Mike Ashley’ Policies Really Hurting Newcastle

You couldn’t have thought things could have gotten any worse at the Etihad Stadium for Newcastle yesterday, since we had lost Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett and Curtis Good for the season though injury over the previous two weeks, and that was after we had sold Mapou Yanga Mbiwa to Roma and loaned out Davide Santon to Inter-Milan, and not brought in any new players – but things did get worse yesterday.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

Newcastle were simply embarrassing at the Etihad, and there has been much criticism of the team and of John Carver – the untested head coach who is in place for the rest of the season.

John’s record at Newcastle is so far not good, and the Newcastle Board should be checking on who we could bring in as a replacement,  if the results don’t improve over the next several  games, because we are not safe yet.

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A lot of the relegation sides have brought in new managers – and they are usually better managers than the ones they have replaced – but Newcastle have gone in the other direction and brought in somebody with little or no PL experience as the top man – and hoping for the best.

But that seems to be the way Newcastle are these days – we hope for the best and hope we can stay in the Premier League and keep collecting the big money.

Other clubs  use the January transfer window to improve their squads, but Newcastle go  in the other direction and deplete the squad to get some money into the coffers.

And not for the first time after January under Mike Ashley, we are struggling for the rest of the season with a depleted squad.

But now’s not the time to have boycotts or stuff like that – staying away from the games does nothing and doesn’t help the team on the field one little bit.

And it doesn’t hit Newcastle much at all financially either, since the majority of the revenues these days come from the PL TV rights – in fact around £79M of the £129M revenue for the last financial year came from the PL handout.

What would hurt the club big time would be if we ware relegated – that would really hurt, and it’s not easy to get straight back into the Premier League these days.

The hope is that we can get enough points on the board to stay in England’s top league by May,  and then hope that Mike Ashley will spend some of the money Newcastle have,  to build up the squad big time over the summer months.

But we don’t know whether that will happen, and certainly Mike Ashley’s penchant for making money in January transfer windows at the expense of the playing squad – has hurt us big time this time around.

It just doesn’t work.

The team and the coaches need to regroup this week – and things will seem and look a lot better if we can get a win at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

That would give us 35 points from 27 games played – and surely we can pick up another 5 points over the season?

But it’s also going to take some leaders from the playing staff – Fab Coloccini being the main one – to have some impact on the team this week and on Saturday during the game.

Indeed Fabricio needs to come out and say something – that’s what leaders do in times of crisis, and it’s a bit of a crisis at the moment for Newcastle.

And until Mike Ashley stops depleting Newcastle’s squad in January, we will continue to limp through the second half of Premier League seasons.

It doesn’t work.

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18 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m reluctant to encourage supporters to boycott the club, etc. as I don’t live in the UK anymore. It’s up to the fans themselves to take any action or not. It’s too easy for us on the sidelines to tell them what to do.
    The official attendance was 47,763.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorry, Jasper, that post @1 was in answer to yours!

  • scout

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Please leave MA you couldnt run a tap.
    I hope all chavs start wearing suits as well

  • sparky55

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    ED..not your job to tell us whether we should boycott or not…you’re not on the pay roll as well are you?

  • sickandtired

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    No boycott – rage against Ashley at home, live on tv.
    JC is just a cog in the wheel, so yes, he deserves the criticism. But all of this is as a result of Ashley and has been since he first brought Jimenez and Wise.
    The man avoids publicity so lets give him and Sports Direct as much negative news as we can because that’s what hurts him most. Rangers are proving that fact.

  • scout

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Staying away does nothing?I think you’re sadly mistaken if no one at all showed up ever again for 1 year I guarantee you he would sell it.

  • hibbit

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    jasper the full ground is open no closures or work going on plus stoke had 2500 fans there the official attendance was 47763 we only have capacity 49000 home fans and 30000 away the home fan number is going down but not quick enough

  • firebug666

    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh to be a Newcastle Fan, I think the fans should go to the stadium, and when there they should make their discontent heard.

