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20th Most Valuable Club In World Facing Relegation

10:03 am, Monday, April 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

It’s been huge news over the weekend that Liverpool can score goals without Luis Suarez, and that Newcastle United, who finished 5th last season and almost reached the semi-finals of the Europa League this season, could be relegated next month.

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Mike Ashley – must be feeling anxious

And we all know that could be the second time in four years – we still haven’t got over the last one.

And the reason we are so worried about this is that with three games to go in the season, we have managed to get ourselves in a perilous situation and we don’t think our lads can play well under such pressure.

Most of our new players are just not used to this kind of intense pressure that you get when you play for Newcastle, especially in a relegation battle..

That was seen in the last two big games at home against Sunderland and Tottenham, when we leaked 9 goals – and our players showed little or no fight in both those games.

That’s why we are worried and Newcastle were recently listed as the 20th most valuable club in football by Forbes magazine, and also 20th in the Deloitte ratings based on revenue.

So if we are relegated this season, we’ll have to build ourselves up again – and that’s very hard to do – and we’ll not even mention the £70M we’ll miss out on next season, with the new three year TV deal.

Mike Ashley will be absolutely furious if at the end of the home game against Arsenal on 19th May, we are relegated, and fans will not be too happy either.

And it will be a very sad day in the history of Newcastle United.

We are praying this will not happen.

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFCarter // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Ian Holloway

  • 2 John Tudor // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    basil faulty

  • 3 John Tudor // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    any one but pardump

  • 4 John Tudor // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    in fact roger-de-courcy

  • 5 Spotlight Kid // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    BEARDO – TODAY!!!

  • 6 Conaldo (The Wizard - Member of the Triangle of Intelligence) // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I don’t get what people see in moyes: What have everton achieved exactly?

    Also, Laurent Blanc is generally regarded as being a bit of a tit. French national team didn’t like him. I would rather someone else than him.

    Exactly Rainrix – If we are to move on from Pardew, we need to do just that. Move onwards and upwards, to the next level.

    That won’t be achieved with Di Matteo or Moyes etc. We need a top manager. Someone who can win us something. Christ imagine that! Winning a trophy. Or even trying to win a trophy. I mean if Wigan can get to the FA cup final, and Bradford to the whateveritscallednow cup final, surely we can?!

    Anyway, I have to go.

    Ta ta

  • 7 NUFCarter // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    mansfield manager? better than pardew or gateshead manager?

  • 8 archaeomag // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    20 the most valuable club in the world – sponsered by . . W@nga!

  • 9 John Tudor // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    manager at aldi would be better and shes a tart

  • 10 John Tudor // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    she could flash her pies @ half time

  • 11 wolfshead@toon // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    ginola is ex newcastle/french worth a punt

  • 12 Griff-toon // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Conaldo

    What has any manager apart from Manchester U, Manchester C, Chelsea and Arsenal manager achieved in England?

    Moyes could win a cup i say.

    The criteria for the manager we choose is what style of play they like and I like the way Everton play.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Spotlight,
    You complain that Ashley is the problem, and then you name one of his biggest fans at the club as them man you want as the new manager. The man in charge of our “Development” squad, that has seen no one develop since he took charge…..

  • 14 Joe Blog // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    We’re lumbered with the clot, no matter what, aren’t we? That’ll be it for me, if it’s the case, until the entire club is disinfected of MA and his bum lickers.

  • 15 Joe Blog // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I’d take Neil Buchanan if Art Attack fame, at least when we’re losing games, he’ll coordinate pretty pictures out of the players.

  • 16 Mag.no // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    If the Rafa rumors are true, sack Pardew today and install Rafas choice of assistant as boss for the last matches. It is perhaps little time to make such transformations, but i’ve come to conclusion Pardew is the absolute worst option in the last three games. Anything is better than him deciding the starting 11 and how we play…

  • 17 Slank // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Moyes is a good manager but not a great manager as he hasn’t won any trophies during his time in charge at Everton.

    What he has done is keep Everton in the upper reaches of the Premiership for most of his time with a very restricted budget. His record with Everton is:

    2001-02: 15th (last nine games)
    2002-03: 7th
    2003-04: 17th
    2004-05: 4th (Qualification for UEFA Champions League)
    2005-06: 11th
    2006-07: 6th (Qualification for UEFA Cup)
    2007-08: 5th (Qualification for UEFA Cup)
    2008-09: 5th (Qualification for UEFA Europa League)
    2009-10: 8th
    2010-11: 7th
    2011-12: 7th

  • 18 John Tudor // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    new song “play the way you want too not pardews way to”

  • 19 Spotlight Kid // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Mike Ashley will be absolutely furious if at the end of the home game against Arsenal on 19th May, we are relegated, and fans will not be too happy either.

    If NUFC go down Ashley will have deserved it, because he is simply not up to PL ownership. He is not pro-active or dynamic, there is no strategy or contingency, and he trusts the most important job at the club to a self aggrandising puppet. The pro-Ashley fans on here will never see wood for trees and until the club hits rock bottom and he is forced to sell Ashley will never admit his errors.

    All in all a recipe for another upcoming disaster unless someone does the sensible (and simple) thing and lets Beardo take charge. He can then quietly and calmly pick the right team playing in right formation. It’s not rocket science, Mike.

  • 20 thejokethatisnufc // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Does anyone really think we have a chance of getting Moyes seriously ?

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I would hazard a guess that about 95% of readers want to see Pardew sacked,my self included,I just think it’s a shame that after what he achieved last year he wasn’t backed then we would have really seen the true ectent of his failings or the transition into a decent manager,as it turns out we’ll never know and especially now I don’t think there’s any undoing the mess we’re in,it is so obvious Mike Ashley set us a mid table finish this year what makes you think that it’s going to be any different with a new manager.

