Alan Shearer believes that Newcastle United will stay up, just, but that is the only positive he can see for Newcastle fans at this moment in time.

He accepts that the current NUFC squad has heart but is seriously lacking in quality, with only the presence of Rafa Benitez set to help guide Newcastle to survival.

It might be by the smallest of margins at the end of the season but Alan Shearer believes that the Spaniard will perform a minor miracle in ensuring Premier League football on Tyneside for at least one more season.

However, with Mike Ashley continuing to undermine his manager, especially in the transfer market, Alan Shearer is almost as convinced that Rafa Benitez will say enough is enough this summer.

If only Mike Ashley put as much effort into supporting/backing Rafa as he does in trying to spread misinformation and misdirection in the media through his allies, such as the likes of Sky Sports who will give Ashley or his minions such as Dennis Wise, a clear platform to put out unchallenged propaganda into the public domain.

This is why, Newcastle fans should really count their blessings, that in Alan Shearer they have a brilliant asset in fighting their side in what is an unequal contest, with Mike Ashley using his wealth and influence to try and win the media battle on perception of what is happening at St James Park.

We do have other high profile people who generally fight the NUFC corner, Shay Given emerging as a regular now in the media.

However, there is only one Alan Shearer.

A Newcastle fan just like you and me – but one who is listened to and gets the platform to be able to answer and ridicule the Ashley PR machine.

As Alan Shearer illustrates, if Newcastle fans don’t see the back of Mike Ashley, then what hope is there for our club?

Alan Shearer talking to The Sun:

‘If Newcastle fans trust my judgement then I have good news.

We are staying up. Just! It will be tight and may even come down to goal difference but I firmly believe we will do it.

I saw the draw at Palace and there is no lack of fight and commitment among the players…but more crucially, we have a top class manager in Rafa Benitez.

Someone whose love of the Newcastle fans has kept him at the club through a tough time.

He will not desert the ship and let it sink but nobody could blame him given the lack of support he has had from the helm.

With the exception of attendances, there are no good stats where owner Mike Ashley is involved. The 52,400 that attend St James’ every week is not down to him either but a deep-seated loyalty which he will never understand.

Newcastle’s a very big club but one that in 11 years under Ashley, has a net transfer spend of £49million.

Benitez, meanwhile, had to scramble around getting players in on loan.

The hope generated by news of a possible takeover has disappeared. It is not going to happen. Ashley is holding out for more than is being offered up front and is gambling on a bumper new TV pay deal increasing the value of the club.

Meanwhile, Benitez works with what he has got — a team lacking in quality but not heart.

Newcastle will just have enough but it should never be about such fine margins.

Newcastle should be bigger and better than this but under Ashley we never will be.

Unfortunately, Benitez recognises it too and we will probably lose him at the end of the season.

Another huge chance has been missed.’

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  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Hardly a Newcastle fan gave his box up as his mates said they preferred to play golf and his son would rather watch rugby so he never gets to St James much these days. Always slags us off at every opportunity and loves the boo boys and the negative banner. Yes really glad to have him on board in our fight against relegation never at games, puts the boot in and loves it when our supporters cause unrest just the type of person Rafa needs when he has called on us to be all United. Bet he drinks with George from the Times.

    • Dillon Tovak

      His box probably cost a fortune, why would he give Ashley all that money just to see a team aim for 17th position.
      If I was a millionaire, I’d have better things to do too.
      As for having a pop at the club, I’m glad he’s not an enabler of Ashley’s BS.

      • Cockneytrev

        best to ignore or block him,, he’s not even a Newcastle fan, he’s just troll,,

        • Steven05

          There’s a couple on here with extremely sad lives

          • Cockneytrev

            I’ll second that,,,

    • Lakeland Mag

      More of a fan than you’ll ever be, you sad Ashley apologist.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        How can he be a fan when he does not go to games prefers golf. I am at every game including that game in Moscow when only seventy two were there. No Shearer.

        • KRS1

          You really are a total kn#b. You have absolutely no redeeming features. An absolute fantasist.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I speak the truth Shearer does not go to games I do what is hard to understand abut that he prefers golf and rugby with his mates and family has said so himself.

    • Cockneytrev

      Hoop licker,,👅👅

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Irony

    • Toon

      You sad person, do you have nothing else to do in your life? Clearly not an NUFC fan but the jokes on you pal!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        At every game and I mean every game.

