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It´s Time We Heard From Newcastle´s Top Leadership

10:08 am, Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

When in any business a company is in crisis then it’s up to the executives at the top of the business to get involved with whatever the problems are and show some leadership.

Basically,  that´s why they get the big bucks because when you are at the top you are basically responsible for it all.

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Fans need to hear from one of these or both of them

But in this crisis currently at Newcastle – or last season when we had lost eight games in a row did we hear for example from Lee Charnley.

Not a squeak.

Maybe Lee was just hoping things would right themselves and we´d be OK – but it was through nothing he did that we survived – he did nothing – absolutely nothing at all.

We are lacking leadership on the field and at all levels of the club and we need to hear from somebody up there – like Lee Charnley – the top executive who runs the club on a day-to-day basis for owner Mike Ashley.

That´s his job and the sooner he does something and communicates  and ends the silence at the club – the better it will be.

It´s no good just hiding out when things are going pear-shaped – that´s when top execs need to get involved and it starts by communicating.

Here´s what pundit Charlie Nicholas – the former Celtic and Arsenal striker – told Sky Sports – he was initially  asked if he thought manager Steve McClaren could survive:

“I don’t think he can,”  “I don’t think Steve McClaren can do any more than what he tried this week.”

“He tried to get physical and aggressive with them, he gets a quick response because they go 1-0 up, and then they completely cave in.”

“And I just think that sometimes, the people at the club, that identify as the decision makers, need to put out an issue to try and show some leadership.”

“If you don’t have it on the pitch, and if you can’t rely on your manager to find a solution, somebody at the club has to show leadership.”

Well said Charlie.

Comments welcome.

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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kimbo // Dec 2, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    When a customer is sold a product wrongly then take it back and ask for a refund. The supporters keep accepting this product that is wrong but still turn up. So this leads to what happens next, either boycott the next game or put up and shut up and accept that we will be relegated. The power is in the supporters hands to get the media talking about something different apart from our rubbish team`s poor performances.

  • 2 kimbo // Dec 2, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Sort out the centre of midfield, playing Anita is a complete waste of time.

  • 3 optimistic prime // Dec 2, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Top leadership and NUFC

    Eds psssssed

  • 4 optimistic prime // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Strange but true, really makes me wonder wtf they’re upto at the club.

  • 5 stuart no9 // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    a message to all nufc fans who still attend games. the whole lot of you want to grow a pair and stop being so pathetic .Your the main reason why we are in this mess . yes you , if you lot had stayed away when you shoud have years ago , this wouldnt be happening coz fatty would have sold up and f”/ed off .
    This” have to support the team” rubbish dosnt work , are you that brainless to see that.?? if it did work we would be top of the league now . Fans like you make my teeth itch , you are not fans at all , you are pathetic selfish creatures who dont give one f”k for this club as long as you have a pathetic nice afternoon out with youyr mates and give the fat b”’ard all your money .

    Get a f”ing life do something else on match days – if you can think of anything that is . your support is ruining this club . NUFC dont need supporters like you. your support is taking us down to the championship . Well done . i hope you are proud of your pathetic selfs. thats my rant over and i dont give a fu”ing toss what you think.

  • 6 toon kk // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Pardew he actually did a great job with the useless squad he had. Strange how Pards took the rap for a poor squad that so many thought were capable of being in the top eight, proofing most fans know more than MA.

  • 7 AncientC // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    They will be working on the Janmaat to Cisse routine all week with some extra defensive training.

    Liverpool can be very sloppy in front of goal, but will create 4x more chances than we do, with ease on a bad day.

    It will be interesting to see how many turn up. Nothing officially organised, yet lots talking about not going. I think most have had enough and there could be a surprise low turn out.

  • 8 Lindisfarne // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Why are we always going round in circles?
    The same old problems seem to repeated creating greater frustration and divergence. Ignoring the past in favour of looking forwards has an element of arrogance and an ignorance of learning lessons.

    Where is the logical direction of development?
    Whatever the qualities of Schtevie he has attempted to implement a route forward. However he seems to have been ham strung by decisilns made above his position and there detrimental need for patience due to their own inabilities.

    How is relegation going to be avoided?
    Schtevies experience tells him that the principles of playing that he is promoting will become successful, which may be true but does not necessarily reflect on the qualities of the players available. It would seem that a more practical approach is required but do the players have the quality to perform in cohesion.

    Is he forced to use certain players despite results?
    This question is born from the general frustration fans are feeling who see players continuously making mistakes and continuing to be picked in the starting line up. Or is there another reason or belief that the Head Coach has in his players.

  • 9 toon kk // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Tbh the way the club is run, the pathetic squad and I have to mention 50,000 sheep happily paying too watch dross, the sooner we’re relegated the better. We clearly don’t belong in the premier league, once we’re down I can’t see us winning promotion for many years but at least we’ll see a more competitive game in the championship.

  • 10 BandB // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    There’s an old adage that if you have nothing good to say, say nothing.
    Charnley has nothing to say, part from a restatement of old policies.
    Anything he could say now would sound just exactly like why was said and not said at the fans’ forum. Business as usual.

