Alarm Bells Should Be Going Off Loud And Clear At Newcastle

Newcastle’s upper management for the second season running have managed to weaken the Newcastle squad in January, only this time they have weakened it a lot more than last January when we let Yohan Cabaye fo and brought in Luuk de Jong on loan.

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Lee Charnley – Managing Director made some poor moves last month

Last month Newcastle not only weakened the playing staff by selling Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma for £5.5M and loaning out David Santon to Inter-Milan and allowing five fringe players to move on loan to Rangers.

But we also let Alan Pardew move to Crystal Palace for about 4M, and didn’t replace him, and so John Carver stepped up to the player, £

And we left the squad with only two fit center-backs and four fit regular back four defenders.

And although the defense had a nightmare game this afternoon, they are the only fit players we have available, although Janmaat picked up an injury in the second half – and jack Colback managed to get himself suspended for 10 games by picking up a 10th yellow card in the first half.

So it looks like both players are out for the home game against Villa next Saturday – and if we lose that game alarm bells should definitely be going off all over the place at newcatsle.

That’s because although we are still 10 points above the relegation zone we are not safe yet – and remember the terrible collapse we had last year at this time.

Fans might well ask how Newcastle have allowed themselves to get into this situation?

We got £10M last month to add to the coffers – maybe that’s one good reason –  given how the club prioritizes money more than everything else and certainly more than the playing squad.

This will not have helped John Carver one little bit, and maybe he’s just not up to the job, and before too long Newcastle may have to think about bringing in a more experienced manager through the rest of the season – if one is available.

Here’s John’s record in eight games after today – he’s won one and now our goal difference is not too good either.

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And the players did themselves no good at all today, and they played like they had nothing to play for, and after decimating the squad last month – maybe that’s why they feel like that.

If upper management doesn’t seem to care why should we?

This was simply a disgraceful performance by Newcastle and if alarm bells are not going off at St. James’ Park they should be.

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30 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle United manager John Carver on BBC Sport: “All the plans you put in place go out of the window in the first minute. We knew they were going to press us but we didn’t learn.
    “I have seen sides better than us come here and take a hiding. I don’t think it was a lack of effort, we were just out played.
    “We we will have a review on Monday. Rather than go crazy in the dressing room, it is time for thought. I am taking some of the blame for this without a shadow of the doubt. It is about sticking together and making sure we put it right.”

  • toonbrother

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #2

    colo = is a liability

  • archaeomag

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Lee Charnley was not chosen for his intelligence . . .

  • p

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Toonbrother, especially alongside Williamson

  • Our Toon

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #5

    What a shocker….best news to come out of the game is a 2 match ban for Colback for his 10th booking….If he’s not careful he might overtake Tiote!! Bad news is that Janmaat has a groin problem

  • Graeme

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #6

    MOM?? Errrr, not one of them – unadulterated crap from start to finish. Carver is clearly demonstrating his inability to Manage the squad.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #7


    No point at all bitching about Colo now!!If fit Carver will play him for the whole of the season as the club have made no alternatives in his eyes !!So you are in for more joy week in week out!!! Benteke getting in amongst the goals and Sherwood getting his first win next week is on the cards !!!

  • Belfast

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Both fullbacks were definitely told to tuck in tight to the centre backs. It was obviously part of our master plan of getting a result.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Cisse MoM says it all about the goons that post here
    We were 3 goals down and he had touched the ball 4 times ffs

  • Belfast

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Haidara looked like he didn’t have a clue what he was meant to be doing.

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Not voting on this as it would be unfair to the unused subs who never got the chance. Those that did play showed me nothing at all to warrant my vote.

    We are what we are, and what we are is dire.

  • clinath@ed

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #12

    My biggest concern, while watching the game, is the apathy that has seeped into the players game. They pass, they move(sometimes) but there is no …..enthusiasm, joy, or whatever in their overall game.
    Has the upper managements attitude to the club finally seeped into the players psyche?
    I’m absolutely hollow after watching that display. Mistakes apart, no one seemed to WANT to put it right.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Against a City team who hate playing against teams with fast direct wingers and a strong midfield we leave Abeid , Obertan and Sammy on the bench and play Anita , Gouffran and god knows where Perez was supposed to play meaning we had no width at all allowing them free reign either side !!

    Hope all the give Carver a chance because hes a geordie crowd shut the hell up now

  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Dead right. Not even anybody trying to look sellable. New manager needed. Compare Leicester – at least they lose with dignity intact.

