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Shearer Provides Sound Advice To New Owners And Fans On The Winter Window



As Newcastle’s search for a new manager and Director of Football continues, Graeme Jones is preparing the lads for Chelsea’s arrival on Saturday. The caretaker manager revealed last week he was asked to take control of last Saturday’s match at Crystal Palace and this weekend against Chelsea.

However, the Saudi consortium will take all the time they need to get these two crucial appointments right. So Jones could also be on the touchline at Brighton a week on Saturday if the manager search extends deep into next week.

Newcastle have 11 fixtures until the January window opens when the squad can be strengthened. They also face a trip to St. Marys on the second of January. So unless a target is lined up for New Year’s Day, it’s going to be at least 12 matches before any new signings arrive.

As we’ve witnessed this season, the squad is in desperate need of quality in almost all areas of the pitch. However, the focus for the remainder of this year as well as the January window will be to do whatever it takes to stay up.

Speaking to the podcast Que Golazo!, Alan Shearer named three positions he’d like to see the club concentrate on in the winter window. Primarily, Shearer wants to see the spine strengthened. Here is what he said as published in The Shields Gazette:

“I think we could definitely do with players straight down the spine.

“Newcastle have got one of the worse defenses in the league, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what they need.

“They need a defender or two, preferably a center-back. They certainly need a creative midfielder.

“Without Callum Wilson… Callum’s career will tell you he’s going to pick up injuries now and again, so he’s not going to play every game.

“There’s no doubt they need another forward who can put the ball in the net to try and take the burden away from him when he’s playing and not playing.

“The three players, without a doubt, would be a center-half, a creative midfielder, and a forward to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Newcastle’s squad is full so there could be some movement out the door in January as well. The position that could see a lot of changes is at center-back. Shearer would like to see up to two defenders brought in.

With Paul Dummett and Fabian Schar in the final year of their contracts, they could be offloaded to make room. Though our new owners will not have the same level of concern of keeping hold of players not in the 25-man squad as the last.

Shearer also stressed patience when touching on the next window. It will be one where experience is likely sought while next summer could be the time to add the flair. This winter the focus will be on getting in players to help us climb the table.

Alan doesn’t think Newcastle will have any trouble finding willing players who want to join a club on the rise. Shearer added the following about the winter window:

“The owners have said they’re ambitious and they’ve got money to spend but Newcastle fans, pundits, and ex-players will have to be very patient.

“It’s not going to happen overnight a month or a year, it’s going to take a long time – it’ll be small steps.

“It’s going to be a certain type of player first and foremost to get Newcastle out of the relegation zone and start to climb the table.

“There will be players who will be desperate to come to Newcastle United to try and prove themselves and improve the squad because that is, without doubt, is what is needed.”

Here is the interview with Shearer on YouTube.

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87 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 27, 2021 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    “Newcastle have got one of the worse defenses in the league” yes since your mate Brucey was in charge but you didn’t say anything about it!!

    I think once a new manager gets us playing as a unit and doesn’t have the defence sitting like a punch bag for 90 mins you will see us keep clean sheets

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Lee

    It would help to pick the better defenders as well mate.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 27, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Niafron……… Non mon cher ami, soixante douze ca c’est soixante neuf avec trois qui regardent.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    DrGloom – Glad we’re not regretting the decision to sell them. Didn’t Armstrong score agianst Rafa’s Everton? Either way as you say I think they are Championship strikers like Gayle. The best of all is we can aim much higher than them now and will probably bring a lethal striker in January to compliment Wilson.

    Loving the link to quality players and coaches what a welcome change to the mediocrity we’ve been used to all these painful years.

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Craig Hope
    @CraigHope_DM
    ·
    2m
    NUFC set for managerial appointment… understand Elliott Dickman will be confirmed as new U23s boss this week, moving from Sunderland, where he has spent past 26 years as youth player, academy coach and, since 2017, U23 head coach. (Apologies for mid-90s ClubCall teaser)

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    LCBP,
    No, he’s avoiding that elephant in the room.

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  • martoon

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    niafron – re Carr – I think the general consensus is (other posters correct me if I’m wrong) that there was a bit of a power struggle between Rafa and Carr as Rafa didn’t like the influence Carr had over transfers and squeezed him out – the official line was Carr decided to retire!

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Mund, repost. I’ll spare the bit talking about predicting long term outcomes.

