Shearer – It’s Been A Poor Show For Newcastle Fans


Newcastle fan and former Newcastle great Alan Shearer has talked a bit today about Newcastle losing out on Loic Remy, and Alan is fairly straight forward and says if you don’t pay the wages you don’t get the players.

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Alan Shearer – it’s been poor for Newcastle fans

Newcastle have a very strict transfer fee and wage policy at the club, and it often works against us when we go for big players.

We’ll only pay the fee Mike Ashley thinks is appropriate for any player and their wages must then fit into what out other players get – and it’s thought there is a limit on wages of around £60K/week at the club – and certainly that has cost us Remy this month.

This is what Alan said:

“It’s a tricky one. If you don’t pay the best wages or pay the going rate, you don’t get the players. Simple as that.” “If other teams are prepared to pay that, players will go there – you can’t blame Remy for doing that, can you?

“Playing in front of 18,000 fans rather than 52,000 might feel strange for him, though. If he does go to QPR I’m pretty sure he’ll have a ‘get out’ clause if they get relegated. But that’s the way the game goes, if you don’t pay the going rate you don’t get the players.”

“They’re desperate for a center-forward and also a center-half.”  “Whether they do or not remains to be seen. I don’t believe anything until I see the player in a black and white shirt, not what I read.”  “It always happens with Newcastle, that we’re linked with a million players and for whatever reason we don’t get them. I’ll believe it when they’re in the shirt.

“Supporters need a bit of good news. It’s not been great, it’s been pretty poor for the fans. They’ll stick with the team, you can be guaranteed of that. Hopefully by Sunday they’ll have something to celebrate because it’s a big game against Reading on Saturday, no doubt about that.”

Today is deadline day on Coloccini and certainly news coming out of Argentina is not good with reports there suggesting Newcastle will cancel Fabricio’s contract today – and that would be yet another hammer blow for Newcastle in this transfer window.

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35 comments so far

  • L.ARAVIND

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    looking forward to aubameyang signing within next 2 days…

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  • the1willy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #2

    @Jeff (previous article) Although I fear your Balotelli comment is only a joke, it would be pretty cool… and Man City would probably pay half his wages to stop him getting thrown in jail and sued for nutting his manager/owner. Perhaps you could suggest it to AP

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  • YankToonFan

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Right-o

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  • the1willy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t Beardsley play anywhere in a front three. Perhaps (if he’s not been made caretaker manager any time soon) we could drag him back onto the pitch. And get Shearer to stop spouting off, put on a knee brace, and start along side Cisse (to hold the ball up)

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  • thepict

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    So we should go back to the Fredddy Shepard model and pay mercenaries ridiculous wages with money we don’t have? I fon’t think so.

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  • Sawbuck

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Did the wonga money already get allocated? wasn’t that for wages.

    Where is Llambias? Face it he makes Freddie Fletcher look like Richard The Lionhart.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7

    from previous article –

    ARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH

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  • alanshearersdiscopants

    Jan 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    True words from sir Alan but do we want a club full of money grabbing bar stewards?

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  • the1willy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree with thepict 100%. I think 60K is a pretty decent ‘top’. Owen earned twice that and look how he performed.
    It’s true that we can be outbid by some clubs, but not all of them. Because of this Remy situation, and the fact that QPR are a ‘small’ team, the panic button is being pressed about us not paying well. There are probably half a dozen or so clubs that do pay substantially more (or a lot lot more), but I’m guessing there are a dozen clubs that don’t.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10

    pict

    I agree we shouldn’t be giving people 100k a week we cant afford that…and even if we did its still half of what players can get at man city or chelsea or man utd.

    We need to add even more good scouts to the network in even more countries to find players and younger ages or hidden gems and then get them in on our terms which will still be a great wage to them.

    The only problem is QPR have money, so do chelsea, man utd and city.

    Then you have teams like arsenal and spurs, pay a little more than us (not a lot though) but also have the pull of playing and living in the capital.

    The more teams get rich owners the less we can compete with.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #11

    2 wins in 17 and pardew is still in a job.

    Ba, Colo, Benny, Santon, Krul all either linked with away or gone now.

    That’s a hell of a core for any team, even allowing for injuries and some more players not being signed. How could any manager screw it up so badly with that quality?

    I wonder what the point of our development squad is when we don’t appear to have the coaches or manager to develop them a la Wenger and Arsenal.

    Having a mediocre manager and coaches like Pardew is where Ashley’s ”Arsenal of the North” plan falls down.

    Thinking outside the box and living in a parallel universe and temporarily visiting Kets land I would throw a 15M year contract at Guardiola and offer him the greatest challenge in his life. Barca weren’t built on huge signings but through their development of youth and not high maintenance managers.

    Failing that Laurent Blanc is a no brainer with Solskjaer, di Matteo, Poyet also positive options. Sadly the boat has sailed on Laudrup who is the polar opposite of our grey, dull and clueless current incumbent.

