Saying Newcastle Are Unlucky Is Simply A Cop Out


We’ve heard John Carver say it many times – that Newcastle have just been so unlucky with injuries this season – especially this year – with the squad being small and down to the bare bones for the rest of the season.

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Papiss Cisse – will miss 10 games through suspension this season

And it certainly hasn’t helped that indiscipline on the field has caused Papiss Cisse to be suspended for seven games, and that’s 10 games Papiss will miss through suspension, and we assume he’s been fine by the club.

And of all people to lose his head, Fabricio Coloccini, the captain, was sent off and suspended for three games for a wild tackle in the debacle at Everton, which Newcastle managed to lose 3-0.

There are at least two things Newcastle seem to be responsible for in our current troubles:

  1. We didn’t take the necessary actions in January to fortify the squad when we knew the side was short of players at both center-back and striker – and instead we made £10M by essentially selling Alan Pardew, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon. And then it didn’t help when we sent Remie Streete and Haris Vuckic on loan to Rangers FC late in January, and both youngsters could have helped Newcastle in their current predicament.
  2. Newcastle have always been suspect in the way they bring players back from injury and how they train and why we get so many injuries.
    And the fact that we are almost always top to the Premier League injury table, and it’s been even worse this season – cannot just be bad luck.
    Our players are always being injured – and the case of Rolando Aarons points to players being played when they are not fully fit – so the very least the club should be doing is an investigation on their procedures in training and bringing players back from injury.

When Lee Charnley and John Carver say we have been unlucky with injuries, that’s only half the story.

And Newcastle did absolutely nothing – repeat nothing – to strengthen the side in January – but we still made £10M – which seems to be the priority at Newcastle under the current owner – to make money.

If you don’t learn form the your mistakes then history repeats itself.

So we are hoping that Newcastle will look into how come we have so many injuries, and also start to prioritize the playing squad rather than just making money.

If we can do both those things,  there’s no good reason since we are now becoming a rich club – that we cannot compete for the top six in the Premier League and the local Cups every season.

That’s our hope.

Howay The Lads!!

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53 comments so far

  • magscar

    Apr 2, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1

    There is a saying in sport in particular that you make your own luck – well we have in CB and striker spots – it is just it was of the bad kind.

    You gamble then you take your luck good or bad.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 2, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    bet the club would be more’ lucky’ if we’d had a centreback, a striker and a manager…

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  • cyprus

    Apr 2, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Think about it Ed. We sold AP! 🙂

    Masterstroke.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4

    magscar,
    There was nothing unlucky about STaylors injury, he has been badly injured for about four consecuitive seasons now, looking back I only wish their ridiculous gamble they took on Willo and Collo that season we finished fifth had backfired, it might have hastened the fans into some kind of action.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus,
    Palace will finish above us. Genius 🙂

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Our accounts look worse by the day, reported profit on earnings so far…

    Everton 28.1 million
    Southampton 33.4 million
    Crystal Palace 23 million

    So we invested jack all in players, reduced the wage bill, sold Cabaye, had an average of 50k crowds, increased commercial revenue and still make less than Crystal Palace … w-t-f is going on!!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    mindshaft,
    We did invest a few quid in players last summer but because of the amount we have let go, coupled with a few of the big buys being shit, injured and taking time to settle it gives the impression we done fcuk all.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8

    JFA,
    So you want that football back eh 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Plus we hadn’t bought anyone for a year and a half previously.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Cyprus,
    Not at all, but I wouldn’t credit someone with a masterstroke for something that was out of their hands and his team will finish above us.

