Date: 28th May 2009 at 10:38pm
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Another day and it’s another former player supporting the appointment of Big Al as Newcastle manager. Admittedly there might be a little bit of bias, given he’s a big mate of Al’s and could probably be expected to get a job on the coaching staff.

However that seems to be what a lot of fans want. The likes of Shearer, Lee, Barton and Carver back at the club at least puts that core of people who care back into SJP and those who fans can relate to. Lee said:

‘I certainly think Alan should stay, I think it is the only appointment Mike Ashley can make with the club going down. It reminds me of the situation when I joined in 1992 under Kevin Keegan when we were in the old first division.

The club needs rebuilding, it has needed rebuilding for many years. Mike Ashley takes a lot of the blame, but it has been coming for a long time. It’s disappointing for the club, but in the long term it might be a blessing in disguise, to take one step back to get two steps forward. I hope Alan stays in charge with a long-term contract because it is a long-term thing.

I think there is going to be a major overhaul if Alan stays in charge, everything from the tea lady to the players. The players should take responsibility, I have been relegated myself and you have to accept responsibility and take the blame as the manager can only put the players on the pitch and it is up to you to win games.

And Newcastle should be winning more games then they won last season. On Sunday against Villa the second half was very disappointing. The problem is that they don’t have pace, you need pace in any team now, you need people who can get around the pitch.

And when you need only one goal to get one point it’s disappointing not being able to do that.’