Martin O’Neill has once again embarrassed himself.

The failed Sunderland manager (he lasted only 15 months before being sacked in his last club job) coming out with a petulant Alan Shearer insult in attempting to defend one of his players.

Ahead of playing Denmark on Saturday, Martin O’Neill has been talking about Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie.

Fulham were hammered 5-1 at home by Fulham on Sunday and Christie was picked out by a number of pundits for having a particularly bad game.

Alan Shearer was one of those, pointing out how the wing-back consistently failed to get back to help his team, with Arsenal constantly targeting Christie’s side of the pitch.

Martin O’Neill saying that Alan Shearer should have considered what the Fulham manager had told the wing-back to do, before criticising.

That is maybe fair enough but then O’Neill embarrassed himself by suggesting that Alan Shearer’s record as a manager at Newcastle United shines light on the Newcastle legend’s comments.

Martin O’Neill declaring ‘Maybe that is why Alan Shearer only managed seven games (as manager of Newcastle United).’

O’Neill obviously knows that the reality is that Shearer was given an impossible job of eight games (not seven…) to save a rotten Newcastle squad back in 2009 and that it was Mike Ashley who showed a total lack of respect, asking Alan Shearer to draw up a plan to turn Newcastle around and get promotion, then totally ignoring Shearer after he’d done as he was asked.

As to no further management roles, there was plenty interest in Alan Shearer from other clubs, including Blackburn, but you always got the impression that Newcastle was the only job he wanted and so long as Mike Ashley remained at the club, there was no chance of any involvement there in any capacity.

Martin O’Neill is no doubt feeling the pressure after a disastrous run of results with Ireland.

They have won only one of their last six games and they have included a 4-1 hammering by Wales and a 5-1 against Denmark.

Martin O’Neill:

“When you play in a wing-back role, the first thing people will now ask you is: ‘What are the manager’s instructions?’

“They are very important and mostly now they ask the wing-backs to stay very, very high up the pitch, and not worry about coming back.

“I have asked Cyrus this – the first thing I thought of when Alan Shearer was having a go: ‘He hasn’t thought this out’.

“Alan Shearer should have prefaced things by saying: ‘I don’t know what the manager has said.’

“Because at the end of the day, the manager has asked him to stay up the pitch and not worry about getting back.

“I don’t think that severe criticism was warranted, that is my view.

“I don’t think everything was down to him and the first thing I thought about when Alan Shearer was saying those things is ‘you should be asking the question.’

“Maybe that is why Alan Shearer only managed seven games (as manager of Newcastle United).

“That might be something to do with it.”

Alan Shearer talking on MOTD 2 on Sunday about Cyrus Christie role in Fulham’s 5-1 home defeat to Arsenal:

“Arsenal identified this weakness which was down Fulham’s right side, particularly Cyrus Christie.

“Time and time again Iwobi, Welbeck got into those areas and dominated in that position.

“And it was Christie constantly going forward, no defending. Look, three v three.

“Watch Christie here, he’s walking. His team are in trouble here, his thought has to be get back and help.

“Look at him on the halfway line there, he jogs, Monreal’s away and all of a sudden he realises it’s too late. Ball into the box, first goal in the back of the net. Punished, cause you’re not thinking defensively. It was so alarming.

“I don’t want to pick on him but that was the side Arsenal looked at and that was the side that Arsenal dominated.”



  • Hope

    Just like Alan has all right to criticize players and managers, so does Martin o Neill.
    Alan cannot be always right JIM Robertson. Please don’t make it look like he’s a messiah
    If I remember right few mentioned here about Sir Bobby referring to Alan being a better pundit than a manager. I also remember mentions of Alan splitting the dressing room to get Bobby sacked. He also failed to turn the results in 2008/09 season (idk the reality. I was 11 back then)
    He could be wrong.

    But 8 games don’t determine Alan’s managerial capability either.. He could be a better manager but he seemed to take a safe choice, I for one see that as the right and the best one. So that his history as a player doesn’t get shamed.
    The Comments made by Alan criticising Cyrus wasn’t bad either.

  • MrShack66

    “Martin O’Neill saying that Alan Shearer should have considered what the Fulham manager had told the wing-back to do, before criticising”

    So the Fulham manager told him to play badly?

  • 45709

    What does Alan know hey Martin? He’s only the top scoring player in the premier league of all time

    Having a jibe about him being a caretaker manager too

  • Squintytoonarmy

    He’s a goggle eyed has been from the allardyce, O’leary, moyes era

  • TheFatController

    What’s bizarre about O’Neill is that Shearer makes the point that Christie doesn’t respond to danger, a response that costs the team.

    Did the manger tell him to ball watch or switch off when arsenal had possession?

    O’Neill is weird, and often. Perhaps the only man to make himself look the child and Robbie Williams the mature adult when they both were pundits at a tournament once …

  • Peaky

    Most overrated manager ever….totalwanker….

