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Alan Shearer Pinpoints This As Newcastle’s Big Weakness

6:42 pm, Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

For the last three seasons at least, the defense has been Newcastle’s big weakness and in those three seasons we have conceded 190 goals, that’s an average of 63 goals a season and that’s a massive amount of goals to concede for any side.

So you would have thought last summer we would have brought in more defenders but no – Graham Carr brought in only one defender – Chancel Mbemba and he’s played quite well in his first season at the club – but the Newcastle defense is on track to concede 71 goals this season – the worst ever for the Magpies.

Currently we have conceded a massive 58 goals in just 31 games and our poor defense is one reason we look almost certain to be relegated in May.

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Alan Shearer – Newcastle defend badly

And it’s not a surprise that we have had no left-back available for too many games this season, with Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko playing there yesterday, but both being exposed.

Both are left backs Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara are out injured most of the time for one reason or another, with Sadio out for the rest of the season with a knee injury he picked up last October and re-injured last week in trying to come back.

We brought in eight players in the summer and January transfer windows, yet only one was a defender, so we have not strengthened our weak positions and we are not going to mention we still don’t have a proven Premier League striker in the ranks.

It’s damning to those running the club that this has happened.

In yesterday’s game  each of the three goals we conceded were preventable and especially Norwich’s third goal which could be the killer blow for Newcastle.

With that late winning goal Norwich gained 3 points on us and left Newcastle 6 points from safety with just 7 games to play.

Alan Shearer has pointed to the defense as being Newcastle’s main weakness as he said this on Radio Five Live last night:

“It’s a hell of a lot to ask to claw back within seven games,” “It was a big ask with 10 games to go but it’s going to be a big, big ask now because that was a killer blow today.”

‘I’m pretty certain if Rafa Benitez had been given more time if it might have been different.”  “When you defend as badly as Newcastle do, you’re always going to concede goals.”

“You have to give credit to Norwich for the way they played,  but if you were a Newcastle fan like I was it was a bit edgy and disappointing.”

One reason this relegation is going to be so disturbing and very hard to take for the second time in seven years, is that’s it’s been self-inflicted by those running the club.

We wonder when they are going to apologize to the long-suffering fans for their ineptitude in running Newcastle into the ground over the last couple of years?

When we bring players in during the summer those running the club at that time – whoever they are – have to bring in players to fix our weaknesses  and they are currently at left back and center-back and at striker.

And maybe at right back too if Janmaat jumps ship.

It’s not exactly rocket science.

Those are just three (four) positions that must be strengthened and depending on the status of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot in recovering from their ACL knee injuries, we may also need to bring in an experienced goalkeeper.

But whether Newcastle can come straight back up again depends on other factors too – like who’s running the club and who the new manager is.

It could be all change at Newcastle this summer assuming we cannot perform the miracle and are relegated.

Comments welcome.

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60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Everyone knows this except the owner and his lackeys.

  • 2 Bri // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    What a genius, Alan is.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    I know who I would be trying to keep for the Championship:
    Elliot, Darlow, Woodman
    Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett (good enough for Champs), Mbabu, Anita (good enough),Shelvey, Aarons, Perez, Haidara, Saivet, Townsend (probably will leave), Armstrong, Toney, Satka, Mitrovic (probably will leave). That’s 18 players. Perez and Armstrong would be the core of the attack unless Mitro stays. We would need another 2 CB’s, a decent winger, a DM and another utility forward/AM. This side would be in the top half but that’s about it.

  • 4 lochinvar // Apr 3, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Rafa might be man enough to stay with us and put the ship back on course.
    Unless Everton come calling.
    Then we end up with,… Martinez or Pearson or Houghton ?
    Take your pick

  • 5 21st Century Schizoid Man // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Aye Ken, still full of self importance.
    I suppose your self flattery is a bit like self abuse – but then you’ll know all about that.

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Anybody fancy our chances of getting promoted straight away?

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    The big challenge is to rebuild the club with an idiot at the top. Villa are trying to do it as well.

  • 8 Sawbuck // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    And Leeds. Word is that Cellino is going to take charge of the team himself. Ashley and Cellino .. owners from hell..

  • 9 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    depends how quickly they can get organised,players out ,players in…manager,staff…theres a lot needs doing and with villa and possibly the mackems in that division it wont be easy.

