Alan Shearer Totally Convinced Newcastle Going Down

In Alan Shearer´s column in The Sun today he blasts the Newcastle United club and especially takes a shot at Chief Scout Graham Carr, who is in charge of all the transfers at Newcastle, which he seems to have assumed control of over in the last couple of years, maybe because of the vacuum of leadership at the club.

But Newcastle have been one of the most mismanaged clubs this season in all of the Football League, never mind just the Premier League, and it´s just frightening when you look at the ineptitude and complete incompetence of those running the club.

We have done it all to ourselves and that´s even after spending over £80M on new players since last summer – it´s all very scary.

Those at the top have shamed our club and yes, it´s really that bad.

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Alan Shearer – takes a blast at Newcastle

This is what Alan has said in The Sun today:

“They have spent £80M on players this season and, at the moment, Jonjo Shelvey looks like the only good investment.”

“The person who never seems to get a mention in this whole mess is Chief Scout Graham Carr.”

“He holds a lot of power in terms of recruiting and selling players — and has quite frankly made a pig’s ear of it.”

“The most shameful slur anyone can possibly aim at a professional player is that they simply don’t care about their club.”

“But today that can be aimed at 90% of Newcastle’s players.” “Their pathetic performance against Bournemouth proved it once and for all.”

“Was I surprised by it? I shouldn’t have been after the dross that has been served up by the team this season.”

“But still I expected so much more in a must-win game.”  “Steve was very lucky to get this job after overseeing Derby’s implosion last season.”

“For some time now he has looked powerless to stop a slide into the Championship. Because that is where I am convinced my club is heading now.”

It´s probably good that someone with the stature of Alan Shearer takes a shot full on against the club –  and how they are run – because they deserve it.

Now on  a lighter note – when are we going to announce that McClaren has been fired and Jose Mourinho has signed a five year deal at the club?

Comments welcome.

143 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Oooohhh he ain’t happy, is he!?

  • BandB

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Do you remember this man Mike?

    He’s the man you appointed last time your priority was to silence the crowd rather put things right on the pitch.

  • expatmag

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    But he is spot on

  • Bambams

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Strong words intended to try and force the powers that be into making the correct decision in removing Mac.

    We have to try and get a reaction, leaving Mac will relegate us.

    Rogers, Pearson, Moyes or Benitez will all be an improvement……….But we are now 10am and still no sacking !

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Well put son – you had to be there Saturday to see the complete mess of a football team we were – After the first two minutes – they (most) of them din’t give a Sh*t – didn’t want to be there – manager had not a clue what to do.
    McLaren should of gone after the Sheff Wed game.
    I think it is to late this season whatever we do – Players have completely lost the motivation will-power to fight for our CLUB.

    Funny thing I was not annoyed on Saturday just exasperated, saddened at the hapless performance the team put on

  • blew

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Graham Carr has brought in 9 players from the agents
    Mondial Sport Management, Does he scout players or
    simply ring Mondial and ask who they have available ?
    For sure he is very popular with that agencies shareholders.
    An uncanny relationship that needs looking at.

  • Jib

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Like most people I suffer from hubris.

    Right up to the match I was saying to myself ” go on Steve prove those mugs wrong”

    By the end of the game the only mug proved wrong was me.

    The comment out of many made this weekend that really struck home was in the Shields Gazzette .
    Their correspondent said something like – apart from all the other marked differences between the 2 sides Bournemouth actually looked fitter.
    That was true and should not be !

    I wasn’t squirming but merely listing the options as I imagine Ashley Bishop and Charnley see them

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Lil i wanted favre ahead of overrated guys like de boeur originally. Wud suit us well.

  • Mag52

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9


    A couple of posts ago you referred to David Dein and his appointment of Wenger in terms suggesting you believed we should be looking to get someone of Wenger’s stature into NUFC. What’s it like in cloud cuckoo land ?

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    £80 spent and playing poorly but two new players have still not been given a game / start. Stuck in the relegation places all season with only the odd 45 minutes of play that looked like any potential improvement. SMC needs to be relieved of his duties first and foremost. Despite not having anyone ready to step in, the team need to see what decisive action looks like and not continue to feel that performing poorly dies not have personal consequences.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    If we brought anyone in Rodgers for me as Manager on a long term contract even if we go down to sort the mess out.
    Under him Swansea played very good football in Championship and knows how to get a team into the premiership.
    And I would bring in Shearer if not on the coaching staff onto the board – seems to get on well with Rodgers and he would shake a lot of the Sh*t out of the TOON

  • Jib

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    SSN had a live report from Benton
    The players are on a scheduled day off and SM isn’t there.
    The sky correspondent believes there is a board meeting at the moment somewhere with Ashley present .
    He appears to have been told a resolution will be reached within the next 24 hours.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s called Corporate inertia.
    The Board of Directors are incapable of running a sweetie shop yet alone a football Club of the stature and importance of Newcastle United to the City, the Region, the Premier League and further afield.

    I hate to dilute the opinions of southern hacks and others that Newcastle fans are delusional – we’re not . But we are aware of what’s possible and proud of what was and what can be again. It’s called potential . Nobody gives you that on a plate but equally we don’t tolerate idiots such as the current Board breaking the plates.

