Alan Shearer highlights the major problems for Newcastle

Alan Shearer

Newcastle United were beaten 5-1 by Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Alan Shearer said on BBC Match of the Day (broadcast on November 28) that there are three distinct problems at Newcastle United.

The Magpies are firmly rooted in a relegation battle again this season, with them currently 19th in the table with 10 points to their name.

Saturday saw them soundly beaten 5-1 by Crystal Palace, managed by former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, the latest of a series of disappointing results for them this season.

There seems to be big problems at St James Park, and Shearer highlighted them on BBC Match of the Day.

“From the manager’s point of view, I don’t see a plan. I didn’t see a plan three weeks ago at Bournemouth, last week at Leicester or against Crystal Palace,” he said.

“You cannot coach players who do not want to be coached, and who are not good enough. They’ve got too many Monday to Friday players.

“The guys in charge of recruitment at Newcastle have gotten away with for such a long time now. The players they have signed are just not good enough.”

While his side losing will be the main concern for head coach Steve McClaren, the forms of the teams around him will also be a worry.

Sunderland have started to turn things around under Sam Allardyce, with their win over Stoke City helping them out of the relegation zone.

Bournemouth also showed that they can fight strongly against relegation this season with their spirited display against Everton catching everyone’s attention this weekend.

There are also the likes of Swansea City and Chelsea, who many would expect to start pulling away from that part of the table sooner rather than later.

If that were the case, Newcastle could find themselves cut adrift sooner rather than later unless they start to put in more positive performances.

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