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It’s Stunning What Newcastle Are About To Do

2:40 pm, Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 211 Comments

If all the reports coming through today are true – then it’s really hard to believe what Newcastle United are about to do – especially after we were almost relegated for the second time in three seasons – and even though some very good coaches available it seems that the staid minds running Newcastle will keep with their first choice after Alan Pardew left the club in January.

That first choice was Steve McClaren, who has since been fired by Derby County after the championship side fell away badly in their fight for promotion in the final two months of the season.

steve mcclaren

Steve McClaren – during one of Derby’s games this year
They collapsed in the final months of the season and finished 8th
Steve was fired a week ago – but is still good enough for Newcastle
If he looks like this managing Derby what’s he going to be like managing Newcastle?

And as we go after a manager who wasn’t good enough for a Championship side last season,  it seems that John Carver will continue as the assistant manager at Newcastle, after he almost took the club down with 13 defeats in 20 games he managed at Newcastle – but hey – he’s good enough for Newcastle.

And in addition to that,  the news on Sky Sports today is that John Carver is being interviewed for the head coach position at the club.

Only Newcastle would think this way – and a Steve McClaren – John Carver partnership – is what they wanted when Alan Pardew walked out of the club in late December.

It could even be John Carver who gets the job – heaven forbid.

And even after the terrible scare we had of almost being relegated – and  after Mike Ashley was scared enough about the situation to actually agree to being interviewed on Sky Sports – the club is still going ahead with what will look to fans like a terrible, uninspiring  appointment.

To appoint Steve McClaren as head coach seems to show the club still has no ambitions of fighting for a top six position in the Premier League – whatever Mike Ashley said nine days ago.

Steve  may not be good enough for Derby County and a number of other ordinary clubs in Europe he’s managed and been fired from – but he’s good enough for this Newcastle – probably because he will not rock the boat.

And while fans wanted Carver fired after eight defeats in a row,  it looks like he’s going to keep his position at the club as assistant manager.

That’s even though fans have been turned off the Geordie coach,  by not only his poor coaching this year, but his rather naive and stupid comments he made in his press interviews.

He was often an embarrassment to the Newcastle United Football club with the statements he made.

Only Newcastle could come up with this bizarre decision, after all that’s happened this year.

Will they never learn from their  mistakes?

Probably not.

It’s stunning that Newcastle could be announcing this decision later this week – so detached (and unaware?) do they seem to be from what their fans really want.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

211 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    @NezzaNUFC // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    i agree with you. SM CV is either he’s sacked or he resigns as soon as his team plays like shi*.

    but just looking at other ‘lesser’ clubs and the names of managers they are linked with, it feels like we are being betrayed all over again.

    how on earth can JC name still be in contention for the job. ridiculous.

  • 2 NezzaNUFC // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Hit him where it hurts, protest to the max, now is the time for us fans to be heard.

  • 3 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Please sack carver

  • 4 optimistic prime // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Stunning? The word I’d use is TYPICAL

  • 5 cyprus // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Maybe you too are panicking. Example: if Mc already has the job, why is JC, of all people, being interviewed for the SAME job?
    I think there is this list and these two names are up next. JC’s CV won’t be too impressive, I’d say. Steve’s too, although he’ll at least have something to put on it. Klopp’s will look better still.

    Let’s wait then.

  • 6 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    He wouldn’t of been my choice like, but it could be worse I suppose. I think what happens in the transfer market is a lot more important than the appointment of McClaren tbh

    If it’s the usual transfer blueprint we’re ferked, but if they properly back him he could do reasonably well.

    And by properly backing him I mean 10-15 million range not 4-5 million players with “potential”.

  • 7 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    I think they want to “clarify” his position Cyprus.

    I would hope that means he’s getting fired but I doubt it.

  • 8 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Ashley runs a main business that doesn’t do public relations and never has. He is used to being obeyed.
    He is also a man who seems to like a frisson of “I’m smarter than you” written into his dealings.
    I think these two things explain his public relations record.

    A good PR person will tell his client you cannot put lipstick on a pig.
    That doesn’t look to be happening.
    The TV interview had the aim of saying “you’ll not get me out, so stop trying. I might even make a few changes if you let me off the hook.”
    Some decry conspiracy theories. But the fact remains that if the club did not want to allow the Vieira story to take hold, they could have quickly scotched it.
    The Vieira story emerged on Sky within an hour of the Telegraph reporting that a McClaren coronation would take place this week, in what appeared to me as an attempt to kill the Telegraph’s story.
    Some decry conspiracy theories. But the fact remains that if the club did not want to allow the Vieira story to take hold, they could have quickly scotched it.
    The Vieira story has put McClaren in a gibbet.

    Some will argue that Ashley will love all this. But it creates the massive impression that he thinks sticking one up the fans, both loyal and critical, is far more of a priority than winning games of football.

  • 9 cyprus // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Would be ironic if Stone’s position was ‘clarifed’ over the phone and then he handed his phone over to JC so that his was clarified as well 🙂

  • 10 shaun__ // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    I’m going to repeat myself; I’m that mad! And there’s only one way out of this!:

    Sickening. They need to develop a new operating model and spill and fill. Carver, charnly and Carr should all go. Get a proper ceo (like a David dein) to recruit the rest of the structure. Then get a decent manager in, really go after a klopp, not the same old proven to be failures. This model is a complete farce.

  • 11 Bianchi_Boy // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:54 PM


    A bit harsh.

    Mclaren has a better palmares (sorry, cycling reference…win history) than we’ve ever given him credit for.

    He’s won a cup (with Boro), a title (with FC Twente) and managed far and wide.

    Appointing Vieira would be a huge mistake.

    Mclaren might not have stardust attached to him – but at least he has a demonstrable and largely successful track record.

    Interviewing Carver is window dressing only.

  • 12 Bambams // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    They extend the ST deadline to 10th June…..

    Why ?

    Who the hell will sign for us now !

    To play under Charva!

  • 13 sickandtired // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    @Cyprus – FFS man, Klop would never come here.

    Fact is he isn’t going anywhere as he has made clear he’s taking a year off.

    McClaren walked out on Forest after 10 games as he said the Board did not match the finances he was promised. Does that sound like someone Ashley wants?

  • 14 Bambams // Jun 2, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Carr needs to be careful here, he obviously has a lot of weight within the club.
    Maybe this is more about self preservation.
    A new idea, new manager might no longer want Carr scouting !
    His mate McLaren or Charva will keep him…..