    • Billmag

      Add his bully boy side kick to that statement Peaky.

      • Kneebotherm8

        A pair of mackem failures…..

  • Pezza

    Wow, what a story? The headline could be:

    Coach of small foreign nation defends his player against criticism from average pundit, shocker.

    • GlasgowMag

      Or it could be Newcastle fans defending their club from a tyrant and a number of exploited zero hours contracted trolls!!🤔🤔😂😂🤣🤣

      • Pezza

        There has not been a criticism of the club here.

        I defend the club far more than the Mag mob.

        • Danimal

          You defend the regime.

          • Pezza

            I defend the club and reject untruths. I want the ownership to change but Im not unrealistic.

          • Pezza

            I challenge untruths and the strategy of groups claiming to seek change.

            I’ve put forward my thoughts on ownership by artickes on here and to the NUST and latterly the (fake) Magpie Group. IMHO, if you want a change of owner, you must either a) find a buyer or b) get fans to raise the money as a Newcastle United Investment Trust OR c) ideally a combination of both. A true effort at getting an investment trust should be a priority. If fans aren’t prepared to contribute, we collectively can’t really complain when Ashley draws a line at £274m.

            This suggested strategy, the only effective one, has been rejected by both The Magpie group and NUST. Instead, they want to appear in the media and wave banners.

      • MrShack66

        It’s Bobbifleckman you’re replying to mate. Totally anti anything NUFC unless it’s Mike Ashley of course.

        • Pezza

          I’m more pro Nufc than you mate

          • MrShack66

            You’re pro Ashley. You have a pop at every other aspect of the club.

          • Pezza

            No,i’m pro the club, I defend the club.

            I object to action that damages the club

          • MrShack66

            Apart from Ashley and his minions of course.

          • Pezza

            Which for now is the best we’ve got. The more the dustructive action simply puts off buyers, something, the loudest objectors seem to have lost sight of.

          • MrShack66

            Your evidence please?

          • Pezza

            Since when was that needed on here?

          • MrShack66

            So all hearsay.

          • Pezza

            I was joking on the basis that most argument put forward on here never has evidence.

            It’s a cop out for you to claim hearsay, you are better than that. I’ve given broad outline of potential buyers, their motivations and potential outcomes.

            I’d have thought a chap of your level could follow the point and disagree if required, you are not a Wezza or a Jezza, you have a brain and should be able to debate

          • MrShack66

            Hahaha. True mate. Although I can’t really bearsed. My bad.

        • GlasgowMag

          Your right mate his comments about Jezza above proves it!!

    • Billmag

      Just bitterness because he turned you down moron, cracking pundit that is tasked with analysing a game.

      • Pezza

        Tuned me down? I’m not that way fella

        • Billmag

          Here’s a clue he turned a team down from the N.West. Fella.

          • Pezza

            Oh, I forgot Jezza and Leazes’ hired private investigators to find this out.

            The two fantasist liars of this forum leading their moronic gang.

            Get real

          • Billmag

            You need to “Get Real” Leazes and Jezza do an excellent job of whittling moron’s like you out.

          • Pezza

            Ha, ha. They can’t handle people who can debate. Both keep peddling lies and only allow a group of yes-men to get into any discussion. They don’t like debate because debate means they need to justify their points.

            A moron is someone who can’t reason themselves, only regurgitate what they are told.

            Jezza is our leader!

          • GlasgowMag

            Your last comment about Jezza has gave away your alias!! You are not who you say you are please Bobby can you use your own name when posting you are confusing the readers!!🤔🤔😱😱😂😂

          • Themoscow72

            Think you will find that Bobbi was banned so he cannot post under his own name but not sure who Pezza is think he is new to this site.

          • Danimal

            Funny.

          • Pezza

            Surely you can work out why I have a new name?

          • Wor Lass

            I don`t agree with some of the stuff you say but I can`t think that you usually write stuff that would deserve to get you banneed. What happened?

          • Pezza

            It’s The Mag’s perogative at the end of the day, they have an agenda and my opinion does not fit.

            As you know, I’m always polite etc. I happen to be the most right on liberal so I’m hardly running the gauntlet in other areas of acceptability.

            It was ironic that they banned Bobbi on the 30th anniversary of this fanzine being the independent voice. I was so tempted to write an article for WSC or the Ronnie to highlight the irony but it’s their perogative. The annoying thing is I’ve been banned that often, I’ve run out of obscure Spinal Tap characters so Pezza looks a little underhand.

          • Themoscow72

            Good magazine is four four two. My late mate Jack Hixson had an article published in there got it for the only time and was well impressed. I believe Monkseaton got banned as well such a shame as I always thought he was a intelligent and humourous chap. Miss him a lot.

          • Pezza

            I followed twitchy toes on Twitter, another bright lad who went by the name of Ben Jones. He’s given up, figured he should leave the Leazes’and Jezza clone types to it.

