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This Man Should Be Very Worried At Newcastle

2:48 pm, Sunday, September 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

Newcastle have had a terrible year so far in 2015 and we can only hope we can improve things before the end of the year, but with Chelsea and Manchester City the next two clubs to play in the league, that could be difficult, at least in the short-term.

In the first four games there was some hope that we were a better side than last season and certainly we needed to be.

lee charnley close-up

Lee Charnley – Managing Director

But in the last two games at West Ham and at home to Watford we lost both of them and  played poorly in what were the easiest games of our first six.

We hope we are not going to play well against the top sides, and do well but not pick up too many points, but then against the weaker sides in the leagues not play well at all.

That’s a very good recipe for very few points in this league.

One man who will be under intense pressure if results don’t improve – apart from head coach Steve McClaren – is Lee Charnley.

The Managing Director was the man who made the catastrophic decision to appoint John Carver as interim coach after Alan Pardew left in early January, and he leads the Board of Directors.

He was responsible – presumably along with Graham Carr – for going after Steve McClaren and signing him up to a three-year deal.

Steve McClaren was appointed less than two weeks after he was fired by Derby County and in between he was on his summer holidays in Greece, and Newcastle fans seemed to want a more progressive coach.

When Steve was appointed there were a number of former players who came out and said he was a great coach.

But one thing we noticed is his record in management does not reflect that good coaching.

Since McClaren was very successful at FC Twente in 2010 he has head failed with spells at Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and lately Derby County, although he did very well at Derby in the first one and a half years.

Newcastle gave Steve his biggest chance in club management.

Lee Charnley also oversaw the spending of over £52M in the transfer market and his boss Mike Ashley will want to see some return for the most money Newcastle have ever spent in any transfer window.

We are hoping that Steve, his coaches and the players can turn this thing around, but if he cannot then it will be seen as another poor decision made by Lee Charnley in the 17 months he has been Managing Director at Newcastle.

If that happens we wouldn´t be surprised if Mike Ashley takes some action, but the billionaire will be wanting to keep Newcastle in the Premier league this season above all else.

There’s some big money down the road if Newcastle can do that.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Sep 20, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Wales 7 Uruguay 6

  • 2 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 20, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Spending 52m is one thing. Spending it wisely is imporimportant.

    Thauvin-cabella deals makes no sense and now we need to depend on a nutcase and unproven 20yr old upfront. If mitrovic turns out to be poor we are finished then. Atleast until January.

    And mclaren saying colo signing up a 2 yr contract is the best signing. Mclaren, how about you go watch the games and goals conceded and just look at your dear captain.

  • 3 lesh // Sep 20, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Hell’s bells, I must be psychic having felt I’d read this post before now!

  • 4 lesh // Sep 20, 2015 at 2:55 PM


    NUFC 1, Watford 2


  • 5 JackButler // Sep 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Charnely is to blame for allowing Carr to have so much of a say on signings. Cabaye and Tiote aside he’s bought crap.

    Example of his approach

    Marveuax comes in and is not strong enough to handle this league so he replaces him with Cabella who again isn’t strong enough for this league so he replaces him with Thauvin………….a blind man can see the pattern here.

    Jaanmat and Perez were known talents so he gets no credit for either of them, it seems the only thing Carr is any good at is finding out contract details of players which in truth I’d expect every scout to be decent at.

    We have no pace, no power a pathetic back line and a toothless strike force added to that a midfield of sideways passing lightweights

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Could have a sweepstake on Mitrovic.
    Which minute he will get booked
    which he will get sent off
    and not booked or sent off

  • 7 davis_toons // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Son heung min..£22 million man score.. what a player..we would never scout such player..its a GEM.

    We should get Crystal Palace Lee Chung Yong..since he is on the bench due to Bolasie..

    Another Good Player to have..Carr needs to spread out his scouting network..Like KK have said before quality players are like sea shells on the beach..

  • 8 Jib // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Spurs 1 CP 0

  • 9 JackButler // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:03 PM


    He had a terrible disciplinary record before hand and we pay big money for the lad and put him in the most physical league in the world. What the hell did they think would happen?

    We were/are desperate for a proven goal scorer not another long term project, Austin is proven but we fail to get the lad instead we haggle over the fee while it has cost us big time.

    Our approach to transfers is the reason we are so poor

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Pardew and Carver struggled, Carver and Stone struggled, Makro and Costco are struggling. A common thread has been the increasingly desperate comments. It should be interesting to see how comical it gets with Makro. Already his inanne grins in defeat are rubbing me up the wrong way.

  • 11 Thump // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Penfold should have been worried from the second he took the job. I’m sure he knows all about spreadsheets and such, but hiring and firing doesn’t seem to be his strong point. Ashley defers to him, he defers to the “football board”, and then he signs the cheques. Sometimes.

    Do your fscking job, Charnley.

  • 12 Jib // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Well heung dik is available

  • 13 JackButler // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    It seems Shearer is having the time of life stirring the pot, doubt he’d have become the legend he is today if he was living off the shyte service this side produces, also he needs to remember what a pig ear he made of his attempt at management

  • 14 toonking // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    you keep on bring these softies into the club, PL is about power and speed not stand still passing, get that carr scouting bundeliga and La Liga it’s theose ones which have pace.

  • 15 sickandtired // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    So, the invisible and unaccountable puppet master, Carr, escapes your judgement does he? He is the one responsible for the players we are signing, even if he, Charnley and all have to adhere to the Ashley ‘model’.

  • 16 JackButler // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:13 PM


    There is plenty of pace and power in the French leagues, Carr simply doesn’t look for it in a player, look at Payet at West Ham, Carr would have watched him dozens of times but he was not interested in the lad. We simply target the wrong type of players

  • 17 magscar // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:13 PM


    Yeah I realised that and it is something fan’s forum should work on . A I said I sat for years in Gallowgate but had some mates who sat in level 7 and they used to say that back then there weren’t many around them who made noise.

