Mark Jensen’s Dire Assessment Of Newcastle United


The popular fanzine The Mag’s editor Mark Jensen has commented today in the Evening Chronicle on the state of the club, and it’s not good reading.

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Mark told the Evening Chronicle today:

“A lot of fans were quite rightly disillusioned after Blackburn.”

“Then there is the fact that, from the moment Blackburn went in front with 30 minutes to play, more people were wondering how Stoke and Sunderland were getting on.”

“When fans are worrying about how other teams are getting on below you, you know it is getting serious.”

“It just sums up the current position. I am not feeling optimistic at the moment, and if we can get through the transfer window without losing anybody, that will be seen as an achievement.”

Since Ashley informed fans he was keeping the club in late December, we were immediately hammered by Liverpool 5-1, and there has not been any good news at all, and indeed in our last 6 games we have lost 4 and drawn two, and we have much more difficult opposition coming up in February.

Jensen added:

“When I heard Joe Kinnear was going to be staying on I could not believe it.”

“If Mike Ashley thinks Kinnear is the man to take the club forward then there is something seriously wrong.”

“That surely is not the answer.” “However, until the owner comes out and tells people his plans we will not know.”

“There is no information at the moment and Ashley has not told anybody his intentions.”

Jensen believes only a new owner will be enough to rally the supporters, and says nobody should rule out relegation, which would set the club back many a year, with the loss of significant Premier League TV earnings.

Mark added:

“We are in desperate need of investing in new players.”

“The tragic things is, there is half a team to build around, and the problem has been when we pick up three or four injuries it quickly turns into disarray.”

“You look at the Spurs and Portsmouth games and they were good wins, but it has been a shambles since then – starting at Wigan and then against Liverpool when we were well and truly humiliated.”

“Regardless of whether Newcastle stay up, the stadium will not be full.”

“The process has already started and, while fans have stood by the team, some are now at breaking point.”

“It will soon get to the stage where people will find something else to do with their time. There will always be a hardcore of support – but some-times I have to ask myself: ‘Am I stupid to keep on going along.”

“It is sad to see people drifting away, but you cannot blame them.”

Nothing like a really positive outlook on the club is there?      😀

We’re not so sure things are as dire as Mark thinks, though in reality they’re certainly not great.

But it’s obvious there is significant disillusionment with Ashley, and we can hardly blame the fans for that, since not speaking to the fans is his big big mistake, and he deserves everything he gets if he keeps the silence up.

We would hope Chris Mort is reinstated very soon, and that would be a good move.

Anybody want to put the other side of the story?

Comments welcome.



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173 comments so far

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 23, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1

    bring back mort

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  • hitman

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    hes reet aboot kinnear,he is not the answer long term….but the again whgo would want to come to the toon….sad really..

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    jensen is right in everything he said, unfortunately 🙁

    Ashley out

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  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Ashleys revenge is going on…..he rules us…..

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  • DanToon

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    hitman – Steve Bruce, he’s took Wigan as far as he can. They are selling all their best players, and he supports the toon!

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  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #6

    It is clear Ashley saved the club from probable administration or worse. For this we should be thankful. The blame clearly lies with his predecessors. A nest of vipers if ever there was one.

    However, a disillusioned ex billionaire from Kent does not exactly sound like the recipe for success.

    Saying “Ashley Out” will help no one…

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  • NUF-C u in the Championship

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    That was like reading a f**king Tombstone.

    NUFC RIP!

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  • stu

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    agree NE3 Nick— to be fair to MA he did not go and injure all our players.

    the club is paying over 60m in wages that should be enough investment in the playing side to keep us up. its the players responsibility where we are in the league

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  • bettyswollocks

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #9

    bruce supports man utd.

    personally i think he’s a complete tool but he would probably do a decent job

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  • DanToon

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Does he Balls, he’s a Newcastle fan just played for Man Utd.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Well, in Ashleys eyes Kinnear i better than Capello. Says a lot about our owner..

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  • broon ale

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    bettyswollocks- sorry bud. he supports newcastle. he has went on record and said that

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  • hitman

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #13

    betty bruce ia a geordie mate

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  • JonnyNufc

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Dennis dont be a moron

    We do however need Ashley to take some risk now, he’s playing a very dangerous game. But he has helped the club a lot, we are not really in a position any longer to be EXPECTING many decent signings.

    But we should hope for them.

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  • Monster

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #15

    DanToon – I’m pretty sure he’s a Man U fan. Just like Bobby Charlton.

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  • Little Willie

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle have enquired about Bruce apparently but he won’t come here mid season, also heard we have enquired about signing Huddlestone from Spurs.

    Source – Alan Oliver.

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  • Monster

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #17

    But that’s by the by cos he’d do a cack job any way. Probably better than JK, but that’s not much of an aspiration.

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  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #18

    LW, you gotta get one right some time!

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  • bettyswollocks

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #19

    when we beat man utd a few years back bruce was sitting in the sky sports studio with a face like a slapped arse.

    he can say what he wants but his loyalty lies with man utd. I have no doubt he has an affinity for the toon with being from here but if he had to chose his colours they would be red

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  • Little Willie

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Bruce grew up a Newcastle fan but his loyalty is with Man Utd now, I remember when we played them in the FA cup final and Bruce was in the studio and said he hoped Man Utd won to do the double (went on to do the treble)

    Not really the actions of a Newcastle fan.

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  • DanToon

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #21

    STEVE BRUCE SUPPORTS NEWCASTLE! He has said so himself, don’t make me mad lol…

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #22

    lil willie – link?

