Newcastle Being Left Behind By Smaller Clubs

It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Newcastle United are finding it difficult to even be in the top ten in  the Premier League these days,  and last season we finished behind Stoke City, Everton and Southampton in the league table,  and only just managed to hold onto 10th place to finish in the top ten for only the second time since 2007 under Mike Ashley.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

This season we have no chance of finishing in the top ten, being 9 points behind Stoke City when you consider our poor goal difference, so this season we will finish behind Southampton, Swansea, West Ham, Stoke  and Everton – probably in 14th or 15th position.

We were 9th at the end of the year after beating Everton 3-2 at home on 28th December.

And it’s those five clubs who now have better sides than Newcastle and certainly a lot more ambition.

That was only maybe true of Everton a few years ago, and at that time the Saints and Swansea were not even in the Premier League.

But those clubs are now building good sides and seem willing to spend the big money they get from the Premier League every May on good players.

We hear that Newcastle will spend some money in the summer on new players, but what else could Newcastle say after the disasters of this year?

That we are not going to strengthen  the squad?

Yes, we can build up a good squad again and that will be a step forward, but we also have to bring in a  top coach in the summer, and if it’s Steve McClaren or John Carver, then rest assured that not much will be changing at Newcastle.

And even if we bring in a top coach like Remi Garde or Jocelyn Gourvennec of Guingamp, who we were linked with yesterday in France, then we have the problem of Mike Ashley and his frugal policies.

If Mike Ashley doesn’t change the way he runs the club and sells our best players when he gets a big enough offer for them – things will not change.

Ashley needs to invest a lot more money in the playing squad and not just concentrate on have good financial results every year, otherwise we will never move forward.

At the moment  Southampton, Swansea, West Ham, Stoke  and Everton are clubs who are now above us  in England.

We’ll not put Crystal Palace in that category – well not yet anyway.

And the top six clubs –  the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal – are way ahead of us – although ten years ago that was not the case.

Newcastle will keep slipping unless big changes are made in the way Newcastle are managed from the top, or else some consortium comes in the buys out Mike Ashley.

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38 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    tv companies hate anything that interferes with there sehedule

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Irony? Your a full on wum. End of.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    On our level.

    Is their another club in the football leagues that’s on the same level as us?

    The bottom 3 teams in the EPL deserve to be above us, just because they want and try to finish as high as they can.

    Is NUFC even a football club anymore?

    The buisness side never takes the footballing side into consideration when making decisions and the football side has to be sacrificed for the buisness side to succeed.

    We must be Newcastle united buisness club.

    You can’t or shouldn’t even mention football clubs in the same breath as us.

    Under Ashley calling us a football club is embarrassing.

  • spitfire_

    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    We just can’t compete…

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5


    Same problems here. Getting ridiculous. Loads me off the page onto ads now aswell. It’s bad enough we have to put up with wums. Sort it ed.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6


    That’s what we get for having a person who “doesn’t get football” and couldn’t give a shit running the circus.


    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Looks like we will save the mackems for the third season in a row with our generous six points to them each season. Followed NUFC for over sixty years seen good and bad but nothing as bad as it is now.Last week two mackem supporters of my age stated that that was the worst Newcastle side they had ever seen, says it all.

  • reilly

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #8

    no doubt we will here the line we carnt compete with bournemouth some time next season.this club is rotten.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #9

    we are a true mid table team with around 7 decent players who deserve to be in the team imo.

    around 6-7 youngsters or squad players that deserve to stay to improve ect but the rest need to clear off as they are not performing.

    i’m not asking for extra 10 top quality players but we need to have atleast a top quality starting 11 and a bench with the others filling in for injuries ect.

    honestly i cant think of a worse back 4 than we have in the prem ! i’d take janmaat out obv but jesus even a championship defence would play better than ours esp as we play with 2 defensive midfielders most games !

    and as for the other end !!! no cisse no goals.

    need armstrong and goofy up front its what they are/where best at.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #10

    You assume we’re staying up, then!

  • mister mags

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11
  • Sav

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Stating the bleedin’ obvious in this one, Ed. And just to get ourselves lined up for sunner – they are not going to appoint a fancy foreign coach with his own staff and different ideas. That is not going to happen. Whether Carver, McLaren or someone else, Mashley relies upon there being plenty out there desperate enough for a job they will do whatever it takes to get one and hang onto it and that, sadly, is exactly who we will get.

  • reilly

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    i think we are safe this season ron just mind,next seasons another story tho.

  • Sav

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    It won’t make any difference to Mashley. It might even harm the team result against Spurs. But fans who care still feel they have to do SOMETHING. If Mashley thinks it safe to neglect the club from January leaving it without a proper manager or new playing staff and coast towards survival on the point already attained, then the fans can use the same period to express their disgust.

    We face another summer of shoring up, disappointment, defections and more ambitious clubs pinching targets from a club ranked in the top 20 richest in Europe. Fans are disenfranchised and disaffected. It is intended for the good of NUFC and if Monster Mash chooses to give us his deaf ear, we may as well be in the Championship.

    There’s a poll for you, Ed ‘Would you accept relegation if it meant change of ownership of NUFC’ Yes or No?

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #15

    I think doing a protest will be a waste of time, i mean will ashley be over here when it all kicks off or will he be on his island miles away, relaxing on his sofa watching the Spurs game on a big screen with a patch over his eye, stroking his cat while laughing at us all, or we could win the game and he could be Dr Claw and say I’ll get you next time carver next time.

