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Unsympathetic And Worried Alan Shearer Blasts Newcastle

11:00 pm, Monday, October 5th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Alan Shearer, like a number of battle weary Newcastle fans – fears that the club may be headed for another relegation fight this season – the third in the last four seasons, and the former England and Newcastle striker fears we may go down to the Championship in May.

If that happens it will be an absolute tragedy and the Newcastle Board will take the hit because they were given the money to fix the squad in the summer and the team still has a number of major weaknesses.

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Alan Shearer – blasts Newcastle team

Mike Ashley will also be heavily criticized because he didn´t make any money available last January when the club were seemingly safe, but the team plunged down the league table under John Carver, who was over his head in the job.

Managing Director Lee Charnley has appointed both John Carver and Steve McCalren and both look the easy but dodgy choices.

We are still hoping Steve will come through and there´s still lots of time for that to happen.

Ashley in May pledged to spend big money at Newcastle and we were going to start making our own luck.

This is the rather blunt assessment Alan Shearer has made about the Newcastle team and he has no sympathy for Steve McClaren:

I don’t have any sympathy for him (McClaren), not really.”   ” I don’t know if the transfer activity was different to what he expected, hoped, needed or wanted.

” But he knows what he is signing up for.”  ” If they perform like they did against Watford  and Sheffield Wednesday and the second half at Manchester City, then yes, before long they will be relegated.”

” ‘I don’t know what Newcastle team are going to turn up. I don’t think anyone does.”

” McClaren doesn’t know and I don’t know, and that is the worry. There is a fragility and a losing mentality about the football club.”

It? a bad start to the season – no doubt about that – but we are still hoping the team can get its act together and start winning some games – and soon too.

Whether that will happen will depend on which Newcastle team turns up in future games.

As we saw on Saturday the good team turned up in the first half and played very well at the Etihad.

But then the error prone fragile team turned up in the second half and we were anhialted and conceded five goals in the first 18 minutes of that half.

We need the good team to turn up for every game and for every half.

If that happens we should be OK – if it doesn´t we will be in trouble.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Interview · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Everything that Ashley has done over the years is coming back to bite us.

    Our policy is to run at the minimum amount of outlay to maximise the amount of profit, now, now, that’s fine if you are running say a retail outlet but that is a suicidal approach to running a football club where just about everyone else is going all out to improve and move forward.

    We are leaderless from top to bottom and get what we deserve as from the fan base perspective, we are apathetic to have become accepting of this whole stack of rubbish

  • 2 Tsunki // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 Tsunki // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    And yet, JB, some would have us as fickle fans, who act as cowards with our Pardew Out campaigning and doom and gloom mentality. Well they do have a point, it’s not like we’re bottom of the League. Again. 😐

  • 4 beermonkey // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:22 PM


    problem is how long will it take to sort out
    nothing is an overnight fix

  • 5 JackButler // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:25 PM


    Some people can’t see what is right in front of them, we are an embarrassment right now and have been for some time in all honesty, but yet somehow 52,000 still don their Wonga branded shirts and turn up every single week. They boo at half time, they boo at full time, they bitch and moan but still they turn up every single match and its that blind faith, loyalty and love for their club that Ashley banks on to get away with what he is doing

  • 6 JackButler // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:30 PM


    Employing the right people for the right positions is the only way to sort this mess out, our scout is a board member for gods sake and has more power and say than just about every other single scout in the game, our chairman is a promoted club secretary.

    Every poor decision is now catching up with us

  • 7 Tsunki // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Actually I believe it’s the contrary, I think we are extremely patient to the point of having misplaced faith that things can’t be that bad, that cynical. Some fans post in here giving us the dogs for not having the risk view that Mike will make good on his video promo. You could write a huge article cataloguing the insulting decisions inflicted on this club, but over time we’ve grown numb to the slow and pervasive decay sd has imposed on it. We are inside the forest, oblivious of the trees.

  • 8 beermonkey // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:38 PM


    a while ago Southampton sacked the bloke who helped them sort out there academy philosophy coaches
    they got rid to bring in a business money man as football side was sorted

    if Ashley wanted to these people are out there and have been available
    he doesn’t want it

  • 9 Jib // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Having watched the game against Man City over again , one factor that no one has mentioned ,was , that young M’Babu was struggling for some time before he signalled the bench (probably a result of his inexperience )
    City were 4 – 1 up before the situation was resolved properly poor Lascelles had hardly turned around before Silva had skinned him to set up de Bruyne for that clever chip and 47 seconds later bosh an Aguero deflected goal.

    It all looked very panicky and amatuerish.
    With calmer heads that nightmare 17 minutes was avoidable

  • 10 sickandtired // Oct 5, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Ed is the one who cannot face the truth. He lambastes the ‘sack pardew crowd’ whenever he can and preaches for ‘time’ now for Schteeve.
    Ashley is a joke and the way he runs this club is not only a joke, it is the beginning, middle and end of the cause for what is wrong.
    Shearer is correct as any sane person must know. McClaren signed up for this so he either knew what was on offer (as Penfold told everyone in his statement earlier this year) or he has been misled.
    No one can fix this mess trying to build a team which adheres to Ashley’s buying instructions and with players they can’t sign or sell themselves.
    Ashley gets rid of anyone and everyone who speaks up or out. Players committee. Players. Singing section. The man can’t tolerate dissent and anything less than 100% control and obedience.
    Yet even Ed continues to paint a picture that ‘the football Board’ is (now) responsible for all this, just as previously he blamed the ‘sack Pardew crowd’. Wonder how he would have felt working for IBM if they operated and were run like NUFC is under Ashley?

  • 11 Very Terry // Oct 6, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    We’re a rubbish team. It’s depressing.That is all.

  • 12 Very Terry // Oct 6, 2015 at 3:38 AM

    Would/could you play for this man?

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