Newcastle Desperate For Manager – Show Signs Of Panicking

As usual, Newcastle United are late with their move, but there are reports coming out of Spain this morning that the Tyneside club are indeed keen to sign Davide Moyes of Real Sociedad.

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Lee Charnley – on vacation for last eight weeks?

Davide Moyes signed for Sociedad in early November, and back in September he was available to come in and manage Newcastle if the club decided to sack Alan Pardew, who was going through a tough spell at that time.

But no – they didn’t do it and instead let Alan go for around £4M to Crystal Palace when they had no idea who would replace him – Charnley has admitted that in public – and we know the complete mess that has got Newcastle into.

But they took the money still – and it’s just staggering how incompetent Newcastle have been this year.

We didn’t sack Alan Pardew probably because we’d have to give him a year’s wages, and the penny-pinching of Mike Ashley has got us into big trouble again.

Ashley’s frugal ways will probably result in Newcastle being relegated again this season.

There’s news in the Spanish newspaper Sport this morning that a definite approach has been made by Newcastle for David Moyes – late as it may be – through his brother Kenny, who acts as his brother’s agent.

We would have thought that Newcastle would have tried to find out in January whether Steve McClaren would accept the job at Newcastle, but it looks like we may not have done that.

The Derby County manager turned Newcastle down last Sunday in another embarrassment for the club, as he said he wanted to stay at Derby.

That demonstrates again the complete lack of foresight shown by those supposed to be running the club.

Now we seem to be panicking to get a manager quickly lined up, but who will sign up now when it looks like we’ll go down?

There seems to be some signs of panic in the way Newcastle are operating this week, since the debacle at Leicester – they may have finally woken up – but it could be too late.

David Moyes will only accept the job at if Newcastle if we are still in the Premier League,  and Newcastle have realized far too late the very dangerous position the club is now in.

What has Lee Charnley been doing for the last eight weeks?

Newcastle fans are already furious at Mike Ashley and the way the club is being run, and it will get an awful lot worse if we end up in the Championship.

Maybe the Board have only just realized that too?

It’s a bad situation and it looks like the Board are in complete panic right now – at least from the outside.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Lew Davies

    May 7, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    sorry but I just don’t see the point in a half hearted Ashley Out campaign
    You either want him out at any costs or you don’t.
    There’s no middle way on this imho
    Once you start down this path, you shouldn’t stop until the goal is met.
    Irrespective of the hurdles and obstacles that will need to be overcome.
    Nobody said it would be easy.
    Have the courage of your convictions and follow it through or don’t bother at all and accept the way it is, without complaint.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 7, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Hello again readers of Ed’s blog,

    Are the boycotts and protests a good thing or a bad thing?

    There’s a view that the protests should now stop and we should get behind the team as it battles relegation.
    That’s the appeal of an open letter attributed to Captain Colo.

    And there is a view that the protests have been so successful that the club is desperate to stop them, hoping they can claim to have proved once and for all that fan protests don’t work. Therefore the protests against Mike Ashley’s ownership and stewardship of the club should continue.

    It’s a hot topic. Hot enough that HWTF thinks it deserves a blog poll on the issue.
    The call has generated a lot of responses so far, some enthusiastic, and others with reservations.

    We’re asking you to post the following in a single box:

    “Give us a poll Ed”

    We want a poll. Do you think the protests should stop? Yes or No.

    Let’s hear what the fans think.
    We want to conclude this with a Poll Petition to Ed this evening. Please support us.

    Howay the fans.


  • BandB

    May 7, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Online Guy

    The protest has momentum.
    It has shown that fans can unite. It has changed to public perception of Mike Ashley’s handling of our club, and given him a nasty shock.
    The club, without offering a single concession to the fans, now asks fans to stop protesting and get behind the team.
    The deal is that we give Mr Ashley two full houses to reassure him he needn’t worry about this protest nonsense…and in return……nothing.
    Imagine it is some time next season, “business as usual’ is in full flow again, the fans have been strung along again, and we are failing again.
    There is a call for a boycott. But everyone says “what’s the point ….the last protests fizzled out….”
    What will you say then?

  • scout

    May 7, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley out, dont bottle your protests now.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I know it doesn’t mention boycotts, but I got pulled up twice yesterday for being pro a boycott of remaining games despite using the word protest, and specifically mentioning supporting the team during the 90 minutes.

    The club are taking the p1ss, but the club is also a far more saleable asset in the Premier league. Relegation won’t get shot of Ashley, but he will either equip us to come back up, or strip us and leave us mid table in the championship, probably getting humped off the likes of Bristol City. Is that preferable to Prem mediocrity? Don’t see it myself.

    The Prem isn’t the be all and end all, but relegation offers us no guarantees of Ashley leaving, or a successful championship campaign, so why would we want it?

    As for the club not doing anything, you are right, where is Pearson when you need a good ostrich quote, but that doesn’t mean we should as well. As I said to Beer, we will get increased goodwill from the press and further scrutiny from them of the regime if we back the players while protesting before and after. Particularly if nowt changes on field.

