Alan Shearer has summed up Newcastle’s plight in a stirring 30 seconds of raw emotion.

If the United players had shown a fraction of the passion and desire that the Newcastle legend obviously still possesses for the club he grew up supporting and then playing for, he wouldn’t be having to slaughter every aspect of the club he loves as much as the rest of us.

It if course isn’t just whichever hapless eleven players end up on the pitch on any weekend.

Alan Shearer gave both barrels to the whole running of the club and by association, Mike Ashley right at the top of the tree.

The Match of The Day pundit was invited by Gary Lineker to deliver his ‘weekly rant’ and Shearer delivered.

He accused the players of not being good and not being interested in improving via coaching.

He accused Steve McClaren of not having a clue, with no visible plan from week to week.

Then finally he savaged the whole recruitment process put in place by Ashley and overseen by Graham Carr, saying that they have got away with signing players who are just not good enough, for far too long.

Gary Lineker:

“Fancy your weekly rant…”

Danny Murphy (to Shearer):

“Stay calm”

Alan Shearer:

“It’s very difficult to sum up Newcastle’s plight in 30 seconds but I am going to try.

“You cannot coach players who don’t want to be coached, who are not good enough.

“They have got too many Monday to Friday players, good in training but don’t want to perform on a Saturday

“From the manager’s point of view, I don’t see a plan. I didn’t see a plan 3 weeks ago at Bournemouth I didn’t see a plan last week against Leicester and I certainly did not see a plan today to stop the opposition.

“Recruitment, the guys in charge of recruiting players have got away with it for such a long time now at Newcastle because the players they have signed are just not good enough, simple.

“Apart from that…it’s great.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Crystal Palace 5 Newcastle 1

Possession was 46% Newcastle and 54% Palace

Total shots was 7 for Newcastle and Palace 19

Shots on target was Newcastle 2 and Palace 8

While corners was Newcastle 5 and Palace 7

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback (de Jong 70), Anita,  Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Gouffran 70), Perez (Lascelles 45), Cisse

Unused Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Thauvin, Mitrovic

Ref: Stuart Attwell

Crowd: 24,833

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