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Alan Shearer Could Follow Bobby Robson’s Lead

11:48 pm, Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 79 Comments

Alan Shearer had eight games in charge at Newcastle,  from April 1st, 2009 until the last game was played on May 24th, and Newcastle were still relegated.

Alan Shearer - too picky about a management job?

Alan won one, drew two, and lost the other five, and it was just one point short of saving Newcastle from the disaster of relegation.

And in fact in those last twelve  league games, with Chris Hughton in charge before Alan took over,  Newcastle gained only 6 points – ouch!

And although Shearer has said repeatedly, since that summer of 2009, over two years ago now, that he is keen to get back into management, he hasn’t done that.

This is what Alan told the Daily Mirror last night:

“You don’t know what it’s like until you do it. It’s so difficult.”

“I’ve got to be careful because the first one has to be right. If it goes wrong it’s got to be my fault, and nobody else’s.

“I also don’t want to be seen as being picky and choosy, but I would like to get into it if the right one came along.”

One way back is to manage  a lower league side with a limited budget, and then see what you can do with what you’ve got, and while that may not be as sexy as taking a first job at a big club,  it forces you to learn how to get the best out of the players you have.

And that after all, is the essence of coaching.

It’s what Bobby Robson did when he went to Ipswich in 1969, and although Bobby had hardly any money to spend in East Anglia,  he still had Ipswich in the top six of the first division regularly.

Bobby left Ipswich in 1982 to manage the England National side.

But it seems Alan is looking for a plum job to start his career in management, where he will be given sizable  transfer funds to bring in new players.

But thats hardly learning the trade, and there are not too many of those jobs available for a manager with little current experience of management.

It was really strange and a little weird to see the wild celebrations of the  Manchester City players and supporters, when they won the FA Cup final in May be beating Stoke 1-0.

After all they have only spent £500M on players since the Abu Dhabi United Group bought the club in August of 2008.

During the same time Newcastle spent minus  £10M in transfers – don’t check I just made it up for cheap effect.

If  most of us were given the money that Chelsea and Manchester  City managers have been given over these last few years, we could have all built a more than decent team – just sign up a bunch of world class players, and  you cannot go too far wrong with that.

We think the great Bobby Robson had the right idea, and Bobby served his apprenticeship well at Ipswich Town.

That was  before he went on to successfully manage England, PSG, Porto, Barcelona and of course he then took Newcastle United into the Champions League.

What a great manager Bobby was,  and he was even a better person!

Maybe Alan can follow Bobby’s lead?

Comments welcome.

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79 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DarloGeordie // Jul 27, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    1st 2nd 3rd denied….


  • 2 UpTheRoad // Jul 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM


  • 3 DarloGeordie // Jul 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Would be a risk having shearer back as manager without experience, however the motivation he could provide for the local lads would be amazing…

    Would be great to have him on touchline, million times better than pardew without experience :-s

  • 4 UpTheRoad // Jul 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Good luck Big Al, your time will come.

  • 5 AMEOBI // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Welll congrats Darlo

  • 6 TemuriKetsbaia // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Great players rarely make great managers – think he should stick to punditry. That way he can put the boot into the Mackems after their inevitable regular beatings.

  • 7 DarloGeordie // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Cheers jelly legs ;)

  • 8 Geordie-Jake // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    alan shearer is dick, forgets where he comes frm, yes he was an amazing player but wot an f’ckin tosser

  • 9 Spike // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    I think if Shearer was serious about going into management full time instead of cozying up to Hansen on the sofa he should do what Lee Clark is doing at Huddersfield. That guy is learning the trade, doing well, just missed out on promotion, all on a limited budget.

    One day a future Newcastle owner will be looking for a new manager. He’ll probably have applications from Clarky and Shearer. I know who I would pick for the job. It will be the bloke who has been there and done it, not talked about it but didn’t want to be seen as failing.