  • Lew Davies

    May 7, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Moyes stated he wanted to manage at a club with ambition last summer and went to spain.
    Nothing has changed here to attract him back
    so unless he has changed his stance, this is another dead end no news story.

  • scout

    May 7, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    An empty stadium against WBA they cant win infront of a full one so whats it matter.

  • scout

    May 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Id change the entering the pitch music to danger mouse

  • Ibizatoon

    May 7, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Lil…I’m not sure if it’s intentional or not by some, but people are jumping to a lot of conclusions as you say. They’d be best off reading your posts properly 🙂

    The club may well may be more saleable in the PL (it would hold more value) but that doesn’t mean it’s more likely to sell, as it just means Ashley can ask for more money.

    This whole discussion is based on the theory that this is down to fans or that fans can clear up this mess. It’s mind tricks imo.

    People who want to turn up, will. I do hope they cheers the lads on as they say they will. Those who want to boycott, will. Those who want to protest, will.

    Getting beat by Bristol, getting beat by Leicester whilst hanging around the relegation zone….is that really such a big deal either way?

    I am not championing relegation. I’m saying that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be manipulated.

    I want a club that has some hope. We don’t have that under Ashley – I think it’s wrong to stop what we’ve achieved so far.

  • hibbit

    May 7, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    why is important to stay in the prem we are not a prem team we dont have prem players we get beat week after week there’s no fun no pleasure no pride only hartbreak …………its important for ashley not for us but for sd thats what all this pr about the exposure in the prem is world wide very little in the championship ……its important for ed not for us but for his blog world wide fans wont see the game no feeds so wont comment less hits less income……. ed and ashley are ruled by one thing MONEY

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 7, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m #ASHLEYOUT until he goes.


    I want my club back.
    With it’s sporting heritage and reputation restored.
    After 8 years of Ashley that will take some doing.

    The time is NOW.

  • scout

    May 7, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Can’t believe I say it but there is no point in staying up. None.
    I travelling around the country to FA Cup games we dont try its a disgrace

  • BandB

    May 7, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #13


    What to you want?
    A full house giving Ashley hell?
    Or a full house getting right behind the lads?
    I can’t see how that works.

    And what if a full-house turns up and sits in the Silence of the Lambs again…by far the most likely result.?
    What point will they have made?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m not allowing myself to be manipulated, I have been pretty clear from the outset that long term boycotts will prove ineffective. Those who boycotted and gave up season tickets a few years ago are now replaced, by a quieter more accepting fan. The same will happen again as more of the vocal protestors decide to stop attending and give up season tickets.

    I don’t think it is a coincidence that Charnley only responded to the Fans Forum letter AFTER SD was targeted in protests. That is where we will get results against Ashley, not by meekly surrendering our seats in ground to less passionate and vocal fans.

    I’m not encouraging the campaign to stop, far from it. Protest outside SD on Saturday, protest outside the Milburn after. But give the team the backing during the match.

    Lots has been made of Colo’s letter in the press, if the fans complete their part of the bargain but the club and players don’t do theirs, that will be a far bigger success story for the campaign in media terms then a 4/5’s full stadium.

    If the players perform and we win (I know, pigs might fly..) then the fact that we continued protesting whilst also demonstrating how important the backing of the fans is gives us another important tool moving forward.

  • Big Foot

    May 7, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Hold on Ed, so today it’s Ashleys frugal ways that will get us relegated? Yesterday it was the fans and the ashleyout ‘crew’? Make your mind up man.

    Oh and can we have a poll please?


  • welshgeordie9

    May 7, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Of course they are panicking ed, what a daft question.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 7, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #17

    What fans are being asked to do is the thing they’re saying they no longer can.

    Get behind this version of NUFC. It’s a hollow version of the club we all love, full of empty promises and jam tomorrow.

    There are no signs of change. None.

    What is there to support?

  • Average_Contents

    May 7, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #18


    Well said.

    That’s exactly what will happen.

    Master manipulation of the masses.

    Quell the protests under the pretence of “we need you” when in reality there’s only one thing they are concerned about and it’s not the fans or the actual club – we drop down, no more free global advertising.

    The last, desperate death throws of a dying club.

    Too little too late.




  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 7, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Ashley’s toxic nasty NUFC deserve to go down.
    Cheap, gutless, leaderless.

    It would be a real shame to see Leicester go down and this shambles of a club stay up.


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #20

    I gave a fuller response to Ibiza in post 14, but in short; A full house backing the team. But Big protests outside SD before the game, and further protests outside the ground after.

    I do agree though, that any sort of attendance, be it full or part, that sits silently on their hands doing nothing while claiming to back the team is the most damaging result of all.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 7, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t know Ed sometimes with your questions and comments you are just as bad as BandB.

    No offence BandB

    Ha ha ha

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 7, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Would Clement be any good at Newcastle?

    Assistant to head coach will this work?

    Many top managers started out as youth coach then to assistant then manager, JM, Pep etc, etc.

    Does anyone have info on his style of play

  • Ibizatoon

    May 7, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Lil…I don’t believe you are being manipulated at all.