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  • Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    easy to say for a bloke who was always highest paid at the club

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda heights

    You have to ask, whether they are up for the fight or not?

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #14
  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Ajax coach Frank de Boer has come out and said that he expect 3-4 of his players to be leaving next summer…maybe some in this transfer window.

    He’s talking about Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen og Siem de Jong.

    Maybe it is not completely out of the question that NUFC have inquired about the likes of Alderweireld and de Jong?

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  • the1willy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #16

    @ 11. Not sure I’d give pep Guardiola the job. Think even AP would probably have done OK with the team in place in Barca. His old ‘2nd’ in charge is now breaking all sorts of records with exactly the same team.
    All that said, Messi has simply been a class apart this year too.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Haha @ kets land (rotonda). My list of Kets players that should sign for the toon: messi, falcao, lord lucan, elvis and jesus.

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  • Sawbuck

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotronda where do you see Laudrup ending up?

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Transfer we do have a rich owner the difference ours is a cockney businessman who does not really care what happens to the club we all hold dear to our hearts. … I’m starting to get fed up with things we will be relegated if nothing changes soon and it will not be a quick return again with a clear out of all the quality we do have

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Agree in principal with Rotunda, although the names are mad. I Dont know much about Solksjaer in terms of management and how he is doing? Either way, Pardew walked into that role unopposed and for an owner as trigger happy as Ashley with employees, I’m amazed he’s still there. If Cisse doesnt start scoring we’re in major trouble. So much for the cockiness of all those who sang the praises of the regime in the summer, and bracketed people like me a “negger” for chastising the club for their unambitious transfer policy. Egg on faces. Another concern I have is that the players we sign ( usually because of value ) dont seem to match Pardew’s more direct philosophy but I am still hoping that will evolve.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Incidentally, dont expect pards to get the boot necessarily if we go down. In the meantime, isnt it great being rogered by Sports Direct?

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Munster – I can’t believe some people were happy with our business (or lack thereof) in the summer transfer window?!

    Maybe they were set on keeping our players rather than signing the ones we desperately need.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #23

    Give it a rest Alan, QPR vastly overpaid which is why Remy has gone there. I’m happy to let him go to them for that cash. Yes, we need someone in, but the terms QPR have reportedly given to a player who has been poor for the majority of the last year, has a court date in April, and has managed 1 goal this season in the league are ridiculous.

    Does no one else think that Guardiola probably isn’t as good as he is made out to be? He inherited an outstanding team, and his replacement is doing just as well, if not better than him.

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  • Sawbuck

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #24

    Our brand has been whored. Street whored in August when the pay dayers take over sponsorship.

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  • BigKirky

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #25

    What is annoying me more than anything is our seemingly cruise control mode for signings. Pardew said it takes a long time to get signings over the line. Well, wages or not QPR have managed it in a day or two so it can’t be that hard.

    If we’d have signed him first day transfer window opened then we would have shown a lot more intent. We let it drift half way into the window which alerts other clubs and QPR do a quick deal. ‘arry flies out there desperate to talk with him then out of further desperation Fernandez intervenes, but gets his man.

    It’s really annoying.

    Never mind ‘arry’s words about Carr not usually getting it wrong. Great. Ride on the back of our movement then snap him up at the eleventh hour. Really crap for us.

    This isn’t just about Loic Remy and his lack of form whether he’d have been a good signing or not, it’s highlighting the fact that, hang on, if this has EASILY happened now, how many more will we miss out on due to our lethargic ways of signing a new player?

    It’s not good enough.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #26

    The mobile version of this site keeps bloody changing between posts on this feckin site. Its annoying.

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  • geordos_mag

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #27

    Well Said Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    January transfer window notoriously sh*te, so any player now is a bonus.

    Aubameyang would be a class signing, but with Man Citeh and United sniffing around, its highly unlikely he will want a move until the summer when he will get top dollar.

    Mbiwa – if he is available, we have no chance, as Arsenal will definitely swoop.

    We need to get real… Ashley was being touted as a shrewd owner by national journalists last season for putting in place the best scouting network in europe and putting Newcastle on a sound financial footing.

    If we had had a crystal ball the day we got relegated, and could see we would get rid of money grabbing idiots like Owen et al, and would replace them with Cabaye, Debuchy, Tiote (yes having a poor season, but he is a class signing), Santon, Cisse (you dont score goals the way he does by fluke)… we would have said it could never happen.

    The board have totally been caught out by injuries and Europe (not from a players perspective, as often they have used the younger players) – in terms of the time they havent got to prepare properly (which was one of the major reasons we did well last year, as we were organised to negate the opposition).

    The one thing I agree with Shearer on is, dont get excited until we see them in a nufc shirt… Otherwise the press and every other football fan loves winding us up because we actually give a sh*t!!!

