Alan Shearer Apologizes To Newcastle Fans For Relegation


It’s a quote we saw from Alan Shearer yesterday, and we didn’t put it in an article, but we’ll take a look this morning at Al’s message to the loyal, faithful and simply magnificent Newcastle United fans. 

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Newcastle fans – let down by too many gutless  players at the club

Our fans  have deserved so much better since the mercurial Bobby Robson was sacked at the beginning of the 2004-2005 season, because Newcastle only finished 5th – and that just wasn’t good enough.

Oh my – I just felt that severe pain in the neck again, and Freddy Shepherd, the man who sacked Bobby wants to return to Newcastle? Please – give me a break.

Alan Shearer, who was class and dignity personified in his emotional after match interview on TV on Sunday night, and would have gained a lot of sympathy and support from those watching a Newcastle and England legend almost crippled by disappointment, anger and hurt for his club.

I will never forget the immense and unexpected emotion of watching that interview for as long as I live.

Alan had this to say to the Newcastle United fans:

“I know how much they’re hurting because I’m feeling it too.”

“It’s devastating and they deserved better.” “I’ve always said that if we had a football team as good as our fans then we’d be top of the league.”

“They were amazing again at Aston Villa and I thank them for that.”

“They’ve supported us all of the way and I’m extremely sorry and disappointed that we couldn’t keep the club in the Premier League.”

That’s the only apology we have heard for our relegation, and it came from Alan. The brief statement Derek LLambias issued was self serving and said he felt sorry for Mike – and then the fans – in that order – another BIG mistake – will these guys ever get it?

No apology yet from Mike Ashley, but in today’s crucial meeting between Alan and Mike, Alan could well demand a statement from the Board.

That statement should apologize to the fans for the incompetence shown by the club this season that culminated in  one of the worst seasons in Newcastle’s long history.

They should then pledge the aim now is one of solidarity to restore this proud club to it’s rightful place in the Premier League – and back in Europe – under the leadership of a certain Mr. Alan Shearer.

We’ll see.

Comments welcome.


66 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    It wasn’t Shearers Fault…even Ferguson couldn’t have motivated the current crop of flops we have on our books bleeding the club dry.

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  • Dragonera

    May 26, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    SJT

    Im sorry, but i disagree. Although it is 95% the players fault, Shearer must take part of the blame. He won only one out of four winnable games and that wasn’t good enough. We only needed a point to stay up yet we couldn’t get any against the likes of Fulham or a piss poor Villa.

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  • reetpetite

    May 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    i blame the fans for wanting shearer in the first place. the same fans who want him to sign a 4 year contract when he has already proved he hasnt got a scooby. You really are your own worst enemies.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Ok I will blame him slightly 🙂
    The players mostly though.

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  • beyethegreat

    May 26, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    lets not look for blame lets just concentrate on getting the club back there isnt a lot of time

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Give it a rest Benny I am asking you politely.

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  • stjames

    May 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I blame the management (owner). Six manager in the two years since he bought the club. That must be some kind of a record. Has anyone checked the Guinness Book of Records?

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    I just think the players should be ashamed of themselves.

    No time to play the blame game…positivity is the key..onwards and upwards.

    TOON.

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  • Ericles

    May 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    According to the local press it looks like Lovenkrands is on his way. It is only 95% Alan Shearer – I am deducting 5% for persisting with Butt and then wanting to keep him for next season. So that leaves him with Harper and Steven Taylor (and he is “keeping his ear to the ground”). Time to start negotiating with the Masters 5-a-Side squad?

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Mike may sell the club now…who knows we might have our old mate FFS back sooner than we think 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Ericles I heard Peter Withe may come out of retirement for a season haha

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  • Ericles

    May 26, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Reet Petite – I think you may find that valium may help ease your problems. Either that or A Level English!