  • Pop n Wyn

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Jeff, with respect, folk have every right to have their backs up, you cannot defend any of this.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Alarm bells ?
    More appropriate is the five minute warning before a missile strikes more like,
    “Bend down, put your head between your legs and kiss your a@s goodbye “

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Well one good piece of news Ron Vlaar got sent off against Stoke so he wont be playing next week

  • toon kk

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree how can someone vote for any of them.
    You were right about that positive 5-0 result you predicted earlier today mate.

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Why are they goons, just because they want to vote for somebody?

    Cisse didn’t make too many mistakes, never had much off the ball, and when he did he at least kept possession for us.

    You take stats far too literally mate, stats don’t really tell the story, and you should know that.

  • G peart 83

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d love to hear what charnley has to say after dummett and janmatt injured useless puppet

  • Profit Before Success

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Not sure why alarm bells would be going off at all. It’s all going to plan for Ashley. He has no interest in success on the pitch or the mugs who keep turning up to this crap.

    MONEY is all that matters to this bloke; as long as we avoid relegation, he can keep asset-stripping (selling players) and keep using the Toon as a free advertising board for what really matters to him Sports Direct.

    I stopped going to matches years ago when it became clear what his game was. It’s heartbreaking to watch my club and fellow fans get used like this.

  • clinath@ed

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Too many times the central midfield “team” were caught walking towards their own goal.
    Too many time, even though the game was lost, no one tried to get up to aid Cisse.
    To many times……..I’ve watched this shite lately. I cannot stop supporting them, never felt so chuffing helpless/useless in me life.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #23

    That game should act as a reality check as to how poor we really are. It demonstrates that the team are poor, the squad is poor nd also that the club have neglected the academy over the last few years.
    The person to blame is Mr Tubbs – his methods of trying to have a successful football club (on all fronts) is not working.
    Would not necessarily blame Carver -most would jump at the chance of the job – the fault lies in appointing him in the first place and the poor mangement over the last few years.
    The situation becomes more bleak as there is no evidence that anything is going to change.
    Protests have to be the order of the day.

  • YankToonFan

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #24

    I am very satisfied with the result today. It was totally deserved. And if it shames NUFC, the players, the manager, Lee Charnley, and Mike Ashley to give a shite, then it will have been well worth it.

    This club deserves nothing but the worst. I am hoping for relegation, Ashley having to sell the club at a major loss, crap players like Coloccini, Williamson, Anita, Gouffran, etc moved out, and starting over.

    Shit, shit club.

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #25

    toon kk
    I hate myself for being right, but there is no way in hell anyone can defend the team for that so called performance.

    What the hell is Newcastle about these days, we just don’t want to play football; Pick up the paycheck every month and they are happy.

    In all honesty, there is no future in this club, the fans are being fleeced for the greater good of Ashley’s pocket, and the exposure of SD.

    And what really boils my pi$$ is the fans are accepting it.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #26

    the only good thing to come out of this game is the fact i’m still on course to win my bet – that we would finish bottom 3 come may . our only hope is too get relagated , and i hope we do .

  • clinath@ed

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Mister T….I don’t believe the players are that poor, but the TEAM is. They are either being badly coached, or effected by the apathy in the club….I don’t know. Too annoyed to think straight.
    The simplest conclusion I came to in the second half, was that the lads looked unhappy!
    Unhappy at the performance, what they were asked to do, that they are stuck at a dead end club, with no ambition or direction.

  • firebug666

    Feb 21, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #28

    So then, where do we go from here?

    For weeks now we have been listening to Carver telling us how things will change under his leadership, how he wants us to be riding up the table to 8th, 7th, 6th or even 5th and why not.

    Yet here we are riding down the table, since he took the job on we have been woeful, nothing has changed, and nothing will change.

    There must be a common denominator to that fact, nothing has changed.

    Well we have the same coaching staff, less one or two bodies not replaced.

    Need I say more?

    We need a new Head Coach, new coaching staff, and a couple of decent players.

    Ashley, Charnley and Carr need to get their fingers out now, and put this right……. What the fcuk am I saying, must be the drink….never going to happen!

  • Sav

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #29

    MiniMike looks like he’s squeezing one out in the photo above, He has the gall to criticise fans who paid to travel to Selhurst Park for not getting behind Carver. Our glorious leader’s target of mid-table obscurity has seeped down to the playing staff. Is it any wonder? Is anyone truly surprised that the players look as if that is what they’ll provide if that is all that is expected of them? The ones who should get behind the head coach are Mashley and MiniMike except their opportunity to support him closed 3 weeks ago. No wonder the players are demoralised just like the fans.

  • stretchintoon

    Feb 22, 2015 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #30

    we’ll never be any good under cashley,the mans ambition doesnt lie with NUFC it lies in his own pocket.


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