Alarm Bells Should Be Going Off – Leadership Needed

While we don’t want to over-react to the poor display and poor result today against Southampton at home, we are on a very poor run and  that is our seventh defeat in the last nine games and we have conceded 22 goals in the process.

We’ve taken only 4 points from the last 21 points available, and we have no head coach, and we’re in the bottom half of the table 4 points above Crystal Palace but with a worse goal difference. 🙁

lee charnley and mike ashley
These two need to get busy and do their jobs

So at best it’s a bad spell we are going through – again – and at worst it’s another slump in the new year as happened last year.

Newcastle are like a ship adrift in the ocean at the moment with no direction and it showed today, and it must be very difficult for the players in these times of uncertainty – they know they will be getting a new boss – but don’t know when and don’t know who it is.

Some leadership is needed from those at the top – namely Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley and they cannot stay silent and say nothing in the current situation.

We think the players have been put into a bad situation, and it’s the management of the club at the top where the problem lies.

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley need to show some leadership – and start communicating with both the players and the fans.

It’s becoming obvious we need a new coach brought in and while we have every respect for John Carver – he’s a good assistant manager but not head coach material for Newcastle United.

And if Newcastle cannot appoint the coach they want in until the end of the season, it may be good to get somebody in over the rest of the season –  like Tim Sherwood or Glenn Hoddle or some other  experienced coach who can take over the reigns through the  end of the season.

While we are still around 8 points above the drop zone – after what happened last season –  we cannot be sure and we need to start picking up some points very soon.

Leaving the Newcastle ship adrift in the ocean any longer than one or two weeks could be suicidal, and some coach needs to be brought in.

It’s up to owner Mike Ashley and particularly Managing Director Lee Charnley – to start doing their jobs.

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102 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Thought Carver was honest….possibly too honest now.

    He wont be getting the job now….

  • Mag52

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Tough times for Carver. I’m not sure he has the players playing for him in the way AP had.
    Next match, now almost one of those so called ‘six pointers’, will be a make or break game for him.

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #3


    for you info i’m starting to fcuken hope we get relegated.

    southampton can transform into a quality team from a league 2 team so why can’t we?

    best of all it will ensure we get rid of this fcuken owner

  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Sounded like he new he had no chance of getting it.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Who in their right mind would want to work with Carver & co as assistants?

  • lochinvar

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #6

    “And we have no Head Coach”… Well we do he’s called Carver
    What we don’t gave is any clue

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #7

    west ham themselves clearly prove even sh1t managers can do great with the correct ownership.

    the reason southampton do so well is they replace the player sold, we don’t replace anyone.

    where is the Ba replacement? don’t say perez as he is nothing like the power house striker guarenteed to score goals.

    secondly why the hell do will still have a CB pairing of colo willo/saylor all part of the team we had during chris hughtons management.

  • manxpie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #8

    bambams same here the frustration from him showed through

    the fact that there has been no word from the club is shocking

    and 3 weeks is unbelievable even by ashleys standards
    he obviosly hasn’t found the “head coach” that would work under his shambles and pay

    but hey even without a manager we will do better hey rotonda??

  • Our Toon

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #9

    For those wishing we had kept King aka Pardew, look at his career and it’s blighted with good performances in the 1st year, once he puts his stamp on the team they’ll mess up big time and he’ll have a 4th protest from a new set of fans.

    That’s why I put money on palace staying up this season and going down next season!! Also before saying I told you so can the pardew followers/lovers please wait until we have a manager in place!! If we get a manager!!

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #10

    for what its worth, im with Rotonda on that one, i think we would be better off with the players sorting themselves out than having Carver and Stone there , sorry, but i really could have been watching a P45 performance there,

    as for the club, im 100% agreed, the club behind the scenes is a mess, an owner who is a fantastic business man, but dosnt understand football

    a chairman that might as well not be there, he is a ghost

    its a total mess

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Same old, same old.
    Leadership,ambition, resolve, care about the community. Ashley – Know nowt about them things!
    I said before today. This was a must win but the game at Hull is a six pointer & a must must win

  • John Tudor

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #12

    see you in the championship next season lads

  • Thump

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #13

    They should be going off, but I fully expect to see Carver until the end of the season. Cheaper.

  • CaptPot

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #14

    MUGS,MUGS and more MUGS!!!!. Newcastle fans have got to be the biggest bunch of MUGS on gods green earth.

