Once again, we have to thank our lucky stars that we have Alan Shearer in there fighting our corner.

When people take liberties in talking about Newcastle United, the NUFC legend is ready and willing to expose how ridiculous it is.

After Newcastle lost to Liverpool on Saturday, Jermaine Jenas was in the BT Sport studio talking about why he didn’t have a better career and more caps with England.

Amazingly, he has blamed the people around him at Newcastle as being a major factor, saying when he came back from England ‘you bring yourself down to Newcastle level’.

Jermaine Jenas saying (full quotes from chat with Steven Gerrard and Jake Humphrey below) ‘I would come back (from being with England) to Newcastle and I would be up here, miles ahead of everybody and then literally, because the demand wasn’t as high at Newcastle as it was with England, my standards dropped and dropped and dropped through the weeks.

To the point where you bring yourself back down to Newcastle level. Whereas Steven (Gerrard) would be like Liverpool (holds hand high in the air to show their level) and Frank (Lampard) at Chelsea (holds hand high again).’

The first three seasons at Newcastle he was with Sir Bobby Robson and these were where each club finished in each of those seasons:

2001/02 – 2nd Liverpool, 4th Newcastle, 6th Chelsea

2002/03 – 3rd Newcastle, 4th Chelsea, 5th Liverpool

2003/04 – 2nd Chelsea, 4th Liverpool, 5th Newcastle

Only a fool would claim that Newcastle weren’t competing with Liverpool and Chelsea at that time.

It is laughable, so Jenas really suffered when he came back from England and had to train under Sir Bobby Robson, with Shearer, Speed, Woodgate, Given, Bellamy, Dyer, Solano, Robert!

Alan Shearer wasn’t taking it lying down and had this brilliant response to Jermaine Jenas…

Alan Shearer on Twitter:

“On behalf of me and my teammates at the time, we apologise Jermaine Jenas for not being up to your level when you returned from England games!!?”

Jermaine Jenas talking on BT Sport:

“I’m not bitter about it, I do live with some regrets.

“I didn’t achieve what I set out to achieve in the game which never sits well with you as a professional.

“There were moments in my career when I just didn’t do enough.”

Jake Humphrey:

“Why is that, is it the people around you…?”

Steven Gerrard:

“I think it definitely helps if you are playing in a Champions League side and you are shining on a midweek like Frank (Lampard) playing for Chelsea…if he nicks a goal he is bound to have an advantage when it comes down to England selection over Jermaine, if he is playing at Newcastle, with all due respect.

“It sometimes depends what players are around you, what club you are at.”

Jermaine Jenas:

“I felt that a lot when I was with England, you could feel kind of the winners in the dressing room.

“I always felt when I came back from England, my level was kind of went up and then I could almost feel them dwindle (back with Newcastle), as the weeks went on.

“So like training with England was such an intense level and everybody wants to be in the team, then I would come back to Newcastle and I would be up here, miles ahead of everybody and then literally, because the demand wasn’t as high at Newcastle as it was with England, my standards dropped and dropped and dropped through the weeks.

“To the point where you bring yourself back down to Newcastle level.

“Whereas Steven (Gerrard) would be like Liverpool (holds hand high in the air to show their level) and Frank (Lampard) at Chelsea (holds hand high again).”



  • DavyB

    Seems like Jenas and Gerrard have short memories or are trying to re-write history.

    • Dave Pattinson

      He’s probably told himself ( & others!) this version of his career so many times that he actually believes it. Typical of many modern-day players who inhabit a parallel universe to the rest of us.

  • Mitros gotta start

    Detest the little shyte….tell the truth jenas….you bottled it and couldnt handle the pressure…..there were no hairdressers in newcastle…..got to be the most cringeworthy comment i have ever heard for why he couldnt hack it…..PI55 off you talentless little scroat

  • Paul Patterson

    You give he young ‘uns a great living and they chuck it back at you. How about raising your game?
    Where’s the professionalism, during and after the career?
    Idiot!!

  • robbersdog

    Horrible comments from Jenas; Newcastle plucked him from First Division obscurity, made him rich and famous, nurtured his distinctly average talent and gave him a platform to forge a top flight career for himself. What an ungrateful little sh*t.

  • Polarboy

    You were bang average Jenas you tw*t. Imagine blaming other people for your inadequacies on the pitch. He’s a weak minded simpleton.