    Charley wasn’t put there to explain.

    Pardew, who had to do press conferences, was a sitting duck for questions about club policies.
    Asked about Cabaye’s future for example, he could either lie, or say that everyone had a price on their head. So that’s what he said, and off course it made him look like he was comfortable with his star player being sold, and that he didn’t share the fans’ ambitions.
    Even such a skilled manipulator as himself struggled not to look slippery, and it was the “puppet” jibe that hurt him most of all with the fans.

    Charnley can hide in his office and say nothing. Apart from the low priority football bit (and no need to panic there), he’s hitting all his targets.

    McClaren meanwhile, was employed on the understanding that discussing club policy was beyond his remit.

  • 11 BandB // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Remember also that Charnley continued to emit business as usual messages right into April last season. And then Bishop took the reins.

  • 12 toontaff2 // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    It’s Stella Artois over the fat bloke and the clowns masquerading as Toon players!
    If no TV coverage at the pub, radio Newcastle with a few cans!

  • 13 robertsleftfoot // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Well it will never change with people turning up each week.

    Lots of the ‘Fans’ turn up each week so they get an afternoon out on the drink with their mates and have a laugh but if they havent got the excuse to go to the match their lass may not want them to have a day out.

    You the know whipped types I am on about

  • 14 toontaff2 // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    2 years back in he PL, after a great time in the Championship season and many years as a ST holder and I got sickened so much I dreaded match day!

  • 15 mindshaft // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    What has Ed done to this site – it’s basically unusable from an iphone with about 50 redirects to adverts

    I know he needs revenue to keep the thing going but that is just taking the proverbial

  • 16 BandB // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    There’s some misunderstanding about boycotting.

    I’m not on strike. I’m not withholding my matchday support on the basis that if they don’t give in, I’ll just have to slink back.

    That’s the problem with boycotts, organised ones in particular. The club thinks: “let them make their point, they’ll be back.”

    For me it is like calling time on a utilities company that has introduced a lot of sh*tty policies designed to improve its profits by cutting corners and reducing service.

    I can’t live without gas and electricity. But I sure as hell can live without paying through the nose to watch a travesty of a football club take the p*ss out of me.

    Some will say “ah, but football is a religion to any true fan.”

    It’s self-mythologising crap.

    You don’t necessarily stop believing because you stop going to church.

  • 17 toontaff2 // Dec 2, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Surely going shopping with the wife is preferable to going to watch us getting stuffed by scousers in a stadium whose atmosphere is now resembling a morgue? At least 10 pints of Stella is better than a match day ticket, similar price, but the football is soon forgotten.

  • 18 jayphoto // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    If we lose the next 3 McClaren will walk himself.
    Problem is we don’t have the personnel available to sit deep and grind it out but the team isnt being set up to attack and dominate.
    Just a note to those who say Garde hasn’t done anything at Villa. The brother in law is a season ticket holder in the Holte end, reckons he’s actual changed alot and there effort has been ramped up 100% the problem is now quality whereas before it was quality and effort.
    Spurs and Liverpool under their current managers are everything I dream of newcastle achieving. Spurs in particular – good football, young improving team, huge energy. They’ve spent alot but their core is young, cheap and english and developed at the club

  • 19 John Tudor // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    well whats happening in the fairytale /nightmare world of ashley baggins

  • 20 AncientC // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Day 3131 of Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle.

    The owner is still a Shylock – nothing has changed yet.

  • 21 Jib // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth Valley has just made a complete tit of himself in PMQ’s discussing the bombing in Syria.

  • 22 John Tudor // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    stay off the blog politic

  • 23 John Tudor // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    ronnie who?

  • 24 Average_Contents // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    It’s time we had a fcuking team to be proud of more like.

    As someone said earlier (BandB I think)

    Penfold won’t say diddly squat and even if the no necked waste of spunk did decide to pop his moon head over the parapet, it’d be business as usual. As usual.

    Fat slug ooot!

  • 25 Mister Tuff // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Jib – buy a bra – it should support you both.

  • 26 Average_Contents // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Jeffrey from rainbow yesterday saying keep politics off the blog (not that the discussions it was moaning about were political anyway).

    The day after the creep brings up politics.

    You couldn’t make it up.

    Knobend of the highest order.

    As tsunki says “keep pushing that boulder”


  • 27 manxpie // Dec 2, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Bloody hell the neville brothers at valencia! !

  • 28 Average_Contents // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:05 PM


    Wonders never cease.

    I reckon Gary is pretty clued up though tbh.

    On the other hand, Phil sounds thick as pig sh!t lol

  • 29 Lindisfarne // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    What is the Spanish translation of “from me to you”?

  • 30 manxpie // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Yeah lol I can actually see Gary doing well but didn’t expect it there like
    lindi jib will let ya know in a bit I’m sure

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    De mio a tu

  • 32 nut meg // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    de mi a usted

  • 33 manxpie // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Ah jib will be gutted probably not even Googled as well!

