Alan Shearer Comes Out And Says What Most Newcastle Fans Are Thinking

Newcastle icon Alan Shearer is first and foremost a Newcastle fan through and through – just like the rest of us.

The only difference is that Alan just happened to be one of the best strikers England has ever produced and his 260 goals in the Premier League is both astonishing and outstanding.

So that’s the only difference.


Alan Shearer looks happy – you would think we were 4th in the Premier League or something

And Alan is thinking, with Newcastle amazingly in 4th place in the league table and above teams like Arsenal and Liverpool like the old days, that the season would end now.

But you know, while most of those (expert?) pundits think we will slip down the league table when we meet some of the class teams of the division, we would never bet against Rafa Benitez,

He keeps the players’ feet firmly on the ground and wants 3 points from every game.

Rafa and his squad could shock the lot of us this season.

And if we do finish in a good position in the league table then owner Mike Ashley must give him every last penny the club has next summer to spend in the transfer window.

We remember somebody saying that last May.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    @Catchy true they can mark Lascalles out the game but that just makes more space for the likes of Joselu, Hayden , Mbemba , Clark and Merino all who are good in the air and willing to challenge for it in fact we probably should be doing more damage with the quality deliveries that come in!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    previous postings

    Maybe just maybe this has been a good Transfer window.

    Me I was not to dissapointed like a lot of people as I thought the fees teams were asking was STUPID so the TOON in being pragmatic signed young hungry players who have slotted into the squad of players from last season making them a tight bunch of players who are playing for each other and know their jobs on the pitch.

    I think if we had paid stupid money for players and had to play stupid wages then it could of upset the players already there causing disunity in the camp.

    The ones we have brought in what I have seen so far are a upgrade on the players we let go and the likes of Mbemba starting to play like the player he was at Anderlecht then the season looks rosy.

    My gripe this season so far is the local rags and Chris Waugh in particular – all he does is bang on about the transfer window and how poor it was (gave a F in his summing up when the window closed) and in yesterday’s and today’s Journal still on the same theme of a poor transfer window and if RAFA had been given the money then where would we be.

    GIVE?IT?A?BLOODY?REST?and talk aboout the positives and the positive start we have had.

    Someone should tell him that spending loads of dosh on inflated prices paying inflated wages does not always guarantee a successful football club.

    Yes it could go tits-up but lets enjoy it when we are playing well – yes we are going to get thumped some time this season, but at the moment I am enjoying the TOON’s play !!!

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Not that Ashley planned it this way, but you could ask would we have this sort of team spirit and togetherness if we had brought in some big egos?
    We are what we are this season and Rafa is happy to get on with it with the players he brought in. It appears to be working well.
    That won’t cut it next season though and Ashley will have to back his words with actions. If he does, I think Rafa will stay and push us on. If not… it doesn’t bear thinking about so I won’t bother right now. Not going to spoil my feelgood factor with what ifs. I intend to get the best out of this season and see what summer brings when it happens.
    And on that note I better get my arse into gear for my appt. 🙂 Later.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Just caught that Charlie. 10/10 mate. Couldn’t agree more. For me this season was all about survival anyway, but we might do better than that as it goes. When you look at the money some clubs have spent on decidedly average players, pound for pound our purchases look far better.
    It never has been how much you spend, it’s about who you spend it on and how you use those players.
    Rafa has managed to put the window behind him and concentrate on football, I don’t see why the rest can’t follow his example.
    And now I really really must dash. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    It wasn’t the lack of money spent that was disappointing for me, after all Abrahams and Caballero were going to be loan deals. It was the way the manager was let down. The same system with different personnel bar Ashley that brought us Dennis Wise and JFK decided that we didn’t need another keeper and a loan deal for Abrahams was no good, this was supposed to be Rafas call and that was what worried me over the summer.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 19, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed what did Alan Shearer say??

  • Moleman2020

    Sep 19, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    There seems to be a lot of people extolling the virtues of this team who have bonded in less than optimal conditions, and thus suggesting perhaps spending next to nothing may have been a good thing.


    Yes, Rafa is a wonderful manager and will wring the best out of what he has available

    Yes, in Lascelles we have found a real lion

    Yes, the team seems to have a togetherness that has been lacking somewhat in the last few years.

    But, if this is what Rafa can achieve on a shoestring, what could be accomplish if promises had been kept?

    Or if you choose to forget about the spend this summer, stop talking about Rafa needing backing in the next window. Do you honestly believe that the gaffer will have any faith in anything the owner says going forward?
    He has proven time and again his word means nothing

    It is fantastic to see the team seem to understand what this club means to this city. Long may it continue. And if results don’t go our way I’m sure that the endeavour will be appreciated nonetheless.

    Just don’t be surprised at the end of January if rather than adding to the squad we have lost the key players in the first half of the season.

    It isn’t doom and gloom, just a reality check.

    It’s a genuine pleasure to watch this young team. I just think it would be foolish to allow myself to dream of what could be until this fine old club, this, beating heart of our city finds a new custodian.

  • Jack Root

    Sep 19, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Playing out your scenario we could end up selling Woodman for an apparent handsome sum before he has really established himself. He has immense potential but there are clubs who rate him extremely highly and as a good investment. Just as we were interested in buying Arsenal’s 19 year old midfielder Reine Adelaide who is being compared with Patrick Vieira. This being before I assume Merino.

    There are still transfer bargains if you have a good scouting network, contacts and those talented enough to recognise a proper player when they see them. Highly questionable previously and with very little success post Cabaye.
    Benitez does seem to be able to pick potentially good players playing poor sides- Clark was the pick defensively last season at ÂŁ5 million.

  • Moleman2020

    Sep 19, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Jack Root

    Rafa has bought players who look like they may reward his faith handsomely. He has bought some that will not.

    We have a skipper whose value is increasing week on week in the current set up but he is playing through circumstance rather than Rafa’s genius.

    I genuinely believe that he is the man to lead us forward and has a genuine affinity with the city and its people.

    But not every transfer will prove fruitful and he still needs support.

    We are a million miles away from competing at the top end and I don’t think that any Newcastle fan is expecting that any time soon.

    So €100m players are crazy. €50m players are crazy. The law of ever diminishing returns means that we simply don’t need that kind of investment. I care not if we never make another “marquee” signing again.

    I just want the manager to be backed to the point he has been promised. Absolutely no more.

    If the owner’s words meant something, even if it’s not necessarily what we want to hear we’d be in a much better position.


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