With the season having kicked off and only two weeks remaining of the transfer window, Alan Shearer has been sharing his thoughts on Newcastle United.

The number nine legend says that he agrees with Rafa Benitez that Newcastle fans are set for a ‘long hard season’.

Alan Shearer points out that when you ‘see the likes of West Brom, Leicester, West Brom, spending millions more (than Newcastle) on players’, it sums up how big the task is.

Shearer says that this level of spending power is ‘where Rafa himself thought he should be’ but for whatever reason…’he’s just not been able to make as many signings as he wants’.

In terms of aspirations, the former Newcastle striker can’t see past ‘looking at Premier League survival’.

To instantly go back to the Championship would be disastrous…

Alan Shearer talking to Coral:

“At my club Newcastle, I know Rafa Benitez has been frustrated by the lack of transfer activity over the summer.

“They have signed Joselu from Stoke this week, which is a step forward, but he still needs another two or three players in.

“Watching them against Spurs last weekend, it was clear that although they might try and make themselves hard to beat, they do need some more quality in the side, and the squad that won the Championship was always going to need strengthening for the Premier League.

“They signed Jacob Murphy for £12 million, but when you see the likes of West Brom, Leicester, Bournemouth, spending millions more on players, it shows you where the market is now, and where Rafa himself thought he should be, but he’s just not been able to make as many signings as he wants.

“It’s early days, but Rafa himself has been honest and said it will be a long hard season, and I agree with him, watching them against Spurs, he had them well-organised and tight, but getting goals might be an issue for them.

“Hopefully the signing of Joselu will help in that department, but realistically this season I think we’re looking at Premier League survival, and maybe a decent Cup run, but staying up has to be the priority, anything else will be a huge bonus.”



  • Jimblag23

    Shearer and Rob Lee seem to be 2 of the only people in the media to actually see the situation for what it is.
    I know he’s got a history but I’ve always been a massive Craig Bellamy fan, but last night on The Debate he was singing the praises of Mike Ashley.
    Karen Brady, the presenter and Craig were only willing to talk about Newcastle “competing” financially with Man City.
    Not bringing up we can’t/don’t compete with ANYONE and Mike Ashley actively stifles NUFCs ability to generate revenue.
    There does genuinely seem to be an agenda when it comes to us with Sky.
    It’s infuriating. It’s not journalism.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Craig Bellamy
      Oh dear

      • Jimblag23

        The lad could score a goal in a black and white shirt.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Craig Bellamy was Newcastle through and through until Souness fell out with him and the fans turned on him also.
      Now he tries to make out he only played for Bobby Robson and nothing else despite calling him a “Senile Old C***” !
      Bellamy said he would walk from anywhere in the world to come back to Newcastle if Souness wasn’t there but now changes his tune.
      Another person who is bitter because he is not revered like some ex players so he spouts his revenge bile driven agenda !

      • FatParosite

        Bellemy uses .. Us, Our & We when talking about Liverpoop only. I don’t expect loyalty from the likes of that golf amateur. As much as I hated him when he played for us & he still owes.. Barton, gets it right about NUFC.

        • Geordiegiants

          Barton was an excellent charachter to have around at the time. Underrated as a player, and as a person.

          • wheyayeman

            Barton always was an absolute tool. He only has stature because he ‘bravely said what was on his mind’ regarding Ashley. He also brought no end of dressing room unrest because he had no self discipline. He caused no end of bother to Shearer who was putting his all into trying to unite a failing team that ended in relegation. I have nothing whatever positive to say about Barton who like a dysfunctional child can’t cope with leadership at any level.

    • Geordiegiants

      A bit like the BBC with Brexit.

  • stuvetti

    Shearer needs to get his facts right. WBA spending to date £20m and Newcastle £38m

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      WBA didn`t need 8 players we do. £22m million net is what Nufc have spent

      • mentalman

        26m

        • TheNutJob

          I`m waiting for clarko he`ll know the exact sum, you 2 are just guessing

          • Geordiegiants

            He will have tupence worth in, don’t you worry.

