The Silence Of Newcastle’s Top Brass Is Deafening

Things have not gone well for Newcastle United this year, and yes, that’s an understatement, and in 13 games we have lost eight of them and won only two – and with the 9 points we have gained from the last 36 available in the league, we have dropped 4 places in the league table, and are still not safe from possible relegation.

Our next game is at Liverpool on Monday night.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – reckless management of the squad

So on the playing field, things are not good at all, and Newcastle are down to the bare bones of their squad, and we have John Carver in charge, and John has very little experience as a head coach in football – but it was the cheap short-term option the club ultimately took in January to replace Alan Pardew.

And the shocking thing was that this situation was made a lot worse in January by some reckless decision-making by Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley that has only helped to weaken the squad even further.

All for the sake of making around £12M, and we didn’t bother spending one penny on new players, when it was obvious to everybody we were going to be short of players for the rest of the season – in fact we let some good players leave.

When the financial results were released early last week, they were record revenues and profits as many had predicted – so we had the money to spend – we just elected not to spend it.

And hence the mess we are in at the moment.

And while relegation remains a long shot – we could still go down if everything goes against us as far as other sides’ results go – and we cannot manage to win another game.

Strange things happen in football and in life.

Because of  Mike Ashley’s  actions in January and his frugal way he runs Newcastle United,  there has been a Mike Ashley Out campaign launched this week.

And we heard today that  the Sack Pardew crowd are back on the scene, and are asking Geordie fans to boycott the remaining home games, starting with Tottenham a week this weekend.

There is nationwide press coverage of these two things and that coverage will only increase in the lead up to the Tottenham game in 10 days time.

That will help to make it even more difficult for our team to get many points in the remaining four home games of the season, where 12 points are at stake.

And with all this happening, what have we heard from the men at the top – Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley?

Absolutely nothing and I know a little about problems in the business world – and Newcastle are a business (be that good or bad) and we are in trouble.

That’s when the top executives have to come out and be seen to be leading, and at the very least communicate with their customers – who in this case are the long suffering Geordie fans.

Yet we’ve heard absolutely nothing – not that there has been a wealth of communication to the fans ever since Ashley bought the club eight years ago.

While we know both Ashley and Charnley don’t like appearing in public – that’s tough luck –  because part of Lee Charnley’s job as top executive at Newcastle United is to both tackle and talk about the problems Newcastle are facing.

It’s OK that Lee Charnley may not like some parts of his job, t’s perfectly OK in fact – but it’s also no excuse for not doing those things when they are required – like now.

They need at the very least to issue a statement on the current serious situation of the club.

29 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Too busy crapping their daks

  • Tooooon

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #2

    I seriously wonder sometimes how Ed manages to motivate himself to write articles day after day, with Newcastle playing like they do now.. I can barely motivate myself to watch games anymore.

  • Ben

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Rather than a simple boycott a mass stadium walk out would have more TV impact and could snowball into a nearly totally empty St James in my opinion.

    Following the usual minutes applause and respect on 17 minutes. 50k Geordies stand up and leave the stadium? That would get news worldwide.

  • mainemagpie

    Apr 9, 2015 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #4

    And of course Ben you have the ability to make that happen because?……

  • andrew84

    Apr 9, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #5

    “…That will help to make it even more difficult for our team to get many points in the remaining four home games of the season, where 12 points are at stake.”

    Funny you should mention that, as well as the “Sack Pardew crowd”, Ed, because at the last ‘major protest’ we played some of the best football we’d seen in months.

    Instead of making digs at the fans who are actively seeking change from Mike Ashley (something you don’t seem to want but are happy to carry on complaining about), why don’t you keep a more impartial view Ed? After all, you’re in danger of alienating a huge chunk of your readers and contributors.

    And in reference to the ‘record profits and revenues’…you make no mention of the missing £28M. Why not?

    Aside from that I have total respect for the hard work and dedication you put into maintaining this blog Ed 🙂

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 9, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #6

    ha ha 3mins 50 seconds in.

  • scout

    Apr 9, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I honestly believe if we were rock bottom with under 10 points over 20,000 would still turn up. Its a non starter any sort of action against MA it hurts me to say it but whoever tries to organise anything its a waste of time and effort.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #8

    I am going to try and not sound angry in my response to you but I am sick and tired of hearing comments like yours. You have spent the entire season moaning about Mike Ashleys running of the club and now there is a hint of something in the air you are putting out statements that could be written by Charnley himself. Have you visited their website and made a donation to help those that are prepared to waste their time and effort.

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 9, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Infact ED is absolutely right there.We are in serious danger of possible relegation.we currently are playing some worst football with no sign of fighting and spirit. So how come boycotting matches help the team achieve the demanded points??
    I don’t want my team relegated, unless u want to,for sake of being frustrated by the board?
    The main point is boycotting and protesting at this moment is absolutely UNNECESSARY and it only harm the team!
    Not the regime!

  • hibbit

    Apr 9, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #10

    scout so your plan is do nowt just as well the rest of us arn’t like you………. your beat before we start and i am sure you would be 1 of the 20000

  • hibbit

    Apr 9, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #11

    reyantoon do you honestly believe we can get any points from the spurs game

  • firebug666

    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Why are we worrying about points anyway?

    The team are not interested in getting any more points, They are just not bothered and most likely their agents are already hard at work moving them on.