    Imagine as an example if Richard Branson was running the show – the whole club would buzz with energy, the black and white strip would be restored without Wonga, the Training and Academy would be cutting edge, the expanded stadium would be full of 60,000 genuine fans and the team would be winning games . The City would be seen around the world as an ambitious, passionate and wonderful place to visit.
    Ironically it took the Rugby World Cup success of Scotland at St. James’s Park to do just that.

    Change – nah , revolution – bring it on.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Again the same could be said about Penfolds position, I would actually welcome a change being made. Even if it was Bishop or Lambo, at least action I being seen to be taken and hopefully with more pre-emptive planning. For example, is there any succession plans for Carrs position.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Yup. He ticks a lot of the boxes both for the board and the fans, coupled with his past of dragging a club away from relegation in the back end of a season he seems a winner. Unemployed now, which was a big issue I had when people discussed him last time round (I din’t think we would pay the compensation required for him).

    Most scouts have close ties with certain agencies, as do some clubs. There is nothing unusual in this at all. The difference is that most clubs don’t have their scout sat on a board of directors. There would be someone above him, or the manager that would look at all the different reports. That is the problem, not the relationship per sé.

  • sparky55

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16


    We don’t need shearer to tell us what we all know…the stupid thing is we all (except JIB and Catchy) knew he was a dud and all this has played out exactly how we expected and yet the people that run this club seemed to think some miracle would happen to turn things around.

    The only thing that could have saved this club was decisive decision making pre xmas when it was completely evident even then that Maclaren was the wrong man but beating liverpool and spurs was unfortunately the worst thing that could have happened because those two results convinced the ultra thick and gormless Charnley that Maclaren was worth sticking with.

    We’re fated to go down this year and probably about time too…this has been coming for years simply because Ashley has ran this club on the cheap using mates who have zero football experience…so he’s getting his just deserts.

  • BandB

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17


    Llambias’s return would be a signal that Ashley thinks he needs to sell the same old package more aggressively. The opposite of change

  • magscar

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #18


    Bit harsh spin really – this was in times Ashley was naively listening to the crowd and thought he was giving them what they wanted. Loads of them certainly did! It was a win win in some ways because as someone posted recently “King across the water” out of equation and Shearer found he would make a marginally better pundit than a manager. We were only losers.

    No matter he is running out of appointment mistakes surely. Insulating himself from criticism is one take, another is his cheap and unorthodox approach to an entertainment business he admitted he wasn’t fit to run is increasingly flawed and is totally discredited.

    He has tried as head honcho

    Lawyer – worked in general, fans liked him

    Casino manager – unnecessarily stirred up fans up who rained hell on his boss as well

    Failed football manager – desperateand apparently loyal choice which never got off the ground. Some say he did job by not spending, not likely for me just incompetent

    Composite accountant/Scout – stroke of genius surpassing all but JFK

    PR man in shadows but apparently power behind the throne – is even the PR to be judged a success nevermind the Club’s direction?

    Next option? how about the novelty of someone with football knowledge and experience – result TOTAL INSULATION and side effect of a reasonably successful outfit which he surely won’t mind us revelling in too much to put him off?


    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19

    So no one is in support of McClaren and all the talk is of his successor, fans went for the throat at St James and the players deny putting out a statement in support of him prior to the game…what a mess

    Personally I don’t see how McClaren can stay as manager but then there were a few times with Pardew if it said the same and he quit in the end

    Had Hughton not been sacked and was still here today I wonder where we’d be and how the seasons would of treated him instead of Pardew, Carver and McClaren

  • sweendog

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    harsh truths from Shearer, although I do think our squad is made up of some really good players, just the tactics and matchday approach is all wrong.
    Although why we didn’t bring in a LB, CB in the Jan window beggars belief.

  • posada

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #21

    9 players from Mondial Sport Management. Is that right ?
    What you hint at is an ulterior motive. We will never know if that is the case.
    But in life you have to make reasonable assumptions and not stick to what can be proved 100%. If something has a beak, feathers, quaks and sits on a pound I assume its a duck.
    I am also going to assume that not even Carr is stupid enough to think that Thauvin was a sound investment.
    So what else explains it other that a perverse incentive or ulterior motive.

  • sweendog

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    here’s a novel approach, play players in their correct position, get them to attack and defend together.
    Would love Benitez here until the summer, see what he can do, just let him do what he needs, I think we’d stay up and we’d have the summer to sort out this mess.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #23

    On the balance of probability there will be board meeting going on somewhere. The presence of MA could be physical, ephemeral or spiritual!

  • sweendog

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #24

    I do think Carr is a good scout, but who is making the decisions on who comes in, is it Carr or Ashley/Penfold.
    Remember Carr’s first choices look to have been excellent Aubemyang is just one example.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Did the players deny that statement??
    That’s shocking PR… what a backfire

  • BandB

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26


    The club exercised its contractual right to put words in the players mouths.
    The Mail story needed to be shot down after McClaren foolishly made it personal at his press conference. They lost control of the situation then, as I tried to say.
    If they had won, it would have been a gamble that paid off. But the players seemed in no mood to oblige.
    Bunker mentality, ordering mutinous troops into action.

