Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Goalscoring Hero Fears for Both Derby Teams

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Goalscoring Hero Fears for Both Derby Teams

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ALAN Shearer fears for both Newcastle United and Sunderland after the pair played out a 1-1 draw in the Tyne-Wear derby and admits that while Rafa Benitez is a good manager he is not a "magician".

The Magpies trailed the clash against local rivals Sunderland until the 83rd minute when striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home the equaliser to send St James' Park in to raptures.

And despite the result giving Benitez his first point in charge of Newcastle, Shearer still thinks his former side are in serious trouble.

Speaking in his column in the Sun, Shearer said: "Rafa Benitez is a good manager but he is not a magician.

"And Newcastle's performance yesterday proved just how tough a job he has on his hands.

"It is very difficult for a manager to go in and suddenly make players dramatically improve.

"Newcastle's problems defensively and up front are not going to disappear overnight.

"So I've not seen anything yet that stops me worrying about the prospect of my old team being relegated. …

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