Shearer Tells It Like It Is On Match OF The Day

For once Alan Shearer in the TV studios told it like it is on Match of the Day on Saturday night, both about Newcastle and some of the Newcastle players.

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Alan Shearer – critical of Coloccini and Harper

Alan dropped Coloccini last year after just one game and it was obvious from his comments that he’s not an admirer of the Argentine International.

Shearer was extremely critical of Coloccini’s non-involvement in the goal former Darlington defender Shelton Martis opened the scoring with after 39 minutes, for West Bromwich Albion.

This is what Alan said:

“Coloccini’s left his man once again,” “His man’s two yards from goal.”

There’s nothing wrong with criticizing a player when he deserves to be criticized and it’s far better to tell it like it is. You cannot be a politician and a good manager too these days, and you have to tell the truth, albeit in a positive way to improve the player.

But it is looking almost certain that if the club can find anyone in the next 3 weeks willing to buy or loan the center-back, Coloccini and some of the other overpaid Newcastle players, they will stay on the payroll and that will be a huge cash flow problem for the club.

Damien Duff and Jonás Gutiérrez were criticised for their lack of end product and that was certainly true of the Argentine although Duff looked class for a lot of the game. The Newcastle midfield in general did not fare too well with Shearer after the game:

“There’s a lack of creativity with Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and Nicky Butt being the central midfield,”

He also said that Ryan Taylor is not a right back, which is strange since that’s where Ryan started his career at Tranmere Rovers, and is the position he wants to make his own at Newcastle.

Shearer also was pleased with Tim Krul’s brilliant second-half performance, and that’s interesting given that Steve Harper, who Shearer also criticised for his part in the West Brom goal, is an old friend.

We are hoping to hear this week what Mike Ashley plans to do with the club, and are hoping against hope that he doesn’t decide to keep it for another year.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Thats Al’ through and through!

    Collo was shocking yesterday, we knew he was out of his depth in the PL but thought he would be better in the CCC!

    Brilliant game Tim Krul, well played, especially with the numpties infront of you!

    I cant understand Hughton’s tactics, take off Carrol and bring on Barton? WHY NOT RANGER ON!?

    We definately need to work on creating and taking chances, we were all over WestBrom for long periods of the game but our normal defending came back to bite us!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Lineup Vs Reading:

    ———————- Krul
    R.Taylor – S.Taylor – Kadar – Enrique

    Duff ———- Nolan – Guthrie ———– Jonas

    —————- Smith – Carroll

    SoderBerg, Collo, Ranger, Xisco, Barton

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye – typical farscical goal scored by the opposition!!

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Lineup Vs Reading:





  • Big Gaz

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Alan, there is no point in criticising players who hopefull in the next few weks you could be in charge of.. How are they going to feel then??? Come on everyone, its been a shite 2 years with old fatty having the club but lets still try and get behind the team..

    Barton showed promise.. best game I have seen Smudger play in for a long time.. Well done Krull..

    Lets move forward…

  • haz_994

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Stop this Shearer loving he is not our manager and very unlikely to be our manager. Our biggest mistake in last few years has been sacking Sam A! Support NUFC and support CH poor bloke is doing best he can!!!!

  • Toonkistan

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Can anyone give me any link to the highlights of the game??

  • Ericles

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    It seems Moss Bros have put in a bid for Coloccini, though Top Man are also interested. They want him for a tailor’s dummy for a shop window!

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes Shearer, destroy their extremely low confidence even more.

  • Mark-o

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Can i just make an observation too, the innaccuracy of the barton artice about the bust up etc.
    Dont know where your sources are ed but you should stop putting dross like this on the site. And not one of you lot who slated him after hearing this tittle-tattle have held your hands up and said you were wrong. Those people are probably the same jobless toothless idiots who hang around St James getting on sky sports and making the rest of us look like total bafoons.
    Im not saying im 100% behind Barton, he has alot to prove and make up for, but this blatant bull-sh*t is giving the club a bad name at a time when we dont need more negative publicity.

    Any-hoo, fair result on Sat all things concidered.
    Collocini, Nolan and Jonas are pap!!
    International defender made to look like a mug, headless chicken winger who was too easily wound up and made a fool of himself by diving, and an ‘experienced’ midfielder who can pass, tackle or shoot!!