      • Jimblag23

        Sitting on the bench, but we’ve only had one game and two of the 3 subs were due to injuries.

  • Leazes Ender

    Attaboy Alan! you tell the loonies!

    • TheNutJob

      problem there Leazes, loonies don`t listen

    • TheFatController

      Loonies ? You’re have such vanity about your supreme talents at knowing Ashley for what he is, you think you’re the master .

      Take time away from the mirror and the internet and give us a break.

      We get where you stand on Ashley and this transfer window, and fans who aren’t as pathologically negative as you . Nothing more needs typing, you’re not being misunderstood, we all agree with you, Ashley’s a poor owner and disingenuous. There are no loonies on that score, you’ve not got amazingly special analytical skills on the club’s predicament that we just don’t have ….

    • Geordiegiants

      Fleckman/Clarko are you reading.

  • TheNutJob

    did some research guys, our new goal machine has been out injured for 180 days plus in the last year
    😀😀

    • TwinFire

      Everyone has missed the rule change this year, and that is if you were born in Germany but raised in Spain, and now playing in the Prem, every goal you score counts as three. Hes going to save us!

    • Geordiegiants

      Oh dear.

  • hetonmag

    I think wor Al could say more to highlight the difficulties facing Rafa’s dealings with the fat lad, after all he’s had dealings with the pig.

  • S.G.M.

    Revenue received last season W Brom 119mill, Watford 108mill, Swansea 109mill, Palace 115mill, Bournemouth 123mill Nufc 95mill. Some people have forgotten that we were in the Championship last year.

    • TheNutJob

      No and we could be back in it next year down to the greed of a Billionaire

      • Geordiegiants

        He’s not a billionaire, stop giving the poor man a hard time, it’s only wall paper.

    • TheFatController

      Yes I wish we could put an end to all these ‘we can’t compete with Watford or Bournemouth’ comments.

      Tv money has made it a level playing field – even next year we’ll still be in a situation of only matching their spends – we may even need to pay higher wages as we’re not in the south as a lure to many players …

      • Fleckman hoop licker

        Dear me, fat controller used to write pardews press briefings ? “We can’t compete, we can’t compete”.

        • TheFatController

          Get your calculator :-

          Shirts – 100k at £50? £1m
          Shirt sponsorship – £6m
          Match day revenue – £30m

          So we get the same tv money next summer as Bournemouth Watford Burnley stoke wba ? Agreed ?

          How does our revenues above mean we’re more competitive than them?

          Plus we’re nowhere near london or Manchester, where all the players live for most of those clubs – we can’t compete on location

          We don’t make any more money than these clubs ( far less last season), we’re badly located for most players and you laugh at me when I’m saying we can’t compete? Do you live in a parallel universe where £120m in Newcastle is worth more than £120m is in Bournemouth, Burnley and West Bromwich? Lucky you, in my world it’s the same amount.

          Compete? You’re dreaming if you think money doesn’t make them equally competitive – more when we’ve just been in the championship:

          Or do you still believe it’s 1974?

          • Fleckman hoop licker

            Don’t need a calculator, our failure to compete with teams is something I’ve been arguing with simpering Ashley apologists about for the last ten years. If you believe we can’t compete with Bournmouth because they’ve spent one more season in the pl than we have you should stick your calculator where it feels nice and offe to be rafas replacement.

    • magpiefifer

      So where’s your argument when you look at both Brighton and Huddersfield have spending more than us so far!?

      • S.G.M.

        Looks like the’ve spunked their load where as we hav’nt.

  • Michemash

    Every team needs an expensive player because it brings in the crowds but a good manager will always have his eye on potentially up and coming stars

  • Steve Pearce

    As I have said before, Big Al is somebody who has the means, status and contacts to form a syndicate to either buy-in to our club or oust the current owner all together, Surely that is a more positive thing to do than tell us what we already know, He is evidently paid enough by the BBC and with his magnificent Alan Shearer Centre we know he actually cares about disadvantaged people – and believe you me there is nobody more disadvantaged than the average Toon fan under the Fat Fireplace Polluter’s dictatorship!

