Newcastle In Disarray, Absolute Disarray – They Could Go Down


Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that Newcastle are in complete disarray,  and with five games still to play Paul thinks that Newcastle are still not safe from being relegated, and with some clubs beneath Newcastle like Leicester City starting to win games, then if Newcastle keep losing – say we lose our last five games – which is possible given our form over the last six games  – we could be relegated back to the Championship for the second time in a short six years.

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Paul Merson – Sky Sports pundit – they are not safe

And Newcastle are in disarray only because of the incompetence and stupidity that Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley demonstrated during the January transfer window,  and the terrible second half of the season is because of that – and nothing else.

And it’s also similar to last season when we sold Yohan Cabaye for big money in January and didn’t bother replacing him, and there was a cloud of depression that settled over the Newcastle squad..

Players are only human, and they see what the owner is doing – and it seems he couldn’t care less about the squad and the players in the squad, and the club didn’t bother strengthening a very weak squad in January, and in fact only made things worse.

So we wouldn’t expect the players to feel too good about what Mike Ashley has done over the last two January transfer windows.

Actions taken at the top of any organization can have huge consequences on the employees, and that’s been true with Newcastle over the last two seasons.

Newcastle are starting to look over their shoulders,  and if Leicester City and Hull City win tomorrow and we then lose things will look a lot worse than they do at the moment, especially if Sunderland also win.

And boycotts and demonstrations may send a much needed message to Mike Ashley – but they hardly help the team on the field, and it’s all becoming eerily similar to what was happening during our relegation season.

This is what Paul Merson has said today – and he still thinks Newcastle could be in trouble:

“Newcastle are in disarray, absolute disarray. They need to win a football game and win one fast. I have to say I do think they’re in danger of getting into trouble. It’s difficult to see where a win is going to come from.”

We can quickly raise the mood and restore some spirit on Tyneside with a win – and if we can beat Swansea tomorrow, at least we’ll still be in the Premier League next season – so there may be some hope.

But what happens in the summer we don’t know, but it will very difficult to attract top players and keep the good ones we already have, because we are not the club we once were before Ashley came in.

Comments welcome.



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136 comments so far

  • mecannylad

    Apr 24, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Dream ticket for next season.
    Head Coach: Steve Mc. (he worked for Sir Alex did you know!)
    Asst to Head Coach: John C. (he worked with Sir Bobby did you know)

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Apr 24, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #2

    going down, like a two dollar hooker at bar close…

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 24, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #3

    We could get more points drawing all the remaining matches.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, you really do talk nonsense about the crowd and the effect they have on the players.

    There was a full house for both games v scum and NUFC simply didn’t turn up. Against Arsenal, they were even worse. Why do you expect 50,000 fans to deliver their side of the bargain when the team deliver NOTHING, week in, week out??

    Yes, there are serious problems at SJP, but they are NOT problems created by the fans.

    The problem starts at the top and filters down – the players react to what goes on in the transfer windows, they react to seeing the best players leaving – the fans dont cause this – the OWNER causes the problem.

    HWTF

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 24, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Dok

    Haha

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  • Pokat

    Apr 24, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Mers may be a marinated buffoon but he could be accidentally right this time. No prizes though Mers no bottle of bubbly for you, we’re keeping it on ice for the “good times” when they come back ummmm

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  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    dok @ 2 – Can we have the $200 hooker instead please??

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  • Pokat

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Park the bus J Bomb! Get us a point before last orders!

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  • toon kk

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Boycott, boycott, Mash can’t get away with running our once great club into the ground.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Latest interview by Coloccini
    “Some day I would go back and be able to play in San Lorenzo and retire there. Last year we had arranged the return to San Lorenzo.”

    But he said that United would not let him leave. He said: “It is clear that they must defend their right because I had a contract.”
    ———————————–

    Just to remind everyone he’s our Captain… 🙂

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    maybe that’s where the missing NUFC funds went…. Ibiza, look into that wouldya?

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #12

    lindis,

    if we drew all the remaining games, my Crayola box would be empty and my son has the 64 crayon version… :).

