Big Shake-Up Coming Soon At Newcastle

We’ve just been amazed at what little Lee Charnley and others have done over these last three months to help save Newcastle – and in a nutshell – it’s been nothing.

In any crisis, which Newcastle have undoubtedly been in since late February, you always look to the top executives to come in and show some initiative and leadership at these times – and that’s one reason they get the big bucks – but that hasn’t happened at Newcastle this year.

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Mike Ashley – will be at the game today

Whether Newcastle stay up or not today, owner Mike Ashley is almost certain to shake things up at the club – we hope Mike Ashley will shake things up at the club.

News last night accompanying the revelation that Mike Ashley would be at the game today, was that he is not happy and even furious with the precipitous decline of Newcastle United over the last three months.

And he must look at how those have performed in the key leadership levels over that time – and it’s not a pretty picture.

Ashley reminds us a lot of the Robber Barons of America in the late 1800s – people like Cornelius Vanderbilt (shipping and railroads), JP Morgan (finance), Andrew Carnegie (steel), John D Rockefeller (oil) and others like Henry Ford (automobiles) as another example – and his personality seems to match theirs:

  • Competitive
  • Single-minded
  • Mentally tough
  • Furious competitor
  • Concentration on making money at any cost
  • Ruthless
  • Immune to criticism

We could go on, but those characteristics seem to have helped Mike Ashley build his fortune in the sports retail market.

We’d be surprised if he wasn’t furious with what’s happened, because the fans certainly are.

We expect to see his ruthless streak come out over the next six weeks or so, and we could see a shake up within the club.

And according to the news last night,  Ashley will not appoint Steve McClaren as the new head coach, but will bring in a foreign coach.

But first things first, and we are hoping Newcastle are a Premier League side at 5:00 pm today – and if we aren’t it’s going to be too hard to bear.

But whatever happens today,  things have to be shaken up to correct the many problems that have existed in the way the club has been run.

It’s been out of control this year.

Comments welcome.

174 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    “Appoint a foreign coach”: What’s that based on?

  • Grafton83

    May 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    – Competitive!?!?

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron knee – probably on the assumption that a foreign coach won’t speak as much.

  • Ron Knee

    May 24, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    What’s the source for the story?

  • BoyDoneGood

    May 24, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed – why not be optimistic? Carnegie spent half his life ruthlessly amassing a fortune, then gave it back in philanthropic grants – for example endowing hundreds of public libraries to enable the ordinary working man to better himself as Carnegie had. People do change.

    Cyprus (from a few posts back):

    “The 52,000 Hamburg stadium was a volcano yesterday. They were the 12th player, helping to give that crap team an unlikely win. If anyone reading this shows up at the stadium, please give everything you have too to support the team.”

    That’s heresy here! Don’t you know that the players are supposed to be professionals who should perform just as well in a library…

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t want us to go down but next year in the premier league will be a quick shuffle of coaching staff for another mediocre crew, another management team drafted in from an unrelated industry, a rabble of cheap and injured prospects and shoot for the stars of tenth place all over again. Keep those sd billboards on camera lol

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Boy done good I knew someone would mention Carnegie I just knew it ha ha Ashley compared to Carnegie very funny.

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron knee not a clue mate I think the source was Eds brain ha ha

  • BoyDoneGood

    May 24, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9


    Ed mentioned Carnegie.

  • Ron Knee

    May 24, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Or perhaps it’s old Red Nose, Sir Alex. I never understand a word he says.

  • optimistic prime

    May 24, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11


    A good opportunity for the fans to be heard by the SD brigade, let’s gate crash 🙂

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Look up ” homestead strike” Bdg. That sounds more like Ashleys m.o.

  • Go toon gooooo

    May 24, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Still near to the relegation zone.

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah ed mentioned Carnegie in his ” robber baron” context. I knew the philanthropist angle would come out and I knew roughly what direction it would come from. You crack me up ha ha ha

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Read it yet Bdg? Sound familiar?

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Well big day today, only game I’ve gone to this season, last one I will probably go to until Ashley is gone or has a ” Carnegie” epiphany, and most likely the last premier league game for nufc for years. I will cheer the lads on, and having discharged that responsibility I will boo the idiots who’ve stained this club and leave indefinitely. That’s my stand.


