Alan Shearer was in charge of Newcastle United the last time the north-east club was relegated from the Premier League, back in 2009.
The former England international knows precisely how painful the experience of relegation is, but was in no mood to shed tears after his beloved Magpies were demoted to the Championship on Wednesday night following Sunderland’s 3-0 victory over Everton.
Shearer took to Twitter after the final whistle was blown at the Stadium of Light - and you can see the retired striker’s tweet by scrolling down this page.
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The tone of Shearer’s tweet was more angry and frustrated than sad.
The 45-year-old clearly believes that Newcastle only have themselves to blame following a hugely underwhelming campaign.
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Alan Shearer's tweet
Shearer didn’t pin any of the blame on Everton, who were awful against the Black Cats, and instead congratulated Sam Allardyce and Sunderland for their admirable efforts over the past couple of months.
“You can't pretend it hadn't been coming,” Shearer tweeted. “@NUFC not learned lessons from 2009. Hard as it is for me to say, well done Sam and @SunderlandAFC”.
Benitez secured 10 points from 9 matches
Nor did Shearer pin any of the blame on Rafael Benitez who, in the opinion of many fans, replaced Steve McClaren at St James’ Park too late in the season.
The Spanish coach, who started the season as manager of Real Madrid and now finishes the campaign with a Premier League relegation to his name, secured 10 points from his first nine matches in charge - but that, ultimately, wasn’t enough to keep the Magpies in the division.
Shearer called for an 'overhaul' seven years ago
Seven years ago, Shearer told reporters after Newcastle United were relegated to the Championship that there were “huge problems” at the club and that an “overhaul” was required.
"The three worst teams deserved to go down and, unfortunately for me, Newcastle was one of them," Shearer said at the time, per the Telegraph. "Big changes need to be made at the club, players need to go in, players need to go out.
"I came in expecting to turn things around. I take my share of the blame. I thought I could get the right results for us."
"There are huge problems at the club, which are clear for everyone to see," he said. "It has not just gone on this season, but last season, the season before, and four seasons before that. The fact is that inside the dressing-room hasn't been good enough. I include myself. I include Joe [Kinnear], Chris [Hughton], Kevin [Keegan], Mike [Ashley]. Newcastle have got what they deserved."
He added: "I don't think it would take a genius to work out what is wrong with the club. There needs to be an overhaul."
Whether that overdue overhaul will finally happen on this occasion remains to be seen.
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