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Alan Shearer´s Most Damning Words On Newcastle United

9:02 am, Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Alan Shearer had some damning comments to make on BBC´s Match of the Day on Saturday night about Newcastle´s terrible situation, where it seems we have top players who think it´s beyond them to be in a relegation battle so don´t seem to give a damn on the pitch.

Such was the display against Bournemouth, whose team was put together at a fraction of the cost of the team put out by Newcastle, but they won the game quite easily 3-1 and it could have been worse after a number of Newcastle players simply gave up.

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Alan Shearer – what a mess

That´s a complete disgrace when you are wearing the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle and at home too – as we said what is happening at Newcastle at the  moment disgraces the football club.

My father will be turning in his grave at the antics going on at Newcastle these days.

Young Cherries manager Eddie Howe was the latest man who out-coached the woeful  Steve McClaren, who has simply run out of ideas and has taken to saying:

“Newcastle is the most frustrating side I’ve ever worked with”.

OK – well that doesn´t help much.

This is what Alan Shearer represents the views of a lot of Newcastle fans – who are in dismay at the complete and utter at Newcastle right now.

This is what Alan said on BBC Match of the Day on Saturday night, some of each we had out on Sunday:

“McClaren is in massive trouble.” “He has to take his fair share of the blame.” “But the whole club is a mess from top to bottom.”

“There’s no statements of intent on the pitch when it really matters.” “They’ve got no Academy players coming through.”

“The Chief Scout Graham Carr holds all if not most of the power with players coming in and coming out.” “The team lacks characters and leaders.”

“He’s not a manager at Newcastle, I’m not so sure he has all that say on players coming in, coming out.” “He’s also on the Board which is another bizarre decision.”

What has happened at Newcastle in the last year or two is what happens when you have people running the club who are completely out of their depth.
You get lucky now and again with a good performance but in the main performances like Saturday´s are the norm.

Since the beginning of last year here;s are record last season and this season.

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Premier LeaguePlayed WonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

And this is the woeful position we find ourselves in – a full 9 points behind 5th bottom Swansea City and the worst goal difference of any team above us in the league – which always counts as an extra point in a relegation battle.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

What an absolute disgrace and at most companies and even other Premier League clubs – heads would have rolled long before now.

Maybe one will roll today as the woeful Steve McClaren at long last is expected to be fired.

What took then so long?

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:04 AM


    I think SM has to go simply because we’ve obviously hit the end of the road with him. Players look totally dejected, disinterested and de-motivated.

    If that in turn means Moyes, I would rather we just let Cathro ” caretake” till the end of the season. SM and Moyes are from a different age and football has moved on but they seemingly haven’t.

    Sadly Ash hasn’t squared the fact that constantly employing mediocre people at all levels both on and off field has left us in this perilous state

  • 2 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:06 AM


    magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    On McClaren polls on here and Chronic overwhelmingly didn’t want him here. I definitely didn’t.

    This is important because when a manager is wanted especially in the difficult circumstances surrounding this club he will get cut a lot of slack. He had very poor start but given fixtures and money spent he did have an unexpected honeymoon. It took until Saturday 0 – 2 before crowd finally turned.

    All season we have never been out of the woods and nice fella that he may be the crisis we are in and with only one change is open to us. Not a scapegoat just correcting an unwanted problem that should never have been. Harsh but that is what he strode into chin forward. Not the only one to blame by any means but the only game changer now available.

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:09 AM


    I think the CP fans were more upset that as the home team playing against only 10, AP was seemingly only playing for a point as per, and Liverpool were the only team looking to win.

  • 4 beermonkey // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    i didnt realise till mclaren mentioned it we have to play the other 3 teams around us
    staying up really is in our hands

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    i still cant believe that given doumbia’s promising cameo v stoke he was totally overlooked for Bournemouth.

  • 6 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    not seen the crowd so angry for a long long time even with pardue and caver the anger was only in pockets but on saturday it was the full ground he had to go no more chances

  • 7 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    just look at that abysmal record since 2014 season.

    Be honest all, we don’t deserve to stay in this league. Even if we survive it’s not what we deserve. The scums and Norwich have been more worthy.

  • 8 Goldmbemba // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    when riviere was named on the team sheet my first thought was honestly, ‘he’s picking this team to spite the fans’. Now that cant be the case, surely, but if he’s tuned in at all to what the fans can plainly see, he’d have avoided that choice on principle.

    on 5live the commentator said after riviere was subbed ‘now newcastle have 10 players on the pitch’.


  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Not every manager worth his salt would view Newcastle as the place he wants to be. Location, current standing, the confused/incompetent boardroom setup etc. Many would love to come here, I’m fairly certain of that. I doubt Bielsa would be one of them though, particularly with this summer potentially being a bit of a manager merry go round at the top level – potentially top Italian jobs, top English jobs, Bayern etc. He will most likely hold out unless it is a short contract, which I doubt we will do.

