Not surprisingly, on the day when Alan Shearer’s 8 week contract expires at Newcastle, he has been interviewed by the Newcastle Journal, at some length.
A gutted Alan Shearer at the end of the game yesterday
Alan is adamant that massive changes – and he means MASSIVE changes will need to be made quickly at the club, otherwise the club could spiral down into the abyss that decimated Leeds United a few years ago.
Leeds were (are) a great club and they are now fighting their way back to where they should be – in the Premier League. But having just been relegated we’re sure Newcastle fans can now appreciate the agony Leeds fans must have gone through as they saw their once great team basically disintegrate, due in no small way to the incompetence of former Chairman Peter Ridsdale.
Peter will probably say it wasn’t his fault, but we all know better, and why do they always try to rewrite history to their advantage, after they’ve been utterly hopeless – Dick Cheney please take note.
Whoops – no politics on this site please. 😀
Alan said today:
“I think a lot of people will try to make a comparison (to the situation at Leeds),” “It depends on where people want the football club to go.”
“The reality is that we will be starting next season in the Championship. The expectation will be huge, but there’s a lot of work needed between now and then.”
“There are huge problems at the football club – I think that’s clear for everyone to see. Relegation isn’t about today, it’s about what’s gone on this season, last season and the season before. It’s a culmination of everything.”
“In the end, the three worst teams go down and, unfortunately, Newcastle are one of them.”
Newcastle need to do an awful lot of work in the summer and job one is to trim the wage bill of £74M, which is far too high for the Premier League, never mind the Championship, and most of our players are just not worth their wages – with Michael Owen top of the list.
A huge overhaul of the playing staff will take place this summer, and players moving out should include Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, Geremi and Xisco, and maybe Enrique.
Claudio Cacapa will also leave, and probably Sebastien Bassong, although it would be a tremendous coup and fillip for the club if he stayed on Tyneside, but we doubt it. One thought we did have is that we should try to keep Viduka for a season, on vastly reduced wages, and try to get the player fit in the summer.
He played probably the best of all the players in the final games of the season, and was again excellent yesterday. He would be even better in the Championship and Mark is a lot more committed to Newcastle than we had realized, but plans would need to be put in place to get, and then keep him fit. But he plays great for Alan, there’s no doubt about that, and he could be a key to helping us get back up quickly.
Shearer admitted to being shocked at the terrible state that his home-town club was in, when he took over, and he told the Newcastle Journal earlier today:
“The guys at the top have big decisions to make,” he said. “I’ll sit down with the owners and chairman this week and give my opinions. Big decisions need to be made – players need to go, players need to come in.
“What needs to change? A hell of a lot. There’s a million things you can look at this season, last season, and going back a long way that haven’t been right.
“I’m not blaming anyone – it’s happened – but what’s important is that the club gets back on track.”
We are expecting some important news in the next few days and we hope Mike Ashley accepts everything Alan will want to fix and do at the club.
Here’s a thought:
Buy all the players new Newcastle United suits they wear before the games, and have the club pay for them. If each suit with the imbedded Newcastle badge costs £400, then £10K should be enough for 22 suits.
Just to put things in perspective – that’s what Michael Owen earns in just over half a day at Newcastle.
And that will add to the professionalism and pride of the Tyneside club, as we were always impressed when we saw The Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea players, arriving in the dressing rooms before thyeir games in their club suits – they looked great. They could sell the suits on the web site too – there would be some demand.
And everybody will agree we need to put the pride back into the Newcastle United club – quickly.