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #28

    The mobile version of this site keeps changing between posts. Tis a bit annoying. Probably my blackberry to blame, it never makes its mind up

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  • fcnewcastle

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #29

    What a waste that we haven’t built on the momentum from last season? The tide was in our favour, we had players wanting to come to the club and we were looking upwards. There were games you looked at that were nailed on 3 points reminiscent of the Keegan era.

    Harry has been very clever, to get QPR out of relegation he needs to bring the clubs down around him. It looks like he’s achieved that with Newcastle if they don’t do something this week! For a team not to be able to compete with bottom table QPR sends out a strong message.

    I’m afraid and understand that the players might start to lose Pardew’s vision and we’re now looking like a nice shopping basket for other clubs.

    Ashley spend big, spend now or we’re down. The Brighton game told you everything you need to know about the squad.
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  • BigKirky

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #30

    Ed must be making changes to the site as it’s hapening to me as well on my mobile.

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  • fcnewcastle

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #31

    What a waste that we haven’t built on the momentum from last season? The tide was in our favour, we had players wanting to come to the club and we were looking upwards. There were games you looked at that were nailed on 3 points reminiscent of the Keegan era

    Harry has been very clever to get QPR out of relegation he needs to bring the clubs down around him. It looks like he’s achieved that with Newcastle if they don’t do something this week. He’s undermined us. For a team not to be able to compete with bottom table QPR sends out a strong message.

    I’m afraid and understand that the players might start to lose Pardew’s vision and we’re now looking like a nice shopping basket for other clubs.

    Ashley spend big, spend now or we’re down. The Brighton game told you everything you need to know about the squad.

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  • miggy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #32

    mass protests n boycott the games get ashley n co out of our club he has no interest in our club except to milk it for what its worth and take us down to the next level hes a cockney running our club not a good mix i will not be renewing my season ticket after this year am fed up w buying merchandise n season tickets putting money in ashleys pockets n getting very little back enough is enough till he is gone its demoralising n ruins me life every day am thinking whats next

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #33

    sawbuck @6 Where is Llambias? Face it he makes Freddie Fletcher look like Richard The Lionhart. whats fletcher got to do with anything. freddie fletcher was a decent guy who helped build up this fantastic stadium we have now, – a proper gent. — have you got mixed up a bit.?????

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  • ASTORIA

    Jan 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Llambias should not be mentioned in the same breath as Freddie Fletcher. Freddie was a business genius and had class, he helped make NUFC the force they were. He cared dearly for the club and still had a season ticket years after he left the club. He was also a great person who I had the pleasure to meet on many occasions and his passion for NUFC was infectious.

    Llambias possesses none of those things and never will. He has no class.

    Let’s face it under this regime we will never challenge for honours. We will never sign top players and see them play at our stadium (whatever they decide to call it). We will sell our ‘best’ players (unknown cheaper or free signings that have made an impact) on for profit with no regard for team moral or the fans. We will sell the brand cheaply for profit. We will be an advertising board for Sports Direct or the highest bidder.

    We will still turn up every week in our thousands. We will still buy the cheap tat in the Sports Direct club shops which is now rubbish. We will still drink and eat inside the stadium lining the clubs pockets handsomely.

    We will still swallow the line that we have a tight budget and cannot compete with other clubs (QPR?). We will still wonder where all of the TV money, season ticket money, sponsorship money, merchandise money and transfer fee money goes. We will still believe we would have gone out of business without Mike doing us a favour and saving us with his ‘interest free loan’, despite the fact the club had already secured future financing which is specifically why Steve Walton was brought on board. We will still believe all of the stories Derek and Mike leak out carefully to the Chronicle and to Mick Lowes who used to tell it was it was but now side with everything Derek and Mike tell them.

    We will turn against our former heroes like Shearer and Keegan (Keegan by the way), because Mike and Derek tell us lies about them. We will all develop a passion for wage structures and balance sheets as opposed to just wanting to see a winning team.

    Nothing will change under this regime. Imagine if Sir John Hall and Freddy Shepherd had bought shares in Rangers??? Would we have dismissed this as we have with Mike? Conflict of interests anyone?

    I can only ever see us progressing under new ownership. Having said that I am prepared to wait for the great 5 year plan to take effect……oh hang on……???!!!

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  • Malta Mag

    Jan 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #35

    There seems to be a few on here who should get themselves down to Loftus Road if they believe in their way of doing things. Our owner clearly thought Remy wasn’t worth it and end of! His mistake was not to bring in a couple of central defenders in the summer but no one could have envisaged the injuries we’ve had to endure this season. On the whole our transfer policy is sensible and has allowed us to clear the debts which threatened our very existence. Didn’t hear many complaints when Cisse, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Santon, Bigirimana, and Ba were bought in although the same numpties are quick to slag off the likes of Anita and Perch before they’d been given a chance. The season has been disappointing to say the least but we’ll survive and grow.
    Keep the faith!

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