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Alarm Bells Should Be Going Off Loud And Clear At Newcastle

8:33 am, Sunday, November 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

It´s difficult to know what happens to Newcastle now after two pitiful performances where we have looked so frail that it seems almost a certainty that if we don´t improve soon we could end up being relegated this season – and that´s the complete nightmare scenario for a still proud Newcastle United club.

And by the end of this year we could be locked into being bottom or second bottom of the league since there are some tough games coming up against Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal in the next six games.

steve mcclaren afetr palace game

Steve McClaren after the game yesterday

The players looked hopeless yesterday and they must take a lot of the responsibility for where we are, but so does Steve McClaren and good coaches can get the best out of the players they have.

That´s their job.

Look at the way Sir Bobby Robson came in during September of 1999 and took over a team that were simply hopeless, second bottom of the league and completely gutted and lacking in confidence.

And in only his second game in charge we won 8-0 at home and the players played out of their skins with a previously off-form Shearer scoring five goals – so good coaches can inspire players to play well.

Jurgen Klopp has some Liverpool players playing out of their skins for him at the moment after just over seven weeks in charge.

Bobby Robson did that at Ipswich for 13 years and look at the way Sam Allardyce has started to get Sunderland playing well in defense – with two clean sheets this week and 6 points and they have doubled their points total since last Monday.

So yes we don´t have a strong squad but it was worse than this a year ago when somehow Alan Pardew got five league wins in a row after a very dodgy start to the season and since then Newcastle have spent £53M in the summer transfer market.

So we don´t think things are past redemption.

But there have to be growing questions about whether Steve McClaren is the right man for this job.

We were shocked he was appointed in the first place just a couple of weeks after he was fired by Derby County – when there were plenty of other good managers available.

But we were also willing for him to be successful at Newcastle and still are.

But he must get a turnaround going at Newcastle very soon otherwise we could be in a deep hole after our game at Arsenal on January 2nd.

The more games we lose the deeper the hole we are digging for ourselves and we have already lost eight of the first fourteen league games.

And the recruitment in January will be that much harder with Newcastle being so low down in the league and staring another relegation in the face.

It´s certainly not a good situation at Newcastle after another embarrassing debacle yesterday.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Nov 29, 2015 at 8:37 AM


    Morning jesper

    It’s a puzzle to many of us how a supposedly rational man like Ashley can continue with an incompetent like Charnley.

    The difference from last year is that our nosedive has started early. Perhaps even a gambler like the parasite will decide to act now before it’s too late.

  • 2 Douglas // Nov 29, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    The problem is Ashley

  • 3 sparky55 // Nov 29, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Charley doesn’t determine the players to be be recruited…he couldn’t even pick Ronaldo out of a 2 man line-up even if the other guy was african.

    All Charnley does is negotiate the deal from those that have agents who are prepared to talk to newcastle. Nothing more…nothing less…and he’s not very good at that either.

    Carr is the yes man working with the idiotic remit to find young foreign talent with potential that can produce good profit in a couple years time.

    That’s the problem right there…the fat controller came up with the floored strategy and it’s Carr’s and Charnleys job to deliver.

    What they didn’t realise was that without also blending the floored strategy with buying proven premiership players that they’d never really make a profit on but would help keep the ship steady and maintain a good solid platform, the team would be left with no premiership experienced players, no fighters, no characters and no steadying influences.

    Hence the mess we’re in with 11mostly foreign headless chickens

    We have a floored owner trying to implement a floored strategy managed by incompetents.

    No wonder it’s all gone pear shaped.

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 29, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    What the Fu**’s the use in extra training going to make a iota of difference on the pitch when you don’t play as a team, cannot be bothered to close players down.
    Shearer’s right – got a clueless one dimensional manager
    Carr should call it a day along with Charmless
    What the hell does Moncur do at the TOON too!!

    Me – Shearer cares – pay him what he wants and bring him as the second in command under Ashley and give him a free hand in choosing manager/scouting team and oversee transfers

  • 5 geordie1892 // Nov 29, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    The players don’t give a f**k. This is a direct consequence of selling the club to potential recruits as a stepping stone. We have a squad of individuals all playing for themselves, all looking at the next move. No passion for NUFC.

    What we need in January is some older heads, experienced pros looking for the club to finish their careers with. Players who don’t care about the next move but want to have success at this club, the last chance. Sadly this won’t happen as these player usually want relatively high wages and offer no sell on value.

    What I can’t understand, is how the men at the top fail to see the blindingly obvious plight at the club. All these future ‘stars’ we purchase are losing any resale value the once had by playing in a bottom of the table losing team.

    Until we change our recruitment strategy we will continue in this way season after season, year after year. I am totally indifferent now as to whether we go down or survive, until failures are admitted and a major restructure is implemented, the cycle will never change.

    One final comment, the noise at Selhurst yesterday reminded me what SJP used to be like, does anybody else remember those days? The noise, the passion, the reputation we had for making it difficult for teams to come to SJP? *Sigh* What had happened to our club?

  • 6 Grafton83 // Nov 29, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    The MAIN problem of MANY, is Carr. He signs all the players and it was McClown was HIS choice. He really pushed hard to get him here, it’s why Vieira was never even considered.

    Carr is also responsible for the entire make up of the squad as it is which is woeful.

    I really think this is the first problem that needs to be fixed.
    Carr out followed my McClaren, new manager, new budget, new players no more stupid young european transfer policy.

  • 7 geordie1892 // Nov 29, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Carr is definitely a major part of the problem. In what other club does a SCOUT decide what players are bought and (probably) sold? Major restructure needed.

  • 8 Ron Knee // Nov 29, 2015 at 9:04 AM


    I wouldn’t say Carr was the main problem, but he’s certainly one of the many we have. For example, why did he continue to pursue Thauvin when the Frenchman had just had a very poor season in Ligue 1?

  • 9 goalseeker // Nov 29, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Newcastle players just wanted too long on the ball when they had it they allowed Palace to outclass them in every department. The whole team lack confidence. Why McLaren did not make a call to Big Sam and follow his tactics for handling Palace I will never know. I am not a coach but if a local team play well against a team I am playing next I would invite their coach for at least a cup of coffee. As we are we will be relegated with Villa this season 30 points needed from 25 games I can recall McClaren telling us not to panic when we needed 30 points from 30 games. The task is almost impossible. Bringing the team in for an extra day training is no good it is motivating them to play football when they cross that white line that is needed.

  • 10 The overrated Frenchman // Nov 29, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Agreed Grafton, Carr is a huge problem. It irks me when I read comments that he’s only following “company policy” with the players he recommends. Look at the money down the drain on Cabella, Riviere and Thauvin. Don’t tell me someone who really knew their job couldn’t have advised putting that money to better use. Of course, conspiracy theorists might have an opinion on that too, but I’m not one of those…

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