  • 10 toon22 // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    The one thing that might sway Raffa to stay,apart from the pile of cash,is you would think he would have total control and free reign over the club.
    I doubt he will ever have that offered to him ever again.
    You would think the challenge might tempt him.

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    The best we can hope for is a complete clearout of the board. Get those idiots out of there. They all have to go to give us a chance. Has Ashley got the nads to do it? I doubt it. Surely he sees they have been a complete disaster by now. What does Charnley know about football? Get him out. Carr has been terrible for years now. Get him out. Moncur is a butt licker. Get him out. Beardsley is a butt licker. Get him out.

  • 12 beermonkey // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:21 PM


    elliot and hadiara can get lost as well to injury prone
    if we go down no more sick notes waste of wages and fees we need players we can rely on

  • 13 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    can see carr leaving but thats it,moncur will probs go back to a club ambassador role…charnley will not be going anywhere and absolutely no chance ashley will be unless someone comes in with a substancial bid…and since we are struggling,bad press,hostility enviroment all around the place it would take a brave man to step in with a huge offer.

  • 14 beermonkey // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    if we go down
    my only hope is that if rafa dont fancy the championship he points charnly in the direction of a man good enough

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Yes, it’s a proper mess lads. I would keep Elliot beermonkey mate but you could be right about Haidara. Not sure about Aarons as well as far as being a sick note. We’ll need scrappers to get out of the Championship. I don’t see too many in the current squad. Mitro would be good. He would get stuck in but may leave. Perez and Armstrong should be good down there as well. I wonder what it would take to get Ashley to give up, sell the club and take a huge loss? We may yet find out lads.

  • 16 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    One thing I will point out is do a lot of fans know anymore than MA??
    In most polls before games people are on here posting and voting saying we’ll win and we have enough quality to win.
    Have we? I say look at the table it doesn’t lie.

  • 17 21st Century Schizoid Man // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM


    I’d think Carr retiring is a pretty fair bet – our player recruitment has come in for a lot of criticism and clearly hasn’t sorted out the shortcomings in the team. But what will happen to Charmless ? He seems too thick skinned to fall on his sword but he is MD and for day to day club management failures the buck stops with him.

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Springy you’re probably right, but I think it’s a must to get rid of Charnley. What a tool. Get a proper football man in there Ashley. Hire somebody hungry from an up and coming club.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    I have voted for a win recently toon kk. Not because I was sure we would win but just to give myself a lift. I’m sure many others did the same. We are absolutely dismal thanks to our executives. The numbers don’t lie.

  • 20 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    charnley is a good buffer for ashley,he takes a lot of flak aimed at him and i honestly dont think they would know who to bring in

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    I don’t think we’ll get a current Premier League manager when we go down. It will have to be someone hungry from the Championship I would think. But please don’t make it one of your clown friends Ashley. Or somebody recommended by one of your clown friends. Drop the losers that give you advice.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Springy if we keep Charnley there is no hope. He is a buffoon working for a buffoon. Man up Ashley. There are decent football people out there.

  • 23 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    charnley will move heaven and earth to keep rafa if the club can afford him that will deflect a lot of pressure away from him…coz he would be clueless if carr leaves ask he will have no one to give him guidance.

  • 24 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    i said the this morning if rafa walks…i wondered if charnley would get colo to step up as he knows him,easy option….might seem doolally but this nufc…crazy shit happens here!!

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Lee Charnley. Classic Ashley clueless flunky. We’ve seen them all. Dennis Wise, Joe Kinnear. And now Lee Charnley.

  • 26 posada // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Ashley will not change. He never has despite all the mistakes over the years he just keeps doing the same things over and again.
    Stooge manager and stooge board.
    Some of the signings have been dreadful. You can plan all you like about overhauling the squad, but the biggest problem will be getting rid of no hopers on big wages.
    Thauvin will be back for sure. Who else would have him.
    Xcisco mark 2.

  • 27 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    I could see Charnley hiring Colo as a coach. Probably a terrible coach as he has no leadership qualities. Another round of idiots running things. Just what we need.

  • 28 posada // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    If we are relegated, it will be worth it if Ashley sells up.

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    I see Thauvin as more of a Luque mark 2 posada mate. Horrific choices by the head scout (if you can still call him that) lately. Thauvin looks far too weak to ever make it in the Championship. We’ll need some hard men to get us back up, not softies prancing about with their latest hairdos.

  • 30 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Just looked at my crystal balls and saw that St James Park is a Sports Direct warehouse in ten years time.

