We Need Someone To Change The Newcastle Club

Nicky Butt, who will finish his career at Newcastle, has called today for big changes to be made at the Newcastle club in the summer.


Nicky Butt – big changes needed at the club

Nicky was asked today what Newcastle need, and he responded:

“What do Newcastle need? Right now we need to be professional and perform,”

“We need to put this season to bed and kick on next season. You seem to say that a lot at Newcastle.”

“We need someone to come in and change the whole club.”

It’s been a complete and utter mess this season at Newcastle, and it’s hard the think how anything could be quite as bad again next season, unless we get relegated of course.

Newcastle’s record lately is relegation stuff if we ever saw it – just 2 points from the last 4 league games, and only 7 points from our last 11 league games. Add to that a draw and defeat to Hull City in the FA Cup in January, and we have one win in the last 13 games.  Just hopeless.

Somebody has to wake up at the club, because there’s little doubt we are drifting towards relegation, and we suggest the club starts with the players.

Anybody watching the game on Saturday for the first 30 minutes would never have believed Newcastle were in so much trouble. It took that long for the lads to wake up, but of course by then the damage was already done, and we were 1-0 down, to a sloppy Geovanni headed goal.

Newcastle need to play every single game like they did against Manchester United – full stop, period – and the lads let themselves down on Saturday.

We may not have a good team right now, but Newcastle United is a proud club, and the players must start to show that pride and passion, which has always been Newcastle United.

And since time is running out rather quickly, they need to do that before it’s too late.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 🙂

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Good words from Nicky! But he could one of those who makes way for new faces..

  • Purely Belter

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    wow nicky, u should be a rocket scientist! no S**t sherlock. as if we didnt know that already…

    bring in a proper manager (lets face it, non british) and get some decent players in…

    Anyone in dubai interested???

  • lesh

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Butt’s a brave brave man for making these comments and he can’t be accused of making derogatory comments – they’re spot on and I’d suggest he’s said what the dressing room’s thinking.

    If ever there was a message for Ashley et al, this is it and the last thing we need is more of the same management incompetence as we’ve enjoyed of late.

  • batty

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    well sed nick

  • batty

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    ashley coudnt give a toss aboot this club why dusent he p%ss off and buy mk dons and take jokerner and co with him iam sure they would be welcomed doon there

  • komfort

    Mar 17, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    it’s like watching a car crash…cant see a lot changing in the forseeable future…unfortunatley

  • coyote

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    its obvious the players don’t have confidence in the management and thats showing on the pitch
    it’ll get worse before it gets better
    I predict 4th bottom by the skin of our teeth and right now I’d take that!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    This must be the press theme of this week.

    Again I feel talk the talk – what about the walk?

    Good match at the ressies last night. If you want an example of how to come back from a goal down and go fighting – see last nights second half. What ever Richard Money said at half time worked. Fast, action packed attacking football.

    Hope Chris took notes from the stand!

  • komfort

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    worse!!!….hell no.

  • Micky Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    komfort, it’s more like watching someone with cancer die. You can see them deteriorating and you always support them and help them anyway you can. You always hope they can fight it off, but deep down you know there is nothing you can do. It’s a horrible long drawn out process that is just very painful to watch.
    I know it’s a bit much to relate what is happening at the club to someone with cancer, I know as I had to watch my dad die of cancer 15 years ago, but it’s probably the closest analogy I could think of.

    Oh dear, there’s a bit of downbeat tone to the blog today. 🙁

  • Micky Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Bah. I typed this earlier and it didn’t post.

    I don’t think we will go down. It will be close and we will be in it until the end, but take a look at the table and tell me blackburn, mackems, bolton, hull and even spurs aren’t still in the mire.
    I’ve said before that it will be wba, boro and stoke to go down and I still believe it. Although I do think pompey could swap with stoke.

  • clinta

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    well… i think newcastle could just as easily swap with stoke.

