Deja Vu All Over Again – Four Managers In A Year

When Newcastle survived in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth in May, after John Carver had come in for the departed Alan Pardew and almost took Newcastle down to the Championship – the very last thing the club wanted was a bad start to this season.

At the start of last season we gained only 4 points in our first seven league games but then we won five league games in a row (six in all competitions) to get over that difficulty and by the end of the year were in 9th place.

steve mcclaren at etihad 6-1

Steve McClaren – much easier if he can turn this around

At the end of last season we won only one game of the last eleven games – which just so happened tp be the very last game of the season.

Before that game we had one point in ten games.

Newcastle brought in Steve McClaren as the new head coach in June and he certainly wasn’t the first choice of most Newcastle fans but most were willing to give him a chance and see if he could turn things around – and that was badly needed at Newcastle.

There have been some good performances this season – Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea- but all too often the team looks too fragile and in any one game anything can happen – it seems a collapse can come at any time.

Newcastle have just 3 points in eight games – the worst start in the league for over 100 years – with three draws from the first eight games and five defeats and 17 goals conceded with a goal difference of -11.

We are already 6 points from safety and it’s only been eight games played.


So it couldn’t be much worse – we suppose we could have lost all eight games but coming after what happened last season has made fans numb.

It’s left me completely numb about what’s happening at Newcastle – it’s another nightmare situation.

While Mike Ashley has been a poor owner of the club it seemed as though he had turned a new leaf at the end of May and would leave the running of the club to a Board of Directors – led by Lee Charnley.

After eight games played Newcastle again look to be a shambles – much like we did with the inexperienced and fallible John Carver in charge earlier this year.

The very last thing Mike Ashley wants is another relegation with Newcastle likely to be getting £135M a season starting next season in the new three-year Premier League TV deal.

We expect there to be emergency meetings at all levels of the club next week when International players return – but if we cannot beat Norwich a week on Sunday things will start looking black indeed.

They are already looking a very deep dark gray.

Mike Ashley will have to take some action before Newcastle are hopelessly set adrift at the bottom of the league table.

We hope that’s not necessary because if McClaren is fired that will be four managers in the last year for the club and eerily similar to what happened when we were relegated in 2009.

We had Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Chris Hughton and Akan Shearer in charge at some point during that season.

It will be much easier in almost every way if McClaren can turn this thing around in the next three or four games.

A relegation this season would be an absolute disaster for the club but nobody can say the warning signs have not been there all last season and even the season before that when we lost seven of our last eight games.

It’s looking like it could be deja vu all over again.

That’s not good.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 7, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 7, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    I don’t think Colo is the only problem at the back, but he has struggled this season. He hasn’t been helped at all by others though, but he cops the criticism even when others should also take the blame. eg. Swansea goal with Gomis, Colo took some flack but it was Mbemba who dived in when he shouldn’t have. Watford’s second, had Colo continued to pressure Deeney he would have been dragged out of position one of our defensive midfielders should have been in that space to win the ball so Colo isn’t dragged out.

    Our defence is week throughout, as you say, Janmaat is good offensive, but suspect defensively. Haidara is suspect going both ways, Dummett is more solid, but still not great, Mbemba and Mbabu are both learning, Saylor and Willo enough said for different reasons. They aren’t helped by how we are playing though.

    Cathro at his previous clubs has always worked with a side who pressures high up the pitch and works hard off the ball to win the ball back. We seem to still be of the mantra that one or two press, but the rest drop back. If we drop back and allow teams to come at us we will concede. It is that simple, and the evidence for that is there to see from previous seasons.

    To ease our defensive woes McClaren needs to be brave and pick a side that can play and press higher up the park. We need to not allow any of their central midfielders of definers to have time on the ball, force them into making mistakes, win the ball back higher up the pitch and put them under immediate pressure.

    I had hoped McClaren and Cathro would implement this, although it does seem like Simpson and McClaren are the main two, and Cathro is just a coach under instruction – a vast improvement on Stone, but possibly lacking influence as none of his normal styles or methods seem to be being implemented.

    Short of an 8-1-1 formation there is no other answer that I can think of at the moment.

  • Wayayman

    Oct 7, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost: Morning fellow masochists.
    Why do we put ourselves through this? It’s sooooo frustrating to see the same mistakes being made (and i’m taking off the pitch) time and time again. For a billionaire businessman with a fierce reputation, Ashley certainly does things differently with NUFC doesn’t he? The one MAJOR mistake and common thread in all of this is the alarming lack of a proper football MD in charge of the club. Lambias the casino manager was a joke and we all know the contempt he had toward us. No need to discuss Kinnear but Charnley is just out of his depth and I wish he’d have the bollocks to admit it and ask for help or resign as the outcome will be the death of this club as we know it.

