Shearer impressed with Newcastle’s 2010/2011 season

Alan Shearer, ex-Newcastle United Number 9.

Toon done better than he thought

Alan Shearer comments on Newcastle United’s 2010/2011 season.

Alan Shearer has been passing judgement on Newcastle’s 2010/2011 season and the former number 9 seems fairly content with the way things have gone. Shearer said:

If I’m honest they have done better than I thought.

I think I was like everyone else, probably a little bit apprehensive.

You’’e got to give them credit they’ve done really well – they’ve stayed away from the bottom six for the majority of the season.

I think that was their target when they first set out and they’ve achieved that, really, with ease.

It’s never really been panic stations, as it has been in other seasons.

Yes indeed. At the beginning of the season I would have settled for merely staying up. As the season went on and we looked a bit better, my ambitions increased a bit and a top 10 finish is still within our grasp (albeit a bit unlikely).

But, all in all, I’m just happy we’ve avoided a relegation fight this season.

Shearer continues:

We hope that’s the same next season – but that really depends on what the manager’s going to be given to spend.

You spend £10million to stand still. That’s the harsh fact of it. It all depends on what’s going to happen, there’s only one guy that can answer that.

Hopefully he’ll give him a few quid and they can start climbing.

You have to say the manager has done very well and the players have done very well. Now we’ll have to see who comes and goes in the summer.

There’s obviously the money there from Andy Carroll – they’ll have to bring in one or two strikers in. I’m sure everyone will be looking at the transfer activity.

Well, I think most people agree that we’re lacking on the striking front but I would hope we’d see Ashley fork out a bit more than £10million for players.

I think it’s fair to aim for a higher finish next season than this one. We’ll probably end up somewhere within the 10th to 14th range this season, so we should probably be aiming for at least a top 10 finish next year and top 8 would be nice.

Second seasons in the Premier League are said to be notoriously tough for promoted sides but we were only away for a single season and I’m hoping we’ll thusly avoid the ‘second season blues’.

Onwards and upwards!

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7 Responses to “Shearer impressed with Newcastle’s 2010/2011 season”

  1. 1
    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    “We hope that’s the same next season – but that really depends on what the manager’s going to be given to spend.”

    It also depends on what players the manager buys.
    Just spending money guarantees nothing. We need quality right now, NOT potential. That wont come on the cheap.

  2. 2
    avatar Phisix says:

    We need some speed and creativity in the team for next season. I know we have Uncle Ben back but we still need a few more creative types and plus some strikers that can actually score.

  3. 3
    avatar nufc337 says:

    on shearer think he will get the job when pardew is to leave(hoping has a right go at the job of course!)

  4. 4
    avatar Beardsleys Boots says:

    Agree, we have lacked pace all round this season.

  5. 5
    avatar pedro says:

    Routledge could start on sunday he was training today and signing autographs out side benton hq

  6. 6
    avatar workyticket says:

    nufc337 says:
    May 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    “on shearer think he will get the job when pardew is to leave”

    On the grounds of his great experience in management nufc337? :-)

  7. 7
    avatar Kilgore_D_Sprout says:

    Sorry, but it has come to pass.

    I shall no longer be making myself available for selection, either for the club or for England.

    I will keep in trim (or George at Asda, whichever is cheaper) for the rest of this season, but I think it’s better that I take a back seat and let the young ‘uns have a go.

    I cannot say more than thank the fan for his support (sadly it failed to ameliorate the groin strain), but I will be back next season when the only way is up.

    Through the roof.

    That’s oop, as happen.

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