Sack Pardew – Ashley Out – Newcastle Relegated

Things on Tyneside seem to be so very toxic at the moment,  and if Newcastle are relegated this season there will be books written about how we managed to achieve that, after being comfortably placed at the end of last year.

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Last season we lost seven of our last eight games and continued that form into this season, and didn’t win in the first seven games with only four points.

Then we had the Sack Pardew crew come out – who are still anonymous by the way – and they wanted Alan Pardew out and organized leaflets and the like to force Pardew out at the games.

But then we won six games in a row and recovered, and things settled down a little bit, but then Pardew left at the end of the year very suddenly.

And no doubt his sudden departure was caused in large part by the Sack Pardew crew – plus all the abuse he got from fans.

Where has that led us?

Newcastle United in their wisdom appointed John Carver as the interim head coach, after Newcastle pocketed £4M for letting Alan Pardew  break his contract and leave for Crystal Palace.

Pardew is now a hero at Palace who he has saved and they are on 42 points, 7 points above us after being 10 points below us at the end of last year.

And the rumors are that he will get a £1M bonus for keeping Palace in the Premier League and all that big money.

John Carver made a decent start getting 9 points in his first 8 league games, but now it’s very much downhill with eight defeats in a row and most people think he is way out of his depth as a head coach.

So what has happened?

We now have an Ashley Out campaign with demonstrations both at the home and away games, and that has certainly not helped the team at all, who seem to have simply fallen apart.

While other clubs have stuck by their sides as they fight relegation, as we saw clearly with Leicester last Saturday, Newcastle have not and there seems to be a civil war now going on at the club.

Will we now calm down just a bit and support the side 100% in the last three games, so we can at least stay in the Premier League next season?

Or we will continue these protests which  – let’s be honest – will only help us get relegated – just like they did six years ago.

We are the laughing-stock of the Premier League this season and have become a joke club, and Alan Pardew must also be laughing all the way to the bank,

Passion is all well and good – and Newcastle fans have it in spades – but it can become destructive if not kept under control – especially in the crisis we are in now.

That’s what I think and I’m sure it’s a contrarian view.

66 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    How dare you, like the team was giving their all before the boycott.

  • toonbrother

    May 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    so let me get this straight
    are you blaming the fans that wanted Pardew out for the mess we’re in?

  • MrMojoRisin76

    May 5, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Wow,better get your tin hat out Ed.

  • toonbrother

    May 5, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    The biggest contributors to our relegation bound season

    1. Colocinni
    2. Pardew for giving colo untouchable status
    3. Carver for being incompetent

  • thejokethatisnufc

    May 5, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s our fault the team have under performed this year is it Ed ? Ashley out campaign has only really just started, the team has had enough chances to sort there self out.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 5, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    I do not agree with this article.

    The protests are not to blame for this situation only Mike Ashley is to blame, the decisions he has made, the appointments he has made and the culture that he has propagated.

  • bro56

    May 5, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    ah so its the supporters fault for boycotting. LOL

  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed…I will always support your blog and your right to post what you like, however, I completely disagree with this article.

    “And no doubt his sudden departure was caused in large part by the Sack Pardew crew – plus all the abuse he got from fans.”

    Incorrect. His sudden depatrture was caused in large by Palace offering Ashey compensation for him and Ashley accepting it.

    Were there other factors? No doubt, but that is the factor that resulted in Pardew leaving. He was still plugging away up until that point.

    “John Carver made a decent start getting 9 points in his first 8 league games”

    That’s about 1 point per game. Hardly decent. It’s near abouts relegation form. Then there is, as you say, LLLLLLLL that followed.

    “Or we will continue these protests which – let’s be honest – will only help us get relegated – just like they did six years ago.

    We are the laughing-stock of the Premier League and Alan Pardew must also be laughing all the way to the bank,

    Passion is all well and good – and Newcastle fans have it in spades – but it can become destructive if not kept under control – especially in the crisis we are in now.”

    Who is “we”? The club or the fans? Whilst the fans are a huge part of Newcastle United, people issues are not with the “club”, it’s Ashleys running of Newcastle United and what he has allowed it to become.