  • batty

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    haz_994 dipshit fcker

  • batty

    Aug 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    TF go take your face for a shit kid

  • Volume_Coxlodge

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Shearer was making the same type of observations he always does when on the BBC. Just because it is NUFC doesn’t make his comments less true.

    In central defense we have two different players, ST and FC. One is front up, stop it when it comes, the other backs off and attempts to play his way out of trouble. Whatever happens we need the same approach from both, or two that play the same way. I know what I prefer – row 39 so everone knows whats going on and where the ball is going.

  • batty

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Volume_Coxlodge // Aug 10, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Shearer was making the same type of observations he always does when on the BBC. Just because it is NUFC doesn’t make his comments less true.
    << spot on there mate

  • premier

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    ToonK–highlights of that game were ref blowing whistle to bring game to an end

  • RyanToon

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #16


    shut up you to sser

  • Trent Toon

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Newcastle United-My observations from the game on saturday.

    1. Lack of pace particularly in the strikers, Carrol and Ameobi

    2. Again like last year the defence was shaky and weak particularly in the centres.

    3. enrique was brillant at the back and covered up for both Coloccini’s and taylors faults.

    4.Coloccini is shocking and must be sold as soon as possible.

    5. Ameobi is not good enough, he lacks positioning and movement.

    6. Duff was lively but certainly needs a pay cut.

    7. The fans were brilliant like usual.

    8. The West brom defence was stronger than out own, and never got caught out like ours did. Our estimated wage bill for the 4 playing yesterday is believed to be around 150k a week.

    9. Steve harper was quite weak like Al said.

    10. Barton, Butt, Coloccini and Geremi must be the first player we sell. This is a must.

    11. If we play like what we did, we will not get promoted.

    12. There is a lack of creativity as Al said in our team. Watching the game you can read what is going to happen, no tricky steps, no amazing passes, no smart 1,2’s infact the only time we were slightly creative we scored. This is the most unattractive Newcastle team ive seen in years. We have not scored a spectacular goal in a while, last year all our goals were tap ins or header with the odd exception. But nothing of a 3om top corner shot.

    13. On this note, it shows our players are not ambitious or are not skilled enough.

    14. Ryan Taylor was embarressing.

    15. We played the same style of football as last year, the boring one that ended up as we got relegated.

    16. there seemed to be a lot of space between our Midfeild and Forwards, it ended up as that there was no one to direct the attack. the mids gave it to the wingers or forwards and then the aatck stalled and we lost the ball.

    17. man of the match Alan Smith- Impressive but where has that been in the odd 40 or so games you have played for us? Over payed.

    18. 3-4 players is needed they must be strong, commited and ambitious not scared to take on the challenge.

    19. Kadar must start against Reading.

    20. 6/10 performance by the lads but would be 4/10 if it hadn’t been for all the crap off field

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Highlights are on BBC iPlayer

  • spiderpig

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #19

    shearer is spot on with his observations with collo,harper and the slow negative midfield.but then again,the average fan can see that.our most creative midfielder was barton who for some reason didnt get on till it was too late.anyone who thinks nolan is a better footballer than barton wants their head lookin at.barton and pairing.both good passers with an eye for goal and a bit of pace.both can tackle too.would be interesting to see who shearer would have picked .

  • Whumpie

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Ryan and Batty – back off with the yob talk, will ya? Spoils it all.

    Anyway, I agree that Big Al is just doing his job as always. Harper’s a big boy and will take it as such, and I don’t think AS was that hard on him.

    Krul was brilliant, but let’s not get carried away – he did also get flapped a few times.

    I also think people have been a bit hard on Shola vs Carroll. I thought Shola actually caused a lot of problems for them (and helped start the move for the goal) whereas I forgot Andy was on the pitch at times. I just don’t think they should play together. Shola plus Ranger (for more than 30 seconds, that is) would be more interesting.

    One more thing: is it just me, or was that game just a lot more fun to watch than the poofy, prima-donnarish, over-sponsored cheatfest they call the Premiership?

  • Whumpie

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Spiderpig: the reason Barton comes on at the end is that he can’t play more than 20 minutes without getting sent off or arrested for attempted murder.

    Ok, maybe not quite that bad, but I still cringe when I see him playing for us. It’s humiliating.

  • pubcat

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Hughton will start with exactly the same team – except Krul (?) – against Reading.

    Nice guy though he is, CH isn’t one likely to be imaginative or bold in selection.


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