This Is Newcastle’s Big Chance For Next Season


We must have played one of our weakest teams yesterday at home to Arsenal, with players like Papiss Cisse, Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Siem de Jong, Massadio, Paul Dummett and Rolando Aarons all missing through injury or suspension.

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Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

And yet in the second half we outplayed and outfought a very good Arsenal team, the in-form team in the Premier League at the moment,  and were really unlucky not to get at least a draw.

You just had to look at Arsene Wenger on the bench to realize he knew Arsenal were up against it in the second half, as our players seemed to be inspired.

Jonas Gutierrez was just superb once he came on after 70 minutes – and the Argentine must start in place of Anita at Sunderland in our next game two weeks today.

So the lads proved that when they are in the mood they can give any top side a run for their money – even with a weakened team, and they showed that yesterday in front of a very supportive crowd of just over 50,000.

But that performance yesterday also begs the question why we haven’t seen more of that kind of  powerful and completely committed display more over the last three months.

We’ve been generally very poor and of course wins are at a premium, with just two of them in the first three months of the year – in 12 games overall.

But it does show that with the tremendous Newcastle support the lads get when they play all out – whether they win, lose or draw, and they were rightly applauded off the field yesterday – even though we suffered our third defeat in a row

If we can get a coach in that can get the very best out of the players he has – and inspire them to play like they did in the second half yesterday – in every game – we can still do well in the Premier League next year.

John Carver is a good man, there’s just no doubt about that, but as a coach he just hasn’t got what it takes to become the head coach at Newcastle.

We are hoping that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley can make up for the blunders they made in January, by starting off the summer with some stellar signing of a top coach and somebody like Remi Garde or Thomas Tuchel would be good choices.

On the other hand if Newcastle appoint John Carver or Steve McClaren, we could be doomed for more mediocrity, and in fact we could struggle next season to finish in the top ten.

So the big decision for Newcastle is the head coach appointment, and if we can somebody very good in and then say five top players and keep player like Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez, who both played really well yesterday – we could even be one our way next season.

We hope that’s the case, but we have to admit that somebody like John Carver or Steve McClaren would be an easy choice for Mike Ashley, and he would continue his frugal ways at Newcastle without a moan from either of those Englishmen.

That would signal even more mediocrity on the way for the faithful Newcastle fans , who deserve a lot better than what the Billionaire has served up these last eight years.

What do you think?

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9 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 22, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Superb goal!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #2

    What a goal that is from Mata….’kin hell did he pull that from!

    On topic
    Ed think we all know we would significantly improve if a competent coaching staff was bought in

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  • Reyantoon

    Mar 22, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #3

    “if Newcastle appoint John Carver or Steve McClaren, we could be doomed for more mediocrity, and in factwe could struggle next season to finish in the top ten.”

    •••spot on ED!

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 22, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Game on.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 22, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Why is Steve McClaren seen as such a bad manager on here?

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  • dexter53

    Mar 22, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    I wouldnt say Mclaren is a bad manager. Hes just not good enough to take us where we want to be.

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  • banjax

    Mar 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle’s problems haven’t been a result of failures in January 2015. You have to go back to when Mike Ashley bought the club for the start of the problems, because M A was and is the problem then and now. Crazy appointments when Keegan left, and the likes of Dennis Wise, Derek Lambezi and Joe Kinnear were brought in along with a transfer policy that everyone including the seagulls swirling around St James’s new was cheapskate and doomed to fail. But probably the worst of all was renaming the stadium and a bunch of loan sharks played hero to ‘buy it back’ – now that was a big mistake by Mike Ashley. The very act of changing the sacred name of our stadium was unforgivable and will never be forgotten. The ideal solution would be for Mike Ashley to move on but that is not going to happen soon, so the next best is a heavy investment in a quality squad of players, and excellent coach and the ambition the win the league, get into Europe, win the F A Cup and anything else which has silverware attached to it. Nothing more nothing less !

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  • toonintexas

    Mar 22, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Ashley has to put up and shut up .just count your money please sell so we can breathe you fat ba£?arda half of decent football won’t erase the last seven years of sucking the life out of the toon

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  • Sav

    Mar 23, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #9

    There’s no sorting out the Manager/Head coach until we sort out the club’s policy. No great coach is going to come to Newcastle while we operate with a paper-thin squad and free signings and sell off our stars.
    However, if Ashley is as good as his word and we are no ‘wiping our own nose’ financially, then maybe… that’s a big maybe, the money built up in profit can start to be ploughed back in. That prospect might attract a good coach here.
    All I’m saying is, it is the best scenario for fans right now as there seems little or no prospect of Mashley selling up and shipping out. having said that, even 50 million would only see us with a decent first 11 and paying off contracts on players we need to shed. It won’t buy us a squad to compete in Europe for some time to come.

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