The Truth – Things Will Never Get Better Under Mike Ashley

Gary Lineker revealed on his Twitter account yesterday how Alan Shearer reacted to the first 21 minutes of the game at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, when Newcastle players embarrassed themselves and the club by a simply pathetic and gutless display of football.

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Alan Shearer – pathetic and embarrassing

After the game Alan cleaned up his language a little bit,  but still put together a good and accurate analysis of the game from a Newcastle viewpoint, when he said this on BBC :

“They were pathetic. It was embarrassing, from the first minute to the last.” “I can just imagine the Newcastle team talk before the game – ‘Right lads, this team have got Barcelona on Tuesday, let’s just keep it tight for the first 10 or 15 minutes.”

“Let’s get in among them, put one or two tackles in and see if they fancy it.’” “But after 20 or 30 seconds, that is out of the window. Newcastle just didn’t get near them.”

“It was just far, far too easy for City.” “These are top players. You cannot give them time on the ball like that.” “City showed so much hunger to get the ball back, even when they’re 3-0 up.”

“I never saw that once from Newcastle. It was pathetic.”

This summer is going to be a watershed transfer season for Newcastle,  and we suppose Mike Ashley has to decide whether he wants to continue his frugal running of the club or change things.

With the policies he has in place it’s going to be even more difficult in the future to finish in the top ten,  unless he builds a bigger and better squad on Tyneside, and it will take some money to do that.

That’s because other clubs will be getting vastly increased amounts of money to spend from the Premier League in the future,  and they will spend that money on strengthening their squads.

That could mean that Newcastle are left even further behind.

Newcastle are a million miles away from being a top six club, and other PL clubs like Southampton, Stoke, Swansea and West Ham are now much more ambitious than Newcastle, and are more willing to spend the money that is coming in from the Premier League on new players.

We will not even mention they are also above us in the league table.

As long as Mike Ashley manages the club like he’s been doing over the last almost eight years , we just cannot see anything changing, and that’s the real depressing thing about yesterday’s terrible result and pathetic performance.

Unless there are significant changes made to how Newcastle are being run as a club,  there will be more games and results like this in the future,  as Ashley tries to get by at Newcastle by having the smallest squad possible (think minimum wages being paid out), while at the same still keeping the club in the Premier League.

It’s a very dangerous game that Mike is playing with Newcastle’s future.

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96 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Everton equalise. What a cracking header!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 22, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2


    The 3 qualities you mentioned got me reminded of coloccini. And he’s our captain devoid of any passion. I’d terminate his contract and start Satka. It can’t get any worse. He’s been Sunday league standard for most of the season.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 22, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Coloccini if he can’t be dropped, at least must be stripped of his captaincy for me.

  • lesh

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Leopards and spots come to mind when thinking about Ashley changings his approach to running the Club.

    He’s trying to run a big player in the entertainment industry in the same way as he runs his retail businesses where minimising costs is key to success.

    How will he be convinced that Newcastle United is not a chain of discount stores and he chooses to ignore the reality of top-level football – money must be spent otherwise the Club will stagnate as other clubs move forward raising their standards and placings.

    The result? Relegation – unless he either wakes up to the realities of the football business and invest in a top-drawer coach, support staff and players or admits he’s made a dogs-breakfast of his foray into football and gets out before his reputation in business is even further tarnished.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #5

    We’ll still be 11th after next Saturday’s matches. What a distortion of reality.

  • Graeme

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Feel sorry for Liecester, they gave it everything they had and never stopped trying, never gave up.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #7

    obviously the man at the top has to carry the can , but carver has to have a long hard look in the mirror ,

    he has worked with one of our coutries greatest managers and with pardew , and he keeps rattling on about SBR how he wants to play the game the he did , for the fans , shame his biggest influence seems to be that of p45 , take the Geordie accent away from charver , close your eyes and I swear they could be twins on what they say after the game , they set the team up the same way , they start with the same players and make the same subs,

    I really think we have a team in that squad that is top 8 , but playing the likes of goofy and willo hidarra is killing us , hidarra needs to think about his game play ,

    but at the end of the day , charver should be doing much more with this squad,

    it really saddens me 🙁

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Lucky Liverpool.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #9

    The thing is ……..most fair minded folk were saying before this weekend , OK if the club is giving Carver until the summer to prove himself , so be it , most folk thought he would fall short a lot thought he will make a right rick of it , but accepted he has until Summer.
    Nothing has changed , we f****d-up big style yesterday which should please the anti Carver folk (the majority it would appear ) but essentially it’s still status quo and no need for all this chest beating and wailing.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Kevin Friend to Liverpool.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle is in serious relegation danger with the current manager.

  • firebug666

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #12


    Haidara and Janmaat were both playing in an unusual role, Haidara playing some sort of left side center back, and Janmaat the opposite on the right, with Perez as LB and Gouffran as right back.

    It’s no wonder they all looked bad at the back, because none of them had any idea of what they were doing. Carver’s master plan, six in defense.

  • John Tudor

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle is in serious relegation danger with the current owner coach and all the crap in tow

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    well the headline is the b—–ing obvious, but surely most importantly is to kick out the likes of carver, stone etc and bring in a reputable coach on merit, not one who wouldn’t make the top 500 list and allegedly owed gambling debts to a shady failed casino owner.