    Come on Alan man. Get a job in the lower leagues and find out if you can do it

  • 10 DarloGeordie // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:10 AM


    Have a wash man

    You smell like a mackem

  • 11 nick_9 // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Im probably going to come across as the type of person whose heart rules their head but what the heck. If i was given the choice back when we got relegated for shearer to remain in charge or hughton to do the job i would have chosen shearer. If i was given the choice of Pardew or Shearer when Hughton got dismissed i once again probably would have chosen shearer. Why? because hughton and Pardew were both risky appointments and i think the fans would have had far more patience with Shearer than most other managers. Only problem with Shearer is that he wouldnt allow Ashley to get away with anything hence why he probably wont work for us unless the big bloke changes his ways. Ever since hughtons dismissal ive had a sour feeling towards Pardew, if he stands up to Ashley then credit to him. I remember him saying it was up to him to knock on Mikes door pestering him for transfer funds, well Alan you need to crack on son. We’ve got a real chance to break the top 10, one more striker and a few defenders should help us do this when you considering the few impressive youngsters we have comning through. Ship out the deadwood and its smiles all around.

    Hoping Ferguson, Tavernier, Gosling, Vuckic, Albeid, Forster, krul and Sameobi can challenge for a first eleven place. Wouldnt batter an eyelid if Smith, Perch, Raylor, Xisco and Guthrie departed. It would reduce the wage bill massively for other squad players and bring in some transfer money. Would much rather see Tavernier, vuckic and Sameobi in the matchday squad than smith, xisco and perch. I’d have far more patience with the youngsters.

  • 12 BarcelonaMag // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Hate to be picky, but it was PSV (Eindhoven) he managed, not PSG. I’m sure he would have done a good job there as well, though!

  • 13 Geordie-Jake // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    DarloGeordie good1, i’m no mackem scum, he actually is a propa dick, i’ve heard a load of stories, refuses to give signatures out, hates it wen people call him alan cos he thinks they shud call him mr shearer, propa up his own arse

  • 14 TemuriKetsbaia // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Walcott apparently out for first couple of games. Just need Fabregas and Nasri to leave and something to happen to RVP – jail time maybe?

    Van Persie! When a girl says no – Molest her!

  • 15 Tom_Toon // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Nasri and Fabregas will probably be gone by the time we play L’Arse.

  • 16 Desange // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Why doesnt he join the backroom staff as a coach or an assistant manger somewhere? Learn the trade like most others

    And for fun

  • 17 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    @ 14 haha! So we’re hoping for rape now?

  • 18 kingkev9 // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    GeordieJake- what a complete knob and embarrassment you are. ‘you’ve heard alot of stories’ haha.

    Shearer never refuses to sign autographs, I’ve met him several times and I have never had to call him mr Shearer! He has given millions to charity. Every player he has played with respects him.

    I’ve got several mates who have done work at his house and they all loved him. I love it how these stories get started but they have no actual source.

    But your right I guess, what a knob, oh and he has just signed my daughters first strip for me. What a prick! You tit.

    Shearer! Shearer!

  • 19 boater // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Spike nailed it. I was worried when he came in to be honest.. the same season we saw Pearce, Ince, Roy Keane, Tony Adams and Gareth Southgate all screwing up in management… not just great players, but great captains.

    SBR had tactical insight as well as enormous man management, with all respect – you just have to hear shearer on MOTD to realise it’s not going to be a detailed analysis approach to management.. and you need that these days to compete at the top.

    Hats off to Clarky who is getting stuck in, unlike many of his former legends team-mates who seem to have retired at 40 bar the odd after-dinner speech.

    His vanity is stopping him from taking a job..

  • 20 Andy // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    “Every player he has played with respects him” Agree with the all rest but i think kieth gillespie and craig Bellamy would beg to differ with that. Also hold back the personal abuse eh.

    Shearer doesn’t seem to have the motivation to do it and to be fair why would he? He has a well paid job without the pressure being a manager would bring him.

  • 21 Smooth moves Shola // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Blasphemy, Jake. You shall be hung, drawn and quartered.

  • 22 Rozzy // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:08 AM

    Good luck Al in your next job. If you can achive half of what Sir Bobby did you will be a success.

  • 23 Hoy the Heed in // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    Me thinks your walking a very dangerous path jake, you should worship your god.

  • 24 Paul P // Jul 28, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Hopefully today is a good day and we get a couple of signings in. Would be a nice birthday present for me if we signed a top centre forward. As for al, his time will come, certainly would not come to us under our current regime. He should prove himself at a championship club then try and cut it in the prem and I am sure he will.