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #11

    JFS – I think the player signings we made in summer will be reflected in the 2014-2015 accounts

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  • dazzler

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Mineshaft,

    The profit may have been put into a reserve on the balance sheet in place for any future spends, which would stop the business showing a loss next year. It’s been mentioned about the training facility, but may be for players as well? This would reduce this year’s profit to show 100% growth in the year, and ensure that the amount is reserved for next year to be offset against any costs incurred on what I mentioned above whilst still showing a likely further increase in the profit for the year.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    mindshaft

    there are a lot of our accounts not out there yet so I wouldn’t worry about the other clubs, I bet we still beat them

    corporation tax is around 24% so we paid out about 8 mill which just seems stupid when were so short on quality and numbers

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Mindshaft,
    What will appear in the accounts is whatever Mikes top notch accountants can legally hoodwink us in to believing.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    If you see their fixtures, chances are they won’t finish above us. We’ll see. Then again, we may not get too many points as well. Battle of the crap teams.

    On AP? Good riddance! Never been hypnotised as much (I include that 5th place) by a football team. Worse: My football team!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #16

    On the subject of accounts (Rangers) I noted that it is now being reported that in June last year Deloittes withdrew from doing Rangers accounts. It was not reported at the time.
    this is before Owl Heed and that other croney joined the board – but clealy within the time frame since Tubbs has been there/had influence there.
    A major reason accountanty firms pull out is because of the lets say “irregularities” they find. Interesting to see if this story develops further.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Mister Tuff – wouldn’t surprise me of our accountants are better than their ( Rangers ) accountants and that our motley crew spotted a weakness they could exploit to secure a watertight position. After all SportsDirect are specialists in “saving” distressed business . If I was a Rangers fan I would be distressed right now. As a toon fan I’m just stressed.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 2, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18

    lochinvar – I would expect that any errors/irregularities in the Rangers accounts would be relatively easy to spot in comparison to the Toons accounts -where the waters are muddied by all these other companies owned by Tubbs being involved.
    It has to be said also that auditors are not that good at discovering fraud – unless they are looking for it -which may be the case at Rangers – viz all the money shenanigans up there.
    From my experience top company finance directors etc will twange the arses of most auditting/accountancy firms employees, usually junior types who do most of the work – that is until there is a suspicion that things are not right.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s telling how that there are only two clubs with a chance of realistically qualifying for the CL and that most people thought that was Mashers only reason for being there, yet Rangers fans wanted nothing to do with him.

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    How many years has it been that we’ve been unlucky with injuries?

    Sorry Mr Carver, sorry Baldrick (that’s view of Charnley), but it’s not as though this season’s been the first and that being the case, any sensibly managed business would question, investigate why we seem to suffer every year and most importantly, do something to minimise these injuries.

    If it’s the training regime, then there have got to be questions about it – asked of the people responsible for it – and action taken to address the cause.

    If players are being brought back early, then it confirms that there’s not enough adequate cover in the squad.

    Decent clubs have a first-team squad that contains at at least two players of the same or similar standard for each position. What do we have? A squad that numbers below 25 and it’s made of of either inexperienced youngsters or inadequate substitutes.

    Again, a properly managed business would ensure it had enough resources of the right quality available to do the job, at all or nearly all of the time.

    But, Newcastle United is not properly managed as it’s run on a shoe-string budget where Ashley and Baldrick seem to think its enough to take a risk-based approach to its budgeting.

    Again, they’ve made a dog’s breakfast of things!

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    ** Correction for clarity

    What do we have? A squad that numbers below 25 and it’s made of the near minimum number for players of first-team standard, supplemented by inexperienced youngsters or inadequate substitutes.

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  • magscar

    Apr 2, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Jfa@4

    Yeah. That’s what I was aiming at .

    The phrase is usually applied to account for some “improvement” in results say. I think a golfer Jack Nicklaus (?) on being asked about his recent “luck” in tournaments replied to the effect that the harder he worked the luckier he got!

    I was suggesting that our run of bad luck wasn’t just happenstance and was exacerbated by gambling on what we have to get us through any particular crisis. Gambles come off or they don’t but it isn’t necessarily bad luck if you could have easily seen that statistics/odds were against you.

    In that sense I don’t think we can make as much of the recent simultaneous loss of both Keepers to long injuries but the CB position has been a long standing problem and a fix not sorted.

