Shearer Already Bringing Diginity And Pride Back To Newcastle

It’s all very strange we know, but Newcastle could get more respect now than they’ve ever had in the past.


Alan Shearer – was in utter shock after yesterday’s game

 The “massive” club that is (was?) Newcastle United, were relegated basically because in the last 45 minutes of the season they had weary legs and were tired, and could get that one goal that would have saved us.

Give me a break – how about the lack of heart and fighting spirit from this lot, and we are now more than confident Alan Shearer will undertake the massive task of restoring Newcastle’s image as a “big” football team, but it may take more than a single season.

Those readers who have nufcTV must watch Alan’s interview yesterday, after the game. It will be a bit of Newcastle history, and will capture for the ages, what it was like in  one of the club’s darkest moments.

Alan was almost in tears, and we half expected him to break down half-way through the interview, but it is what he actually said that was so very classy and dignified.

He showed all the dignity in the world by saying we didn’t really deserve to stay up, based on the performances, and yes, we were one of the 3 worst teams this year in the Premier league, and it was right we were relegated. 

And when you have a bunch of people out there who just hate Newcastle, and were just praying for us to go down, it kind of disarms them – big time.

Let’s not get too depressed right now – well not too much, yes we’ll all have our rants and raves, but we’re only human – think of it this way – we should win more games next season. 😀

Alan has already started to return dignity and passion to the club, just because of who he is, and how he loves the Newcastle club.  And his interview yesterday is definitely one for the ages.

When the final whistle blew yesterday Alan walked around in a state of shock, with the TV camera rigth in his face, as he tried to get his players to acknowledge the fans, who came up with a Shearer, Sheraer chant.

But not many of  his players diod that, and Coloccini was down the tunnel and into the dressing room immediately.   We think it was Martin Samuel in today’s press who said he expected Fabricio wanted to get onto his cell phone and get his agent to fix him up at another (top?) club. After all he must get in that squad with Argentina for next summer.

But that just about sums up the Newcastle players this year, and we will not even mention Michael Owen.

Here’s a hint – Newcastle fans will be chided because of our relegation, because we are a massive club and all that stuff. The ammunition for that has been supplied to them by the club this season.

But the next time somebody says to you, Newcastle were hopeless and a disgrace and deserved to be relegated – don’t try to defend that (it’s indefensible), but agree with them, because it really is true.

And then notice the change in tone that will happen with the other person, espcailly if you really mean it.

This is a new chapter of Newcastle’s history, but you know the very darkest days somehow always seem to hold the biggest opportunities in life, strange as though that is – it’s true.

Surely the opportunity right now is to get Shearer as the manger, spokesman, and image of the new Newcastle United. One that we hope and trust will be a much better and more professional Newcastle United.

If that happens it may not be too long before the grace and pride return fully to Newcastle, and we’re sure our fans next season will be as absolutely great as they have been all this season.

But Newcastle can and probably should take a pointer from their Gosforth-born manager, and stay dignified in adversity.

It’s the measure of a man of how he reacts in times of great turmoil, and Alan passed that test with flying colors yesterday.

We also noticed right at the end of the game how Martin O’Neil was very aware of what this tragedy means to Newcastle, as he slowly shook Alan’s hand almost in commiseration, and Alan looked in complete and utter shock.

What a manager this man can become, if he can only get full backing from the Board.

Let’s hope Newcastle will become like the mythical Phoenix bird, that will rise again from the ashes to greatness – and quickly.

61 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    May 25, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Our future depends on one man and one man alone – Alan Shearer. If he is not given complete backing to do whatever he wants, then we will never establish ourselves in the premier league in the short term,

  • beyethegreat

    May 25, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    ed were still a big club we just have a $-!+ team

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    AndyNUFC – you are so very right.

