Alan Shearer has been interviewed on Sky Sports today, and it doesn’t surprise him one little bit that Newcastle are drifting in mid-table going nowhere, and out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle for the 4th time in 5 years – and three of those losses have come to a lower league side.
Alan Shearer – Newcastle are exactly where they should be
This is what Alan has said today to Sky Sports:
“I think it is a very difficult one.” “As a temporary manager I know that it is very difficult to get all of the players on board.” “John Carver is in a difficult position with Newcastle.”
“But their season is very much the same as I expected it to be at the beginning of the season.” “They’ve gone out of the cup competitions early and finished in and around mid-table.”
“That’s what Newcastle are I’m afraid nowadays.” “No I don’t want to return to management.” “I’m not mad!” “I loved my time at Newcastle and I have huge respect for the guys who are in the jobs as far as managers are concerned.”
“It’s tough, sometimes impossible.” “But they love it.” “That’s why they’re in there.” “I’ve got no desire to get back in there at the moment, I love what I’m doing.”
This is very much like last season as Newcastle seem to be drifting in the wind and going nowhere fast – without any seeming direction, determination, vision or ambition.
We keep hearing from Lee Charnley that top 10 this season is the goal, and it’s hard to know how he can say that and keep a straight face.
He brought in no players during January and didn’t spend one penny, in spite of Newcastle being down to only two experienced center-backs with Steven Taylor out for the season.
We sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma for £5.5M and let Alan Pardew goto Crystal Palace for around £4M, and loaned out Davide Santon to Inter-Milan and sent five younger fringe players to Rangers.
So we weakened the squad for the rest of the season – and have an untested head coach in for the rest of the season – but hey – we pocketed £10M.
In Newcastle’s eyes these days that’s success. 🙁
But it’s still a top ten finish as the goal – even though Charnley and Ashley have done absolutely nothing to make that happen last month.
That’s not executive leadership from the top at Newcastle – that’s for sure.
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