  • 15 cyprus // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Joking on Klopp, think he’s Liverpool bound.

    Our HC? We’ll probably say ‘who dat’ when we first hear his (or her, to be politically correct) name.

  • 16 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    it gets worse

  • 17 Online Guy // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Re: Mike Ashleys promise in front Of Sky sports Camera’s…

    “We’v got the cart now we have to bolt the Horse on ”

    Thus saying nowt really ….Divided the Fans again before the planned protest / Sit in ..

    Ashley is playing the Fans like a Knackred Fiddle

    False promise from Ashley ..How do I know this .., Well two examples..

    Danny Ing’s is there to be got …

    James Milner too, are we bidding for him ? are we in the chase for quality ? Big No .

    Liverpool in for both..

    And right now Ashley is having problems finding a new Yes man

    What a disgraceful Shower.

    I will walk away for good if Carver is installed. so will many of you , I know.

  • 18 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Anyone who renews their season ticket is either an imbecile or a masochist. Really cannot understand how dumb you are if you renew and good luck because you will be getting everything you deserve.

  • 19 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Ashley will have been massively emboldened by the reaction to his TV interview.
    He might have expected a grudging ceasefire while we gave him the benefit of the doubt for the very last time.
    I doubt he would have expected the fans to squirm with ecstasy, as they largely did.

    He may well have thought or been advised that he needed to make some vague concessions because the fans were on the verge of a riot.

    In fact all we needed was for daddy to smile and chuck us under the chin. He must have been staggered by how strong the support for him still is.

    If we get Carver, and there’s still a decent chance we will, Ashley will expect to see that too swallowed, accepted and then justified by fans.

    I doubt he will ever feel the need to speak to us again.

  • 20 lesh // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Despite his stage-managed interview which said bugger all, the Ashley circus rumbles on.

    Even if the HC speculation is wrong, then a statement should be issued to at least try to establish some credibility to the recruitment process.

    But no, Ashley seems to wallow in shambles and if this is a sign of what’s to come, it’s time for ST holders to put in writing a formal request for cancellation and a refund of any moneys paid. Those contemplating renewal, don’t do it!

    I’m sure there’s a scribe with a legal brain among the Ashley Out campaign, NUST or the Forum who could draft a template letter for use by those seeking a refund.

    Ashley continues to abuse fans’ faith, hope and good will and it’s time to get the campaign marching again – if nothing else to shake Ashley out of his arrogant complacency.

  • 21 ashleysmate // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Thought they were to announce they would be hanging big mike from the tyne bridge…ah well..

  • 22 sparky55 // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Bridge would need strengthening or the whole thing would come tumbling down

  • 23 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    I suppose he was always going to go for the least popular of the three. It could still be a lot worse than Shteve, mind. I still think the football would be better than it has been in recent times.

  • 24 hibbit // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    ashleysmate no we thought we would hang you instead

  • 25 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    No conspiracy theories. Simply rank incompetence. How is a tea boy and a comedian’s dad going to attract any manager, never mind an average one?

    No wonder it’s taken six months and now this debacle. Those incompetents don’t understand the club or its fans.

  • 26 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    People kicking off about Newcastle interviewing…personally I’d be more annoyed by sky sports making out like bandits on the bets they tell people to make via Sky sports

  • 27 Online Guy // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Two seasons ago I was sitting in the Leazes end, level with the crossbar. behind the goal, central, .Surrounded by little old ladies..they were not Knitting but they might as well have been..

    .It was strange sitting there as the thought crossed my mind that I used to stand there with the Boot Boys in the 70’s – and there I was surrounded by what seemed like the Woman’s institute.

    Yes, the Clientèle have certainly Changed over a few decades

    52.000 theatre goers ..well almost ..That’s why the passionate and the vociferous are largely ignored by Ashley…your in the minority now ..We walk away from the dross and the budget Football and Ashley sleeps well.

    The Little old Ladies don’t mind ..Let them Knit on.

  • 28 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Fans are angry. No Shit

  • 29 davetoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    If McClaren is hired, I will blame (and never forgive) Carr. Hes just hiring his mate.

  • 30 Pop n Wyn // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    As we know the way we told Raylor n jonas about Bo new contract was pitiful,uet the got 7 years apiece out of the club and had for me too much of a run at this club, our stays show we did not score a single direct set piece in 38 games and we had our special dead ball man in Raylor, mmmmm, nobody attacking the penalty area to get pens, shocking, one penalty, the very worst defending of crosses i can ever remember, and now as Ed said Mclaren looks like getting the gig after being sacked by a 8th placed team in the championship, we all know u could not make it up.

    And u thought it was just Carvers job ti coach the team??? Why the hell did that little bugga Charnley not tell them face to face, bloody hypocrites, they always get our backs up one way or another.

    Stop mucking us about!!!

  • 31 armchair fan // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Honest to god boys and girls, ladies and gents, if MA (NOT LC – remember, MA is the useless sack of shite that appointed LC) appoints someone of the ilk of McLaren, Carver etc then I will truly become an Aston Villa follower until Newcastle are rid of this absolute bacteria from the butthole.

    He’s a conspicuous liar and that interview, even though I knew he was lying, was the last glimmer of hope and he’s just diminished it.

    I will not be supporting a McLaren, Ashley and Charnley team. I’m not even as sad as I thought I would be

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    armchair fan …who ever gets appointed will be by Charmless with the approval of MA!

    …it will be Charmless call (probably back by Carr) and sanctioned by MA!

  • 33 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:41 PM


    At least we little old ladies can explain why we have no nuts 🙂

  • 34 lochinvar // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    How can Viera turns us down if he’s not even been approached, yet alone interviewed ? The stench of lies from the club is overpowering.

    Charnley comes into the category of a WW1 General who says ” its ok boys, go over the top and all will be well and we will win through”

    Will somebody please send him to Mars, or Hartlepool or anywhere that gets him out of the toon, please just go , go, just go , go now , go

  • 35 Online Guy // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:47 PM


    Are you certain about that now ? Tee hee…!

  • 36 davis_toons // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    John Carver is not even good enough to be an assistance coach,

    Why was there NO CHANGE to a VERY VERY POOR Set Pieces often to Williamson???? This Guy cant head the Ball and set his teammate up all season after season.

    Is still the same old Set Pieces. Why didn’t an John Caver tried to work something different out until we were about to relegate.

    Cant he point out to AP that the SetP is not working at all?

