Alan Shearer Has It Absolutely Right On Newcastle

One thing we are finding out about Newcastle’s players is they are not mentally tough and as soon as they went behind to an early second half Aguero goal yesterday  they simply collapsed and allowed Manchester City to pick them apart.

It was hard to watch.

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Alan Shearer – relegation if they don´t toughen up upstairs

And we don´t believe it was because of Manchester City´s brilliance in the form of Sergio Aguero as Steve McClaren would have us believe – it was because too many Newcastle players stopped playing.

Aguero was allowed to be world-class by the shoddy way Newcastle defended in the second half.

This is what Shearer said about the game last night on Match of the Day:

“Aguero was absolutely world-class but the difference was Newcastle’s first half performance and their second half performance, which was pretty embarrassing.”  

“It was  staggering really.” “In the first half they were tight, compact and working for each other and covering each other’s backs.”

“When one person was beaten his mate was there to help him out. City came up against a wall in the first 42 minutes.”  “In the second half the mistakes came into Newcastle’s games. There was no closing down.”

“There’s a fragility about Newcastle, a losing mentality about the football club. They have now won one of the last 19 football matches.” “They have not come from behind enough since last December. It doesn’t hurt enough.”

“They can’t capitulate like they did at half-time when things are going so well for them. It’s like the flip of a coin.” “It can’t be accepted for that losing mentality to happen because before long they will be relegated if they keep on performing like that.”

Newcastle find a way of not winning – and as Alan said we have just one win (in the last game of last season)  in 19 league games since we beat Aston Villa 1-0 at the end of February.

We have 7 points in those last 19 league games.


There have been a  couple of times when we´ve been ahead at St. James´ Park but allowed the opposition to equalize in the last 10 minutes – and one of those times was last week against Chelsea, who were beaten 3-1 at home by the Saints yesterday.

Every player needs to toughen up mentally otherwise when we play the weaker sides who are coming up we´ll fail to win in those games too.

Wins are what we need to get away from the bottom of the league table.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • toonking

    Oct 4, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #1

    we are relegated

  • Our Toon

    Oct 4, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Toon King

    If you read what I put then you’ll find the answer you are looking for, we have a soft centre mate, we have NO PRESENCE in CM, yes we can all blame the 2 CB’S or colo for the goals but how much space and time did Silva and De Bruyne have yesterday? Runs weren’t tracked in the 2nd half. We went from being compact to being wide open!! None of these relate to proven premiership players.

    Lacking leadership and lacking part of having a good spine!! I’d say 90 percent of you were all raving about Anita before the season started…..says it all really

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 4, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    This what happens when a team has a very weak spine. Our Cb in colo is hopeless. Our central midfield has no presence whatsoever on the pitch.

    Relegation with this kind of spine. What else you guys expecting?

  • Our Toon

    Oct 4, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    8 games played and apparently we are already relegated!! Out of the 8 games we’ve already played last season’s top 4!!

  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Ouch. Still bruised from yesterday’s denouement. It’s correct, I believe, that we are finding ways to lose matches. Once losing sets in, great mental strength is required to get back in winning form. We all know, of course, that many things are coming home to roost now at our club, in the light of how it is being run. Relegation would be the price of MA, but that price is one we, as fans, should never be asked to pay. I know: I’m a dreamer.

  • toon kk

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    The team is absolutely Sh.t and anyone who is honest with themselves knows it.

  • toonking

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7


    I’m not say them goal were to do with in XP what i’m say there is the players were acting like statues who dropped there heads and give up right away. Vuron anita is a soft and weak CM but now that Chick tiote no longer cares and in a sence the fact you hate colback who else do we have to play as CDM?

    The fact of the matter is we’ll never be able to get a decent batch of foreign players who’ll assure us of that performance our club is just worthless as far as they concerned, we’ve tried for ages now to use young foreign players but have seen the team continue to decline due to such huge pressure being forced on them whilst the older batch continously act like they don’t care therefore what different could it be to now move in for some of them less decent but more sporting players who know top teams will never be in.

    leister city themselves have a team built around vardy who was part of the team prior to promotion
    southampton could have did what QPR did spending masses of cash on pure gambles but didn’t, they remained with a batch that had lead them all the way to where they are now.

    Like I said last post we too could made progress with these foreign youngsters had we remained consistant through transfer windows but we didn’t therefore we’re left with a buch of want aways and a buch of newbie, we’re missing that passionate commanding and confince builders in the middle, therefore we’ve got to start all over again an this will be the year we go down, players like perez, jamatt mitro and mbemba could leave and we’ll be left with the old bunch making promotion a much harder task.

  • toon kk

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Toonking @7
    totally agree.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9


    It’s not about who we have played and how many points we have now.

    It’s how we have played and the manner and attitude of players. That is what is worrying.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #10

    why on earth was abeid sold when the alternative is apparently gouffran. stupidity beyond belief.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Side note, anyone notice cabaye performance for palace. Boy, what a player. We should have kept him or tried to sign him back. Absolute beast in the middle of the park. Tremendous passing ability and can actually put in a crunching tackle and stamp his authority on the pitch. Palace players look better when he is on the pitch.

    We should throw away our buying policy. We have too many young players and no experience ones to lead the team. Cabaye even at that age looks pure class. We could do with a player like him.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #12

    @rotanda we sold kemen as well. Lol.

  • Keith in France

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh dear, Sunderland looking for a new manager – don’t we play them soon? – we all know what that will mean if the new guy in place by then !
    Nigel Pearson one of the early favorites plus Big Sam.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Spot on Shearer! Man I wish Shearer would just get up and leave his cumfy bbc spot to be a Newcastle Coach. He would drum the players and put them up for the fight.