  • Ken

    Well done Jenas you again trampled all over Sir Bobbys memory, he was one of the most successful England managers ever before your sorry little backside came onto this earth. Do one you ungrateful little &£/t

    • Mitros gotta start

      Him and dyer…..the poison twins

      • Ken

        Certainly but at least Dyer seems to have shown some remorse recently

        • Mitros gotta start

          Only because his uncle fiddled him

          • Ken

            ….or because he has just released a book

  • Leazes.

    Jenas spent three years at St James’ Park where he was crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2003….

    Maybe he’s confusing us with Spuds.

  • Mark

    What a tit mate u were a skinny little lad not be enough admit the truth behave sum respect for yr team mates and the legend Bobby Robson it people like u who make me hate football these days

  • Lofty

    Never let the facts get in the way of your own interpretation Jermaine eh? I’d love Sky and BT let fans call in live to give a more balanced view!

  • Steve Smith

    A team with Shearer, Speed, Woodgate, Robert, etc…

    What a mong .

  • Lord

    Must have been demoralising to be surrounded by losers like Shearer, Speed, Given, Woodgate, Solano, Bellamy and Robert.

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    Unbelievable, I always thought he was the weak link in our team, oh the standard that Lampard and Gerrard set at England of struggling to beat Trinidad, struggling to get out of the group stages and being humiliated by Germany. What fantasy land was Jenas living in?

    I wonder if Beckham or Keane think the same about these three bozos dragging the standard of the premier league down?

    My disdain and words for these idiots can’t be printed!

  • magpiefifer

    I’ve always felt that Jenas isn’t quite the full shilling!!!

  • Coach Clagnut

    Journeyman footballer. The hype surrounding this child when he signed always escaped me when watching him “play”. Now I know why: He was unprofessional.

  • mactoon

    Absolute disgrace. “miles ahead of everybody” my ass. Better than Shearer, Bellamy, Milner, Speed, really?

    The only reason Newcastle weren’t hitting the ‘heights’ of the top clubs were because of under performing players like you Jenas.

    one questionably good season then you shrank into your shell. You should go back there

  • Mrkgw

    Self entitled and misguided. Jermaine obviously has selective memory and well done Alan Shearer for responding with such guile. The likes of Jermaine have been the downfall of Newcastle.

  • Cockneytrev

    I was driving down Benton road one day,,two identical black 4×4 (think they were BMW) overtook me racing doing about 50mph,,,Dyer in one Jenas in the other,, that is the kind of person who influenced him,,, instead of looking up to Shearer, speed, etc and of course Sir Bobby,, he looked up to that horrible scroat , dyer,,,
    He’s went right down in my estimation,,,,

  • Geordiegiants

    Jenas, I never understood what he was, he certainly wasn’t a defensive midfielder, but he definetly wasn’t a play maker. I just never ever seen the fascination in him, how he got a game for England is beyond me.

    • Peaky Magpie

      He was and still is a total tw*t….

      • Geordiegiants

        He is bell end, he just says the first thing that comes into his head. I’m sure I’m not the only person that knew he left Newcastle because he was gay and didn’t want it getting out.
        It was pretty much common knowledge at the time, why he didn’t come out and admit it is why he was an anonymous player his whole career. If he had of admitted it then he would of went on with confidence in his career instead of becoming a [email protected] on TV.

        • stevetoontoon

          Me dad was talking to jeeeenas and his mate at morrisons one saturday neet said later if hes not gay he would show his @r$e in fenwicks window!!!

          • Geordiegiants

            Like I say it was common knowledge at the time, if he had of come out he would of been a more confident person, I saw him on quite a few occasions in Julie’s back in the day, all the players used to go there every weekend. He was like a rabbit in the headlights.

          • stevetoontoon

            Someone said before that yi should be able to phone these [email protected] up live on tv when they come out with these mind numbing statements they say there piece and got no one to answer to!!!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’m not sure why he’d be in Julie’s so often if he was gay, it’s not exactly a gay bar. Nevertheless, if he were, would that have made him any different a player?

            I just think he didn’t kick on as well he might. I saw him and Speed dominate Gerrard and even Keane in games but never really pushed on.