    When he changes from Willo to Colo..just look at the chances we have got and how many time Colo setup his teammates.. changes after chances. He ALMOST even got on the score sheet as well.

    What was JC doing?

  • 37 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Rumours abide – but about a month ago Carver was in our local and told them if he kept the TOON up he would get the job of manager for next season. mmmmmmm
    Could the rumour be true !!!!!!!!

  • 38 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:48 PM


    It was a joke..not a jibe.

  • 39 Online Guy // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:49 PM


    Good afternoon your posts . I always stop to read them thoroughly.

  • 40 Online Guy // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:50 PM


    I know …made me laugh….

  • 41 hibbit // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    is carver back from the usa

  • 42 davis_toons // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Its all the Management Tactics.

    Keep the Paying Fans in the Dark.

    Mike, Show us that you can be trusted.

  • 43 mickalfas // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Its exactly as I thought ,more of the same next year ,no ambition ,what can change
    We are having the same buyer of players,and the village idiot training the shower of shite that’s bought for him
    A second rate yes man to kiss fatties backside ,let’s wait and see how much the transfer budget is going to be ,£10m max net
    We’ll be lucky to name a squad of 25 next season ,what a fcuking abomination this club is ,I despair

  • 44 lesh // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:54 PM


    Keep the club up and he’s HC? He damned near had us down!

    Now had it been 10th or better and it’s his, maybe but his overall performance suggests he’s not even fit to be an assistant HC. He should be to seek opportunities commensurate with his talents, elsewhere.

  • 45 lesh // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:57 PM


    Keeping fans in the dark is known in management-speak as applying the mushroom principle.

    The second stage is to throw shit on them, regularly!

    Seems about right eh?

  • 46 davis_toons // Jun 2, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Get Some Cheaper Assistance Manager in..a younger and someone with better techincial knowledge..there are in the lower league .

  • 47 c-dog // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Graham Carrs mates…

  • 48 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Haha so blame is moving on to Carr now?

  • 49 Nufc-83 // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    A scout at the club has informed a work collegue that Steve Mclaren has already signed for Newcastle and he has put 3k on with my work collegue lumping on yesterday for 2k at evens!!

    For some reason he said they will inform everyone on the 10th but not sure how they can think it wont get out if thats the case and it seems weird why not say its done now!!

    Only way you can describe it is typical

  • 50 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    WWSBRD nobody is safe

  • 51 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Also I hate how these ex pros are always saying Carver is a “Great Coach” on what basis??

    Our set pieces have been terrible for years whos fault is that ? Carver has been the coach for years along with that other dunce Pardew

    We can rarely do pass and move football despite having Dutch and French Internationals and quite a few other technical players whos fault is that ? Carver and Pardews again!!

    Look at the difference in Swansea they have been coached properly and have lesser players on paper than what we have but are light years ahead on football played

    Carver needs his P45 along with the rest of the idiots

  • 52 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Not even the scouts… Look out tea lady

  • 53 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:09 PM


    What the club might want to do is announce Mclaren and on the same day announce a few players ? Like a big launch to try get season tickets etc sold

  • 54 davis_toons // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    There is always this banishment when we related about this much as i appreciated his ways of balancing the book on the financial side. Isnt it time NOW to show a bit of ambition for the millions of faithful?

    We are not asking alot..We are supporting the Club We Love.

  • 55 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    @LCBP what sense would it make to announce it on the same day as the season ticket deadline? surely a couple of days before would make sense?

  • 56 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Honestly, what did anybody expect? Vieira would come in and win a cup? He was never going to drink from the poisoned chalice at NUFC. Hope he goes off to Fenerbace and becomes a top manager.

    It was always between Brolly Boy and Tea Boy. Sadly I can sea Tea Boy getting the job… and then Brolly being charged with bringing us up from the championship the season after.

  • 57 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    What am I talking about? who currently in power at NUFC has any bloody sense?

  • 58 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    WWSBRD behind every evil genius stands a tea lady. JC was tipping us off but we never saw it

  • 59 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:17 PM


    Was just about to say that too you!! Newcastle dont work like any other club or business !!

    Probably think announcing Patrick Bamford on loan , David Concha, Steve Mclaren and Carver as his no 2 will excite the fans so much that they go wild for tickets!!!

  • 60 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Haha ur not wrong mate

  • 61 nut meg // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Carver was at the Gary Speed golf memorial day yesterday so yes he’s back…..wish he wasn’t but.

  • 62 banjax // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Okay let’s all calm down. The press are having a field day with stories that contradict, and most that are simply not true. If all business was conducted with full knowledge of the public then it would be stupid – much like all the confused crap that is eminating from the media. One minute McClaren is favourite and the next revelation is he has’nt been interviewed. Now it’s a panic story about Carver being the only candidate and a dead cert. Take a step back everybody cool down and save the high blood pressure for when there is ACTUAL news. Stay Calm – Carry On !

  • 63 davis_toons // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    I will be on every time to Bash This Mushroom Management if this McClaren thing don’t works out. And that bullshit interview.

  • 64 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Freddy thinks Ashley needs to spend money! No Shit

  • 65 lesh // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:32 PM


    Carver’s back already? They must’ve kicked him out of the US as an undesirable!

  • 66 Our Toon // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:34 PM


    You had a poll a few weeks back asking if fans were feeling more optimistic or upbeat about the future after MA Q&A session….i was in the 34% who voted NO!! Can we have the same poll again to see just how things have changed over 2 weeks!!

  • 67 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Our Toon
    Nothing has actually happened to cause a change though

    The club haven’t done anything in that time

  • 68 Our Toon // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:38 PM


    Where do the tabloids get the news from? Most of the time it’s leaked from the club. Smart money would suggest it will be McClaren or Carver it’s not often both the bookies and the papers get it wrong together!!

  • 69 lesh // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:38 PM


    If Ashley had any sense he’d issue a statement dismissing all speculation and assuring fans that the club is in the process of recruiting an established HC who will be part of a project to take the club to a higher level.

    But oh no, he seems to thrive in the shit and its associated ridicule that’s perpetuated.

    Professional? Image conscious?Ashley?

    Nah, that adjectives and his name just don’t sit naturally together.

    No chance

  • 70 barkel // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:40 PM


    I think that’s the point!

