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Worst Year In Newcastle’s History But No Knee-Jerk Reaction

9:26 am, Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

The press conference yesterday was very worrying as Steve McClaren’s mood and demeanour seemed to be somewhat at odds with the situation Newcastle are in.

We didn’t expect Steve to be panicking or anything like that – that never helps anything – but the way he took the question was as if everything would be OK once the players got their confidence back.

Once we get a good win everything will be OK because the confidence will be back with our players – who are very good by the  way – and all will be well.

lee charnley close-up

Lee Charnley – indecisive top executive at Newcastle

And yes he knew it would be hard and he knew it would take time to turn Newcastle around and yes – it is taking time – but he expected that.

And then he talked about his weekly meeting with Lee Charnley the Newcastle Managing Director who never reacts to anything with a knee jerk reaction – in fact – he never reacts to anything.

Lee has mixed up what quick and decisive action in a  crisis is – with what a knee jerk reaction is – he doesn’t understand the difference.

One action is after a lot of thought (and often time) and one isn’t.

This is what Steve said to emphasize this week has been just another normal week:

“It’s our normal routine we have chats with Lee every week and it’s been a normal week and know what we have to do.”

Here are a few definitions of a knee-jerk reaction:

  • An automatic or reflex reaction, an immediate reaction made without examining causes or facts.
  • An immediate unthinking emotional reaction to an event or statement.
  • Often reacting quickly and without thought

If things are no better after the next two or three games we expect owner Mike Ashley to take some action – but if he leaves the choice of the next manager to Lee Charnley – that would be a huge mistake.

His choice of John Carver followed by Steve McClaren have helped get us into this rather hopeless situation.

This is Newcastle’s league record this year and you can add to that three cup games – one win  and two defeats – so overall we have 6 wins in 36 games and 22 defeats – so far.

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Head CoachPlayedWonDrawn LostGFGAGDPoints
Carver1934121835-1713
McClaren2456132544-1921
Total43810254379-3634

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News




4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    I think on Sunday as long as we keep Liverpool goals to a single digit it will be a good result..

  • 2 hibbitt // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    i just wonder how many more injuries we will have before sunday……….. seems to me we could have a few more of these cowards bale out before the game they know there on a beating

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Dec 4, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    So who should he leave the choice of next manager to, wasn’t he responsible for JfK, I’d have KK back in a hearbeat with all his own people in and Ashley agreeing to all of his demands, we might just stay up this year, but that’ll never happen and the self made Billionaire will do it his way and we’ll sink without a trace.

  • 4 Sav // Dec 4, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Okay, a knee-jerk isn’t a considered reaction, but at least its a sign you’re not a corpse. Lets hope we get some kind of a reaction from upstairs at SJP because there’s been no sign of life from the dugout or on the pitch. With around 40 points squandered this season, is it too much to hope the rabbit in the headlights that is Lee Chinless will finally be galvanised into action?




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