Alan Shearer – Rafa Is Doing An Excellent Job At Newcastle

Alan Shearer has talked about the job Rafa Benitez has been doing at Newcastle this season and even after a bad spell, Alan thinks the manager is doing an excellent job at the club.

The interview was with Coral and took place before Friday night’s game at Nottingham Forest, which was a bizarre game with some weird refereeing that we ended up losing 2-1 at the City Ground.

That was our third defeat in six days and second in a row in the league.


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Alan Shearer – Rafa is doing an excellent job

This is what Alan said:

“I think he’s doing an excellent job.” “It was a tough start for the first two games; but since then some wins have settled the team down, settled the area down because there was a lot of question marks around.”

“He’s done an excellent job, they’re still sitting up there in the table.” “It always has been, and is, their priority to get back to the Premier League.”

“I’m still confident in Newcastle,” “Their main objective has to be getting back into the Premier League, and I’m sure it is.”

“I went to the Newcastle-Blackburn game at St James’ Park and they were pretty poor.” “Blackburn were the better team, Blackburn deserved to win.”

“Rafa changed the team around from the team that won so impressively at Leeds the weekend beforehand and that back-fired.”

“But, then again, I thought: ‘Well at least we’ve now got one manager who’s taking cup competitions seriously.’” “That hasn’t always been the case here over the last few years.”

“But then you go to Hull on Tuesday evening, played well and created chances, but didn’t take them.” “Then they got the goal, went 1-0 up in extra-time and then it all sort of backfired after that.”

“If you don’t take chances, you don’t win games. And the penalties, they were pretty poor.”

“I’ve been in a situation with penalties – I wouldn’t ever criticize a player when it comes to penalties – but the penalties that the players took were pretty poor (so Alan just criticized them).”

“And we’ve been knocked out of another competition that they would have had a reasonable chance in.”

After 19 games played  seven years ago Newcastle had 42 points,  two more points than we have today and the goal differences are identical at +21.


We have lost 5 games compared to Chris’ team only losing three games at this stage and he only lost four league games all season.

Turn two of our defeats into draws and you get the same won, lost drawn records.

It’s very important to win games and we can still beat the 102 points Chris got doe us 7 years ago if we can keep going on winning streaks.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Al – stop copying the content of my posts.
    I think most folk now accept Rafas’ selections for the last 3 games was wrong. Great if it had come off. But the cup is out the way – time to apply full concentration to the league.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 4, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #2


    at least were trying in the cups
    while the number one prioity is promotion it goes to show that we can compete in them

    get our heads down now till the fa cup comes round and we can have a go at that well

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 4, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Nar, he’s doing a shite job like. Not enough of thrashing teams or winning for that matter.

    How fun it’d be if we could save the season before every kickoff, start games again if we’re losing and try different personnel and different formations until we won and handsomely.

    Rinse and repeat until we win the league by not losing one game, the most goals scored and the less against, highest scorer, most clean sheets and win the FA Cup.

    Oh wait….

  • lochinvar

    Dec 4, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #4

    From the BBC
    Hearts have opened talks with Newcastle United as they pursue coach Ian Cathro.

    Not unexpected…

  • cyprus

    Dec 4, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t care if we beat Chris’ record. At all. We need to double our points tally and that would take us across the line, first or second. Who cares.

    I predicted we’d win the playoffs but I definitely wouldn’t want to be involved in that mess. My eye is on Reading, Birmingham and the like. We need at least a draw vs Birmingham.

  • clinath@ed

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Facebook claiming West Ham and Palace after Mitrovic for £15m

  • lochinvar

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Facebook now a reliable source of football transfer news ?
    Neither West Ham nor Palace offer Mitro anything that Newcastle doesn’t especially if we pass one or both of those teams coming down as we go up.
    Rather missing the point that he still wants to assume the Shearer mantle – although he’s a way to go yet on that front.

  • AncientC

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Benitez may be tempted to sell Mitrovic, that’s if he could get a replacement. Jordan Rhodes will be available in the next transfer window, but personally I would rate Mitrovic higher than Rhodes.

    I only mention Rhodes because he is the only realistic proposition as a replacement.

    If Mitrovic is to get shipped out, it will no doubt be in the summer, when the club can attract a higher calibre of player.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #9

    And Facebook got the story from the daily star….

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Might as well sell Mitrovic. The portly pot of paella doesn’t like him and has no idea of how to use him effectively.

  • Yo-yo

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Mr T

    I don’t think his selection was wrong as much as the team just didn’t play very well. Blackburn they didn’t really get going. Hull – we should have won but missed chances, and messed up the pens – there’s not much he could have done about that when our top players screw up finishing and take lousy pens (even practising may not have helped they were that bad).
    Unbelievable decision making at Forest. If we had played well we could have won any or all of them.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #12

    yo-yo -do you not think that Rafa thought there was a chance to win the cup – so he played a weaker side for the ~Blackburn game. And it went t**ts up after that.
    Whilst there was some shenanigans on Friday and debatable refereeing – ultimately – we got nowt – all put into my category of coulda, woulda, shoulda.
    Don’t think he will play a squad team (six changes) the game before our 3rd round FA Cup tie.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #13

    yo-yo – should add Bentitez has the measure of the Championship – that bloody cup tie cocked last week up.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 4, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m starting to wish Shearer would be less prolific in the media.
    I want to remember him as the Geordie hero goal scorer he was, but he’s churning out inane interviews, repeatedly stating the bleeding obvious, and starting to grate on me. Dial a cliche!
    Pundits man… Reading that interview, you’d have to be very, very thick or holidaying on Mars for the last few months not to know yourself everything he has given his expert opinion on there??

