

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  • Dragonera

    May 24, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Chin up lads! It’s heartbreaking right now, but i suppose you could say it was due to happen sooner or later, and the earlier the better. Now we can clear out all the deadwood. I don’t know about you lot, but wouldn’t mind a completely knew set of 22.

    I was proud of the fans today, still singing after the final whistle. Top fans, i wonder how many other teams would get that.

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  • beyethegreat

    May 24, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #32

    next year is going to be tough for every other team coming to st james’ will be like a cup

    peterborough have already started to look forward

    finalhttp://www.theposh.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10427~1666274,00.html

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  • daffy

    May 24, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #33

    dragonera- sunderland.

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  • bordeauxtoon

    May 24, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #34

    About AS ‘s team selection and tactics. Maybe he hasn’t got the tactics sorted out yet,(however look at the squad) but he is certainly a great motivator, and has given the team a lift. You can’t throw too many youngsters in at this stage of a season.Look at David Edgar-but not his or Alan’s fault-he just lacks experience,and will become a good player.You can’t blame him for the lack of depth in the squad, and having to play players out of position.This team was made by the likes of Sam Allardyce. The man needs time and hopefully he will be given a long term contract.(Remember Alex Ferguson’s early career at ManU ? )The most important thing at the moment is that he is a leader and LOVES the club.
    As for Nicky Butt, I’m not a great fan, but at least he shows the commitment, severely lacking in most of the rest of the team.

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  • JJJ

    May 24, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Just thinking about the players that will end up going and if anything its something to cheers us up:

    1 Owen (utterly useless and saving 100k per week).
    2 Barton (terrible attitude, never played and saving 50k per week).
    3 Viduka (good player but old and injury prone save 60k per week).
    4 Martins (the only one I will truly miss, saving about 80k per week and get 10Mil for tranfer).
    5 Smith (utterly crap and on saving 60k per week, plus about 2Mil tranfer).
    6 Geremi (will be let go saving 50k per week).
    7 Lovenkrans (liked him but his wages would be too big he’d be easy to let go).
    8 Jonas (no end product what so ever, on about 30k per week and we should get about 5Mil).
    9 Coloccini (to slow and week for the Premiership, on 50k per week adn we should get about 5Mil transfer).
    10 Duff (played well for us in the end but there are younger players with better futures plus save 60k per week on wages, sell for 4Mil).
    11 Enrique (he will be sold for about 4mil and we’d save about 40k in wages).

    That would be 32Mil pound a year saved on wages… plus about 30Mil in tranfers recouped.
    Plus we’ll get the 30Mil parachute payment which would give the Club (Ashley about 92Mil recouped from going down)…
    If he just gave us say 12Mil to spend on new players… would it be enough to get us back up?

    That leaves us with:

    GK: Harper, Krul (decent for Championship).
    DL: ????, Kadar (need to buy LB).
    DR: Beye, R Taylor (decent for Championship).
    DC: Taylor, Bassong, Edgar, Tozer (decent for Championship).
    ML: ????, ????
    MR: Lua Lua, ????
    MC: Butt, Guthrie, Nolan, Vuckic (They be ok in the Championship but we need to buy someone with vision still ????).
    ST: Carroll, Ranger, Ameobi, Baheng (we still need an experienced Championship goal scorer ????).

    So we need to buy six players: DL, MR, MC, two MLs and a ST…

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Dragonera // May 24, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Chin up lads! It’s heartbreaking right now, but i suppose you could say it was due to happen sooner or later, and the earlier the better. Now we can clear out all the deadwood. I don’t know about you lot, but wouldn’t mind a completely knew set of 22.

    I was proud of the fans today, still singing after the final whistle. Top fans, i wonder how many other teams would get that.

    Well said.

    The fans were brilliant and i repeat BRILLIANT.

    YOU LOR ARE A CREDIT TO FOOTBALL AND NUFC. TRUE FANS.

    🙂

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 24, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #37

    If Sheff utd beat Burnley in the play offs than a bid for Chris Eagles might be a smart move, anyone know the top players in the championship, daffy you should have an idea?

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  • beyethegreat

    May 24, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #38

    daffy

    with all due respect i dont think that did happen

    dragon it happend as birmingham last season

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  • Dragonera

    May 24, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #39

    I can’t deny that Sunderland have decent fans as well. It is only Boro that let the North East down in terms of fans, if you can consider them a proper North East team that is.

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  • daffy

    May 24, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #40

    i was at the s.o.l today and boy what a party .

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