Newcastle In Serious Trouble – No Chance Of Top Ten Finish

Newcastle must have just about the weakest squad right now of any clubs in the Premier League, and five teams that are still below us in the league won their games over the weekend and gained three points on Newcastle.

john carver - up close

John Carver – tough job for any manager

They included Burnley, who amazingly beat Manchester City at home and deserved the win, and when you compare their performance with Newcastle’s performance at Everton yesterday – there was no comparison.

Burnley are still 3rd bottom but their players were pumped up and the team as a whole played well, and as we said, they deserved all 3 points on the day.

Newcastle are now 10 points above the drop zone, and that deceased by 3 points over the weekend, we were 13 points above the drop zone before the weekend.

Our goal difference seems to be getting worse too, and we still need a couple of wins from  somewhere to be safe this season.

Here are the games we have left this season.

Sat 21     15:00    H   Arsenal
Sun  05   16:00    A   Sunderland
Mon 13   20:00    A    Liverpool
Sun 19    16:00    H    Tottenham
Sat 25    15:00    H    Swansea City
Sat 02     15:00   A    Leicester City
Sat 09     15:00   H    WBA
Sat 16      15:00   A    QPR
Sun 24     15:00   H    West Ham

The best chance we have of points are against the current bottom four sides – Sunderland, Leicester City and QPR, and with those sides fighting for their Premier League existence they will not be easy games either.

We have no chance against Arsenal, Liverpool or Tottenham and Newcastle will need to protect our worsening goal difference in those games.

And we cannot see how it’s possible to make it a top ten finish this season – no way.

It’s not looking good at the moment, and it’s getting very difficult to see how Newcastle will ever have a successful team on the field, given the policies Mike Ashley has put in place at the club, where money is still all important.

We just don’t see it.

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119 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1


    I can’t remember the last time I felt happy after a watching a Toon game.Now I feel like I’ve just had a good kicking down the Bigg market…ain’t fun I can tell ya. My first game in the 1955/56 season….my last game ….possibly sometime soon.There’s a limit to how many kickings a man can take.Thanks very much Mr Ashley …*t

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley is a disease to NUFC, he’s infected the whole club from top to bottom and its dying a slow painful death.

    Charnley Carver and Collocini are the spine of this club and they are as infectious and poisonous as their lord and master.

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    We do need to get another 3 points quickly. When you look at Burnley beating City you can see spirit and we have chaos and despair.

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s hard to be optimistic optimistic

  • hibbit

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #5

    nut meg a lot are feeling that way it’s took some time for us all to be on the same page but it’s coming this lot are killing the club and the city

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #6

    What a terrible mess we’re in. MA time to start looking at the way you run the club – what happens if your gamble doesn’t pay off and we are relegated? How much will the value of this once great club plummet? I understand you’re a man who likes a punt, I appreciate the success you’ve had in other businesses with this method but this is the Premiership, the best, most lucrative sporting league in the world and you’re toying with our privileged position in it.
    As fans we don’t want the earth, we don’t expect to compete with the moneybags of City, Chelsea and Manchester Utd, but we do ask you give us a product worth paying for, worth getting excited about – hire us a head coach who wants to bring youth through, who doesn’t mind operating on a lower budget, but who wants to play football that has us interesting to watch – your lack of ambitious for Newcastle United Football Club has saturated through the entire organisation, from the players, coaching staff right through to the fans. Mr. Pardew left a huge club like this to join one fighting relegation at the time… ask yourself where the logic in that is and then realise the answer was; he could no longer stomach working under your leadership.
    Do the right thing, either be ambitious for us or sell us.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #7

    we are not in serious trouble,

    right now this is the best thing that could be happening to our club,

    I 100% don’t think we will be relegated, way to many poor teams below us for this to happen.

    but imagine Charver winning more games than he has, he would be a serious contender for the job full time, right now he is doing a grand job in my opinion.

    I think we will get 3 points at Sunderland , job done safe

    but Charver needs to go away and have a hard look in the mirror , if he thinks he has what it takes to be a manager, then I have what it takes too, 🙂

    yesterday you could say we started with 9 men, obertan is useless and Gouffy is totally lost right now, then throw into the mix we lost Sissokos drive because he is in the wrong position from kick off,, rivi is every where where he is not meant to be, he is CF he should be up top looking for the ball to be played to him,,

    Sammy has been baby sitting Taylor for the last 2 matches. so we lost his running.
    lets hope the powers that be see this too 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s funny remembering KK first time round. Amazingly the sickbay was suddenly cleared and everyone wanted to play. Same with SBR to a degree.

