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Newcastle Likely To Finish 9th – Demonstrations Could Help

9:16 am, Sunday, May 4th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

Newcastle finally broke their six game losing streak against a poor looking Cardiff City side, but we still made really hard work of it in that second half, when two times – after 60 minutes and 69 minutes – fans walked out – and of course that’s what’s being reported today, but there were only hundreds who left the game – and there were over 50,000 fans at the final home game of the season.

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Mathieu Debuchy – in action yesterday

It’s not in the DNA of Geordies to walk out on their team at a home game, even when we have been hopeless – make that absolutely hopeless – this year, and those fans who did walk out were doing it only to help force some positive change at the club.

There were demonstrations against manager Mike Ashley and owner Mike Ashley, who of course decided not to attend the game – he mustn’t be a masochist –  because if he had been at the game he would have been on the receiving end of some vitriotic display of anger and frustration from the fans.

He was in any case, with banners shown and chants being made against the Newcastle owner, who lacks ambition for Newcastle United.

Newcastle won the game 3-0 and  Cardiff are relegated, and we now have 49 points, and still have a chance of remaining in 9th place, since we are still 2 points ahead of Stoke, who crushed Fulham 4-1 yesterday, and the London club are also relegated.

And it looks like we can at the very least finish in the top ten after taking only 3 points from our last seven games, and Stoke will need to win at West Brom next Sunday to go above Newcastle and Crystal Palace need to get two wins in their last two games to have a chance of catching us now, since we are 6 points ahead of them.

And Palace play at Liverpool tomorrow and then at relegated Fulham.

Another way of saying it is that Crystal Palace (2) and Stoke (1) will have to win all their remaining games for Newcastle to finish in 11th place and outside the top ten.

So with the win yesterday, results could go for us next Sunday, and we could finish in 9th place – since we don’t expect anything from our last game at Liverpool – we are just hoping we don’t get taken apart in that game.

We don’t know if the demonstrations yesterday will have a positive effect on owner Mike Ashley – but one thing in the fans’ favor is that Mike Ashley does not want to see Newcastle relegated again, and lose all that big money form the Premier League.

And maybe that will motivate him to spend money and bring some good players in – as he did 16 months ago when we were in real relegation danger.

There is big money to spend if only Ashley will loosen the purse strings, since there’s the £20M from the Cabaye transfer and Newcastle will get over £80M in total from the Premier League later this month, if we finish in the top ten, and each place is worth around £2M.

Spend the money Mike – please – we don’t want another season like the last two.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // May 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Stuart no9
    The trouble is mate if and I repeat if Mashley does go out and blow some money for a change on transfers and brings in some quality. And we have a cracking start to next seasons campaign……..Then all this boycotting will be for nothing as most fans will let a bad season slide

  • 2 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Ed, it was to make a visual statement of disgust. Just like the banners.

    To sit and lap up the acceptance of utter mediocrity is not on and should be challenged. That challenge manifested itself in different ways yesterday.

    People not turning up.
    People chanting anti Ashley and Pardew all game.
    Pro Ben Arfa chants promoting flair players not dull and boring football.
    Numerous banners.
    Walk out.

    The walkout was thousands, not hundreds. Not many went on 60mins but a lot went on 69.

    All of it gets media coverage and thus heaps more pressure on Ashley and Pardew. It highlights why they are not wanted.

    An axe takes a number of chops to cut down a tree. Do it enough and the tree cannot take it any more and it will fall.

    Each demonstration is a cut to the tree.

    Sit there like a seal clapping without any anti-manager/owner chants then everything looks rosey. It is far from that.

    Look at the bigger picture, not the empty 3 points.

  • 3 stuart no9 // May 4, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    ED—– 1000s left not 100s , it was a success for a 1st walk out . We need to keep it up though but pardew struggled to come to terms with it yesterday , imagine if that abuse was thrown at him every week ? Who could stand or want that ? He is on the way out , too much damage has been done now .

  • 4 Rotonda heights // May 4, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    wouldn’t trust pardew with any transfers, cue more nobles, bents, tomkins, jenkinsons etc, the very definition of mediocrity.

    Just wish for once we’d think outside the box and not always turn to Brit B lister and journeymen managers. There are lots of De Boer / Pochetinno types out there.

  • 5 stuart no9 // May 4, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Jazzy — that’s a big if though mate. Never seen it in the 7 years he has been here , why do you think he will change now – no doubt he will buy players , but quality ?? We will see .