  • 25 Charlietoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    Lat year was about survival. This year is about showing some consistency and a top 10 finish. The year after that Smith, Xisco, Shola, Mclovin will all be out of contract and gone. Barton and Collo too I would think due to their high wages. At that point we should have some good youngsters coming through like Gosling, Fergi, Trav and Vukic and relying on Willo and Tayls at the back. I dont think well be seeing any big signings for a looong time but if the youngsters come though well be paying a hell of a lot less wages and have invested in a squad that will be heavy on team spirit as they will have come through the ranks and played together and earnt their spot. Better that than a high priced prima donna who will no doubt fail to live up to expectations.

  • 26 Angryman the Angry fan // Jul 28, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Geordiejake! Should change his name by deedpoll to mackemcock don’t you think fellas?

  • 27 Dannyo // Jul 28, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    @ Geordie-Jake
    Mackem-Jake seems more in the right direction for me.
    Where do u get off calling Shearer a dick basing your information on “stories you’ve heard”.
    After what i’m reading i’m gonna assume you’re mackem scum, and i’ll be right too if the way you base thing off of is anything to go by.
    Now shoo, you’re not wanted.

    On topic:
    Shearer to me has always seemed he had the determination and character to be a manager, yet, i’m still doubt him in a managers seat. Hope he proves me wrong, i’d love for him to succeed on the trainer side of the game aswell.
    A proper legend he was.

  • 28 Cardboy // Jul 28, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Be nice if he could do some work with Peter Beardsley (who seems to be doing a great job) with the up and coming lads… be some great inspiration for them.

  • 29 geoff777 // Jul 28, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    Daily Mail saying Chelsea bid 20M for Romelu Lukaku.

    Pushing Sturridge further down the pecking order or even out the door?

    We’d be a serious force with Sturridge in front of Cabaye, HBA, Gosling, Marveaux, Vuckic & Abeid … not forgetting Barton & Jonas …

    Come on Mr Ashley.

  • 30 Jarra Mag // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    Now that would be good – Shearer – manager, with Clarkie No2 and him and Pedro running the coaching side and the reserves. If there is any real talent in any local lads – these three will draw it out. They’ll not be frightened to blood young ‘uns too. I’ve been monitoring Clarklie’s progress a while now and am hugely impressed. At a pre-season talk in last year, Pedro discssed Clarkie in depth – yes, he will never have the “name” of Shearer but he will serve his apprenticeship to put himself in the window for the managers job at NUFC one day in the future – which is Clarkie’s No1 ambition.

    As for Geordie-Jake … nothing short of an apology from you please, or just admit that you are a mackem. Drink, drugs……or red and white……what’s your excuse?

  • 31 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Woke up with a rather large smile on my face this morning after reading on the previous post that Gosling was playing like Gerrard! Leaves a right problem with who we play in midfield though!
    Ben Arfa

    And I would complain about having any of them playing!

  • 32 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    team for arsenal
    simmo saylor colo jose(if hes not gone)
    jonas cabaye gosling/barton marv

  • 33 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM


  • 34 g_lish // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    As long as he doen’t follow in Bobbys footsteps and manage NUFC i’ll be happy. And Jarra mag…. how the hell can you put him in front of Clarky for manager? If you had all the experience would you take a job behind a novice?

    Cracking player, but should never get a job at NUFC until he is a proven manager at a lower league club, learns the trade and learns that he isnt the most important person in the place.

    Unlike Jake, I dont think he is a prick, just a big headed self opiniated bloke who doesn’t deserve to manage anywhere near the prem league at the minute.

  • 35 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    sounds to me like sheaers waiting for a job were he dosent have to do to much managerment n somewere like chelsea were instant success is garenteed bcoz of the players they have, he needs prove himself with a championship or league 1 team, thats why he bottled cardiff job

  • 36 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    I’m proper stumped with the team he’ll play now, everyone seems to have a case in midfield! I hope he plays cabaye because of his supposed creativity but then apparently gosling has been playing awesome box to box, i dunno if he would leave out barton and tiote is always going to play. I just hope he doesnt decide to play the best players out of position because they are playing well, a slightly worse winger is better on the wing than an on form centre mid

  • 37 cousto // Jul 28, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    I’d have Lee Clark as manager tomorrow. He loves the club, understands what the fans want and has some experience now.