    After “the interview” and the win against WHU, there seemed to be a surprising turn around in peoples opinion on what direction the club we going in. The fact that there appears as though nothing has happening in the weeks that followed having the same poll again would get a more realistic view of opinion

  • 71 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Seeing reports of a sudden media confrence being called by Fifa. Totally unexpected apparently. Wonder whats happening

  • 72 Our Toon // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:43 PM


    Nothing has happened in 2 weeks? After some fell for fat man Q&A you’d have thought if he was serious this all would have been wrapped up by now? They’ve only had since January to interview people amd pick the right candidate for the role…..turns out we are still after a bloke who has rejected us 3 times and a bloke who almost got us relegated.

    In that 2 weeks we’ve not made any moves in the transfer marker and we’ve managed to show no class whatsoever in how Jonas and Raylor were dealt with.

    The fact that nothing has happened and we still behave like morons to good servants of this club shows nothing ever will change!!

  • 73 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    I think it would just show the reactionary folk who aren’t sure what they think have decided to click the Y button instead of the X

    Club haven’t had time to do anything and at this point we know very little about what the club is actually doing other than they have approached some people for talks

  • 74 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    @YouCouldn’tMakeItUp: Probably something to do with the bribery probe. Blatter’s deputy (Jerome Valcke) is being examined and he’s denying bribery payments to the South African FA or something.

  • 75 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Our Toon
    Well those who fell for it, as u put it, should have the wherewithal to give their decision time to offer change. The club stopped the managerial search when they appointed Carver they didn’t lie about that, were quite up front about it

    As for whether we are after McClaren who knows, I have my opinion on it which I said ages ago and stick to it.

    As for the transfer market I don’t know what we are doing in it, I assume very little but not many have announced all that much so far

    But then hey I hold a great distain for these polls

  • 76 scottoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    I said after the interview, and the victory over West Ham that it was vital that the club act quickly lest they risk losing the emotional momentum. I am no seer….it was so obvious and yet so many said they were willing to wait and see over the summer. With every passing moment, it is increasingly evident that the regime is taking the piss.

    As Optimistic Prime observed…..”If you fool me once, shame on you……fool me twice, shame on me”

    Well I am no fool and until this mess is sorted the Fat Man will see none of my cash.


  • 77 John Tudor // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    why wait start now

  • 78 John Tudor // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    you know it makes sense

  • 79 Mister Tuff // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    The Wally has been spotted on the Quayside -making his way to SJP for his “interview” (another con he’s already got the job).

  • 80 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    “little more than an expression of interest over the phone.”

  • 81 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Well I know it`s June but it feels like March so I am going to have a nice sausage casserole tonight.
    Got the Champagne on ice ready to celebrate the 5PM press conference announcing Viera as manager.

    SecretSausage // Jun 2, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    see what I mean it’s pointless posting really. Carver is here at the ground now and so is Vierra yet comments like this are made purely to have a go at the info for no reason.

    tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Secret Sausage, terrible timing for your ITK info. The fact that Carver flew out on his holidays last Wed is a bit of a gaffe as well.

  • 82 hibbit // Jun 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    not a word i like to use on here but i know for a FACT carver was booked for three weeks in the usa ……….i just wonder what has changed to bring him back early

  • 83 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    This interview seems to of worked out pretty well for that Frenchman, now am not suggesting that touting us as a possible destination MAY of worked in favour of his agenda…though got him in the papers, pushed for a new City contract and signalled his want to manage relatively soon

    No am sure he was keen on the job, really

  • 84 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Afternoon kiddies, all having fun?

    The excitement is getting all too much for me.

    I can’t wait to see our emperors new clothes.

  • 85 davis_toons // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    That wally was really funny..

  • 86 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    WWSBRD fair point

  • 87 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Maybe his family were booked for 3 weeks away but he had confirmed the Speed golf day previously so had planned to cut his holiday short to be part of that

  • 88 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Haha I must admit I hadn’t thought of it in that light until it was mentioned on the football ramble but it does make sense

  • 89 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    WWSBRD he had booked a fortnight in Bridlington but it a bit parky so he came home early

  • 90 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    jonas gutierrez ?@elgalgojonas
    The coments that coló has supposed to have said about me to nufc are un true i have spoken to him about this matter.

    I guess that makes it fabriciocated. Unbelievable.

  • 91 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Yep Secret sausage stick to being a sausage !

  • 92 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Sazzer….”Fabriciocated” Brilliant 🙂

  • 93 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Belfast maybe they just delayed the presser because FIFA have just announced one at short noticeand did not want to clash. Fingers crossed Gollum is resigning.

  • 94 Munster Mag // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Assuming we get Schteve, I think we need to give the man a chance. There are worse out there, ( and better ) but he has far better credentials than Pardew had.

  • 95 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    I agree on that but I am one of the, apparently, very few who wouldn’t mind McClaren

  • 96 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    WWSBRD/Munster not the most exciting of choices but pointless wanting him to fail. That is straying into Catchy terriotory

  • 97 Mister Tuff // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    come on lads – you cannot be serious about McLaren – his career is on the wane. How many world clubs are after him.
    Because he’s probably better than Carver should not mean we should accept him. Hobsons choice.
    Need someone on the way up in their careers not someone on the slide otherwise it will be business as usual -ie no hope.

  • 98 jordijohnty // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    If you turn up to watch this shlt then you are as much are part of the problem as the tw@ tts who have run this once great club into a shocking embarrasment, at all levels

  • 99 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Munster…Schteve will have his chance to win people over, just like Pardew did.

    Stick he receives will not really be at him (at first), but at the club, for talking of change and then reverting to type.

    I for one don’t think the club deserve a reset unless they actually change something. For me, hiring McLaren is a signal for more of the same.

    Nothing personal Schteve.

  • 100 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Mister Tuff probably better than Carver?
    Is that really in doubt.

  • 101 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    If Mclaren had have taken over the second Pardew walked away there would have not been that much complaints at that time Derby were punching above their weight dramatically and playing some amazing to watch football

    But because of Derby and our massive collapse in the 2nd half of the season It would feel like a bad move to hire him now what if the likes of Sissoko ,Krul stay at the club but dont respond to him and go through the motions again?

  • 102 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Tequila any self respecting Itk knows to always scan the news outlets thoroughly before they give their inside information incase they look foolish.

    Secret sausage didn’t do this. He made his Vieira prediction around one hour after sky sports said he was no longer under consideration.

    School boy error. 🙂

  • 103 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Ibixa constantly getting on the managers back whoever he is just takes the flak off Mash.
    McClaren is not my first choice nor was Pardew but they are just a symptom

  • 104 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    I assume fans will now be congregating and protesting at the next Forum?