    I bring up Favre because in the past he has taken over a relegation threatened club who are performing way below where their history and size dictates. Monchengladbach were 7 points from safety when he joined them with just 12 games to go. They stayed up, then in the following 4 years they didn’t finish below 8th.

    He is also widely acclaimed as an excellent coach for developing young players – perfect for our ‘blueprint’. Plays an attacking brand of football – suits the fans. He is also out of work at the moment. Ticks just about every box I can think of for Ashley and our current situation. I’m sure he would jump at the chance as well.

  • 10 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    The time for a statement from the players on Saturday was after that debaclé not before.
    The silence from the squad since has been deafening.

  • 11 Goldmbemba // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:17 AM


    …’now Newcastle have 11 players on the pitch’


  • 12 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:19 AM


    Problem is is Carr and therefore the Club sufficiently aware of likes of Favre. We seem to move in very limited circles

  • 13 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    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.

  • 14 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:22 AM


    Read last night that Bishop was at match surely the implications of sticking with McClaren were fully brought home whatever the preferred choice may have been before KO?

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    I’d imagine that they are. We were supposedly looking at Xhaka last summer, and Favre was his manager at the time so they will know who he is.

    Whether they would make a move for him is a different matter altogether.

  • 16 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    very good post


  • 17 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:26 AM


    The Times is right.
    I’ve been saying it for more than a little while.
    The PR horse is pulling the football cart at Newcastle.
    The “players” letter was a perfect and completely predictable next move.
    The manager situation will be a primarily PR inspired solution too.
    Just watch.

  • 18 posada // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    If Newcastle ever became a Club again this is what it would look like.
    A Board of 12 people. All Newcastle people (supporters that is). With broad experience between them. Former players, media people, business people. Traditionally clubs had a well respected medical expert on the board simply for their contacts and network. Someone on it to represent NUST and Season Ticket Holders.
    They would be difficult to fool if ever. This board would not run the club on a daily basis. They would be a pool of knowledge to tap into.
    The club on a daily basis would be run by a Chief Executive, a Football Manager and a Director of Football. All working together, based at the club on a daily basis.
    A Chief Executive is normally someone with a back ground in accountancy, but a skilled negotiator and someone with a great understanding of football contracts.

    What we have is just a superficial front. As things stand we are not a Club at all.

  • 19 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:35 AM


    Why would the players get into the Toon politics f the coach remaining ?
    Best keep them out of it.
    The previous statement was not written by them but some PR flunky.
    PR stuff is not their thing, beyond platitudes like saying how much they love the club for which they have just signed.

    I had a friend who taught Chris Waddle what was then called ‘remedial’ English. At 14 he was barely literate but as the rest of the lads in his class said “It’s alreet Miss, he can sign his name on his contract”
    Turned out he was quite a good linguist when he went to Monaco and became fluent pretty quickly. The point remains – footballers are not known for their intellect – they do their talking on the pitch and that is one of our major problems.

  • 20 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    PR horse pulling the football cart? The PR horse is lame. The football cart has a broken axle.

  • 21 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:44 AM


    Of course it’s lame.
    But when did the fact something is risibly unfit for purpose ever put Ashley off?
    It succeeds in its main job of protecting him.

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:46 AM


    it’s strange and quite sad why football is so predominantly working class in the UK. It’s not so much the case abroad. maybe a few oxbridge people could change perceptions somewhat. the only footballers i can think of who are reasonably not cerebrally challenged are lineker and brooking.

  • 23 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    What are our options

    1 Stick or twist

    2 Get manager who provides optimum chance of staying up – even on short term deal then worry about next season later

    3 As above but also one who wants (and we also want to stay) even if worst happens and can ensure players we need to get back up or move forward are retained and added to as necessary

    4 someone who keeps us up but then becomes a problem in consolidating and moving us on (eg Moyes as Lilo suggests he might)

    Surely the bottom line is we HAVE to stay up and I would prefer option 3 then 2 and finally 4.

    1 is beyond any worthwhile thought as there won’t be a viable opportunity to revisit.

    In outlining options it has to be borne in mind that we aren’t working in a vacuum. The candidates will quite rightly have their own agendas which may well make negotiations short lived.

    Financial considerations will mean that those already in a post won’t be considered but will they be loosed enough to enable discussions with those who can do a job long or short term can all be fully considered and negotiated with.

    Can only hope for signs that the recovery promised by change of manager, coaches and playing staff last summer was a real attempt at a change of approach which has been incorrectly implemented but there is a will to get it right now!

  • 24 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    hibbit – thanks

    good to know that someone out there reads the contributions of an older more mellow blogger but one who nevertheless is seriously piszed with the incompetence we pay to watch and organised by the incapable

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