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 – 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.