Alan Shearer Brilliantly Explains Why Newcastle Fans Are Very Unhappy

On Saturday evening Alan Shearer called on Mike Ashley to sell the club to somebody who wants to own Newcastle before it’s too late.

But Ashley is a stubborn man, and he may yet be responsible for taking Newcastle down to our 3rd relegation during his 10 years of owning the club.

The name and brand of Newcastle United has fallen precipitously under Mike Ashley.

We now see that smaller clubs like Southampton, Watford, Leicester, Burnley, Stoke, West Ham, West Brom, Crystal Palace, and Stoke are richer clubs right now than Newcastle and could outbid us last summer in the transfer market.


Another relegation this season and Newcastle would be in another disastrous situation – we thought we had just escaped one when we brilliantly got promoted last season and things seemed to be looking up significantly.

Alan Shearer – don’t compare Newcastle with Brighton or Huddersfield

Here’s the tweet a frustrated Alan Shearer sent out after the sixth loss in seven games against Leicester on Saturday night.

And here’s how a frustrated Alan Shearer described the lousy current situation at Newcastle United on BBC’s MOTD 2 on Sunday night:

“People outside of Newcastle think the problem is what is happening on the pitch but it is what is happening off the pitch as well.”

“I think there is a lack of respect to staff, to fans, to former players, to managers.”

“They had their 125 years celebrations on Saturday. When you look at the number of former players that were on the pitch at half-time, that tells you there is a lack of respect to a lot of people out there.”

“So the fans feel that their money is not being invested enough and they want somebody at the football club who wants to be there, to take the football club forward.”

“They would rather have a different situation now and try something different because at the minute they don’t feel like they are getting anywhere.”

“They get 52,000 fans every week, so you can’t compare them with Huddersfield and Brighton.”

“When you compare the attendances from the other clubs to Newcastle United, 52,000 every week, week in week out. 52,000 in the Championship, that is why they are not happy.”

Since Newcastle have played in the Premier League for 22 years of its 25 years in existence, it’s a bit rich when pundits refer to Newcastle as a newly promoted team – just like Brighton and Huddersfield.

That’s one reason Alan rightly says we cannot be compared to clubs like those.

But on the other hand it’s all about how strong your team is, and if we don’t strengthen in January we could go down in May.

And if that happens we’ll deserve to be relegated because of the way the club is run from the top.

Amanda – where are you when we need you most?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

128 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Blame AShley all you like, but unless Ashley is now picking the team/formation/tactics, Its hard not to look at Rafa as the problem.

    10 of the starting 11 where Rafa buys, and while I do get that Ashley said he was going to buy, once he decided to sell the club, that was never going to happen.

    But Again Rafa and a lot of fans are acting like a spoilt brats, we are a club in transition and it seems most people want a full new squad for each season, when Rafa went down into the championship, i would have thought that the players he was buying would have been good enough to win the championship and at least compete with the bottom half of the premiership. I BELIEVE they can, But Rafa needs to use his squad and not depend on his faithful few.

    Pick a system and stick with it
    Pick a team and stick with them
    Play a little more offensive and try and retain the ball better
    If losing, make subs before 88th minute, (joking about the 88th minute, but he does leave them late).

    fans can point the finger at Ashley all they like, But Rafa can not do anything about that until Jan, so he should just get on with it

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Twenty two games to get 25(ish)
    points should be easily achievable
    Last season Watford survived in
    17th place with 40 points – 6 points
    more than Hull in 18th
    The season before of course
    The mackems stayed up with 39 points
    while we went down with 37

    Getting something from the Everton game
    is looking vital,
    Away to Arsenal on Saturday followed by
    the Hammers also away , tough games
    no gimmes in the PL.
    Lascelles and Dummy back with Atsu
    back on song should help with the back end of
    The 2 Man City games just 4 weeks apart is
    It has been decades since Rafa has had this
    kind of challenge.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3


    Jeez that record must be getting very scratched now. I swear you could bore for Norway and the UK. You just keep saying the same things over and over and over totally ad nauseum. Whinge, repeat, whinge, repeat, whinge repeat. You’re the genius who thought McLaren was a great choice and he got 80M and was an absolute disaster. Pardew got 6/7 PL standard players but was still a serial failure. Who, apart from possibly Merino would get in any of the other 19 teams? Please just answer that because you always avoid any questions by just staying in your god awful super boring ”I know best” bubble.