  • 6 Rotonda heights // May 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I wish the interviewers wouldn’t keep asking pardew such tame questions. He is so shamelessly just holding out for the pay off.

  • 7 Go toon gooooo // May 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Demonstrations will not help for one reason:Because Ashley really ruined Pardew’s season with selling Cabaye and he can’t sack Pardew until Pardew repeat this losing next year with NEW players.But the fact is that Pardew is a poor manager.Good scout for players Yes but poor manager.And to be honest Cabaye has used Newcastle for his promotion and escaped.Same as Enrique,same as Ba and the only star which is devoted to club is Ben Arfa.I hope he will stay as he deserves.And Pardew is the only manager in the world I think that will suffer such a damage without just ONE player.

  • 8 Ciaran // May 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I think it is an utter disgrace how disconnected Ed is from Newcastle fans.

    I was out and around the ground shaking the hands of those who dared to walkout and there were thousands from the East Stand alone! I would say that there were somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 who walked out yesterday. While that still left a considerable amount of fans in the ground it was the largest single demonstration by NUFC fans this season and I for one am proud of each and every one of them.

    Ed is persisting with this “100s left the ground” for what agenda? Why is he so afraid to back the fans and say what we the fans are thinking?

  • 9 Himanshu Dhingra // May 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Link to yesterday’s match anyone?

  • 10 SuperShearer // May 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    @Ciaran – You’re being a bit unfair on Ed. He didn’t count how many left, neither did you for that matter. The point he’s making is the ground still had more people in it rather than outside it come the final whistle. Ed has made it clear he’s not at all happy with the way Ashley runs the clubs and Pardew manages it. Just because he doesn’t resort to name-calling (which from a legal stand-point is wise) and throwing around hostile and inflammatory remarks does not make his opinion on the matter any less valid.

  • 11 croftus5678 // May 4, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    fans may be confused a little tbh !

    the reason i’m sulking atm is because ashley is not spending the money the club has made !if ashley releases those funds instead of them disapearing into no where i’ll be happy with him staying quite and in the shadows.

    and with pards i dont want him out par say i just want him to change ! can he attack with the right players ? we see it a few seasons ago with ba/cisse ect so we know he can but will he ?

  • 12 bobby mango // May 4, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Jazzyp you f’ing tool, what does this mean?

    “The trouble is mate if and I repeat if Mashley does go out and blow some money for a change on transfers and brings in some quality. And we have a cracking start to next seasons campaign……..Then all this boycotting will be for nothing as most fans will let a bad season slide”

    The point of the boycotting is to change the situation. We want Ashley gone cos he doesn’t spend and the team are doing site. But if the change is Ashley spending money and the club doing well, then the protests will have got the thing they wanted… How is that being for nothing?

    This is surely a wind up?

  • 13 wynsleap // May 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    If Ed with his ‘hundreds’ and The Sunday Sun with their ‘1000’ of fans leaving the stadium really believe that they need to go to Specsavers.
    Congratulations to all the gutsy ‘big picture seeing’ lads who walked yesterday. For those who didn’t perhaps you think that various chants and boos suffice. Not convinced.
    For those pathetically staying after the final whistle to watch the march past – shame on you – you’ve probably guaranteed just more of the same next season.
    We really do deserve what we get at this club.

  • 14 lesh // May 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    100, 1000, 10,000 it doesn’t make any difference as the walk-out seems to have achieved its desired effect – media coverage.

    As someone said a day or two ago, NUST is not a protest organisation, however the media’s widely reported it as the organiser of the walk out.

    Is NUST a protest body or not?

  • 15 sweendog // May 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    See pepe Mel is available in the summer .. Him or frank de Boer would be good .. Hope they don’t replace pardew with another long ball dinosaur

  • 16 sweendog // May 4, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    It’s a shame there all this bikkering on who walked out when .. We are all Newcastle supporters .. I think the point was made and Ashley will know if this isn’t sorted soon then next year is a relegation fight .. I’d expect a new manager and 40 mill investment ..

  • 17 jazzyp // May 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Bobby mong
    Thanks for the insult mate…..appreciated !!
    I will have a bet with ya now that there will be no boycotting of any game if Ashley spends some money and Newcastle does well next season.So therefore the Pardew out and Ashley out campaign has achieved nothing has it

  • 18 sparky55 // May 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    I would not bet £1 of someone else’s money on Pardew being sacked, and I would also bet Ashleys nett spend will be approx zilch, nowt, Nada.

