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Alan Shearer Shames The Newcastle Players

1:50 pm, Sunday, December 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

Alan Shearer has been a sharp critic of the pathetic displays Newcastle have served up this season and none worse than the last two games when we were easily beaten 3-0 at home by Leicester two weeks ago.

After that Steve McClaren shared with the players some home truths in the week that followed that pitiful display but then we were hammered 5-1 at Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace last Saturday,

So whatever Steve did that week certainly didn’t work and we assume he moved to plan B this week to get his players ready for the game today against Liverpool.

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Alan Shearer –  players have shown no courage lately

The players have all too often this season given up in games, which is a high crime and misdemeanour  on Tyneside and will not be tolerated.

This is what Alan has written for the Sun on Sunday today.

“I have not seen any courage in this Newcastle United side of late and that is what they have to show this afternoon.”

“If not, we could be looking at a cricket score given the way Liverpool have been playing away from home.

They have scored three, four and six in their last three domestic away games at Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton.”

“Newcastle, meanwhile, conceded three at home to Leicester and five away at Crystal Palace in their last two games. It does not bode well.”

“Newcastle need courage to get tackles in, to run for every ball, to try things, to not give up or hide.”

“They have to be prepared to receive the ball in difficult situations. They had better not dare fold like they did in the last two games. The fans simply do not deserve it.”

We hope that Steve McClaren points out to the players what Alan Sharer has said before the game – that may cause them – well some of them at least – to put up some fight and show some courage this afternoon against the barnstorming Reds.

But we have to say we are just a little bit dubious of what the outcome of this game could be at 6:00 pm today and if are taken apart for the third game running this could be Steve McClaren’s last game in charge.

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36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Newcastle fans simple won’t stand for it, That’s why we have those hard little grey plastic seats, so they don’t have too.

  • 2 DAVEMAC // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Does not matter what McLaren says to them they will get murdered the club is rotten from top to bottom and will not change in any way whilst the top management ie Ashley runs the club the way he does. Even if they loose the next two games and the manager is sacked, which I doubt, who would come in and work under the constraints put on the manager, no one decent for sure just yet another Ashley yes man. The so called board is a joke, a scout on it who controls who comes in is ridiculous no where else is this done that I know of and as for Bobby Moncur, well he used to be a hero of mine as I have followed them for 64 years, but he has a very tarnished image now cant believe he has let himself and the fans down so much by condecending to be an Ashley yes man, Just shows how low we are when things like this happen. five or six nil to Liverpool today!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    I’d like to know what the clown Reyantoon finds so funny about me wanting a manager who demands change, if we don’t get one we are going down for a long time, what’s fcukin funny about that !

  • 4 Patoon // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Jail would u not rather the club would go down for 10 years than b finishing just above relegation every year, it’s a joke but I kno wot I’d pick, as soon as the club isn’t making ashley money, hel sell

  • 5 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Coloccini offers a grovelling apology to the fans.

    Fabricio Coloccini has issued an apology to Newcastle United fans ahead of this afternoon’s game against Liverpool.

    Last weekend’s 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend saw the club drop into the Premier League’s relegation zone.

    Steve McClaren’s 19th-placed side are three points adrift of safety.

    And Coloccini, the club’s under-fire captain, has had his say in his latest programme column.

    “I would like to apologise to the fans, the staff and the club, because we as players did not do our job,” he wrote.

    “Our day off was cancelled and we were brought in for extra training, which was the right thing to do.

    “We have been working all week to make up for that performance and the one against Leicester a fortnight ago.

    “We have to understand and accept all criticisms around the club and city, from fans and journalists, because the results are not here at the moment.

    “We are not doing our jobs well, so it is only fair that they are criticising us.”

    Too little too late mate, you should have been in front of the cameras at Palace.

  • 6 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Rumours of dramatic changes to the squad today.

    Let’s see what he comes up with this time.

    Elliot upfront maybe?

  • 7 John Tudor // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    rumours thats all

  • 8 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    If the 3-5-2 rumour is true, it’s a huge gamble from McClaren. The rumour, which first gained traction last night, seemed to suggest United would drop Perez, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic and that Jack Colback could play wing back.

    Team news in half an hour or so but if that’s correct, it’s a statement from McClaren. And arguably the most contentious team sheet since a certain Ruud Gullit dropped Alan Shearer!

  • 9 NezzaNUFC // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    4-1-2-1-2 apparently!

    offers more in defense and attacking, like they say you control the midfield you control the game!

  • 10 NezzaNUFC // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:38 PM


    352? could be a good option with all round attacking wingbacks?

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    It’s funny how shearer tears in to SM and the team, but in Shearer’s stint as manager with his pals Given, Duff, Butt, Owen and others like barton, Saylor etc he couldn’t motivate them at all. Just seems a bit rich all the criticism (although richly deserved) coming from him.

  • 12 NezzaNUFC // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    True or False?

  • 13 Reyantoon // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Jail – I’m not acting funny man.There no need to jump to insults.I just read and laughed/chuckled
    like other normal posts in a happy way that’s all.
    Perhaps Betty is right.Your enormous hatred of Ashely made u to understand and look to things vigorously.Chill and figure!

  • 14 Ron Knee // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:39 PM


    I saw that rumour about Perez. Drop one of our better players!

  • 15 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:39 PM


    The post is copied from Chronicle Live, so it could have some legs.

    Bigger question is who will the starting 11 be?

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:41 PM


    Reyantoon is a strange lad.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    I would rather Ashley conceded that he didn’t have a clue how to run a football club and hired some experts rather than us go down, but yes, if he’s going to put us through this soul destroying tedium year after year then I would rather go down and stay there till he fcuks off.

  • 18 NezzaNUFC // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:42 PM


    Probably the same players from Palace game? McClaren doesn’t seem to want to chop and change all the time

  • 19 Ron Knee // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Must have been the reference to Moncur’s clackers.

  • 20 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:45 PM


    Well we shall all know if about 15 minutes mate.


    I agree if Perez gets dropped, and the team still don’t perform the questions should be asked and answers demanded.

  • 21 AncientC // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    *Readying the fist pump in case Sissoko is dropped*

  • 22 OneAlanShearer // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Firebug…better than pink ones.

  • 23 John Tudor // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    maybe watch the martian instead

  • 24 Ron Knee // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    The calm before the storm

  • 25 NezzaNUFC // Dec 6, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    I can hear the dial on my clock ticking!

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM


    He is a pundit now, that’s his job. He never claims to be doing better.

    Yes he failed at the time but was only 8 games. Very difficult to have an impact in that amount of time in your first job.

  • 27 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 14s14 seconds ago
    Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Cisse #nufc

  • 28 JamesToon // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    once again coloccini starts, HOW BAD DOES HE HAVE TO BE TO GET DROPPED

  • 29 Transfer Sage // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    not really drastic changes at all

  • 30 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Guess we are in real trouble then.

  • 31 NezzaNUFC // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Why is Perez dropped?

    looks like we are set up to lose again, so much for the dramatic change!

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:03 PM


    as bad as dummet still being played at LB

  • 33 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:04 PM


    I agree expectation just dropped below zero into the minus.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:04 PM


    i appreciate that but it does seem a bit pot kettle black

  • 35 Ron Knee // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    No Perez, but at least we have Coloccini, Sissoko, Anita, Dummett …

  • 36 firebug666 // Dec 6, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Rotonda heights

    It’s looking pathetic again!

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