St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

Southampton v Newcastle

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 3 - 3 C Palace

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Newcastle frustrate Shearer

Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has expressed dismay at the way the club is conducting itself off the field after Joe Kinnear resigned as director of football.

Last Updated: 04/02/14 at 08:26 Post Comment

Alan Shearer: Newcastle's record goalscorer

Alan Shearer: Newcastle's record goalscorer

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Kinnear was a controversial appointment by owner Mike Ashley in June last year, with the 67-year-old announcing his own arrival in a radio interview during which he got several of the players' names wrong.

His main role was to identify new talent for manager Alan Pardew but in his six-month tenure the club have signed just two players: strikers Loic Remy and Luuk De Jong, both on loan.

To compound matters, Newcastle lost influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the last transfer window, with the France international joining Paris St Germain for a fee believed to be around £20m.

Shearer, who replaced Kinnear as Newcastle manager after he was forced to step down due to ill-health in 2009, believes a combination of all these factors are likely to have led to the former Wimbledon boss' resignation.

"That's life at Newcastle United," he said.

"I shouldn't say I'm surprised but I was surprised in the first place when he was announced director, particularly the way the news was broken when Joe himself announced it on the radio when he got some of the players' names wrong.

"What has he been there now, about seven months? And two players have come in, albeit both players on loan.

"Maybe it's Newcastle's way of trying to say that the performance on Saturday wasn't good enough and why they didn't get any new players in, maybe that's one of the reasons.

"But they can only get players in if there's one man prepared to sign a chequebook."

He added: "You just never know what goes on at Newcastle behind closed doors.

"I think we were all surprised because Joe had been out of football for so long. Let's say that we hope he's okay and it's nothing to do with ill-health but it's just bizarre sometimes at Newcastle.

"Four, five weeks ago Newcastle were going so well, still in the FA Cup, Alan Pardew was getting manager of the month awards (and) they were looking up the league rather than finishing in mid-table.

"It's amazing what happens in three or four weeks in football, 3-0 on Saturday hurt everyone and they were second best all over the park on Saturday with a lack of fight and a lack of desire from the players and now it's come to this."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Danny Welbeck set to join Arsenal after deal agreed 'in principle' with Manchester United

Arsenal have agreed a deal 'in principle' to sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Crystal Palace break transfer record on Wigan midfielder James McArthur

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of James McArthur from Wigan Athletic for a reported club record fee of £7m.

Transfer news: Jermain Defoe unlikely to return to Premier League after interest from QPR and Leicester

Jermain Defoe is unlikely to join Queens Park Rangers on deadline day, according to chairman Tony Fernandes.

Mail Box

It's That Time Again: 'Wenger Out'

Are Arsenal fans the ficklest in the Premier League? That's one question in the mailbox as Gooners call for Wenger to leave (again). Plus, plenty of reaction to Falcao...

Wenger: The Most Stubborn Manager Going

Arsenal fans would quite like their club to sign a striker thank you very much, whilst someone is excited about Jim White et al. Plus, Klose to Arsenal please...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property