Gary Lineker revealed on his Twitter account yesterday how Alan Shearer reacted to the first 21 minutes of the game at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, when Newcastle players embarrassed themselves and the club by a simply pathetic and gutless display of football.
Alan Shearer – pathetic and embarrassing
After the game Alan cleaned up his language a little bit, but still put together a good and accurate analysis of the game from a Newcastle viewpoint, when he said this on BBC :
“They were pathetic. It was embarrassing, from the first minute to the last.” “I can just imagine the Newcastle team talk before the game – ‘Right lads, this team have got Barcelona on Tuesday, let’s just keep it tight for the first 10 or 15 minutes.”
“Let’s get in among them, put one or two tackles in and see if they fancy it.’” “But after 20 or 30 seconds, that is out of the window. Newcastle just didn’t get near them.”
“It was just far, far too easy for City.” “These are top players. You cannot give them time on the ball like that.” “City showed so much hunger to get the ball back, even when they’re 3-0 up.”
“I never saw that once from Newcastle. It was pathetic.”
This summer is going to be a watershed transfer season for Newcastle, and we suppose Mike Ashley has to decide whether he wants to continue his frugal running of the club or change things.
With the policies he has in place it’s going to be even more difficult in the future to finish in the top ten, unless he builds a bigger and better squad on Tyneside, and it will take some money to do that.
That’s because other clubs will be getting vastly increased amounts of money to spend from the Premier League in the future, and they will spend that money on strengthening their squads.
That could mean that Newcastle are left even further behind.
Newcastle are a million miles away from being a top six club, and other PL clubs like Southampton, Stoke, Swansea and West Ham are now much more ambitious than Newcastle, and are more willing to spend the money that is coming in from the Premier League on new players.
We will not even mention they are also above us in the league table.
As long as Mike Ashley manages the club like he’s been doing over the last almost eight years , we just cannot see anything changing, and that’s the real depressing thing about yesterday’s terrible result and pathetic performance.
Unless there are significant changes made to how Newcastle are being run as a club, there will be more games and results like this in the future, as Ashley tries to get by at Newcastle by having the smallest squad possible (think minimum wages being paid out), while at the same still keeping the club in the Premier League.
It’s a very dangerous game that Mike is playing with Newcastle’s future.
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