    I KNOW the manager is struggling and I don’t think he’s the right person for the long term future of the club. I KNOW the players need to perform consistently well – even just for two halves of the same match would be a start. I KNOW the ‘football board’ is an absolute joke and no way to conduct football business and I KNOW Ashley is responsible overall for everything that goes catastrophically wrong with our club BUT he could make a massive change almost overnight by getting rid of Charnley and replacing him with someone progressive and aggressive. That would have a knock-on effect as Schteve would suddenly realise that he has zero job security and migh, just might signal to the players that the club really give a toss and want to get us out of this deep dark hole we find ourselves in.

    Look at what Sam Rush at Derby did last season. An amazing start, dropped off alarmingly at the end and pedalled McClaren asap to bring in a very young yet very experienced coach who could prove to be a future managerial star. Oh and also Rush’s first job at Derby was to sack a relatively successful Nigel Clough. Who knows if Paul Clement will be a success but I’d have loved us to have that sort of vision.

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 7, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki- Sorry for the delayed response. You’re being unfair to others who share my expectation that we will survive this season to build next. Given what went before we should have cleared the decks of baggage but only now is this being strongly talked about. You can believe those that decry my input on the changes- behind the scenes but the influential Charnley, Carr and Macca have a survival transfer plan come January. The question is picking up points between now and then. I will keep you posted. If you decide to put this into the trash can feel free.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 7, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    At least we aren’t having to consider a coffee shop Manager yet !
    Maybe we should talk to Gregg’s and they could provide a Manager and Sponsorship at the same time !

    Former USA and Egypt manager Bob Bradley, currently in charge at Norwegian side Stabaek, is a surprise contender for the Sunderland job. (Daily Express)

  • lochinvar

    Oct 7, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s going to cost Abramovic £37.5m to get rid of Moanrinho – that’s obscene in anyone’s thinking. Imagine how many defenders you could buy for that . It’s just not fair !

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 7, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #6

    A survival transfer plan? I can only imagine they have just come up with this, in which case it is a panic reaction – not a build for the future, or they planned for us just surviving this year.

    Depending on where we are in the league, the players the club wants may not feel like coming here, and that was always the big risk when they under cooked it in the summer.

    Plenty on here were talking of removing more of the baggage from the squad over the summer and replacing them.

    I don’t think we will go down, there is enough in the squad, but they are going to have a very hard time persuading top 8 calibre players to join after another brush with relegation.

  • Owldman

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    We keep going on about buying centre forwards, what we need is a top class left back, a world class centre back, a world class midfielder, oh for Cabye right now , oh and Ashley to tell his buddy Carr to find tough midfielders not the likes of Anita or Biggi.too lightweight easily knocked of the ball.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Another misleading headline, I thought he’d gone !

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Personally, I can’t see this squad, as it is, going anywhere but down. The Summer signings have been a positive blip on the radar, but that’s about all. Are any the squad from last year consistently playing better under McClaren? I’d say no. I just don’t see enough of anything positive to make me think we’ll be out of the drop zone come January. Then we will be in survival mode, desperately trying to sign players and probably a new manager to save our bacon. (Apologies for that Mike Ashley reference)

  • Lynxie

    Oct 7, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    I personally think that the last thing we need is managerial turmoil. Anyone with half an ounce of common sense can se that things HAVE improved since the ‘Best Coach in the world’ was finally relieved of his duties. Some of the football we played against Chelsea and City was exactly what we have been screaming for. unfortunately a perfectly good goal wrongly chalked off for offside, and a 1 vs 1 miss by Mitro when up against Hart. City do not come back from that, and everyone on here is screaming that we are gonna win the league.
    Calm down dears, its only October.
    However, January cant come quick enough, so we can offload some of the divvies and self publicising half witted lazy barstewards (we all know who needs to go, don’t we, messrs Cisse, Tiote, Gouffran, Willo, Sissoko?)
    I would never say we are too good to go down, but there are worse teams in the league this season, and some with paper thin squads too (yip, including us at the minute.)

  • widowmagandapoke

    Oct 7, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Am I the only one seething at the fact that the fans first choice of coach was Klopp, who we were told, wouldn’t come to the UK. Yet he signs for the bin men. How do Liverpool always manage to land on their feet while we charge headfirst into the mire?


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