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It´s A Huge Opportunity For Newcastle

9:49 am, Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

We always knew it was going to be a tough start to the season because we  have played all of last season´s top four clubs in Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

And we have already played Southampton and Swansea City who finished in 7th and 8th positions  respectively last term.

Of course on the other side of that we lost both our games to West Ham and Watford far too easily.

Steve McClaren at man united

Steve McClaren – it´s been really tough

The ¨easier¨ games are coming up and Steve McClaren has talked about the first eight games this season to the Chronicle:

“Six of the teams were in the top eight. We’ve now played all the top four, so it has been really, really tough – but something you have to go through.”

“We can sometimes see light at the end of the tunnel but then it goes away. What we need is consistency. We have to build on each performance.”

McClaren keeps talking about taking two steps forward and then two steps back in games and unfortunately in our last game we took quite a number of steps in the backward direction.

We were humiliated by Manchester City 6-1 with five goals conceded in the first 18 minutes of the second half.

Whether that was just a one-off we are about to find out.

Newcastle must start to win games soon to move off the bottom of the league table.

It´s been a very long time since we were stuck at the bottom of the Premier League.

If we cannot improve we could be in big trouble again this season and it looks like the January transfer window could be another huge one for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Oct 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM


    time and time again you prove your just here to wind people up

    can you put your time to better use ?
    I hear prisons offer some great educational classes
    maybe its time for some self improvement

    it may not be prison but what ever institution your in they will give you the opportunity to help yourself

  • 2 hibbit // Oct 13, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    jib/jane/jeff what a sad little man/woman you are…………….i think the time has come for all posters on here to ignore this WUM and all his alias

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Oct 13, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Jib Jibberish (the blog pest and part-time multiple) does us all a favour and clear off – the Ladies Wrestling Forum awaits your presence.
    Man you really do need to change your game – ladies wrestling would be the first to consider and then probably netball.

  • 4 Jib // Oct 13, 2015 at 9:57 AM


  • 5 Mister Tuff // Oct 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    does = do.

  • 6 Jib // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    I’d like to paraphrase Francis Wheen in The Guardian (circa 2000)

    “Mr Tuff like all truly ludicrous figures is blissfully unaware of his own absurdity”

  • 7 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    I think when Ancelotti talks he’s got his eyes on Man Utd if Van Gaal doesn’t work out. They’ve got a run of tough fixtures coming up, personally I’m not sure they have enough to compete for the title and will probably be competing for 4th with Southampton, Liverpool and spurs. Not sure that’ll be enough for the worlds biggest income club

  • 8 Jib // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Do you not think Mourinho is on borrowed time ?

  • 9 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    bet Woodman has his eyes on the derby! Can’t remember Elliot ever playing more than 70 minutes without getting an Injury! The guy obviously doesn’t take fitness, physique, conditioning and diet seriously and it shows.
    Good opportunity for Darlow when he returns though, he’s played enough championship games. Don’t personally think he’s a top level goal keeper, but he’s around the level Harper was when he was here. Krul has been pretty poor this season anyway, especially kicking and coming for crosses

  • 10 beermonkey // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM


    he will head to Chelsea if they sack the special one
    cant see him going to man u as I don’t think they will sack lvg
    he has a proven record and I think he might win the fa cup or the league cup this season and finish top 4 that will be enough for him to spend another 100mill and get another year

  • 11 lesh // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Why does everyone have a go at Jib?

  • 12 JAMSHA // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    if MC gets Sack, Go For Carlo Ancelotti

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    I wonder if Mclaren will be tasked with getting us back in to the PL as he has plenty of Championship experience, we might finalky get to the new Wembley, yippee

  • 14 Jib // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Why does everyone have a go at Jib?

    Ha ha ha Hibbit

  • 15 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    @jib/beermonkey – not sure why but got a feeling Mourinho will get it right. I think they failed to buy the players he wanted in the summer too which might buy him some time They’ve got a decent run of games coming up which could get them some momentum.
    just something about Ancelotti and Man Utd that sounds like a good match. I don’t actually think Van Gaal is doing a great job there considering how much money he has spend

  • 16 Jan Stavik // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Why not bring in Victor Valdez and Ashley Cole for free? Our defence is shaky to say the least, and Haidara has never convinced me…

    Dummet and Mbemba should be our preferred centre pairing, and with Janmaat and Cole by their side we’d shore up!

