Newcastle Keep Drifting Along – Going Nowhere


It was obvious on Saturday that Newcastle are leaderless, have no direction and at the moment have no head coach, and while we scored our first goal in the last three games – all defeats – it was a fortuitous goal if ever there was one.

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Lee Charnley – needs to show leadership and quickly

It was Yoan’s first goal for a long time and his first this season – and he knew nothing about it in the 2-1 loss to a Southampton team that were playing their third game in six days and had their three very best players out injured.

And we were still beaten and Southampton were still the better side on the day.

We need new blood on the coaching side, and certainly John Carver is not the answer – he’s a great guy and has been an excellent servant to the club – but he’s not a Newcastle head coach.

John Carver also wants an appointment made:

“It could be the fan in me talking now but it will be three weeks since Alan Pardew was told to speak to Palace and that’s a long time – enough to do what you need to do.”

“It’s in the best interests of the club, me, the fans, the players, staff, everybody.” “I will have to speak to Lee for my own peace of mind and see where we are. We cannot drift.”

“That’s why we have to do something. I’m as straight as they come and I’m a little bit frustrated.”

Before we can have leadership on the field – provided by the new head coach – we have to have leadership off the field and that has to come from Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – who have been given the job of finding a new head coach.

We’ve heard nothing from Charnley since he started the search – so if it’s going to be two weeks before somebody is appointed Lee should issue a communication to the fans and the players,  saying what the progress is and when an appointment will be made.

Lack of communication in  any business can be like a cancer.

It’s hard to believe the club haven’t said anything to the fans about the status of the head coach search – although that’s kind of business as usual with the Newcastle higher ups these days.

Lee should also start giving press conferences as updates on what’s going on – not specifically for the new coach appointment – but as a matter of course.

The fact that Lee doesn’t seem to like to do them has nothing to do with it – that’s part of the job.

He’ll get better at them the more he does them – and as they say – practice makes perfect.

Newcastle need to wake up and get somebody to steer this massive ship of ours.

And soon.

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16 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1

    So colo skips the team bonding in Dubai for “personal issues”

    I’ll bet that if it’s true and he hasn’t gone, he’s in Argentina. Again. How many fcuking times has this happened now? Club captain my arse. Just fcuk him off. He doesn’t want to be here obviously.

    Debilitated by injuries, his team were all out of luck against Southampton in a game they never deserved to win but might have drawn had a stoppage time penalty been awarded against José Fonte for handball.

    Even so the caretaker was let down by shocking performances from the normally impressive Holland right-back Daryl Janmaat and the increasingly unreliable centre-half and captain Fabricio Coloccini. Perhaps significantly, Coloccini did not travel to Dubai as he had a “personal issue” to address.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t know where we’re going, Got no way of knowing, Driving on the Road to Nowhere

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #3

    For the sake of people’s sanity and so his quotes can be seen in context with the questions that were asked of him I’ll post the following because he seems to be getting rather pissed off too. I find it strange that he’s forcing the conversation regarding a replacement brought in and the timescale of it. Surely they knew this already? Obviously fcuking not but there doing due diligence? Bollox! There doing fcukall more like.

    Asked if he would like an appointment to be made by then, Carver said: “I think we have to.

    “It could be the fan inside of me talking now. It will be three weeks on Monday since Alan was allowed to go and speak, so by the following Monday it will be a month. That’s long time.

    “I think that’s enough time to do what you need to do.

    “The club have to do that. It’s in the best interests of the club, me, the fans, the players, the staff, everybody.”

    Carver, keen to take the job on himself on a full-time basis, warned Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley of the need for a swift appointment after being put in temporary charge.

    “I’m as straight as they come,” added Carver, who is in Dubai with his players for a short training camp.

    “I’m a little bit frustrated. From that first conversation (with Charnley), it was important than we didn’t let this situation drift.

    “I’m frustrated because I think the guys are giving me everything – and I have to say that, but sometimes you need that extra bit of quality and luck.”

    Asked about taking the job on on an interim basis until the end of the season, Carver said: “We have not even discussed it, I have to be honest.

    “That’s not even been in my head. I’m telling you, I’ve not had the conversation about it.

    “They said there would be a conversation coming up pretty quickly, even if it is me who forced the conversation.

    “As you can tell, I am getting a little bit frustrated now.”

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Colo, would appear to have reached an agreement to go home whenever possible. His wife and family are there, so it can hardly be considered for jollys. He isn’t playing great though, so you might think the club would be more amenable to letting him go at the end of the season. He’d be useful to have around for one more year though, if we are to blood some younger players, Lascelle, Satka, Good, Streete.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Black and white

    Thanks for that. Just been a little bit sick in my mouth 😐

    Imagine it.

    Captain/Manager Colo. Toonstalker’s just had heart failure 😉

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #6

    What’s Penfold got in his mitt there. Crisps, chocolates?

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  • Geordie John

    Jan 18, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #7

    There is a good article here about the dangers if nothing is done http://www.toontoon.co.uk/how-safe-is-ashleys-cash.php

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 19, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Just to add to the general optimism of the discussion we now have the worst goal difference of the top 13 teams. It’s ridiculous to think we can be a top 10 club with the farce going on again now.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 19, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Jimmy

    Never. An agreement? You don’t say.

    Sorry for the sarcasm but letting him “recuperate” back in Argentina in the midst of a relegation battle all in the name of accommodation because he wanted to leave? And to top it off it happens again and again. Sorry that’s not a captains actions nor a club who gives a toss about its fans or reputation.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 19, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m fed up with the Ashley bollocks but I will not give up on the club no matter what he does.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 19, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Toonbrother – if you are out there. You have a friend in Louise Taylor of the Guardian, regarding Collo.http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jan/18/newcastle-caretaker-john-carver-frustrated-managerial

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 19, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #12

    The Hull match is a must win for me. To lift the players’ and supporters’ spirits and put back some confidence. Surely we’ll have a decision about manager by then.

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  • mfw13

    Jan 19, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Get it through your heads, Cashley cares only about money. He couldn’t care less whether or not Newcastle ever win anything as long as it remains a profitable investment for him. His goal is to finish 17th every year….

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  • chuck

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah ! Yeah ! every one’s concerned, no manager ! dunno ! WTF is going on ? and other concerns.

    Of course we the fans are not a significant part in Ashley’s plans, other than guaranteed bums in seats, guess you know that ?

    Now that we are leaderless having lost one of footballs weirdest personalities, equally disliked by the fans of every club he has managed, erm ! that is except Palace where he played, as a nowt special defender .

    Though a terrible tactician who relied upon convincing the fans, he being the manager , saw the game differently and that awful shake of his head, signifying a loss, followed be the
    “We wuz…….whatever !

    In which case having watched the sides post Pardew
    games, I found them quite entertaining.

    Carver having inherited a side of youngsters, with both pace and flair, has it appears let them use it, we are aware Pardew got rid of anyone who either showed any flair or was not a part of his basic, “everyone defends”.

    My point is i’m actually estatic, that half of our problems have gone, but am in no way expectant of anything I consider positive for NUFC, as long as we have this financial shark as owner of our club, who uses it and abuses it and doesn’t answer to anyone,

    But yet the stadium is filled every other week.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Charley out.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #16

    And Charnley as well..

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