Alan Shearer’s New Year Wish Not A Certainty


After the complete disaster that happened last year at Newcastle we are not sure of anything these days.

And it’s worrying that Newcastle have had a bad spell in the Championship and in the last three games without Jonjo Shelvey we have lost 6 points on some of the challenging clubs in the league, including Brighton and Reading.

Alan Shearer – two new year wishes

And to lose twice to third bottom club Blackburn Rovers seems unbelievable, but we did and the win yesterday is Blackburn’s first since they beat us on November 26th at St. James’ Park having lose four and drawn two since then.

But the two Blackburn wins have helped with one of Alan Shearer’s new year wishes – he wants to see Blackburn in better shape and not fighting against relegation.

He also wants the friction with the owners – VH Group – to be sorted out too.

These are Alan’s two wishes for this year as he spoke on Coral:

“I have two wishes.”

“One is to see Newcastle promoted, and I want to see my old club Blackburn – they are in the mire, they are in a dogfight.”

“I don’t like to see where they are at this moment in time. I don’t like to see the disharmony between the fans and the owners.”

“So I want to see Newcastle promoted and Blackburn climb up the league, get out of trouble and get a bit of happiness back at the football club.”

With our poor results since late November Newcastle will have to get sorted and start on a winning streak again.

Maybe it’s just that Jonjo Shelvey has been missing and when he returns we should be back to winning games again on a regular basis.

Everything Newcastle have done since last May is geared completely to getting promoted this season and that is job one above everything else for the next four months.

We’d like to see Rafa bring in cover for Jonjo Shelvey in January plus a striker and a winger to augment the squad that will ensure promotion.

Not getting promoted this season is not even worth thinking about.

We need to win at Brentford in the league on January 16th and then Jonjo is back and hopefully we can get back on track and open up some points on the 3rd placed side.

Comments welcome.



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82 comments so far

  • martoon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    I still have faith in Rafa but for the life of me I can’t understand why Rafa cannot see that Colback and Hayden in midfield just doesn’t work! Probably because they are too similar. It failed miserably against Wednesday and Forest – we looked much better when Diame replaced Colback against Forest and it failed again against Blackburn. With Diame away Rafa might have to experiment with, say, Ritchie in the centre?

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  • one fine day

    Jan 3, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #2

    G from pervious
    Have a feeling the fact colback is leading the match day pole has more to do with cheeky members of the unwashed coming on the blog as they are still obsessed with us

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    martoon

    ” we looked much better when Diame replaced Colback against Forest ”

    I couldn’t agree more

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  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    It would be really worrying if these defeats had been the result of an alarming loss of form.

    However regardless of what some so-called knowledgable fans have been saying this weekend that is clearly not the case.

    Our game away to Blackburn was probably the most one sided I witnessed this weekend .
    Blackburn from the getgo had their stall set out to get a point out of the game.

    They got really lucky with the free kick (the only way we were going to concede was to a set piece)

    Folk are twittering on about the lateness of the subs -Mulgrew scored in the 74th minute !

    I really hope no attention is paid by those that matter , to the OTT crap spouted this weekend.

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  • martoon

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib @4 – I agree about some of the hysteria BUT surely if you bring on a player like Murphy you have to give him longer than 3 minutes plus stoppage time?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    @4
    that’s the most sensible comment ive read in the last 12 hours and to have come from JIB is nothing short of astonishing
    well said jib for once i 100 % agree

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    The problem is anita is not that great in central midfield either. However I’d pick Mbemba instead of colback at this point. He is a liability. It’s because he hasn’t got enough pace so resorts to fouling players.

    I too think there is no need to panic but we do need to bring in 3 quality players.

    I don’t think rafa is doing anything wrong he’s just limited with the players we have. I’m not convinced by lazaar,hanley, however I can also see why he may not favour mitro at times. I think once he doesn’t trust a player that’s it for him he won’t use them. The problem with colback is that there is nobody else. Also I don’t think what we are doing now is wrong tactically. We just lack pacey alternate options. With diame gone we really are going to struggle. Perez has either had his head turned or just can’t be bothered to fight for us.

    Another thing to consider is the huge amount of games we have played. The lack of urgency could be being driven by a lack of fresh impetus off the bench. We’ve rotated a lot but now rafa has had a chance to see who isn’t worth playing.

    Cleverly,Wilson and a pacey winger would do wonders for this squad and it’s morale.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    My beef with RAFA is that he never changes things – always plays with 1 up-front.

    Always play with a flat back four with two centre halves – do we really need two centre halves against Blackburn and Forest.

    Relies on our full-backs to get forward to be the crosses of the ball

    Rely on Gayle to much to get the goals He is top scorer with 19 goals
    Next Goufran who is joint 42nd in the Championship leading scorers with 4 goals

    He seems more preoccupied in stopping the opposition scoring than us scoring.

