It’s Hull City Or Newcastle For The Drop

Former Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp thinks it’s between Newcastle and Hull City as to the third club to take the drop with QPR and Burnley – and those clubs are in 3rd bottom and 4th bottom places respectably after Saturday’s games.

Newcastle got their first point in nine games at home to West Brom on saturday – but we still dropped two places in the league table as Sunderland and Leicester both went above us with wins – something we cannot seem to get these days.

glenn hoddle harry redknapp

Glenn Hoddle and Harry Redknapp while at QPR

But it seems that Harry Redknapp – who turned down the Newcastle job in January of 2008 after first accepting the position after Sam Allardyce had been fired – thinks Newcastle will just about survive.

This is what Harry said to today while speaking on talkSPORT:

“Can Hull City win a game out of those two games? They couldn’t beat Burnley at the weekend.” “I’m sure Sam would like to go back to St James’ Park and get a result, having been there, but I still have to favor Newcastle.”

“Hull might pick up a point at Tottenham and they have got a record of beating the big clubs at Hull so it’s not impossible. Hull’s home game against Manchester United is the last game of the season.”

“It’s a massive game and it’s not impossible for them to pull it off and it’s going to be an exciting last day for sure.”

We really hope Newcastle can survive, and if we do then there is a massive rebuilding job to do this summer, but it will be so difficult to attract good players and we could be in for another rough season next term – when we are likely to be relegation candidates unless we can have a really good summer and get some decent players in.

We also need to get a very good coach in but our expectations of that are not high – and it’s unlikely the coach Newcastle will appoint will be any better than Alan Pardew.

Why would a decent coach want to join Newcastle – who are the worst run club in the league this season – that’s why we are 4th bottom with two games to go,  after being 9th top at the beginning of the year and just 14 points from safety and 40 points with 19 games to play – when Alan Pardew left us.

If we go down forget it – it will be another tragedy for Newcastle United under the frugal and senseless ownership of Mike Ashley.

Mike has simply destroyed the club and my father must be turning in his grave.

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68 comments so far

  • Sleepin Giant

    May 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #1

    All we need is a coach as good as Garry Monk. Surely that is not too much too ask ?

  • Graeme

    May 11, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, if you believe there is going to be a massive re-build in the close season, you are going to be seriously dissapointed, like the rest of us. I believe we will have a NET SPEND of less than £20 Million and next season will be just as bad as this one.

    As long as the TV money comes in and Shite Dire get themselves plastered all over International TV, our Illustrious Owner will be a very happy man indeed.

    It just doesn’t bear thinking about!!! HWTF

  • jane

    May 11, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #3

    i think the net spend is more likely to be nearer £40m.

  • Average_Contents

    May 11, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #4

    The difference being, teams like Swansea and Southampton already had a playing style, club ethos and infrastructure in place before they brought in new managers who in turn have been able to build upon this solid foundation and push their respective teams on.

    Us on the other hand, have and never will aquire any of the above purely because it’s not required to fulfil the slugs needs.

    As testified by having a sacked league 1 chancer in charge for 4 and a bit years who instilled no playing style whatsoever in all that time but they thought had done “triffic”

    Let that sink in.

    4+ years of nothingness, of no team cohesion, of no substance to our play and that tells us all we need to know.

    He achieved all they wanted. Keeping us in the prem. Excellent job. Well done.

    Makes me sick.

  • gazzaforever

    May 11, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Who gives a fck about Redknapp’s opinion. He s a dinosaur clueless as Carver, Bruce, Pardew or big Sam.English football should start looking for younger coach with a modern vision of football.

  • Pokat

    May 11, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley the great benefactor is going to revive our fortunes? Don’t think so. Our
    Twenty stone uncle nearly killed it. Don’t think he’ll raid his piggy bank to suddenly make it a roaring success.

  • Average_Contents

    May 11, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry that was in response to sleeping giant mentioning Garry monk lol.

  • Average_Contents

    May 11, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #8


    He won’t raid the clubs piggy bank so no fcuking chance him raiding his 😉

    Wouldn’t want the fat twat to though tbh. shite Defect on the other hand should dip into theirs for obvious reasons.

  • Average_Contents

    May 11, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m outta here before more “shit the beds” appear.

  • armchair fan

    May 11, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s so funny reading the Mike Ashley comments on the blog now and then reading the ones on this one

  • MacToon

    May 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle United Supporters Trust End of Season Survey:

  • Canny in Canberra

    May 12, 2015 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Armchair @ 10
    that was way pre-blog for me. All that hope and promise. Everyone excited at the spending power. Ha, sucked in weren’t we!!
    Tragic really.

  • armchair fan

    May 12, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #13

    What really should have woken the fans up at the time was when the banker close to Ashley “Mike Ashley is a winner. Just look at what he has achieved about building a business and then maximizing the brand. “There are opportunities with this club to take the brand more widely”

  • jimmysmith

    May 12, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #14

    “It’s Hull City Or Newcastle For The Drop”

    This after a point that has stopped the rot apparently, even though this time last week we were one of SIX that might join Burnley and QPR, and now one of two according to Harry, an expert in all matters relegation.

    Milke Ashley, you disgrace!

  • armchair fan

    May 12, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s so weird going back in time reading the comment during the takeover, then coming back on here to see how many people hate Ashley again.

  • Deji adesoga

    May 12, 2015 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #16

    armchair fan

    ED said he was a fan,i’m wondering if he still his.Hah,ha.

