Newcastle United look doomed in their bid to avoid relegation, and their greatest ever striker is not afraid of telling people who feels is to blame.
Despite spending nearly £80million pounds over the course of the last two transfer windows, the Magpies find themselves mired deep within the relegation battle with hope that they can retain their place in the Premier League evaporating by the week.
Here’s how the Bottom of the Premier League table looks at the end of the weekend’s action. pic.twitter.com/SYoPL8rDeT
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The January arrivals of Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend, Henri Saivet and Seydou Doumbia have not had the desired effect and a run of eight defeats in the last eleven matches has resulted in manager Steve McClaren clinging to his job by a thread.
In fact, if reports are to be believed this morning, McClaren will be lucky to still be at the club at the end of the week.
Alan Shearer, arguably the best player to ever pull on that famous black and white shirt, appeared to be restraining himself when discussing his old club’s plight on BBC’s Match of the Day at the weekend.
After a couple of days to dwell on the team’s painful showing in their 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth, however, Shearer has had a change of heart.
Understandably, he has not been able to hold his tongue any longer, and in his column in the Sun on Monday, he has let rip at the lackadaisical attitudes of some of the players:
“The most shameful slur anyone can possibly aim at a professional player is that they simply don’t care about their club.
“But today that can be aimed at 90 per cent of Newcastle’s players. Their pathetic performance against Bournemouth proved it once and for all.
“…there are barely any characters in this side who would fight to get the club back up [from the Championship]. They simply do not care.
“They have betrayed a club, a city, a community, with their lacklustre and totally heartless performances.”
Nobody was safe from Shearer’s barbs, from chief scout Graham Carr…
“He holds a lot of power in terms of recruiting and selling players — and has quite frankly made a pig’s ear of it.”
…to the man many are blaming for this whole mess, manager Steve McClaren:
“Steve was very lucky to get this job after overseeing Derby’s implosion last season,
For some time now he has looked powerless to stop a slide into the Championship. Because that is where I am convinced my club is heading now.”
The entire column was laced with a pessimistic tone. Shearer firmly believes that the club where he scored over 200 goals in a decade is doomed to spend next season (at the very least) in the second tier of English football.
It hasn’t felt this ominous at the club since 2009, the last time Newcastle were relegated (when ironically enough, Shearer himself was the manager). The table is such that it would now appear to be a straight battle between Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland for those last two relegation spots.
On paper, Newcastle should have a squad that is nowhere near the relegation places; but as soon as that malaise takes a stranglehold, it’s almost impossible to shake it off.
As Shearer himself put it today:
“Now everything around [the club] is just negative.”