        • Big geordie

          Yes but which team

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Yep, Shearer was also offered the job as Keegan’s assistant but despite having no managerial experience, didn’t want to start as a no.2. had he learnt from KK, he a) would have had his chance earlier and b) not make such a mess of being a manager when he got the chance.

      • 8prestondave

        When he got the chance.? Was it 8 or 10 games to try and keep us up with the same bunch of players? Not many top managers could achieve that near impossible task never mind someone who was a legend and not a manager.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          The point being, had he accepted being no.2 for a 8 months, he’s have learnt a bit and then when KK walked, he would have got the gig and had a bit more clout in the dressing room.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      [email protected]@king Idiot

    • Big geordie

      Is there anyone you do like on this planet apart from fatash

    • Wor Lass

      You`re the most consistent wind-up merchant on here. If you were a “real” person it would frighten the top psychologists!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Why is speaking the truth being a wind up merchant he does not go to games has not done so on a regular basis for a couple of years. I go to the games so what is hard to understand about that.
        Also he supported the protest flag .

        • Ben Jones

          Hi . Can you help me , my comment to you has been marked as spam..

          (Not this one,although it probably will , I responded to one of your comments and someone marked it as spam)

  • Alreet

    If he hadnt come home all them years ago we would be nothing as a club. Biggest legend in the modern era.

    • Cockneytrev

      Not many world class players have signed for us at their peak,,

      • Mitros gotta start

        Joselu

        • Cockneytrev

          Of course,,, He slipped my mind,,,,,,

  • Rich Lawson

    His early MOTD punditry was terrible,usually consisting of ”he’ll be disappointed with that”,but now he is much more bolshie and calls it as he sees it,luv you Al.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Hoop licker

  • ghostrider

    I respect Alan Shearer and loved him as a player.
    As a pundit I think he comes across as fairly boring and certainly appearing mundane, which he probably isn’t.

    However, I feel that he’s not being totally realistic about the club and is basically just following the bandwagon of fans hating the regime at the club because the same .regime didn’t think he was up to the job of managing the club.

    Let’s be totally honest here. The man was a top top player. The man took the managers job at this club without having any managerial skills apart from knowing the club inside and out.
    He was bitten by his players and decided to bottle out of management when he was dished by Ashley.

    I feel that it’s been a massive dent in his ego and self respect, if you like.

    However, I think Shearer is a bit of a weakling in terms of going back in for any management stuff and preferring to sit on a seat running the rule over the weekends football.
    A legend that chose to just sit there being a boring analyst.

    He definitely holds a massive grudge against Ashley and to be honest, Ashley’s playing the same back to people who play the hate game against him.

    It’s a tit for tat game where there are no real winners in the long run.
    Criticism has to be fair and at Newcastle it’s so lopsided as to be almost laughable if it wasn’t so depressing.

    • Cockneytrev

      Fekin troll,,
      Ashley hoop licker👅👅

      • ghostrider

        Yeah you told me you were.
        What does it taste like?

        • Cockneytrev

          Ashley hoop licker,,👅👅

          • ghostrider

            Yum yum.

          • Cockneytrev

            Yes you enjoy his hoop,,👅👅

          • ghostrider

            Delicious.

    • KRS1

      Shearer is pretty fair in his criticism. Question for you – are you happy with the performance on the team on the pitch under Ashleys reign?

      • ghostrider

        I’ve been happy and unhappy with the performance of the team under Ashley’s reign.
        I’m unhappy with how Rafa sets this team up with over caution and especially resorting to super over caution after a decent first half .

        It could be a lot better under Ashley but it could also be a nightmare without him.

      • Come&TakeIt1836

        ‘Fair’ about on the pitch items but ignorant or coming with an agenda in his ability to talk about the club’s finances. Ghostrider is spot on.

    • Wor Lass

      pretty much agree with that. A great, great player who`s in danger of achieving nothing afterwards other than making money. Let`s hope Fatty sells up and whoever takes over can find a meaningful role for him – or he bites the bullet and gets involved elsewhere.

      • ghostrider

        I’d love to see him in a Beardsley type role with the youngsters…obviously doing miles better like now.
        I think he’d thrive doing that if he took himself out of the match of the day comfort zone.

        I think he’s got a lot more to offer if he can just swallow his pride and take on better suited roles.
        I mean, I know he’s not obliged to do anything but I think he’ll become forgotten for his efforts overall if he sticks to the small TV role he has.

  • Megatron1505

    People need to listen to his podcast with The True Geordie, very revealing and very entertaining. He is most definitely a true fan.