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Newcastle’s Situation A Big Test For Upper Management

12:56 pm, Sunday, November 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

It’s hard to think we could be in any worse shape than Newcastle are right now in 19th place in the league table above only Aston Villa.

We have 10 points from 14 games and Aston Villa have only 5 points in bottom place, but both Sunderland and Bournemouth moved above us in the league yesterday.

The question now is what will Newcastle do if anything to try to correct the situation before the end of the year, and that’s especially true if we get nothing from our nest two games against in-form Liverpool and Tottenham.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

If we keep losing games then the question Lee Charnley and company (namely owner Mike Ashley) will face is whether to replace Steve McClaren as the head coach or stick with him at least through the January transfer window.

New players will be drafted in to try to save our Premier League status but who they will be we don’t know.

They should be players who can make an immediate impact, but that may also go against Newcastle’s  transfer policy which is to bring in younger less experienced players who cost less.

To replace McClaren would be an admission that Charnley made another mistake in the summer in appointing the former Derby County manager as the head coach when other good managers were available.

So we don’t expect Newcastle to do much in the next few weeks and they will try to weather the storm and just hope for the best.

That’s essentially what they did when John Carver was losing eight games in a row, but then there’s a problem doing nothing because it never fixes the root problem which only seems to get worse.

If we want to save ourselves and Newcastle continue to lose games Charnley and company cannot wait too long – but don’t expect any decisive moves to come from Newcastle anytime soon.

We probably wont even hear from Lee Charnley in what has to be a crisis situation at Newcastle United.

Unless we lose our next three or four games  we don’t expect Newcastle to do anything about the current situation.

They’ll be hoping things get better.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 29, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    “New players will be drafted in to try to save our Premier League status but who they will be we don’t know.”

    You sure about that Ed?

  • 2 John Tudor // Nov 29, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    loss yer shirt ya fat greedy bathtub

  • 3 hibbitt // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    reilly…..were did you get that number from ??

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Where did you pull this from Ed?

    Charnley and company, namely Mike Ashley?

    Mike Ashley made it explicitly clear he would be involved in none of the footballing decisions whatsoever and he’d appointed apparent football people to make any football related decisions

    Therefore Ed, the decisions in the future of those failing will be made by the board
    Those failing the club at the moment are:
    Graham Carr with his scouting and recruitment policy
    Lee Charnley with his decision making on management appointments
    Steve McClaren with his pitiful running of first team affairs

    So a decision needs to be in the future of these failures, a decision by the board, the board that is made up of Charnley, Carr, McClaren…….oh and Moncur
    F*****g Canny that is

    Oh and Ed, we will bring players in?
    Squads full fella, need to sell some players first mate, you think Charnley can organise and execute those deals quickly enough to bring in reinforcements?
    No f*****g chance

    Absolute joke of a club, were worse than the Mackems, at least they provide some twists and turns in their relegation runs, we’ve simply joined Aston Villa in the company of being completely and utterly pointless, were offer nout to the league and fully deserve to drop out of it

    Gutless Pointless Devoid of passion ……that’s just our captain

  • 5 Essex Geordie Bill // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Just wanted to repost one sentence from my previous comment on the last thread.

    “Someone has to make some hard decisions at the top cos it just ain’t working at the moment and the transfer window won’t save us, not even if we swapped squads with Barcelona!!”

  • 6 reilly // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    hibbitt,its all over twitter theres a few pics aswel

  • 7 NezzaNUFC // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Seems funny how a few games ago McClaren had Newcastle organised and playing well ( If not better )

    We passed the ball around, kept possession, threatening in attack, we were becoming a football team and the players even felt comfortable with this method.

    But now though everything seems to have washed away in a blink of an eye.

    Yes I never wanted McClaren here in the first place but I was finding his style quite relieving and I can honestly say I was enjoying this display even though we weren’t getting the results and most on here said the same about the style we played.

    So how come it’s all changed?

    For me I think Sparky could be right about players knowing they are leaving in January, because you can’t just have a nice style display suddenly falter after weeks training for this style?

    Where’s Mitrovic passion lately? he didn’t want to be involved in the game same with against Bournemouth and Leicester.

    Out of all the players in recent games Colback and Perez seem to be the only players who actually care for this club whilst others see it as a pay day only, Anita also I think he cares but being played as a DM is not his style so no wonder he’s dropped in performance, at the start McC had him as a deep playmaker which he looked good if not very good.

  • 8 lesh // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    I’ve concluded that when Charnley recruited McClaren and retained Carver, his brief was to recruit an HC that would do nothing more than maintain the Club’s Prem status – not win things, not be successful!

    Working that way, Ashley retains the Club as the equivalent of his SD outlets, the shelves on which to stack the items on sale – the players.

    However, where that’s fallen flat is that the players Carr’s bought aren’t the type of players who’ll thrive in the Prem.

    In other words, Ashley’s Chief Buyer’s been getting it wrong and providing players who may be talented in their own right, but need a healthy and ambitious environment to do themselves justice.

    Carr’s got it wrong as has Charnley for being in a post of MD when he’s clearly not up to it.

    However, whining apart, we need to avoid relegation and thereafter, hope that Ashley sees some sense and installs some senior management that’s ambitious to succeed in the game of football rather than being focussed solely on profit – as it is now.

  • 9 John Tudor // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    twatter ehh

  • 10 Ron Knee // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:14 PM


    Have we got any names?

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    It’s embarrassingly true…

    7 players turned for some light training and judging by the pictures they put as much effort in there as they did yesterday

    It was either little more than a cheap PR stunt to show “we’re not taking this lightly” and can some “not good enough, 25 cup finals, fans deserve better” sound bytes, or, more worryingly, not one player has the smallest bit of respect for the increasingly clueless and babbling imbecile of a manager

  • 12 John Tudor // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    stay away or voice a vociferous protest

  • 13 Thump // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    @hibbit: Here you go, mate.

  • 14 damma99 // Nov 29, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    They will still be 50,000 sheep there next week. Don’t bloody gooooooooooooooooo.

  • 15 toonluvva // Nov 29, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Einstein described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again whilst expecting a different result.

    This January transfer window we will have the same person recruiting the same sort of players, the cheques being signed by the same MD and the whole lot being coached by the same man.

    Nothing will change, except our league status, until there is a root and branch change. That will not happen. Mr Ashley may well invest heavily in an attempt to preserve his shop window for SD, all to no avail.

    I’m sorry to say the writings on the wall. And it says in RELEGATION.

  • 16 chuck // Nov 29, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    I guess it’s all been said, McClaren is another bust not unlike Carver.
    Who really picked him, Penfold ?
    Penfold only does what he’s told by Ashley.
    Who then informs Ashley ?
    Carr of course.
    Who picks the players ?
    Carr of course.
    Whats the role of McClaren ?
    Win games with a side he had had no say in buying.
    Should we keep him, it may embarrass Ashley and cost him money, so that’s not gonna happen (soon)
    Can we avoid relegation?
    May already be too late.
    What can we expect then?
    Ashley to throw money at the problem (buy a bunch of players that they will tell you was part of he rebuilding plan) in order to be benefit from the PL revenues.
    Can they do it, maybe, maybe not, first get rid of Carr, then Penfold and McClaren, they are all second raters, but come cheap.
    What to do ?
    Stop going to the games, should get Ashleys attention,
    but it wont matter anyway, he will run the club however he thinks fit.
    So get ready for Notts Forest, Leeds and Fulham in your immediate future.

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