    Those guys had charisma, yet the procession of second rate managers ever since is an awful indictment of how the club has been so badly mismanaged.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Catchy…I am of the thinking, that bar being relegated, Carver will get the job.

    We’re hearing about injuries and suspensions a lot, a reasonable case that he hasn’t been given a fair crack at it will be made and then accepted imo.

    It’s not completely wrong either.

    What’s most bothering about this whole thing, is that it’s like Pardew never really left. The last thing the club said about Pardew was that they were surprised by him leaving and they thought he had done a really good job.

    Why is it that people think the board will want anything different as of the summer?

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #10

    We were shite but what’s new. It s what we were expecting under Carver. Colo is out for arsenal, mackems and liverpool. Carver will be clueless as to what to do.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #11


    It’s hard to be optimistic when your captain is inept and doesn’t want to be at the club, when your chairman or chief exec is a glorified tea boy who is just the owners mouth piece and a head coach who’d be better off sweeping the streets instead of coaching NUFC and telling people in the pub it’s the easiest job he’s ever had.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #12


    sadly they never do.

    What makes me mad is that it is so blindingly obvious to the man on the street but the guys who get to make the decisions can’t see that for example goofy is not an auxillary left back.

    So many instances of just crass and stupid decisions where with a little bit of tweaking a better result could be achieved.

    Carver like Pardew before him defines stupidity by repeating the same errors and expecting a different outcome.

    For me and I didn’t think this could be possible is the fact carver appears to be even more defensively minded and scared than Pardew

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #13

    I wonder if the good will between us and S’ land would stretch to a complete half time walk out? We may as play the game ourselves down the park for the lack of anything shown by our players.

    Lets show them we do have a choice and we are willing to for go the club(s).

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Just as well Pardew left at the end of December any earlier with Carver in charge we would have been relegated.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #15

    super shearer

    Absolutely spot on, couldn’t really be put any better.


    My under 11’s play more pass and move than nufc

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Do you see anything in the conspiracy theory for Colo missing the Mackem game? I thought his tackle was a booking but not a sending off.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Which ever team wins, if one actually does, it will be a hollow victory. S’ land fans may think the match will be their one chance of a win, but what is the price of success?

  • one fine day

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #18

    From previous
    Nutmeg ,
    Starting to feel same .
    Was born in the year we won the fairs cup so haven’t seen us win a thing other than promotions.
    I watched us in the late eighties and have never felt as helpless watching our club getting ripped to shreds by these tw@ts.
    We used to be everyone’s favourite second team now we everyone’s favourite team to play … On a shit run? Haven’t scored all season? Just had a big euro game? … Don’t worry it’s newcastle this weekend.
    Bobby Moncur can Fu@k right off n all . Another hero who has sold his soul.
    Ashley won’t sell Perez in the summer ed and here’s why? He will wait until everyone has been sucked in too buying there season tickets guaranteeing full houses for what will most likely be our last season in the premier league for quite some time. He will see Perez on the last day of the window claiming the player wanted way ,no time to get a replacement.
    To be honest I’m sick to death of watching the premier league over hyped overpriced players , watching chelsea v psv other night made me disgusted at the way they operate. Do I ever want that for my club ? No thanks rather keep some level of dignity that’s if we will have any left once ash has drained the cash cow.

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Carver is good at setting up the cones but little else. Beardsley would have been a better short term option.

  • hibbit

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #20

    optimistic which pub was that ??????

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #21


    pardew was well capable of going on record losing runs and getting clubs either relegated or very nearly all by himself . just ask charlton and west ham fans and the time we finished 16th!!!

    Carver’s failure shouldn’t mask a very selective memory of pardew who broke all records for the wrong reasons and provided mind numbing football for far too long.

    pardew always starts well wherever he goes and then the inevitable spiral, also wherever he goes.

    In a parallel universe, the Qataris buy us, Nicola scorcese is MD, FDB or similar is manager and carver, stone, woodman and watson are consigned to history.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #22

    just wish carver wouldn’t keep coming out with as many daft comments as his predecessor. All his ” all the pressure will be on Everton” bs. that worked didn’t it john.