    I think the club is trying to manipulate fans in to thinking this is their fault and forcing them to cave on their principles.

    Ed has then backed up that claim.

    I just want to see what fans have to say about it.

    What if the crowd turn up, sing their hearts out, we still lose. You think the club still wont say it’s because of all the bad feeling the previous protests caused?

    They have made their stance known. It’s another example of how low this board will go.

  • Mint

    May 7, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #24

    Anyone seen the new Avengers movie?

    The key plotline comes to mind.

    But then i think of another film with Keanu Reeves and this giant robot thing. Hmm, based on movies I have seen, i dont know if fans should protest or show support now.

    And thats science

  • Average_Contents

    May 7, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #25


    Again, well said.

    The NUFC we love is no longer alive.

    It’s been replaced by a spectre, a rebranded cheap sporting institution that no longer wants to compete for anything not even pride.

    It’s a sham. Just like other brands he’s purchased, dressed up as the same but the quality is shite and the value is missing. Intentionally.

    Meet the new but not improved, the re-wrapped in chip paper, shite defect united. Quantity before quality guaranteed.


    May 7, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Bring on relegation

    stick it to Ashley now while you have the chance….While you hold the advantage ….don’t let him panic you into helping to bale the club out of its current position.

    we need to use this opportunity to show ashley we’re not the mugs you hoped we were and that we’ll do anything to get rid of you.

    stay strong people…..lets do whats best for the long term future of the club

  • BandB

    May 7, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #27

    The team slid into this mess watched by full houses.
    There is NO link between full houses and big performances with these players.
    The “you could save us from relegation” argument is a fraud
    The Colo letter is a crude piece of emotional blackmail delivered by a man who has been missing in action far too often himself.
    If Ashley crooks his finger and 52,000 Geordies run, he’ll chuckle, say to Charnley and Carver, “see, that’s how you do it boys!” and business as usual will continue.

    “Turn up or you are to blame for relegation.”

    Who on earth is falling for THAT!

  • firebug666

    May 7, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #28

    I will protest and support all boycotts for the following reasons.

    1. Nothing has or looks like changing at the club.
    2. The club have no respect for any of the fans.
    3. The club has shown no ambition.
    4. The club will not compete in cup competitions.
    5. The club feel mid-table is the only requirement each season.
    6. The club has shown incompetence for the past eight years.
    7. Each fan as a separate entity it treated as a cash point for the club.
    8. The team is the worst we have had in many years.

    The thing is, it does not matter what division we are in, we have no ambition to be all that we can be, the only difference between the fizzy pop and the premier league is the money Ashley will rake in.

    I can understand fans worry about what Ashley will do if we go down, but what does it matter? The club is already a dead shell of what it once was, what else can he do to us?

    Regardless of what division we end up in this season nothing will change, Ashley will continue to exploit the club and it’s fans for the benefit of his other interests.

    Boycotts must continue, Pressure on Ashley must increase not decrease. The time has never been better for sending him the simple message….Enough is Enough.

    Ashley Out!

    Give us a poll Ed.

  • lochinvar

    May 7, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #29

    A moment ago it was Paul Clement and now it’s Dvid Moyes.
    Anymore and we’ll be spoilt for choice!
    Only difficulty will be making a decision


    May 7, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Well said Lew Davies

    Its all or nothing, relegation is irrelevant.


  • catchy in norway

    May 7, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    I fully support any protest or boycott that is planned

  • Sav

    May 7, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #32

    First, get rid of Charnley. Like Carver, he was promoted unqualified and totally inexperienced from within as a cheap, lazy option. He was Ashley’s choice and that choice has set the tone for the disaster that has followed. Like Carver, his main attribute is a willingness to say ‘yes’ to whatever he thinks Ashley wants. Charnley is the main man charged with appointing a new manager and in a position to influence the way the club is run. A geordie but clearly, not a fan, he makes even the odious Llambias look like an improvement.
    Only with someone competent to do the job can we expect a top quality manager to be brought in; someone who not only can manage financially but who is passionate to succeed with a good knowledge of football and strong contacts within the game. It doesn’t look as if Charnley has done any research or preparation for Carver flunking so badly. Now there’s panic when there should have been 3 months of work behind the scenes.

  • CaptPot

    May 7, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree with Sav, #Charnleyout. The guy controls the daily running of the club, sat on his hand all of Jan not actively looking for a new manager while all the time whispering in MA’s ear that we’ll be fine and JC is a safe pair of hands.

    Sorry but he’s a clown who wants to be DOF at the club, the fact he allegedly asked if JC could get the dressing room back should have been enough to prompt his removal.

    I would like to know what was said to the senior players? as I really can’t imagine him telling them that if they are under contract with us and we go down, NOBODY leaves and they will all play in the Championship to get us back up, maybe that would be motivation enough for the current team to show a bit of passion and determination, I just can’t see that conversation happening.

    While I agree with ASHLEYOUT, I think we need to look closer to home to start with. Charnley and Carver have to leave in the summer for anything to change at the club, irrespective of what league we are playing in, if they don’t nothing will change.

    Give us a poll Ed


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