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2015 Was A Very Difficult Year For Newcastle

5:37 pm, Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 86 Comments

We all know that 2015 has been very difficult year for Newcastle and we have just 7 wins in our 36 league games and 20 defeats.

Our performances in the FA Cup and League Cup were not much better and in three ties we won one – against League Two side Northampton Town – and lost two.

So in total this year so far we have played 39 games – lost 22 and won only eight – a win rate of 20.5% and a loss rate of 56.4%.

Now we know why Newcastle fans are not the happiest of fans at the moment.

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Vurnon Anita – admits 2015 has been difficult year

Vurnon Anita had a good game for us against Aston Villa on Saturday and came in third in our Man of the Match voting behind Rob Elliot and Chancel Mbemba.

The Dutch International has been interviewed and he has looked back on 2015:

“I look back at 2015 as a year with a lot of ups and downs. A difficult year. Last season went down to the last game.”

“Then the new season started with draws and losses. Now we have had a few wins and hopefully we can end 2015 good and start 2016 afresh.”

“It has been different. You can take the experience and do better.” “We have had to be strong mentally and to keep going.”

“The last few games you can see how hard we have worked, and also you need a little bit of luck on our side.” “We can be a very good team and win games.”

“The consistency is the quality we need. That has to change. You can see we have a good team that should stay up.” “And we have shown that.”  But we have to keep on the level and win games.”

We have had two fairly mediocre managers in – John Carver and Steve McClaren – since Alan Pardew left the club for Crystal Palace and both have struggled to get the results.

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It could be that Steve is starting to turn things around and we could have a much better second half of the season than we have had in our first 17 games.

That’s what we have to hope for – and that we can also pull away from the relegation zone – so we are not fighting relegation again.

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86 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sazzer // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Chronicle: #NUFC are looking to sell Mike Williamson to Wolves in the first few days of the transfer window.

  • 2 Sazzer // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Another one for you ED:

    West Ham have placed an £18m price tag on striker Andy Carroll, with Newcastle interested in bribing him back to St James’ Park.

  • 3 Sazzer // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    The Times

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    The Newcastle Armchair – ref your assignement.
    Can you divorce the way SD is run from the way NUFC is run.????
    Has the club really changed – they said they made mistakes – but refuse to state what the mistakes were -so nobody can evaluate if the club has changed or not ( at least in the short term – longer term success though might suggest there has been a change).
    Is Mr Tubbs really not involved in the running of the club – has he really left all the decisions to “the board”. Revaling the other week when Paul Simpson slightly let the cat of of the bag when he said if Wally wanted a player he would canvass Mr Tubbs —note not Penfold or the board.
    What are the qualifications of those running the club -what are their credentials.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Dec 23, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    revaling = revealing.

  • 6 BandB // Dec 23, 2015 at 6:01 PM


    I agree with some of that about Wijnaldum with the caveat that his goals are the only reason we aren’t down there with Villa and that it will be a sorry look out for us if he gets injured.

    But apart from that…what has Wijnaldum done for us?

  • 7 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 23, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Williamson to Wolves
    Gouffran apparently to Lille
    Coventry want Bigi on permanent
    Krul , Haidara and Obertan pretty much out for season so should be removed from squad list !

    Thats 6 places available for new transfers !! Chop chop Charnley!!

  • 8 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 23, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Whenever I seen Wijnaldum for PSV and Holland before he joined Newcastle he either played on the right wing or on in a middle 3 playing with a no 10 and a defensive midfielder!!

    He would mostly drift out to the right hand side or make late runs into the box to get on the end of chances

    Think he would be good with Anita and De Jong in a middle 3

  • 9 Northumbrian Native // Dec 23, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Hi All,
    just joined the blog, have been reading for a long time via newsnow website, have recently retired and now have the time to give some input and join in the banter and give some ‘old aged doddering old fart views’ on the team and club we all love, although some would say has blighted our lives. Live for the good times and exist during the not so good.

  • 10 toon kk // Dec 23, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Newcastle will continue having a tough season, the majority of the players aren’t good enough and lack pace.

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Dec 23, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Our best team so far:

    Sissoko…..De Jong……Wijnaldum

    I wld keep Thauvin and Perez to come on as impact subs.

    Tiote to keep the game at bay if we r leading.

    De Jong is a good organiser and we need him at the start of games to keep the team together which Perez cant provide.

    For January i need two signings as Don said i need Shelvey and Townsend.

    Shelvey will make our CM position stronger and Townsend will add to our impact players amd we can b able to send Aarons on loan for his development.

    For CB I can have Colo till the end of the season. Lasceles is good enough backuo and i hope Taylor doesnt trip before the end of the season.

