Alan Shearer has ripped apart the mentality within St James Park after the embarrassing second half capitulation at Manchester City.
The NUFC legend says that the losing mentality within the football club is totally unacceptable.
Shearer adding that it clearly doesn’t hurt the players enough, when they can go from such an encouraging first half display, to total collapse.
As he puts it – ‘like the flip of a coin’.
Reviewing the game on Match of The Day, if ever you wanted somebody close to actually having steam coming out of their ears, it was Alan Shearer on Saturday night.
Having to sift through the ashes of another wreck of a day to be a Newcastle fan.
Alan Shearer says that the only outcome will be relegation in the near future unless something dramatically changes..
Bottom of the league after eight matches without a win and already five points adrift of safety, Steve McClaren and his players had better come up with a change of plan/mentality quickly.
“Aguero was absolutely world class but the difference between Newcastle’s first half performance, which was good, and their second half performance, which was pretty embarrassing…it was staggering really.
“The first half they looked tight, they looked compact, working for each other, covering each others’ backs, when one person was beat his mate was there to help him out, they were strong in the tackle. Manchester City came up against a wall really in the first 42/43 minutes.”
Spaces began to open up:
“City began to move the ball a little bit quicker, that’s when the spaces began to open up.
“I mentioned the closing down in the first half but just look at the space De Bruyne has for the fourth – a simple ball in and a little bit of a fluke of a finish.”
Doesn’t hurt enough:
“There is a fragility about Newcastle, there is a losing mentality about the football club, they have now won 1 of the last 19 football matches, they haven’t come from behind to win a game since December.
“It doesn’t hurt enough, they can’t capitulate like they did after half-time when things are going so well for them, it is just like the flip of a coin.”
Can’t be accepted:
“They were decent and happy with their performance, then be so bad in that second half…it can’t happen like that, it can’t be accepted, that this mentality, losing mentality, is ok in this football club.
“Because before long they will be relegated if they keep performing like that.”