    Shearer is a true captain no that clown we have now!

    Players I want rid of are:

    Colo, Willo, Saylor, Gouffran, Tiote, Cisse and maybe Anita and Sissoko.

    They are either not good enough or don’t care. Should be no where near a toon shirt.

    Sad times these. Are there going to be any real highs this season or is again more torture ahead?

  • JackButler

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Colo’s attraction to the ball at the expense of losing his man would be laughable if it didn’t cost us so many goals.

    Why is it that when we are in desperate need of a leader, someone to stand up and show his worth our senior players go running and hide themselves away.

    It comes to something that when you look for passion, commitment and desire we have to look to our younger players and not our seasoned pros

  • toonking

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16


    just took a look at the scums manager odds and they’ve shown viera as 3rd favourite after the fatty and dyce. If he were to be appointed the the scums were to still be relegated would you still have the belief a young and new manager could really manage to cope with a club in such chrisis as ours?

  • Our Toon

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #17


    The time to panic is well off yet mate, yes it concerning how we fell apart again but would the same have happened if a perfectly good goal had been disallowed? At 2 nil it would have been a different game. Individual errors though are costing us games and more importantly most people’s pick Anita has been woeful as he’s not big enough to play that role!!

  • terencelim

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    The best captain in the world would turn shit if he plays for us.

    It’s all about Ashley’s ambition and intention, not about the captain.

  • toonking

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19


    all i can think of is, we’ve seen this torture before during his first year only without the manager merry go round so it’s not new.

  • toonking

    Oct 4, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Our toon

    I wouldn’t say i2-0 would have made that much of a difference to our game, just last week we had been leading against a chelsea team who aren’t having the best of times but then comes a colback and mitrovic sub and we’re feeling lucky not to have lost it 3-2, krul showed his anger at colo himself.

  • bladeuser

    Oct 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #21

    R u for real so 2-0 would have made a difference u r right city would have woke up and led at half time and probably scored eight
    Listen we r shit everything about the club is shit the only thing that is,nt is the away fans who I wish would b a bit more vocal regarding our shit owner
    And this wally we have as a coach will take us down no two ways about it I thought pardew was the master of understatement but he has nothing on this fool
    S Mac out

  • lesh

    Oct 4, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #22

    We seem to collapse after half-time and does anyone know what the hell goes on in our dressing room?

    Yesterday’s second-half performance was woeful, as though any fire in the players’ soul, any will to win had been sucked out of them.

    Do we have anyone in there to keep the adrenalin pumping or are the players allowed to lose their focus, their determination?

    Who delivers the half-time talk is something that needs to be considered along with its style of presentation, let alone what’s said.
    Are players minds taken off good first-half performances? Is the talk too technical and thus distracting?

    We really need the old Wimbledon FC approach where players were really fired up before each half and played as a team.

    These failures, collapses are happening far too often.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23


    We need someone to take us in a new direction. We’ve aways played safe with a succession of bang average Brit managers such as Dalglish, Souness, Allardcye, Pardew and SM is pretty much of the same mould. Namely safety first, defensive, long ball football

    I would loved to have taken a chance with Viera or someone similar. Anyone is a gamble but we need someone who is dynamic, forward thinking with new ideas and who can attract good quality to the club.

    Some people are contradicting themselves saying we have no quality and a rubbish squad and then saying if we get relegated we will lose Mitro, Wijnaldum, M’Bemba , Perez and others. Make your minds up!

  • Dragon64

    Oct 4, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #24

    sick of the excuses no more nufc f..k right off because you are shite 35yrs wasted watching this crap well had enough. even under keegan wasted a twelve point lead and still got nowt.good riddance going to enjoy it with no football.

  • DoctorZelig

    Oct 4, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m so sick of Ashley and the Brit managers we always seem to get. Every one of them they have brought in has been absolute shiite.

    We have never had a foreign proven manager at the club before. The one time they did try a foreign manager they chose a great player in Ruud Gullit with little to non managerial experience…

  • goommy

    Oct 4, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Keep using Anita + Colback + Guffy and others deadwood in first eleven and we going one way down and down.

    Hard to watch really..


    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Easy answer. ….drop Collocini

    He’s not a premier league centre half anymore. …..but more importantly he’s not a captain.

    He doesn’t show any traits of a captain on the pitch.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Our Toon
    I’m not normally cynical but if the score had been 2-0 the result would’ve been a different one; 6-2

    Some of the players are just not good enough for this league. Goof, Anita, Sissoko.

    God knows what has happened to Tiote; he used to be first man on the teamsheet !

    The sad thing is its taken SM all this time to find out they’re not good enough and we knew all along 🙂

  • dalton7675

    Oct 4, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Rodgers for the job all the way

  • ToonArfa

    Oct 4, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Janmaat mbemba colo sissoko

    Would we ever get to see this line up/formation?

  • benjohnsen

    Oct 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Newcastle’s main problem: If our centreback are bad, then look at Anita and Colback. Im sorry but they are not premier league quality. Tiote and Cabaye were on a completely different level when played together.

    Sissoko is played out of position, not a natural right midfield player, and lazy.

    We have three players to fill number 10 role. De jong, perez and wijnaldum.

    We have many average midfielders. Not a single one of them would come close to my third choice PL team.

    Our squad is difficult to fit to any formation or style of play as we havent bought a team but cheap single players that we hope will fit somehow.

    Another thing. Our players lack speed.

    On the positive side, if we could somehow replace Cabaye I thin we will win matches again.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Oct 5, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    When vernon Anita was with Ajax I thought he played left back if so start playing him in that position as he is not a DM


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