    Has a date and venue been set?

  • 105 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Belfast,typical of Newcastle we can`t even attract any decent ITK these days

  • 106 Shadow_Shearer // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    If the only two choices are McClaren & Carver, then only reason fat boy did the interview was cause the protects were gettin to him. Time to start a new one, this time against fat boy & Lee charnley.


  • 107 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Exciting? Nope but he will be better than Pardew and Carver, probably get us top 10 with some backing which is where the club wants to be

    what makes u think the club would go for anyone like that? We all want them to but the club will do what the club wants to do. From the clubs point of view McClaren is a fine choice. Pardews career was more than on the wane and he got us 5th with some backing and to some jolly fun times…didn’t last but he struggles once he is found out

  • 108 bladeuser // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Stop whinging and just wait for the brolly man and his side kick carver why r u surprised viera or any other good coach are not coming for f@#@ sake u know what this club is all about its rotten and full of liars just buy your tickets and wallow in the shit as u always do its the fat mans fault and your fault where nufc are

  • 109 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    I agree Munster it could be worse. They need to properly back him in the transfer window though. If he starts well he should be fine.

  • 110 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Catch more flies with honey

  • 111 geordiemark // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    my nephew and all his mates about 40 of them are all season ticket holders and every one of them have cancelled the direct debts and told the club until Ashley has sold up and took his donkey zero hour contract workers with him they wont return he was telling me today also my brother has cancelled as well as half my family and its a bloody big family, what am saying is that hey Ashley no ones being fooled this time your number is up fat lad

  • 112 p // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    No, McClaren is an A class loser, no doubt about that. Beyond Carver, you’d be hard pushed to find a worse option (IMHO)

  • 113 jordijohnty // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    How can it be worse than Mcclaren. Just cos we have had carver this year its like saying anyone else will do. well, i for one always expect us to be aiming for the top 6 anything else is just poor management and if you accept mid table dont follow/support newcastle

  • 114 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Mclaren is an upgrade on Pardew and Carver but about 70% of the time during those fannies being in charge I probably could have done a better job at tactics and coaching !!!

    I just hope Mclaren realises that negative hoofball will no longer be acceptable , high pressing and attacking football is !! Lets hope he learned a lot from his Dutch days ……

  • 115 tonynufc // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    I personally still think Vieira could a candidate for the job. This news about him not on hotseat anymore has escaladed from fenabache wanting him as technical director. He openly said he wants to b manager in his own right. No comments have officially came out saying he’s NOT going to b manager/head coach. And this shit about mcclaren being announced on the 10th. Why the hell then when that’s the date for st renewal. Surely they wud want someone in b4 then to guarantee people will renew

  • 116 p // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I think Viera or Garde would get a bit of leeway with the fans given their inexperience of managing a PL club, even if things did not go too well.

    As soon as things go south for McClaren, there sill be no sympathy or understanding especially since he procrastinated about coming here.

  • 117 geordiemark // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    I would like to know why derby county fell away so badly, they looked like champions before xmas

  • 118 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Tequila…You should know that I for one don’t see much point in venting at the manager, as I definitely view them as symptoms, rather than the issue.

    Does that mean I’m going to jump on the go Schteve bandwagon? Nope.

    For me, it just plays back in to the clubs attempt at a reset. Still, one should not try to guess the future, we will all react as we see fit, once the club actually does something.

    I will be [insert word] if McLaren is appointed and the general feeling is oh well, he’s here, let’s wait and see. I wonder who is banking on that happening?

  • 119 hibbit // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    belfast and if he does not start well the shit will hit the fan this time i dont even think he will get two games so he had better hit the floor running if Mc takes the job he must know he is no wanted

  • 120 p // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    tony – not sure anyone in their right mind wuld want to renew with McClaren in charge.

    As others have said, we are still dealing with paper talk so nothing is substantiated yet but, Charnley is so out of touch…

  • 121 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    He might turn us down still, he’ll be fine with not winning anything, spinning the club lies, praising Mike Ashley for every horrendous decision, but when he finds out he won’t be paid in full for being sacked, he’s outta there !

  • 122 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Is there anyway of doing a survey to see how many season ticket holders have not renewed? It is not the kind of information that the club is likely to release but if all those who used to have seats could compile a list of released seat numbers, it would indicate how significantly sales were being effected.

    I am not technically savy but would a facebook page do the trick? Although as well as a seat number it would need some other proof of attendance to stop s’land fans from messing things up.

  • 123 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Does this mean that Shuhrat is out as well? 😯

  • 124 p // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    there’s always Steve Bruce…

  • 125 nufc 11 // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Shearer was spot on when he siad you can’t trust Mike Ashleys judgment after all he appointed JFK, Denis wise sacked Keegan, he wouldn’t meet shearers demands to rebuild the squad and promoted inexperienced hughton he made a club Secretary chairman charnley and made the diaster jc coach and is now considering appointing him again, Tony pulis was available in Jan only to be overlooked for charger and now a top top manager in pv is available but wnt move for him instead there are actively looking for an incompetent for as head coach actions speak louder than words and actions always defy believe.

  • 126 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Sammi Ameobi’s been offered a new contract. Excellent.

  • 127 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    You do generally attract more flies with honey.
    But the substance bladeuser suggests seem a perfectly adequate substitute at Newcastle.

    And Blatter is gone.

  • 128 geordiemark // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    remember chaps the club said they would give season ticket holders two extra weeks to renew there season tickets for next season so nothing will be done until then, if the season tickets haven’t been sold then the club will know if ashleys little tv live appearance has paid off or not my money is on nope it hasn’t paid off big time

  • 129 Mister Tuff // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Blatter resigns – great news.

  • 130 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Blatter is resigning.One despot down at least

  • 131 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Blatter for DOF?

  • 132 geordiemark // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    honestly would anyone anywhere would pay that much money on a season ticket just for you to tear your hair out in disbelief in what your watching god doctors give you medication far much cheaper for the same thing pmsl 🙂

  • 133 geordiemark // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    aye about time he went blatter biggest criminal walking him, I reckon the FBI is right on his arse now

  • 134 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Sepp Blatter is just the type of person Mikey could do business with.

  • 135 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Why did you lot bother getting so excited about Garde, Viera etc. etc.? It was obvious McLaren was the man from the get go. He’s English, he plays boring football, he’s the Wally with the Brolly, and he was available after being sacked by a Championship club. What else could Mike ask for?