    Last two games against two teams who are struggling in the Championship playing ONE up-front – for Christ sakes we were playing Blackburn and Forest who’s last wins were against us NOT Liverpool or Chelsea.

    Substitutions waits until 70 minutes before making the first and that is usually Perez.

    waits until 85th minute before putting on Mitrovich or Murphy

    Our football is always the same slow slow build up sideways backwards which allows the opposition to get behind the ball.

    Corners – we always bring eleven back behind the ball.

    We should be dominated teams but we seem to huff and puff and crawl over the line letting the opposition back in to the game second half.

    I would like to see a change to the system with the
    Birmingham game and see us play a more attacking set-up with two up-front taking one out of the midfield or one centre back.

    That’s my gripe

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    In the first half their stats were zero for shots, corners, anything and possession around 25% or so.

    The fact that they then scored with only one attempt is worrying. The midfield is patently where our problem really lies, because it is too slow, too ponderous, too deliberate, no incisive passing, poor decisions, not quick enough to spot at forward runs before those going forward get bogged down. You cannot break down an 8 man defence by passing the ball around the middle of the park. Most of the teams we face in this league do the same.Rafa needs to jog this midfield up. Shelvey obviously provides speed going forward because of his passing. We need at least one player of vision to crack these defences an serve our forward line

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Well said JIB!!
    Reason I stayed away last night-too drunk and angry!
    How did we lose again?
    There are some serious WUM’s/Mackems/fools on here!
    Why do they come out of the woodwork whenever we lose?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    so good to read the very fair comments of sensible football fans who have all raised very fair points and in my opinion most of them justified
    all raised without the hysterical over the top reaction of last night

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Is Ginger Jack a mackem sleeper!!
    Like some of those on here!!

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Dare I say Darlow, the poster boy, should still have saved it? It was just a soft shot at ground level, and surely he set the wall up to defend the other side, so should have taken that like a passback?

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    I rate Hayden well above Jack, but clearly they are not good together, so why not Diame,Anita or even Mbemba?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib,

    For the second time in a week I find myself in total agreement. Deeply dsturbing lol !!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Charlie you are spot on there, glad that’s come from you otherwise I would have been called a wum.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Mitro -sell – he’s too bothered about himself, not good enough. Rather see Murphy.
    Colback-give away and replace! Too much of a liability. He had hold of a Blackburn player’s shirt in the first minute, committed many daft fouls and is our biggest worry. He will never learn.
    Lazaar -not good enough, so we need another left-back in the mould of Yedlin.
    Ritchie – can we have his brother back?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #18

    toontaff

    Come out of the woodwork whenever we lose, don’t think so somehow, I’m on here win, lose or draw, and say what i think what happened.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Do you mean Lionel Ritchie.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    I hope Palace wallop Swansea, today. Put them down with Sunderland and Hull. 3 useless upstarts, 2 of whom I recall watching at the Vetch not long ago in an end of season 4th Division game! Cardiff have a far bigger potential and should be the top Welsh team, as well as the top Welsh City.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #21

    I wish you were not!
    Embarrassing to be from my country, silly boy! Stick with your useless little Town/pub team boyo!
    Do you actually support any team? Sunderland?
    I wonder if you have ever been within 300 miles of SJP, other than maybe with the other Swans fans and their blow up sheep, I recall!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #22

    Sadly it seems as if some people are only too keen to see Rafa fail. The reaction from some to a manager who has had his team top of the table for most of the season, as well as being top scorers is incredible.

    Yesterday I don’t think I have seen a more one sided game in my life. 2 disallowed goals, hitting the post, their keeper playing out of his skin saving twice from Gayle, another 2 good penalty claims ignored etc.

    Some days you just know it’s just not going to be your day, as with Brighton and Reading both coming from behind to win in the dying minutes in their respective games.

    Sadly Colback is not Shelvey and Dummet and Gouffran are honest triers but lack a bit of star quality. I imagine Rafa more than anyone is very aware of this and will try and address it if possible.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    toontaff

    If you say so, mind you i will have whatever you are smoking though, whatever it is it must be working.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    welsh

    win, lose or draw you are always negative.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    My comment at 10
    WUM/mackems/fools
    If the cap fits.
    Photo, please , JIB, my IT skills are limited, as all have seen!!

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  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    It was difficult for Rafa
    Now , we (with the benefit of hindsight) can see things should have been freshened up at half – time , even changed formation against a side hell-bent on defending but how can you maintain team morale subbing players who have dominated a game so much.
    The back four were coping so well that he could have pulled both Colback and Hayden at half-time and gone 4-3-3 bringing on Atsu and Murphy.
    A mid 3 of Ritchie Gouffran and Atsu a front 3 Murphy Gayle and Diamé.
    However Rafa errs on the side of caution in this league and who can gainsay him – 90% of the time it works like a dream.
    If you have any doubts about this squad just think of the performance against Forest with 9 men or the final 10 minutes v Norwich.