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #15

    beer – just spotted your post – I agree that we should be having a genuine attempt at the cups (as distinct from openly not doing so as happened in the past) but not at the expense of jeopardising our league standing.
    We cannot afford to lose too many more games.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 4, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Yes Alan Rafa has done well so far this season, let see what he does next season.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Dear FA ,
    You will of course ban Ibranovic for 3 games kicking an Everton player deliberately in the face.
    Or do certain rules not apply to certain money spinning TV clubs ?

  • lochinvar

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Funny that …MOD2 didn’t show or discuss the Ibranovic incident , wonder why ?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Benitez knows competing in the cups is not simply to attempt to win silverware for glory or kudos. It tests and sharpens his squad. The rotation may look like gambling against the league but it’s actually the opposite. The cups give him the rare opportunity to pit his tactics and players against higher quality opposition. The test of recent days will bear out in league performances to come, just watch.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #20


    Cup games against PL sides = 1 (Hull)
    did his tactics result in a victory = No

    Tactics learned and used from Hull game = resulted in failure in next game against Forrest.

    Getting that distraction (cup) out of the way will allow us to resume positively in the league -where we left off. (Before Blackburn)
    I would suggest not because of the cup game – which in effect cost us 6 points.
    The lesson learnt will be not to make too many changes – this will bear out in our league performances to come, just watch.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Mr T, regardless of the outcome of our cup adventure, the purpose still stands, and the failure against Forest had nothing to do with the selection against Hull. Absolutely nothing.

    As for changes, the debacle of the finest game has taught us all an invaluable lesson – thinking that rotation of the squad is an irritating experiment is highly naive, particularly as now it’s become an absolute necessity. Not being forced into it as a novelty will end up being a decent bit of foresight by Benitez, as most of us suspected. I’d hold water until the crimbo break is over before pouring scorn on it.

  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #22

    The overrated Frenchman
    The portly pot of paella is married to the lovely Montse
    who is till alive thank the lord.
    Know what I mean ?
    Nudge nudge wink wink from a cross dresser

  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #23

    still even

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Debacle of the forest game. Hardly the finest 😉

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #25

    The only problem I have with cup games, particularly the redundant league cup, is that it’s fan expectation rather than sporting ambition that propels it.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #26

    That side that played against Blackburn was capable of winning well. It just didn’t, as can happen in football, and against both Hull and Forest, both away, we played very well and could so easily have gotten wins. Wasn’t to be, but these players need to play and are good enough to get the job done.

    Shelvey is the greater concern. Is he looking at 8 games out, for being a bit of a loose canon? Rafa can’t be happy with him, having invested so heavily in him and having made him such a critical player for us.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #27

    tsunki – no scorn of rotation from me – just not half a team rotation.
    Rafa went for playing his best league side against Hull – and a squad side against Blackburn.

    The “best” side players in the Hull game had insufficient time to recover for the Forrest game.

    Look at Diame -when he came on he stopped running after about 2 minutes – guy was burnt out.

    If it had all worked out we all be shouting from the rooftops -hailing a master plan. It didn’t – a decent try no doubt – but it didn’t work out. No prizes for losing football matches.
    Even Shearer says the tactics backfired.

  • nufc 11

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Like the look of Harry Arthur for us, rashford on loan, Cabaye, sturidge, need ball players and scorers in our team.

  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Oh dear
    Mr Tuff has started to talk footy !
    Stick to trying to show up your betters Tuffty – you’ll have more success at that because most folk make errors.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #30

    Jib @22 – wow what this all about you admitting being a cross dresser. Whats going on – whats’ this all about.
    Maybe you could do a late night “magazine” type blog session giving your tips on make up and hair do’s to those who might be interested.
    Maybe throw in a few fashion tips as well.

    Certainly I wouldn’t be able to challenge you at all not knowing anything about make up and the things women gossip about.

  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Mr Tuff
    That’s better – you talking about stuff that goes whoosh way over your head and leaving the footy stuff to the big boys.
    Normal service has been resumed everybody

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Jib Jibberish – if you would prefer not to answer – well that’s fair enough, I’ll understand.
    Q. Do you prefer to wear stockings or tights.
    Q. do you wax your legs.
    Q if you wear high heels are you able to walk properly or do you walk like Dick Emery.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Dec 5, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #33

    Jib, I’m not sure why you bring Montsie in to it? As it happens I think she is a decent sort, which is probably showing my age. Tell me, and this is a serious question – do you frock up when you post as jane, or is the role-play all imaginary?


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