    Where I used to sit I knew no one at first in what was then new stand and i came of waiting list before my mates. however most were vociferous but it was in the good times of KK. Later under Daglish etc the voices weren’t as encouraging!

    I could hear some noise from Gallowgate yesterday after we scored and crowd generally lifted but Watford fans still dominated in Leazes.

    Although I don’t like sitting up there ( used mates ticket once) the roof and level seem to naturally escalate the noise especially of away fans who are usually more noisy and congregated than home support.

    I don’t think we are the only club to suffer from a lack of atmosphere for large parts of the game when we are struggling but it should be something to be improved on.

  • 18 sickandtired // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Jack Butler – you have a weird sense of judgement. There’s a reason Carr managed no side better than Northampton, and our teams reflect that. Lay off Shearer, who has done more for this Club than most and can hardly be held accountable for failing to save us with only 8 games to play.We’d only won 6 games that season before him FFS!

  • 19 Jib // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Jack Butler
    Well said
    Shearer needs to wait until SM equals his shameful record before flapping his lips.

  • 20 BandB // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    “” seems the obvious way to go.
    Once Pardew went, it took about five minutes for people to suss they’d been screaming at a straw man.

    “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

  • 21 JackButler // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:24 PM


    Shearer was one of the best p,ayers to ever grace a pitch in this country, but his comments of late are doing nothing but inflaming an already volatile situation. He was clueless as our manager as anyone with half a brain could see and he is not above criticism irrespective of what he did for this club as a player, sorry if you don’t like that but there it is.

  • 22 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    did we really go in for Austin or is it just paper talk

  • 23 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Charnley should have gone. How a ruthless businessman like Ashley left him in the job I just can’t understand. Ultimately it’s down to him that we still have dodgy old Graham finding the worst players in France for us to sign and the Wally as head coach. In the football world the only KPI that really counts is the table. Maybe Charnley can deliver a good result as far as operating costs go, but that doesn’t mean much if you’re sat at the bottom of the league.

  • 24 BandB // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Sack Shearer too!
    Sack everybody Mike!
    One of them is bound to be the real culprit.

  • 25 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    BandB@20. Wow. I would never had picked you as being a Pardew revisionist.

  • 26 solano // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Ian Toon….I think you overplay my resonse to Speed’s death.
    Moreover, please don’t patronise me or presume that I enjoyed or indeed, had any influence over the NUFC diaspora.
    I note you hang onto the ‘diversionary blame game’ theory (it’s like a perverted game of Cluedo). Did you buy one of Ed’s ‘In Carr we Trust’ tshirts?
    As for you wanting me to stick to football; let me say this…..the football is almost non existent and unfortunately, all that happens at NUFC IS political – the whole set up has nothing to do with sporting integrity. I don’t like it, but that’s how I see it.
    For 4 years on here, people have chosen to close their eyes and put their fuingers in their lugs and pretend everything would turn out all right. It didn’t and it never will!
    By all means, carry on nitpicking over different playing formations or blaming the next convenient sap. But let me be clear, I have nothing but contempt for you and your type. I reserve the right to post as I see fit and decent and rather than embitterment, I feel pity for the few who can’t break the habit of their smack addiction and yet know exactly how they are manipulated and exploited by their dealer (many of those did actually do other things which did have an effect. eg. Last season’s demos or t4c march in ’13)
    My opinion does not seek to influence or inspire resistance to the regime…that bird flew when most (on here and elsewhere) chose to criticise those who wanted to extrapolate their words into action, and did nothing themselves.
    I will, on occasions, pop in and write on the situation as I see it, but do not wish to engage you directly as you have shown worrying signs of being disingenous and a potential stalker.
    I hope this post does not offend some longterm posters – some of whom I have met in the ‘real’ world of which a few have become good friends. I have the utmost respect for those who post when they have something genuine and heartfelt to say on NUFC matters, rather than those who post just to ingratiate their own egos and prove how clever/reasonable/anodyne they really are.

  • 27 BandB // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:44 PM


    I’m not.
    He was a man who saw Noocarstle in much the same way Colo does…a one for which finishing fifth was “gettin’ a bi’ ahead of arrsevs.’
    In that he merely served an ethos that came from the top.
    My point is that we lurch from one pantomime villain to the next at Ashley’s arse covering invitation.

  • 28 BandB // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:47 PM


    Good points earlier. There was indeed a time when Geordies had a reputation as nobody’s fools.

  • 29 sickandtired // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    JackB – the point and fact is that everything about this Club has been clueless since Ashley came in. Nothing can or will change while than man owns this Club – as his (many) appointments and ‘model’ proves without doubt. The ‘model’ is the only thing that hasn’t changed and it’s the one thing that must!
    Shearers job is now as a pundit – he gets paid to comment. He clearly isn’t saying anything which isn’t correct or visible to anyone.
    As for his 8 games – as I said, whichever way you look at it, the same team managed only 6 wins that entire season before he was handed a ‘chance’. All it proved was he wasn’t cut out for the job, not that his comments or other abilities are up for destroying.

  • 30 BandB // Sep 20, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    But Solano.

    Some of the coverage of the last protest looked a lot different than it might otherwise have done…………….

  • 31 nufc 11 // Sep 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Ap recently said the club or Carr looks at players that are in the clubs interested and not the team meaning they are more fashionable that more clubs would be interested in them should they do well making them bigger risks than proven players for the now like Austin, Moses, Phillips or Evans all the warning signs were their with thauvin over paid and still signed him .

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