    Gateshead has been reformed as the new NUFC and are pushing for promotion to the Championship.

    The club is owned by the fans with the seeds of the new club being inspired by a blog ran by an American based Geordie billionaire who gained his fortune through the aforesaid blog.

    You heard it here first.

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Come on Carr, find us some more softies to prance about with their latest hairdos. It’s what you do best.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Ashley is going to lose tens of millions on us in the end. He’s such a fool he will destroy the club completely and then try to sell up. That’s when he’ll take a beating. 150 M pound loss.

  • 33 nufcursed // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    as we’ll be playing championship football next season WITHOUT A DOUBT, this should be our team:



    we’ll need a whole bunch of new players as over 15 will leave for sure!
    can’t see these players playing in the championship:

    – krul (5M)
    – janmaat (1M)
    – mbemba (2M)
    – shelvey (3M)
    – townsend (5M)
    – tiote (2M)
    – sissoko (500k)
    – wijnaldum (8M)
    – de jong (3M)
    – marveaux (1M)
    – obertan (1pound)
    – perez (5M)
    – cissé (1M)
    – mitrovic (10M)
    – riviere (500k)

    in brackets the price i think they’re worth or we should accept to sell these useless bunch (apart from mitrovic, but he doesn’t deserve to be in the championship)

    only positives of our relegation:

    – ashley could leave
    – we’ll gain a lot of money from selling players


    – we’ll lose benitez and need a new upcoming talented manager
    – we won’t be able to attract quality players
    – we’ll be in the championship for a few years i fear


    look at how tuchel, bilic, howe,.. are doing!

    sorry for us fans but ashley gets exactly what he deserves!

    even though we COULD still avoid relegation, we’ll benefit from a lot of not-interested players leaving..
    we’ll need to rebuild from the bottom and have a vision for the future. WITHOUT ASHLEY THAT IS!

  • 34 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Rafa walked if mathematically we couldn’t stay up, he’ll probably not want the manager of a relegated team on his cv.

  • 35 toon kk // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Tbh had we scouted the championship for quality instead of wasting money on French flops we’d probably have a decent hard working mid table premier league side.

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Probably right toon kk mate. At least some of our players could have come from there. If we had gotten a solid, experienced striker, a good experienced CB, a hard nosed DM and a fit AM we would be nowhere near the relegation zone. But we didn’t do that did we Ashley, Charnley, Carr etc.? No because we’re too clever for that aren’t we?

  • 37 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    i think if we go down and rafa walks i believe it’ll be pearson they’ll be after….cant really think who else will fancy it tbh.

  • 38 nufcursed // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    pearson will be fine
    it’s so clear that our problems are down to the players, not the manager!

    Janmaat: not good enough
    mbemba: still a lot to learn
    lascelles: same
    colback: championship player
    townsend: good enough but not worth his fee
    shelvey: there’s a reason he’s at a club like us: NOT GOOD ENOUGH
    sissoko: waaaay overrated
    mitrovic: too good for us
    perez: decent
    wijnaldum: great skills but that’s all (so not enough)

    that shows we just lack quality to be in the premier league…
    we need about a whole new first 11 for that

  • 39 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    aye we would need a overhaul, and if pearson was to come in he may get them at least working harder.

  • 40 Toon Tang // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Hahaah belly laughs at obertan being shipped out for a quid and sissoko for 500k.

    Maybe we should sort them a bogof deal the useless bell shafts.

  • 41 Toon Tang // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    TG had it bang on when he said frigging sissoko sums up Newcastle absolutely perfectly this season.

    I really hate the guy now. In my head I keep seeing that run he made for that second goal against Chelsea in his debut game (?) when he knocked the ball round the defender and bombed it past him at full tilt with the face of a man posessed.

    And then you see him now and he can barely kick the ball a few yards for a simple pass.


    Was he really pardewed that severely? Did he drink slightly more pardew tonic than the rest of the useless chumps.

    Would love to know the full story behind the brain drain program we’ve had ongoing behind the scenes for the last few seasons.

  • 42 JamesToon // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Need to invest money into some leaders m, doesn’t matter if they are good enough or not, we need a stronger mentality Amin the dressing room.

    Might be seeing us get a few fringe players from mid table premier league clubs

  • 43 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Bring back Vukic he’s doing great for Wigan.

