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Cynicism Grows At Newcastle

1:34 pm, Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

There is a lot of cynicism among Newcastle fans this summer, and it hasn’t been helped by Newcastle’s slow start in this summer’s transfer market,  although there’s still plenty of time for Newcastle to get the six players in (or something close to that) we need to have a good team next season.

While we were not overjoyed by Steve McClaren’s appointment earlier this month – we’ve been surprised what a good standing he has with players and coaches in the game, and we always knew he was a real gentleman – that was never a problem with Steve.

Steve has gone through hell and high water in his coaching career but has always kept his dignity.

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Steve McClaren – wants everybody pulling in same direction

In the last week or so it looks like Newcastle will have a good coaching staff with Ian Cathro, Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black joining the club – so it will be good backroom staff and Alessandro can work out why we have so many injuries every single season.

The latest news to hit the internet – coming from The Mag web-site – is is that the season tickets sales are 30% down from last year.

But that’s very hard to believe, and we suppose the claim is that it will hurt Mike Ashley, but the truth is it hurts the club.

Home gate revenues now are a lot lower than they used to be in the old days as a percentage of gross revenues, with the Premier League money becoming massive.

Here’s the split of revenue over the last two seasons – with thanks to the excellent Swiss Ramble site for the graphic.

Next year, when the new Premier League deal kicks in and the money over three years goes from £3.0B to £5.1B – a 70% increase – they will be even less than 20% on a percentage basis.

In fact  a quick calculation by increasing the 2013-2014 Broadcasting revenue by 70% – match day revenues would fall to about 14% of total revenues.

Those revenues would be up to around £193M from £129M – we think that’s accurate.

If Newcastle have a decent transfer window – which we are hoping for – we hope that Steve McClaren and the team will be given a clean slate and a chance to do well next season.

We’d be surprised if we don’t get over 50,000 in our first home game against Southampton on August 8th – especially if we can get Charlie Austin, and a few more good players in before then.

Steve has already called for everybody associated with the club to pull in the same direction and he deserves support form the fans – even if Mike Ashley is still the owner.

One of our polls that surprised us is that 85% of fans think he can be successful at Newcastle.

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We would love it if Newcastle can have a top eight or top six finish next season – even if Mike Ashley is still the owner.

But this summer Lee Charnley and company have to deliver on the transfer front – and while it’s been disappointing we haven’t signed anybody yet – there’s still time to sign some good players and strengthen the squad.

In fact we’d love it if we have a full house against Southampton and win that game, after playing some great exciting football.

Wouldn’t that be something.

All we want is to have Newcastle be a top side again – and soon too.

Comments welcome.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Hmm I’m not sure there is cynicism. Just realism 🙂

  • 2 Tsunki // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:40 PM


    You are so right
    on both posts 🙂

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Its Logical for us to be cynical. Why would we expect anything other than the same uselessness?

  • 5 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Especially when we have had 8 years of the same shite each window.

  • 6 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    It does seem Mashers is gambling, if he doesn’t give McClaren enough funds Newcastle could be relegated and miss out on the huge money increase next season.

    What happened to speculate to accumulate, the better the team is the more money the club will earn and better shop window for his tat?!

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:51 PM


    Exactly. 16 windows of lame excuses (the same ones), but suddenly some expect us to believe “this time it will be ok”!

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:52 PM


    He gambles all the time. The same risks will always be taken. He can’t help himself.

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    A deathly silence from SJP -all all fronts.
    I really had expected a bit of an update -however short – so Toon fans would know the latest news – say about the coaching team. Or perhaps a pre-prepared statement from Wally – about his second week -you know not to give any secrets away – just to whet the appetite of Toons fans.
    ………………………………….deathly silence.
    Really does not match up with the
    “promises” of better communications with the fans ………… far.

    Fans Forum on Monday night – after their surprise open letter a while ago I’m hoping they’ve got a better sense of being a bit more probing.
    If a question gets batted into the long grass – have that standby question ready to follow up straight away. Ask them what mistakes were made, who made them, get an interpretation of Mr Tubbs statement on Sky – not generalisations but specifics etc etc.
    If the minutes are returned with ommisions -as has been suggested in the past – get it returned for correction.
    I only hope they do not pull a PR stunt on Monday in an attempt to draw the fire of the FF members.

  • 10 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Janmaat is right, we cannot let this happen.

    Btw with all the talking Janmaat is doing is he applying to be Captain?

  • 11 thevirus // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Of course we are going to be cynical it’s been forced onto us to be that way by the way our club is run. As for the will mcclaren be successful poll, yes he could be but probably won’t because no manager has been successful since 1969, qualifying for the champions league isn’t winning something in my opinion unlike fat mike

  • 12 BandB // Jun 30, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    It reminds me of going shopping with my mother at the old January sales.
    We’d come back without a scratch on us, because she’d been picking up bits of junk no-one else was fighting over.
    Then she’d get home and show off her “prizes”, and we’d set about trying to fix them.
    That’s if she bought anything.

  • 13 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jun 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM


    Aye, it’s nearly impossible to have hope with this club.


    Janmaat would be much better then colo.

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Is McClaren at SJP or is he away on holiday like the rest of the board.
    The TOON might as well close the place down for the summer like what companies do/use to do as in Italy where they close down for the month of August.

  • 15 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 30, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Mr tuff

    Be careful. The eater of special mushrooms may thinly disguise a dig at you because he may decide you are expecting an open top bus parade of the new coaching staff.

  • 16 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 30, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    oh yes

  • 17 expatmag // Jun 30, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    When September 1st rolls around and Ashley has failed to deliver on most of his promises, will the fans revolt again to the point of forcing further bad press circulation on his failure to deliver and how will he react to it.

    My guess is that he doesnt give a fat rats clacker about the club as long as SD improves profits.

    If we fail to sign any players of significant quality in key positions, expect a fight against relegation again.

  • 18 BandB // Jun 30, 2015 at 2:07 PM


    It is possible, that rather like my ma, Ashley thinks he has worked wonders by bringing home something no-one else wanted…not even us, until we got him.
    I think McClaren, former head supervisor at the England Football Company, is meant to be the horse that will be bolted to the cart.

    As for gambling, it may already be in his head that he has just about cracked the relegation issue for next season with his amazing coup in fighting off nobody for McClaren’s signature.

    I think we will sign players……but nothing like the splurge that so many claimed Ashley has been carefully tending his piggy bank for.

  • 19 ronjohno // Jun 30, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Hopefully the rumours that NUFC are waiting for the end of the Financial Year (today obviously) and that things will start moving tomorrow.
    Well I can but dream cant I.

    McClaren walked out of Notts Forest because they backtracked on their promises to him so we know he has some principles – if Ashley and Co have misled him then I do not think he will be a Pardew clone and put up with it.
    I also think that the new coaching team will be able to get a lot more out of some of the existing players – they are not all rubbish and with a positive agenda might surprise us!!!!! This excludes Williamson and Obertan to name but two.

  • 20 Moonraker15 // Jun 30, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    All clubs have to wait till 1st July to complete deals as the transfer window doesn’t open till then. All they’ve been doing is setting-up the deals ready for tomorrow, so to say NUFC have been waiting is crap!

    The lack of urgency and respect for the fans is breathtaking!

    Fot a multi-million pound business to have such a cretin as MD speaks volumes about Mike Ashley; no class whatsoever!

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