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A superb pre-match/season interview – Alan Shearer has now given Newcastle verdict on Arsenal match

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Before Newcastle United’s season kicked off yesterday, Alan Shearer gave a great interview.

The legendary number nine spelling out the issues that face the club and fans.

Naturally all roads led/lead back to Mike Ashley, Alan Shearer pointing out how lack of investment in the playing squad (average net spend of less than £6m per year under this owner), pretending to put the club up for sale (roughly every 18 months according to Shearer) and then forcing out Rafa Benitez and the only reliable goalscorers this summer sums up for fans how ‘the life and soul really has been sucked out of Newcastle United over the last 12 years. They just want a bit of hope.’

A real ongoing conflict that looks a near certainty for Alan Shearer this season, is having to cover a struggling Newcastle United with one of his best mates in charge of team affairs.

Ahead of yesterday’s game, Shearer repeated how he’d pleaded with Bruce not to take the job

Speaking (see below) after defeat to Arsenal, Alan Shearer thought it was ‘disappointing’ and a ‘poor performance’, whilst he believes ‘The fans were behind Steve’…

I think the reality is that Shearer’s right on Steve Bruce when he says for supporters the ‘issue isn’t with him, it’s with the ownership’ BUT at the same time, the new head coach certainly is not seen as part of the solution, instead a symptom/part of the 12 years and counting problem.

Steve Bruce’s Premier League record is dismal (110 wins in 393 games) and then when you add the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle, it makes it all the harder for anybody taking the job.

As for on the pitch, Alan Shearer, like the rest of us, sees it as essential that Joelinton and Almiron quickly click and the goals start flowing.

Shearer describing Newcastle’s overall goal threat as ‘lame’ against Arsenal, something that needs to change very very quickly.

Next Saturday at Norwich is already looking an absolutely massive game, it will be interesting to hear what Alan Shearer has to say after that one.

The Mag – Sunday 11 August – After Alan Shearer pre-match/season interview with Coral:

‘For those Newcastle fans who will be boycotting Arsenal, Alan Shearer totally understands ‘…because the life and soul really has been sucked out of Newcastle United over the last 12 years. They just want a bit of hope.’

Shearer ridicules Mike Ashley and the way he tries to manipulate the media especially when pretending he is trying to sell the club: ‘It comes up every 18 months and nobody genuinely believes a takeover is going to happen. Something is only for sale if you have a willing seller.”

On the owner allowing investment in the playing squad, the NUFC legend says that it is little wonder fans are so disillusioned with an average net spend per year of less than £6m per season.

Alan Shearer is also concerned for his big mate Steve Bruce who Shearer says he ‘loves dearly’, the former number nine having advised him not to go and work for Mike Ashley.’

Alan Shearer speaking to The Sun after the Arsenal game:

‘It’s a disappointing start for Newcastle. I thought it was a poor performance. They lacked a goal threat and only had two efforts on target — one in the first half and one in the 83rd minute, which is a bit of a lame effort.

But other than that they never looked like scoring, so it was a disappointing start for Toon boss Steve Bruce.

They did look organised in the first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had one opportunity and Henrikh Mhkitaryan had another one but they looked reasonably solid.

From a Newcastle perspective; they need £40million centre- forward Joelinton to hit the ground running and score as quickly as possible.

But, especially in the first half, he and Miguel Almiron played too far apart from each other and weren’t effective.

They had one or two neat touches and Joelinton was unlucky with an effort in the first half.

He was feeding off scraps all afternoon. There was no real quality or crosses going into the box or even long balls up to him.

The Brazilian didn’t really have that partnership with Almiron you need — the Paraguayan was being forced to drop deeper than he wanted to because of Arsenal’s midfield five.

It’s just disappointing from Bruce’s point of view they couldn’t get an early point on the board.

I didn’t see too many protests in the stadium. There were about 47,000 people there at St James’ Park — so there were around 5,000 missing.

The fans were behind Steve and that’s good to see but their issue isn’t with him, it’s with the ownership. That’s been their issue and I totally get that.’

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