    We got what we deserved yesterday for the way we were set up and played.

    I loved our attacking threat with Perez at LB and Gouffran at RB, Stoney must really be a cracking attacking coach if he expects them to score from there.

    Yes it was very poor football, but you can only put so much blame on the players. JC decided to play a defensive formation, that just never worked, and never looked like working. I have never seen a back four playing so narrow, or a team that expects it’s two wide men to play FB, and attacking midfield left and right.

    For me Carver showed us what a dunce he is, totally out of his depth.

    Whatever coaching is done on the training pitch must stay there, because nothing ever come with the players into a football match.

    City embarrassed us yesterday, and could have scored a lot more goals.

    JC says they need to put this right, I say it should never have been wrong in the first place.

  • hibbit

    Feb 22, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    SORRY 3000 away fans


    Feb 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Of course Caver is out of his depth he isn’t a manager he’s the bloke left holding the kid

  • one fine day

    Feb 22, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Ryan Taylor is more of a leader than colo .
    Kevin Nolan wasn’t the greatest but you’d never see a nufc team with him in it simply give up . I slept through what was a 4 am kick off here .woke up to the headlines so spared myself the misery of sitting through it .
    Right now I thing waking up in May and seeing us still above 17 the is the best I can hope for .fukcing shambles already been reported here what shearer thought of it .
    Garde was in the crowd too I hear working for French TV .
    Love to hear his thoughts on 1. The excuse for a football team and 2. W T f he would do to sort it out

  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 22, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12


    Glad to here another that shares my thoughts we must stay away it is the right thing to do I’ve been told by some it would be looked upon as sin for some faithful who have had it passed on to them to attend matches but there is no greater sin then just being a lemming and attending whatever it is this garbage being served up to us is.

    I have said previously I am from the states and became a NUFC supporter in late 90’s for the football and fan Passion but we are hurting ourselves by not doing what we do better then any other fan base and that’s give the club that boost but I’m sorry to say we would be best served staying home it really is fact 1yr of no attendance he would have no option and we save club Simple as that believe it

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 22, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • scout

    Feb 22, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Well said my American friend

  • Jarra

    Feb 22, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    My perception is that we will avoid relegation on maybe mess that 40 points. We will have mixed feelings for some maybe relief we are still in the premier league, yet knowing it will be exactly the same next season. The excitement of a new coach willmlift the gloom or will it as with Ashley in charge another surprise maybe on the way. So what’s the alternative dare I ask, relegation as much as I love the club would I be happy with that, of course not unless it was sufficient reason for Ashley to sell the club.

  • Sav

    Feb 22, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #16

    You’re wrong, Ed. Of course it works. He’s made a packet and chances are we will escape relegation. Trouble is, what you and I may think of as success is not the same as what Minster Mash wants. That’s the trouble.

  • Robinio

    Feb 22, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #17

    If it takes relegation to get rid of that fat thieving cockney bastard that is continuing to destroy our club then I would happily accept that .

  • chuck

    Feb 22, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Who is to blame for the fact the 19th. richest club in the world is a mess ?

    Carver ?
    Nah ! he’ comes cheap and should never have been given the job, will be sacrificed soon enough, as soon as relegation panic set’s in.

    Carr ?
    Bears a certain responsibility, but appears to be Teflon.
    Though it appears he has Ashley’s ear in things regarding football, the unofficial Director of Football.

    Pardew ?
    Bears the responsibility of getting rid of Carr’s choices, the flair players he couldn’t or wouldn’t convert to his defensive posture.

    Chubby Charnley ?
    A nobody, with no real weight, other than as an Ashley mouthpiece.

    The fans themselves ?
    Certainly ! they are like a bunch of sheep, who show up at every game in droves, wearing their WONGA logo’ed jersey’s.
    Who if they had any cojones could have got rid of Ashley long ago, perhaps the should take a look at what’s going on at Rangers and grow a pair.


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