  • beyethegreat

    May 25, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    when are you closing the blog

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 25, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Well so the worst has happened & I agree with Eds comments we were without doubt one of the worst 3 teams in the PL this season. To many bad buys & players that didn’t want to play. Here’s who I would keep from this seasons squad:

    GK: Harper, Krul, Foster

    DF: S Taylor, Edgar, Enrique, Bassong, Beye

    MF: Butt, Guthrie, Duff, Nolan, Lovenjrands

    FW: Carroll

    With the following youngsters:

    Kadar, Baheng, Tozer, Lua Lua, Donaldson, Godsmark, Inman & Ranger.

    This means we probably need to buy at least 10 new experienced players who can get us out of the Championship.

    Sell/Out fo contract

    Collocini, Smith, Gutirrez, Barton, Martins, R Taylor, Xisco, Ameobi, Viduka, Owen, Cacapa

    This could raise around £20m for transfers & save around £20m in wages. With another £10m from Ashley then Shearer could build a squad that would not only take us back up but give us the foundation to be a TOP club again.

    Ashley get Shearer signed upo ASAP.

    Haway the Lads

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 25, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #6

    And Derek Lambliass feels sorry for Mike Ashley as he has invested heavily in the club.. Well Derek, he didnt invest heavily enough!

    Well well, we are relegated. Thats a fact and we has to get on with it. Lets clear the decks, sell deadwood and buy new players who wants to play for us and be quality enough to promote us to the premiership again.

    Wonder were I can see Newcastle-games next season..?

  • magforlife

    May 25, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Shearer is a top pro and is dignified in the face of the media but i suspect he gave the players plenty of home truths in the dressing room yesterday and why not. I hope he also gives them a rocket when they get their marching orders from our club, cant wait for the clear out and as in the case of Charlie Insomnia, most of their egos will take an almighty twatting as i cant see many clubs queuing up to buy them.

  • Partizan

    May 25, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    I could never blame Coloccini even if he comes today and say”This club is pathetic and i want out”

    Changing managers like socks brought us to this level,you can have Kaka,Mesi,Ronaldo in the same team but instead of having 1 PROPER manager our players had 1 OK manager and 3 clueless managers.

    No player on earth can be good having a club structure like that.
    Few examples

    Bramble-right now he could be our star player
    Hughes-amazing player now
    Rozehnal-starter in Lazio

  • magforlife

    May 25, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Geordiedoonsooth – its all about opinions but you are one of the few who rate Nicky Butt, i think we deserve more than a headless chicken act in centre midfield to progress, all teams suffer badly without a good engine room.

  • ObaFan2

    May 25, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Already been saying it for weeks but it’s the way we’ve tumbled in the last 2 seasons and incidently coincides with a change of ownership!

    Shearer has the ideal opportunity now but he isn’t the only one who could rebuild NUFC and who’s to say Shearer can do it, not been much proof so far.

    His own team and own staff may well make him a great manager, only time will tell.

  • Ericles

    May 25, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Big Al will only make NUFC great if Ashley allows him the money and the free hand to do it.
    Let us now wait and see who jumps ship and who gets thrown overboard. This is the third time I have seen the club relegated and it hurts more than ever. We need to rebuild the Shearer way and should start by unloading the prima donnas, divas and mercenaries who have shamed our team, our city and our heritage. As Cromwell once said to parliament – ge gone, and go now.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 25, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    magforlife: I didn’t say I rated Nicky Butt if we’d stayed up I would have said let him go but in the Championship I think we will need someone with his experience. I also thought he worked his nuts off yesterday along with Steve Taylor, Duff, Edgar & Harper. They were the only ones who were worth weraing the shirt, the rest were sh*te.

  • normag

    May 25, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m not going to blame Butt for our relegation, but I can’t understand people defending him. OK, he runs and tackles, but that is NOT enough to justify playing in the PL! I’m tired of tearing my hair out after all of his shocking passes! He actually has problems passing to a team mate which is 3 m away 🙁 But to his defence, it’s not his fault being picked.. At least he tries his best….

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 25, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve seen the Toon relegated 4 times & it don’t get any easier

  • bowburnmag

    May 25, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Partizan – I wouldn’t lose any sleep if Colo does that. No matter who manages him, I don’t think he’s cut out for the Enlgish game.