    Look at they way the players have responded to the lack of investment in January.

    We have been a laughing stock long enough, something has to give.

    The fans have had enough and it would seem the players have too.

    It’s time the fans united, and called out in one voice…..


  • Reyantoon

    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #13

    No I don’t think so. Infact,I don’t think we can win any games from now on.May be we will get couple of scrappy draws!

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #14

    I have to say , I don’t think we will be relegated, I don’t think the players are behind carver but I do think we do have a decent squad, playing Man U and arsenal we might have lost but I thought we gave them a good game,
    I think our defence needs a major overhaul, but I believe in our MF and forwards , we just need a coach that can coach

  • firebug666

    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #15

    So Carvers lips have been moving again, he has had this to say in the Chronicle:

    Now Carver heads to the scene of some famous battles between Newcastle and the Reds at Anfield.

    He said: “I don’t put shackles on these players – I want them to express themselves.

    “I was around with the Entertainers side and I was around with Sir Bobby’s team. That was two sides that played on the front foot.

    “So I don’t want to see us get into the final third then end up with the ball back at our goalkeeper. I want us to be progressive.

    “I’ve never stopped them being progressive but at Sunderland we weren’t.”

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #16

    I sometimes confused peoples observation of our play.He is playing our better players,like colback out of position and costing us points.what games were u watching?
    Unless he amends our better contributers,colback/sissoko’s positions,the guy will drag us in to hell!!

  • Mag52

    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #17


    You and I have seen eye to eye in the past over, mainly, Pardew, but I really can’t agree with you over the ‘Ashley Out’ protest.
    If, as you say, we aren’t going to win many, if any, games from now on, this has to be the time to make a protest against the way MA is running (ruining) the club.
    The question is, if not now then when ?

  • firebug666

    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Now is the perfect time to protest; if we had started to early after January we would have been blamed for the lack of spirit in the team, and the lack of football on the pitch.

    Now the club has been laid bare for all the world to see, now there can be no excuses from the club, (even though they will use any available), Mike will know his gamble has backfired, he will know his cash cow could realistically drop into the fizzy pop league.

    Now is the perfect time to strike back, and hit him where it really hurts, TV revenue. No full stadium, no TV game, no TV Money. Most importantly no Free worldwide advertising for Sports Defect.

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 9, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #19

    After we assure our safety in the PL!!!!!

  • martoon

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Ben @3 – I would have thought the other way around would be more practical – i.e Don’t take your seat until after about 15 minutes in time for the 17th minute. That way Sky would show an empty stadium at the start of the match. Also I think more people would be willing to miss the first 15 minutes rather that the last 70 minutes!

  • hitman

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #21

    for these protests to have a real impact you would need at least half the st holdders on board,do you really think there will be that many who boycott,dont think so.
    would love to see the back of the fat slug,but there are to many who will put up and shut up.we have been here before and it didnt work

  • hibbit

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #22

    reyantoon if you and i don’t think we can get any oints out of the spurs game then this has to be the time to start how long must we wait he who hesitate’s is lost ……….prem safety not guaranteed the owner gambled why shouldn’t we

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Can’t see us get anything from the Liverpool or Spurs games,apart from a trouncing.
    We have the possibility of getting points from our other home games.
    The team can’t play any worse than they have been so can’t see why they’ll play worse with an empty stadium.
    Although I’d really like to see fans wait til next season and from day one don’t go,don’t by season ticket.
    Shearer said he’s mate isn’t gonna renew the box they have.
    Unless they show some heart in purchases in the summer window,which is highly unlikely as usual.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Ed “I know a little about problems in the business world – and Newcastle are a business (be that good or bad) and we are in trouble.”

    No we aren’t.
    We’re doing very well.
    We’re in profit.

    The football is dire but the business is sound.

    The club has no morals, no sporting honour. – Cups

    Sitting on millions while we watch dross with no defence and no CF’s.



  • Mag52

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #25


    If we’re not likely to win any of our remaining matches, we’re pretty much dependant upon the results of the teams below us at to whether we stay up or not, and no amount of protests will affect those.
    I personally can’t see us going down, although it’ll be a fairly close run thing. On present form we are probably playing the poorest in the league.
    A protest against Ashley is not the same as one against the manager, and I can’t see the team taking it as a criticism of them as they have probably less of a connection with Ashley than the fans do.

  • hibbit

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #26

    i read so many comments on here about st holders but there are so many on here who dont go to games who are happy just to roll over and put up with ashley happy to blame others but not prepard to do anything themselves

  • MidlandsMag

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #27


    Just come on the blog and read Ed’s narrative. You have already said exactly what I thought so no point in repeating it but posting in support of that.

  • MidlandsMag

    Apr 9, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #28


    The team and the regime are inseparable – you cannot support one without the other.

  • Sav

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #29

    On the contrary. I doubt very much Mashley will be much bothered by any protest or even our current run of miserable results as long as we survive, and chances are, we will without any great turnabout. There will be spending in the summer to protect the investment next year and ensure TV dividend keeps rolling. But I doubt the strategy will be deflected from its course. That doesn’t mean we should not make the gesture by protesting. If Mashley figures the club can coast to survival, then, with nothing left to play for, the fans can afford to do the same and give full voice between now and the end of the season.


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