    They were rafa buys to get us out of the championship, not to stay in it. how many times won’t you listen?
    Who I ask you would come to us with that s–t squad and our owner. Who?

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Your talking rubbish man! Rafa only had a limited amount and bought what he could afford and these players are struggling. Ashley didn’t give him the funds needed to make us competitive and that’s why we’re struggling! We have in Rafa the best manager to get us out of this situation so let’s get behind him!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5


    Please don’t say easily achievable. right now with this championship squad i can’t see where the next 3 points, let alone 25 are coming from

  • Wayayman

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Catchy, Rafa bought a team to win the championship – which we did. He then thought Ashely would release funds to at least make us competitive in the PL – which he didn’t. The end result was that Rafa had some cash to spend (not enough to by one second-string defender at some clubs) and had to try unearth some low price gems. He’s done the best he can with an absolute stinker of a hand 0 you realise we would have been 10th if we won on Saturday? It’s a tight league from 10th down, and it’s not even Christmas yet. And we’re NOT in the relegation zone. Add to that the possibility that we may well have a new owner in the very near future and all is not bleak.
    A lot of massive overreactions by our fans -win a couple and we’re going to be in Europe, lose a few and we’re doing the Mackem slide. Truth is, Rafa is a crackin manager and not an utter tit like the last 3 or 4 we’ve had either – which counts for a lot in my eyes.

  • expatmag

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    I suspect a some high profile loan signings may be lined up already……the likes of Ings or Sturridge, Wilshire, Mangala or Kenedy.

    Trick is who is he going to get rid of to free up places in the 25?

  • toontaff2

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    I gathered up 6 flags! 💡 Xmas decorations!
    Meanwhile Moreno/Darlow for first, Yedlin for second and Manquillo +midfield for third – Cannot blame Rafa for poor defending/mistakes/lack of effort on the pitch. 2 goals from our ‘useless’ attack – 11th best attack in PL, whilst we now have the 14th best defence. We had one of the best defences before Lascalles’ injury.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    The real positive to take out of the
    current situation is the improvement
    Rafa has brought to every player in the
    OK it was a good Championship squad but
    they ARE finding their way in the PL

    For the first 20 amd last 15 on Saturday
    we had Leicester on the back foot.
    We would have got a point easily if we hadn’t gone for the win.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Expat, all 25 💡

  • JohnJ

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m repeating from my previous post “The complete problem at Newcastle United is one & one only = Mike Ashley it’s all down to him and his greed for more money!!!!!” It’s a well known fact that Ashley has not supported Rafa, He’s not supported the team, he’s not supported the fans! The only thing Ashley supports is his bank balance – If he can’t afford to support NUFC he should sell up, bugga off and let someone else to what’s needed. It’s no good blaming Rafa the team or the fans it’s Ashley who shoulders the blame he is the “captain” of the good ship Newcastle United!!!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda, Moonraker, well said but it falls on deaf ears. Catchy got burned by his top pick McLaren and now is desperately trying to spin justification on that by pillorying Benitez, Ashley’s last roll of the dice. Completely ignores the issue of the well-documented underfunding for a crucial campaign which has put us in this lousy situation – again! – overlooks the fact that rafas purchases last year were part of Ashley’s remit to get us out of the championship, that mike reneged on strengthening for the new league. Totally missed the point. I expect he will put the returning hero McLaren forward as our saviour next.

    What we need is for the defence to get back to how we started this campaign, i.e. with lascelles organisation and leadership. But you won’t get catchy to focus on that because he actually thinks lascelles is not good enough. So much for listening to his team selection views.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Cannot face the comments!
    Bet Perez got all the grief, but where were Manquillo, Yedlin, Hayden, Merino? – 5minutes to go – we had a player left free 6 yards from our goal. Noticed Leicester covered more ground than us so some players were hiding/lazy.
    2-2 would have been ok – crowd were very up and down – but losing near the end, again, is becoming a worrying habit.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Never mind – another defeat is only 2 days away :mrgreen:

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Our problem is that we need to play at least one big guy in the front 4 and the 2 that Rafa is willing to play happen to be the worst two players in our team (Diame & Joselu) So he has to choose one of them. Not great options really. Must be like choosing who to get stuck in a lift with between bladeuser and toonbrother.
    My guess in Jan is he’ll go with Gayle upfront and look to recruit a physical number 10. Trouble is big number 10s are few and far between. Loftus-Cheek would have been perfect. The other option is to drop Gayle, bring in a strong no.9 and continue with Perez or another new signing, but that will be more expensive. It’s going to be hard to fill these two costly positions with little money, only loans.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Someone said it was the worst performance they’d seen against Leicester. How come? Was that the only game they’ve seen this season? We scored two goals! Sloppy goalkeeping, dodgy defending incidents and some wayward passing sold us down the river on what could have been a decent day. We’ve played much worse and won.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    What’s going to be hard is finding someone who actually wants to come here in January. Mike sold us out in summer and unless we get some star buys in January it will be a very nervous finish, no matter who the manager happens to be. Can’t make a silk purse out of a sows’ ear.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    I noticed Merino was right back to square one, caught on the ball, terrible passing decisions in midfield just where you need accurate short passes and not to make mistakes. He cost us at least a goal no doubt about that

    Murphy is a bit of a way off first team regular but his curled ball for Gayle to run onto was spot on. Still making poor runs into nowhere but i suppose he is improving under a fiery test.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #19

    If we could loan Batyuashi and use the sales money from the frozen out brigade to buy either a Ndidi type player or some Brazilian/ Spanish number ten.

    I’d not be surprised if Benitez uses whatever money he gets to bring in a goalkeeper and a left back. He only ever seems to prioritise his defence, but of all the ones he’s brought in I’d say none have turned out better than Darlow, Lascelles, Dummet, and arguably Mbemba.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    One thing is for sure the blog has a long memory.

    A lot of names will go missing if and when fortunes turn around. 😐

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Strange one is Lejeune. He looked absolutely class when he started. Now he’s a bit iffy in the challenges, like that Kane thing shook him a bit maybe?

  • lesh

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Bambans, Shire, Springy, Hibbet

    Are you guys hearing anything that’ll give us hope that Ashley’ll be off soon?

    A simple yes or no’ll do

  • toontaff2

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Aye, defence is now dodgy! All coincides with Lascalles missing. Think Darlow will be dropped – as long as fat Bob lost a few pounds on his Spa break. 😆

  • toontaff2

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #24

    So, all those fans wanting entertainment, sickened by our boring 1-0 wins????

  • toontaff2

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25

    I heard Ashley was stuck in the USA!

  • Bianconeri

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #26

    According to a good sauce things are heating up,just trying to lift the doom and gloom on here as it’s like one flew over the cuckoos nest harrumph huzzah and what not

    oh and Ritchie is shite and yedlin is to blame for ALL the goals and sack raffa ffs it’s like ground hog day.

    I would give Woodman a chance in goal as those other two are awful.If we had a top keeper we would have been sitting half way up now.Darlow on his honkers v Chelsea when you’re taught to stand tall make the goal small,and beaten from distance yesterday was bad keeping.Funny isn’t it Dummett got loads of hammer on here now he’s going to be like a NOO signing

  • toontaff2

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Noticed on .com, the missing flags! Shocking. Cannot believe fans are nicking those. Whilst leaving hordes of Mikey’s xmas presents!
    I only have 6 of the SD flimsy variety – all complete with McDonald straws – 1 of which has snapped! Willing to donate to a worthy cause – after the decorations come doon, of course. 😮

  • jazzyp

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Why cannot some accept we are where we are because we have what we have. A systematic abuse over the last ten year of funds, Neglect in all departments across the board and general miss management from top to bottom.
    You cannot come out of the Championship and spend limited money and expect to succeed in the PL without dire consequences which we are facing now. Then put proportionate blame at Rafa’s door for non selection of certain players like that would save our season.
    Mitrovic for whatever reason is not being picked for obvious internal reasons, But lets be clear he will not save us from our current plight. Yes I agree he deserves a shot as I don’t see Joselu as the answer, But I don’t think he will score an abundance of goals we require to stay up

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #29


    lucky for you im around then, or you would have nothing to talk about.