    Alan Shearer may well be the manager to make us great again or it could be someone else. Hopefully either way, the legacy he carries on or leaves behind is some common sense in the boardroom and a more appropriate attitude to the structure that will work. Despite going down, Shearer may well have helped cement our future.

    It just depends whether we have money to spend and/or the scouting system working in advance of the transfer window rather than during it.
    It also depends on whether whichever group of players take to the field next season, they have considerably bigger balls than the current one.

    Nicky Butt’s legs may be failing him, his reactions and timing slightly offf, his best years may be behind him but as with all successful professionals he has mighty big stones and plenty of desire. If more of our players had them we probably wouldn’t be where we are now.

    There’ll be some great days out in the second tier providing all of the above is in place and we won’t be there very long. If we fail to make amends then we could quite easily sink without trace. Be interesting to see how many ‘supporters’ stick around then.

  • shearerbliss

    May 25, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Afternoon all on this very sad day for all those involved with the club. ED I would like to thank you for all the work you have done and this article has started to make me feel a bit better.
    As most who watched that lacklustered performance it was the attitude of the players that really done it for me! Even the other fans who came down to watch and take the mick out of me couls not belive watch they saw and genuilly felt sorry for us! They even know we do not deserve to be served up that s**t!
    The prem has lost a big club that deared to challange for the prem leauge, and yet again it will be filled with 3 more teams set up to survive.
    Make no mistake the top 4 will have a sigh of releif knowing (like leeds) that it is one less sleeping giant going to ruin there parade.
    There are only tottenham, everton, AV left that would dare try to take on the big 4. The rest scrappy prem football all just trying to stay in the leauge. The prem would miss us and we would miss them!

  • Dan4Toon

    May 25, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Devastated but we will bounce straight back up our team should be


    We need a Rm and a Cb if Bassong doesn’t stay because i don’t think he will but with addition of Brunt and Scotland we would have a really good chance of coming straight back up, i would make Scotland and Brunt our first 2 signings for about 3m and 4m each.

  • geist

    May 25, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #19

    One of the reasons for our downfall this season, in my opinion, is the midfield. They have lacked pace, energy and creativity. We need midfielders who will run their socks off supporting the strikers quickly and we just didn’ t have that. There are many reasons for our downfall though and they all stem from poor decisions by mike ashley.

  • ObaFan2

    May 25, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #20


    “It’s been a proper, proper football club for eight weeks, and it’s about time.”

    I hate to think of the shambles we’ve all had to put up with before then… absolute joke and good to see the likes of Duff reacting like this.

    Hope a few others follow suit.

    So far:

    S Taylor and Duff….. who’s next?

  • Toon_Factor

    May 25, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #21


    Dont know weather i want Duff to stay or not, never been a fan of him but he might do better in the championship

  • Geordie Chris 2k9

    May 25, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Well this season has been seriously dissapointing for me tbh, i sat and watched the game at my m8s BBQ and seriously i struggled to hide my tears from all those grown men in silence. was so hard i tell u and as i needed a scapegoat i joined in a chorus of “Mike ashlleys a W*nker”

    sums up the season to be honest, scapegoats and misery.

    Serious overhaul in the summer lads im talkin bout the bench and probably all our class players (what little we have) gone.

    ——–Carrol-(little pacey striker)—————-

  • stjames

    May 25, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Great article Ed! 🙂

    AS really is a gem. No cheap apologies no simple fixes. On the verge of crying just the plain and hurting truth. That’s what we need now that’s what everybody needs always.

  • hitman

    May 25, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #24

    do yous reckon we will here owt from the club today.

  • ObaFan2

    May 25, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #25

    hitman, I hope they take a while and think hard over the future of OUR club, I’d love the owner to sell up, if not then plan for the best of the club and not for him just to recoup some money!

  • geist

    May 25, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Hitman…doubt it, being a bank holiday

  • hitman

    May 25, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #27

    geist thats nowt m8,shearers at the training ground now.

  • Bill F

    May 25, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #28

    I posted the following yesterday and decided to repeat it as it sums up some of my feelings.