  • sparky55

    May 24, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #17

    OP…best suggestion I’ve heard on here for years…guess we’ll have to be as stealth like as the man from milk tray…dinner suits, balaclava’s and arms full of chocolates so when security ask who the fcuk we are we’ll be able to blag it. 🙂

    defo got legs that one!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    There will be no support from me today…I won’t even tweet, blog or communicate about the club, players or coaches today. Call it a silent protest itf you will or call it I don’t care. Take your pick!

    The club will get back from me today what they put into it…absolutely nothing. Today the players are on there on…they will yo deal with this situation, deal with Carver and the upper management.

    I wash my hands!

    The club is rotten all the way from the top to the bottom…take away Ashley and it’s still rotten. Take care…see ya all tomorrow!

  • one fine day

    May 24, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Jaanmatt toonbrother Colocini Taylor
    ? Colback Colback
    Aarons carver Santiago Munez
    The “dream team”

  • NezzaNUFC

    May 24, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    I just can’t see Hull winning against Manure.

  • one fine day

    May 24, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    In john’s mind anyways

  • lesh

    May 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Llambias’ll be first in – he’ll have the balls to tell Carver he’s out. If he had any sense, he’d have realised by now that Carver’d best leave altogether.

    So, come on Del boy, show some balls, do it and get a credible HC in smartish.

    And, set about recruiting an assistant who really can provide cover or succeed the HC if necessary.

  • Fostino

    May 24, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #23


    Anita janmaat colo dummett

    Sissoko abeid colback perez aarrons


    This is our best team today with cabella..armstrong and de Jong to come on. Willo If anita Getting The Run Around from downing

    Don’t go with the old experienced in guiti…Taylor…riverie….goofy….Willo. …They keep letting you down carver. Go for it.

  • one fine day

    May 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #24

    My side
    Jaanmart. Willo dummet Anita
    Colback abeid
    Aaron’s cisse. Sissoko

    Bench cabella De Jong river arma

    Square pegs in square holes

  • lesh

    May 24, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #25


    If you’re going to protest silently, how will we know you’re not just lying in the sun?

    You’ll have to post every 30 minutes to confirm you are protesting!

    Almost like having an electronic tag on your ankle!

    Fail to check in and you’re in trouble!

    And, Denmark’s support for Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest didn’t go un-noticed!

    Where were you when GB needed your support?

  • Pokat

    May 24, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Brace yourselves for a day of groaning lads. First up carvers team sheet lol

  • Ron Knee

    May 24, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #27

    KK speaks:
    “It is not difficult to work out unless you come from another planet and I think Mike Ashley runs that club from another planet,” said Keegan.
    “Fans are being treated with such disrespect. It is almost as if Mike Ashley has said, ‘what is the worst I can do, change St James’s Park and call it Sports Direct’. Incredible. Fans don’t want to go to games, they want to protest.”

  • one fine day

    May 24, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Was typing mine as you posted very similar but I have had enough of waiting for colo to bring something this year other than that agree and Perez in a more number ten role makes a lot more sense than hitting balls up at him

  • lesh

    May 24, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #29


    Carnegie extended his philanthropy to the arts and community. He financed the Carnegie Hall – Workington!

  • toonbrother

    May 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Biggest Shake up took place when we refused to let Colocinni go back to argentina
    I said it then : we would be relegated with him in the first team
    look where we are now
    Hate to say I told you so,
    But fact is i did
    Kind regards
    The Smartest guy in the room

  • Bambams

    May 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #31

    If they are fit

    must start…..

  • toon kk

    May 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #32

    I’m sorry to say it. But what is it about so many Newcastle fans, they’ve happily paid to sit and watch dross for months, then complain.
    everyone has two choices, put up and shut up and leave Mash to running the club or boycott until there’s something worth watching.
    I did the latter.

