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Shearer Blasts Players – No Effort – No Spirit – No Defense

10:26 am, Monday, April 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Alan Shearer was one of the best players ever to don the famous shirt of Newcastle United, but like the rest of us what defines him is that he is a Newcastle United fan, born and bred on Tyneside – and he has Newcastle in his blood.

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Alan Shearer – blasts the players

And in his column today in The Sun, Alan just absolutely blasts the players – but he does offer some support for manager Alan Pardew, because of what he did last season  at Newcastle.

This is some of what Alan had to say:

“A 6-0 trouncing by Liverpool — the club’s worst home defeat since 1925. You can be excused a bad day at the office.” “But, for the second home game running, this lot have not even turned up for work.”

“I saw the warning signs on Saturday after only two minutes.” “In that time I witnessed Philippe Coutinho twice receive the ball and have time and space to pick his pass.”

“Nobody was within 20 yards of the Brazilian.” “Not a tackle, not an attempt to close him down — nothing.” “This was supposed to be a Newcastle team determined to wipe away the memory of the 3-0 Sunderland defeat by putting in a spirited display.”

“I think Pardew has enough credit in the bank from last season to be afforded another chance.””But he is under massive pressure.”

I’s tough when you have to dig deep. Newcastle fans can accept defeat — but they cannot accept a team that does not try, or lacks spirit.”

“The visit of Liverpool gave everyone a chance to put things straight in front of the home fans — it couldn’t have gone worse.” “The defensive performance was quite simply the worst I have seen from any side — not just this season but for a good number of years.”

“It must have felt like a training match for Liverpool as it was just so easy to score.” “Have faith and stick with us’ will be the cry from the manager.”

“That loyalty he calls upon is being severely tested right now.”

Well we’ve all had our chance to vent about Saturday – and that’s Alan’s take on the disgraceful display.

We agree with everything Alan says – but think that may be Pardew’s last chance gone out of the window.

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TorqToon // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    How we could do with big Album right now…

  • 2 Spotlight Kid // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    …but still don’t sack Pards!

    He’s away with the sofa this guy

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I would hazard a guess that about 95% of readers want to see Pardew sacked,my self included,I just think it’s a shame that after what he achieved last year he wasn’t backed then we would have really seen the true ectent of his failings or the transition into a decent manager,as it turns out we’ll never know and especially now I don’t think there’s any undoing the mess we’re in,it is so obvious Mike Ashley set us a mid table finish this year what makes you think that it’s going to be any different with a new manager

  • 4 TorqToon // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Album >>>> Al !!

    Nobody likes a big album! :-)

  • 5 Barras // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    “If there’s one thing that Mike doesn’t do then it’s embarrassment. There was always going to be a review at the end of the season.”

  • 6 lesh // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Maybe Shearer might like to go to the training ground and give the players his thoughts about their performances and what they mean to Newcastle United?

    A boot up their strides may even work.

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    If ashley is going to sac Pardew why not take a punt on
    Temuri “Temur” Ketsbaia
    If he manages like he played then it should be fun

  • 8 Spotlight Kid // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    JfA@3

    what makes you think that it’s going to be any different with a new manager

    Because Pardew is clueless, that’s why JfA, simples.

    BEARDO – NOW!!

  • 9 lesh // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    • strides = rses

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Barras,
    Mike doesn’t do embarrassment,taking off your clothes in a Chinese restaurant must be perfectly acceptable for the worlds 526th richest man.

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Get ya boots on big Al we need you!
    There’d be a few black eyes Monday morning if he was still playing

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Spotlight,
    I meant Mikes mid table finishes,that ambition wont change no matter whose in charge and only second rate managers like Pardew will put up with this.

  • 13 ajcrawfs // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    what about gus poyet anyone? he has done well with Brighton

  • 14 John Tudor // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    all of ashleys billions wont buy a win with a numpty in charge

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    It’s a good job Mikes handy with the 70% discount stickers because he’s going to need eleven of them come july.

