Shearer Blasts Gutless Players – Praises Thriving Pardew

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.

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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?

Not much.

The way the club is being run is killing a club we once knew as the great Newcastle United.

55 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Shearer…when will you throw some of the criticism at the coach…oh wait you said he was the best coach you had ever worked for so no blaming him right?

    …you are not going to get a 100% from players when the owner, the board and the coaches are showing no ambition.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #2

    …or any ability!

  • toon kk

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #3

    We’ll be relegated come the end of the season, its what’s needed tbh, we have to start over, new players, manager and show Carr and Charnless the door. We clearly don’t belong in the premier league. Once we’re doon I can’t see us been promoted again for some time, but at least we can watch a more competitive game.

  • benjohnsen

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #4

    @Jesperfuglsang – Shearer did blast McClaren on MOTD for having no game plan the last three matches, so that is not entirely correct. I think he is more focusing on the real problem, which of course is not McClaren or game tactics, but how the club is ran in general. Our average position under MA has been bottom 10, relegation zone and still Newcastle are some of the higher paying clubs when it comes to salaries and budget, so there are clearly something fundamentally wrong.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s very difficult now to see a way out of this mess, other than relegation. The fight goes out of the lads very quickly in each match lately. No bench depth and McLaren looks unlikely to pull Colo. No leadership. From anyone apparently. Certainly not from Ashley.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #6

    It doesn’t get more fundamentally wrong than an idiot for an owner ben johnsen mate. Playing the same silly games season after season. Bringing in young, cheap players at huge risk. Now they are even paying very highly for this lot. 13M for Mitrovich and 15 for Wij. All well and good if you have a good squad to bed them into. But we don’t. It disastrous for the club. The end is near with Ashley I hope as we go down again.

  • toon kk

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Colo being kept on and placed as captain will have been decided by Charnless and removing the captaincy from him will probably be out of Maccas hands.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Shearer has criticised everyone at the club, players, manager, Carr, Charnley, Ashley…think he’s been good.

    I think Ashley is t he problem. He appoints all of those who keep making poor decisions and does nothing to stop it. He also sets the policy with which the club operate.

    However the players should at least play for personal pride and out of respect for the fans.

    I’ve only played amateur sport, to a decent standard but nothing special, and I always want to give my all even if it’s just for myself. Same with work, even jobs I’ve not enjoyed I put effort in for the sake of personal pride.

    The players should be ashamed of using the clubs problems to put in minimal effort.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #9

    toon kk

    That’s no excuse for me. When in a management position you are accountable for decisions. What would happen if he took the captaincy off Colo? Charnley could hardly have sacked him before a ball was kicked in the season.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #10


    McClaren may well be a good coach, Shearer could be right. Doesn’t mean he is a good head coach/manager. When it’s on your head to come up with the game plan and you aren’t there to work under a manager/head coach it’s a totally different situation.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Let’s b frank if it came to it I don’t think hand on heart any fan would really want us relegated I don’t but if it happened then it happens and maybe then things can change as first all those money grabbing useless players would sod off SMAC if still here would be sacked and ASHLEY cash cow would be gone I know he is a billionaire but what is the point of him being here he is and never will be a football fan and all the money in the world won’t change him being a fat ugly oaf and despised by everyone but his hangers on
    SHEEP Out

  • toon kk

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #12

    it depends what Macca signed up to.
    pards agreed to be a yes man, im almost sure Macca will have his t&c set in place.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #13

    toon kk

    Very true. But even if he signed up to that then just said, stuff this, he’s not in my team.

    How would it look if the club sacked him? Imagine coming out and saying it’s because he won’t drop Colo.

    I also don’t get the obsession with Colo playing, why would Ashley even care?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #14

    benjohnsen…of course there’s something fundamentally wrong with the club mate…no one is disputing that!

    …the underwhelming appointments over and over again are one of them and a big one.

    The lack of ambition is another!

    …our recruitment policy is another 🙂

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Middlesbrough my have got beat off Everton but there two fullbacks are good better then the shit we got at present

  • toon kk

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #16

    half the players at our club shouldn’t be any where near the premier league but we’ve got them, so Macca is restricted. He could drop a player but who replaces him? Yep another flop.
    This season hasn’t just happened its been coming for some time. We haven’t a strong team no matter who plays or whos dropped.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 1, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #17

    There was no woop-de-doo when SM arrived but with a decent team he has the experience and capability to keep us boringly mid table. Carr has been scouting Europe to find all the pieces and now it is finally, horribly, incomplete. Fine, get a new manager. But unless he can also play and score thirty goals a season on his own, he’ll have the same impact on this crew. Mob. Rabble. Shower……..

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #18

    TS…Shearer seems to go all the way of blaming everyone else than the coach…maybe he remembers what happens when I took over here 😉 (not that I have ever blamed him for that relegation season)

  • Tsunki

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Just like Pardew, SM was a predictably docile appointment. The ‘coach’ at nufc is specifically designed not to have input on the team that is inflicted on him. We will get nothing but a succession of these drones as long. As mike insists on maintaining this club as an ad mule. Hunker down everybody.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #20


    He criticised McClaren for not having a plan.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #21


    Also says he’d rather see us win games than the manager send open letters.