  • 136 p // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    the Blatter thing is interesting, I wonder if the authorities had something on him and gave him an ultimatum, it looked like he was going to try to hang on to that post regardless of of public uproar, a bit like Carver.

    I mean really Carver, you had your shot, why do you persist with being so self centered?

    McClaren the same, he must know he is not wanted?

  • 137 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:55 PM


    I’m jumping on the Sepp bandwagon.
    Sepp for DOF!
    After all, we could do worse….
    Our job now is to back him to the hilt and not whinge like old women.

  • 138 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Jail…DODS – Director of diabolical schemes?

  • 139 Belfast // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    They’ve definitely got something on him. Probably resign or we’ll reveal all.

  • 140 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Jail for Ashley // May 31, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    If they are really prepared to rip up the template and I am not suggesting for one minute they are as I don’t believe a word of this Viera story, then why not temp FDB, Garde or Klopp with a blank canvas.

  • 141 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Pardew knew he wasn’t wanted as well P mate but he hung on for 4 years. They don’t care as long as they can pick up their pay packets. And imagine if McLaren manages to raise us into the top 10 for a bit? He’ll be hailed as the new Keegan until things go pie shaped.

  • 142 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Thought it was odd to call an unexpected presser! Get in! Wonder what brought on this sudden change? Has he finally been nabbed, i wonder.

  • 143 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    BandB…Plus he’s got experience like no other.

    It all makes sense to me.

  • 144 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Just saying like !

  • 145 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Easier to be the surprise package than have the weight of anticipation on ur shoulders

  • 146 geordiemark // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    honestly would any manager or coach anywhere and divint say carver, its obvious that the job is marked as a no go area now and its down to Ashley and his zero hour contract numb nut workers running the club

    I really don’t think Ashley has a choice he has to sell up

  • 147 Spreadthetoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    A signal of intent would be to hire a top quality manager. McClaren imo represents no further progression than Pardew. Perhaps a slight upgrade but will be unlikely to achieve higher than mid-table.
    So I guess “McClaren” represents the horse. Of course it’ll all be down to lee won’t it Mike. I hate what has become of our club, I hate the false hope and continual promise that things will change. I hate the feeling of real excitement only to be hurt and let down at every hurdle. I hate that you don’t talk to fans and treat us with real respect! I hate your lies and your continual disregard for the heart beat of this club. I wish you would fc@k off to Milton Keynes or something, and take the club with you, so we could at least start again. I hate your treatment of our most loyal of players who have done a great service in keeping this club up, without so much as a thank you (Jones et Raylor). I hate your fabrications of a short list when we all now realise that NUFC have never had one. That as always it’s another delay tactic and further excuse as to why we couldn’t get players over the line. I dislike you immensely Mike, for your treatment of the club, the players and the fans. I hate that you have all the control and yet you feel we have none of the power! Well your gravely mistaken this time, you’ve done the club, the players and the fans its final dis-service. The tide has changed, it’s ebbing way and will not recover while you continue to abuse and manipulate fans! No more.


  • 148 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Yo….Are you suggesting it’s better to go for someone whom we don’t expect much from so we can be surprised, rather than go for someone who would arrive with actual expectations which may not be met?

    I’m all for the underdog, but come on 🙂

  • 149 p // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    G2, true but Pardew is by nature a more arrogant and thick skinned man. I think he also thought he had done well, and I can understand why he might think that, however wrong.

    Carver could not have done much worse, likely having no manager would have been more successful.

  • 150 geordiemark // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:01 PM


    I reckon the FBI have him by the balls and there will be a lot more other people involved in all this that’s for sure, football has always had the criminal edge to it over the years from betting scandals the lot and he was top of the pile him it all needs reformed from top to bottom very much like our club

  • 151 tonynufc // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    I wouldn’t mind mcclaren. Hes got the best record as manager than we have had the in past say 8 or 9 year.

  • 152 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    “The responsibility rests at my door” -v- “I don’t make any footballing decisions”

    “I will continue to invest” -v- “club has to be self sufficient”
    “The club is not for sale” -v- “I won’t be selling until [the club wins something]”
    “Things have to change” -v- employ another HC who is happy to just collect a wage

    Don’t have nightmares:

  • 153 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Spread….Hold up for a second. I have one correction there.

    There were no lies about a managerial shortlist.

    It was just very short.


  • 154 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:03 PM


    I’m shocked about Blatter.
    I mean, we can’t touch these kinda guys, can we?
    If he says he’s not going, what can anyone do about it?

  • 155 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Imagine if he had of bought Milton Keynes and got them into the PL, they would have been over the moon and they could have turned one of those concrete cows into a statue of him with very little work.

  • 156 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    I was happy with that one but not as happy as seeing Blatter gone.

  • 157 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Ashley feels he has done an excellent job as owner. He’s kept us in the Prem (most of the time), he has actually had enough players to field a team (not a very good one), he has the club starting to make huge profits (if you don’t count the even bigger loan that it owes to him), and he has managed to flog an absolute mountain of SD rags from the free advertising at the ground. It’s all so perfect for him. My advice would be to stop going to the ground if you want him out.

  • 158 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:04 PM


    They seemed to fall apart the second the Mclaren rumours appeared about us and also they got a crazy amount of injuries including losing their top scorer for a while at the crucial time

    Derby did not have a great squad just a good 11 but its a whole thing about a lack of a plan B its just the same as Pardew when injuries hit it would seem

  • 159 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Lads, I’ve just heard that Penfold has approached Sepp Blatter for the role of head coach…

  • 160 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Are you really stupid or just pretending to be.

  • 161 JamesToon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    There is a total distinct lack of communication from the club at all levels, but the main thing I want to point out is that in terms of the head coach situation, everything seems to be a smokescreen, whenever there is a story published by the chronicle or whoever about the head coach, a couple of hours/days later it gets totally contradicted or it is completely inaccurate and untrue. Why can’t there be more effort and communication from the club to tell us what is going to happen I.e when a decision will be made, WHO is on the shortlist, I mean actually publish statements about these on the club website. Or are they just using a diversion tactic to get people to buy season tickets then appoint McClaren and carry on the same failed structure/system.

  • 162 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    “From this day forward we will definitely making our own luck”

  • 163 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Ashley now free to sign up Blatter.