  • sweendog

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #27

    posada .. heard that about Mondial too, I think they took a big gamble on Thauvin and thought he was just out of form, which unfortunately we lost out on, although when he played for Lyon a few years back he was tauted as the next big thing.

  • sweendog

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    jayphoto .. speaks volumes if the players denied it.
    One – it was total PR
    Two – they obviously don’t like Mc Claren

  • ToonRich

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Like already been mentioned, release a statement that SM has left/garden leave, perhaps let Cathro oversee this week and the next game, giving the board time to actually make a thoughtful decision no just a knee-jerk reaction to the mess they’re in!
    If we have a recall clause in Armstrongs loan – bring him back.
    Give some of the youngsters a proper run. Mbabu when fit should get time, he was a breath of fresh air in the back 4, strong, fast, seemed confident and could tackle…how many more reserves do we have hiding like that??

    #sacktheboard #cashleyooout #SMout

  • Jib

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30

    It’s disconcerting how much luck is involved .
    SJH and FatFreddy knew as much about footy as Ashley ( nowt ) but Hall had seen the rise of franchised sports in the USA particularly NFL and the one piece of advice he got from his American friends was get a young popular coach/manager and that really turned up trumps for them.
    Ashley thought it could work again but the PL had moved on.
    It has moved on again since he first bought NUFC and it is essential they don’t fudge the next level of decisions.

  • BandB

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #31

    No-one has publicly denied it. There’s a lot of shrugging going on.
    Someone will probably be dragooned into denying the denials soon, at the cost of more bad feeling in the dressing room.

  • sweendog

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Cathro to help us fit relegation is a big gamble, maybe he can take over in the summer, for now you have to go with someone with experience, Benitex or god forbid Moyes, just until the summer.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #33

    I think Carr is a decent scout at spotting ability in Ligue 1. The problem is he seems to have no accounting for what attributes and mentality are needed in the premier league.
    The world and his dog, all the media in france said Cabella and Thauvin weren’t right for the premier league. The whole of france laughed in derision when he signed riviere for just under 7m. Gouffran on 48k p/w. Marveaux on over 60k p/w…
    Fair enough, he recognizes some good spots, he’d probably make a fine scout for a Bordeaux or a St Ettiene but surely part of his job is recognizing these players aren’t upto Premier league standard?
    I think his main strength is having the contacts to find out about clauses in contracts others don’t know about.
    The mondial link is suspect… fully expect us to spend 20m plus on Batshuayi (another mondial) and i’ll tell you now he’s a long way off being Premier league standard, nowhere near the ability of Berahino or lacazette.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #34

    From the BBC, but it’s good to have a perspective …
    Here’s some of the possible contenders for our worst Premier League manager debate – remember we’re taking into account who they managed and how much they spent, not just a win percentage.

    Mark Hughes spent a remarkable £270m at Manchester City, with the club expecting a better return than a 40% win rate

    Juande Ramos shelled out £70m at Tottenham, but only won 29%

    Roy Keane spent about £75m at Sunderland in the top flight but only won 28% of his Premier League games.

    McClaren has the third worst win percentage of any of Newcastle Premier League managers to take over 10 games or more.

    McLaren has a 21.4% win rate
    narrowly beats off Toon legends
    Joe Kinnear (20.8%)
    John Carver (20%).

    What would John Wayne make of it all ” get down off your horse and drink your milk ? ” well maybe , but I found this gem and its real…

    ” If everything isn’t black and white , I say why the hell not ”
    John Wayne

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #35

    Shearer is late to be highlighting Carr’s culpability. We’ve been banging on about it on here for long enough. The pundits were still calling it wrong after the January window.

  • sweendog

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #36

    BandB .. speaks volumes though that the private denial was leaked to the press. no smoke without fire.


    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #37

    I see the logic of it but am dumbfounded by it

    Do u think, even if we had won, the players would of allowed it to stand? The timing seemed to be at the last minute so they couldn’t of leaked that it wasn’t them, though I may just be being cynical I suppose but if it was leaked to the Mail about dressing room problems surely it would be leaked again about the letter of support?

  • lochinvar

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #38

    ” If everything isn’t black and white , I say why the hell not ”
    John Wayne

  • Grafton83

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #39

    SSN reporting that McClaren not at the training ground today and that the players and himself are on a day off. We played on Saturday, why does everyone need a day off on Monday, maybe this is why we are 19th in the league, we just had an 18 day break, they can’t be that tired and what about everyone else that didn’t even feature in the match, are they suffered the fatigue of watching us lose now as well. Given our current PL standing this kind of thing just winds me up.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 7, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    My bet – Redknapp till the summer with a sizeable staying up bonus. Moyes from the summer onwards.
    Would expect Redknapp to then recall Armstrong. He loves a big un and a little un upfront. Seen him say a couple of times Newcastle need to recall Armstrong. He’s actually been quite vocal and shown a bit of knowledge on Newcastle on various sports networks.


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