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Alan Shearer Slams Newcastle – Identifies Biggest Problem

9:11 am, Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

Alan Shearer has been over here in the US for the last few days watching the US Masters in Augusta and he has written his Monday column for The Sun about watching the Southampton vs Newcastle game live at 10:00 am eastern time last Saturday with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Needless to say Newcastle’s terrible performance – yes another one – did not go down well with the Newcastle icon.

But we all know this has been coming for a long long time and our defense has been useless for four years now and over the last four season we have conceded 251 goals in the Premier League.

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Alan Shearer – it’s been coming for a long time

It’s 61 goals in 32 league games so far this season and it could beat our worst ever goals conceded of 68 back in 2012-2013.

This is what Alan Shearer wrote in The Sun today:

“I saw the match on TV at Augusta, where I have been out to watch The Masters this weekend.”

“Those that have been brought in at Newcastle have either not been good enough for Premier League football or not been up for the challenge.”

“It is all well and good having ability, but ability alone in a relegation scrap is not enough. You need characters that are going to fight.”

“It is also staggering that a center-half was not signed in January,  given how they have struggled defensively all season — conceding 61 goals in 32 league matches.”

“Recruitment has been a big problem at the club. Nobody can dispute that. It is the biggest reason for Newcastle’s decline since they finished 5th in the Premier League in 2012.” 

“Their worst nightmare now finally looks like becoming a reality”

“Even last summer, only DR Congo star Chancel Mbemba came in and, having played OK early on, he has also looked out of sorts in recent games.”

“It says it all that Steven Taylor, who was hooked at half-time at Southampton, and Fabricio Coloccini, who was playing every week before his injury, were two of the center-halves I had as manager when we were relegated in 2009.”

“That alone tells you that center-half is a position that has not been properly addressed in seven years.”

“Even Sir Alex was saying how sad it is for him to see Newcastle down at the bottom,” “He knows just how big a club they are and what football means to the area, with 52,000 die-hard Geordies turning up each week.”

“But he also admitted he is not surprised at Newcastle’s plight. And let’s face it, we’ve all seen it coming.”

The match was broadcast live on the USA Network on Saturday – which is one of the many channels NBC owns.

Rafa Benitez is running out of games and he also doesn’t seem to have the players to save Newcastle – certainly not the defenders – but with six games to go he will continue to give it everything he has.

But it’s looking like Championship football for Newcastle next season.

That really is a disaster and (many) heads should roll in the summer.

Bur we really doubt that Ashley will change much – and that will be the real disaster for Newcastle United Football Club and the many loyal fans around the world who have been screwed for years now.

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Comments welcome.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 davetoon // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    In case you haven’t seen it

  • 2 ascot7 // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Does not look good, in my opinion some players know they are rubbish and will be giving the boot. Theese players do not care, and Be nit should wake up and replace them now with Armstrong and a few rookies would do a better job, as they may keep off the grog.etc.

  • 3 posada // Apr 11, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    I agree with Alan Shearer.
    However, he could have said this 6 months ago, 1 year ago or 2 years ago.
    Not enough people who care about the club are prepared to stand up and say what they think.
    We all knew last summer that SM was a stooge appointment.
    All we heard from people in the game was what a good coach he is.

  • 4 solano38 // Apr 11, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Benitez would be good for Newcastle, but not with the rubbish he’s got to pick from. If he’d been brought in when the winter transfer market opened, he would probably have made enough changes for us to at least stay in the Premiership. Some were hoping for miracles when Rafa arrived, but even Jesus Christ couldn’t produce the miracle this pathetic bunch needs. A lot of them will leave at the end of the season : good bloody riddance!

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