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Shearer – Newcastle Could Still Struggle If We Sell Players

3:27 pm, Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Alan Shearer has said that Newcastle will improve from last season, but we were simply terrible in that second half of the season under John Carver – it was a living nightmare for fans as we got one point in 10 games and lost eight games in a row.

John Carver seemed to lose touch with reality at the time and he kept saying he must be in pole position for the head coach job, just as Newcastle were dropping down the table and only survived the drop on the last day of the season.

What a disaster.

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer – Newcastle will improve

In a recent interview earlier in the week Carver seemed to make an attempt at rewriting history and said that everything he did was to save Newcastle.

Yeah – right.

Alan Shearer has been talking to BBC Sports, and this is what he has said about his home town club for next season:

“Newcastle will improve, having said that it shouldn’t be too difficult. Steve McClaren is a good coach and a good manager, but I hope he’s allowed to manage and coach.”

“Let’s be realistic, Newcastle are not going to finish in the top four. There’s only two things Newcastle are going to win and that’s the League Cup and the FA Cup.”

“I would dearly love to see them have a go in one of them and play their strongest team. Let’s hope that changes.”

Alan then talked about the three clubs who have been promoted – Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City – and he thinks those clubs will struggle, but that Newcastle may as well:

“Traditionally what happens, and what will always happen, is they’ll have a struggle. Watford have signed so many players it is going to be difficult to integrate them all and for it to work.”

“Bournemouth will probably be like Burnley and try and do it the right way and everyone will continue to praise them because of the way they play, their work ethic, but they might just come up short. Norwich may be similar.”

“Those three will struggle, but Leicester might, Aston Villa might because of the players they’ve sold, and Sunderland.”

“And – dare I say it – if Newcastle have signed two or three players that would worry me –  because they might just go out and sell one or two as well.”

We need to be very careful before we sell any of our more experienced and better players this summer – such as Coloccini, Cisse, Tiote and Sissoko as four examples.

Even when we have completed all the signings of new players coming into the club, we should keep what we have.

It was 19 years ago that Alan Shearer joined Newcastle from Blackburn for a then world record fee of  £15M.

Newcastle had just missed out on winning the Premier League and they were pipped towards the end of the season by Manchester United and the finished with 82 points – 4 points ahead of Newcastle.

One of them on April 3rd 1996 was the best game ever seen in the Premier League the 4-3 defeat at Anfield.

It didn’t help that on 4th March Manchester United beat us 1-0 after beating us 2-0 at Old Trafford the previous December when we were 10 points clear at the top of the table.

As it turns out if we had won that game we would have won the league that season.


If only we could get somewhere near as good as we were back then.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Interview · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Magpie Season // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Ed is posting articles quicker than Warner scoring runs.

  • 2 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    slank its championship clubs that are after him i think he could do a good job for a lot of clubs in that league

  • 3 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:36 PM


    Oh ok, we’ll I meant as in it was very hard to please us. I bet it got to the point with Pardew where he knew winning wasn’t enough. Poor fellow, and now look at him, making the Geordie nation look stupid because of his achievement, I get really embarrassed when I have to confront other fans on thinking we are ungrateful. It’s hard to win when they say look what he’s done at palace.

  • 4 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Glad you’re doing well, you’re such a great guy do you know that?

  • 5 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    That post was for spellcheck guys, don’t flatter yourselves by thinking I meant you.

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Pardew was the first Palace manager to lose three home games in a row since Iain Dowie.

    Who cares how he does at Palace anyway, it bares no relation to how he did here. Many managers have different success at different clubs. But that doesn’t mean they also don’t have terrible spells as manager. Was Kenny Dalglish a good manager at Newcastle? Not a chance, but he took Blackburn and Liverpool to league titles.

  • 7 Slank // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:42 PM


    Jay @ 8

    I think Chelsea will still top the league. They look really solid and have some exceptional players.

    Not sure about Man Utd or Man City but have no doubt they will be up there. I have a feeling that Arsenal will do well. My hope is that the players at Liverpool don’t gel.

    Think that West Brom, Villa and Sunderland will be in the relegation struggle together with two of the promoted clubs.

    The dark horses are Everton who surely cannot be as bad as they have been. Stoke is very solid and boring but can grind out the results.

    Think we will end up between 8th and 10th.

  • 8 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    To be honest, our squad is still small, yes we’ve added three good players, but we are still very limited of both numbers and quality in certain areas

  • 9 sweendog // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    JackButler .. agreed, CB, RB and LB, especially the LW, and RW being the obvious lack of depth positions.

  • 10 Liverpool Mag // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:46 PM


    I care how he does at Palace, well, I care about the results of two of their games a season, the ones against us!

  • 11 Bambams // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    We have all said it….

    If the powers that be cannot see we need TWO CB’S THIS window we Ard knackered….
    Mbemba would do me but we need another


  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Yeah, that is all I’m bothered about. I wasn’t meaning the individual match though. Whether he does well or poorly at Palace has zero reflection on how good he was here.

    I wish I’d used Brian Clough as the example rather than Dogleash. Clough failed at Brighton – nearly getting them relegated – and Leeds – sacked after just 1 win in 7. The fact he is one of the most decorated managers in football history does not make his time at Brighton any better for Brighton fans.

  • 13 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    the back four is my biggest worry we were court out of position over run and out played so many times last season and i can see it happening again

  • 14 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    My point is that I felt embarrassed by my own fans, it didn’t look good last year hounding him out and then him doing great at Palace.

  • 15 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    jack he hit the wall at newcastle he went for a lot more money and closer to home

  • 16 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    He wasn’t hounded out. He chose to leave. He could have walked when he embarrassed the club on numerous occasions. Or when he almost got the club relegated, or when he broke records for defeats, derby results etc.

    He chose not to, the fans are blamed for him leaving, but he could have left anytime if it was an issue. It wasn’t, he chose to leave when the offer of increased money came along. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Time will tell, but he has failed more than succeeded and history isn’t on his side.

  • 17 Polarboy // Jul 30, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    @Jack. Only an idiot who hadn’t been paying attention to our results, and Pardews general behaviour when he managed us, would criticise us for wanting him out. So are you an idiot or do you actually care what idiots think? It’s pretty much the same answer I suppose.

  • 18 sweendog // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    polarboy, Jack is definitely a wum, if you watched any games over the last 2 years you’d know how bad he was

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