Shearer Surprisingly Backs Fellow Geordie For Promotion

Alan Shearer says he would back fellow Geordie Steve Bruce to get Aston Villa promoted this season, even though they had a less than auspicious start to the season under Roberto Di Matteo, when they had just one win in their first 11 Championship games.

That win was a 3-0 home win against bottom of the table Rotherham United and Roberto also had 7 draws – so he got 9 points from the first 11 games, but not the start they wanted to make this season.

Roberto Di Matteo was sacked on October 3rd after they had lost 2-0 at Preston North End and Steve Bruce has been in charge now for 5 games.

Alan Shearer partying the night away in Saint Tropez club

Steve Bruce and Alan Shearer in Saint Tropez back in 2012

Steve has 3 wins and two draws – so that’s 11 points from his first 5 games and Villa have now climbed to 14th place in the league and have 21 points from 16 games and they 5 points behind 6th placed Leeds United and a playoff position.

But Alan Shearer still thinks they have a chance to be promoted this season, but it would have to be through the playoffs.

This is what Alan Shearer has written on Match of the Day’s Facebook:

“It’s a big ask for them to bounce back automatically, but they might have a chance of getting into the playoffs.”

“Hiring Bruce was a brave appointment, but I am a fan of his. He’s got an excellent record of getting teams up from the Championship.”

“It wouldn’t surprise if he gets Villa up – maybe not this season, but I think they’ll definitely be in with a shout next season, if not this season.”

Steve Bruce is a very good Championship manager who has had success in getting teams like Birmingham City and Hull City promoted to the Premier league and he’s done it twice for both clubs.

Steve could do it this season, but it’s got to be an outside chance.

But with the 55 year-old’s management record in the Championship, it’s almost certain they would make it next season as Bruce has time to bring in some good players in the January and summer transfer windows.

And he has been told there will be plenty of money to spend in the January transfer window.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 7, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, come back, Ed, Ed, Ed. bugg$r missed it again.

    wo weeks before proper football again, who’s going to get stir crazy first?

    Nottttttt meeeeeeee, HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa! (manic laughter)

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 7, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #2


  • Ron Knee

    Nov 7, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #3

    RIP Jimmy Young

    “What’s the recipe today, Jim?”

  • Mag52

    Nov 7, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #4

    JY. Good singer. Excellent broadcaster. Big Eurosceptic.
    R.I.P. Jimmy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #5

    I can’t stand the sight or sound of Steve Bruce with that daft telly accent of his but I still think if Shepherd hadn’t of treat SBR the way he did and Bruce had been brought in under the great mans guidance I think he’d been a whole lot better than the dross that followed Sir Bobby.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 7, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Jimmy Smith

    You mean the same sissoko who couldn’t be arsed 80% of the time, only tried when the cameras appeared and constantly harped on about leaving every 5 minutes?

    You mean the same wijnaldum who disappeared time and time again when playing away from home and just about bothered at home.

    You mean the same janmaat who got a dressing down off a 22 year old rookie who’d barely played himself after getting hammered at saints. So much so that he ended up punching the wall after getting called out.

    I’ll give you townsend. Just. He’s still a bit of a t#?t though imo for pretending to move for footballing reasons (where’s it got him) cash cash cash.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 7, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #7

    No need to do a joke, you are one.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 7, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #8

    No AC, I’m not suggesting we re sign these players. Just 4 players of at least the same quality. That’s of course 75 million pounds of talent in the current market you’re sneering at, while also overlooking the derisory way the club was run into the bargain I suppose, and the impact this had on players. Carr might well unearth similar quality for far less of course, and Rafa given a fresh start get the maximum out of them.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Not getting any joy on here tonight!

  • TyneMouth

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Knock, knock who’s where?…

  • expatmag

    Nov 8, 2016 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning all from Oz

    Whilst confined to “barracks” due to the flu and bored with telly, I decided to try something worthwhile and NUFC related so the analyst in me decided to research our goals scored column this season with the following results.

    We have played a total of 19 games (16 league, 3cup) so far this season, scoring 44 goals in total at 2.32 goals per game.

    Over these games, I have broken down the goals scored into periods of 10 minutes with yhe following results:

    0-10…….2 (5%)
    11-20…..8 (18%)
    21-30…..4 (10%)
    31-40…..2 (5%)
    41-45+…3 (6%)
    46-55……7 (16%)
    56-65……5 (11%)
    66-75……5 (11%)
    76-85……2 (5%)
    86-90+….6 (13%)

    We have scored 19 (43%) of our goals in the first half of games and 25 (57%) of our goals in the second half of games.

