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Carragher Blasts Newcastle – But It’s Still Early Days

9:26 am, Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher slammed Newcastle United’s transfer policy after the game last night, and said that Mike Ashley cannot be very happy with what he saw, as Newcastle seemed to continue on with the form from last season – heaven forbid.

While the lads worked hard we seemed to lack commitment and drive, and it was a hollow effort from this Newcastle team – even as though we were just going through the motions.

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher – slams Newcastle’s transfer policy

Carragher said he sees nothing new at Newcastle and he made a big thing out of the defeat – but that’s what he gets paid to do.

But in truth we did look poor last night – very poor at times.

This is some of what the former Liverpool star had to say:

“It is the same story with Newcastle, a new manager and £40M-£50M spent, but it is still the same.

“Mistakes at the back, getting counter-attacked, no threat up front – Newcastle used to be about exciting things happening but they’re buying these players from abroad, spending a lot of money of them, and they’re not actually doing anything.

“They have spent as much money as some of the top teams in Europe and you don’t see what they are getting for it.”

“Newcastle are certainly one of those teams who, over the years, can’t be happy with their recruitment and the money they have spent.”

“Mike Ashley is probably thinking ‘I’ve spent £40M-50M and it’s no different, we are just continually wasting money’.”

Mike Ashley has taken himself out of the football matters at Newcastle, and left it to Lee Charnley and the Newcastle Board (which also includes McClaren, Moncur and Carr) to do all the transfers at the club, both outgoing and incoming.

But they will be held responsible by Mike – for getting the best we can out of the money spent.

With freedom comes responsibility.

It didn’t look good last night, but it’s  still early days.

Saturday has to be an all-out effort to get goals against Watford – we haven’t scored for over four games now – and get a win.

The crowd will be right behind the team – even though last night was very frustrating and even upsetting with a benign performance from the team.

Better things should be ahead.

We hope that’s true.


We’re still getting over last season’s terrible events.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Board of Directors · Coaching · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    We showed some commitment, if not much ambition against manu and arsenal but last night was just insipid and cliche or not, only one team did want to win.

    It was that bad and echoed previous horror shows under pardew and carver, but somehow seemed even worse we were that toothless.

    I want SM to succeed even though I don’t think he merited getting the job. I don’t think we can blame ash for this, however, I think the focus is turning more and more on Carr by the day, although I guess ash did appoint him too.

    So far Nitro is a total liability, Wijnaldum apart from that header is largely anonymous, Thauvin was good against the mighty Northampton but shown little else and only MBemba for me has shown any really class and consistency.

    I wish Abeid and Kemen had been retained, and Perez and Aarons not dumped to the bench. Some strange decision making going on at the minute at NUFC, even for us!!

    One day we’ll finally tumble to getting a Tuchel or similar and no more old school mediocre Brit managers !!

  • 2 Jib // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Carragher is a make weight.
    Sky couldn’t believe their luck when they found a ready made replacement for Andy Gray in Gary Neville.The 2 biggest sets of armchair supporters are ManU and Lpool
    They realised fairly quickly they had to get a Liverpool pundit as well to obviate accusations of bias.
    They looked at 3 defenders Hansen Lawro and Thommo all too old.
    The only contemporary defender of Neville who could sting a sentence together was Carragher
    Unfortunately he needs subtitles and is thick as mince

  • 3 toonbrother // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:34 AM


    With regard to our bet, the fixture list is neither here nor there. ZERO wins in your first 5 is a clear indication there is something fundamentally rotten embedded in the team

    I was able to confidently predict this outcome before the Swansea match (around the time everyone on this blog was still on a high celebrating 2-2 draw with Southampton)

    That alone shows my prediction had nothing to do with our fixture list and everything to do we the fatal problems I have correctly identified at the back

    I would like the £100 paid to the following charity

    Please make your donation under the name “JAIL for Ashley” and I would consider the matter closed

  • 4 Jib // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    sting = string

  • 5 Slank // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM


    TikiTakaAcca @ 162

    Completely agree with your analysis.

    Anita & Colback can’t create.

    Cisse’s control was shocking.

    Thauvin was anonymous

    Sissoko offers little or nothing.

    Absolutely Perez and De Jong have to start.

    And yes totally agree that Perez is class, he’s always in space and does not lose the ball.

    And yes I agree that De Jong oozes class too. Also he varies the play which others (except Perez and Gini) don’t.

    And yes again that Wijnaldum is ineffective when the other two midfielders are ‘protecting’ the grass in the centre circle. He needs Tiote for cover and either De Jong or Perez alongside him. I believe Perez would make an excellent playmaker. He has all the skills.

  • 6 Jib // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    The is quite remarkable !!!!!!

    WWSBRD // Jul 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I am going to say September 14th for Saylors first injury 3-4 weeks out then 2 weeks back
    and his curtain call for the season after that.

  • 7 toonbrother // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    you guys still don’t get it
    sissoko, perez, cisse, ayoze …could any of these players have prevented us conceding in the first 9 minutes of the game?
    or filled in for colocinni when he went awol on the first and second goal (as usual)
    You can chop and change strikers all you want but the victories will simply not come till colo Is uprooted from the side

  • 8 Shearer.Milburn // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    He’s got a point for once…

  • 9 stuart no9 // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    stuart no9 // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Shearer has every right to say his opinion about the club. why not ? More people should start being honest about our club . We are shyte . so what ? we have been for the last 8 years- since fatty arrived . we are going down this year, it should have been last year but some how we avoided it . the sooner we go down the better and start from scratch. Ive never been thrilled with the appointment of maclaren- being sacked from his last 3 clubs ( 2 of which were champiionship sides) and the mess he left england , does not instill much confidence , as proven over the last 5 games . ok , give him a bit more time , but look back over the stats in the last 5 games . shocking really shocking . is it going to get better ??? where and how. played 5 and to be honest never looked like winning any of them. watford away could prove to be one of the most important games this season, lose that , then watch the confidence drain from the team , supporters , everyone. watford is a big big game

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    The same awfull defending that has bedevilled us for years.

    Two sucker punch breaks set up from the sort of tight defence we should trying to emulate.

    Other teams know exactly how to play us, we are to predictable.

    Don’t know if the long walk to the ground had an effect but that was terrible lack of foresight for our lads to be put in that position.

    I’m starting to have doubts about our wonderful (woeful) back room team.

  • 11 Novocastrian66 // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Jib @ 2; Well said sir.

  • 12 Ibizatoon // Sep 15, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Morning all,

    Well, definitely not the result, nor performance many were hoping / expecting.

    On Sunday I was asking about Steve’s long term plan for the team and whether people would be more willing to give him time, if it looked like he was trying to do something different.

    For me, once the subs were made, and despite us still being fairly toothless in the final third, I saw great improvement once Perez and Siem came on. Actually gave me some hope.

    I’m sure it’s been well covered, but Cisse….wtf. I’d have had him off at HT. It might not be his fault, he’s a certain type of striker and isn’t getting the service, but he cannot play within this current team. He’s completely wasted, it was almost the same as another red card.

    Thought Perez was really lively. Needs to playing more without a doubt.

    As for Taylor – Who’d have thought it? Expect Yo of course, spectacular prediction there. Long live the King!

  • 13 Klatoon // Sep 15, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Liability or not we NEED Mitrovich! Hes the only one that can hold the ball uptop. this brings the midfield forward, last night u could see Gini and later Dejong trying little one-two’s on the edge of the box which came to nothing bcoz Cisse has zero presence

  • 14 Sivarese // Sep 15, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    You could easily transpose those comments to a game Liverpool have just played though…

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