    Over these past few weeks, the fans have done exceptionally well in letting the greater public know what is actually going on at Newcastle. No one is laughing at the fans – The fans are not causing this.

    Rather than listing the boards mistakes and then passing responsibility to the fans to fix it, shouldn’t we be focusing on the actual issue?

    The club are the ones refusing to do something, not the fans. I get you’re worried about relegation, we are too. Do you actually read the comments section?

  • Lew Davies

    May 5, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    This is disgraceful
    talk about deflecting the blame onto the fans.
    ALL of this mess has been brought about by one man.
    He deserves to reap what he has sown.
    He deserves relegation
    he DOES NOT deserve to be the owner of a Premier League team.
    He either must change or GET OUT OF OUR CLUB
    (apparently it is OURS again !!! GO figure ? )

  • Lindisfarne

    May 5, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Every one is entitled to an opinion it is up to those opposed to present a reasoned alternative.

  • trevor forever

    May 5, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed, I think your spot on there. We are supposed to be the Geordie boot boys! We are behaving like manure fans


    May 5, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry ed, you are totally out of touch with the way the vast majority of the fans think.

  • BandB

    May 5, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13


    I keep seeing comments like “those who’s hatred of Ashley is greater than their love for the club.”
    Many, many thousands dislike Ashley only because of what he is doing to the club.
    There is another group. Those for whom their adoration of Ashley, the Iron Lady surrogate, appears to far outweigh their love for the club.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 5, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Personal opinion is there should be support for those two home games. Get the points then the plans for getting Ashley removed can begin again next season. We do need points and I don’t want to see us go down. Even though Ashley and Charnley deserves to go down because of their mistakes and gambles.

    I think everyone should unite and give it their all for these two home games.

  • Klam3r

    May 5, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Please continue these protests!

  • hibbit

    May 5, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #16

    ed have we been hacked by a mackem

  • beermonkey

    May 5, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #17

    wow lets blame the fans
    ed may I ask are you going somewhere nice with the fat cheque mr bishop sent you

  • BandB

    May 5, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Give us a poll then Ed.

  • firebug666

    May 5, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #19

    Ed’s just giving his point of view lads, come on!

    Ok it’s a little misguided, and attacking his posters is not the best thing to do.

    Ed you have to realise mate, the fans go to the match, the team take the field and then nothing. Nothing from the team, so nothing from the fans, Iv’e been in noisier graveyards.

    It’s catch 22, The fans want to support the team, and roar them on to victory, but the team give them nothing to roar about.

    The team want the support of the fans, but fail to give them anything worthy of such support.

    Who is really at fault here?

    It’s not the fans that’s for sure. If you must have a go, then why not have a go at the real problems. ASHLEY, CHARNLEY, CARVER, and the PLAYERS.

    The fans pay their money mate, they should be entitled to something in return!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 5, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #20


    Either you are trying to get more hits or you are really starting to wind people up now.

    No one was more vociferous and condemning of pardew than you when we finished 16th and had that nightmare end of season run last seaon. We were no different to the whu and charlton fans who had totally had enough of AP.

    To blame the sack pardew and ashley out campaigns is not worthy of you. When pardew left, everton game apart, we were in the middle of another awful run and still playing mind numbingly awful football which has been our stamp for the last 4 years.

    All through these appalling runs NUFC have had 52000 fans suporting them, what has been their payback? Finally some people have had enough.

    To say results have gone South because of the AO campaign defies credibility

    Ok we stay up, then what? another bang average and mediocre manager like Pardew, 3rd rate coaching staff, no half way decent players coming in, relegation battle, no cups or Europe, wonga as a sponsor, yeah let’s blame the AO crowd, it’s all their fault.You couldn’t make it up.