    What do these stats tell us?

    Whilst we appear to dominate the opposition early, we appear patient in our approach. The only early goals scored were at SJP Perez v Ipswich and Atsu against Cardiff.

    However, the second period of 10 minutes is our most lucative with 8 (18%) goals scored during this period.

    Whilst the first half of games contains the most lucrative period of goalscoring, the second half of games displays a greater number and more balanced periods of goalscoring especially the first 10 and last 10 minutes of the half.

    The would appear to support tbe view that the manager has identified weaknesses in the opposition at half time and instructed tactical changes to take advantage resulting in the second most lucative period of games (7 goals 16%).

    The third most lucrative period of goalscoring is tbe final 10 minute plus period to full time (6 goals 13 %). The reasons for scoring late goals appears to be shrewd substitutions and tiring opposition as the majority of goals were against opposition already soundly defeated (PNE 6-0, Reading 4-1) and the comeback win against Norwich 4-3 where the introduction of Mitrovic as a sub had such a telling effect.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 8, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #12


    Is the pattern the same for home and away matches?

  • toonincheek

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #13

    expat –

    I recall seeing some stats a few weeks ago on
    the goals we had scored (to that time) under Rafa
    in the Championship.

    I can’t remember the exact percentages now, but
    the goals we scored were classified as 1) from a
    dead ball situation 2) from open play and
    3) worldies.

    Percentages were VERY surprising. Can’t recall
    now exactly what they were, but something like
    50% came from set-piece situations – totally
    different from our ‘long deep ball to Williamson’
    tactic, quite a few from worldies, maybe 25%
    and 25% from open play.

    Made me think – so many from dead ball situations?
    So many from worldies?
    So few from normal open play!

    Wish I could find those stats again – even better
    if they have been updated.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Not really Jimmy, how can anyone deny the way the club was run or not take it into consideration when discussing past players (still not convinced fattys had that Damascus moment yet)

    You think those players you mention are worth anywhere near what we sold them for? If you think that then God help us.

    As for signing players of “similar quality” do you want us to get relegated at the first time of asking.

    I understand we’d have to sign players with a decent pedigree and most probably for a decent chunk but that player in my eyes wouldn’t be like sissoko or wijnaldum quality.

    They lacked any sort of consistency and hid when the going got tough.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #15

    AC, if we can sign 4 players of that calibre, in the right positions, and as a bonus get them for less money than we sold them for, we’ll have done well, and we’ll be an improved side and ready to challenge for a top half place. You think that Spurs, Liverpool,Watford and Palace were all fleeced?

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Interesting discussion AC and Jimmy
    Out of the 4, most toon fans are fairly pleased Sissoko, Janmaat and Wij have left. Especially for the collective money we got.
    Look at it this way…would you have those 3 back at the price those teams paid if / when we go back up?
    No way, I think.
    As for the prospective incomings we will need: Rafa will get more from them than previous managers that’s for sure. So they don’t necessarily need to be huge established names with huge price tags.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #17


    Yes I do. Especially scousehampton and spuds, we pulled their keks down and went in dry. Both players are shall we say, inconsistent at best. Just because we paid £14m then Liverpool paid us £25m a year later doesn’t mean he’s worth it.

    Don’t get me started on that disrespectful, sulking, only turns up for the TV shirker either.

    I thought Townsend was relatively cheap considering his form for us but we had no choice in that although his form for palace would suggest they also overpaid lol.

    I used to like janmaat until I realised he’s also a shirker and for a prem ready fullback or someone who’s had experience of the league then £12m isn’t that much I agree, again though, he’s hardly done anything of note and was decidedly average when playing for us.

    Run of the mill.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 8, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #18


    Haha, no chance. I’d rather be short of players lol.

    Anyway, 8am and works calling.

    P.s Salford is a sh1thole.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 8, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #19

    I think these players were of sufficient quality to contribute to a top ten team, but we didn’t have enough of them, and in the right positions, nor were they well managed.

    In contrast, I think this group has good depth and balance but is almost certainly lacking the necessary quality to really threaten the top 8

    I don’t want them back of course. They clearly were not psychologically right by seasons end, Townsend apart, and we’ve all moved on. But I do think we require others of similar or better quality and in the right positions, under Rafa, at a well run club, if we want to do well, preferably for the money we paid for them, not for what we sold them for, and that’s where Carr can contribute.


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