Shearer’s Damning Assessment Of Newcastle

After three games under Rafa Benitez it looks like the magical turnaround under the great former Liverpool manager may not happen after all and we lost a vital game on Saturday – and once again our players were outfought by hungry Norwich City players.

It’s been a problem all season that too many of our players don’t turn up when the going gets tough – and that happened in the first half on Saturday when Norwich were 1-0 up at half-time, but we had to thank goalkeeper Karl Darlow for keeping us in the game.

Alan Shearer - recent photo

Alan Shearer – Newcastle defending is very poor

Our players lack heart and guts -= and that’s going to be a big problem during the run-in.

This is what Alan Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day:

“Norwich up for it for 90 minutes rather than for 45 minutes like Newcastle were,”

“Newcastle didn’t start at all in the first half, couldn’t get to grips with Norwich, They got one goal and should have had two or three in the first half.”

“There’s only Aston Villa that’s conceded more goals than Newcastle and this is one of the reasons that they’re staring at the Championship I’m afraid.”

“To be fair to Norwich they keep on going.” “But for Newcastle to get themselves back in the game and then defend like they did, that’s why they’re staring at the Championship.”

After Saturday the task looks a lot more difficult than it was when Rafa first came in when we had 10 games to play but it’s not impossible.

But we have collected just one point from the last six games – and it’s not a good time to have our worst slump this season.

It’s likely we will be relegated unless some of our players wake up and give it everything they have for the full 95 minutes of all the seven games we still have left to play.

But in reality it’s not looking good.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • posada

    Apr 5, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    The only player to show anything in the last two games is Mitro.
    The lad like Shearer in his final years has no pace. He needs a partner who does.
    Doumbia is the only person to fit the bill.

  • toon kk

    Apr 5, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I said we’d be relegated before the season kicked off, mainly the same spineless lazy players along with not strengthening our weaknesses.
    Many fans knew no more than MA, most had us in for a top eight finish, NO CHANCE.

  • cyprus

    Apr 5, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Alan you too didn’t cut it mate.
    Same as Rafa. Who’s been poor. Let’s compare his record to that of Carver at the end.

    Ed, post that table mate. This statement of your is over the top. He’s done nothing to save us. Steve may have had better results. Sacrilege to say this? I don’t care. Rafa, you failed.

    “We love what Rafa is doing to try to save our club from dropping into oblivion.”

    PS. If he saves us I will deify him. On evidence, he’ll do worse than Carver. Maybe it’s unfair, it’s too late. Still…

  • posada

    Apr 5, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Cyrus. I won’t exactly have a go at Rafa. However, I did think he would keep it simple and change things quickly.
    Picks the same players that let SM down week in week out.
    Toite, Winjammer and Big Siss – no effort and they don’t care.
    I was hoping he would get something from Arons or Doumbia. Pace and the ability to worry a defence.

  • hibbitt

    Apr 5, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5


    that reads like the ramblings of a mad man …………the fools brought rafa in to late he should have got the job in january when there was still a chance to change things and spend the money on players we needed not show ponies ……….charnley and carr must go

  • beermonkey

    Apr 5, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    so were blaming rafa now

    how many managers with his cv would even look at us let alone with 10 games go
    is it his fault we sacked mclaren to late

    i think the only thing he did wrong at norwich was bring in taylor
    but then he might have been fooled by his chest thumping

  • jimmygscot

    Apr 5, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa brought in 2 games too late. SM should have gone before the break in Spain. Same players being picked under Rafa I do not see any change in tactics. Can hardly believe Saylor got a game on saturday. Gini & Sissoko should be giving a lot more than they do. Janmaat is decent going forward but is rubbish at defending. Championship next season.

  • Jib

    Apr 5, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Thankfully this blog is pretty typical of footy blogs the world over and not representative of the normal match going , pretty knowledgeable patient fans.


    Three matches into a 10 match rescue attempt and Rafa is poor and can’t cut it!!!

    O Iisoús Christós !!!!

  • toon kk

    Apr 5, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know why people are having a go about Rafa, they need to give there heeds a shake, ffs.
    Our squad has major weaknesses, average players even our best player’s are nothing exceptional compared to any other premier league club.
    What do people actually expect? No proven striker’s and one of the worst defences in the whole football league’s put together.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Blaming Rafa? He picks the same players because we have a shocking injury list and as he sees who does what in training, I’d rather go with his judgement than video game wannabes. He can’t make huge changes because we simply don’t have enough quality players. It goes beyond the manager and the failure to buy what we needed, ahead of who Carr wanted, is where the problem lies. £30m wasted on two bum wingers when we all knew we needed to strengthen the defence. I expect Carr and Charnley to be sacked this summer, because Ashley told them he wanted value for money and no stretch of the imagination can say they gave him it. 30m wisely spent would have assured us PL football next season and the buck stops there. We could’ve bought a whole new back four with that money and despite knowing jack about football, Ashley knows enough about money to realise he’s been let down badly. He has to accept that he hired the mugs, but I’ll be amazed if they keep their jobs now. Not all the money was wasted, but enough to wreck the season. None of this is Rafa’s fault ffs, he can’t perform miracles – not without the five fishes and two loaves to kick it off with!

