Three games left to save ourselves from the oblivion of relegation to the Championship.

I don’t care how Alan Pardew does it, as long we secure the 3-4 points we need to stay up. Then he can leave as he’s been found wanting this season on several occasions.

SteveHarper2The 6-0 defeat to Liverpool was pretty devastating and some big changes need to be made for the last three games.

Firstly, Steve Harper. 197 appearances for our most loyal servant and the chance to get to 200. He bleeds black & white and with Rob Elliot’s confidence shattered after Liverpool, then why not bring Harper back?

Then, Debuchy’s stupid red card allows Danny Simpson to come back and I’d prefer to see him play the remaining 3 games, as despite being out of contract, he’s never lacked fight.

Coloccini can’t come back soon enough and HBA has to start from now on. Also, if we can get Marveaux fit again, then he could be another creative player to consider and it’s about time Tiote was dropped and Vurnon Anita given a chance. You don’t come through the Ajax academy without knowing how to pass the ball.

Plus, you’re never going to score if you don’t shoot and Papiss Cisse had nothing to go on against Liverpool, so give him the support he needs.

So, for the remaining 3 games, here’s the team I’d like to see Pardew put out to try and get us out of trouble and playing in a proper 4-3-3.

Harper; Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Jonas; Sissoko, Anita, Cabaye; Ben Arfa, Cisse, Marveaux

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Tiote, Perch, Gouffran, Shola

Harper, Simpson & Coloccini to come into a fragile back four. Drop Jonas back to left back, as he’s a grafter and more defensively sound than Haidara.

Bring Anita into midfield and have Sissoko & Cabaye alongside, then have HBA and Marveaux(if fit) either side of Cisse.

If Marveaux isn’t fit, then play Gouffran and have Adam Campbell on the bench as an extra forward.

Hopefully, this sort of line-up could get the results at West Ham/QPR that we so desperately need.

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I can't understand Shearers reluctance to criticise Ashley directly. Is it just me or is there a rabbit off somewhere?


I don't think Newcastle will get relegated, having said that though I also feel that they look least likely of any PL club to get another win this season, they can't score enough goals, and are conceding far too many! I'm really hoping that having Cissé and Sissoko back will make some kind of difference, combined with the potentially positive influence of De Jong coming back there's a slim chance we could get another win out of somewhere and save ourselves! We have a couple of winnable games, however I think if we don't beat one of Leicester or QPR, it'll likely be an extremely nervy final day of the season!

Keegan Quitter
Keegan Quitter

He should know about getting relegated. How dare he have the barefaced cheek after his pitiful performance as a manager in 2008-09. He couldn't even get anything out of his "mate" Michael Owen to get us one measly point.


You have to remember that a) Shearer only had 8 games in charge, by which point they were basically relegation fodder anyway, and b) the man had never coached before, a great player doesn't necessarily make a good coach, and you can't deny that Shearer knows a hell of a lot more about football than Carver!