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  • beyethegreat

    May 26, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    sirjason

    you say that as if its a good thing

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  • Midlandmagpie

    May 26, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    reetpetite i couldnt agree more well said

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  • Widowmaker

    May 26, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Is Shearer a good enough manager to lead us back to the glory days is my biggest concern now. By defining Butt as our key player next season, he is surely not doing the most convincing talks to fans…

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  • Stevo

    May 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Not your fault Al. It was the fault of the passionless shower of sh*ite on the pitch we’ve been watching all season.

    P.S But you can always sign a 5 year contract in the way of an apology! 🙂

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  • mylestoon

    May 26, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #17

    has anyone else realised shearer will be up against roy keane next year if he stays! good times!

    I think we need new strikers, new midfield, and 2 new players in the back line!

    I can see why shearer wants to keep butt, he has experience, but he will struggle in the championship. Its a brutal league!

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  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #18

    One for sorrow…

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  • Matt Lacey

    May 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #19

    How can anyone say Shearer has to accept his share of the blame – the man had 8 games with no prior experience to save us from relegation, with a paper-thin squad ravaged by injuries and a lack of confidence and motivation. It took Keegan 10 games last season to get the team playing with a bit of style and confidence – first part of this season notwithstanding, he still had the ability.

    So much for the ‘established’ managers coming to this club – Allardyce would have had us in the same relegation battle last season if given the chance, Souness took a top 5 club to a solid bottom half finish.

    Inexperience is not the killer here. Pep Guardiola came into the Barcelona hotseat this season with a legendary reputation and only reserve team coaching experience on his CV, and he’s transformed them this season into the best Spanish team seen in decades.

    Shearer knows this club inside and out. He knows he’s inexperienced, but he’s got Championship coaching experience already on his side with Dowie and Calderwood. He’s got the strength of character, honesty, reputation and inspiration to become a great manager – Newcastle in the Championship could be the perfect opportunity to properly launch his managerial career.

    I think Shearer’s the only man for the job. If he was turned away and someone else was brought in, we’d be just repeating the bad habits the club has acquired in recent years. Relegation is disastrous but the opportunity for a fresh start comes with it, Shearer’s the best bet for a Newcastle United we can all be proud of again.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Beye I would have FFS back over Mike Ashley to be honest…Big Freddie with a huge consortium of Crazy Arabs dripping in Dollars it’s a no brainer.

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  • Stevo

    May 26, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Reetpetite – how the fcuk do you know he’s not up to the job?! He’s only been in charge for a couple of months. And it’s not like he had anything to work with when he came in. Oh yeah I forgot, we are the fickle ‘we are a massive club’ fans that calls for the head of managers after a few months. Keep reading The Sun you mug.

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  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    We we’re ostensibly put down by crap refs all f**kin’ season…

    …Anyone checked the ‘right result’ website, yea, i know it ain’t science, but, they had us mid-table based on crap descions goin’ against us…Every other team is a couple of points & a place different to where they really ended up, while we’re 6/7 places different…Says a lot really!..

    …No respect for refs what so ever now!..
    …They have an agenda!..

    …We were skanked!..

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  • True fan

    May 26, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #23

    BREAKING NEWS FROM SKY SPORTS NEWS

    jermaine beckford put on transfer list after rejecting new contract offer from leeds

    he may not be what every newcastle suppporter wants, but he has scored 34-35 goals in league 1 this season, does anybody else think he will be a good signing?

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  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Whomever takes the job ‘has’ to be given years in the job…All this pathetic choppin’ & changin’ has to stop…

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  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d have beckford in the team…
    Ranger & Beckford…Mmmm!..

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  • Dragonera

    May 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Matt Lacey

    If it is silly to blame Shearer after only 8 games, then surely it is just as silly to claim he is the only/right man for the job after just 8 games.

    I can’t believe people on here are already talking about 4 or 5 year contracts. What are you thinking? What if he turns out to be a piss poor manager? Then we will either be stuck with him whilst he drags us down or we will have to pay out to yet another manager after sacking him.