            Monkseaton was another balanced lad, knew a mate of mine who lives in the communication building on Cullurcoats front.

          • Billmag

            Pezzt.

          • JohnnyH

            Debate is only worthwhile when the other party genuinely believes in their side of the subject.
            You are only on this site because you’re PR for Bishop.
            Therefore I won’t debate with you.

            Blocked

          • Pezza

            I will tell folk when they are wrong or point to the real facts. I would love a new owner, I’d love to be part of a takeover where fans are investing.

            I’m not going to follow what I know to be a lie and get angry about something made up.

          • Themoscow72

            They are the worst two people on this site and one is even a self confessed Sunderland supporter. They continually make stuff up and live on fantasy Island.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            This is Monkseaton 😂 get in lad. Leazes and jezza are grade A c#### but so are all the weirdos with millions of accounts

          • Themoscow72

            Yes think there are some with multiple accounts but some pop back under another name as they have been banned and can no longer post however cannot name anyone but heard it’s true.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m allowed back on twitter now so left here it’s boring with everyone tongue punching Leazes & his boy friend

  • Themoscow72

    To be fair Arsenal were brilliant on the day so O’Neil has a point and would have torn most teams apart so do not agree with Shearer. Should have never player Damien Duff as full back when he scored an own goal against Aston Villa when we got relegated that is for sure so every one makes mistakes some bigger than others.

    • Billmag

      To be fair if the Fulham manager continue’s to play open so called attractive football in the Premier they will get picked off regularly irrespective who they play. And to have a dig at Shearer (NUFC greatest goal scorer) over a dinosaur like O’Neil shows your true colours.

      • Themoscow72

        I watched the game and saw their movement and it was brilliant so far Shearer to single out one player is out of order. Should concentrated on the brilliance of Arsenal on the day and the best goal which will be scored all season. Shearer is having a pop at my team at every opportunity so will have a pop back.

        • Billmag

          Alan’s having a pop at the owner not the team.

          • Wor Lass

            Penfold, Bishop, Cashley – that`s Monk`s team.

          • Danimal

            When he refers to his ‘team’ he’s referring to that scumbag and his vile henchmen.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Mugpie????…..

          • MrShack66

            Yup it’s him.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Read him like a book…..

        • Squintytoonarmy

          You want to be careful with that username MI5 will be monitoring you … Especially with the drivel you come out with they might suspect you be on the novichock

    • Pezza

      Shearer split his dressing room, Nolan, Barton etc were to be sidelined and Owen, Duff etc to be cosseted. It wasn’t the way to pull together in the last 8 games to stay up.

      As it happens, going down proved a god send as Owen, Duff, Martins etc left and the remaining players proved themselves.

      • t00nraider

        Going down is never a good thing. There are much better ways to sort the squad out. The financial impact is disasterous

        • SuperDesHamilton

          You do it by sucking fatty off don’t you

      • Danimal

        Well Bobbi, I remember Nolan was penalised by Howard Webb for an imaginary foul at a corner v Fulham, Viduka’s perfectly fine goal ruled out – a decision which sent us down. Nolan was also standing in the vicinity of the keeper in the previous match when we were more successful with that ploy in a 3-1 win over Boro. Not sure how he played such a prominent role in both matches having been sidelined…maybe that’s why Webb deemed Nolan’s contribution to be foul play? Barton played very little under any of his managers here. Not sure who the ‘etc’ were.

        • MrShack66

          He’s atitman. Barton threw the towel in when he got himself sent off against Liverpool. More untruths by the Toon hating Fleckman.

        • Pezza

          I do too but he was not in Shearers gang.

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    I love Alan I really do, but I agree with O’Neill on this one and if Alan wants to prove Martin wrong, walk away from your advisors and your cushy little BBC number and prove him wrong.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      A can see Shearer tossing and turning in bed losing sleep about what O’neil Has said like….

  • Wor Lass

    I used to like O`Neill but he seems to have become a bit of a caricature of himself. He has a point and, of course, he wants to stand up for his player and protect him but, surely, any player who sees that his positioning is giving the opposition a massive adavatage will automatically do something about it – or, at least, speak to the manager or captain. As for Shearer, he didn`t have enough time to have a real go but I think he was doomed the minute he appointed “boxing glove head” as his number 2. I suspect he isn`t really management material and he knows it. He`s a decent pundit and has done a good job of standing up for us and changing the tide on the BBC (with help from the maniac owner, of course).

    • Ram Kishore

      A balanced view Wor lass.

  • Philippines

    O’Neill, as good as he was as a player, was brought down to size by Brian Clough when he was at Notts Forest. Have a look on Google.

  • Paul Cannell

    I’ve always thought he looked a bit creepy

  • JohnnyH

    Cheap shot

    Big Al new we were more or less down, he only gave it a go out of his feeling for the club. Obviously not for the money.