If Newcastle Survive – This Man Will Have Been Very Lucky

Those at the top at Newcastle seem to have done almost everything possible to get the club relegated this season, and despite their efforts there may now be a chance to save ourselves,  with both Burnley and QPR already being relegated – and one more team – it’s between Hull, Newcastle, Sunderland, Leicester and Aston Villa – will join them in the Championship next season.

We hope it’s not Newcastle.

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Mike Ashley – brought Newcastle to it knees this season

But the point we got yesterday was huge for our lads, because of the confidence it will give them in our next game, and we have a great chance of picking up a win at QPR.

If we don’t do well in our last two games – remember in our relegation year we lost the last two games 1-0 – then we will deserve to be relegated, so pathetic has the team performed this year.

But as we all know, some incompetent decision-making by Newcastle has helped decimate our squad this year,  and also resulted in having an inexperienced and naive person coaching the side this year.

These are some of the bad decisions made:

  • Letting Alan Pardew leave without having a suitable replacement lined up.
  • Appointing John Carver because he was the easy and cheap option to replace Pardew – but he was always going to be a big risk because he’s never coached before in the Premier League.
  • Failing to strengthen the side in January when £34M was sitting idly in the back, and we knew the squad was already very thin and we had only two fit center-backs.
  • Allowing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa join Roma permanently, and sending out Davide Santon to Inter-Milan when upper management knew we were short of back four players.

We could go on – but we wont – because it’s so depressing at how incompetent those running the club have been.

They couldn’t have done much worse if they had tried, and we just have to hope they will learn from their mistakes – but we are not holding our breath.

Mike Ashley – since he’s the one at the very top – is ultimately responsible (you can also call it blame) – and has almost caused the most ridiculous relegation of any side in the Premier League by his yearning after money.

Newcastle received £4M for Pardew, about £3M for Santon and about £5M for Yanga-Mbiwa.

So that’s about £12M Newcastle took into their coffers in January, and we suppose Mike Ashley thinks that was some good business.

And he sent five youngsters up to Rangers on loan for the rest of the season, and got their wages paid – but we could have used both Haris Vuckic and Remie Streete in the first team squad – we’ve been so short of players.

So if we can avoid relegation and it’s still an if – then Mike Ashley will have been very very lucky and will no doubt breathe a huge sigh of relief that his Sports Direct company will continue to get world-wide free advertising.

After all, that’s why he bought Newcastle back in 2007 – it certainly wasn’t for the football.

Ashley now has the chance of bringing in a top manager and some really good players this summer,  because the squad will need to be completely rebuilt – again.

But whether he will do that we don’t know – we hope he will – but we cannot say we have a real high confidence factor that things will change at Newcastle anytime soon.

That’s unless we get a statement from the English Billionaire saying he’s now willing to completely change the way he runs the club and will try to build a top six side – who will also challenge in the Cup competitions.

As we said, we are not holding our breath.

At the very least Charnley and Ashley should apologize to the Newcastle United fans for the risks they have taken this year, which could still end up in the club being relegated.

Mike Ashley has brought Newcastle United to its knees this season – based completely on the reckless actions he has taken.

🙁 🙁 🙁

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • toon22

    May 10, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1


  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #2


    It was a carefully thought out well executed plan!

  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    May 10, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    As long as Sports Direct stocks are back on the rise, and they are, he’ll see it as judged to perfection.

  • wolfshead@toon

    May 10, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    he’s a tw@t

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 10, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    I think were ok. Hull have a very tough two games but we should be able to pick up atleast a point down at QPR. really wanted the win yesterday but ill take that to stop the rot.

    Im looking up. We have players back and it shows. We really need rid of these injury prone players but thats what happens when you spend so little.

    I dream of the day we have 20 top class fit pro’s at the club and we can compete properly for a full campaign.

    The taylors, obertans, anita’s, de jongs and the rest need to go. It’s just not good enough and hasn’t been for a long time. I’v never known an injury list like it, even at Newcastle. It’s been shocking over the past few years.