    Fortunately, I got out when Wise and Co rolled up into the toon. Since then I haven’t spent 1p on the club and financed MA, yet I’ve watched 95% of the matches, in local pubs and clubs.

    When are the MUGS on sites like this going to learn, that they hold the power at STJ but only if they DO NOT ATTEND!!!!!!!

    Forget about shouting about Ashley out or P45 out, the fact that they are in the ground, justify’s everything that MA gets away with.

    THE sooner the MUGS realise that Sky won’t show a half empty STJ on TV and MA will have a coronary when his beloved Sports Direct are not being advertised will some thing happen.

    Lineker called it last week, our search for a new head coach will drag on until the transfer window shuts = ZERO spend on desperately needed new players, Carver himself said the same when he announced that it would be sorted by the end of the month!!!!!!!!= ZERO SPEND, FFS.

    PLEASE, all supporters of NUFC, stay AWAY until, MA and Penfold realise that you/we will not take their B@llshit anymore.

    WE DO HAVE THE POWER AT THE CLUB, but only by staying away will it ever get exercised properly.

    Just watch and learn from the Rangers fans!!!!!, and please forget the b@llshit “supporting the team, not the regime”, it doesn’t wash, NOT when your sitting in the REGIMES seat.

  • geordie157

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew’s palace to finish above us

  • Klam3r

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle United is a disgrace as it is right now. The only thing Ashley can do to change that is to show ambition and hire a good head coach with a good backroom staff, and use some money on evolving the squad. Selling Sissoko this window would be a disaster.

    If Ashley doesn’t show ambition this window one way or another then let’s use our money on Gateshead FC. The city needs a club to be proud of and Ashley doesn’t deserve our money at all. I’m even tempted to say that poeple leaving money for Ashley to use deserve all this cr@p.

  • lukes26

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Carver should just grow his beard again and go back to being Tintin’s sidekick

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #18

    toonking – posted this earlier -map of Africa might help out your geography. Note do not look for Argentina on this map as it’s on another continent.

  • manxpie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #19

    catchy ofcourse ya do but how can you say we’ll be better with no manager even tho you admit the shambles above?

    thats mental talk like!

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Nobody wants the job under Cashley – FACT!
    He’ll state , when he appoints Carveup that he couldn’t get the right man over the line just like he’ll say that when he sells Sissoko.
    As for Charnley, he only does what Ashley tells & that was the same with Llambias.
    He really wants to plough his NUFC money into Rangers but must get all the money he has put in plus a tidy profit before he will sell.Not going to happen so prepare for placards & protests come Feb 1st

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #21


    You say Manx is missing the point. Surely not!!!! what the king of keyboard warriors, how can that be

    I said the team would almost be better off without a manager than Pardew, I didn’t mean with Carver ffs.

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #22

    our toon

    those of us who sound like pardew fans are infact REALISTIC fans. a NON ambitious owner is at this fcuken club.

    who has he appointed as decent appointments?
    answer, 1 KK.

    who has he appointed as sh1t ones?
    answer, 5, possibly 6- wise JFK, lambsarse, pardew, JFK AGAIN and now perhaps carver and this doesn’t even includ ones such as shearer and charnley.

    why the hell does an owner sack hughton, if he keeps pardew for finishing in a worse position than hughton?

    how the hell can any manager make a difference when we’ll be stuck with this same sh1t defence and forward line for the rest of the season and by then we could be already relegated.

    every single one of us actually wanted him out but ashley didn’t and pardew just choose to walk out as this transfer window was his final stray.

    if pardew walks out, then why would any decent manager want to come in.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #23

    toonking…I don’t wish for relegation, that won’t make the Fat one sell up!

    I do believe we need to turn on him, we need to turn on his other lovechild that is SD. And we need to wake up and see filling SJP every second week is doing no good!

    But mean time lets have the best football we can have under the circumstances, and pile enough pressure on the Fat one that he will have no other option than to include us (the fans).

    I for one have other things to do that to watch the crap Pardew served up and I am not waiting to see Carver serving the same dish. I stopped watching Newcastle for 10 month and I left the blog for 4 month.

    That’s how much I was pissed off. How about you?

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #24



  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #25


    I’m that tempted to go and support gatehead now.

    seeing all the sport direct and wonga signs make me sick.

    it’s now obvious we won’t get a good manager and god help us with carver, stone and woodman left holding the fort.

    could relegation be a price worth paying to get rid rid of the stench.