  • 34 John Tudor // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    a name change from him is in the offing

  • 35 nightfa11 // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Its funny how the board is talking how theyre buying leaders yet..We still dont have one..

    Anyway.. As for transfers.. People here say who we should sign etc.. Do you really think players with ambitions will want to join us? Every player..since they come here..has gone backwards.. Only players we can attract now are mercinaries.. To sum up..we’re f*****..

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:34 PM


    Just got back from Valencia and they couldn’t believe Phil Neville had got the gig!!! But the pair off them together could be an inspired choice. The guy who got sacked had a great season previously with our very own Ian Cathro at the Mestalla.

    Maybe they could use me and Jail as interpreters!!

  • 37 firebug666 // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    I didn’t think it was possible for a club like ours to go so far backwards, This club as it stands is not even ready for the championship, League 1 standard is the best we can hope for.

    I can just see all the players looking for a January move saying to their agents, “Any team…Just not Newcastle United”.

    However it seems we buy all our players from just one agent, so maybe the others just don’t want anything to do with Ashley and Co.

    Or maybe they were phucked of because their fees were too high.

  • 38 manxpie // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Aye rotonda could be fun to watch especially there mancunian attempts at Spanish in interviews
    get ya CV’s in they’re obviously hiring left field at the moment ya might have a chance

  • 39 Jib // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Mr Tuff
    I was just thinking about Pardew and you.
    If ever a man had a right to mock, scoff and crow , it was him this weekend after all the shit he’s taken from the likes of you.

    However his reaction was quite classy with no trace of gloating.

    Now there’s a word incapable of association with you .
    Anyone less classy than Mr Tuff would be hard to find.


    I found True Geordie’s reaction distateful and unsporting in the extreme , he is starting to get really tedious and putting Geordies to shame worldwide.

  • 40 firebug666 // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Here’s a result of a poll in The Mag.

    ‘I would drop Coloccini and play Williamson against Liverpool on Sunday’ – 89%

    ‘I would keep Coloccini in the team to face Liverpool on Sunday’ – 11%

  • 41 Roosta // Dec 2, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Williamson being brought back shows no faith at all in our squad, at this moment in time my beloved club sicken the back teeth out of me.

  • 42 John Tudor // Dec 2, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    i think you give yourself a bad name job

  • 43 John Tudor // Dec 2, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    the jib test

  • 44 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 2, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    At least Williamson will give 100% and I would rather watch that than watch Colo shirk challenges and dive out of the way of shots he has actually started to effect Dummett who is a local lad who used to fly into tackles now he is getting out of the road of shots as well !!!?

    Soft as shite the lot of them I am really worried about this weekend especially if Liverpool get an early goal embarrassed in front of millions of viewers on Sky AGAIN!! THANKS ASHLEY YOU BELL END !!

  • 45 lesh // Dec 2, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    A couple of questions for the next Fan Forum and for Charnley as MD in particular – if he has the balls to turn up:

    ‘What action are you taking as the Club’s MD, to ensure that the Club does not suffer a second relegation to the Championship in recent years?’


    ‘What are you doing to ensure that the Club wins a top trophy in the next few years and satisfies Mike Ashley’s wish?’

    There’s room for tweaking them but whether Charnley has the guts to show his face is another matter.

    Maybe the questions or similar ones could be floated through the media

  • 46 lesh // Dec 2, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    If Willo’s still with us after the next window, he’ll be hailed as being like a new signing!

  • 47 Roosta // Dec 2, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Lee Charnley, Dummett is affected as you say, its a virus spreading quickly, the lad gets rid of the ball like its a lightening bolt, there is a Trojan Horse spreading quickly through our whole club, again we are a laughing stock.

  • 48 bladeuser // Dec 2, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    I concur
    SHEEP Out

  • 49 toonluvva // Dec 2, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Leadership, what leadership?

    The problems start at the very top and flow down from there.

    Personally I don’t mind Mr Ashley making a bob or two from NUFC. He is a businessman after all.

    However, what I do object to is the manner in which he has run the business since Mort left. This was followed by a succesion of ill advised appointments IMHO, Wise, Llambias, Kinnear etc.

    Any decent owner would have brought in experienced staff to run the business – a tactic I am sure he is already doing at SD. For some unfathomable reason he keeps repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

    Can you imagine a manager of a SD outlet continuing to miss sales targets and still maintain his job? No chance! The manager would be out PDQ. So why did he persist with Kinnear, Pardew and now McClaren?

    As for Mr Charnley, well at first I thought an appointment from within might have been a bold stroke. However, it seems to me that Mr Ashley reverted to type and installed another “yes” man to follow orders without question.

    There is no leadership on the pitch. Colo is fast becoming a liability and no-one else seems capable, or willing, to take the other players by the scruff of the neck and getting them to play better.

    Come May I expect to see us in the bottom 3, relegation bound. Sadly whilst Ashley is in charge we will never return to the PL.

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