  • G

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    I do think we are Champo bound, do I blame Rafa? Absolutely not. As mentioned above, we should have got him at Xmas. If he were assigned with us then, he would have fixed our deficiencies. As things stand, the squad, have given up already. Most of our top earners will already have thier agents lining up thier next gig. Wally did this damage, by not addressing our glaring weaknesses, that even a monkey could see. Charnley et al, if you have any sense of honour you would walk away from the club.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    dont understand people saying rafa s failed , hes only had 3 games with 7 to go, so failed after only 3 games is puzzling , thats the stuff Man u and real madrid are made of.. Getting beat by 6 off man city,3-0 off the mavkems,3-0 off leicester at home, just the 5 off palace,, 3 off everton. 5 off chelsea,3 off bournemouth at home, now we are getting beat by the single goal and one of the games was by the top of the league, i would say that is a major improvement, after 3 games .

  • Tsunki

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Same as when people carp on about shearers relegation run in, like it was his fault. He had no experience and was chucked under the bus by the players half of whom had already got their agents on the case. If anything, the hopeless situation Rafa has to deal with highlights how difficult a job share had. No, the blame lies much further up the good chain. The ‘rescuers’ of this club have a lot to answer for. At least the balance sheet is healthy atm. If we don’t win any games and Rafa leaves, he goes with my best wishes for at least saying he’ll try.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Food chain. There’s nowt good about it 😐

  • stuart no9

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    3, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    sorry to have to post this again , but im going to post it on every topic untill we are relegated.

    ,,,stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    ED . how to you know Raffa is leaving at the end of the season ? has he told you ? untill he makes a statement saying hes leaving – hes staying .
    Ok its not looking great this morning , however by the law of averages we are due a win , A draw at saints next week is not going to be a decider but we MUST take all 3 against swansea, 1 point against M city, zilch against liverpool, 3 against palace, 3 against villa and 3 against spurs coz the title will be won by the time we play i can see 14 points that are acheivable . 14 plus 25 =39 . enough to stay up this season . thats it we are safe. benitez stays and we kick on next season

  • beermonkey

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #16


    are u expecting ed to reply to you

  • Tsunki

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Rafa is a good carpenter given a set of blunt chisels. . Can only use what he has.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Stuart props mate for the optimism but where is this team going to come from to do all that? 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #19


    there will be a twist or 2 in the next few games prob wont be enough

    shame we didnt get rafa earlier

  • lesh

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #20


    If the nay-Sayers carry on criticizing Rafa – given the crap he’s expected to turn into good, team players – they’re not exactly making the encouraging noises that may make him want to stay on, relegation or not!

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #21

    I’ll keep hoping and believing until the maths say we are definitely relegated. Although the Norwich game was hardly reassuring there are signs Rafa is making a difference. Of course it’s probably too little too late, but scoring two away from home is an improvement. As is fighting back twice from being behind. Mitro finding the net in consecutive games and Darlow not being the disaster some had painted him to be. One win could change a lot and you just never know. I know I’m clutching at straws, but until we are mathematically doomed I’ll keep clutching. Home games are crucial. I’ll be doing my bit to help and expect the same from other match going fans. Yes, we’re probably down already, but where there’s life there’s hope. Stranger things have happened, although it has to be said, not much stranger.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Bobby…Been a while. Hope you’re health is doing okay.

    We have little choice but to hope for the best at this stage. There have been some improvements as you point out, but my feeling is it’s all too little, too late. The winnable games were his first ones, which was always an unreasonable expectation, given where we were and how we were peforming.

    There best be big changes at board level. I’m not even sure what the wait is for now. The club need to be planning for next season and those currently in charge have again proven themselves incapable of doing that, so why are they still here?

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    You’re health? Let’s go with “your health” instead.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #24

    fatty made another blunder in announcing at the start of what looks like a short reign by benitez his get out clause it was hardly going to motivate the few quality players that we have as they know they can leave if relegated anyway

    you cant blame them either really just more victims lured here by false promises of ambition which never never materialised

  • posada

    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Glad to see that a lot of you will be strolling into the Championship, happy with Rafa as a Trophy Manager.
    I’m entitled to comment on what I see.
    Poor against Sunderland and Norwich.
    Still give at least one and sometimes three soft goals away per game.
    Thought we could at least get back to the performances against West Ham and West Brom.
    If he can’t make a difference then what’s the point of him being here.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza, least said about my health the better – very little if any improvement; very much in line with my team! 😉 I honestly can’t see Carr and Charnley remaining in place as they’ve cost Ashley so much money. £80m spent and a failure has to result in changes. We need a manager who decides who comes and goes and lives or dies on his judgement. This has been a disaster – surely the most expensive team to get relegated? I don’t think we’re too badly equipped for the Championship, as we’ve got some very decent young players who will be better prepared for the PL next time around. Totally gutted, but we’ve been here many times in the years I’ve followed the Toon. Pick myself up, dust myself down and continue my support. What else can you do? 😉

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 5, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Bobby…Sorry to hear that about your health.

    I do agree, they need to go. I’m not sure what the delay is tbh. Just do it now, regardless of if we stay up or not.

    I do wonder what qualities Ashley is judging them on. It’s clearly not footballing success.

    I’ll presume you don’t want me to asnwer “what else can you do?” As you know, whilst I appreciate the backing the toon army gives the team, I don’t believe they do what they can with regards to the board, other than standing by it and continuing the support.

    I do believe there is middle ground, but that might be for another day.


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