The Sad And Continuing Decline Of Newcastle United

It’s been a bad week for Newcastle fans, and rather than get two new players through the door on Monday on the last day of the transfer window, we lost two players and once again Newcastle have let a player go without replacing him – and that’s not the first time that’s happened.

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Mike Ashley – money, money, money

We had thought that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa would only be allowed to leave  Newcastle if were able to bring in another center-back, and we had been linked with players like Virgil van Dijk, Toby Alderweireld, Michah Richard and others, but we were unable to get a center-back through the door as Southampton seemed to beat us to Toby Alderweireld, the Belgian International.

But in order to save around £3M this season, Newcastle still went ahead and allowed Mapou to go on a season long loan to Roma, leaving us with just three experienced center-backs – when that had been a weakness in our side for the last two seasons.

We have to admit that money is a lot more important than the team – or success on the field – and that was proved in January when Yohan Cabaye left and wasn’t replaced,  and our season went to hell in a hand basket – just in case anybody wasn’t clear about the importance of money at Newcastle these days.

It’s getting alarming that not only can we not compete with the top six clubs in England – Chelsea, the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – but clubs like Everton, Southampton, Swansea and even Hull City now seem to have more ambition than Newcastle United. 🙁

And the event that has shocked and angered Newcastle fans this week is that our manager fell out with Ben Arfa earlier this year,  and literally railroaded the Frenchman out of the club late on Monday night, and Ben Arfa actually signed a loan deal at Hull at about 1:45 am on Tuesday morning.

The rumors are that Geordie Steve Bruce has been dancing in the streets of Hull ever since – the Hull fans certainly have been.:D

And it’s not clear that Newcastle have as a strong as squad as we thought and we could be struggling a bit this season in the Premier league.

The heady days of Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson seem far too distant memories now, and they may never return any time soon at Newcastle.

They will certainly not return as long as Mike Ashley is the owner – that seems to be a cast-iron certainty.

We hope we are wrong on all of this, and maybe this is the low point of the season, and things will start improving from now on?

We hope so for the good of the club.

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16 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    stand up and get shot

  • Tsunki

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2

    I have no doubt that we miss a few of our targets due to our current image as much as the wide boy bargaining.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Mike looks like clay head that’s been dropped on the floor.

  • BuckLuck

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s time to fcuk them back, Ashley and Pardew. Don’t go to matches, but if you do make sure it’s not a courtesy visit!

    Get them out of our club one way or another. I’m fed up with this.

  • SuperShearer

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ve repeatedly tried to give MA the benefit of the doubt at times, believing that he was essentially putting the club on firm footing but the actions in the past year; selling & not replacing Cabs, not firing AP when he punched a player, letting two very competent squad players go without replacing them and seemingly taking advantage of Newcastle as a global brand to use for his own sales has left me feeling not sadness but sick with anger.

  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Has Ashley allowed Pardew to offload Ben Arfa to put him in a untenable position with the fans?
    How do you make an unpopular manager even less popular? Let him bullet the fans favourite.
    Or has he decided to back Pardew all the way?

  • check the toastie

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley is a knob as he simply wont sack Pardew, when he does i think he is actually doing OK, the players we recruit are great, and with the right man in charge the team will be a joy to watch.

    Barring the Centre Halfs.. We need an upgrade there clearly. Look on the brightside at least Sholas gone.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #8

    all goes to show what a conniving tw@ ashley is who cares about pardew tw@

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Interesting that the president of Beskitas has came out and said he didn’t want Ben Arfa and turned him down after Demba Ba recommened him.

    He said he done some research and decided against having him.

    Make of that what you will fella’s.

  • TheGeordiePedro

    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Our club is in total meltdown, we need a complete fresh start; Ashely out, Pardew and the background staff that he brought with him out. We need a new owner who will treat this club as a football club with European ambitions; rather than a money-making marketing agent. Sports Direct and Wonga can go too; we need new sponsors that don’t make the club look like a desperate money-grabbing business. This is a football club not a cheap, chav-filled chain of shity sports shops. Newcastle United need to undergo a revolution; that will only start when the fat, money-greedy, club-shaming prick Mike Ashley and the smug, fan-blaming, player-selling, head-butting twat Alan Pardew are gone!

  • jon.c

    Sep 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #11

    What player would consider the toon team with the miss management. You cannot put all the blame on Ashley he has given money for extra players it is an idiot called Pardew who has no technical brain for football and cant man manage what must our players think of him there cant be any will to win

  • ToonMatt

    Sep 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #12

    BuckLuck, It won’t happen mate there will be over 50,000 for every home game? By going they are supporting Ashley and his regime, He’s going nowhere.

  • nufc 11

    Sep 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Fair enough getting rid of HBA and MYB they were on big wages and not going to play reg. But if penny pinching is what were about why did we pay 7 million for players were loaning back to the championship. Did we need another goalkeeper? Did we need to buy Janmmat if we already had Santon? a RB by nature what does that say about him? WE desperately needed a CB we were just shy of the leakest defence in the league lst year do we need a LB hell ya. How many goals have we lost up that side? Where is the manager in all this? all things aside we could have scraped by with the attacking side of things but at the back its just a disgrace has been for a long long time and our manager seems to think were fine no problem back there iron mike and colo are top notch santon a right footed LB that cant cross or defend from that side and haidara is a winger that cnt defend or track back what actually goes on at thee training ground from top to bottom id sack everyone of them.

  • NOVA2967

    Sep 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Can we please sign Steve Bruce up… He knows how to build a team

  • Zambiantoon

    Sep 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Pls explain why people go to SJP YET HATE ASHLEY ND PARDS.


  • Sav

    Sep 3, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #16

    But Ed, you have been regurgitating all this stuff about de Jong being a great guy, a great captain, super smart and the reincarnation of Teddy Sheringham. I hope you are right, mate but I’ll reserve judgement on it until I see it with results on the pitch.
    The longer Mashley goes on making a fat profit plus free SD advertising, the harder it is to get rid of him. We are a test-tube case on how it is possible to make money from owning a football club.
    Meanwhile, Wonga are supporting the NUFC women’s team:,d.ZGU&psig=AFQjCNHq_UWWUfHXpO5ARGRwEYK81KsN9g&ust=1409866699318881


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