    Flanks we have Mbabu to cover. Strikers we have plent with Rivere available.

  • 12 will die for the toon army // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Winter transfer:

    Sissoko……De Jong……Wijnaldum

    Darlow, Lasceles, Anita, Townsend, Thauvin, Perez, Rivere

  • 13 brklyngeordie // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Going to throw this name out there again Shkelzen Gashi LM/LW/ST for Basel being linked with Torino for 7M this is a reasonable fee for a 27 yo last seasons golden boot winner in the Swiss league this would give us some much needed depth whether he is a reserve or allow us to tinker w/ starting 11..

    Also on Xmas list i’ll take Shelvey and new LB think we have a good amount of Strikers already and these GK links is a slap in the face to Elliot who might be player of season for us this year or 2nd to Gini so please makes no sense..

    If we win this week we will be only 3pts behind Everton who have not been mentioned as a struggling team and they have some top players and coach many used to fancy on this blog in Martinez so lets get behind the Lads not the regime and push them up the table its not really far fetched to crack the top 10 this season especially if we add the right pieces in January remember quality not quantity HWTL

  • 14 WWSBRD // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Shelvey realistic as a target? Can we ship them Anita as part exchange? They love a tiny midfielder who can only pass sideways! Everyone wins!

  • 15 welshgeordie9 // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    2015 was a very difficult year for Newcastle.

    Ha ha ha

    Every year is difficult for Newcastle.

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Shelvey can pass anywhere on the pitch.

  • 17 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    will die

    You’re completely forgettig bout Aarons. Aye he’s not reliable, but he’s been training for a few weeks now and I expect him to be in the fold in the new year.

    Would love to see this when we’re at home against sides we should be taking the 3pts against, like Villa last time out.


    2 signings, 1 player returning and we look a different prospect!

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Yo…we can give them Colback!

    …no point giving them our best midfielder at the moment

  • 19 brklyngeordie // Dec 23, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Def feel we are a lot closer then we think just need some luck on injury front and to fill a few holes..

    If anyone reads the Mag was a good article recently on how we need to be prepared for games like Villa when we will have majority of possession and have an idea about how we will use it and attack, we cant always be set up as a counter attacking team need to have a cutting edge about us when we have ball, im sure many agree with this thought

  • 20 jane // Dec 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    apologies if this has already been mentioned.

    “Everton are in discussions with a United States-led consortium about a potential £200m takeover.”

    so there are buyers out there. but would an American consortium be any better?

  • 21 LGFUAD21 // Dec 23, 2015 at 8:20 PM


    I’d agree. I do think we are just about to start clicking on the pitch.

    Just need to keep the work rate up. Keep it tight at the back and grind out a few more results.

    Once we get some confidence and the players get to know each other I think we’ll start play some decent stuff.

    Getting a few signings to allow us to play our best players in their best positions would help too.

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 23, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Jane…a model where the supporters trust own 51% would be better. Whether an American consortium owns the rest I don’t care.

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 23, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Ivan had bern recalled! That should be good for his progress 😉

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 23, 2015 at 8:39 PM


  • 25 Mister Tuff // Dec 23, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Decent point about Gini by Bills earlier. We’ve probably overlooked him a bit as his goals have possibly blinded critical eyes.
    What is his best position – certainly not in mid-field.
    I’d play him higher up the pitch – he’s clearly got the knack of ghosting into the box without being picked up – this aspect of his game should be exploited more. Shouldn’t overlook his ability to beat a man as well.

  • 26 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    BandB – 😀

    Yo – I know what you mean regarding the flying fb phenomenon, it’s been the way of things, noticeably the days of the likes of Cafu absolutely destroying the wings with pace, it’s an undeniable feature of the modern game, BUT it relies on the exchange with the player in front who is capable of dropping to cover for appreciable periods. This has to be balanced well for one or the other player not to become exhausted. Unfortunately it knacked Jonas, Goofy and it revealed Santon, Simpson, Fergus on etc as not good enough to do it. Hence my position that the incumbent, Dummett, stick to his day job. In fairness, this applies to janmaat too.

  • 27 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    I like “Wijnum” as somebody I know keeps saying like it’s a constant invitation for me to smash his teeth out.

    When I first saw him against Man U I thought he made their midfield look like 8 year old chasing their dad’s round a field, he could turn away from danger and deal with two players with ease, looked real class. I think it’s the same with him as for others, lack of quality and choice of players in ideal positions means he isn’t played where he should be, consequently he goes missing a bit.

  • 28 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    On Ed, you can’t resist it can you?

    “We have had two fairly mediocre managers in – John Carver and Steve McClaren – since Alan Pardew left the club for Crystal Palace and both have struggled to get the results.”