    What the fans need to remember is

    Colo is leaving for a small fee
    HBA is leaving for pretty much what we paid for him
    Debuchy is off…we’ll make maybe 3 million on him
    Krul is going…we’ll make about 7 million on him
    Santon is going back to Italy…we’ll make about 3 million on him
    Shola is being pensioned off
    Cisse is knackered
    Remy going Arsenal
    Sissoko is off…we’ll make about 4 million on him

    I think another 3 or 4 squad players will go as well, but at the end of the day those that are insistent on leaving will nett us about 20 million, and there’s no way he’ll spend any more than 20 million (even being wildly optimistic) on replacements.

    So Ashley will simply take more of his money out of the club and Pardew will definitely be in charge to ensure we go down next summer which co-incidently will be the same time Ashley buys Rangers.

    Our only saving grace will be if Ashley gets an acceptable offer but my gut feeling is he wants us to go down at the same time he buys Rangers so he can get the shirt sponsor ship on Champions League football the year after.

  • 19 jazzyp // May 4, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Bobby mongo
    the point of the walk out was to get Ashley and Pardew out of our club, Not the point I was trying to make.
    So why don’t you read a post properly before starting with the insults

  • 20 Big Foot // May 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    My seat is in the SE Gallowgate corner and I walked on 69 minutes, along with 2 of my friends. I was roundly booed by a large section in the East stand and was given the v sign by plenty. This was my protest, my decision and my show of disgust at the whole rotten regime. I’ve had enough, my love of my club has turned to apathy.

    My point is, is that people who attend the ground will never unite as one at present, I believe the fight has gone from many and they are happy to watch and take whatever crap Ashley and co. throw at them. To be booed and jeered by large sections was very sad indeed.

  • 21 stuart no9 // May 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Super shearer – ED does sometimes try to play down negative situations at the club and sadly he doesn’t get a real feel of what is happening at the club , if that’s because he is on the other side of the Atlantic I don’t know but his comments do make me wonder who’s side is he on sometimes.

  • 22 wynsleap // May 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    sweendod @16 – you think the point was made?
    Wouldn’t it have been more forcibly made if others had had the guts to walk out?
    No doubt if it did result in Pardew going (and hopefully) Ashley, the staying fans in the ground would be congratulating themselves and rejoicing saying like Brucie, “Didn’t we do well to get rid of them?”
    There always has to be some brave people to challenge, and change, the system like we have seen politically in some countries. Unfortunately we don’t have enough of those here.

  • 23 magpie6699 // May 4, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Are we not more likely to finish 10th? If Stoke beat West Brom we would have to beat Liverpool (ha ha!)

  • 24 sweendog // May 4, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Big foot .. Didn’t know some fans were booed for leaving .. Disgraceful .. Its not as if you wanted to pay to watch a game and like leaving early .. I do think this will make a difference as Ashley is a business man and knows the effect this could have .. Just hope its sorted soon .. Either sell up or get a new manager and back him .. Frank de Boer .. Or is that a pipe dream

  • 25 scout // May 4, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Bigfoot
    Fair play for walking out mate anyone who stayed is a tool of the highest order imo
    Absolute joke manager and a owner who doesnt invest, waste of time

  • 26 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // May 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I can,t believe what i am reading on here sometimes !

    What some People need to realise on here is that without Ed running this Blog and taking the trouble to keep it all together and run it like he does, none of you would be able to come on here Spouting the Crap and spinning the Bullshit like you all do?

    Lay off Ed, all of you ! Plonkers !

  • 27 Sav // May 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    The ‘4 or 5 players’ Pardew proposes we buy is a big improvement on Charnley’s measly 2. Nevertheless, if the number of players everyone here seems certain are leaving (Colo, Debuchy, Krul, Marveau, Hatem, Santon, Shola, Obertan, Gosling, Taylor etc?) we are going to have to buy a lot more than that. Add 5 players to that list and you are talking 15 first team players and some of our main men to be replaced. Lets be conservative and say half of those players listed actually stay – we are still looking at 10 new players and moulding them into a side in a World Cup summer. Seeing is believing.

  • 28 Macas // May 4, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    There was nowhere near 5000 – 10000 walking out. Anyone actually in the ground would verify that. It was a small minority that left

  • 29 toonluvva // May 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Can I just ask the regular posters if they would change their stance on Ashley if he came up trumps in the summer by sacking P45due and then investing a few millions on decent players.

    As we have seen at sun’lun, miracles do sometimes happen.




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