Six Huge Mistakes That Will See Newcastle Relegated


I wrote this article on Friday but it wasn’t read much, and it came before yesterday’s disastrous set of results for Newcastle, including our own demolition at Leicester City, who were so much the better side it was completely embarrassing.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
What do we do now boss?


It’s worth reading about the principal reasons why we got into this mess – just for the sake of posterity.

We could still avoid the drop, but it’s going to be so very difficult now, and it would take everybody to pull together in the next three weeks.

That’s unlikely to happen.



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360 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 3, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Munster/hibbit
    I have a vision of Fat Sam grinning like a Cheshire cat when the final whistle blows.

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  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Six strikes and you’re out
    That’s the Dire Sports way
    Classless

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 3, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    hibbit…Carver’s a big boy. He was offered the job an took because he saw an opportunity presenting itself.

    …just like when you and I take a job. Don’t put all this on those who hired him. The rot ay this club goes deeper than that.

    There are opportunist here and there and everywhere. They are all trying to spin gold on this. Down from Charnley to Carver/Pardew, to the coaching staff to players and to fans trying to upgrade their seats.

    Rot, rot, rot…

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  • mecannylad

    May 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    How can a great city like Newcastle upon Tyne stand by and let its iconic sporting institution be brought into such disrepute by such a sordid, mysterious owner.
    Its not just about the real threat of relegation from the top flight of the English game. Its about integrity; its about heart, its about reputation …. its our future … our legacy to the community.
    Out the man for God’s sake …. whatever it takes.

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  • hibbit

    May 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    jesper total agree he should never have taken the the job but what i find more worrying is he should never been offered it

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  • BandB

    May 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed

    I think it says everything about the endemic misleading of customers and fans of this club that at a time when public statements were being issued about a minimum top ten target and finishing as high as possible, the assurances Ashley wanted were about whether we could safely avoid relegation with Carver in charge of a lightened squad.

    Meanwhile, McClaren has guided Derby from the top to a cosy eighth place finish with a disastrous end of season collapse.
    He sounds right up our street.

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  • Pokat

    May 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Just got an email from nufc store trying to flog me a retro shirt. They are kidding right? They’re trying to sell me merchandise NOW?

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  • Pokat

    May 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    The silence is deafening though eh?

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  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    And the League TV commentator describes Maclaren and Derby’s failure as one of the worst in league history ( 2 wins out of 13 )
    Derby were “Unstable at the back ”
    Should fit in well then at Newcastle.
    Fair swap for Boro or Ipswich or Norwich or Brentford ?!

    No global TV coverage by Sky for Dire Sports in The Championship – but no worry for Ashley as Rangers are on standby

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  • Pokat

    May 3, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Poor carver. If I was him I’d be at home now in a dark room trying to figure out how I stunk the place up so bad so quickly. Being understudy to Pardew did NOT help.

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  • BandB

    May 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    We are in the belly of the Sports Direct beast and the digestive juices are at work.
    There will be no sitting this out. We are being slowly dissolved.
    Not waiting, but drowning.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12

    What happened about the “Fans’ Forum” meeting?

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  • hibbit

    May 3, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    lochinvar no tv coverage for rangers if they don’t go up

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  • Average_Contents

    May 3, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Scout

    Today is “thinking time” apparently.

    Monday they’ll analyse what went wrong.

    I don’t think Mondays enough. They’ll need all week.

    I’d have them in today, beasting em to within an inch of their lives. Making them watch the dross over and over again they’ve been involved in for the past 8 weeks.

    Certainly wouldn’t be a Fcuking day off.

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  • sparky55

    May 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    ED…you don’t get it do you?

    This was always Ashleys plan after we ran him out of town and made it impossible to come and watch the team he owned.

    What would you do as a normal human being in that situation and then think what an asset stripping animal like Ashley who has form for destroying anyone who crosses him would do.

    He already has his exit plan in place…no-one but him knows what it is…but believe me…he has it all worked out and as far as he’s concerned Newcastle have served their purpose and he’s moving on as soon as we are suitably crushed.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Ron i agree. Sam will be out to bury us. Another problem we have is that ashley hasnt made one decent appointment yet. And i include the incredibly overrated carr in that. I hope the sackpardew.com fans are feeling clever now.

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  • toon kk

    May 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Before the season even kicked off how it’s turned out was inevitable, you can’t skimp on key areas in the transfer window and get away with it.

    Total lack of knowledge from the board.
    Or should we say penny pinching to boost profits.
    Could be a very expensive mistake.

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  • Average_Contents

    May 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Ron knee

    Nobody knows lol

    It was a step to try and appease the masses ” we’ll bring it forward but won’t tell you when” maybe because it’ll be slightly before the end of the season instead of after.

    Fcuking shameless shits.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 3, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Average thats the last thing the players need. Glad u aint involved.

