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This Problem Will Impact Newcastle´s Results This Season

2:41 pm, Saturday, October 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

As well as having a decent side that would not be fighting relegation this season we were also hoping that the long-term problems Newcastle have had with injuries for at least ten years would also be cleared up by the new coaching staff, but neither has happened.

At the present time we are bottom of the league and we have more injuries than any other Premier League club on,  although there is a bit of a shock that we are only a close second to Everton in the Injury Table which gives a point out when a player is injured and is forced to miss one Premier League game.

steve mcclaren 9-14

Steve McClaren – oh – all those injuries as well!

Here is the current Injury League Table.

injury league 10-10-15

But we should soon pull away from Everton because we have 12 injuries on and they have only 7 – although it’s been true that Everton and Newcastle have been the two club most affected by injury so far this season.

We should be getting some players back soon with Cheick Tiote essentially fit again from his knee injury as well as Paul Dummett, but the impressive Kevin Mbabu is out with a hamstring injury for a few weeks.

Mbabu is a bit like Dummett and Haidara in that he tends to pick up a number of injuries.

Five of our players have hamstring injuries – and that particular injury have always been a chronic problem at Newcastle.

When Graeme Souness was the manager back from 2004-2006 he thought it was because of the makeup of the training pitches at Benton.

Kevin Mbabu, Paul Dummett, Gabby Obertan, Jack Colback and Steven Taylor have hamstring problems with Daryl Janmaat nursing a knee injury.

The hope is that Dummett, Colback and Janmaat will be fit to play against Norwich this Sunday, when we have to hope we can get out first league win of the season and only the second this year.


We have no idea why nothing seems to be done to find out why we always have so many injuries and fix those problems –  but it could be another indication of how poorly the club is being run.

Comments welcome.

Note: Hi, my name is Ben Rushton, I am 6 years old and want to raise money for the McMillan Cancer Support.

I am going to climb Mount Snowdon with my Mum, Dad and Auntie Nic and I will do my very best to get to the top while keeping everyone updated on my way up. I will be doing this on 18th October 2015 in 2 weeks time.

Please see if you can donate here to help me help other people – thanks.

Tags: Injuries · Kevin Mbabu · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 martoon // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Just watching the rugby from SJP – more excitement in the first 25 minutes than I saw all last season 😀

  • 2 martoon // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Oh! and I seemed to have killed the blog once again.

  • 3 Mag52 // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    A coach/manager, I can’t remember who it was, once said that players who play the game wholeheartedly, go in hard to their tackles and play with spirit, get injured far less frequently than those who play without that determination – rather like a number of NUFC players in recent seasons.
    Could this be why we are shipping so many injuries ?

  • 4 Average_Contents // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Hey lads n lasses

    Don’t know if anyone’s noticed but at the bottom of ed’s article there’s a piece about my little lad who’s climbing Snowdon for macmillan and it’d be great if anyone could spare some cash and make a donation for a worthwhile cause. No amount is too small.

    He decided to do it, off his own back because his school friends nan has just been diagnosed with cancer.

    Not sure if anyone will remember but I did mention on here he wasn’t very well not so long ago (fluid on his hip and had to have an operation) so it’s going to be a struggle for him plus he’s only 6 so any extra motivation would be great

    Thanks to those who have already donated.

    Thanks guys,

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    very interesting article from August this year.

    You made need to complete a 3 question survey to view it but you don’t need to enter any of your own details/sign up.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    It basically discusses the issues with premier league clubs being bought/sold and how this is less frequent these days for many reasons.

    – tighter regulations in the fit and proper person tests

    – more volatility in the world stock markets

    – owners getting abuse and not being able to live up to fan expectation

    – some owners not willing to invest in such fluid assets (ie players values can change quickly) or relegation can totally change a clubs finances

    – sanctions on Russia preventing Russian investors from wanting to spend 100+ million outside their own country, requiring permission/approval of President Putin.

    Southampton, Hull, Villa and West Brom all tried to actively sell or entered into negotiations and encountered problems.

  • 7 martoon // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Transfer @6 – This is the problem it’s all very well saying ‘Ashley Out’ but no one has shown any interest in buying the club and I’m sure we must be a better prospect than, say, WBA or Hull!

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    If Ruddy is around or reads this….be good to get his take on it. I fully approved and support of any plan to force Ashley out but it appears even those willing to sell are finding it difficult.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:29 PM


    In what way a better prospect though? I agree for an owner like Abramovich or Mansour as we already have a sufficiently big stadium and loyal fan base who buy tickets week in week out.

    However, for any other owner, one wanting to just build steadily like southampton, etc, then maybe we are no better or worse. Or not significantly better to justify what would probably be a lot higher cost for the club.

  • 10 beermonkey // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM


    shame I cant get it all I get is a form trying to flog me the paper

    I think we would have been a better prospect to sell rather than the others its not hard to max out the stadium weekly with our fan base and 52000 stadia

    up until the last few years our brand was very strong as well
    but when you see teams like Liverpool spurs west ham all moving into or redeveloping there stadiums all we are going to is fall further behind

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    I think given the nature of buyers at this present time we need a new group, pushing to work closer with the club, try to get fan representation onto the board. Probably not in a decision making role, but to voice opinions.

    We need to find a way to make Ashley change I feel. I think that is the way which is most likely to bring success. We will struggle to get him to sell then I imagine he will struggle for a buyer.

    This is a total change from what I have advocated before, but just responding to the times.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM


    Southampton are quite well places in terms of fans, infrastructure, good coach and squad.

    Everton are struggling to sell also.

    I get hull and west brom not being fantastic options.

