Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Bosses Lambast 'Captain to Clown'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-Bosses Lambast 'Captain to Clown'

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FORMER Newcastle managers Graeme Souness and Alan Pardew blasted Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after he was shown a red card against Tottenham.

Shelvey was shown a straight red card after he stamped on Spurs' Dele Alli before goals from Alli and Ben Davies condemned United to defeat on the opening weekend of the Premier League.

When asked if he could provide a defence for Shelvey, TV pundit Souness said: "Absolutely none. He has gone from captain to clown in the space of 10 seconds.

"He is annoyed because Dele Alli has kept the ball. So what? How stupid is that? "Newcastle are very much in the game, he is right under the referee's nose and the referee has been left with no alternative but to send him off.

"I said to Alan before I like Shelvey.

"He is always positive, always looks to move the ball forward, he plays risky passes but you can't have anybody doing that at your football club. Nobody.

"That has cost them the game. I'm not saying Tottenham wouldn't have won but there was a real chance the game could have been a bit more 'nip and tuck'. …

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