    If Shearer is appointed he will get my full backing. However, i just feel the situation should be properly looked at and assessed before such an important decision is made.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #27

    true fan- i want beckford

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #28

    reetpetite – post 3

    Most of us want Shearer to stay as manager, if he stays other fans will always say why do you want him as he has done nothing for you in the 8 week period, but if we dont keep him other fans will say its a disgrace getting rid of another manager and not giving him a chance. Its a loose loose situation for us if he stays or leaves other fans like you will always ask questions and create controversy, do you understand? because

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Beckford may be out of our price range,I am sure we tried to get him a while ago and Leeds wanted mega money?

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  • mylestoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #30

    get beckford! he is quality!

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  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #31

    & all the whinin’ by us supporters, that undermines the confidence of the players ‘has to stop’…Look how even Bramble has just got on with his job at wigan, now that he isn’t barracked every week!..

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  • geordiescot

    May 26, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #32

    truefan – yes i saw the same news and thought exactly the same, proven goal scorer in the football league, good strength and pace. can’t see why he wouldn’t want to join us

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  • Dragonera

    May 26, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Bramble was name Wigan player of the season. Football eh, there is no other sport like it.

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  • True fan

    May 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #34

    i dont think he is out of our price range, we may be selling alot of people, and martins owen and viduka are probs going out, so theres no reason we wouldnt want beckford, we will need strikers although i do like carroll and ranger, but beckford is quick strong and by the looks of his goal tally, he looks like a good finisher

    i dont claim to know everything about every footballer (like some people do on this blog who act like a world wide scout) but i know hes been good in div 1, i was just wonderin what you all think of him, i would certainly have him

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  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Dragonera,
    i know what you’re sayin’ mate…
    …But,
    I defo think that even if Shearer had a 25 year contract but it wasn’t workin’, he’d leave without takin’ the club to the cleaners, just ‘cos hes Toon thru & thru!..
    …Unlike others i won’t mention!..

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  • Stuart79

    May 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #36

    I cannot blame the players.

    How can it be their fault if they just aren’t good enough.

    It wasn’t their fault they were bought and were out of their depth.

    Whoever scouted and bought the players are to blame. But nobody knows who it was!

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  • True fan

    May 26, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #37

    also, leeds wont want as much for him now as he is on transfer list and he only had 1 year left on contract anyway, so im hopeful of getting him

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  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #38

    The Bramble situation tells us everythin’ we need to know about how us lot can effect the players on the pitch!..

    …Ho-hum!..

    …I just hope we all learn a lesson & change our ways to suit!..
    …Ho’way!..

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  • Stevo

    May 26, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Dragonera – I really believe he can do a good job mate. The new manager whether it be Al staying on or not has to be given a long contract. I can’t really judge if Al will be a good or bad manager by going on the last eight games as we were a disgrace already. But a long term plan is definitely what we need.

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  • Hugh de Payen

    May 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m astonished that some fans are already calling for Shearer’s head.

    He’s had 8 games with a useless squad that had no confidence and no passion, and he had no opportunity to change that squad.

    Making a judgement about Shearer based on that epitomises one of the major problems at the club: impatience.

    We’ve been too ready to sack managers just because we’re not a top 4 team within a few weeks.

    We don’t know how Shearer will perform in the long-term and it will take a few seasons to find out.

    I do however think he’s the man for the job right now. He’s a true professional who will take no nonsense from Ashley and he has the wherewithal to oversee the rebuilding of Newcastle in the Championship.

    He’s a great motivator and if it turns out he has tactical deficiencies (and that certainly can’t be judged on 8 games), well, that’s what assistant managers are for.

    We need to wake up to the scale of the rebuild necessary at NUFC. If we’re not relegated to Division 1 at the end of next season then Shearer will have done a good job.

    I think many people are underestimating the mess this club is in.

    I’d love to think we can target promotion next season – and I hope we do – but, realistically, my expectations are that we won’t be able to do so that early.

    As fans I think we have to stop being part of the ‘impatience problem’, settle in for the long haul of a rebuild and keep on supporting the team on the pitch.

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