Alan Shearer has basically blasted the running of the Newcastle club last season – and for that matter for the last nine years under owner Mike Ashley – that has led to a second relegation in seven years.
Alan pulls no punches in his severe criticism of the failed regime in The Sun and while he thinks it would be brilliant if Rafa Benitez can be persuaded to stay on at the club, Alan again says he thinks Rafa will leave.
Alan Shearer – devastated, hurt and angry
This is what Alan has written in The Sun:
“I am devastated, hurt and angry that my club has been relegated again,” “Memories come flooding back from 2009 and it is painful.”
“I watched Sunderland’s 3-0 win over Everton on Wednesday night in a pub with some pals, all of us Newcastle fans.” “Some of them didn’t renew their season tickets last year and I’d be surprised if the others do now.”
“I am not looking forward to a season of Championship football and I really feel for the staff who are going to lose their jobs.”
“But there is no getting away from the fact that this has been on the cards for a long time now.”
“Lessons have not been learned from 2009, the same mistakes have been made and the club has got what it deserves.” “It is like groundhog day.”
“Under Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s sole intention has been simply to stay in the Premier League and make money.” “It hasn’t been to win a trophy or get to Wembley — it has just been about avoiding relegation.”
“Managing Director Lee Charnley has been the man in charge of the club’s managerial appointments. They include last summer’s hiring of Steve McClaren, which did not work at all.”
“He compounded that mistake by only making a change with ten games to go.” “Then you have Chief Scout Graham Carr who has overseen recruitment and that has been terrible.”
“Let’s not forget the players. They have not taken responsibility for themselves.”
“It would be brilliant if Rafa Benitez stayed and tried to get Newcastle back up.” “But like I have previously said, I would be amazed if he does because he will have offers from all around the world, including the Premier League.”
“If Newcastle can’t persuade him, they must get a manager in quickly to start the rebuilding process.”
Most fans are waiting with bated breath to see if Rafa can be persuaded to stay – and if he can then that would help alleviate some of the pain and suffering of this catastrophic relegation caused by the sheer incompetence of those running the club.
If Rafa cannot be persuaded to stay then Alan’s right we need to hire a good manager (not a head coach) asap.
And it has to be a lot better appointment than either John Carver or Steve McClaren, but it will be nowhere near as good as the March appointment of Rafa Benitez, which electrified the Toon Army.
It would be typical of the club not learning from past mistakes and carrying on unchanged if they again left the choice to Lee Charnley.
Lee knows very little about football – and he has amply demonstrated that over the last two years.
The Newcastle hierarchy would do well to remember what the great Albert Einstein said:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” .
There’s the proof right there – we have insane people running Newcastle United.
But we already knew that.