    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Haidara was the best player on the pitch for us today. Cabella looked skillful and dangerous at times. Sissoko will
    Be gone and hopefully De Jong will be back soon. When is Aarons back?!
    Abied-De Jong-Colback
    This team will win games. Pace, skill, and hard workers. We need another CB badly, Dummett looked shakey today.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Perhaps we’ll go down with Mackems & then there’ll still be a Tyne Wear Derby next year. My worry is that the next Derby at Stadium of S may well drag us right down. It will be another bottom of the table 6 pointer like Hull – away & let’s face it we havn’t got the best of records against them in recent seasons

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #28

    I hope the fans do the right thing and cancel season ticket renewals and also start boycotting games its the only way its the only thing people have not tried

    Thing is I think he will just reduce the prices to get punters in pretty sure there is a buy one get one free deal in season tickets ……

  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #29


    West Ham have improved since the owners brought Sheridan in!

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #30


    you say you’ve had enough of pardew well i’ve had enough of ashley.


    championsh= NO tv money or good SD advertising.


    if he was more serious about crowds than he was about TV money and advertising, he would have did all he could to create ourselves a team capible of europe, “BTW everton are doing rubbish this year as are liverpool so no way does it require a amanager alone to create a team consistant enough to get both european football and PL football”. instead he doesn’t want us to get into europa league as that gives no free SD advertising and also doesn’t give good money, the CL is a league which would require massive money spent, too big a risk for greedy gits.

  • manxpie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #31

    rotonda where did he say i was missing the point??

    rotonda so go on then tell me his stats are brilliantly worked out that doesn’t take into account other players number of games or the opposition??

    or maybe just tell me where ya got 50 mill from for signings in the summer?

    or deny the fact you said that YOU said we’d be better of even without a manager!?

    all things you said rotonda so all of my posts have been relevent to you so go on answer themm ffs before calling me a keyboard warrior

    but i’ll guess you’ll dissappear again without answering and then bring up your exaggerated posts again!

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Usageordie – don’t wish for Aarons to be back too soon as Man U are already sniffing around him and Perez and with Sissoko going we’ll then need another 6 new players. The none performers will get a game every week then!

  • Klam3r

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Rotonda heights

    I could pay that price. It’s almost like I want the fat one to lose face more than I want instant success(I just want us to play attacking and entertaining football). At least we have the time on our side. He will be gone no matter what, but I’m willing to sacrifice a a lot to make it happen now. A relegation could be the solution, and all of us turning on him would help. Let’s hope he continues with the drinking and eating… Not good for his health 😉

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Who is Sheridan never heard of him before and certainly not at West Ham.
    Heard of Sherringham though.
    Lester – poor post -try harder.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #35


    i dont think carver is a good coach, Carver bowed to fan pressure today for Willo, but perez had very little support, he likes the ball played to feet, didnt happen often,

    Goffy may have got the goal, but his overall game is poor, he isnt a winger, so its not his fault, right now he has no clue what his position is.

    get carver out as soon as we can

  • G peart 83

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Yanga mbiwa playing for roma tonight looks like more money coming cashleys way very soon

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Usgeordie – I agree that’s nearly the best we can field with present personnel but it still does not solve the fact we need a proven goalscorer worth 20+ goals per season and two strong CBs to shore up the defence. Otherwise we need a damned good joiner to board up the goals!
    P.s you didn’t include Tiote in your team available after Hull game perhaps to provide the bite & resolve in midfield

  • Sazzer

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Colo, Dummet, Willo is still going to build up our play so slow that there will be no space for whoever we put in front of them.

    And it doesn’t help that the do couple of mistakes defensively on top of that.

  • magpie6699

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #39

    Back from the match – I think I must have been at a different game to everyone. Whilst it was a fairly poor performance, we have actually played worse – and won. We did create some chances and this against the team with the best defence in the PL.They had some big beasts playing for them – I hadn’t realised Pelle was so huge, and too often we hoofed the ball up for Perez to jump against a 6foot 13 centre half. When we did get through to their penalty area the final ball was often wasteful. My impression of the booing at the end was that much of it was directed at the referee for not giving the most blatant handball – along with other decisions. But Carver’s record goes from bad to worse and we clearly need a change of direction. Please!!

  • bladeuser

    Jan 17, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #40

    spot on its blind loyalty which does not wash anymore any other supporters would not stand for this apart from mugs who line his pockets and sit there and take it pathetic is an understatement u deserve the championship


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