Shearer Slams Complacent Newcastle – Relegation Will Be Devastating

In his column in The Sun today Alan Shearer has lambasted the incompetents running Newcastle and points out they don’t seem to learn from their past mistakes.

Seven years ago when we were in danger of relegation they waited until eight games to go before Alan was brought in, but he couldn’t save us.

Now they left the incompetent and woeful Steve McClaren in place for eight months while we were in the bottom four before they brought in Rafa Benitez for the last 10 games but that looks like that will also be too late.

steve mcclaren - cheslea had just equalized

Steve McClaren – while at Newcastle

Of course it’s the fans again who have to take the pain of having their famous club relegated once again – it’s so very very painful and depressing and those running Newcastle have again made us a laughing stock.

This is some of what Alan written today in The Sun:

“Relegation will be devastating for the club, the city and the fantastic fans, especially with all the big money coming in next year.”

“It looks highly unlikely that Newcastle will survive now.” “And the club will only have themselves to blame.”

“For they have made exactly the same mistake as seven years ago by not giving the new man enough time.”

“In 2009, I was made manager with just eight games to go. I knew straight away it was not long enough.”

“There is simply no excuse for the club’s complacency.” Newcastle were crying out for a change. Everyone was shouting and screaming for it. It was obvious.”

“But they waited far too long.” “Rafa has come in and done all he can.” “He has made a difference, there is no doubt about it, but he is not a miracle man.”

“Because when you make a change, it is not just about coaching.” A new manager needs time to try and build up confidence, try to suss his players out, who he can trust and who he can’t, try out different systems.”

“It took Rafa four of his ten games to work his team out.” And if it takes a world-class manager like him that long, surely that proves they had to bring someone in earlier.”

In simple terms this relegation has been self-inflicted.

6 comments so far

  • Thump

    May 9, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    if Rafa has shown us one thing it’s that we can still attract top managers. So that begs the question why Smiler was brought in to begin with.

    Cheers Rafa, you gave us a bit of light in a dark season.

  • stuart no9

    May 9, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    from previous topic —— what you on about ed ” raffas parting words” stop being so dramatic.
    stuart no9 // May 9, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Ed — i apologise for this but you nare starting to talk complete ball cocks., for one , the season is not finished we still have 1 game to play WE ARE NOT DOWN YET.
    Two, harp on about raffa leaving , he has said nothing about leaving since hes been here and where is he going to go ? and why? going to a bigger club for CL success ?? hes done that , won that , got the t shirt , where is the ambition in that ? there is none . His ambition is here at newcastle . IF IF IF we go down he will get more pleasure in turning us into a force again than going to a club where if he dosnt win the CL hes fired.
    The fans wont be as lovable at any other club than newcastle and that will make work a lot more pleasurable than anywhere in europe,
    So stop fretting ED you sound like a scared schoolboy,
    First of all , lets see how sunderland get on on wednesday . One step at a time eh. thankyou.


  • posada

    May 9, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Agreed. Thanks to Rafa for at least restoring some pride.

    Why appoint a stooge manager like WB.
    It’s all to do with control. MA can’t give it up. He has surrounded himself with fools and yes men.

    It is difficult for these business people. They don’t understand football. They can’t come to terms with the fact that sooner or later you have to back the vision of a manager.

    Many do not waste money and resources and will work to certain parameters.

  • Jib

    May 9, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    I think there is a strong possibility that Rafa will stay.

    The simplicity of the structure at Newcastle with a multi millionaire owner is very similar to 3 other clubs he managed Inter (Moratti) Napoli (De Laurentiis) and Chelsea (Abramovich).

    If he feels he can trust , and get the backing of , Ashley , he will stay.

  • nufc 11

    May 9, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Mike Ashley is at fault here everything goes through him reading between the lines of his recent statement of when the money is gone its gone and dont come crying to me that says it all for me that others were harping on for change (showing macca the door) and not him. He was sitting on a cash bonanza with TV money and fcuked it up royaly having siad that LC was the one who neogatated player deals and siad dnt worry come sign for us, use us as a stepping stone, what kinda way was that to run things, that created the toxic dressing room which has now beared fruit.

  • c-dog

    May 10, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Wijnaldum is cat.


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