  • 22 FrankfurtMag // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Pretty sure we played Liverpool and not Tottenham 2 days ago. Maybe I was seeing things.

    Anyway, I think any manager who is attack minded and can motivate the players would be a good choice. Laurent Blanc springs to mind and would do well with the Frenchies.

  • 23 Munster Mag // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I dont like people saying NUFC fans are arrogant. But it is certainly true up to a point. Whyn are fans even talking about Moyes or Benitez??????

  • 24 blew // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    The problem has to be removed forthwith, Sunderland did and they have recovered.
    This will not happen because Llambias is a fan of Pardew from WHU days.
    We will pay the price for stubborn Llambias and his pride.
    I am disappointed Pardew is still manager today, he has to go – like yesterday.

  • 25 thejokethatisnufc // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    We can dream about managers all day long but at the end of the day it comes down to Mr Ashley IMO.

  • 26 corkypants85 // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    David Moyes Black and white Army hes gunna be free in the summer so would cost nowt has done a fantastic job at everton with little money i think newcastle are a better team than everton on paper hes got everton to 5/6 in league but does well consitently he did an amazing job at preston north end nearly took them to prem got beat in play off final and has a shit load of premier league experience

  • 27 Yohan // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Is simpson out injured?

    Harper
    Simpson Colo Taylor Haidera
    Gutierrez
    HBA Anita Cabaye Gouffy
    Cisse

    Carroll
    Jarvis Nolan Vaz Te Oneill
    Diame
    Demel Collins Reid O’Brien
    Jaaskelainen

    Elliot, MYM, Sissoko, Tiote, Marveux, Campbell, Shola

    Henderson, Cole, Collison, Taylor, Noble, Pogatetz, Cole

    Play player for player against Big sam (4-1-4-1) & we have more quality. The fight, however, is a different story.. Harper in there because he commands his area a lot better than elliot. Useful when facing high balls into the box.

    Win this & we’re fine.

  • 28 Slank // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    The problem Newcastle have is that it is not a great club and therefore it would be difficult to attract a great manager, especially a foreign manager.

    Since the inception of the Premiership, nearly all trophies in nearly all competitions have been won by either Manchester U, Manchester C, Chelsea, Arsenal and to a lesser extent Liverpool.

    What this tells us is that (a) managerial longevity and/or (b) money wins trophies.

    Swapping Pardew for another trophy less also ran manager may keep some or perhaps all of the fans happy, for awhile, but history and statistics strongly suggest that it will not bring any glory and trophies to St James Park.

  • 29 Munster Mag // Apr 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I’m reckoning we can get one point only out of the last few games ( away to qpr ) , unless Pardew finally throws off his shackles and plays the most attacking team he can play. Our only joy is that Villa have a bad run it, but I reckon they will win tonight.

  • 30 jimmysmith // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Chris Waddle used to chaperone Gazza around the pubs and clubs in Newcastle when they played together at the Toon in the early 80’s.

    Gazza used to give it a real nudge even then and Waddle also fancied a drink.

    After one particularly huge bender and early morning Sunday fry up at a Quayside caf, Waddle was pulled over for drink driving on their way home.

    Gazza quickly nipped over the into the back seat and as the policeman, a huge Toon fan, was giving Waddle a stern warning, dropped his tweeds and cheekily mooned the copper out of the back window.

    The constable, unfazed, duly finished his warning to Waddle before he turned to face this bare arse and began a second tongue lashing with, ” and as for you Beardsley………..”

    You can’t have someone looking and talking like that Managing the club in this day and age, brilliant player in his day or not.

    Not gonna happen!

  • 31 Bambams // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I think Harry Redknapp hinted in a way he fancies the job. Did you hear his interview ” its not like we are playing badly and getting smashed every week ” …..

    Toon are !

  • 32 Slank // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Bambams

    ‘Arry Redknapp lives in Sandbanks, one the most expensive and nicest areas in Britain, and his wife has said that they will not move and therefore QPR is as far north as ‘Arry will travel but more his wife I suspect will tolerate.

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Jail

    He always gets found out. He had Tevez and Mascherano and wouldn’t play them.

    As well documented there were a lot of extenuating circumstances for last year and as a West ham fan pointed out it goes to his head, starts drinking his own bathwater and the rest is history!

    2 record losing streaks at 2 different clubs and taking Charlton from the PL to the bottom 3 of the championship takes some doing.

    None of the other bottom clubs had nearly 20M worth of 5 new players in January with half a season left to play.

    We’ve had all the excuses. Maybe the pitch is the wrong shade of green for him. Who knows? Ultimately you could give him Barcelona and he’d f..k it up. Maybe not straightaway but it wouldn’t take long. Imagine the look on Mascherano’s face if he turned up there!

  • 34 TheWellGeordie // Apr 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    No chance. We aren’t in as much danger as Wigan or Villa. Even the small club down the road can be dragged right back in it. All we need to do is pick up 4 points and we’re safe, even 3 would do, because there is no way Villa AND Wigan are going to over-take us.

    The best result we can hope for tonight between the SMB’s and Villa is a draw. Then we can take the game to West Ham and QPR… Surely we can get a win against one of them!? If we can’t – Well I’m sorry but we deserve to go down, cos QPR are awful.

    The only way we’ll beat Arsenal is if their season is over and they can’t make Top 4, and won’t give a toss. Even then I’m not counting on it.

    Just get us to next season and we’ll come back stronger, whoever is at the helm.




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