  • Alex

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Micky Toon those are my thoughts too WBA & Boro look a lot worse than we do and i think they will both definitely go down . For me the other place is between Stoke and Hull , both those teams have fighting qualities in them but i feel not much skill . Lets remember we have Beye , Barton , Guthrie to come back from injury and Nolan has finished his suspension , if we can get Beye and Barton back into full fitness quick then those 2 and Nolan will give us the edge we have been missing and will save us .

  • Nonni_Smith

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Butt out. come on
    man u game was good.
    then Butt came back fur hull 🙁
    manager out
    Ashley ????????? maby.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Well said Nicky but
    He has played well of late just to let it be said.

  • roscoe

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    37 points = SAFE!

  • Whumpie

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    I disagree with that last bit about “not having a good team right now”. Most clubs would love some of the quality players we have, although the lack of depth is a big problem.

    What’s bothering me is the lack of skill with which they are deployed and the obvious lack of motivational ability. What happened at Hull, with the likes of Martins, Owen, Jonas etc. at our disposal was frighteningly poor. Just look at their team and tell me which ought to win.

    Right now the poorest performances are from Chris Houghton upwards, and I can’t see anyone tranferring them out.

  • Graeme

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    This all boils down to one problem and one problem only.

    Instead of strengthening a small, weak squad as advised by Allerdyce, Keegan & Kinear, Mike Ashley has failed to do so and has sold assests for a profit in each of the last transfer windows.

    He has made a substantial sum which should have been ploughed back into improving the team and has failed to do so.

    Now we reap the reward of that failure!!!

  • RyanToon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    agree with butt, chris and colin are inept, we need kinnear back, BIGTIME

  • boater

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Alex – Beye and Barton give us the edge? I remember hearing something about Martins and Owen being that n’all…. face it – if we had Messi and Ronaldo coming back from injury we would struggle under this leadership set-up.

  • Stardust

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Graeme – “Instead of strengthening a small, weak squad as advised by Allerdyce, Keegan & Kinear, Mike Ashley has failed to do so and has sold assests for a profit in each of the last transfer windows.”

    Tosh – the club is losing money Graeme – if you make in one area it still has to plug gaps in another. Its too simplistic to view it like you do, and actually wrong.


    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    The club isnt losing money on a day to day basis-it just isnt making any for transfers.
    There was a shot of Ashley at Hull and for the 1st time its probably dawning on him that we were not crying wolf, there is a distinct possibility of relegation.
    Then even if we survive-what then, another 4 seasons of survival until the famous 5 year plan arrives. It was all great fun making silly last minute bids on 31st January but know its not so funny is it.

  • Doocey

    Mar 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #24

    I think if we survive this season we might have a bright future ahead 😀
    New articles up lads, just click the name 🙂

  • Darling27

    Mar 17, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #25

    I totally agree. If we stay up this season this will be the final straw.

    They’ll learn a very very harsh lesson and make changes so this season will never happen again.

    I just hope it’s not too late.

    This club has been run very very poorly since Bobby Robson left.

    He must feel sick everytime the league table is shown and that all the hard work he put into the club has counted for nothing.

  • BigLish

    Mar 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #26

    When I read the headline I expected shed loads of people on here to be shouting for Shearer. Well at least thats not happened!

    We have absolutely no class on the pitch – on paper, maybe, but on the pitch…no. Add to that, no tactical knowhow, noconfidence and little effort from too many of the squad. This, may ultimately prove to be our downfall.

    17th place? With a lot of luck in my opinion…

  • BigLish

    Mar 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Darling27 – ive suppoorted the NUFC for 25 years and i’ve never known the club being run properly.From the dark days of one eyed Westwood, through the Halls (lets make a sporting club – Ice Hockey & Basketball????????) and Shepherds (lets just line our pockets and ride the wave till it crashes), to todays current owners (not sure what they’re up to).