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  • Pokat

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Would have been nice if capn curlywurly hadn’t excused himself shorts for the last three years derbys. “I tried to get away for ages to a second rate nobody club rather than stay here and keep raking in the wages but they said no Colo! Gotta stay here and motivate the team!”

    Big up.

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  • Pokat

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Can’t wait until the ” the good times come back” us in l2 Ashley baled and we’re owned by a big shot in the world of lawn treatments.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Graeme @ 4

    my boss always says, that employees work has a direct correlation to the mgmt… if you have a stellar boss, your employees will do stellar work…

    what does that say about MA….

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail for Ashley

    There is no alternative to protesting but in order to bring about change those in charge at the club need to be brought to the negotiating table for dialogue. Therefore the demands need to be implementable and have the support of a large majority of NUFC supporters who are able to enforce their will to the detriment of the club.

    I often look on it as a political battle of ideologies that are interdependent, MA wants to restrict spending, focus on commerce (buying and selling) and offer discounts to attract spectators. Where as Supporters see the club as part of the community, encourage growth through investment and charge proportionally. Both can be correct and need to appreciate the benefits of each other.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    dok – Budum chee!

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  • bladeuser

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Again ed the fans have no bearing on how players play we could have 5 k or 50 k in the ground what difference does it make
    so the player thinks wow there is only 5 k watching i am going to play shit .Nonsence anyway when there is 50 k in it feels like there is 5k in a good player should play exactly the same if he was being watched by one person or 100 k we just have shit players and a rotten club

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  • Belfast

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Coming from the thickest pundit on the telly. Yes we’re absolutely shite but I don’t think we’re in any danger of going down. All the relegation candidates would swap their fixture list for ours. Leicester probably the only ones to escape it in my opinion, though I think they’ve won their last few games in the dying seconds, so they’ve probably used all their luck.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Belfast, I’m not so sure. I predicted 5 games ago that we wouldnt win a game for the rest of the season. Its possible we wont even get a point. Leiscester have form , bravery and luck. They also have a way of playing. We have none of these. Be very very afraid. If we escape relegation it will be close but i am not optimistic. Many of these players have shown a full capacity to disintegrate under Pardew and are doing it again. Very worried, but in some ways becoming ambivalent, as our club turns into an advertising hoarding.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry guys, been checking my ibizatoon spam folder….seems I’ve been offered lots of exciting opportunites to make lots of money.

    I reckon if I respond to all the emails I might be able to buy NUFC!

    All I need to do is click these links and one will pay me £8,500,000! Just from one click. Amazing stuff.

    Surprised Belfasts emails didn’t get put in their though. I have notified Gmail.

    Dok…What’s that? Looking for receipts for hookers? 🙂

    Lindisfarne…Has there been a response yet to either NUST or the fans forum letters to the club? On the face of it, I do agree, communication is the first and less painful step for everyone. But come on, as if.

    They’re making no effort to defuse the situation, just sticking Carver in front of a camera so people get wound up at him. They’ll shortly sacrifice him to buy themselves time. We’ve been here so many times and I don’t see any signs of change.

    Other than the bank balance.

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Boycotts may do no good Ed but sitting on our ar**s doing nowt will achieve even less.
    As far as I’m concerned the last boycott was a success and anything else in the same way to follow it up will also be a success. ANY bad publicity for Ashley, and there has been a lot from the national media this week, gets to him – we’ve proved that.
    bladeuser @ 18 – you’re spot on there mate. Pity our sad wimpy fans on this blog can’t see it.

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  • Ian Toon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #23

    For those interested: From today’s edition.

    WHEN SATURDAY COMES – WSC writers’ competition.
    We are pleased to announce the return of the annual WSC writers’ competition, in memory of contributor David Wangerin. Entrants are invited to submit an article of between 800 and 1,500 words, about any aspect of the 2014-15 football season. The award was David’s idea and he requested that it should only be open to amateur writers, ie those who don’t make their living from writing. The closing date for submissions is May 31, 2015.

