Shearer Devastated, Hurt And Angry – Rafa Will Leave

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 13, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa – or Stevie Bruce?? What an effing choice eh!!!

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 13, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2



    I think MA’s statement is spot on.. he has seen his shortcomings, he has a plan to get us back, he understands our pain and he is going to give it his level best… we shouldn’t doubt him, as he always triumphs over adversity…

    in other news, hell has frozen over, Darwin has proven pigs indeed fly, and the unwashed are simply misunderstood…

  • ToonMatt

    May 13, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Please Al get a consortium together and buy the club, we need rid of this parasitic cretin once and for all!

  • AndySco

    May 13, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m pretty optimistic about Rafa staying, he holds all the cards. If Rafa leaves saying the club didn’t give him the assurances he needed then that would reflect extremely badly on the club. If relegation didn’t cause a riot then that would. The board basically have to accept his terms.
    Although having said that, they have a track record of shafting the fans whatever the consequences.


    May 13, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #5

    flores might be the choice if rafa leaves

  • Graeme

    May 13, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice one Dok lol

  • hibbitt

    May 13, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    come on Alan how can the club move quickly
    chumlee has 80 CV to read you know he’s a slow reader

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa won’t stay. Championship. The Ashley/Sd Criteria for Business. A jolly buffoon and his grandad figure toting a cardboard cutout ex legend through the sjp halls. The odds are stacked pretty high against.

    Can Ashley learn any lessons? His last decade suggests not.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 13, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Well even looking from a financial standpoint. Securing Rafa might mean an extra 5,000 attendees at home matches, say £30-40 per head each home match, 23 home league matches, you’re talking £3.5-4.6m over the course of a season – pays for himself and then some!

  • mindshaft

    May 13, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Flores had a decent start to the prem but have been terrible in 2016, not only from a results perspective but also footballing wise – have a good friend who’s a Watford supporter and he’s not upset at all by the news of him getting the boot

  • hibbitt

    May 13, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Hail Wor Ashley

    not many pay them prices any more

    think with Rafa in charge we could get 35/40 thousand
    if they make the wrong choice the gate could be half that

  • BandB

    May 13, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #12


    We listened to a heartfelt statement form you last year. One which promised rather more than this one.
    What you have delivered is relegation.
    People have a right to judge people by their results and not their promises.
    Why should anyone buy another round of promises from you?
    There are actions you could take right now to win back a modicum of trust.
    Nothing that has been said far through official club sources indicates that you have any intention of taking them.

  • Jib

    May 13, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #13

    The last time we were in the Championship the average home gate was around the 44,000 mark.

  • BandB

    May 13, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Buying time.
    Waiting, and knowing, that the heat will go off over the summer, and that a brave new dawn will be heralded in July that will last precisely until the first ball is kicked in anger.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 13, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #15

    “It is like groundhog day.”

    MA, trying being a supporter, instead of an owner with a head up your a$$

    insanity… doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results…

  • BandB

    May 13, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #16

    As you say Dok

    Nine years on, and we are still “waiting to see” whether those pigs will fly.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 13, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Rafa at the toon. 9 games. 10 points. GD 0
    Say we lose 2-0 athe weekend. 10pts GD-2
    Thats 1 point per game, and -2 gd per 10 games. Had we had someone like raffa from day one, you COULD say that worst case we finish with 38pts, and a GD of -8. In other words we survive. I know that is simplistic, but it does serve as yet another argument for sacking McCokup earlier

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 13, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #18

    I know the makems last game is not played, but in getting our 38, the chances are a lot of those points would have come from teams around us.

  • Jib

    May 13, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    B and B

    Nothing that has been said so far through official club sources indicates that you have any intention of taking actions right now to win back a modicum of trust.

    “I want to assure you that the Club will now be doing everything it can at all levels to try to ensure a swift return to its rightful place in the Premier League.”

    Someone else who skipped English comprehension classes ?

  • BandB

    May 13, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    You are early pleased Jib.

    You think that will win back trust?

  • neverwin

    May 13, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #21

    AS a great player. Wish he would remember who the last manager was when we were relegated.


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