Cape Town – Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has warned that a change of attitude and leadership is needed in order for the club to get out of its current slump.
McClaren held talks with Keith Bishop, a close ally of Ashley’s, after the 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday that left the club second from bottom of the Barclays Premier League, one point from safety.
When I say astonishing, I don’t mean any surprise that the Newcastle players had nothing to do with this statement, I didn’t meet a single supporter before, during or after Saturday’s match who thought that the words below had genuinely come from the players – a bit like the emails sent out in the names of Lee Charnley, Steve McClaren and Fabricio Coloccini previously. I said judge us after ten games and I would still say the same now. We have the third worst disciplinary record in the PL.
“We could be another Leeds and be out of the Premier League for some time”. He played for Newcastle in the 1960s and “70s and captained them to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969″.
“I’ve wanted to manage this club for years”, McClaren confided during happier times last July.
McClaren’s fate, though, could depend on whether Newcastle can find his replacement in the next few days.
“We’ve got this situation where players are handed to the manager rather than the manager signing them, and that just creates a total mess”.
He agreed the technical area had been a “cruel and lonely” place as Steven Taylor’s own goal set Howe’s team en route to a victory sealed by subsequent goals from Josh King and Charlie Daniels.
“It’s not enough – we have good quality in the dressing room, but during this season we have not shown it. We need to be a team”.
“As players we are very disappointed by this”.
The Spanish forward said: “He’s our manager”.
The upcoming games against fellow strugglers Norwich and Sunderland, and seemingly-doomed Aston Villa, could define Newcastle’s season.
“He is our manager, we have to be with him”, added Perez.
He said: “We were aware that it was really down to us and what we did that would be the important thing in this game, nothing to do with Newcastle”. That’s the gamble you take, but at this moment in time we are prime candidates for relegation.
“We wanted to obviously use the crowd to our advantage, but that was again going to be dictated by us and not them”.
“This is the most frustrating team I’ve coached”.