    Both positional gambles may have had in part something to do with the Forest lads coming in next season and not wanting to bring in extra.? OK for me only with the Keeper situation as this doesn’t often occur and was indeed bad luck.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #23

    magscar,
    I couldn’t really comment as I don’t know how many other PL clubs have their third choice keeper as a 21 year old with no first team experience what so ever.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #24

    magscar,
    You can’t say the CB position was being down to the Forest lad coming next year it has been a problem for years now and it boils down to Mike not wanting to have four players in a position where only two can play

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 2, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #25

    jail

    if pards had rotated the squad properly instead of playing players till they are crocked

    could he not have banged the table and said these players are needed or this size of squad is needed
    last season mbiwa benny obertan anita cisse hadira
    some of them wernt even making the bench at times

    there are others I am sure, but they all could have played a part at times last season,
    all Ashley does is look at the bottom line and if they don’t play there not needed
    ok pards may not have won the battle with Ashley on it but it really makes your position weak when u don’t play players

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  • toon kk

    Apr 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Pardew had his hands tied at Newcastle, he was under Mashley rule, in charge of a useless team and hated by the majority of fans. People waved there little banners with sack Pardew on, what did they think was going to happen when he eventually went? Some top coach? I don’t think so. Yep we’ve got Carver.
    Mash runs the club as a business, simple.

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  • dazzler

    Apr 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon kk,

    A business employs suitably qualified and capable individuals to run the various areas of the business to ensure that it maximises revenue and profit.

    We have Had Kinnear, Wise, Llambias and now Carver. None of whom are suitably qualified to wipe an arse.

    We are not run like a long term, sustainable business.

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  • Ian Toon

    Apr 2, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #28

    With apologies to that well known United supporter:
    It is the best of derbies, it is the worst of derbies, it is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness, it is the epoch of belief, it is the epoch of incredulity, it is the season of Light, it is the season of Darkness, it is the spring of hope, it is the winter of despair, we have everything before us, we have nothing before us, we are all going direct to Heaven, one of us could be going directly the other way!
    A tale of two cities indeed.
    Howay the Lads!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Mike Ashley as he sacks Hughton
    “It is a far far better thing I do now”

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyone who thinks Colo was wild needs to think about the sport they comment on.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5DDTZp0zxM

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  • the white tino

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Well back to the cold north east sadly didn’t find the rich Arab to buy fatty out!! Hoping for a derby win to lift this easter weekend another defeat and surely we have all got to stand together and demand change and at the very top

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #32

    On the subject of rotation, why is it that Chelsea have used 7 core players this season that have barely had a rest yet some feel it necessary for our lads to need a break?

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  • Belfast

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Nowt to do with being unlucky, It’s down to lack of investment.

    Continued lack of investment.

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  • Ian Toon

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Jeff – interestingly Brighton play Norwich tomorrow. CH is a nice guy. However, Norwich fans blame him for their relegation- maybe surprise surprise. The argument goes that though they were five points clear when he was sacked his negativity had lost them the winnable games, with four out of the remaining five games against the top four teams and unwinnable.
    A nice guy but …….

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Llambias may be unsuitably qualified to wipe an arse.
    But he did tell Rangers to get a suitable NomAd or perish.
    They goin to perish man

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Ian
    If I may be permitted to complete the sentence

    A nice guy but …….a weak man manager

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  • toon kk

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #37

    dazzler
    we just had 18 mil plus profits, our squad is very much built on a budget , do you think mash gives a fk about getting the right man for a particular job? He looks at cost and profits.
    We all know what should be done but you can’t blame him with a full SJP and a fat wallet.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Let’s back the lads but sod the owner. Ashley out!

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  • Belfast

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #39

    I was under the impression they couldn’t get a nomad because of the previous regime

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 2, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #40

    We won’t be going after star players in the summer because Ashley now has wages down to 45% of total expenses. He plans to keep it that way. Star players cost big wages. Look for more foreign players to come in along with the 2 lads from Forest. Hard to say what kind of squad we’ll have next season. Definitely not a contender to win anything though.

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