          • Geordiegiants

            Because he couldn’t exactly go to Rockshots or the powerhouse could he? Don’t for one minute think I’m calling him for being gay, I’m saying if he had of come out he may of been a bit more confident, and that may of bought out a better player.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            He could, I’ve been in Rockshots a good few times, I’ve seen Asprilla in Rockshots and he wasn’t worried about being labelled gay.

            Thanks for clearing that up, you aren’t suggesting there is anything wrong with being gay, good.

            FWIW, I don’t think Jenas is gay.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah he could of if he had the confidence.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I mean, Rockshots was gay friendly rather than a gay club ..

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah but the last place he would want to be seen is anywhere near there. I think he is gay, and he has let it cloud his life. When he came from Forrest everyone was talking about him like was going to be the next boy wonder, as soon as he hit the headlines he seemed to vanish like he didn’t want to be there in case it came out. He became a nothing player, like he didn’t want to be in the limelight, I mean come on, he couldnt find a barber, that’s deflection tactics if ever I’ve heard them.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The barber comment was valid because the point he was making was moving to a new city as a young lad is daunting. In my university days, a black girl I knew said the same thing about Newcastle.

            His point was that little things like a barber are daft little things that can affect a young lad in a new town.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Well if he is, that’s entirely up to him but he’s married with a kid which, if nothing else, suggests he likes a lady too.

            I can;t see it affecting his football that much either way. I simply think he didn’t push on, he had a lot of promise but he’s not the only player who’s not quite done it all. His problem for me was that he didn;’t really get strong enough for a defensive midfielder nor creative enough to move up. He was a box to box player that sort of went out of fashion.

          • Geordiegiants

            He was a nothing player.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Much that i think he made the wrong comment in this case, I don’t think his sexuality should be an issue.

        • Whickhamrobbie

          Look mate him being Gay on not being Gay has F*&k all to do with anything live in the modern world .
          He was a decent young player who just didnt step up but saying we brought him down to our level is just laughable .

          • Geordiegiants

            It has everything to do with his ability. He wasn’t happy in his life because he has had this hanging over him his whole life. If he had came out he would of been a better more confident person/player.

  • Neil O

    I could never understand why he was in the team. Lacklustre would be the word that would stand out in my mind, and as a pundit, he’s woeful. I have to turn off. And that has always been the case – not an emotional reaction to these “up my own ars#” comments…

  • Peaky Magpie

    Howay give the lad a break he couldn’t find anyone to cut his hair ???…….ffs…what a total fu*king 🛎🔚…..boils my p*ss every time I see him on TV….

  • stevetoontoon

    Sure he didnt like living in a goldfish bowl thats why he moved!!!! I wasnt really bothered another kieron dyer always had potential but… just thought he was better than anyone else….. pure a$$ole

  • Andy Coverdale

    I used to like Jenas a bit but he has always been a bit deluded, he forgets he also did nowt at the mighty Tottenham
    💩💩

  • GToon

    Really surprised at his comments. He isn’t going to make many friends saying stuff like that. Perhaps he has forgotten it was playing with those players that got him his ingurland recognition in the first place.

    • paul mclaughlan

      He’s that thick he probably can’t remember actually competing with those teams.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Gerrard can go and f*ck himself as well…..used to bloody hate it when everyone referred to him as Stevie ‘G’…..🤬🤬😡😡

    • Coach Clagnut

      Especially Dutch Schteeve. Cringeworthy.

    • pedrodelgardo

      It’s Stevie Me

      • Peaky Magpie

        ….with me chav haircut & frowny forehead…..

        • Coach Clagnut

          He has a forehead? Doesn’t his hairline starts at his eyebrows?

    • Rich Lawson

      Makes him sound like a cheap mafioso on The Soprano’s.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Or Kenny’s younger brother…the MOR saxophonist from the States…
        😂😂

  • Mike

    idiot. there are players who would never need to buy a drink at Newcastle who are legends and heroes we know who they are and there are some who took the money, fame and everything else and bailed out who would never dare set foot again in Newcastle you are one of them

  • paul mclaughlan

    I was never a fan of him. Always thought he was overrated. I was a Walker School B team player. Yet I reckon I could’ve done his roll in midfield. He got the ball and passed it five yards to someone who could actually play. Wasn’t great offensively or defensively. He should be singing our praises for giving him any opportunities.