  • BoyDoneGood

    May 5, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #21



    Har-di-f***ing-har. I certainly did not support selling Santon, etc. Weakening a thin squad was a gamble that has turned out to be hair-raising. If you have a scrap of honesty you will recall that I said we SHOULD buy new players “but not before a new coach takes over.” You know very well what I mean – how many times have NUFC and others let one manager bring in the players he wants then fired him after a few games, saddling his successor with a wrong squad. [While I was writing this you pasted a long chunk from me in Feb. I don’t see a word I would change, and I don’t see a word that supports your deductions, Sherlock. I do see that the argument in Feb was about trying to finish higher than mid-table, and my view on that was clear; and about clearing the decks.]

    So don’t tell me I “fully supported” the regime’s decisions. And don’t pretend that the mess we are in is principally due to those decisions in January. And above all don’t suggest – you sanctimonious ****hole – that my view in February (that I could understand the decisions if-and-only-if they were meant to clear the decks before a radical summer restructuring) – is somehow RESPONSIBLE for those decisions in the previous month. You think I got into my personal time machine and went back to advise Ashley?

    Or, MMR, you suggest I made the decision myself – Charnley… Har-di-f***ing-har.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 5, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #22

    I think all Ed is saying is that he dosn’t think it willl help our current plight if we protest at these games. Fair enough I guess. He has his own opinion which should be allowed also.

    I’d rather see the club be roared on with the situation currently in the league like.

  • BandB

    May 5, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #23

    Keep Ashley.
    Sack The Fans.

  • spitfire_

    May 5, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #24

    So you blame the fans for their sickness of pardew’s bollocks, but you refuse to blame the club and especially Charnley, who decided to stick with Carver? A buy who can’t motivate a nymphomaniac to have sex.

    And ” decent start getting 9 points in his first 8 league games”? This means around 41-42 points for a whole season. Congrats, you’ve been brainwashed by ashley!

  • spitfire_

    May 5, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #25

    *buy = guy

  • BoyDoneGood

    May 5, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #26


    You are spot on – also Murphy’s Law: anything that could go wrong (red cards, injuries, other teams’ results) has gone wrong.

  • Toon Tang

    May 5, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Ed didn’t write ‘comments welcome’ at the end of his story so no one should be commenting…

    Anyways Ed, whats all this “The Ashley out campaign has certainly not helped the team at all” bollocks. The team were sliding down the league well before any campaigns.

    Ed’s been got at people. Ash’s PR sniper has taken him down, Paid or otherwise hahaaa

  • mindshaft

    May 5, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #28

    It’s been well reported that Pardew had major concerns about the squad and that he had words with Mike Ashley about the squad not being good enough and that we might face a relegation battle this season, he was clearly a scapegoat for Ashley and was never going to win the fans over with his style of football ( admittedly possibly due to the players at his disposal).
    I met him a few times in London and it was clear that he wanted to be in London where there is a lot more anonymity and the majority of people will have no clue who he is.
    Leicester fans were booing their players and calling for Pearsons head 8 games ago – the recent support started after they won a couple of games – am not sure we can blame toon fans for the mess we’re in – this is totally down to the board and our current incompetent coach

  • mindshaft

    May 5, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #29

    To be fair to Ed, he has slated Carver, Ashley and Penfold more than a few times

  • Blofal

    May 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Protests now will achieve nothing but relegation. Getting behind the players might save us. Thats it. Those are the options. That is what ED is trying to say and he is right.

    Ashley knows he is hated.
    Pardew knows he was hated
    Carver knows he is hated.
    Charnley knows he is hated
    The players now feel like they are hated. And the players feeling hated is NOT going to have them performing out of their skin for the last 3 games that is for sure.

    Get behind the players for the last 3 games. Not the club. The players. And then we might, maybe have a chance of staying up.

    But ridicule them, boo them, message them on social media and tell them how crap you think they are and then expect them to save our club?

    If I had 50,000 geordies telling me I was shite I’d be out of there. And deservedly or not thats how they feel. Groan about their effort and salaries all you like but we have 3 games left and there is no chance they are going to play out of their skin for people who hate and criticise them no end, it doesn’t matter how much you pay them.

  • Average_Contents

    May 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Not quite sure what to say about this article apart from wow.

    I’ll give it a shot.

