Poisonous Atmosphere Cannot Continue – Leadership Needed


We hate to bring this up, but this season has started much as we started the league back in 2008, which turned out to be a relegation season for us, the only difference six years ago was that we had 4 points from our first four games, which we picked up at Old Trafford (1-1 draw) and home to Bolton (1-0 win) before Kevin Keegan left the club, after Dennis Wise brought in players unbeknownst to Kevin.

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Mike Ashley – leadership needed

It’s interesting the fourth league game tat that time was a 2-1 home defeat by Hull City and Danny Guthrie was sent off late in that game – we play Hull at home on Saturday.

There was chaos surrounding Newcastle for some time in 2008, until eventually Joe Kinnear came in as caretaker manager, but the club was up for sale for months until it was announced on the Sunday before the last game of 2008 against Liverpool that Ashley had taken the club off the market.

We lost that game 5-1 in front of a sell-out crowd, when a magnificent display by Steven Gerrard had the Newcastle fans applauding him off the field in the second half when he was replaced.

We just hope that Mike Ashley and others have learned from that disastrous season, and that we will see some leadership coming from Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley in the next week or two.

But with the continued silence of Mike Ashley, it’s  hard to show any leadership, especially when it seems that Lee Charnley is just as reticent to meet the press, and the news today in some reports is that Alan Pardew will be given until Christmas to turn this thing around.

That may be what Ashley is thinking right now – but what happens if we lose our next three league games?

The situation at best right now is that it is a game by game scenario with Alan Pardew as manager, and we have to hope that we get some results on the board.

If we cannot do that then Mike Ashley has to take some decisive action and fire Alan Pardew and his coaching team, and bring in another manager.

Mike Ashley has a tendency to allow poisonous situations to linger at Newcastle, which is exactly the situation back in 2008 and right now – after he banned The Telegraph last Friday because it published two stories about Ashley selling the club and wanting to buy Rangers.

And the Northern Echo has pointed out today we have more newspapers banned (five) than points on the board (two) right now. 😀

Confusion and disarray cannot be allowed to continue at Newcastle, because that’s an environment for disaster – especially at a high-profile club like Newcastle,

And the game against Hull City on Saturday is not looking too good – what happens if Hull get an early goal – will that game turn out to be another demonstration against Pardew – and another 3 points lost – and we remain bottom of the league?

That’s the environment and situation at Newcastle right now – and to put that right some real leadership is required from Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – that’s part of their job descriptions.

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16 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    same old same old

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  • thevirus

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Going from past experience with Ashley, nothing at all will happen and we will be stuck with Pardew for the foreseeable future

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  • Our Toon

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Can’t believe fans want David Moyes. The man who likes to play a defensive 451 with long ball football. When at Everton Felliani was the guy they punted it long. He failed big time at man United because they wouldn’t accept the same shite standard off football he played at Everton

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    They are incapable of leadership. Only when it comes to SD does the fat kunt offer anything! Waste of spunk!

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  • hibbit

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    ed the whole city is now against him its the only thing people are talking about in the bars the shop the schools he has to go lets make him walk

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Our toon,

    It’s desperate isn’t it. Moyes football was horribly sterile and as you say hoofs to Fellaini

    Can’t think of a more horrible choice than Moyes and Pulis. Why or why can’t we get someone who actually has a philosophy of good football like they do at Swansea. Manager after manager there played / plays good football.

    We’re the polar opposite, Allardyce, Pardew and now possibly Moyes or Pulis, bankcrupt of ideas and dull, unimaginative Brit managers, although Pulis did have a bit of an epiphany with Palace.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    I hear you callin and it’s needles and pins (and pins)
    I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name
    Don’t wanna touch you, but you’re under my skin (deep in)
    I wanna smack you, but your lips are venomous poison

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  • firebug666

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    By Danielle Joynson, Staff Reporter
    Filed: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 08:47 UK
    Last Updated: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 08:47 UK

    Former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Alan Sugar believes that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley should appoint David Moyes if he decides to axe manager Alan Pardew.