  • Fostino

    May 24, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #33

    One fine day

    I’d love to leave colo out too. But we cleverly decided to get rid of Santon and yanga at Xmas. With steel and lascalles loaned out and good gone awol it seems. ..ur seems we have no one to cover. I can’t see how he starts Willo again. Colo needs to step up and on his day was a very good cb

  • mickalfas

    May 24, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #34


    Spot on ,they have all summer to recover,find another club?
    Attack ,attack ffs

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #35

    lesh…I want to check in 😉

    Eurovision you say! We are already out I think ?

  • Lee Dodd

    May 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #36

    And Pigs Fly Load of old Crap- Is all talk to sell season tickets and hen we will hear the same old Rubbish AGAIN !!!!

  • lesh

    May 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #37

    If anything’s going to lift the crowd, it’d be the sight of Cisse, De Jong and Aarons on from the start and leading a line up that’s all out attack.

    Hope Carver doesn’t try Pardew’s tactics of containment and counter-attack.

    Just give the players their head and trust Carver keeps his wisdom to himself.

    Oh, and John, there’s no need to do much after the game – your personal effects are in the bin-liner that’s at reception.

    Thanks for your efforts and enjoy your extended holiday!

  • mindshaft

    May 24, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Ed – you went from Big Shake Up Happening to Fat Ash is certain to shake things up to we hope….

    Relegation day – Come on Manure – please help us out so we can have next seasons relegation battle and give you a certain 6 points

  • Ibizatoon

    May 24, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #39

    “Be Careful What You Wish For” – Be careful what you accept.

    The end of the season is upon us.
    Newcastle United go in to our last game needing three points at home to West Ham or a Hull defeat to avoid relegation to the Championship.

    This is a club that doesn’t want to compete in cups or European football as it runs a relegation risk. And we’d NEVER risk that, would we?
    Its only priority is the Premier League, or should I say, the riches of the Premier League.
    That’s where the money is, and that is what this club is about under Ashley.

    It should be apparent to people that the risk of relegation isn’t caused by competition. It’s from the incompetence of the club and Ashleys countless gambles to see how little he can do to scrape by and reap the rewards.
    Sport is supposed to be about pushing yourself and taking risks to become better. That is the complete opposite of Ashleys approach.

    I just don’t know what there is left to support at this Newcastle United.
    The only thing I have any faith in now is the fans. We are the ones who care about this once great club. We’re the only ones who will fight for it.

    We are told the only way we can support “our” club is to continue to support Ashleys club.
    This is a lie. It is emotional blackmail at its worst.

    As things stand there is only one person who gains from a model that sees us top of the balance sheet and nearly bottom of the league.
    Who does this much-praised model serve?
    That man is Mike Ashley and his companies. The man it would seem the majority of Newcastle fans have sussed out.

    What made you fall in love with our club?
    Other than the memory, is that spark still there?
    Can you see that spark being reignited under Ashley?
    The man is toxic. There is nothing sporting about him.
    He’s made his wealth by pushing tat.
    He’s made this club a piece of tat. It works for him.
    Does it work for you?

    If not, it really is time to face up to the facts.
    Is relegation really a problem for the club?
    Seriously. Forget the media fascination, forget the trophy players (we don’t get them anyway), forget the prestige.
    None of it is applicable anymore.

    Being in the PL is essential to Ashleys ownership of the club. They have stated that.
    Therefore, a club in the Championship is of no use to Ashley.

    In the Premier League the club is priced out of the market for a reason. It isn’t for sale. He doesn’t want to go anywhere.

    We know he loves his money, but we also know he’s a gambler.
    One who will gamble on failure, but never success.

    If he loses this latest cheapskate gamble of his, the golden goose is gone. No more worldwide exposure for his brand. No more multi-million pound subsidies for keeping us just about ticking over, fighting relegation. He will be throwing good money after bad.

    That is how we rid ourselves of Ashley.

    Forget Ashley for a minute.
    Remember why you loved football?
    The great goals, the dreaming of Europe and Wembley, the tense wait for exciting signings?
    All gone. Even a goal is a rarity. ONE point out of thirty.
    It’s not even football.
    Not as any other club understands it.

    We are the team that all teams in a rut want to play. I dread matchdays, well, I did when I used to base my schedule around them, no matter where in the world I was.
    It saddens me deeply not to be connected with my club anymore.

    I want it back.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 24, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Sorry…that was pretty long.

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