    Knowing your low opinion of JC it seems you lump poor SM in as at the same level,but not the glorious heights of He Whose Name Must Not Be Uttered. Funny. it’s almost like you want the latter unmentionable one back!

  • 29 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Obviously this is the eye of the storm period…..

  • 30 jimmysmith // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    If you play two DM’s as we do, and flankers who look to tuck in as we also do, then you do need the fullbacks to push on and provide attacking width, and get balls into the box.

    Janmaat and Sissoko work well together, and both get into advanced positions. The left flank appears far less productive. If the left back gets forward Colback will anchor the move behind him, as Anita does on the right. Dummett doesn’t get forward well enough or often enough in a team that isn’t creating enough chances for its strikers.

  • 31 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Jimmy what does that say about Dummett? And dare I say Janmaat seems to be getting noticed for lack of attention to his basic duties, even blamed a few times for conceding goals? So neither flank escapes criticism. Let’s not forget Sissoko does not tackle. That’s a serious hole in cover there.

  • 32 Belfast // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Spending a lot of time on your own on here lately Skunki.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    If Willo was Welsh he’d be going to France next year !

  • 34 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Here’s the thing, full backs who fly up the wing need the skill, pace and stamina to spend at least 70 minutes of the game putting good crosses in and cutting into the centre. They also need a man on the wing who can do proper defensive duties after he has done a lung bursting run forward. We don’t have that, period. Better for us to know our limits and restrict our fb’s to the half way line. This also absolved the lads in front who are next to incompetent at tracking back and tackling from attempting to cover them, and gets them to save their energies for forward attack. Teams with lack of skills and choice in positions do just that, and very well. That’s why I couldn’t stand you know who. He never could get us just to firm up and do our job competently it was either a spectacularly against the grain win or a humiliating defeat.

  • 35 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Belfast, just acclimatising to shed life 🙂 still at least I’m getting good conversation.

  • 36 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Mind you I must admit I’m packing out the blog like a gob full of cream crackers.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    I noticed that about Dummet against Spurs and left a post about it, if we are going to have a left back who is going to push up so much we need one who won’t always pass backwards or sideways

  • 38 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Probably the only gripe I have about Dummett is that whilst he is hard working, honest and relatively impervious to injury, he is utter gash. Apart from that, a fine defender.

  • 39 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Belfast I churned out some decent material lately, you’ll be wishing you never parted company with me for your poxy padre…

  • 40 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    I say I say I say…

  • 41 Belfast // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Yep you’re even getting a response once every 3 hours haha

  • 42 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Phew. it’s like waiting for a coffin lid to split.

  • 43 jimmysmith // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    I think the basic duty for the fullbacks in the system we play is to get up and down the flank as often as they can, knowing the DM on their side is there tucked in and behind providing cover and support when they bomb on. Dummett is a decent defensive fullback who does his best to get forward, but he’s not really suited to the role. I understand the defensive duties need to be shared around in this system, and players need to track back, but if the full back isn’t going forward the system isn’t working.

  • 44 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Tough crowd
    It’s no picnic when you strike out on your own

  • 45 Belfast // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    How do you think Beatties mood is these days then? Do you think he’s survived the last few relegation battles ?

    I reckon he’s probably a rugby fan now.

  • 46 Belfast // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Hates football mugs game

  • 47 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Jimmy that’s why I’m saying don’t try it. it’s not mandatory to do the overlap if your players aren’t up to it then it’s a positively bad idea. If we could get our defence to get themselves in order at the back and limit their forward runs, maybe our midfield might have more movement. A bit old fashioned but lesser skilled teams do it well. I’m not saying don’t overlap at all, just make it rare enough to be a novelty.

  • 48 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I don’t know what Beattie is doing. He popped up a couple of months ago during some crisis but disappeared again. I wish he’d come back and take some of the heat for us like the old days, he was a top whipping boy was Beatrice. 🙂

    I still laugh out loud when I recall his ill -advised foray as a mysterious blogger and his line when he got caught out – ” I didn’t think it through”.

    You had to be there I suppose but it still creases me up.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    You are also not immune from getting your very own Sack Llambias if you keep mocking the right ‘onorable reverend, remember bob, ted and eric too

  • 50 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Twas 2 nights before christmas
    And all through the blog
    Nothing was stirring
    ‘cept Tsunki on the bog
    Twas the best place for him
    And a really good fit
    Cos let us be frank , he spouts
    nothing but shit.

  • 51 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    I for one don’t see the point in multiple aliases, right JfA?

  • 52 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Jail – and right on cue, its….

  • 53 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Despite Rays compendium of trapdoor classics, his irrepressible ego and short term memory limitations drive him to fearlessly accuse others of erroneous posts. Truly self delusional.