    Send entries by email to writers.competition@wsc.co.uk. This address should also be used for any questions you may have as we will not take phone enquiries.

    The judging panel will be made up of WSC editor Andy Lyons, co-founder Mike Ticher and news editor Tom Hocking. There will be a cash prize of £250 for the winner and the winning article will be published in the magazine next summer.

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  • mecannylad

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #24

    A fun blog pole with a twist.
    How many people who have a ticket for the Director’s Box tomorrow will stand for the whole 34th minute ?
    Any takers? ….and anyone able to obtain photographic evidence?

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Hope we lose the next five games and just escape relegation at the last moment by the skin of our teeth.
    Would be nice to see the Corpulent One sweating on his money making machine.

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  • mecannylad

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #26

    *poll !

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  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #27

    lindisfarne not sure were you get your mandate to speak for the majority of football fans either in newcastle or country wide but what i would say is the majority of newcastle fans in and around the city are sick of the rubbish we are being fed that the club call football

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  • Belfast

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m usually a negative sod Munster lol
    Think we’re about 35/1 to go down last time I looked. The chance of it happening is highly unlikely.

    Our 3 home games are against teams with nothing to play for. West broms win on Saturday has them safe imo. Honestly if we don’t pick up anything from them 3 home games it will be an embarrassment, and we deserve relegation.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibizatoon

    Could you organise a fan group under the banner ‘H’way the Fans”?

    Get a reputation for positivity and humorous interaction…a place on the Fans Forum….and then as Non-excutive member of the Board. First target get as many supporters as possible to dress as Zombies for the last home match of the season. For example:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32447466

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  • Pokat

    Apr 24, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #30

    I think those who think going into the ground will help things probably will need seat belts.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Wynsleap @22 I agree.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Lindisfarne…Do you not think these email get rich links will do the trick? 🙂

    HWTF’s is already in motion mate. I’ll certainly look in to those other options.

    As its come up, an opportunity to put it out there.

    I have an additional Twitter account for you folk to follow:

    @HWTFNUFC

    Spread it like wildfire people. The idea is to keep it factual and humorous…just like me 😉

    I’ve been somewhat delayed today, something about real work and bills being paid, but I am sorting my priorities out and will be back to you all throughout the evening and tomorrow morning.

    We have another fun filled day of bringing change ahead of us people. Together we’re stronger, United we can do this.

    HWTFNUFC!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Lindisfarne…I must add, I do support all of the current campaigns that are being offered by ashleyout.com.

    Nothing will ever be perfect, especially not at Newcastle or with us fans, but I think they’re trying to get something that everyone can be part of. No easy task and I applaud their efforts.

    At the end of the day, we’re dealing with football fans. I saw that article about the whole “cockney” thing. I’ve never really agreed with it, but really, its football fan silly banter.

    For worse things are said all the time at games.

    I do appreciate it’s not helpful, but to be honest, if Ashley can’t get his head round it, he’s in the wrong business.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Far worse*

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  • Belfast

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #35

    How many bloody twatter accounts do you have Ibiza

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  • andrew84

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Have to admit I’m confused by Ed of late.

    Blasting Mike Ashley for turning our club into a below-average advertising board for his tat shop, then blasting the fans for daring to protest about the dross served up, regardless of whether the gate is 50,000 or 30,000.

    Maybe Ed can enlighten us on how best to resolve the situation if not be protesting? Sit down and take it? No thanks.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Breaking News.

    Tonight at 9 on Nat Geo.

    North Korea undercover.

    Our esteemed leader is popular of late.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Belfast…This may be hard for you, so Ill try make it easy.

    You know 1? Do you remember what comes after 1?

    Go on, I know you can do it!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Andrew…I think we’re allowed to ask nicely too 🙂

    Please Mike, run us like a proper football team, pretty please.

    AC…He is a busy boy, wor Ash.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Hwtf

    Yeah ibiza, how many HAVE you got?

    I knew I shouldn’t of exposed my email address to you. BUNNY BOILER.

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