  • Trent Toon

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #16

    We must boycott, I’m just perplexed why it has taken this long to get to this stage and even then people are still doubting whether they should… if that is you.. my friend you are giving ashley victory…

  • croftus5678

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #17


    we thought there was no chance of us going down before yet we did !

    we also thought we had won the league under keegan but we threw it away.

    i always said thees no chance of leeds going down but they did.

    nothing is certain until its certain and atm we are the worse team in the prem for form meaning that every team in the prem has picked up more points than us since carver took charge ! we can very very easily get relegated make no mistake about it we are far from safe.

    with reguards to a manager i’d bet my house that carver is in charge next season as ashley has already promised him he will invest next season and he wouldnt do that if carver was not staying.

  • reilly

    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #18

    thats cruel brining up the 12 point lead we
    imo i think we will scrape a win somewhere to make us safe..
    i think your bang on about carver being hc next season,he has made some comments of late that point to him being in charge next season

  • lesh

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Average, manxpie

    I’m getting problems with my phone too. You guys using a Nokia Lumia perchance?

  • gaz 44

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t think we will go down because the teams below have a lot of work to do to catch up. I will however be boycotting the Spurs game and am happy to do so until the end of the season, I’m not going to renew my season ticket and why should I.
    I travel from leeds every home game which is a 3 hour round trip with a cost of about 50-60 a game on food, diesel, programme, odd pint so I don’t get how my support of being there will affect the team . If it does then it can only be of benifit because with the exception of the Chelsea game this has been the worst football I’ve seen from a Newcastle team in my 18 years of being a season ticket holder.
    Ashley needs to know that without the fans there is no Newcastle United ,

  • andrew84

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Hey Lesh

    I’m using a Nokia Lumia but it’s behaving itself at the minute.

    Have you changed the settings to Desktop Mode?

  • Trent Toon

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #22

    “How many times have we made sacrifices for Milan? How many times have we saved up to buy a new shirt, to be able to go to the stadium, to renew our season tickets? There’s one thing that’s been lacking, something that we want as Milan fans and lovers of these colours: Clarity! We invite those who have already bought tickets and made travel arrangements (for the Cagliari game) to stay, if possible, outside the stadium. If this is impossible we understand the inconvenience, as we were always the first to travel to see our great love, we ask to at least not show banners and flags and refrain from cheering. Today, more than ever, the Rossoneri must show unity of purpose and make sure the proponents of this situation fulfil their responsibilities”

    I want my club back… And i want you to have yours back too…


  • mindshaft

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #23

    The club is rotten to the core, players, coaches, managment and ownership don’t give a flying … SJP slowly disintegrating into a tat advertising hoarding … if things don’t change over the summer I’m going to give up… 45 years of my life up the swanee

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #24


    You think!

    That’s worthy of a celebration in it’s own right.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    @17 reilly

    aye your right we shouldnt have a problem getting a point or 2 here and there but with our team you never know lol.

    my min expectations at start of season was 10th-8th before the window shut and i honestly thought i was a hell of a lot more realistic than most as i was being more safe to bet on but this season is another of many disapointing ones.

    always write off the current season to hope the next is better (ever since ashley took over its been the same)

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #26


    iPhone and I’m having them

  • mindshaft

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Sadly I think we may need to fall a long way before the leeches leave the club and if we are relegated we’ll end up like Leeds or Portsmouth with one tw@t owner after another bleeding every last penny out the club and fans

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #28

    optimistic prime

    Thanks for that, love you to.


  • nufc 11

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Why would fans attend the spurs game what’s there to gain? If everyone’s taken a stand then we all need to be united in our actions and boycott any one who does deserves the abuse that will no doubt get hurled at them upon entering the ground please please just away to anyone thinking of going boycott boycott boycott.

  • AncientC

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Who would have known that us Newcastle fans would have those amongst us with the power of precognition. According to these gifted people, the boycott didn’t work and Ashley was unphased.

    With such wonderful talents, I am sure they are billionaires themselves, and could perhaps buy the club for us? Anybody that can predict the future and can read minds, must be very wealthy indeed.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Won’t be long for the chelsea match now, then I can watch my favourite physio in action.

  • lesh

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #33


    The Nokia’s gone haywire since the Denim update came in and yes I’ve used desktop when it seems to settle for a while. Must say I prefer the blog’s mobile setting layout – latest posts following the main article.

    This phone’s really pi$$ing me off – Nokia’s not been sucked into Ashley’s empire has it? I wonder if the problems’ll go if he gets out!

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 12, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Come on Qpr

  • iggystooge77

    Apr 12, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Why would it be any surprise that Everton would finish higher in the league?? Apart from the season Newcastle finished 5th a few years back Everton have finished higher than Newcastle for over a decade.

    You can’t measure being a big club buy by just having a nice big ground and being a one city club (just look at Leeds) Everton have won the league 9 times, FA cup 5 times and the European Cup winners cup. Only United, Liverpool and Arsenal have won more. Chelsea will overtake us this year when they win the league. So exactly why do Newcastle United expect to have a divine right to be above Everton in the league??

    If you know your history…COYB

  • MacToon

    Apr 12, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #36

    OP, one of the replies on that Mag article says it could take up to 21 days to register the accounts on the Company House website.
    Could be so.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 12, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Been having an interesting Twitter convo with Claude Littner, former CE at Spurs and Alan Sugar’s aide on The Apprentice. He reckons Ashley is a great bloke and a godsend to NUFC.

    The free advertising issue is “petty” and “irrelevant” when you look at the “big picture”, according to him. That happens to me my thoughts.

  • nufcursed

    Apr 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #38

    the problems at this club can’t be fixed!we’re cursed. look at players like de jong (luuk), owen,..
    somehow they don’t perform when they’re playing for us..we need at least 10 new (very) good players,offload 3/4 of the current squad, a new coaching staff, new owner, new vision and ideas in the youth program, a better kit,…
    seems like it could take another 10 years before things will START to get better.


    i would take relegation in a heartbeat if it meant we would finally get rid of fat asshley


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