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.
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.
“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.