    • Geordiegiants

      Steve I have been saying for a long time now, until we have a figure head i.e: Shearer in this case, it could be a few other people, we will get nowhere. What ever we think of John Hall, saviour or scoundrel, he put himself forward and got things moving. Unfortunately he ended up owning and running the club, but he did try and get the fans to buy it first.
      We need a prominent figure to take the bull by the horns and unite the fans first and foremost, then get on with a plan to buy out the parasite.
      We as fans are anything but united at the minute.

      • Fleckman hoop licker

        Sir John Hall, saviour or scoundrel ? When he took over we were heading for the tgird tier of English football. Two seasons later we’d finished third in the premier league. Infact, we rarely finished outside the top six up until fat Fred sold up to the leech. What part of that do people object to ?

        • Geordiegiants

          You joking or what? I haven’t given my opinion, but there is plenty of people out there that think he was only in it for personal gain, and plenty look at him as a saviour. For what is worth, my opinion is, he saw an opportunity to turn his local club around get a bit of publicity and acknowledgement and make a few quid on the way. The thing is, if the fans had took up the shares option when it was given, we wouldn’t be in this situation now.

          • Fleckman hoop licker

            How many people aren’t in football for personal gain ? I’d forgive anyone making personal gain if they’d turn the club around like he did.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah but he claims to of known what Jabba was going to do. That means he sold the club only for his personal gain, and not in the interests of the club.

          • Fleckman hoop licker

            There’s Newcastle supporters even now who have faith in the leeches motives, I doubt Hall would have guessed this bloke was going to treat the club and city with such contempt.

          • Geordiegiants

            Agreed, I’m just giving a balanced argument. Hall did come in and try to get the fans to buy the club. When it never came off he spotted an opportunity that was to good to turn down. The only thing for me is if I was a wealthy man and owned Newcastle, I would of left it as a trust to the fans or at least part or half of it.

      • Steve Pearce

        Exactly! So why can’t WE put pressure on Alan Shearer? I would be most interested to hear his response to our plea for his leadership. Could this overt display of favouritism jeopordise his position as a supposedly neutral pundit on MOTD and therefore deprive him of millions of pounds a year? I for one as a fan of good old fashioned hard rock would suggest Brian Johnson who is a warm and friendly person and although he lives in America never ever has forgotten where he comes from. Brian Ferry is another musical superstar who is a Toon fan and there are many other stars of entertainment, politicians and business people who would rally to our cause. Indeed Ian Mearns MP bleeds black and white and is right on our doorstep in Gateshead to name but one. So let us get this message out to the right people and through force of numbers and the money that they could encourage likely supporters to bring we could indeed force a regime change.

        • Geordiegiants

          If it was him it would gain weight instantly then add, Ant and Dec, Sting, Jimmy Nail, Brian Johnson, even Cheryl Cole. Then what about local businesses like Sage, Greggs, Virgin Money and other big local companies. There is plenty of former players and other big busineeses, it just needs a push from one of the big boys.

          • Steve Pearce

            So we now see how one little germ of an idea will start to grow. We now thanks to you have almost the entire network as it were. It is now up to US to get this off these pages and into reality. All it takes is to draft a proposal and contact these people. Thanks to the internet this can be done easily and I for one am going to make a start. We the fans need to work together on this as it is us that are being abused by this fat louse’s contempt and ignorance of our feelings and devotion to Newcastle United.

          • Geordiegiants

            Why not give it a try, it would be good if the fans could unite and get together on an idea. The thing is, I don’t think they will, but there is nothing to lose by trying.

      • Paul Patterson

        It’s never going to happen.
        £300m will be required before an offer is made and you can’t expect someone/people to risk everything in that way.