  • 164 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    No no not at all but if McClaren comes in I dont think he will be scared by some unhappy remarks

    Pardew was disliked from the word go and I was there in St James when ‘Pardew wonderland’ was sung around the ground, what happens on the pitch matters more than peoples thoughts before the ball is kicked

  • 165 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    If the ground is empty next season Ashley will leave. If it is full, he will stay as long as he can. It’s as simple as that really. It’s up to the supporters as it always has been. Boycott and Ashley leaves, carry on showing up and Ashley stays. Your choice mates.

  • 166 Ibizatoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Sazzer…Truth be told, I read it and went – that’s not how you spell it! Whoops 🙂

    BandB…People with power and money? No, we most certainly can’t do anything about them. We just have to take it on the chin.

    I think Ashley was simply in a chatty mood the other week and wanted to let the world know about his change of heart. It had nothing to do with mounting fan pressure that needed tending to. Nope. Untouchable.

  • 167 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Good news! Blatter has rejected Penfold’s approaches on the basis that he couldn’t possibly work for crooks and thieves.

  • 168 JamesToon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Most depressing and damning thing about Schteve being appointed is that opportunities to bring excitement and hope back to the fans will be missed, bielsa, Garde, de boer, Laudrup, vieira

  • 169 scottoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    I honestly feel more anger towards the lack of activity than about the imminent (?) appointment of McClaren. The supporters deserve so much better. We have vocalized what we want in order to be placated, and the regime just keeps us in the dark and feeds us more shite.

    Mushrooms……so pathetic.

    How hard can it be to issue a statement on the website that a decision with respect to the HC will be made today, tomorrow, or in three weeks. It smacks of incompetence. It leads me to believe that they do not know themselves, and that Charnley is treading water as fast as he can just to stay above the surface. Truth be told, he should have been cut loose first, the house cleaned out, and a proper footballing braintrust brought in. It’ll never happen.

  • 170 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Jonathan Schmid has reportedly agreed to join Hoffenheim.€3.5 million.

    That’s good price for a player getting 4 goals and 8 assists in Bundesliga.

  • 171 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM


    Yeah they must have his balls in a vice. Have you seen his craic, though???

    “I have fought for mandates on limiting terms of office, and have been countered…”

    What a total CROCK!!!! If he felt strongly about it he wouldn’t have accepted seven billion terms himself!!! A gobsh1te to the end.

  • 172 tequilamag // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    JT not convinced he would even take it yet.

  • 173 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    More comments from The Boss:
    G2: most of the supporters are now calling you a filthy toe rag Mike. How do you respond to that?
    Mike: our performances and finish in the league last season are on me. But I’m a changed man now. I’m bringing in someone we can all trust for a bit in Steve McLaren. He tipped us off to Tiote and he’s extremely mediocre as a manager. That’s the ticket for us.
    G2: Ah…..I see Mike. And what about all the dither and waffling before picking McLaren?
    Mike: well you see that was just a ruse G2. Get the supporters a little excited. Give them some time to renew their season’s tickets. They’re so gullible… I mean so dedicated to the club that all it took was a few days of hope that I would actually make a positive change.
    G2: Hmmmmm. Well thanks for that Mike. I think???

  • 174 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    He has always been the best man for the job!!
    It may be stunning to some people
    But to toonbrother -aka SGITR – it was always a no-brainer!
    Excellent News!!!!!

  • 175 croftus5678 // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    at the stage we are at saying we dont want mcclaren for an interview !

    i’m thinking seriously about putting a bet on them giving the job to carver full time 🙁

    i swear they must have made hell on earth for nufc fans now to toughen us up for when it really happens.

  • 176 Spreadthetoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Just a change of labels for the cow would be required.
    Stand by my comments re: list. A list comprises of more than one, and Penfold’s pencil snapped when Jabba opened the door and said “that’ll do Lee” we weren’t serious when on TV, the bishop told me to do it! 🙁

  • 177 BandB // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:18 PM


    Isn’t everything a no-brainer with you?

  • 178 Sazzer // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Sophisticini =)

  • 179 scottoon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    The noose must have been tightening quickly for Blatter. Typical US DOJ tactics…..bring in the underlings, get them talking. Its all about building the case. Only a matter of time before Sepp saw the writing on the wall.

  • 180 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    And some words of wisdom from Steve McLaren:
    “I’m just pleased as punch to be appointed head coach of Newcastle United. I didn’t have any other job offers so this fits nicely for me timing wise. I won’t have any say in anything important at the club so I’ll just show up, smile a bit, put 11 players on the pitch, and collect my pay packet. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to build my pension. Many thanks to you Mike. You’re a beautiful man.” 😆

  • 181 Pokat // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Toonbrother – the ONLY guy in the room but second smartest living thing to the yucca plant in the corner. By some distance lol

    Well it wasn’t long ago we never heard of Charnley or what he does. Now we’ve heard of him. One out of two ain’t bad ha ha. He’s either a complete idiot or he takes orders from a complete idiot. As the smoke clears, step forward Steve, with his magicians cape swirling ha ha ha ha IT WAS ME ALL ALONG HAAA HAA HA HA HAAAAAAAAA!

  • 182 mickalfas // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Would the club not benefit by getting a couple of Signings sorted out now to show they mean business
    The silence and inaction can only cause more animosity amongst the fans
    Seems like they love it
    How has that fat t#@t ever made it in the business world ,complete arsehole of the highest order
    Ashley please go NOW!!!

  • 183 dave 1961 // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Lets take a look at the illustrious career of the man now running our club.

    Full name William Graham Carr
    Date of birth 25 October 1944 (age 70)
    Place of birth Corbridge, England
    Playing position Half-back
    Senior career*
    Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
    1962–1968 Northampton Town 85 (0)
    1968–1969 York City 33 (1)
    1969–1970 Bradford Park Avenue 42 (2)
    – Altrincham
    – Telford United
    – Poole Town
    – Dartford
    – Tonbridge
    – Weymouth
    Teams managed
    1977–1978 Weymouth
    1978– ? Dartford
    1981–1985 Nuneaton Borough
    1985–1990 Northampton Town
    1990 Blackpool
    1991 Maidstone United
    1992–1995 Kettering Town
    1995 Weymouth
    1995–1996 Dagenham & Redbridge

  • 184 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:32 PM


    What if Mclaren gets Colo playing amazing ? Would you change your opinion on him ?

  • 185 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Mark my words if Stevie Mclaren gets the job we will be back in the top 5 next season IIF Colociinni gets shipped off to argentina as well

  • 186 welshgeordie9 // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    How about mcclaren as the head coach and kinnear as his assistant.

  • 187 croftus5678 // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    1st signing close !!!