  • 16 Mark the Mag // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    There will be pressure to sack him in the summer but ashley will ride it out and appease the fans with some players. Don’t think Pardrew will get sacked untill Christmas if were not in top half. Pardrew has had some bad luck this season but should still have been able to steer the ship to safety.
    He’s got all the traits that I hate in a manager, that have destroyed our club before, stubborness, arrogance and defensive football.
    Is he due to meet fans at end of season ? Haahaha where would we start, set pieces, long balls, guti, Shola, subs, the list goes on …

  • 17 davis_toons // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I just think it’s a shame that after what he achieved last year he wasn’t backed then we would have really seen the true ectent of his failings or the transition into a decent manager,as it turns out we’ll never know and especially now I don’t think there’s any undoing the mess we’re in,it is so obvious Mike Ashley set us a mid table finish this year what makes you think that it’s going to be any different with a new manager

    ——This is JUST SO TRUE——— ..thanks

  • 18 t00ntime // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    MA+DL plan was to be fighting for CL in 5years… I dont think he wants to be ‘just’ a mid table club either. CL offers money, thats what MA wants.

    What did MA do wrong this year? Lack of investment in summer? Yes. But he bought 18million worth of players that we wanted in the summer and what changed? Nothing. Why would MA want to invest if it clearly doesnt make a difference? I used to hate MA but this season is not his fault imo. Its his+AP+injuries/EL fault.
    But he sorted it out, EL has stopped and yet we still cant buy a win so who is left? AP. we wont do better next season. People who say “1 good 1bad season” well I used to agree. But AP said we were lucky last season so 1lucky season and 1abysmal season, doesnt exactly scream good manager :S

  • 19 davis_toons // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    There is a chance for Pardew to improve on his game and try out other tactics but he “choose to stick with the owner” and say that we have enough players to go through.

    (With Ba around, to chip in some goal, we will be that bad, and properly might still be able to sell him next season or after)

    If alan pardew knows, he should speak the Truth if not he deserves it.

    (I don’t think KK ways of leaving when not backed with is wrong, he knows that his armor is not enough or not the right kind for his game so he asked for it but MA play him out with DW in-charge selling away millier (ENGLISH) and bing all sorts of funny guy) Mike Ashley is ridiculous.

  • 20 woolerbill // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    SHEARER. If I’m not mistaken this clown was the manager to take us down, not C.H. all he did was make his mouth go.

  • 21 davis_toons // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Just look at where James milner is playing now? He must be so glad now. Im happy for him. A great international that is still learning alot from his super star-mates.

  • 22 davis_toons // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    There is only 1 way to trust the manager.

    It is to support him. The owner is late in doing that.
    (players need time to adapt and understand all the things around them.)

    Pardew is too raw. We need an international manager, Just like Wenger, or etc type. They will know what to do with this players.

    Not just every training session asking them to run hard and close down. They are not “Bulldozer” players

  • 23 Slank // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Well Shearer should know as he he tried and failed.

  • 24 GeordieDan // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    “If there is one thing Mike Ashley doesn’t do it embarrassment”…Really???

    http://www.nufcblog.org/2011/09/mike-ashley-sorting-the-facts-from-the-myths-including-that-debt/#.UX5IebU3sho

    We’ve been embarrassed every since this prat showed up on Tyneside. (Sorry for putting you off your elevenses lads and lasses)

  • 25 Spotlight Kid // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    JfA@12

    I concur wholeheartedly on that; except the current managerial occupant isn’t even capable of being mid-table-medicre. Even if I was to agree with MA’s ‘treading-PL-water-while-milking-dry-the-TV-rights-&-52k-punters’ economic model (which I don’t, btw), AP is still not the guy I would trust to do it.

    To stay comfortably mid table you need a top half manager. Otherwise it’s bit like asking a Citroen 2cv to keep a steady 70mph for 200 miles in a crosswind, regardless of how cheap it was to buy second hand. You’re still better off with at least a Mondeo 1.6, regardless of how boring it might be. Hence why Big Sam will never be out of a job for long.

    But it’s far too late for such pedantic points, and Beardo the Wonderboy should be installed immediately as temporary boss.

  • 26 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 29, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Ketsbaia would give the players a good bashing. Sack Pardew and appoint Temuri. We need 2 points out of the remaining 3 games.

  • 27 sean667 // Apr 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    FFS Shearer a clown, some times words fail me. Some bloggers need to get a grip




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