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Rotonda 22 and 24 – You must be smoking the same as me -Tynemouth Sea Air of Reality?
    I was fuming, last night, Stella fumes, no doubt, but sensibly held back to digest the smell of sea air, today!

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  • Fostino

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #28

    Colback should have been brought off sooner. Offered nothing but negativity in his play. Surely he can’t be handed the starting jersey again.

    Darlow showed have saved the free kick but il forgive him that as it was a glorious position.

    Astu should have played considering we now lose hom to the afcon. By the same token. .Why not have started lazaar. Surely he is good enough for struggling Blackburn.

    Mito should have been on bench and had game time as his physicality would unsettle their big defenders.

    Not too few changes were made considering we only played last Friday….why not?

    Yesterday highlighted that we badly need a c.m. As well as a winger who can cross the ball and give us width.

    Subs need to be brought on sooner so they can impact the game more.

    Lascalles as captain is fine but we needed more leadership yesterday. …ex pl players gayLe. .Ritchie. ..DiaMe hang your heads on shame.

    My team for the next fixture

    Darlow

    Yedlin lascalles clark dummett

    Ritchie hayden anita goofy

    Mitro gayle

    We really do need another cm. I dint like anita in there either

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  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    I hope we are not going to have a Jacks vs Bluebirds sub plot on here !!!!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Rotonda

    No one wants Rafa to fail, since he’s come in he’s turned things around, regarding getting the whole city behind him, changeing things around behind the scenes, meeting people, going to charities, like Charlie said only thing that fans got beef with and that’s at the moment his tactics and formation, everything else you can’t fault him.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    charlie

    you seem to conveniently forget us hammering Brum 4-0 recently with a system that worked extremely well.

    As for not dominating teams did you not think we dominated yesterday!

    we have a few gems like gayle, shelvey and possibly ritchie on a good day, but we are basically still a work in progress and it will take time to introduce more quality into the team, after losing townsend, wijni, sissoko, janmatt, cabella, thauvin etc.

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  • Fostino

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #32

    P.s. For all my moaning there I still live rafa. He’s an awesome manager. I’m sure he’s very eager to improve things now

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  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #33

    Fostino
    The next fixture is the FA cuptie vs Birmingham
    Did you mean your team for next LEAGUE fixture ?

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    Some very sensible comments, some sensible thoughts on what needs to be done. Charlie often makes excellent posts, and cannot argue with the 11 back at corners – surely a pacey player left up, like Gayle/Atsu drags 2or 3 of the opposition away. Also Rafa needs to make substitutions proactively and sooner, when we need a lift. The FA Cup game would be ideal to playa different system and some players who need a game. Maybe Sameobi, or others coming back in off loans, could also get a chance?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    welsh
    You’ve got it – i don’t want to see RAFA fail – but I would like to see him air least try something different at Birmingham.

    At the moment opposition know how we are setting up even with changes in our player rotation and they counter that – mainly marking Gayle out of the game by fair or foul means – wit for our mistake and hit us. yes we were a tad unlucky not to get something but everyone knew that it was on the cards Blackburn would score. Then we don’t seem to know how to get back into games

    So frustrating

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  • Fostino

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Jib.
    Damn. Was hoping it wouldn’t be fa cup weekend. In that case the team will be much different with the likes of sel…Hanley. ..Maybe even haidira or tiote or murphy getting a run out. No doudt mitro will score a brace.

    For the nxt league game I hope we will be welcoming a new signing or 2 into the team 😉

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #37

    JIB, am originally from Pembrokeshire, a hotbed of football talent! Was a plastic ManU/Stoke fan until 1982, when I watched KingKev at SJP, and the 34-35 years and counting of riding the Toon roller coaster started! Seen the odd games in the 80’sand early 90’s, Moved here 20 years ago and season ticket holder for most of that time, with a small gap for last 3 seasons, like many sickened by Ashley! But now back on the roller coaster ride!!

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Would say more likely to support the Swans than the Bluebirds, but only 1 Welsh team matters to me, the national side!

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #39

    If we had a draw against the Brummies, the replay would mean Jonjo would not miss another league game!

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  • anthc

    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Teams play deep against us and we struggle to break them down. They are happy for us to have the ball and pass it around our back four. We then get caught and begin pinging to ball forward to gayle who either gets fouled or turns his back on a challenge.
    I see the comments about wingers but until we play mitro or even murphy centre halves are just gonna bully gayle when the balls crossed in. The lad needs a hand up top and I thought mitro would’ve teared this league up with his aggressive style but obviously he’s not to rafas liking.

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