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Byline: Neil Cameron

IWOULD imagine Super Al is speaking through gritted teeth (Alan Shearer says Newcastle United players must take the blame for the bad start to the season). Not that one of the current bunch should even be mentioned in the same breath as Shearer. Even if he had a bad day at the office, his work-rate would put any of the lot we have at the moment to shame. And herein lies one of the major issues. I honestly believe the mentality over the summer crept in because we had signed a couple of so-called flair players that we were going to storm the top six with. Because as P45due (Alan Pardew) keeps putting it, we are a big club and little clubs (ie, everyone except Manchester City) should be thankful for getting anything against us. What utter tripe.

We are screwed with Pardew at the helm as his total self-belief has clearly rubbed off on the squad who no doubt will think all they need to do is turn upon Saturday and they will spank Leicester. I dread to think what might happen. Mick ITHINK Shearer's got it wrong. Most of the players have tried hard, some are just not good enough at this level and a few have actually improved. The tactics in the last couple of games have been changed a bit and we have got a couple of points with two draws. In this last game, Gabriel Obertan was in good form and Sammy Ameobi put in an improved performance. Those two players got down the wings and sent in some low crosses, which Papiss Cisse latched on to.

This tactic is ideal for Cisse and plays to his strengths. Speed and one touch into the net. I hope that this can be used in all games, until we can bring in two or three players during January. The good players that we should have bought over the summer. We cannot really blame all the players for our problems. The management (Pardew) has continued to make big mistakes over the last 18 months. They are to blame without any shadow of doubt. Toon Fan 1950 NEIL SAYS: Two slightly differing opinions which is why I have printed both. I actually believe that while Shearer is right to say the players need to have a look at themselves, I also suspect he doesn't think they are good enough for Newcastle United. And when you have a squad that isn't quite at the level it should be, with a few injuries and a slow start to the season, is it any wonder there is so much anger out there? All this has to be forgotten come Saturday.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2014
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