    He has been critical of him ,saying he isn’t doing a good enough job.

    Even said he was lucky to get the job when interviewed about it in August.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Willo coming back will probably see Mbemba drop out rather than Colo. Colos 4/10 performances seem to be acceptable to the management, mbembas form has plummeted though in recent Weeks. Ironically Willo and Mbemba could possibly compliment each other in terms of style

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #24

    *I = he 😉 lol

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #25


  • jayphoto

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Numerous things going wrong at the moment.
    I fail to believe Thauvin would offer less than sissoko on the wing. Sissoko has been consistently nonexistent for a long long time. They signed mitrovic, a man who scores most of his goals from crosses and then dont play players that put the ball in the box.
    Surely De jong deserves a chance?
    What was the point of signing gini and then playing him left wing?
    Surely Armstrong has to be considered a first team option from jan?

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #27

    It would be hard to lure Austin, even problematic, considering we already have Mitrovic, as one would have to play second fiddle to the other, just as De Jong has done to Perez, although I suspect we are about to see De Jong force his way in.

    But CF is in no way a priority anyway, when Anita, Colback and Dummett are regulars, and one of our first choice CB’s is never fit.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #28


    Yeah a bit like when Mbiwa started to look decent when played with Willo for a couple of games before getting shifted to right back ….

    Something tells me Mclaren is going to bottle it this weekend rather than ring the changes it will be the same team

  • jayphoto

    Dec 1, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #29

    No way he can justify no changes. We were shocking despite the win against Bournemouth and less said about Leicester and palace the better.
    Problem we have is Spurs and Liverpool from what i seen are the 2 highest intensity sides in the league and We’re playing like we don’t care and both seem to be on the up

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 1, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #30

    They say players go for the manager and the money. They go to Newcastle for the money and the opportunity to develop their careers and so win a move to a senior club, only to discover that their path to greater success is restricted or stunted by the clubs lack of ambition.

    This may well be the final ugly throes of a handful of players who feel used and others who like us don’t trust the club’s true intention, before we turn a corner and press on. But you wouldn’t blame anyone, inside or out, for wondering if they aren’t just being taken for a ride.

  • jane

    Dec 1, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #31

    last season we beat Liverpool 1-0 with a goal by Perez (73 mins) with the team below. lots of wingers. do we have wingers now? we had 42% possession, 7 corners, 10 shots 6 on target and no off-sides.

    S Taylor
    Obertan (Aarons 27 mins)
    Cissé (Perez 46 mins)
    S Ameobi (Cabella 66 mins)

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #32


    Actually Dummett had a great game against Sterling and had him in his back pocket the whole game its looking like injuries have effected him because he looks all over the place now

    All of the wide guys have either been moved on or are injured !!

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 1, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree we lack wingers, but we do have Perez, Widjnaldum and Sissoko, who while not providing classic width, can operate to a high EPL level on the flanks, tucking in and allowing the fullbacks to get forward.

    If we did sign a couple of real wingers, like Townsend, you could then perhaps play Sissoko and Widjnaldum central instead of Anita and Colback, and Perez or De Jong alongside Mitro, but we still would
    need a top CB and left back.

  • jane

    Dec 1, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #34

    hopefully Liverpool will have a tough match tomorrow with extra time, penalties and sending offs like Stoke did in midweek before they played us.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 2, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #35

    French club Lille want out-of-favour Yoan Gouffran, 29, who will be made available by Newcastle United in January. (Newcastle Chronicle)

  • toonluvva

    Dec 2, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #36

    With our current set up, we could be in the mess that Bolton Wanderers are currently in. Bottom of the league and with massive debts. Oh I forgot, we still owe Mr ashley a sizeable chunk of money already.

  • Magpie Season

    Dec 2, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Palace beat Liverpool with pace. We have none. Even the younger players coming through, apart from Aarons we are not blessed with pace in this squad.

    Haidara, Dummett, Janmaat, all our full backs, our wingers & strikers – not fast players.

  • sheikkra

    Dec 2, 2015 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #38

    perez armstrong

    gini sissoko
    mbabu janmaat
    dummet lascelles memba

  • Toonces

    Dec 2, 2015 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Don’t really understand why Colo should have purportedly such a strong pull at the club to the point where a head coach/manager should be afraid to push him to the bench for his poor performances. He can still be club captain, but if he is on the bench, someone else will wear the arm band on the pitch. Mourinho put Terry to the bench. Wenger in the past had Vermaelen on the bench yet he was still captain there. See how Colo reacts. If he sulks and wants off to Argentina instead of backing his team mates then you can officially take the captaincy away from him and get him a plane ticket home.

  • terencelim

    Dec 2, 2015 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #40

    Ashley OUT the ultimate answer.


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