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Alan Shearer Completely Debunks McClaren’s Reasoning

3:24 pm, Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

It looked like after 18 days of preparation for the game at Stoke City last night Newcastle went into the game with a match-plan to hold Stoke and get a draw – and with Newcastle’s perilous position in second bottom place in the league that’s simply not good enough and shows no courage whatsoever.

We suppose that wasn’t Swansea’s match-plan when they visited a much stronger team than Stoke and came away with a great 2-1 win over Arsenal in London last night and are now 6 points above us in the league.

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer – Butland not the difference last night

It wasn’t until Newcastle went 1-0 down from a Xherdan Shaqiri scintillating drive after 81 minutes that Newcastle showed much willingness at all to attack Stoke and they seemed very content to come away with a 0-0 draw – so we gave up 2 points for not even trying to win the game.

We were a little unlucky that Jack Butland made the one save in the game he had to make when he brilliantly blocked Doumbia’s shot from a left wing Shelvey cross in stoppage time, but Stoke hit the cross bar and had a couple of breakaways after they had gone 1-0 up and the game finally opened up.

After the game it seems like Steve McClaren was at a different game than we watched, when he said we were unlucky to lose a game we never tried to win.

Alan Shearer has called out McClaren for saying it was that Butland save that stopped Newcastle getting the point he said his team deserved.

If we wanted to get a point maybe we should have tried to pass the ball forward more and attacked Stoke more – after all they are not a top six club – but we played an ultra cautious defensive game that was boring to watch.

This is what Alan Shearer has to say today:

“I don’t agree with what he says about Butland.” “Butland had one very good save at the end there, but other than that I can’t remember many times when he was troubled.”

“That’s Newcastle’s problem – they’ve scored seven goals away from home this season.”

We are not sure why Newcastle don’t want to fire McClaren, given his terrible record at the club,  but not taking that decisive action is threatening to have us become a Championship club in May.

If that transpires it would be a complete and utter disaster for Newcastle United and those who run the club would have to take the full responsibility for allowing that to happen.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    i think that SM now has the players so confused / disinterested that almost no manager would be better and just let cathro ”caretake” and either do a miracle or get some experience for next season.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    ”when he said we were unlucky to lose a game we never tried to win”

    spot on ed, what attraction is there at all to try and get just 1 point when you can just as easily get caught in the 94th minute.

    3 points for a win should have got rid of that negative mentality years ago

  • 3 NoahJ // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Mclaren needs to get real to the fact that he went for a draw last night, and it backfired. Stoke were poor last night, and were there for the taking, yet Mclaren STILL didn’t respond.- bringing perez and doumbia on when we’re losing is TOO LATE

    don’t get me started on playing gouffran over Aarons

  • 4 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    I just don’t understand Mclaren. His inane smirk and grin in EVERY single interview is incredibly irritating and the content of what he says seems to go against everyone who watches the games.

    He always says how we were “nearly there” and “Just not quite scoring”. I don’t get him.

    Then again, I remember his choices for England and that he was sacked by Derby last year for throwing away the championship.

  • 5 nufc 11 // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Looking at the table and the mess we are in id say MA has messed his pants… MA on the the blower to LC: 82 FCUKING MILLON SPENT LEE what the fcuk is going on, LEE: Steve tells me were playing very well boss he is very convincing boss. # INCOMPEDENTS. I for one will look forward to McLaren and Colo facing the cameras on the last day and trying to justify why it went so bad and they were not to blame. If only we didnt have so many injuries blah, blah blah blah fcuking blah.

  • 6 jon.c // Mar 3, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Just bite the bullet and go Mac you are useless your subs last night were pathetic

  • 7 scout // Mar 3, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    I seriously think with no manager all season we would be higher in Prem.

  • 8 Patoon // Mar 3, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    The club needs to go down now, we’ve faced this same shite every year bar 1 since 2007, gradually getting worse each year, we need to go down and fir ashley ti sell up and take charnley, Carr and mcclaren with him, only danger is him not selling up and keeping mcclaren on which would def c us drop to league 1, I would take 5 years in the championship winning the odd game over watching us play shit football week in week out year in year out in the prem league, bring in a young manager with modern ideas and get rid of any dinosaurs within the club

  • 9 JP...from The Rock // Mar 3, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    McClaren out simple as that. Get in a proper manager with good credentials for this crucial period on a huge salary and if he keeps us up add a bonus to his salary. What we can’t have is keep hanging on for draws with useless McClaren here!

  • 10 nufcDom // Mar 3, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    How many times is he going to play mitrivic until he realises he can’t score. He NEEDs to play Doumbia and must start playin Perez alot more hes one of our best players and one of our top goal scorers!! Frustrating watching him bury our club into the championship when he has the players on the bench to do what’s needed

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