    Plus anyone who gets photographed with a SMB t-shirt on whilst being on the mackem’s books is a legend in all respects

  • 38 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    eastender – i agree we hav a very strong midfield and youve missed ferguson sameoibi out of ya list to, cud play barton ryt of a 5 man midfield were he played last season with gosling inside, but then again we looked so balanced the other nyt with jonas ryt n marveux left

  • 39 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    lee clark would b my pick for next nufc manager not to mention his team plays good football aswell, but i honestly believe pardew is gonna get it ryt

  • 40 cousto // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    I’d have Jonas on the right, Marveaux left, Tiote in def mid and stick Barton in the middle as playmaker. Then start off with Best and Ba running a 4-4-2, switching one of the strikers at half time for Vuckic or Abeid and going into the 4-4-1-1 to kill the game.

  • 41 Dannyo // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    I read somewhere that the West Ham fans was pleased of the way he played his football, and some were actually a bit excited about how he could do in the future before he was fired.
    I haven’t really followed West Ham in the manner that i can say if it was true or not.
    West Ham was a lost cause in their relegation season, had quality to stay, but couldn’t muster the confidence, much like our relegation season.

    So far, i’m giving Pardew the benefit of the doubt.
    He seems keen on strengthening the right areas, has faith in the upcoming youth, wants to play high paced attacking football.
    Thats my checklist crossed off. Will be exciting to see when we gel a bit.

  • 42 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    cousto – but then ya leave cabaye out he gonna b one of our main midfielders this season
    id go
    tavernier staylor colo jose
    jonas barton tiote cabaye marveux

  • 43 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    i think that 5 man midfield can dominate most games in the prem n if barton does get sol u jus put gosling in his place

  • 44 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    cousto from what ive seen from cabaye he is better on the ball than barton i would play them together infront of tiote giving us a stronger midfield and better to go forward with wingers and one up top

  • 45 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    i think we will see pretty much the 11 that will start v arsenal start the next 2 games v leeds n fiorentina to try n get them ready for the game

  • 46 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Eastand – but then when ben arfa comes back what we gunna do, if he plays in behind the striker that only leaves 4 midfield places…

  • 47 cousto // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    NUFC turned down 2 loan bids for Ranger

  • 48 davybtoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    am convinced we will sign a striker tomorrow lol

  • 49 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    we see how theve been playing to see who deserves to play in the middle between barton and cabaye just think that would be a good team to play against the big boys pack the midfield and if you look at them they can attack really well to to give the forward back up and create him chances we would become a very hard team to break down hopefully from the last good few years teams just ran through us but with the options we have now i think we are a much stronger team

  • 50 geoff777 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    I don’t think a lot of people on here realise how good Gosling is.

    Tiote & Gosling may well be the first names on the team sheet.

  • 51 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    I’m pretty sure we will sign erding like once his agent stops playing silly buggers, we would have given up by now if we werent going to get him, definitely think he would be a good signing with his pace and the technical ability we will have, no a very good target man for the lone striker though…

  • 52 cousto // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    I’d pick for the Arsenal game

    Saylor, Williamson, Colo, Enrique
    Jonas, Cabaye, Marveaux
    Best, Ba

    Simmo (if back)/Tavernier

  • 53 cousto // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Sh*t! Keep forgetting about Gosling.

  • 54 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    gosling cabaye

    that would be a good option in the middle barton can not play out wide we must play wingers who help the fullbacks out and can get forward with pace and get good balls in

  • 55 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    you just know he’s going to play barton on the right, jonas on the left and leave marveaux on of our best players with the ball on th bench

  • 56 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    also, i know he had no-one infront of him but for vuckic’s goal against columbus i was very impressed with abheid getting the ball on the edge of our box and running forward with it! last season it would have been, ohh look, vuckic and ba are infront of me, hooof, go chase that

  • 57 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    simmo saylor colo jose
    tiote gosling
    jonas cabaye marv

    jonas cabaye barton marv

    jonas tiote cabaye marv
    ba erding

  • 58 cousto // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Can’t wait for the leeds game

  • 59 NI Toon // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    —————- —-Krul
    Simpson – Taylor – Colo – Enrique


    Then when Ben Arfa comes back he can take Cabaye spot and if Cabaye is playing well he can slot in were Barton is.
    Or if Jonas or Marveaux are not performing Ben Afra could play there..
    If we get Erdinc that another option for us…

    I think with our midfield we have lots of options to change the shape and type of play for each game or during the game.
    If we can get a Striker (Erdinc??) then we need to make sure we have cover for LB (and replace Jose if he goes).

  • 60 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    abied gosling cabaye jonas

    barton cabaye marv

  • 61 cousto // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    After seeing marveaux, who thinks we still need N’Zog?