  • 54 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Victor Wanyama was paddling along the non-river Solent pondering over whether he should join Unite or Unison to sever his employment with Bournemouth, so he could join his boyhood heroes at Real Vallllecano. But as they were actually only a credit union, he decided to get a reasonable loan instead and fund his legal battle that way.


  • 55 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Jib // Dec 14, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Go to bed you psychopath – you remind me of my mother in law – no one is interested in your petty arguments !

  • 56 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:38 PM


  • 57 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    What was that about astounding naivete again Ray? You do provide a few laughs.

  • 58 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    I had a psychiatrist friend look at the various posters on here and the conclusions he came up with are too alarming to post.
    I will say one note of caution.
    Mr Tuff should not be allowed near moving machinery or allowed to use sharp implements.
    The rest of his analysis is too disturbing for repetition.

  • 59 welshgeordie9 // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Would be nice sometime in the future, pardew comes back to our club.

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Hopefully we get Austin in January.

  • 61 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    A Psychiatrist ‘ friend’, Ray? Did you tell him about your ‘ friend’ too?

  • 62 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Welsh yeah very funny. You don’t need to prod Ed to get your favourite subjects put into articles believe me.

  • 63 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Should have said aquaintance

  • 64 jane // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    “a model where the supporters trust own 51% would be better”

    how does this model work/operate?

  • 65 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Also sorry about your jealousy issues

  • 66 welshgeordie9 // Dec 23, 2015 at 10:58 PM


    Who’s Jibs mate.

  • 67 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Wish IanToon would arrive on the scene and provide some football chat….

  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    I think Charlie would be great with us under pardew.

  • 69 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Apparently the vasr majority of Bundesliga teams have a system whereby fans own 51% of their club so no individual or group can seize control.

  • 70 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    vast even

  • 71 welshgeordie9 // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Hail For Ashley

    I’m talking about football.

  • 72 jane // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    but fans can’t agree on anything?

  • 73 jane // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    am I right in thinking in Germany they have to be run that way though.

  • 74 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    They appoint a committee and chairman every couple of years

  • 75 welshgeordie9 // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:10 PM


    I disagree with that comment.

    Ha ha ha

  • 76 Nufc-83 // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Tsunki what Jimmy is rightly pointing out is if you have two dms like we do the full backs must push up and overlap otherwise we lack a threat big time. If we want our full backs to stay back then drop a dm and put someone like gini in the centre and a winger on the left. At the moment the left side is complete unbalancing the team because we have no threat at all with gini pushing in tight. Dummet is a disgrace and shouldn’t be considered a prem player and lb is the biggest priority for me in Jan over CB/st/winger and cm which we need badly also.

  • 77 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    No it’s choice not compulsory
    For example Wolfsburg is owned completely by VW

  • 78 jane // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    let’s say 10,000 fans owned 51% of NUFC aren’t a few individuals in the trust going to have the power and be a proxy owner and the fans will then hate them.

  • 79 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    A clue is in the name
    In German a football club is a Fussball verein.
    Verein also means union in German.
    Most footy clubs started as general sports unions with memberships.

  • 80 jane // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    maybe that is why Wolfsburg are doing so well?

  • 81 Jib // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    51% divided into equal shares
    In Bayern Munich 130,000 fans own 84% of the club

  • 82 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    😀 jeff I wouldn’t go there – talking about unions ain’t your strong suit.

    Nufc -83 I’m not disagreeing with Jimmy I’m just saying why we can’t achieve it. We need to adapt – if we had the luxury of skilled personnel it would be the way to go. And fully in sync about Dummett. One of a number who are not up to scratch.

  • 83 Mister Tuff // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Woah – Jib Jibberish (the blog pest) having an unprevoked poke.
    I recall one of Jibs’ classic gaffes – fast paced conversation on the blog with Jib/Jane taking part. Jib is such a thick oaf that when someone asked Jane a question -he replied as Jib.
    What a dope, what an oaf -what a knacker.

  • 84 OneAlanShearer // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Despite the talk of a cb and striker in January I’m not getting my hopes up. We need 4 minimum anyway. DM and left back possibly a winger too. No pace upfront currently.

  • 85 Ron Knee // Dec 24, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    Morning jesper

    A cheering statistic from the Chronicle:-

    “What is the significance of being 17th before Christmas? Well NO club has finished higher than 11th since the 38-game schedule was introduced in 1995/96.

    Their most likely position, according to the Trinity Mirror Data Unit, is 16th – although half the teams that have been 17th at Christmas have gone down. So McClaren’s United are clearly dicing with death.”

    But then we knew that anyway!

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 24, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Morning Ron…yeah it’s not really news is it 😉

    …maybe Charnley should have a read? lol

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