  • PercyArcade

    “Could feel the kind of winners in the dressing room”? ! ? !
    Is he referring to the team of “winners” who fell flat on their face at every tournament ????

    • mactoon

      Careful.. that’s the golden era of players. They demand your respect because… erm… they won nothing :)

      • Coach Clagnut

        Best summed up by Joey Barton..” I played shyte..buy me book”. The golden generation of turds.

  • Declan

    Biggest problem was JJ was over rated and never on the level of the likes of Dyer or previous Lee.

    He could not pass the ball, we used to sit and count how many times he would miss place passes because he was so poor.

    The 2nd worst midfielder I see at the club since Ardiles was in charge.

    So to Jack C who is still in the nunber 1 position.

  • GlasgowMag

    I think JJ comments are a true reflection of the type of young player we had at the time . Bellamy, dyer, Robert etc all had to much attitude always thought they were bigger than the club. In the end these players were a major factor in getting Bobby sacked says it all really. Instead of blaming others why don’t you look at yourself, mabye your attitude was the reason you never reached your own overrated potental.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      The biggest reason for Bobby getting sacked was Alan Shearer

  • Patience Dowswell

    Preferred the England goldfish bowl to the Newcastle goldfish bowl? You and your mate Dyer never welcome back in Toon!

  • ghostrider

    When you have potential but not the balls or attitude to tough it all out at a big club with a top manager and top fans in a top team and finish your football being half a sick note, then you’re bound to sit back and make excuses as to why your career wasn’t fulfilled.

    These overpaid jumped up players who think they’re some kind of god or pop star and court controversy or demand idolisation, only to realise that for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction…or to put it simple….you only get out of something what you are prepared to put in, because unequal measures of the good against the bad will equal out as time goes on where the bad become the unequal measure to the good which eventually creates an end of career balance that reflects everything about you.

    Excuses can be made about anything after the fact but the only person that can look back without anger is the person who gave everything possible to claim that pedestal.

    Jenas has himself to blame for any failings he endured, not Newcastle United and certainly not the quality he was playing with at the time.

  • GeordieZebra

    The guy is a plum. He should be on his hands and knees thanking the Geordie nation for giving him the platform to get where he did. He was a passenger half the time and was lucky to land on his feet with Sir Bobby. Daft lad.

  • anyobrien

    Sad bitter individual and as I remember the likes of speed, woodgate , shearer and Co carried this more than average player.

  • Philippines

    As with “headless chicken” Dyer, I never understood why some folks rated Jenas as a player. Very average in my view

    • Leazes.

      Well Spuds did they gave us double the money we paid for him, come to think about it we have been their feeder club for years now…..

      I think what jenas is saying is that training and ambition was always lacking here, even in the days of Bobby Robson, the subsequent failure of Ashleys regime has emphasised that a club without direction leaves the players turning up for training without a ‘spring in their step’. He was amongst journeymen here!…. without naming names…..wonder who he had in mind!

      • Coach Clagnut

        We’ve also took Spuds for mugs more than once.

  • Tweed Mag

    At least Dyer recently admitted he acted like a pillock and was one of the reasons why Sir Bobby got sacked. Jenas has gone the other way and will no doubt regret his words. There are very few occasions when you can blame others for your own poor performance. Perhaps he will push the blame on to his fellow pundits who asked him for his thoughts. He should go in to politics.

  • Chris Boyd-Waters

    I just wish that Jermaine Jenas had done as well as a player for Spurs, as he is doing as a pundit. I like watching and listening to him, and he obviously loves Tottenham, but his influence on the pitch for us was disappointingly limited. Maybe he could say that many of the Spurs’ players he played with (as at Newcastle) didn’t inspire him to do better, or kept him from producing his best football. But great players ignore weak excuses like that and pull you through single handedly in games (eg Bale 2012/13) while inspiring others around them. Not once, in my memory, did Jenas take any Spurs game by the scruff of its neck, and change things around, and rarely did he try to be a leader on the pitch.

  • Rich Lawson

    ”Stupid Boy” Well up there with his inability to find a barber on Tyneside who could cope with his difficult ”Afro”’ locks comments.

  • Brian Marshall

    One of the most overrated people to ever wear the strip,
    Arrogant and lazy with an amazing ability to hide .

  • Desree

    Too many late nights at rockshots was that lads problem