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    I’ve just posted a copy of the article, however as it contains two links it is awaiting moderation

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    It used to be every tycoon’s dream — and as more and more money flows into the game, you might think that a top English football club would still be a highly desirable trophy.
    As the season prepares to kick off once more after Sunday’s traditional Community Shield fixture, however, this particular asset seems to have lost some of its lustre. At least five English Premier League clubs held sale negotiations over the summer, according to people involved, but not one has managed to find a buyer.

    Deals for Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Hull City and Southampton have failed to materialise despite, in some cases, prolonged bargaining.
    On paper, owning a Premier League club, even a relatively lowly one, has never been more attractive. Even before the arrival of a new £5.14bn television deal for the 2016-19 seasons, the Premier League’s smallest minnows could swim in the top six of any other league in Europe in terms of revenue, according to Deloitte, the auditors.
    “The change in club profitability in 2013-14 was more profound than anything we could have forecast,” said Dan Jones, a Deloitte partner, when the company released its annual football report. “This may move clubs from being seen as exciting and enticing trophy assets to being recognised as businesses capable of delivering consistent profits,” he added.
    But those involved in the negotiations said buyers had been put off by tighter regulations on club ownership, worries over relegation and even geopolitical problems.
    West Bromwich Albion, which at one point entered exclusive talks with one buyer, saw the deal collapse when the Chinese stock market tanked. “It was not just the equity markets that crashed, but also the debt side: the banks stopped lending and buyer could not complete,” said one person close to the negotiations.
    One attempt to sell Aston Villa, meanwhile, was scuppered by sanctions on Russia. “That [deal] came off the table in May when the sanctions over Ukraine came in,” said a person with knowledge of what happened. As Russian companies searched for capital, “no one wanted to go to Putin and say [they were] spending hundreds of millions overseas”, he added.

    Hull City was put up for sale by its owner Assem Allam last summer but has yet to attract any significant interest. “It has been a surprise because there is no external borrowing,” said a person who knows the club. “If you sold the squad and just took the relegation parachute payments, you would make a profit.”
    Southampton’s owner, Katharina Liebherr, has not tried to sell but has entertained offers that have nevertheless not led to a deal, according to two people. The club did not respond to a request for comment. Crystal Palace saw talks break down when better performance on the pitch led to a price hike.
    Bankers working on the deals for the clubs said it had been a difficult summer.
    “When you sell businesses, it tends to be to corporate buyers, or private equity or hedge funds, people who you understand. But with a football club it is Russian oligarchs, Middle Eastern or Asian buyers, or Americans. They are very different sort of people,” said one.
    “The Premier League [organisation] has made its ‘fit and proper person’ test much tighter. And they now have to approve shareholders and directors.”
    He added that many US buyers struggled with the idea that their asset could be relegated and lose the Premier League’s television payments. “The best time to sell is the end of a season when the position is clear. Otherwise you get a relegation clause and that can be a problem,” he said.
    A second banker said football clubs were difficult to value and market. “This is such an unusual business because it is a talent business but when you think about talent businesses they are often part of a conglomerate, like WPP or Vivendi, that can absorb the volatility,” he said. “These clubs are standalone and relatively small in financial terms and that is a big risk. You have to find the right sort of person.”
    He added that many trophy hunters had been put off by the vitriolic abuse that fans often hurl at their owners, especially when a club is failing to live up to expectations. “They see that and they ask, why would I want that? As for Middle Eastern buyers, they were put off by the reaction to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.”

  • 15 loonie-toon // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Big Sam named scum new manger

  • 16 beermonkey // Oct 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM


    saddest thing we are owned by a man that owns a sports retail empire
    the should go hand in hand, at one point we had a huge French contingent

    did we hold any preseason matches in france building our brand and links with clubs there
    we now have a big dutch contingent will we go there build the brand nope

    the 2 companies could do really well together I am shocked he doesn’t see it

  • 17 sparky55 // Oct 10, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Steve Mclaren!

    I said ‘No-one to coach I guess?’

    No he siad..they’re all away

    I said Howay man Steve…You’ve given me clinical depression…I’ve not been able to watch MOTD three months noe…except for the Chelsea game like…that was bit more like it

    Smiling He said…neither have I …neither have I

    Are we gonna next week I asked

    “yes we are he said emphatically”

    I said “You’ll have to drop Colo then otherwise we’ll need to score 4 to win”

    He just laughed and said ” Don’t worry…we’ll be fine”

    So there you have it lads…from the horses mouth…we’re gonna win next week and we’ll be fine!

    His wife is lovely too!

  • 18 Jib // Oct 10, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    By gum the 2 rugby matches have really chewed up the SJP pitch

  • 19 Jib // Oct 10, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    It may not have been his wife 😎

  • 20 Mag52 // Oct 10, 2015 at 4:51 PM


    Bit of a foretaste of some of those championship pitches then next season.

  • 21 Mag52 // Oct 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Meant to say Jib.

  • 22 Jib // Oct 10, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    At least you didn’t call me jobby

  • 23 Ron Knee // Oct 10, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Goal for Gini!

  • 24 Jib // Oct 10, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    There’s frost on the pitch and the players are wearing gloves !!!
    I’m not going to Kazakhstan on me holidays !

  • 25 Jib // Oct 10, 2015 at 5:52 PM

  • 26 Thump // Oct 10, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    @Sparky: Did the horse mention what the hold up is with the cart attachment?

  • 27 hibbit // Oct 10, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    sparky you been in yarm today ???

  • 28 bladeuser // Oct 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Churning up the pitch I thought it was a rugby ground as the ball is always in the air

  • 29 Jib // Oct 10, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Australia have 2 players in the sin bin and still Wales cannot score a try !!!!!!!!!!

  • 30 Ron Knee // Oct 10, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Krul off – injured!

  • 31 Thump // Oct 10, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Looked like he caught a bad whack on the knee.

    Alright, so worst case scenario time: Darlow or Elliot?

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