Newcastle United thrashed Sheffield United 8-0 on Sunday, with Alan Shearer’s previous team scoring eight goals past Paul Heckingbottom’s side. After Sheffield United’s 8-0 home defeat to Newcastle United, BBC analyst Alan Shearer praised the club’s “amazing” supporters. Thousands of Blades fans waited until the finish at Bramall Lane on Sunday as Paul Heckingbottom’s team were thrashed by the Magpies.
Shearer, an ex-Newcastle and England striker, sat in the stands as his former club romped to a convincing win to climb into the top half of the Premier League. Shearer stated on the Rest Is Football podcast:
“I have to say the Sheffield United fans were amazing. If that had been me and my team, I would have left long before the full time whistle.
“There were thousands of them that stayed there cheering them on. Well done to all the fans that stayed there because that was a tough afternoon for them.” Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was full of sympathy for Blades fans after a chastening result. “I actually felt for Sheffield United and their fans a little bit,” he said. “To see your team do that at home is pretty demoralising, isn’t it?
United will have to wait until Saturday for the chance to put things right. West Ham United represent the next challenge for the Blades.
Their poor start to the campaign has led to speculation over Heckingbottom’s position. But Heckingbottom is “100 per cent” confident he will take charge of the Hammers clash.
“My job is to manage the football department, from top to bottom, that’s it,” he said. “No difficulty with questions about that (his future). If you have any queries about me, you should probably ask someone else.
“There are no problems here. You can grow acclimated to the fact that stories are always stories. I’m not sure if all of the questions I’m asked regarding anything are real or false.
“There may be questions about signings, changes, and things going on behind the scenes.” It’s an unavoidable element of the work. I don’t know anything about some of them (answers).”