    Clean sweep, coach, staff, fitness people, squad. Can a multi billionaire not really do this. It wouldn’t even be his own money with the revenue streams now in place that seem to exclusively benefit SD, not NUFC.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #15


    sadly with billions behind him, i don’t think he gives a rat’s about tarnished business reputation.

  • Graeme

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Would you believe it – we get a spanking and now we are getting a new CF!!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 22, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #17

    ashley has no clue how to own businesses at the top level of industry which in the PL is what newcastle are!
    An equivolent would be if sports direct under these principles tried to compete with high fashion brands like versace, Louis Vuitton or Cartier…
    His ideas would probably really benefit a lower league club, or even Rangers where being prudent is a necessity.
    ashleys running of newcastle in the premier league is basically Primark operating a show at London Fashion Week….

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Small World …I just thought it was food for thought mate!

  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Our only hope as fans of NUFC is that Fat man succumbs to his obesity. The pr1ck

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20


    very good analogy

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Just a brief description of Ashley’s 8 years as owner. In football terms you are a nothing Mike. A nobody. You couldn’t put together a decent girls under 6 side. You are a disgrace to the club and the city.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #22

    As for the game. What is there to say? Give away a penalty in the first minute? Every time City touched the ball it looked like they could score if they felt like it. How does Krul stand being with us now? It’s got to be embarrassing for him. The club is in a terrible state with a clueless owner who should be forced out. Boycott lads. Otherwise get set for years more of the same.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Direct quote from Peter Drury. “Newcastle have no depth at all.” Numerous other jibes at us which I must say we deserved on the day. Carver should step down but he won’t. The next 6 weeks or so are going to be a nightmare for him.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #24

    After Villa: ManU, Everton, gunners, mackems, bindippers, Spurs. How many points there? One? And if we draw or lose to Villa? Pathetic. It really is now. Another second half like last season. We limp across the finish line with 42 points or so? Then what Mike?

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #25

    What’s the plan now Jabba the Flatulent? More of the same? More dreary, pathetic football? More lies in the summer? What has Lee Charmless got to say? Still pleased with the club’s progress Lee?

  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Carver should do the right thing and step down, he’s out of his depth. He’s making a below average squad look terrible.
    fck knows what goes on in training.
    But ultimately everything boils down to greed and lack u know how by Mash, just cutting corners to save coin.

    We’re just like SD a cheap product at a budget price, and just like his tat people pay for it.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #27

    GT…AP should have stepped down long before he went to Palace;

    …the problem is they never will (even if they know they are in over their heads)

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #28

    The only way to get Jabba the Flatulent out is to boycott Terry. Most of the older supporters know it. Otherwise stay tuned for more of the same. The summer should be hilarious. I can’t wait to hear Lee’s excuses. It will be so refreshing.
    ” We tried to get him over the line. We are trying to strengthen the side but it is very difficult. We have no real budget and will have to sell to buy. Mike is very clear on this. We are a very poor club with no resources. Mike can’t keep dipping into his own pocket.” Blah, blah blah. Step down Charnley you fop.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #29

    That should read boycott the club. Terry is on another blog. Harrumph. Hello to you jesper mate. How is the baby?

  • mindshaft

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #30

    To be honest we could sack the whole first team and just play the u21s , our back four are the worst in the league – there is no communication and they play as individuals – teams just walk through our midfield as if it isn’t there and our strike force is some young kid running round like his ass is on fire and a on legged cisse .
    it’s fairly obvious that we are barely practising tactics nor set pieces – think carver and co are just turning up and having a laugh with the lads.

    villa is turning into a six pointer with the loser probably getting relegated – i can see us pretty much losing every game we have left with the best we can hope for being a couple of draws…

    for the first time in 30 years i didn’t watch the 2nd half – we are an embarrassment to football

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Remi Garde and Alan Shearer probably had similar thoughts. Hopeless owner. No future at the club as long as the Flatulent One is there.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I did continue watching the second half mindshaft mate but I don’t know why. They just toyed with us. It was beyond embarrassing. Fatty was nowhere to be seen. He probably didn’t even check the scoreline, just as he doesn’t bother about the club. Does he really attend Board meetings? Why bother Mike?

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #33

    MOM for us should be anyone who didn’t actually get on the pitch.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #34

    The team abandoned the match in the first minute.. Somebody should dump a huge pile of rubbish with a Newcastle United flag on top in front of Mike’s castle. That’s what he has turned the club into.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Well, we may lose the odd game but at least we’re fiscally responsible. 👿

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #36

    More comments from Lee Charmless:
    “This is no time to panic. I have complete faith in Cardew or whatever his name is. He set us up just right for Man City. I feel there is another 8 points in this team for the season. Mike is very excited about the future.”

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Enough for now. I need a break from discussing the bright future the club has with The Flatulent One in charge. 👿


    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Tonight We’re Kids Again (Original Mix)

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s the geordietwo show hooray!


  • toonluvva

    Feb 22, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Assuming we manage to just stay up this season, what about next year?

    I can foresee a bad start to next season and a prolonged fight to get out of the bottom three.

    This is what I believe will happen with JC at the helm and Mr Ashley trying to run the club merely as a sub-division of SportsDirect. No need to mention the nobody in between.

    People will probably say I’m being unduly negagtive, but sorry, that’s the way I see it.


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