Alan Shearer has ripped into the Newcastle players in his Sun column today and he makes it very clear that he doesn’t think they care too much about Newcastle at all.
certainly the last two performances have not only been pathetic but gutless too and any more performances like this and it will be almost impossible for Steve McClaren to keep his job unless the club is willing to fall back into the Championship.
McClaren seems to be unable to get the players to play for him and we’ll just have to wait and see how they perform against Liverpool on Sunday – but we are not holding our breath.
Alan Pardew – thriving at Crystal Palace
This is some of what Alan Shearer said in his column today:
“This current group of players simply do not want to do it for the club. You only had to see Daryl Janmaat turn his back on a shot at Crystal Palace to know the level of commitment now.“
“It is no coincidence that both Newcastle and Aston Villa have the same recruitment policy and find themselves bottom and second bottom.“
“They want to buy younger players who can grow and they can then sell on for a profit. None of the players bought by Newcastle this summer were Steve McClaren buys. They had been earmarked in April and they are simply not good enough.”
“At Palace, Pardew has full control of the ins and outs. He is thriving once more. His team were fantastic against Newcastle on Saturday. Newcastle were pathetic.”
“What else is wrong? The communication between the club and fans is terrible. Even the captain Fabricio Coloccini barely says anything. After the Leicester defeat it was left to Paul Dummett to front up.“
“The captain should be coming out with a strong message and supporting his manager. How can fans be interested in players when they can’t even hear or read their views?”
There’s no doubt the club are in a very bad state at the moment and it’s a real crisis of leadership at all levels of the club from the owner down.
Whether we can survive relegation is already an open question and we are only just over a third of the way through the season after spending a whopping £52.6M on players in the summer, the fifth highest spending club in Europe.
What does that say about out recruitment policy?
The way the club is being run is killing a club we once knew as the great Newcastle United.