    The 53-year-old’s position as boss is believed to be under increasing pressure following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s.

    Numerous bookmakers have installed Moyes as one of the favourites to take on the role at St James’ Park, despite his failed reign as Manchester United manager.

    The Scotsman lasted less than one season at Old Trafford after United fell from champions to seventh in the Premier League.

    Lord Sugar wrote on Twitter this morning: “Is Alan Pardew dead man walking . Who could Mike Ashley appoint in his place . Will he de the 1st PL manager to get the sack ?

    “Mike Ashley should give Moyes a chance.”

    Moyes has been out of work since getting sacked by United back in April.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #9

    ZOMBIE PARDEW

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 15, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Remember the words “they have no idea how nasty we can be”

    It’s rung true throughout the fat twats tenure here but none more so than now!

    Demonstrations outside the ground before kickoff. Demonstrations in the ground and demonstrations outside the ground when it’s finished but not just aimed at fatty and his puppet we need to go to war on his one true love, SD.

    Then and only then once we’ve tarnished his true loves reputation and dragged it through the mud much like he’s done to us is the fat fcuk likely to act!

    It’s better than doing nothing and we don’t need a permit to chant inside and outside the ground and the police will have to stay, they wouldn’t have a choice.

    Make it deafening, make it hostile and above all else do not relent! We cannot stand idly by whilst he destroys this club, our club and brings it to its fcuking knees!

    The alternative? Do nothing and let him continue as he is, milking the club for all its worth and literally shitting on the fans at every opportunity. It’s no longer an option it’s a necessity that we do something otherwise we won’t have a club to support.

    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • Sav

    Sep 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope someone is putting the magic sponge on Aarons’ leg right now because it seems to me his manager’s job and all the coaching staff’s jobs are riding on a big show from the lad on Saturday.And its surely time to rest Gouffran.

    I get it that lots of fans just don’t want to have to look at Pardew’s face anymore. But with the squad we’ve got available, does anyone actually believe the kind of managers we’re linked with are going to bring an improvement? I cant see it.

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  • mecannylad

    Sep 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    The change almost all of the great city of Newcastle upon Tyne yearns for in the running of its proud football club is in the hands of a controversial owner.
    Any organic and legal change supporters hope to influence will only be implemented at the behest of Mike Ashley.
    Change could take an age and kill the club in the process. This in turn would have such a negative impact on our City.
    We should never resort to violence; never; but I fear it could feature sooner rather than later.
    We should escalate our plight from the back pages firmly to the front pages….. but how?
    Why can’t Necastle City Council call Mike Ashley to the City Chambers to discuss the negative press his ownership is having on the City as a whole and for the Council to put out a vote of no confidence or something similar. I’m sure the legal and marketing gurus at the CIvic Centre could keep their words within the law but still have a stinging effect.
    Ashley will not like it …… at all.
    It will hasten positive change significantly.

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  • ronjohno

    Sep 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I have to state up front that I really have never had any time for Pardew. He sets his teams out not to lose which in itself is fine but as soon as they go a goal behind he has no alternative ideas.
    But if he is in charge against Hull I feel sorry for him already.

    I could be completely wrong but I think he will be pilloried and abused before he even sits down – even supporters who were not Ben Arfa fans will jump on the bandwagon and I think the atmosphere will be toxic for Pardew.

    As I said I have no time for him but I see no advantage in publicly treating him worse than a dog.

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  • thevirus

    Sep 15, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Ronjohno Why not treat this man worse than a dog after all he is only Ashley’s pet anyway, doing what he’s told at the fat mans command. It’s time for a change whether or not we get it and if it’s a positive change is yet to be seen

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  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Give him ’til Xmas?

    Far too late, just imagine the scenario – 10 points adrift and needing a miracle with no credible Mr Fixit to be had!

    Does Ashley want relegation?

    Hopeless and Pardew should be out the door now!

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  • jameskwl

    Sep 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle is currently a real embarrassment

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