  • 17 beermonkey // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM


    I think ur right on lvg doing a good job the cash he has spent
    but the season they dropped out the top 4 and fergie going I think a lot thought that’s it for them
    I think there having to spend a little more to bring in players and then I don’t think they are getting who they want they need to get the machine winning again and have a good run in Europe
    lvg will deliver so I cant see man u panicking just yet unless they lose there top4 spot

    I think if ancolotti had been available I think he might have got the job rather than lvg but lvg was the only one available with a winning record

  • 18 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Can you imagine Ancelotti being told what’s what by Lee Charnley? Having to play the no-hopers foisted upon him by Graham Carr? Leave off. With those buffoons running the show we might as well have the wally as manager. Peas in a pod. All bloody useless. Oblivion beckons.

  • 19 davetoon // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Cisse shouldve done that voodoo ritual for the whole team not just himself

  • 20 Ron Knee // Oct 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Don’t worry. Cissé’s back:

  • 21 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Ron Knee: “I come to bury Cisse – not to praise him”….

  • 22 optimistic prime // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM


    No I wouldnt.
    I think the whole club is rotten to the core.
    Ashley has installed a culture of just enough to get by. Pardew and other puppets where/are complicit in this.

    Until Ashley sells up and the club gets a fresh start the merry go round of lurching from one crisis to another and averting disaster by the skin of our teeth will continue year in year out.

    Piss poor from top to bottom, running of the club, fan interaction, player scouting and recruitment, training and medical care for players, etc etc.

    Can’t think of one area where the club shines or even stands shoulder to shoulder with other EPL clubs.

    The buck stops with the Parasite.
    I don’t want anything other than…

    Ashley out!

  • 23 Ron Knee // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    There’s a definite Shakespeare tinge to the blog today!

  • 24 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Ron, this club has more in common with Greek tragedy than Shakespeare.

  • 25 BandB // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.

  • 26 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Kevin Nolan apparently signing for Sunderland? What do people think? Personally I don’t begrudge Nolan taking what would probably be his last premier league contract.
    On another note I’ve no problem with Sunderland signing players that are in the twilight of their careers and weren’t really good enough a year ago…
    He was a great pro for Newcastle, really integral player in our promotion season, would hate to see him get too much abuse…
    can’t see a midfield of clattermole and Nolan keeping the mackems up though to be honest….

  • 27 Ron Knee // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Who – or what – will be Ashley’s nemesis?

  • 28 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    BandB – how apposite. Bravo.

  • 29 toonking // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    put it just like i would.

  • 30 beermonkey // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:16 AM


    nolans a good motivator on the pitch as a last 20min sub to see out a game and even if there chasing a draw or a win its not a bad shout bringing him in

    not sure sam will be able to turn them around though advocate tried to get them well drilled but to many individual errors all over for them

  • 31 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    “out damned Ashley, I say”

  • 32 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Just a note on Cisse and his voodoo, because it’s particularly annoyed me. He disrupted our season last year refusing to wear Wonga on his shirt because he is a muslim… (finally relenting when it turned out he was a regular at a casino)
    Well I’m pretty sure voodoo, magic and anything else other worldly and supernatural are really really high up on the forbidden list in Islam… so for him and tiote to be visiting witch doctors and practising voodoo smacks of hypocrisy. Rather than running round west Africa playing harry potter, about running around Benton a few extra times and working on your technical ability?

  • 33 Jib // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Nolan and Allardyce have the same agent.
    Kevin has followed Big Sam round the country.

    Andy Carroll has the same agent – He couldn’t could he ?
    Nah – AC at the scum !
    Unthinkable !

  • 34 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    @beermonkey – apparently the culture and dressing room at sunderland is shocking! If anyones going to take them down I’d love it to be Allardyce! I think they’ll go too! Reckon Bournemouth will sink like a stone, lost some huge players and they didn’t have a huge squad, a lot relied on the young striker.
    Villa, like Sunderland have played too close to the edge too many times. Lost their best 2 players in benteke and delph and replaced them with Ligue 1 players that are better athletically than they are technically.
    If any these 3 clubs finish with more points than Newcastle with the squad we have, we deserve to drop!

  • 35 optimistic prime // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Hope is for losers!

  • 36 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    @Jib – I don’t think Carroll would do it. Nolan is a scouser who lives in Essex and will probably retire to spain. Carroll is a Geordie who spends as much time in Newcastle as he does in London. Has a big Geordie family too. I think the aggro for Carroll to move to sunderland would be too much whereas Nolan would be less in a position to be in the firing line.
    Don’t think Allardyce would take another chance on carroll either as he put all his eggs in the carroll basket a while back and he was injured for pretty much 2 years on and off after making fat sam look stupid for putting his faith into him. Lot of talk Allardyce staked his reputation on carroll when convincing gold and Sullivan to buy him and carroll completely let him down

  • 37 beermonkey // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM


    as long as we beat them this time round

  • 38 Jib // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    You mean Nolan won’t retire to the Dingle !!!!!!