    Yes I’m into FPL and obsessed with football in general. I sit down and watch about 2 football matches a week, another 2 or 3 I either listen to on the radio or watch whilst I’m doing the dishes, cooking or in the gym. I watch the highlights of every Premier league game. I spend about 10hrs a week on long dog walks and I probably listen to football podcasts about half that time.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    LCBP

    We’ve struggled to keep clean sheets ever since Diame was sold and not replaced.

    If you are going to sit back and play on the break you need mid players who can close down and dispossess the oppo and when Hayden and Diame played together that’s what we had.

    Now, Hayden is left to do that on his own and gets no help from Longstaff, with the result that the defence gets little protection and that is a big reason for the goals we concede.

    If a team plays a possession game – which we don’t and can’t – they can move upfield as a unit and dominate our midfield. That’s what happens time and again even against the so called lower table teams.

    The prime action that a new manager needs to take is sorting that out, and until Jan I’d look at putting Schar and Murphy into central mid to give us some bite in the tackle and pace.

    Any two of Hayden, Longstaff and Shelvey is proven time and again not to work – anfycombination is a Championship central midfield IMO.

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Cheers for that Mund. Although to be honest I’ve never paid much attention to the U23. I guess it’s because so few have been coming through. Maybe once the first team is sorted I’ll have some time to look in on them a bit more

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    I think many of us were wondering why at the very least we weren’t in for Armstrong given that we’d have been given effectively a 40% discount on a young Geordie striker who had proved himself in the Championship in a position we were (and still are) notoriously weak on.

    This was also prior to the takeover where missing out on no-brainer bargains seemed crazy.

    He’s actually scored 1 Premier League goal, which is 1 more this season than £40m Joelinton so…

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  • count

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry niafron, just a reference to an old British comedy. One of the main characters claims to be able to speak French but can’t, just tries to look clever in front of people he thinks don’t know any French.

    https://youtu.be/Jet29TQv2uA

    I was agreeing with you whilst at the same time being mildly self deprecating

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    I distinctly remember Schar playing in midfield before…and he was absolutely cack.

    I don’t see how trying that again, alongside another player who has zero experience playing CM will somehow improve our midfield, but hey ho, what do I know.

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Tinman

    I wasn’t saying why predict this or that as that’s up to anyone to say such things but what I was getting at is it’s always doom and gloom and the negative outcome when we don’t actually know and most times it never works out the way we think.

    So much to play for and so many points to be had. I do truly believe a new quality forward thinking manager will get much better out of this squad of players.

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  • martoon

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Ruddy @11 – I agree – Armstrong as back-up to Wilson seemed a no-brainer to me especially under an Ashley Regime but I guess the who transfer budget was blown on Willock!

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Agree 100% schar is not a cm

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    It’s not doom and gloom it’s just realistic at this stage. We are towards the bottom end of every stats table, when you watch us we look poor, unmotivated, unfit.

    There’s nothing wrong with being a realist.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18

    I think Mandy will be tugging at Rafa now that he has had a wobble at Everton and the fans are already getting on his back.

    Richarlison and Doucore injured for the last few games has affected their form but I think the fans reaction reaction after Watford – booing – shows that Everton fans have a thin skin when it comes to Rafa, his Lpool past and comments he made there about the Blues.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he came back.

    Would that be the best appointment we could make?

    Not if we want to win in KK style.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Of course Alan is right that we need players in most positions. If we’re going to buy all over the pitch, sure.

    Still, I wouldn’t prioritise our defence. Just a short while ago we were talking about how solid we are there. If only we go to our last game, we held up, albeit with luck. Our defence has to be the most overworked in the league, no wonder we concede.

    The biggest problem has always been in MF. If they can hold the ball, we’ll improve on possession, give the defenders a breather and attack more.

    Number one position to fill, a creative MF or two. Then, a striker. Then, should funds permit 🙂 upgrades all over.

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Bills

    I’ve always agreed with you about Diame and that’s what we have lacked since he left with leaving us so exposed in the middle.

    Madness he never got replaced with like for like.

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #21

    FPL is useful for perspective sometimes. I can tell you now fans of every other team think we are terrible and actively bring in players who will play against Newcastle. The only other team they really talk about like that are Norwich.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #22

    @Jail and Bill

    I think one of our biggest issues is Hayden hasn’t been playing as a defensive midfielder and hasn’t really done for a while he seems to have lost all defensive discipline that he used to have

    The Spurs game he was charging up the wing trying to close down a player for their first goal which left a big gap to pop into Ndombele I think It was

    Our lack of positional awareness is killing us just got to hope a new coach can sort that out or we are really are in trouble

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #23

    We have a relegation standard back four and 1 striker who is capable of scoring goals.

