When Will Newcastle’s Nightmare End?

Since Boxing Day of last year Newcastle have played 27 league games – won five and drawn four, and lost a massive 18 – and at any other Premier League club the manager would have been fired, but not at Newcastle.

To put this into perspective over a 38 game Premier League season that would be 27 points and certain relegation.

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Mike Ashley – stubborn Newcastle owner

In fact there were 12 sackings of Premier League clubs last season, and managers were shown the door with better records than Alan Pardew has had this year.

And this season we have continued last season’s poor form with three draws and three defeats in our first six games, and are now joint bottom of the league with newly promoted Burnley.

We take on Swansea in south Wales tomorrow afternoon, and Swansea are in much better shape than Newcastle, and are strong favorites to win the game, and a massive 85% of Newcastle fans think we will lose the game.

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So what happens if we lose the game tomorrow afternoon?

There are rumors that Ashley will still keep Pardew on board, but the more games we lose the more likely it is that we will be facing another season long relegation fight, so how long will the owner keep faith in the current manager?

While Alan Pardew and his staff will cost Ashley compensation if he fires them, we still think a clause in their contracts will limit the amount of payout from the club – although that could still amount to as much as £5M – since usually they are given one year’s salary when dismissed without cause.

It’s hard to think things at Newcastle could become even worse than they are at the moment, but every defeat makes that the case, and if we are beaten again tomorrow, the question will be whether Mike Ashley will finally lose confidence in Alan Pardew and bring in a new manager over the International break.

If we lose tomorrow and no action is taken, as happened last Monday night at Stoke City, it’s going to be a long and hard two weeks for Newcastle fans, until our next game two weeks tomorrow.

We play at home to newly promoted Leicester City – which would then be another must-win game – and another game full of protests from the fans.

At least bringing in a new manager would allow fans to get behind the new manager, as we try to make a big push for safety this season – but that will never happen as long as Pardew is the manager.

The longer this situation goes on, the more chance we will have of becoming a second division club next season – it’s that bad.

There’s already too much bad feeling on Tyneside, and it’s not helped by Ashley’s ban on five different newspapers, and it’s getting hard to get questions asked at the press conferences, there are so many sports journalists banned.

What a terrible way to run a  football club.

When will this nightmare end?

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12 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, if we lose the game tomorrow, nothing will happen, same old same old blah blah blah etc etc etc…

  • Mag52

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    When is the nightmare going to end Ed ?
    It will not end until Ashley packs his bags and leaves town. Getting rid of the manager will have as much effect as moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3

    I didn’t say he would be happy mate. I said it wouldn’t come from his pocket, which is true. Mike Ashley may own NUFC, but NUFC is not Mike Ashley.

    There is a clear distinction between the 2 and as such monies paid out by the club is not from Mike Ashley’s pocket. If Mike Ashley was bankrolling the club then that could well be an argument. He isn’t though, and hasn’t been since the Championship season. The payout to Ashley will come from the clubs coffers and therefore would not hurt Ashley’s pocket in the slightest.

  • firebug666

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    In reality Newcastle exists on a bare bone structure, when you ask the question…..Where does the money go?

    Mechanising……….Sports Direct
    Advertising…………Sports Direct
    Sold Assets………….Mike Ashley
    Wonga Money …….Bills
    Gate Money…………Bills
    Money from player sales ……to Buy more players
    TV money ???????
    Other Income ??????

    Basically we are a cash point for Ashley & SD

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Also, huge compensation?? We are talking a max of £5million. A drop in the ocean to a man approaching a personal fortune of £4billion….

  • Magpie Myles

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Most of what Ashley has is Assets. He won’t have much cash to hand unless he decides to sell some shares in Sports Direct. So i think 5 Million will hit his pocket. The main thing is that he shot himself in the foot with the contract and for such a shrewd businessman you got to wonder what was the motive.

  • Mag52

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7


    It’s all relative isn’t. 5 million would be pretty huge to most of us, and from the way Ashley has acted in transfer dealings and players’ wages over recent years, although he’s a multi billionaire, he would hate to pay out what, for a man of his wealth, would seem to be a small sum.
    Think about the recent occasions when, for an extra million or two we could have clinched a deal on a player who would have strengthened the team.
    Only the accountants can tell us if NUFC and SD are really still operating as separate entities. There are certainly a number of unanswered questions.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Logic would suggest that the only way this will truly end is in relegation, and I would HAPPILY take 5 years in the league below, to get rid of Ashley. He has ruined the club, and how people like Billson , whose self belief I admire , must feel like fools now, for calling him our best ever owner. The day we get rid of Ashley will be so wonderful. In the meantime, watching a manager like Slaven Bilic do a decent job on Spurs with Besiktas, and apparently they should have won, hurts. This is another manager, according to local Tyneside media, who would manage NUFC given the chance. If Ashley stays, he has to wake up to the possibilities that other managers give…

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Magpie Myles,
    You miss the key point that the Pardew payout won’t come from his pocket anyway. It comes from the clubs coffers.

  • alka

    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    I have been looking at the fixtures and I reckon that because of the way we are playing it could be 22nd Nov. before we win a match, as we are at home to QPR. on that date.

  • lesh

    Oct 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    £5m a drop in the ocean compared with perm.prize and tv money.

    Getting rid of pardew’s one thing, finding someone to work under the same constraints another. Ergo, getting a credible replacement will be impossible until Ashley cuts a manager some slack and aims for success.

    So, we’re stuck with Pardew until we’re relegated!

  • MonkseatonMag

    Oct 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #12

    The nightmare will only end when Ashley sells up.


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