  • 44 Toon Tang // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    James, that’s what we had in abundance last time out in the champ, literally had half a team of leader/captains so could fight it out against teams from that division that didnt have much skill and flair but would beat ya on dirty tactics like stoke in the pulis years.

    The team we have now are all scared stiff and beaten before they step on the team bus (bar mitrovic haha)

    I was hoping shelvey might have come in and really grabbed the team and led them to the promised land, especially when captain silent colo was out. That doesn’t appear to have happened.

  • 45 lochinvar // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Mitro needs to stay.
    He’s a reason to believe and has an affinity with NUFC as Shearer is his idol.
    He’s just the sort of hard skinned young and ambitious player needed for the Championship and we should find a couple of like minded CB’ s ( over 6ft tall ) to put steel into the defence. pacy wingers would be useful and maybe a new keeper.
    And new Chief Scout and Chairman, tea lady , Commercial Manager etc etc etc
    Replace the strip with a retro classic and a decent sponsor -maybe ” Help The Aged” and they could take care of Charnley, Ashley, and Moncur .

  • 46 Toon Tang // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Egb, did we sell him or is he on loan I can’t remember?

  • 47 lochinvar // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Who was that promising youngster than we sold off to Greece – oh yes, Abeid – another one who would do well in the Championship.

  • 48 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    is’nt vuckic on loan?

  • 49 lochinvar // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Why am I getting pop up ads for ” mac in a sac” ? ” The best performing parkway in its a class”.
    I’m confused – didn’t we sac the mac.

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Well mashers will divide the fan base again if Rafa goes when we go down. There will be those that hope fatso will put in another 50M of his ‘own’ money to get us back up and then appoint a new Rafa and those that have just simply had enough. I certainly won’t be going back there next season unless I see some real positive moves like getting a new board in and a manager who comes with his own ideas and on a short contract so he can be jettisoned if things don’t work out. I’d very much like to see a protest to see Ashley forced in to a corner but time will tell, nothing will happen while Rafa is still here in the hope that he might stay, what a fine mess from the two Toby jugs (#Tsunki) we often see smirking together.

  • 51 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    possible side after everone leaves.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    On a separate note, I am absolutely sick of Moanster Mag telling everyone he has been banging the Carr drum for two years and blaming this shambolic mess pretty much solely on the elderly scout/DoF/????. We all know that he has been given far too much of an important role but what about the other stooges involved in the decision making, who actually made the final decision to spend 80M and yet only add one defender to one of the PL’s consistently worst defences, or whose decision is it to keep old pal Peter Beardsley in a job he is proving to be wholly inadequate at. Surely a club that has to punch above its own weight should be wondering why its youth set up has been plummeting faster than a Pardew second half season team.

  • 53 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 9:57 PM


    That team would probably put on a good show now.

    Only one you left out is Mitro. (For Toney)

  • 54 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    just think he’ll not be here if we go down…obviously if hes here then he’d play…to right!

  • 55 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Players listed as currently on loan are:-


  • 56 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    thought cabellas move was made permanent after so many games?

  • 57 SPRINGY // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    if we drop may as well bring vuckic back and have a look at him the lad is a big strong talented lad just been struggling for years with injuries….dont no how many games he’s played for wigan or how he has done tbh

  • 58 DG MAGPIE // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    As fans, what can we do now?

    Im torn between a personal boycott of all games, merchandise or even watching on Sky/BT and use only streams. In an attempt to join a push for MA to leave.
    Or stick it out as the loyal fan I am through the championship season(s)

    Even if we pull off a great escape, the club is still a joke.

    I would prefer average players who give 100% than what we have.
    Youth academy is laughable.
    The whole board needs replacing, I would like to think if i was Beardsley or Moncur i would leave in respect of the fans.

    The atmosphere in St James’ is tragic, a seating structure reshape is surely viable? Bring the two singing sections together and maybe even move the away section in the milburn corner next to the gallowgate.
    Lower ticket prices for U25’s so more young fans can afford come and build the atmosphere.
    The fans i often encounter in the east stand or Milburn stand (halfway line-ish) are severely adding to a sour atmosphere. Judge as you will to the ilk of the supporters who i am referring too.
    I can’t help think an electric atmosphere I remember as a nipper in the early 90’s would add a few extra points, even with the rest of the club a mess.

    What action does anybody suggest?

  • 59 scout // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Give Joey Barton the job when we go down.

  • 60 scout // Apr 3, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    We need to beat Southampton and Swansea to stand any chance of staying up imo.

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