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #23

    It could all blow up in his face next season at Palace. Likely new owners might get shot of him anyway.

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Wood mans son is a canny keeper. Far better than Alnwick.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #25


    Conspiracy theory?

    I’m assuming it’ll be colo got sent off on purpose.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #26

    the sad thing is 52000 will turn up regardless so the more things change the more they stay exactly the same.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #27


    He often holds court in the Denton, but of late has frequented the Black Bull opposite ground with his minions.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #28

    would keep woodman jnr, just get shot of his dad!

  • John Irving

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Could just be a coincidence. Colo has had his day so why with Taylor injured for season let M’b go.

  • lesh

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #30


    You’re open letter to Ashley will capture the feelings of all supporters, or the vast majority of them.

    I wonder if there’s any way the media would have the balls to run with it?

    As the Telegraph’s banned from the Club already, it may be worth sending it to the Sports Editor for publication.

    It’s worth a go, in fact just circulate it to all the papers, including the broadsheets, red-tops and the local rags.

    It’s important that the Club’s plight and Ashley’s greed is given national prominence.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 16, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorry I had to post this gem. No in-game management whatsoever. Something we all knew he didn’t possess anyway but fcuk me what a complete joke. Change it up then johnny boy you stubborn twat!

    Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor says that John Carver’s planning for the match was thrown out of the window due to the Everton tactics.

    The United player saying that the players had trained all week with the expectation that Everton would play with only one up front.

    However, Taylor says it was a major surprise when they realised Roberto Martinez was putting both Kone and Lukaku up front.

    Ryan Taylor:

    “It was quite a surprise with them throwing two men up front.

    “We worked on it through the week that they would play one up front, with one playing off him.”

    “But with the position they are in they had to go for the win and they surprised us with the two guys up front.

    “They caused us a lot of problems – we know their style of play, how their manager likes to play. The way they played didn’t surprise us but with adding that extra body up front, maybe it did surprise us.”
    – See more at:

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #32

    AC…That’s pretty special.

    I suppose the shock of a manager playing with 2 strikers took the best part of 90 minutes to get to grips with.

    Is Martinez from the future? I wonder if this 2 striker lark will catch on?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m not sure they had a choice. He had completed the required number of games to trigger a permanent deal. This was decided when we still had 3 fully fit centre halves, so by the time Saylor got his injury it was too late.

    As for Colo, it was a stupid tackle and deserving of a red. Just cause he made minimal contact doesn’t make the action or intention any less of an offence. He will have a nice little break now, leaving us right in it.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #34


    So what your saying is he has no plan b like his mentor, and I don’t mean SBR.

    What a shameless toad he is, using SBR to try and win over the fans!

    Disgusting IMO and everytime he uses his name I despise him a little more.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #35

    It’s all about the money, money, money
    That we get from the telly, telly, telly,
    it’s not about the cups, lads,
    Forget about your pride, mags

    it’s all about the….
    Ka Ching Ka Ching Ching,
    The season ticket
    Thing A-Thing Thing
    It’s not about the Champs League,
    Forget about the Footy.

    Sing with me now….

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Colo is and always has been garbage and massively overrated, letting M’biwa go wasn’t the mistake.

    The mistake was not replacing him even though we Apparentley tried in the summer yet didn’t bother our arses in jan window when he left permanently.

    Sorry, we’d call it a mistake the powers that be would call it a well thought out strategic plan.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #37


    I have a sneaky suspicion you could be right, while I accept that we have injuries, I also believe that his choices have had a bigger impact on results than the injuries


    100% agree, how can carver who worked with SBR and P45 chose the P45 way, it defies logic,.

    football is a simple game,
    if you score goals your in with a chance of winning, if you don’t score goals, the best you can hope for is a draw,( no including own goals )
    we never look like really scoring from open play,

    sad but true

  • Tsunki

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #38

    Colo hasn’t always been garbage, that’s a bit hysterical. However. Natural deterioration is taking it’s toll on El Pollo, and his derby absentee record is appalling. Take that armband off and eject him from the club. He never quite managed to be a legend, shame.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #39

    Cmon Jessie J would be ashamed sing lads, SING!

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #40


    it matches his FA cup record 😉


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