    16yo callum douglas from second division in spain on trial with view to signing if all goes well !

    so thats our striker sorted >.<

  • 188 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    @Lee charnley
    Mclaren isnt stupid enough to play colo

  • 189 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    So all we have to do to finish in the top 5 is hire McLaren and send Colo to Argentina toonbother? Who would have known it was that easy except you? Clearly it was a no-brainer.

  • 190 toonbrother // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Its stunning alright
    Stunningly BRILLIANT!

  • 191 lochinvar // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Blatter is looking for a job – would fit in nicely in-between Ashley and Chanley

    The A-B- C of football

    Eugh !

  • 192 mickalfas // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Carver or McLaren, its like having a choice of syphilis or gonnoreah ,take your pick and choose wisely
    Ashley Out NOW!!!!!!

  • 193 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    1st signing?

  • 194 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Yes, I do believe you’re stunned toonbother. Lie down and take deep breaths. Then phone Lee Charnley and tell him you have the solution to all his problems. It’s a no-brainer really.

  • 195 lochinvar // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Please keep McLaren away from the Toon – that would be the worst news possible
    But then there’s Carver so rethink that comment.

    Dumb abd Dumber the whole set up
    Chanley is clearly way out of his depth

  • 196 Lindisfarne // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    “It’s not a case of someone getting the job because he’s a friend of a friend or he knows someone. It is a proper structured process which I believe will in the end give us the best individual for the job.

    “I know that the individual who comes in will be credible and best suited for this role.”
    Lee Charnley 20.1.2015

  • 197 Thump // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    @GeordieTwo: You’re implying that he’s not on the phone to Ellis Short whispering sweet nothings?

  • 198 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Charnley is also planning to sign all the top prospects from the East Fife football club to 10 year contracts. It’s a no-brainer.

  • 199 Jail for Ashley // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    It’s possibly akin to saying I prefer standing in cat turd than rather than dog turd but I actually prefer welshgeordie9 to toonbotherer.

  • 200 hibbit // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    still not convinced Mc is daft enough to take this job he must no the fans don’t want him and about the club and its owner one thing that no one has brought up he is a friend of KK and often played golf at wynyard so he must have the inside track there

  • 201 JamesToon // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Oh the contrast of ambitions.

    Newcastle and West Ham, both in similar positions in terms of both being manager less, however news has come out of West Ham that Unai Emery, Europa league winner with Sevilla, is flying in for talks there and is being offered a £2.5m bonus if he gets them in the champions league, and saying that he is allowed to bring 2 trusted coaches with him. So, we are in a similar position to them, what are we doing?
    Setting Steve McClaren at the top of our short list, who has got Derby county to 8th in the championship, and will have to work with John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman

    We are the much bigger club than them, yet we seem to be aiming so much lower

  • 202 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Well if it’s a no-brainer he’s definitely doing it Thump mate.

  • 203 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    No, no, no JamesToon you still don’t understand the Master Plan. Mike knows what he’s doing. A pinhead always hires other pinheads. That’s rule 1. What point is there in having a good head coach when everyone else involved is a pinhead? That’s rule 1a. Why try for top 6 when you can safely stay in the Prem and collect the TV money by finishing a tidy 12th-15th each season? That’s rule 2. That’s it. Two simple rules to run a football club by Mike Ashley. Beautiful.

  • 204 Owldman // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    I have been saying it all along Vieira a smoke screen never a chance of him coming to the Toon , Ashleys interview smoke & mirrors .Carver has already been appointed just wait for the announcement,

  • 205 arpeco19 // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    In five seasons at Boro McClaren finished 14th, 12th, 11th, 7th, 14th.. The paragraph underneath is taken from McClaren’s wiki page…
    McClaren was accused by rival managers of having a “pot of gold” provided by Gibson to buy players, giving him an advantage over other teams (except perhaps the biggest few clubs in the league) when signing players. Despite this, towards the latter end of his tenure McClaren was criticised by some supporters for using negative tactics and earning Middlesbrough the tag of a “dull” side. Some observers attributed Middlesbrough’s success to the senior, experienced players in the side rather than McClaren’s managerial ability.

  • 206 BigB75 // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!!!!

  • 207 BigB75 // Jun 2, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Good even follow herd… fat basted points and we follow. … man I hate that guy!

  • 208 bobby mango // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:30 PM


  • 209 mainemagpie // Jun 2, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Hey arpeco19 it also says this on his wiki page.

    On 2 May 2010, FC Twente were crowned champions for the first time in their history after a 2–0 win away to NAC Breda. On winning the Eredivisie, McClaren became the first Englishman to manage a team to a top-level domestic league title since Bobby Robson with F.C. Porto in 1996 (Robson also won the Dutch title with PSV Eindhoven in 1991 and 1992).[69][70] Robson had in fact been a major influence in McClaren’s decision to go to the Netherlands. According to McClaren, “The relationship I had with Bobby was very special. He was a good friend and was of big influence on my decision to join FC Twente. I’d like to think that he’ll be watching from a cloud up above and wishes us the best as we play the last game in the league against NAC”.

    You want to compare McClaren’s England win percentage with Bobby Robson? 50% to 49.47%……..How about FC Twente win% of 63.37 with Robsons win % of 68.42 with PSV Eindhoven……or how about McClaren’s 2nd effort at FC Twente a win% of 48.44% compared with Robson’s win % at Newcastle of 46.67%…..and despite McClaren being fired from Derby his win% over his tenure was 54.26%…….of the 564 games that Steve McClaren has been in charge of as a manager he has won 262 with a win% of 46.45%…..Bobby Robson in his career was manager of 1446 games and won 718 with a win% of 49.65%…….not a great difference. Using McClaren’s average statistics over his career against Newcastle’s 2014-15 season he would have achieved 60+ points…same as Southampton and 7th spot in the premier league…would you have been happy with that?
    would any of you on this blog have been happy with that?

  • 210 mainemagpie // Jun 3, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    In 1982 Bobby Robson was hired as the new England Manager, after a 1-0 loss to Denmark in September 1983, England failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship, despite Robson offering his resignation he was kept on as England Manager.

    In August 2006 Steve McClaren was hired as the new England Manager, after a 3-2 loss to Croatia in November 2007, England failed to qualify for the European Championship, the next day McClaren was fired as England manager.

  • 211 BURNLEY FOOTBALL CLUB // Jun 3, 2015 at 3:07 AM


    Might as well relegate yourselves now.

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