    A quality manager may make us more defensively sound and we could hope and pray Wilson stays fit all season. Those two things combined could lead to a 12th – 17th place finish. But make no bones about it, the bottom 3 is exactly where we deserve to be.

    At least 3 signings in January needed.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    Mund – that’s the managerial appointment we’re set for? The u23s boss from Sunderland or it’s another managerial appointment plus that guy? Kind of confusing from Craig Hope.

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    The last two goals Everton conceded were just game state goals. They were throwing everybody forward as they were 3-2 down with little time to go. They shouldn’t be acknowledged as ordinary goals, but then fans and pundits will look at it and just see 5-2

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Tinman

    Realism is in the eye of the beholder is it not?

    I get we all think differently and some agree with each other. I guess it’s just state of mind in a sense. Each to their own

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  • cyprus

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Bills,
    Just read your comments, similar point to mine.

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #28

    One of our biggest issues is Hayden is a championship player, yet still one of 3 best CM

    He’s Jake Livermore MK II

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #29

    The Sunderland guy is supposed to be very highly rated is he not?

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  • niafron

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #30

    @bettyswallocks

    Quelle est la différence entre un 69 et le brouillard ?
    – Dans le brouillard, on ne voit pas le trou du cul qui est devant…

    Sorry, can’t translate that, don’t want to be banished!

    @count

    0k mate, thanks for the enlightenment!

    @Martoon

    At the time, i considered him as the best asset of the club… but well, Benitez is an excellent manager, so i guess it could be only one Sheriff in town.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #31

    Ruddy

    How cack has Longstaff been – I doubt if Dummet could do worse playing there.

    Schar had one game in CM – hardly enough to judge him.

    He’s played there for Switzerland and he has the tackling, dribbling, running ability, pace and goal knack to be a success there for us.

    Murphy has developed a real physical edge to his game and I think his pace and goal knack would add to what Schar gives.

    I get that it’s a gamble…

    But no bigger a gamble than continuing with a centre mid that hasn’t worked for 50+ games.

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #32

    JP

    Elliot Dickman will be the man to take the U23s.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #33

    Can’t wait for the blog to lose their minds once Fonseca has Hendrick as the midfield lynchpin 🙂

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  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #34

    Baird

    If you’re about can you work your magic on this so we can get a bit blog unity.

    https://youtu.be/d-diB65scQU

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #35

    In our current squad, all things being equal, the players I would retain would be:

    Dubravka, Lascelles, ASM, Almiron, Wilson – and purely for their work rate and dedication to the squad, Hayden and Ritchie.

    Everyone else is expendable.

    Now obviously we’re going to retain the lion share of the current squad in the next few windows but those are the people I’d not be looking to sell because I think they’re important in the transition to a higher quality squad.

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #36

    I’ve never shot down anybodies opinion though or told anyone not to share their point of view because it is too optimistic.

    Exactly each to their own.

    And in my opinion the pessimism on the pitch is likely going to outweigh the optimism significantly, due to the state of the team.

    But then optimism will outweigh the pessimism about the club overall, as we’re dirty filthy stinking rich 😆

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Bill’s son is back,
    Didn’t our clean sheet issue have more to do with Bruce arriving than Diame leaving. A better manager would have insisted on a replacement. A manager who was also a fan would have been watching all our games back in Sheffield and would know exactly what we needed.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #38

    The Wife………. Apologies for broaching this subject again, but I can’t help thinking that the blog would benefit from having Jib reinstated.

    He obviously still holds the blog dear to his heart and must be feeling terribly left out now that the club is finally going places, after years of blogging through the torturous Ashley era. Rather than have all his thoughts directed via Twitter onto the blog , surely it makes more sense to have him back on here where we can keep a closer eye on him and monitor all his faux pas and blunders , admonishing him and giving him the stick he deserves accordingly.

    I appreciate that he must have said something extremely inappropriate to have warranted such a long ban , however if he were to apologise unreservedly and promise to behave in a fitting manner , surely everyone deserves a chance of redemption. We don’t live long enough to fall out and bear grudges forever.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #39

    id play schar as sweeper myself, I think hes ideal for the job tall, good feet can pass the ball well just someone who can see the whole field and can put a foot in, id also have hayden in front of him

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 27, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Swallocks,
    He’s already had two lifetime bans, the first for some pretty down right atrocious stuff. Really don’t know what the last one was for though, I can only think it was an offline exchange by e mail.

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