    Ed gives Carver plenty stick but it’s got to be said, that is a seriously hard job to get on with. The injuries and suspensions have been shocking. And the players who he has been left with should be alot better, they havn’t been upto scratch and too many have been in hiding.

    Perez, what a gold nugget we have found in him. Coping very very well and is the only bright light at the minute. Please do not sell that lad. He is going to do very well in this league and hopefully with us.

  • BandB

    May 10, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Transfer Sage,

    Almost exactly a year ago we had a conversation about ambition and the club’s plans. I repost my response from then again only with the observation that overall I was too optimistic. And I imagine we are in for another dose of the same.


    BandB // May 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM


    I don’t know that there has been any evidence of a will to progress the playing side for a while now.
    “Top ten” puts a positive gloss on things. We will finish mid table, sandwiched between Stoke and Palace and with a goal difference not greatly better than Sunderland.
    To use the phrase I used to you before the season started, I think we will be budgeted a bit further down the table next season again, flying a bit more cheaply still, and a bit closer to the trees.
    I am prepared to bet you any money that we make a net profit on the transfer window, and that the squad that starts next season will be numerically weaker.
    I believe we are now operating on exactly the same policy of margins that Sports Direct does and that the quality of the product is simply not an issue any more.
    I am not trying to convince you to agree with me. I admire your optimism. However, I will take some shifting from this view unless I see some hard evidence to the contrary.

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7


    Same shit different season 🙁

  • clinath@ed

    May 10, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Mystic BandB.
    Hopefully this summer will see a change. We will have used up far too much luck (if we stop up).
    Ashley really need to talk to some people who are/were involved in running football clubs. Hi nativity has been embarrassing, let’s see if this run in proves to be a wake up call for him.
    Assuming he gives a sh!t of course.

  • BandB

    May 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11


    This time last year Pardew was flagging the summer up as “the big rebuild”.
    This year they AREN’T actually saying anything other than that they imagine “a net spend.”
    It is fans who say “there has to be a big rebuild…he’s got no choice.”
    Everyone seems to have forgotten that Charnley said shortly after his appointment that the ideal was to bring in “one or two a year.”
    I imagine plenty of comings and goings this season.
    But the Carver affair suggests the management are as immune to blinding revelations as ever and that continuity is still the game.
    Anyone thinking we just need to stay up and YAY!….. let the good times roll…. is in for another sad experience of deja vu.

  • AndyMac

    May 10, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #12

    “Appointing John Carver because he was the easy and cheap option to replace Pardew – but he was always going to be a big risk because he’s never coached before in the Premier League”

    That last part should have read “but he was always going to be a big risk because he failed so badly at managing Leeds, Toronto and Sheffield United”

  • dumaza jakas

    May 10, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #13

    If Newcastle survive it is the perfect result for Ashley. Everybody pee’d off for months and he is still quids in. Perfect. Just perfect.

  • toonluvva

    May 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #14

    IF we survive, our beloved leader will heave a sigh of relief and look forward to recieving a huge pile of cash for advertising SportsDirect.

    Remember, he might talk about finishing in the top 10, but in reality he is only concerned with being above 17th place.

    I believe that bonus payments were dud to be paid this season for finishing above 10th. Mr Ashley has saved himself a tidy sum there then. I wonder how much was due to be paid out against how much NUFC would have gained from the PL.

    Something makes me think that the bonus would have exceeded the prize money.

    Don’t be fooled with talk of spending in the close season. Much of the money will come from the sale of better players. We will replace these with journeymen whose job will be to keep us in the PL for yet another season.

  • MonkseatonMag

    May 10, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #15

    For Ashley, the position we’re in is a dream come true. (if we stay up of course) It’s EXACTLY what he wants – Premiership status (no more – no less) for absolutely minimum outlay

    #Whatever happens, DON’T renew your season tickets.

  • Sav

    May 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Every Newcastle fan is sick and miserable and Mashley is raking in the dosh. He said when he bought the club he wanted to have some fun. Its just we didn’t guess at the time that this is the kind of thing that amuses him.
    As for a change in the way he does things, I’ve just checked the forecast and there’s no sign of hell freezing over anytime soon.


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