  • 62 Eastander // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    I think our squad is a lot stronger than people give it credit for, especially if we sign erding! however we do need a left back/CB bassong would have been perfect

  • 63 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    dont think we need anyone else in midfield weve got alot in there striker and defensive cover replacement for jose and we are ready weve got 3 midfielders injured and we are still strugiling to pick who is going to play in the middle thats a good sign

  • 64 geoff777 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    I think Barton and Jonas will spend a lot of this season warming the bench.

    I appreciate that Jonas takes the ball upfield relieving the pressure, but then he can’t cross or shoot.

    Marveaux, Abeid, Vuckic, HBA and Gosling can all croos & shoot.

    Joey may well be just too slow compared to the lads I’ve listed above.

  • 65 Klatoon // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    If Jonas starts another friendly at RW then I think he will be our ‘new’ R.winger,it would explain the lack of supposed interest in any Right wingers.

  • 66 geoff777 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM


    If Vuckic and Abied are as good as they look, then no we don’t need Zog.

    We do need a striker.
    I just hope they have the b@lls to spend in the10-20M range and buy Sturridge.

  • 67 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    geoff we all want sturridge but its not going to happen its a shame really hes full of protential hes not the finished article yet and no doubt if he plays week in week out he will be proberbly the best england forward even better than rooney

  • 68 dave 1961 // Jul 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Geordie-Jake what you ever done in your life that gives you the right to call shearer a tosser I think if you want to call anyone a tosser I suggest you look closer to home. you bitter makem.

  • 69 Davies // Jul 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Jake – When you wrote tosser, did you just spell legend wrong?
    To be fair to the lad, I’ve heard a lot of crap about Shearer as well, but I remember just exactly why he’s a legend. Probably best not to meet your idols.

    We got us a damn fine midfield with the new players, by the way. Gosling looks like a much better signing that I though he would be and the younger lads are all coming through really nicely. Marveaux looks the part and Ba looked very dangerous against Columbus Crew.

    Pardew/Ashley/whoever will be on the lookout for the two players we need (LB/ST) and I reckon by the time we kick off on the 13th, we’ll be looking pretty sharp. ASHLEY OUT etc…

  • 70 LondonMagpie // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Shearer is the reason i support NUFC!

  • 71 Geordie-Jake // Jul 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    how am i mackem, i was born in newcastle and have lived in newcastle nearly all my life, i spent 2 years living in spain, i hav supported the toon all my life, i’m only 17 no need for the abuse

  • 72 Geordie-Jake // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    i’ve been coming on this blog for quite a few month, and the first time i make a strong opinion, i get my head bitten off, is a man not entitled to his own opinion?

  • 73 Lynxie // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    You forgot to mention that Shearer eats live puppies, taunts the disabled, kicks his granny, and worships Satan. Give ower man you stupid forking Pricque. Get ya self back on the Love supreme site man you unwashed traitor. Stories I have heard my arrse. Where was that then, at the youth club, or on Champ manager knobber?

  • 74 ende // Jul 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    I dont know if Alan wants to really manage. If I owned Newcastle though I’d bring Shearer on as club ambassador and even spokesman. He’d be great for influencing new players in and keeping communication open with the Geordie faithful.

  • 75 Geordie-Jake // Jul 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Actually from my auntie, my dads mate and my mams cousin, so f@ck u

  • 76 Lynxie // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Geordie Jake
    Thats nowt, a bloke who once lived round the corner to the newcastle kit mans cousins milkman’s sister’s husband told me that ‘just plain Al, a sheetmetalworkers son’ (as he likes to be called)he was a great bloke. My dads bigger than your dad. ha ha ha

  • 77 Geordie-Jake // Jul 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    god theres no need to b a pr’ck about it, i only made a comment sayin tht i thought shearer ws a d’ck and now everyones havin a go at me

  • 78 kingkev9 // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Your talking fooling shit Jake.

    As for team selections, how can people leave out Barton!? For gosling? Who has had one good game yet Barton was probably player of the year last year.

    Cousto- s Taylor right back!? Did you not watch us last year? Barton, colo and tiote first names on teamsheet every week

  • 79 blissna // Jul 28, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Every man is entitled to his opinion Jake. But sometimes it’s better to just not express it. Especially given that it was about a Geordie god! Chin up mate, everyone’s a critic.

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