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  • tequilamag

    May 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20

    Sparky you are letting your imagination run away with you again. Mash is motivated by money, nothing else. The idea he would crash and burn a 250 mill business just to satisfy a grudge is fanciful to say the least.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 3, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #21

    hibbit…you are totally right about that…I don’t anyone appointed during Ashley’s reign should have been offered the job – not because they couldn’t do a job like that, but because their appointments have always been counter-productive.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 3, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #22

    *think

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 3, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Pokat
    The fire sale’s begun.

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  • Mackems are from MORDOR!

    May 3, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #24

    52000 at £1 each would hire one hell of a sniper!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 3, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #25

    “See if Pokat wants to buy a retro toga” says the emperor fiddling as Rome burns.

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  • sparky55

    May 3, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #26

    tequila….you don’t get it either do you?

    if your value had risen 3 billion over eight years, would you be bothered about 180m (the difference between premiership and championship values) if the club you’re wanting to flush down the toilet was the main reason his value had risen that much.

    He won’t lose 250 million…he’ll have made just under 3 billion…why can’t you get you head round that.

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  • tequilamag

    May 3, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Sparky he did not increase his wealth by writing off 250 mill on a whim. Newcastle are a train wreck caused by poor decisions not by planning.
    What do you base this on ? Other than an amusing conspiracy theory you have dreamed up .

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  • Ron Knee

    May 3, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #28
  • BandB

    May 3, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #29

    I can’t see the fuss, really.
    We wanted to see the back of “mid-table mediocrity”, and Ashley has delivered.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 3, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #30

    BandB@29
    In spades.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 3, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Graham Carr had a torrid time at Blackpool as manager in 1990, where he was never popular with the home fans, who took to spitting on the dugout during home games, especially after letting the previous season’s player of the year, Colin Methven, sign for Walsall, saying he was neither good enough nor quick enough for Fourth Division football.

    Blackpool. Queer old place. 

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  • lochinvar

    May 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Hibbit – yep, right about Rangers worthwhile TV coverage only kicks in if promoted and then into Europe – could take a few years yet

    Shearer not on MOTD and McLaren in town ?
    Maybe he’s having tea with Alan and keeping a low profile until revealed at SJP tomorrow.
    Billy Smart would be so proud .

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  • scout

    May 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #33

    How can a man of Charnleys ability get a job of this nature anyway?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #34

    I predict a long and horrible few years for nufc fans and followers

    Ycmiu

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #35

    No one rewards failure and makes a ready home for it more than NUFC!!!

    So McLaren who like Woy Hodgson has had more failures than successes is wheeled in. As B&B says you couldn’t make it up.

    Nailed on with the strongest team in the championship they peter out to 8th!! Sounds like he has the credentials then. Oh well at least he hasn’t been plucked out of a casino and off the dole queue.

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  • toon kk

    May 3, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Send every player home who doesn’t want to play for the club.
    Trouble is we would have a full team to put out.

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  • chasing_rabbits

    May 3, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Lochinvar

    I don’t know why but I think McLaren & Ashley had already set this up, McLaren throws Derby’s season so he can leave to take over just in time to save us from relegation. Maybe then, assuming we stay in the league, he gives McLaren a decent transfer fund and demands top 10 finish to keep the big bucks rolling in. Maybe even sanctions fielding a strong team for cup matches to keep the fans happy.

    If you ask me, there’s something odd about this whole thing. Giving Pardew an 8yr deal off the back of 1 good season, then because of the long contract managing to negotiate a £3m contract release fee and overnight he’s gone, just like that. I mean, would you have paid £3m for Pardew to come and manage your team? No disrespect to the guy like, as he’s not done too bad at Palace. Then Derby going from top of the league to 8th just like that. It’s not like they sold their best players during Jan window is it? And the story sure did materialise quickly. We happen to suffer another defeat dragging us closer to relegation, just as Derby are pipped to the play off places beaten at home by 6th bottom team with nothing to play for. The Newcastle fans are crying out for Carver to be removed and somebody will be required to take over… In steps McLaren.

    This whole situation has just messed my head up, I cant think straight.

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  • Bambams

    May 3, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #38

    Interesting. ….Just read this on newsnow ….

    A centre-half by nature, Lascelles could potentially find himself lined up alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini on Saturday if Dummett doesn’t pass fit, in a game where not conceding could be the difference between survival and oblivion… something that would have seemed unthinkable just a few short weeks ago. If nothing else, surely he can’t be any worse than Mike Williamson? – See more at: http://whatculture.com/sport/jamaal-lascelles-to-make-incredible-nufc-debut-vs-west-brom.php#sthash.E2dpcs5t.dpuf

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 3, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #39

    ycmiu

    yeah the last 8 years have been a laugh fest!!!

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 3, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Lochinvar

    McLaren would be better than carver. Then again, so would I

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