    Weve been a club in turmoil for decades. Yes weve had some good times – but good times didnt win us jack!

  • Davy Craig

    Mar 17, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree again Darling27 – can you read my thoughts are what?!!

    I admire Nicky Butt – he came back from a bad time that led to him going on loan a few years ago and his strength of character was shown then. He seems to be saying what most fans are saying in that Kinnear is not the man to take us forward after the end of this season. A brave thing to say.

    If this is the view in the dressing room and Ashley keeps Kinnear and his two sidekicks then where does that leave everyone? More turmoil for the future? I hope not.

    We need to get everything sorted once and for all.

  • Graeme

    Mar 17, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Stardust, In ashleys famous letter he stated that it was always his intention to wipe the debt and invest about £20 million a year INTO the squad. So far he has collected about £20 million FROM the squad.

    You just cant do that and maintain a competitive place in this league. Like all of Ashleys major decisions since he took over, he’s got this one wrong as well.

    He hasnt a clue how a football club is run and doesnt seem prepared to employ someone who has. Until Ashley listens to someone (anyone really) who actually knows how its done, we have a huge problem.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30

  • Stuart79

    Mar 17, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #31

    The quote ‘ we need someone to come and in and change the entire club’ speaks absolute volumes!

    That’s either a dig at the manager or the owner! Probably both!

    At last a player has come out and said what us fans have known for a hell of a long time!

    Couldn’t have put it better myself Nicky!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #32

    We need a huge overhaul but it wont happen if we stay in the prem, IMO.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #33

    There are 13 players from the current squad I would like to see leave.

  • Stardust

    Mar 17, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh I am weary saying the same stuff.

    Graeme “Stardust, In ashleys famous letter he stated that it was always his intention to wipe the debt and invest about £20 million a year INTO the squad. So far he has collected about £20 million FROM the squad.”

    Plain incorrect on all counts – folks need to spend more time listening to and reading official quotes than listening to other spouting off in pubs after 5 pints.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #35

    To be fair to Stardust Ashley said 20mil into the CLUB, not squad, so it could be payng off outstanding transfer fees etc.

  • Sav

    Mar 17, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #36

    “But if we stay up, we’ll be starting next season in the best shape we’ve had in years.”

    Even our bankers and accountants, never mind fans, would see that if we are not the Premiership, we will be a whole lot worse off.

    You stated we are in such great financial shape. So what has Ashley done for our balance sheet?

    Ok, he has cut the wage bill.
    To do that we’ve lost 3 very good players this season, all with plenty mileage. The wage bill will be cut further in June if Owen, Butt, Cacapa, Smith and a few more high earners leave. We have also made savings by getting rid of the Allardyce era fitness gurus, masseurs and shamen.

    But these players have to be replaced with, hopefully, better quality and hopefully more depth. Not only will the wage bill rise but, while we’ll get little or nothing for the outgoings above, there will be substantial transfer fees for their replacements . There is also a big pay-off for Keegan around the corner resulting from the mess in August last year. Attendances are down 10%, and some fans are still boycotting programmes, pies and pints inside the ground. If the fitness staff are not re-hired at further cost, we can look forward to a continuation of our shocking injury record. If Joe Kinnear is deemed unfit or unsatisfactory in June, there may well be a compensation package and higher wage for a new manager.

    Our youth set-up is better, but still years behind many rival teams and a long way off saving the club substantial sums for new first team players unless we are relegated. We are ‘debt free’ but its clear Ashley intends to add whatever sum he has had to fork out onto the asking price, perhaps less whatever profit has been made on player transfers. That looks like asset-stripping to me, albeit because he didn’t gauge how much the club would cost initially and he is unlikely to get his money back on it in the present climate. As for the savings made on the 3 players referred to above, where is the evidence that will be ploughed back on playing staff? 3 transfer windows gone and we are still waiting to see the vaunted Ashley annual squad investment.
    No, the club is not in great shape. Not great at all


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