    It’s the fans fault? For wanting the best for their club? (conveniently it’s ours again) If the shitty decisions and the systematic destruction of OUR club hadn’t of been made over a period of 8 YEARS then there’d be no need to protest would there.

    We want the club to be the best it can be and at least compete because isn’t that the goal of a sporting entity?

    Apparently not. We are only here to serve one man’s (not really a man more of a cretin) needs and that is to serve his baby.

    What is a club in any case ed?

  • theartfuldodger

    May 5, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #32

    When is it a good time to protest…?

    1st Day of the new season??
    Arnd Oct when we have 10-12 points ??
    Or Dec wen we have barely 20 ??
    Or in the last 8-10 games..?? When we are fighting relegation?

    Do you think this statement would have come from the club if we were safe and lost even the last 10 games..?? It would all be ignored…

    If the fans are tired of all this;thereby boycotting or attending in silence, cant the players be as well..

    How many of you are willing to put your bodies on the the line for lets say Sassulo (club) every year…You wud rather leave… Like cabaye debuchy etc. These days u can get decent wages playing in US too..So what exactly is our selling point ?? Whats our USP..? Or brand..?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 5, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #33

    What is the general feeling on here then? Do people think the protests should continue until the end of the last game or do you feel they should all be roared on for the next 3 games? Im really interested in this subject now.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 5, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #34

    Blofal…Carver has been busy telling most of them they aren’t good enough. The board have a few players who haven’t been offered a contract and know they have no future left at NUFC. Carver and the board know they need to rely on these players to perform.

    The board have created this feeling of seperation, not the fans.

    The board yesterday made the decision that no action was required. Why? Do they not think we’re in trouble of going down? Should we therefore not follow their lead?

    What relegation? Business as usual.

  • N1CK06

    May 5, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #35

    Ed, if you are going to point the blame onto the fans, look at the fans who continue to sit there after 8 years and still do nothing except pour their money into Ashley’s pockets; buying season tickets every year and proudly paying SD for the ability to advertise Wonga by displaying the logo on the front of their chests. Same people who are satisfied with just ‘staying’ in the premier league and happily accept a 10th place finish.

    If you don’t support change – what do you support? You aren’t supporting a football club any more, you are supporting a business. Do you jump up with joy and cheer if you find out SD had a record profit last month?

  • Average_Contents

    May 5, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #36

    Is it the feeling of belonging? The pride in your city? Gauping at that hallowed stretch of turf and without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.

    Not any more.

    It’s the feeling of spreadsheets rustling through your hands, the pride in knowing your teams lost EIGHT on the bounce, Gawping at that hallowed stretch of shite defect signs knowing that without being able to do a thing about it, handing over your cash.

    We are no longer a football club.

    We are a means to an end for the current scumbag.

    That is all.

  • firebug666

    May 5, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #37

    Toon-Prodigy @33

    That’s a good question. Can the fans roar on a team that is simply not trying, has no interest in the game?

    If the fans go and roar on this team will they then try harder?

    They haven’t in the past.

    It the team performance that will get the fans onside, and cheer them on, but that simply is not happening.

    The protests are against the regime not the players, but if the players actually put in a performance, and tried to win a game more fans would get behind them and less would protest.

  • Klam3r

    May 5, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #38

    If I didn’t know any better I would strongly believe that our current slump is down to match-fixing, but then I remind my self that Carver is our head coach and that he again is being run by liars and decievers.

    I wouldn’t give my 100% for them.

  • beermonkey

    May 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #39


    surly the fans have to have something to cheer about
    if the players put the effort in the crowd will go with it

    I think the protests should continue, like I say if the players perform the fans will follow

  • jayphoto

    May 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #40

    Not sure the fans contributed at all in Pardews decision ED! He would have left after Cardiff last season if that was the case. Pretty sure hes said a few times he never had negativity outside of game time in the city and to be fair he never moved from outside city centre! I think pardew knew what the game was working to Ashleys brief and knew as his mouthpiece hed get stick.

    Pardew left for a contract double what we paid him, to a club next to his family and family home where he is a hero and has control on transfers and an already exciting young team perfectly suited in attributes to how he likes to play!


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