Give Newcastle Credit, They’ve Done Very Well – Alan Shearer


Alan Shearer must look at Newcastle these days and think what might have been.

Alan Shearer – while manager of Newcastle

Shearer of course had a great chance to become the permanent manager at his home town club, when he and Iain Dowie took over the reigns of the club on April Fools day of 2009, from Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood.

But for all their hard work and endeavor, they couldn’t save Newcastle when they gained just 5 points (one win and two draws) from the last  8 games, when 6 points would have been enough to save Newcastle from the dreaded drop.

Newcastle were relegated and had to cut costs big time to make ends meet in the Championship, and with Alan presumably asking for £20M in the transfer market and huge wages for himself and two assistants, it obviously didn’t go down well with owner Mike Ashley.

In short he didn’t get the job and Chris Hughton came in and performed a miracle for the Tyneside club, and we’ll never ever forget the courageous and brilliant work done by Londoner Hughton – he’s a hero to us.

But Newcastle are now back where they deserve, and have done very well this season to consolidate their Premier League position, which was the major goal of the campaign.

This is what Alan Shearer said today:

“If I’m honest they have done better than I thought,” “I think I was like everyone else, probably a little bit apprehensive.” “You’ve got to give them credit they’ve done really well.”

“They’ve stayed away from the bottom six for the majority of the season.” “I think that was their target when they first set out and they’ve achieved that, really, with ease.”

“It’s never really been panic stations, as it has been in other seasons. We hope that’s the same next season – but that really depends on what the manager’s going to be given to spend.”

“You spend £10M to stand still. That’s the harsh fact of it. It all depends on what’s going to happen, there’s only one guy that can answer that.” “Hopefully he’ll give him a few quid and they can start climbing.”

“You have to say the manager has done very well and the players have done very well. Now we’ll have to see who comes and goes in the summer,” “There’s obviously the money there from Andy Carroll.”

They’ll have to bring in one or two strikers in. I’m sure everyone will be looking at the transfer activity.” “That will be a good time for everyone – everyone will be looking forward to next season.”

It seems from that statement that Alan Shearer doesn’t agree with his former manager Kevin Keegan, who keeps saying that no money will be made available to Alan Pardew from the Andy Carroll sale.

Newcastle have indeed done very well this season, and huge credit should be given to the players, who have often played their hearts out for the Newcastle cause.

We’d love for them to end the season with a win at home to WBA a week on Sunday, and then take their deserved lap of honor, and celebrate with the local fans, because they’ve done massively well for this season.

We’d love to see five or six top players brought in over the summer, but that will not be easy, and we also fully expect a couple of free transfers coming in to kick things off early in the summer months – that’s the hope anyway.

And as Alan, one of the greatest footballers Newcastle will ever produce,  rightly says, it’s an important summer for the Newcastle club, who have to strengthen big time if they are ever to get back with the big boys.

That has to be the aim over the next couple of seasons.

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16 comments so far

  • super bartooon

    May 11, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Top Man Top Class Geordie hero Alan Shearer is…atleast Shearer knows every negative comment directed to MA directly reflects on Newcastle United unlike KK who keeps on keeps on stating negative comments at Ashley and Newcastle..yes it was an ugly divorce Keegan get over yourself.

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  • partizanovec

    May 11, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Alan loves the club soooo much, that’s why he always speaks fondly. Have to agree with 1st comment about KK’s comments.

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  • super bartooon

    May 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Top Man Top Class Geordie hero Alan Shearer is…atleast Shearer knows every negative comment directed to MA directly reflects on Newcastle United unlike KK who keeps on throwing negative comments at Ashley and Newcastle as a whole..yes it was an ugly divorce Keegan get over yourself and warm up that couch at ESPN.

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  • lewytoon

    May 11, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    5 or 6 top players:
    kyle walker, rb, tottenham
    stephen ireland, cam, aston villa
    adel taarabt, cam, qpr
    kevin gameiro, st, lorient
    osvaldo, st , espanyol
    douglas, cb , fc twente

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  • Stuart

    May 11, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Major difference between KK and Shearer is that little bit of class like.

    Good words from Shearer. Also hes right about spending £10m to stand still. So we need at least £30m in my eyes to make a push for top 8 next season.

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  • Brutooon

    May 11, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Alan Shearer : please recommend us two or three good striker who can replace you !!!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    shear class Tats wt SHEARER is

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  • bills-son

    May 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    The big difference between Shearer and Keegan is that Shearer is a true born and bred Toon supporter – Keegan isn’t.

    The Toon might be one of Keegan’s adopted clubs but your own home town club is like family – there is a love in the heart that just doesn’t exist with an adopted club.

    Thats why Shearer speaks from the heart – he’s like us fans, desperate for the club to do well and excited that we might get some good players in.

    Also, having been a player and a manager, its very interesting and significant that he acknowledges Pardew has done well – because the fact is Pardew has done brilliantly to manage the very difficult situation after Hughton got sacked. He’s kept the team spirit, changed the home form from bad to very decent and done it without Carroll in all but one game, without Best for weeks and without the suspended and injured Barton and Tiote for a good few games as well.

    Pardew might not be easy to warm to as Hughton but fans should look at the facts and give the bloke credit where its due.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Shearer has and will always be a class act. The guy is simply a living legend. I have the utmost respect for him. Keegan has too big an ego to just support the club even if Ashley is still the owner.
    One being professional and the other being childish as always.

    I’ll always be thankful to Keegan for The Entertainers days but his constant nagging about our management doesn’t help one bit. He is always making us look bad with his exaggerated and bitter comments.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #10

    bills-son – Spot on son 🙂

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  • tanmag

    May 11, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11

    I love this guy, through the highs & lows over the years Alan Shearer always always gave me hope for better days. A true pro & hero.

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  • TimToon9

    May 11, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Love the guy.. And f. off all of you King Kev-bashers.. He is also a true geordie hero, and deserves nothing less than your utmost respect and admiration.

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  • Stuart

    May 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #13

    He used to have mine timtoon9 until he started to sound like a bitter twisted man. Its clear all the comments he makes are being clouded by the fact he hates MA and not based on truth.

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  • MadAboutToon

    May 11, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #14

    keegan comments did disappoint me, and i do think ashley will spend but keegan probably wishes he was still newcastle manager. he’s just showing his disappointment at not being fit to do that. he was badly treated by ashley and co and he’s probably judging ashley on milner deal.

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  • swoopingmagpie

    May 12, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Kevin Keegan spoke the truth about Ashcan and the mess he’s turned our season into after such a promising start. I can’t believe the people who are satisfied with the dross we have served up in the second half of the season. Satisfied with second best – well this kidder will never be!
    Shearer; I rate him too but he’s got to be looking for the coaches job again. If he pays off Pardwho’s gambling debt’ Ashcan can get rid of him and bring Shearer in.

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  • solano

    May 12, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #16

    The usual rhubarb from the history spinners above……Shearer was a great, great player but a dour personality without the ability to motivate and pass on his undoubted talents….to say AS thinks just like the fans is stretching it a bit ( he won’t even pay for a coffee in the local gym because he thinks he’s better than everyone else)….. but believe me he is under no illusions as to how badly the club is run under Ashley and his cronies……but he is content to sit safely back on the MOTD sofa with the other cardboard cut-outs and say nothing much……..KK has come in for some criticism for saying it how he sees it (as I would hope all true Geordies would also do) and has not been averse to giving AP some credit when due…but ultimately, I think KK will once again be proved right in his belief we will be forever held back by the mismanagement of the club at the very top.. but some round here can’t handle the truth…….

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