    Shocker with a capital S. Has some one on Tyneside upset a gypsy or something. We have had some abysmal luck and some equally abysmal reffing decisions, but for them we would have stayed up. Having said that many of the players were culpable as was management including Shearer. I can’t see why so may people want Martins kept on, ffs if he had put in even one of the many chances he had in the last few games (apart from the Borough one) we would have stayed up. First one out of the door for me and lets get as much as we can for the wan”er. We should have persisted with Carroll and chucked on some of the kids. All very easy in retrospect I know but I would bet we wouldn’t be looking at the likes of Scunthorpe and Peterborough for next season had we done so.

    Still its going to be interesting to see everybodies wish lists for next season!!

    The following is new comments.
    The defence (sans Collicini) I think has been ok.
    What we have lacked more than anything has been a decent playmaker. Butt has never been that sort of player. Martins and Owen looked to me that they could have played for a 180 minutes per game and still never found the back of the net (and the chances were there). A bit of risk by chucking on Carroll (starting games) and Ranger/Lua lua (as subs) may have been worth trying. Bit late now but a little bit of tactical speculation was worth a go. I just hope that the risks are taken next season, whoever takes over as manager.

  • Bill F

    May 25, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Looks like my post is getting moderated again, can’t see why as it is a copy and post of last nights.

  • azim

    May 25, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    stop backing alan shearer.personally i dont rate shearer as manager. he had 2 relatively “point taking”home games against portsmouth, fulham but he failed. Under kinnear we were at least better at home and IMO we would be relegated if kinnear was a manager. In first place we should had appointed venables as manager once kinnear got heart attack. anyway for future i hope MA does not renew AS contract. My choice to manage this team is JEAN TIGANA. 54 years old, still 10 years left in his carrer and importantly he already experienced managing a first division team.

  • gibbotwg

    May 25, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Players i think will stay are;
    Harper, Duff, both Taylor’s, Nolan, Butt, Guthrie, Lovencrands, Viduka, Smith.

    Players that will leave;
    Enrique (hope he stays), Bassong, Owen, Martins, Colo, Beye, Jonas, Cacapa, Barton.

  • geist

    May 25, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Hitman true, but i meant the site usually has off day on bank holidays. But i suppose we could here via another source.

  • Johann

    May 25, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Shearer was awful this season, absoloutly awful. He needs to learn from this experience. He should have put more on the youngsters. He had a shit team and he knew it clearly but still he has no faith in our youngsters?

    That was his chance to be bold. I expected him to be bold. When he was finally given a chance he scored a hattrick. There is no different though we are in a relegation battle. A young player has nothing to lose really and it´s good to see how they stand the pressure. We needed some life, speed and energy into our play. It seemed like no one was in shape.

  • Johann

    May 25, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #34

    But I believe that Shearer will come good and I want him to stay. He just needs to learn quickly. And my opinion of him will be highlighted in some way in the team he chooses next season. Who he wants to stay. But WHEN we get up. The team he has then will decide my opinion. He better not rely on Nolan and Butt though he probably could in the championsship.

  • geist

    May 25, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #35

    azim, shearer needs time to rebuild the squad; he couldnt perform miracles with a (mainly) pathetic squad.

  • geist

    May 25, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #36

    gibbotwg, I would like to see butt, r.Taylor, possibly nolan leave as well.

  • jim

    May 25, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #37

    geordiedoonsooth what u on about u ?? Butt, Guthrie, Duff, Nolan and Ryan Taylor and spiderman are all shite and to blame why were in this boat man! and harpers not a premiership keeper either!

  • Bill F

    May 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Duff has been a revelation as LB, no big surprise to me as I was suggesting it from the start of the season. Definately one to keep for me. Be glad to see the back of Owen, Martin and Collicinni for starters. Shola might actually shine in the championship, probably be a good thing if he does as he aint going anywhere!!

  • Johann

    May 25, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Harper just wasn´t the same this season as he was the last. No competition? I don´t know strange. But I hope he will come good next season, otherwise we have young keepers to replace him.

  • beyethegreat

    May 25, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #40

    does any 1 else think the next couple of months coulld be the most important in the clubs history


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