Newcastle Just Don’t Learn From Their Mistakes

In life people make mistakes because we are all human (damn it), but people usually learn from their mistakes and when they do that they can move on and do bigger and better things.

However, for those who don’t learn from their mistakes,  they keep making them and that’s why history keeps repeating itself, so it may not be too surprising in that context that Newcastle will probably be relegated again six years after the last time we took the big drop – but this time it’s even worse because the club made multiple serious errors in the last six months that has brough about this shambles.

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The Brains Trust at Newcastle

One problem back in 2009, was there were no clauses in players’ contracts that said if we take the drop, they will be put on reduced wages.

Well guess what – yes – you got it – the Telegraph is reporting that most of Newcastle’s top players with the high wages – don’t have any such clauses in their contracts, and therefore history will repeat itself,

This will be particularly difficult for the club to pay the top wage earners such high wages in the Championship –  but Newcastle will be saved in a way because players like Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse will be leaving Newcastle this summer.

And other players like Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat and Fab Coloccini are likely to want out this summer too.

They will want to get out because of the nonsensical and amateurish way the club has been run this season, and we have brought relegation on ourselves – we’ve needed no help at all from other clubs – we did it all ourselves by getting one point from the last 10 games.

An unbelievable collapse with under-water John Carver still in charge – which was the latest mistake made by Lee Charnley.

If we stay in the Premier League – and that will be only if Hull help us out by not beating Manchester United on Sunday – there will still be some of our top players rushing for the exits and wanting to join a proper football club this summer.

As we’ve said before – the level of incompetence shown by those running Newcastle, if it was in the real world and in a proper business, then heads would have rolled long before now.

But they haven’t,  and that’s another reason we are in this crisis situation – there’s been no effective or decisive actions taken to correct the situation – which has been worsening for almost three months now.

This would make a great study in the Harvard Review of what not to do in management.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 18, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Oooh, Ed.

    Such damning but justified observations really should hurt the Wrecking Crew that is Ashley and his triumvirate!

    However whilst Ashley can ride such criticism, I’m sure it wouldn’t even register with Charnley and Carver – they’re incapable of seeing beyond their nose!

  • Transfer Sage

    May 18, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think we can blame Charnly.

    All previous people who have held his position, or the short lived DOF role, have encountered the same problem….the guy above them unwilling to open the cheque book.

    With big business the buck stops with the man at the top, he is often the one forced to step down by board members or takes the heat as he should be appointing the right people in the roles below him.

    Now I’m not saying Carver and Charnley aren’t incompetent, they are both terrible at their jobs, but Charnley especially is working with his hands tied behind his back.

    It’s impossible to sign players/coaches when certain restrictions are in place….surely all of our managing directors can’t just be terrible.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 18, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #3

    There is no logical reason why Ashley chooses to employ inadequate people to run our club.

  • lesh

    May 18, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #4

    And does anyone know whether the Forum members received a written, point-by-point to its open letters?

    And, hss the extraordinary meeting suggested by Charnley been scheduled? Or has that been kicked into the long grass?

  • tonynufc

    May 18, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #5

    In all honesty I can’t see us getting a result again west ham. Also can’t see hull getting more than a point at home to man u. This has got the last relagation scenario all over it where all we needed was a point. So who’s gonna get the own goal this time to send us down.

    Also reminds me of the kk Speech. “Love it if we beat them love it”. bit this time wanting man u to win.

    Don’t worry lads keep Faith as we all know we have the greatest coach in the premier league.

    If there’s a full house which I expect there will b cos we have the greatest fans in the world who don’t expect much and keep turning up in numbers. Hope they get behind the team on Sunday. And God forbid we go down invade pitch and demand answers. Promisis of a fans forum to b brought forward. My Arse. Stewards are useless they will not b able to handle 500 angry fans. Weather we win or not. Let the players and coaches know how they feel when they lap the pitch. Chose not to say lap of honour cos they have fek all to honour.


  • tonynufc

    May 18, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #6


  • lesh

    May 18, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Then Sage,

    Charnley has little options really.

    He can do exactly what he’s paid to do as ordered by Ashley – in which case he’s a good MD (in Ashley’s eyes);

    He can argue against Ashley’s wishes and try to deliver what the fans are looking for.

    Were any Ashley MD to fail to cooperate, then he/she would be shown the door.

    Charnley’s perceived failures will have rendered him, like Carver, unemployable in the levels of the game.

    There’s a moral here: Never work for Ashley unless your happy to be sacrifice your credibility, pride and soul.

  • tonynufc

    May 18, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve just noticed sky sports is covering the game on sky sports 3. Well make most of it mike. Could b your last sky deal

  • sickandtired

    May 19, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Lesh – just take a moment to consider Charnley’s own words back in January and we can see what a complete sham it all was and is –

    “I know that the individual who comes in will be credible and best suited for this role.
    First and foremost, they have to be a good coach and with a track record of developing players and giving young players a chance is important.
    For me, style of play is important. How they conduct themselves is also important as the head coach will play a key part in how the club is perceived through his conduct on and off the field.”

    I’m confident at the end of this process the individual will be best suited for what we’re looking for and can work within the structure we have. I don’t think anything works and you’re never going to move forward if you have ‘yes’ people in key positions.

    I know people label me as someone who says yes all the time but believe me, if I said yes to everything suggested I wouldn’t last very long. It doesn’t work that way. They have to challenge me, I have to challenge Mike over things – that is how management works. That’s what I expect from all of my heads of department.

    But do I want someone in who will continually try to change our strategy or put obstacles in our way? Clearly not. They will have to aligned with what we are doing.

    “Another important thing to note and something often not mentioned is Premier League teams are only allowed to name 25 players – we’re currently at 25.” (sadly he seemed to avoid completely the sale of Santon and Mbiwa or that the 25 contained long term injured and the Scarlett Pimpernel, Chucky! And just last week JC talked of a squad of 26, lol!)


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