By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Alan Shearer has pinned some of the blame for Newcastle’s struggles on chief scout Graham Carr.
The club legend claimed Carr has made a “pig’s ear” of the squad recruitment in recent seasons and this is key to their current demise.
Manager Steve McClaren is facing the axe following a catastrophic run of results that has left Newcastle second from bottom of the Premier League and facing the growing possibility of relegation.
Former England international Shearer is “convinced” the club where he spent most of his career is sliding inevitably into the Championship.
He says Jonjo Shelvey is the “only good investment” from the club’s £80million spend on new talent this season and explained why owner Mike Ashley’s model at Newcastle will not work.
Writing in his column in The Sun, Shearer said: “He (Carr) holds a lot of power in terms of recruiting and selling players — and has quite frankly made a pig’s ear of it.
“We keep hearing statements of intent from the club, shame we never get one on the pitch. Most recently on Saturday the players issued one as to how they were behind their manager.
“Well if that was playing for their manager, goodness knows what will happen when they down tools. Quite simply they are not playing for McClaren or the Newcastle fans.”
Newcastle slipped to a 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday and were jeered vociferously by the supporters both during the match and at the final whistle.
Shearer does not believe McClaren is capable of turning around the perilous situation.
He explained: “Steve was very lucky to get this job after overseeing Derby’s implosion last season.
“For some time now he has looked powerless to stop a slide into the Championship. Because that is where I am convinced my club is heading now.
“And don’t believe that the size of the club means they will be bouncing back any time soon either. They could go right through the Championship as well, because there are barely any characters in this side who would fight to get the club back up.”