  • pedro

    May 12, 2015 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Rarely comment on here but thought this would be of interest.
    Nobby Solano has just been named the assistant of the Peru national side by Ricardo Gareca for the Copa América next month.
    Would love to see Solano back in Newcastle one day

  • sickandtired

    May 12, 2015 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #18

    @armchair fan – I don’t think it’s too surprising the comments from Ashley’s arrival. An almost Billionaire at the time who seemed to go out of his way to mix with supporters. Why shouldn’t we all have believed in better things to come?
    Sadly what became apparent is that the global brand awareness he was most concerned about was for SD and not NUFC.
    His own decision making is the one factor to blame for all of this mess.

  • N1CK06

    May 12, 2015 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #19

    armchair fan,

    It’s also funny how some of the Ashley fans in 2007 are still hopeful today, even after 8 years of ownership, Ashley is finally going to change his approach with NUFC and spend big on players and a good manager.

    8 years of waiting patiently, how many more years are people prepared to wait for Ashley to change?

  • N1CK06

    May 12, 2015 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #20

    I honestly think this “net spend” thing is clever way of putting it, because it gives false hope that some big bucks will be spent on quality players this window.

    They way I see “net spend” going is something like this:
    Club sells Sissoko for 15m
    Club buys a CB, winger and striker for 16m, all of which are 23 or under, all of which with no premier league experience.

    Therefore, we would have made a net spend of 1m, our squad will be bigger and the new players will be “potential stars” according to Carver who’ll be our new full-time HC. Carver will say we have a good change of changing things around next season and will likely to finish with a “good” result, something like 12th place.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 12, 2015 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #21

    So you think we will finish that high Nick?

    I just hope the fans will on anyone Ashley appoints in any given position if they don’t meet our requirements!

    Just to show Ashley we won’t accept mediocrity! We can do that at the same time as protesting against Ashley’s running at the club. Always found it strange multitasking is not an option for our fan base (probably a bit like given up season tickets is not an option)

  • cyprus

    May 12, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Die welle…

    Regarding the table, I think we’ll need two more points. Come on lads!

  • jimmysmith

    May 12, 2015 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Net spend does seem misleading, but the money in the bank, if not reinvested, will surely accrue hefty taxes.

    Unless it somehow can be off set against the owners initial loan?

    If so, you can see the bank account inching up, while the side drifts through one pointless season after another, horse trading, until the loan is matched.

    Say it isn’t so.

  • Reyantoon

    May 12, 2015 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #24

    It definitely is between us and Hull,no doubt about that.Sorry to say it but I can’t see us winning at QPR or westham.I am hopping Hull to lose both at spurs and agt man utd.Spurs need wins to qualify for EL,as swans get closer to overtake them.So may go all over Hull on sat.MU will battle with Arsenal for 3rd,which is a direct CL spot.So they also need wins to guarantee that and may also go all over Hull in 2 weeks time.That’s my hope.I don’t think Leicester or villa are in any danger.They both are safe b/c both have more easier fixtures.QPR are down but will play with no pressure to cheer their fans.So not easy as it seems for most of us.Personally, as I said it,my only hope is both spurs & man utd to go all over Hull and take them down.Sad situation!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 12, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #25

    *Will turn on

  • N1CK06

    May 12, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #26

    jesper @21.

    Personally I don’t think we will. But I think a 12th place finish would be the highest we could expect next season under Ashley/Carver. And if we were fortunate enough to even get close to mid-table, I can just hear Carver saying how it’s such a good result for the club and that he’s changed everything around from our nightmare season and blah blah blah

  • welshgeordie9

    May 12, 2015 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Still having a dig at the swans are you average, sad very sad.

  • firebug666

    May 12, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #28


    Please point out where AC was having a dig a Swansea, I have gone back over his comments but I cannot find this dig you speak of.

  • expatmag

    May 12, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #29

    Thin skinned welsh sheep shaggers…

  • cestriasteve

    May 12, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #30


    What’s your thoughts if we go down, and then perhaps down again if it gets rid of SD and Ashley, would this be a good thing? Just asking as I always respect your views.

  • firebug666

    May 12, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #31


    You’re name will be going on Welshies list for that. PMSL!

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #33

    I think a vast majority of fans would take a relegation to get rid of fatty but unfortunately there is no guarantee that he will sell if we do, I think we should keep up the protests until he gets sick of the bad press and sells up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Could anyone who is a fan of welshgeordie9 posts please try to explain to me what if anything, he brings to this blog.

  • Canny in Canberra

    May 12, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #35

    How long do you think that would take though? Fat Man’s proven pretty resilient so far. Always manages to dodge the Brunt. Throws other people under the bus type thing.
    I can see him stringing us along for years, especially if he can Market through Rangers

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #36


    I wouldn’t bother mate. WOS.

  • Canny in Canberra

    May 12, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #37

    Bug @ 28
    If anything it was a positive about Swansea saying they are challenging for a spot. I thought?

  • sing in the corner

    May 12, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #38


    Yes..Ashley is .an odious man. His achilles heel may in the end be his stubbornness and that he obviously thinks he is above public opinion. He cares little what the world thinks of him and acts accordingly. Megalomaniac.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #39

    I’m not to sure, you say he’s resilient but he doesn’t seem to like criticism, keep up the pressure and he remains in the spotlight with more journalists and pundits having a go, he might finally give up and put us up for sale.

  • optimistic prime

    May 12, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #40


    Did you see Instagram last night?


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