    Do you not think its boring for me to to listen to how we are lucky to have a world class manager then watch what i can only describe as school boy football and i dare to say football that is on par with both pardew and Shteve.
    and yes 80mil was spent, but was it shteve that spent it? i mean every man knows the managers before Rafa didnt have that much imput, its not like Rafa did not or does not have access to those players, so thats Rafas choice to bench Mbemba, Mitro and Jonjo, and its not like the players that were bought in were wasted money unlike a lot of the buys that Rafa has brought to the club. all of his buys seem to be duds or crocks.

    yeh great lets look at bringing in Sturidge in Jan, i think we are going to get value for money out of him when its not a world cup season

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #30

    and to be Honest, most of you are being very disrespectful to Chris Hughtons time at the club, your saying that Rafas the best coach we have had at the club since SBR, well sorry, i can only base what the managers have done at our club, and CH did a far better job than Rafa is doing, and dare i say it under harder circumstances, i bet Rafa gets far more of what he wants than CH ever did from Ashley.

    im not disputing what they have won, im talking about beiing a settled coach and fans being happy

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Jazzyp- agree mitro should get a chance as even when presented with a free shot on goal I felt joselu would miss. Luckily he didn’t but I’m not convinced by him.
    People forget mitro has been woeful when he’s started for us and better as an impact player although he’s been poor then too.
    He’s not going to save us imho.

    I would give mitro a chance versus Everton but I’d bet Joselu starts.

    This whole mess is down to Ashley penny pinching. Nobody else just him.

    I just hope we can get a couple of wins to get us through to January not in the bottom 3 and then get significant recruits in.

    My feeling is Ashley will keep pushing for more money up until the last week of January then sell with a day or so left. Leaving new tenants very little time to do business.

    I hope they have lined up players Well before then so it doesn’t ruin the window.

    I’d Ashley is in charge it’s loan deals at best.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    pinning hopes on kids like Tammy and Ruben would have been crazy, in our current defensive set up, how were they going to get service?

  • Bianconeri

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #33

    Kiko Casilla could be leaving Madrid and we are linked with him.I hope that’s true.No doubt we will be linked with Tom,Dick,and Hairy balls again.

  • ashleysmate

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m sorry but Lascelles is a good footballer…in the championship…I think that’s his level
    I really do hope he makes a difference on his return but I do think he, along with Clark is overrated….the number of times they’ve allowed the opposing player to get in front of them at corners/free kicks etc is very poor

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    our problem , in case people havnt spotted it, is, scorring then just defending a 1-0 lead, exactly like pardew did,

    hang on to a lead for 85 mins.

    Rafa got fired from RM for the same reasons, To defensive

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #36

    Catchy – we would be top half now if we’d got Tammy and Ruben.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37


    I understand the frustration with Rafa and his tactics but do others really think that any other top class manager could perform some sort of miracles with the current crop of players ??

    Even if you look at the so called better players within the team, What clubs do we actually see them dropping straight into … Because I doubt they would be much more than bench warmers at most clubs.
    I always like to look at what away fans say about our club after a game, And yet again Saturday most applauded the home fans and the ground and the city, But most said we were probably one of the poorest teams they have so far come up against in the Pl this season.
    One or two great players cannot carry a bunch of Championship players through a premier league campaign without suffering consequences, And that’s what is biting us hard in the arse

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Our defensive problems started with a vengeance when lascelles was out. Plain and simple. Now we are calling him a championship player. Excellent.

    Catchy when did Rafa spend £80m? Why?

  • OneAlanShearer

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Catchy – there is a world of difference between pardew defending a goal lead and rafa doing it. Rafa keeps the team tight and in formation to make us hard to break down and always looks like having a chance of pulling that off. With pardew we looked like conceding with every attack and only desperate defending would prevent it.

    With this group of players you cannot play open expansive football. You’ll get murdered.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #40

    catchy in norway
    watch what i can only describe as school boy football and i dare to say football that is on par with both pardew and Shteve.

    With that comment

    I think I can safely say as regards
    your claim to be some kind of coach


    a. You are a liar
    b. You are crap at it


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