Alan Shearer last night told Newcastle United fans they had better get used to erratic performances such as the dismal first half at Everton.
The former club captain has resigned himself to another season of inconsistency, although he does not believe the team will be troubled by a relegation threat.
Shearer, like every Newcastle fan, believes Alan Pardew cannot afford to drop more points this Saturday when United make the trip to Wales and take on newly-promoted Cardiff City.
Again he spoke for every supporter when openly admitting he had no idea what Newcastle team would turn up. Shearer said: “They could really do win a win on Saturday, particularly after the result they had the other day.
“The first-half performance was really poor at Everton, but I think that’s probably going to be the story of Newcastle this season.
“They will get really impressive results, such as at Aston Villa, and they will have desperately disappointing ones, like we had at Goodison the other night. In saying all that, I think they will still finish around about the mid-table mark.”
Shearer has been impressed by Loic Remy who has taken quickly to life as a Newcastle player.
He scored again in Monday’s 3-2 defeat and the club’s all-time leading goalscorer likes what he sees in the Frenchman.
Shearer added: “Remy has started really well. He looks positive and is scoring goals, which is good.
“For me, he looks as if he is enjoying his time in a Newcastle shirt. That’s nice to see. If he can stay fit, he will score a lot of goals.”
Shearer was also impressed by Yohan Cabaye, whose introduction at half-time almost saved an unlikely point on Merseyside.
He said: “Cabaye is a good player. I don’t think there is any doubt about that. He showed that at Everton.
“He’s a top midfielder and I would like to see him have an extended run in the team because he gives the midfield good balance. He’s a talent, that’s for sure.” Shearer yesterday helped to promote the Speedflex Corporate Challenge in Jesmond, a scheme he has been heavily involved in.
In total, 55 corporate teams from companies in the region took up a challenge laid down by Shearer to collectively burning over a quarter of a million calories in less than 40 hours of actual exercise.
He started off the final 24 hour session at 9am yesterday with the target set of a loss of 122,000 calories, which was set last year.
Several members tackled multiple sessions back-to-back through the night.
Shearer said: “I started at nine and not one of the crazy ones who are coming in at two and three in the morning. There are loads coming in and we will see where we get to in 24 hours. There should be some interesting goings-on.”
Fitness is a big thing for the now 43-year-old who can’t remember a time when he wasn’t active.
Shearer said: “I would play two or three games in one day and it didn’t do me any harm.
“It’s great that more people are exercising, certainly a lot more than there were say ten or twenty years ago. I think we all know that we all have to try and stay active in some way. And something like this is a great way to do it.
“I really enjoy coming to the gym, which funnily enough isn’t something I could say when I was playing. I decided that I wouldn’t enjoy it when I stopped, but that hasn’t been the case. This works for me.
“It would drive me a bit daft if I didn’t exercise.
“I was active for 20 years in that I trained almost every day. So when I did finish, to suddenly stop doing all that just didn’t feel right.”