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    I think it’s been well documented that friend Jib is a man with issues. I think armed with that knowledge it’s difficult to really take any offence.

  • 40 toonking // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    These 6 games might have looked easy on paper pre season but only 2 seem easy now

    norwich (H) W -not the most attacking team to fear. Now we’ve got mitrcovic and play 4-4-2 the defence may be broken down more easily providing space for someone to score.

    scums (A) W – when you’ve got players with a attitude like ours this will be just a plain ordinary game. Red cards are common in these and mitrovic could be a high risk red card himself.

    Stoke (H) W- last year i might have put this down as a draw but stoke aren’t doing as well themselves

    november I see 0 points

    boernmouth (A) L- at home we might have got a draw maybe a win but away i think boernmouth will play a very attacking game whilst we’ll be sitting back

    leister (H) L based on current form this is a team nobody will be keen to face, had it been played in the second half of season we could have won but at the minute they’re packed with energy whilst we’re bunched with slow coaches

    Palace (A) L- again a team which currently playing way over the odds and like leister these too have got the advantage of pace

  • 41 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Oh I can see Carroll signing for the Mackems.
    Ain’t coming to the TOON but still has his house up here so can easily see it

  • 42 BandB // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:44 AM


    The sentiment is ambivalent and the meaning ambiguous.
    Is he saying “where all else fails, there’s always hope?”
    Or “The helpless resort to hoping?”

  • 43 Munster Mag // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Given that Sunderland wont be going down now that they have a proper manager , the pressure increases on us, because another club wont be buffering us from relegation. So if we go down, as we probably will unless we get at least two fighters into the team, will Ashley leave ?/ And if we dont go down, who would take over from Ashley? I could understand the Ashley Out mentality if you were running a different campaign – eg a fan takeover, or promoting some other buyer, but you are not. I dont blame anyone for wanting Fats out, and i would be thrilled ( assuming we dont get the Venkeys ) but only if we got a proper owner. At the moment, there are no takers, so Ashley Out is a token gesture. I think we are better off trying to change how the club is run – eg scouting , than shouting Ashley Out to each other. Not that that will stop anyone shouting Ashlkey Out here. You might as well be talking to yourselves fellas.

  • 44 optimistic prime // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:48 AM


    I’d say the latter.

  • 45 Jib // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Well said Munster.

    I hope you don’t mind being supported by the blog hate figure (every blog needs one you know)

    In other news

    Why oh why could this not have occurred a fortnight ago ?

    Kun out for a month minimum !!!!

  • 46 BandB // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Hoping, or suggesting there is no alternative……

  • 47 optimistic prime // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Yet there a few who are truly helpless.

  • 48 Munster Mag // Oct 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Toonking, i dont think we will get a win at Sunderland. Draw at best. I think we will beat Norwich, draw with makems and win v stoke. So that will sane SMC. But after that its serious problems again as you have suggested.

  • 49 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Predicting the TOON results – who knows –
    Could easily win the next six games
    Could easily loose the next six

    Depends which Newcastle United turns up !!!
    First half at Man City
    Second half Man City

    that’s supporting the TOON


  • 50 Graeme // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Jay @ 32 – Tribal culture comes way before religion in West Africa mate.

  • 51 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    @Graeme – must admit as far as Africa goes my knowledge is limited to the south

  • 52 Graeme // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Jay – I have had the joy of living in Nigeria for 6 years – and loved every minute of it. Now working on Projects for Ghana and Ivory Coast and looking forward to being back out there in the New Year!!

  • 53 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    @Graeme – heard some great things about living in Ghana!
    Must admit, my previous business experience of working with Nigerian origin companies hasn’t been all that positive but that aside I don’t know too much about that part of the world!

  • 54 beermonkey // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:35 PM


    you didn’t get an email from the prince of Nigeria and loan him some cash,

  • 55 martoon // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Looks like we will profit from Krul’s injury
    Typical Mirror inaccuracy though in the last sentence – no mention that Darlow is now injured, no mention Darlow was on the bench until he was injured and no mention of recalling Woodman from his loan!

  • 56 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    @beermonkey- nah mate, to be honest my legal team is too busy dealing with a lagos based lawyer who’s client had the same name as me but died with millions in the bank. Sounds promising though 🙂

  • 57 BandB // Oct 13, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    I notice 72 per cent in the Chronicle poll attached to Martoon’s piece think we’ll be relegated.
    I thought this blog and its usual suspects was the last refuge of “neggers” in the whole wide world?

