Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Monday May 25 2009
Speaking to the media, a very raw Alan Shearer spoke from the heart to the cameras, as he suffered from the preceding relegation from the top flight. I
n our first demotion since 1989, Shearer was one of four managers throughout the course of the season, something he highlighted as one of the key reasons for our 38 game debacle. He said:
'I`m raw, angry, frustrated, disappointed and I am hurting - you can put all those words together and that still doesn`t sum it up.
I was reasonably happy with the first half. We created a lot of chances, and I was always thinking if one chance didn`t go in we would live to regret it - and that was the case.
It was a cruel goal to concede. It`s nobody`s fault. "We`ve been relegated, but it has been a huge problem from the first game. I know Manchester United away was a good result, but things have gone from bad to worse.
The simple fact is that over 38 games, Newcastle United have not been good enough and deserve to go down - and it hurts for me to say that.
When things are against you, you get kicked. Sometimes people say in this game you make your own luck. "When things are going well you get the breaks. When it`s not going well, it goes against you. We should have scored at least once before then, though.
You can look at a million things. You can look at the goal against Fulham or look at the chances we missed at Villa in the first half. You can pick the bones out of lot of things, but we haven`t scored goals. When you don`t do that, you get punished.
I've said to them in the dressing room that you can make all the excuses you want. I wasn't good enough, Mike Ashley wasn't good enough and Chris Hughton, Joe Kinnear and Kevin Keegan before that weren't good enough. But it's what is in the dressing room that has got us relegated. It has been a problem all season.
A million questions need to be answered. Whoever comes in there needs to be an overhaul. Players will have to go out and the sooner it can happen, the better.
I think a lot of people will try to make a comparison (to the situation at Leeds). It depends on where people want the football club to go.
The reality is that we will be starting next season in the Championship. The expectation will be huge, but there`s a lot of work needed between now and then to get the club ready for that.
There are huge problems at the club - I think that`s clear for everyone to see. Relegation isn`t about today - it`s about what`s gone on this season, last season and the season before. It`s a culmination of everything. In the end, the three worst teams go down and, unfortunately, Newcastle are one of them.
I`ll sit down with the owner and the chairman this week and give my opinions. Big decisions need to be made - players need to go, and players need to come in.
What needs to change? A hell of a lot needs to change. there`s a million things you can look at this season, last season, and going back a long way that haven`t been right.
I`m not blaming anyone - it`s happened - but what`s important now is that the football club gets back on track.
I know you won`t believe me, but I honestly haven`t had time to sit down and think about what my future will be. I haven`t thought about what would be the right thing for the club.
But I`m hurting. I take my share of responsibility for what`s happened, and feel sorry that I`ve let those wonderful supporters down. I have a tremendous relationship with the supporters, for whatever reason, and I`ve worked very, very hard to try to rectify the situation.
It hasn`t worked for a variety of reasons, and I regret that. I`m raw inside, as are a lot of people involved in the club. but the simple fact of the matter is that big mistakes have been made and we`re paying the price for that now."
Date:Monday May 25 2009
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