Shearer singles out the reason for Newcastle 'mess' - doesn't blame Carver

The Magpies icon has had his say on the club's shocking recent form.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes the club's current situation is a 'mess' but has blamed their players and not boss John Carver, according to BBC Football.

Shearer says he sympathises with the 50-year-old as he 'loves the football club.'

But the former Newcastle striker couldn't say the same for Carver's players.

He said on Match of the Day: "The third goal they conceded just summed them up. There was a lack of heart, a lack of passion.

“I feel a bit sorry for John Carver. It’s a shame some of his players don’t love the football club as much as he does.

“They’re in a mess. They’re in trouble.”

With Shearer's legendary status on Tyneside, the BBC pundit's opinion clearly carries plenty of weight.

And he's certainly right: Newcastle's players have been nothing short of a disgrace for most of the current campaign, let alone their latest run of defeats.

But Carver isn't good enough - and Shearer may simply not want to admit it out of respect to a man who has served the St James' Park outfit with the utmost loyalty down the years.

The fact is: Alan Pardew got more out of Newcastle's squad while being considered to be struggling.

Carver can't manage. He's done all the wrong things, said all the wrong things. And he also says he would resign if he wasn't up to the job. Seven defeats out of seven: the time has come for the 50-year-old to make his first right decision as Newcastle manager and do just that.

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