  • 58 mindshaft // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    @Jay – what an unfortunate family, think I have an email from his brothers lawyers after he died in a plane accident shortly after his last known relative died.. what a shame, luckily he also has millions in the bank. Lawyer picked me because I am trustworthy and he knows I will benefit mankind with the money – happy days

  • 59 beermonkey // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    band b

    what do you reckon glug glug and down or will survive

  • 60 BandB // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:26 PM


    I don’t know.
    My point has been that we need to start winning regularly now to have a chance of staying up.
    We can’t give the league eight games and five points head start, and we haven’t got all season to get it right, as some people seem to think.
    And nor can we assume we can just buy our way out of trouble in January.
    The January Panic buy of two years ago took us from averaging a point a game to averaging around 1.2 points a game, while we dropped a position in the league, from 15th to 16th.

  • 61 LGFUAD21 // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Ancelotti would walk into any vacant top 4 job.

    He’s had an incredible career that often isn’t talked about as much as his contemporaries.

    I hope we can turn this around now we have the horrid start out of the way. My worry now as it was back the. Is whether the start had demoralised us. Had we scraped a draw from city I think you could look back and go 3 points for the top 4 not bad given our end to last season.

    Big game this weekend. Probably a 12 pointer.

  • 62 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    to be fair, it’s not a forgone conclusion that we could attract the level of talent to keep us up in January if we are adrift in the premier league.
    Think Paul Dummett coming back will help, he’s a better left back than Haidara and gives us some aerial defence.
    One of the biggest problems is Coloccini, pretty sure stats have him as the 2nd worse defender in the league over the 8 games? Can’t see him being dropped or replaced whilst he’s captain on 80k a week. For me, a fit steven taylor offers more

  • 63 beermonkey // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    b and b

    I think the next few games are crucial not only winning but putting in a consistent 90 mins

    I don’t think we will be able to buy our way out off trouble I don’t think we will get the players needed

    losing players like krul for the season wont help the cause

  • 64 LGFUAD21 // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Despite Sam being a capable manager. I can’t see anything keeping Sunderland up. Their squad just doesn’t care. It’s worse than ours.

    Often we say “there’s probably 3 worse teams”. Not this year. Only one and that’s Sunderland who will still stank us knowing our luck.

    Statistics suggest a change in manager more often than not improves results for a short period. I wonder if short knows this as they seem to change manager right before the Derby every year

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    My mate put a grand on 3-1 at the start of the season for top ten and after that Soton display there seemed to be real optimism and 3-1 seemed a steal, didn’t take long for them to realise what Churnas and Co were all about.

  • 66 jimmysmith // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    There will surely be three worse teams than us over the course of season. We’d be a laughing stock of epic proportions if we went down having spent what would surely be up around seventy to eighty million by then, and with our stadium and support. McClaren, Carr and Charnley should never work in football again, and the owner gone into hiding. It would be far worse than going down last year would have been, with all that money in the hole, and Ashley scratching around and holed up for God knows how long unable to let it go. Really if a club this size, with this much financial clout, and with so much money all of a sudden in the offing, relegation would require absurd levels of mismanagement.

  • 67 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    @LGFAUD – reckon Villas squad might be worse! Unfortunately for them, with the long term injuries to key players, I’m not sure what’s left of Bournemouths side will be enough for them to stay up.
    Promoted sides always seem to start well and fast, and plummet like stones after christimas, pretty sure no season has ever gone without 1 at least, promoted teams going back down, reckon this year will be no different. Can see Watford staying up but can see Norwich dropping into it as the season goes on too

  • 68 jayphoto // Oct 13, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    not to mention, West Brom look pretty poor this season also.
    Gonna put it out there that I expect us to finish above
    Bournemouth, Norwich, Sunderland, Villa, West Brom and Watford. We’ll probably finish about 12th-15th.

  • 69 Graeme // Oct 13, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    @ Jay – most of what you hear is unfortunately not far off the mark. My company did work for a Government Hospital in 2013 and I’m still fighting for payment. They owe me £135,000.

    Ivory Coast and Ghana are a different ball game, but it is being set up so that the bulk of my payments are made “Up-front” – much better for me!!

  • 70 Jail for Ashley // Oct 13, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    You really think so, if that’s the case then these two games are the biggest of the season, if we win those two it will give us belief that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we can beat the poorer teams, lose them and I don’t think the perennial shirks have the mentality to see us through.

  • 71 Graeme // Oct 13, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Jail, that light you see is an 80 wagon coal train coming at you at 50mph
    and its brakes aint that good!!!

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