Shearer – Premier League One Of The Worst I Can Remember

Alan Shearer has talked to the local papers today and he has expressed opinions on the Premier League, which he thinks has gone back this season, and he has also talked about Massadio Haidara and that tackle – and he mentions one of the FA’s new rules which allows them to skirt their responsibilities.

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Alan Shearer in his playing days – he scored again!

The Newcastle legend has talked about the standards of the Premier League this season:

“It all depends, bearing in mind you probably have to spend £15M-£20M to stand still.” “I think standard-wise this has been one of the worst I can remember.” “Man City have got worse, Spurs have stayed where they are, Liverpool and Arsenal have got worse.”

Alan’s always talking about Newcastle having to spend (big) money in the transfer market, but with our current set-up we may not have to spend too much to get the two or three top players we need this summer, to make our squad very strong for next season.

And no English club reached the quarter finals of the Champions League this season for the first time since 1996, so that backs up Alan’s claim that the standards in the Premier League are lower  than they have been for a long time.

Alan has also talked about that tackle on Haidara:

“It was a bad tackle – you get bad tackles, but it was mis-timed and it was dangerous and deserved a red card.” “Newcastle will be angry that no action has been taken.”

“Unfortunately football is a physical game and you get bad tackles and bad injuries.” “We all hope and pray that he’s all right. Judging by the sound of it he might be.”

“They look at things when it suits.” “I wasn’t aware of this new rule that if the linesman or one person seen it then they can’t do anything about.”

Not many people were aware of the rule which the FA made up some time ago – but it does them no favors to take no action against McManaman for that tackle.

We are hoping we can change the way the FA operates, since the Massadio affair has left the English FA looking more than incompetent this week.

The good news in all of this is it seems Haidara is not badly injured, and the lad is said to be upbeat at the Newcastle training camp this week – and that’s good news.

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23 comments so far

  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think anyone was aware of the rule.. they seem to make up the rules to coincide with how much hassle they wanna deal with. They are dinasours the FA should be over hauled with ex pro that just came out of the game every 5 years… people that understand it as the game evolves.

  • ichrisho

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Sharer taking no prisoners… nicely done Wor Alan… 🙂

  • mally72

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    It seems like one of the FA,s rules is thay can make things up when it suits them

  • El Sleeve

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    do we remember last january when cabaye got retrospectively banned for kicking a brighton player, even though the ref had seen it and deemed it unworthy of a foul or card?

    the FA are self serving idiots

  • maximan23

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    having worked at newcastle united for 11 years i know alan and he is a person who tells it as it it always has been..well said al.
    made me laugh once when i was talking to him and he told me he had to go because some of us have to earn a living..cocky sod..

  • Bruva_muz

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6


    Hello lads, I have just watch NZ vs New Caledonia in our world cup qualifier and after the game against wigan I thought I had seen the worse refereeing. But No Tonight in our match where we won 2-1 last gasp goal on 93min, We had a player kicked in the head with studs in the penalty box and with blood pouring down his face the ref and assistants give nothing earlier in the second half we had a player kicked off-the ball the the linesman must have seen again nothing, just after our player got kicked in the back of the knee not unlike the tackle on Haidara this plaer got a yellow card but should have been seen. The state of ref’s around the world in very questionable at the moment. HWLT Wish the best of health to Haidara and all other injured players at my Beloved NUFC

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    NUFC_LEAZES END ru there lets play fifa

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    ibiza or NUFC_LEAZES END are you guys ready to play fifa with me

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Any truth in the rumour the Halsey trains at/with Wigan. If it’s true surely that takes the FA’s incompetency a step further

  • Jamiemac

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Anyone seen the stories about the nufc fans before Wigan game?

    Very distasteful

  • numba9

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    As 4 rvwolfsdick going to narwich. We should go in 4 bafetimbi gomis he would be an amazing signing then we can play the erratic CISse when we choose and not because we have to

  • geordiemark

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12


    that wouldnt suprise me in the least and if true then he was biast towards them

  • geordiemark

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13


    just read that aye not a very good idea damn disgrace

  • woolerbill

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Brown envelopes
    This is some think we believe happens overseas, but it is here. Some of the things we see, cannot be put down to poor refs or the bodies they hide behind. Have a look at the grounds and refs records there. We are as bent as the rest of the game, from top to bottom.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Could be interesting for the FA if true

  • geordiemark

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16


    I agree with everything youve said, that match should be replayed and with the coward sent off and another ref takes over the currupt halsey and co

  • toonincheek

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Sad to hear of Toon supporters who are keen enough
    to go to away games, yet cause this kind of trouble.

    No excuse for it – they should be identified and given
    strong incentive to them and others to not repeat such

    You also have to wonder – where was the security.

  • numba9

    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    The ref had a stinker . Blew up for fair challenges missed bad ones and calls goal kicks for corners oh and then the hand ball and the outrageous haidara situation

  • numba9

    Mar 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Wilfred bony or gomis are the two we should look at 4 strikers. Papis just wants to slash at everything and score the odd worldy. Needs to do the bread Butter goal scoring and sometimes look at better placed players

  • ichrisho

    Mar 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #20

    @JamieMac – What happened with the toon fans?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #22

    chris g

    bloody fools.

    would be a good gesture if the club reimbursed wigan cosmos with new nets and ball

  • ichrisho

    Mar 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Holy Cow… whats all that about… This seems like a bit of “hows that NUFC” from Wigan… You write to the FA and so will we… how Tit-4-tat…. although fairly silly of the Toon Army to get involved here….


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