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  • G

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #23

    As much as I would like a geordie running the club, not sure if Bruce is the right man. In terms of what he achieves in terms of relative success I remain to be convinced. That’s not to say he is a bad manager, or indeed a bad person. I just don’t think appointing him will be progress. If it did happen and he did prove me wrong I would be quite happy to sit in the centre circle at SJP and eat humble pie though!

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  • KingKevwynyard

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #24

    I fail to understand why people think that Mort will make everything ok.

    Sure there was more communication when he was there however as anyone thought he naffed off cause he saw this shambles on the horizon !?!?!?

    You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear and all that.

    We are well and truly shafted and everything Jensen has said is 100% correct i.m.h.o.

    If we stay up it will be simply down to three other teams inadequacies and next season will be same old crap.

    We couldn’t score in 190mins against Hull Reserves FFS.

    Citeh and the Spuds are in total disarray and will finish 6-10 points ahead of us make no mistake.

    I’ve said it once and will say it again Fat Mike must REALLY regret the night he decided to stay pi55in it up in the Dubai bar rather that speak with the propspective buyers.

    We are available at 4/1 to go down and feel sorely tempted but somehow feel I’ll up in the Tower for treachery!!!

    Summary.

    We are shagged !!

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  • hitman

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #25

    monster you could dee a better job than jk.lol.
    but bruce is a geordie

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  • tino97

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Good article, unfortunately I agree with everything he has said. I honestly thought 2 weeks ago we would have had more players through the door. But, obviously I was optimistic then and that has all ebbed away as usual.

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  • waddler

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Ashley must reduce his wage bill from 62 millon to 50 million,to do this he will sell or release Owen, Given, Unzogbia, Smith, Geremi, Viduka etc and develop a top class youth team in the mould of Arsenal or Ajax.
    Once those players achieve first team and international status they will be demanding £100,000 a week wages so they will be unloaded to Man u or Man city. The trick will be to unfold a conveyor belt of talent similar to Arsenal if we are to compete at the fringes of the top tier of the premiership.
    We simply must develop top youngsters, end of story.

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  • William

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #28

    All of u shut the fck up.

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  • Nick D

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Having viewed the latest financial report on NUFC, I think we have to put ourselves in Ashleys position and try to be just a tiny bit objective and remain unbiased.

    Ashley has paid off all our Shepherd inspired debt, sanctioned millions on the likes of Smith, Enrique, Barton and stumped up huge wages for Viduka, Owen et al. Above all, he is putting in place a superb youth set up.

    Ashley’s only crime was to appoint unsuitable people to go in line with his vision, although arguably Wise is doing a very good job.

    Ashley I believe came with good intentions and KK was always going to leave at some point.

    The fans protest just made us totally unattractive to any decent managers, so alas we are stuck with the most incompetent one left at the bottom of a very long barrel.

    What needs to happen is this:-

    Kinnear

    Viduka
    Butt
    Duff
    Geremi
    Owen,
    Cacapa
    Smith

    must be removed from the club asap as a matter of necessity and urgency.

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  • broon ale

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Little Willie- alan oliver has retired from the comical so where did you hear that? you making stuff up?

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Nick D, you forgot to add Derek Llambias to that list.

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  • Monster

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Woa woa William! What’s up man?

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #33

    In Ashleys first season the majority of season tickets were bought on the the basis that he was not Freddy Shepherd. The second season were bought on the back of Kevin Keegan. What is Ashley going to trade on this time. Having Kinnear as a lapdog to Dennis Wise will not cause people to renew. There will be a mass desertion from the stands and the 5,000 less we are getting this season will become about 20,000.

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  • Monster

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #34

    waddler – that amounts to approx. £250k/week… Who would we actually need to shift? The easy choices are Cacapa, Duff and Geremi – that would surely release at least £150k/week…

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Whats all this talk about us signing Bobo Balde. He must be ancient now is he?

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  • J

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #36

    waddler –

    Completely agree with that kinda of system

    I hate players being paid rediculous sums, and getting players from youth is the way forward.

    We need a manager who can manage well and have great vision, i think Steve Bruce would be good.

    Seems to have an eye for tallent, plus loves newcastle, PLUS he will like the idea of only spending big on 1 player a year and bringing other players up from youth i am SURE.

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  • William

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Monster // Jan 23, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Woa woa William! What’s up man?

    No man nothing wrong it’s just weed.

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  • Dan_Scott157

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s shocking but between now and the time Geremi’s contract expires he will just over £4 million pound to make out of our football club.

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  • broon ale

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Dan_Scott157- you’re spot on. sadly!

    but yet we have ashley fans like stardust who seemed to take yesterdays finacial figures as vindication for supporting ashley.

    complete mandness.

    the bloke has brought our club to it’s knees and I for one cant help but question my logic in paying for another season ticket.

    like i said yesterday, “being a season ticket is like breaking up from your wife and having to live with her till the solicitor sorts out the papers” torture!!!

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  • J

    Jan 23, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #40

    I love the fact that newcastle reckon they are the most loyal, YET everytime i read the comments i STRUGGLE to believe it.

    We are not as bad as you think.

    Would u prefer to be Spurs? spending 80m in one year and where has it got them. Its great to get players in who we dont expect much of and for them to please us rather than otherway round.

    e.g.

    Jonas, Bassong, Guthrie?

    or

    Modric, Bentley, Pavliachenco?

    hmmmmmmmm who would i rather have.

    So be happy and loyal with what we have!!!!!

    The future is bright!

    If anyone is going to do a Leeds is Spurs NOT us.

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