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Newcastle About To Make More Huge Mistakes In January

9:49 am, Thursday, December 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

There’s little doubt that Newcastle’s defense had been a big weakness of ours since back in 2012, and to prove it we have conceded 190 goals in the last three seasons in the league.

Add to that 32 goals we have in our first 17 league games this season – the second worst only to the Black Cats who have conceded one goal more.

So you would have expected Newcastle to bring in defensive reinforcements next month – maybe be a center-back and left back – but there are growing signs that will not happen.

lee charnley close-up

Lee Charnley – very little football knowledge – according to Kevin Keegan

One is that we have apparently pulled out of the race to sign 24 year-old center-back Joel Matip of Schalke who is a free agent in the summer – and if a top center-back comes in we’re basically in the same position we were in August.

Steve McClaren has placed his bets on Newcastle captain Coloccini, so he will continue to play him in Newcastle’s defense for the rest of the season – and we don’t think McClaren would drop Colo if a top center-back was brought in.

Therefore it’ a real possibility that a top center-back will not come in next month – maybe in the summer – but not next month.

And there is news in the Chronicle today that Newcastle want to bring in only forwards next month – a winger and a striker.

The Chronicle is reporting they have information that Newcastle are confident they have enough cover in defense for the second part of the season.

We wonder where that confidence comes from – it certainly doesn’t show in the statistics so far this season.

Well run clubs look at their situation for the January transfer window  and pinpoint where their weaknesses are – and how they can straighten them.

It would seem to be very difficult to say the defense is not our big weakness this season – given that we’ve already been hammered 6-1 at Manchester City and 5-1 at Crustal Palace and conceded a whopping 32 goals in 17 games.

But that is what well run clubs do – try to strengthen their obvious weaknesses – and it’s very hard to make the case that Newcastle have been a well run club over the past few seasons.

In fact this year the complete incompetence from those at the top shown last January almost had us relegated in May.

If we don’t reinforce the defense next month and continue to struggle with relegation – then it will be our own fault if we are a Championship club next season.

That will be especially true if we end up conceding 72 goals – which is what we are on track to concede so far this season.

We have to hope the Chronicle article is not accurate and that we will in fact strengthen the defense next month.

That’s what a well-run club would do – given the facts and how our defense has performed so poorly so far this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Charnley and his boss out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 9:51 AM


    One of our biggest recruitment problems imho is that we haven’t necessarily bought players with resilient attitudes. The hot and cold nature of some players performances indicate that they need someone to work with who has a never say die attitude. We don’t have many of those. Perhaps that is why English players, though not technically as good, edge out a lot of very good technical foreign players in this league, because there is more effort under adversity. Just a theory.

  • 3 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    This money spinning SD lark is a complete gambling exercise. Playing at sport while rolling the Dice on player investments

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Well Townsend should solve that problem then……..

  • 5 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 9:56 AM


  • 6 WWSBRD // Dec 24, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Merry Christmas u bunch of animals

    On topic the cynical side of me would say defenders rarely sell high whereas wingers and strikers can go for dem big ole price tags

  • 7 AncientC // Dec 24, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    I think it is fair to say we will not be getting any players that other clubs make serious bids for. The club does not get into bidding wars. Matip was always a bit fanciful, same with Austin.

  • 8 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Sitc – although I’m not fully behind shelvey, he does at least offer playing style that sissoko lacks. Tireless runner, can actually tackle, good long passer, not a bad shot… hmm actually…

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    That is exactly where my thoughts went when I first read the link nut meg posted.

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Ancient – I think the blog is hunkering down for a big plate of disappointment in January. Cold turkey. If we have the presumed flat window, this place will be like the Event Horizon.

  • 11 Ron Knee // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Photo caption

    Thinks: ‘Why are all those people running around in the field?’

  • 12 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Why did Liverpool let shelvey go, anyway? He always struck me as the archetypal scouse career man.

  • 13 Sazzer // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Merry Christmas
    Ed, Nut meg, banjax, Slank, Tsunki, Lilo, Bunga, Singing in the corner, AncientC WWSBRD and rest of the bloggers.

    I think we should play both Gini and De Jong in the middle and Thauvin on left. Mitro upfront.

    Only 1 DM.

    McClaren probably won’t change the back 4.

  • 14 nut meg // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    I don’t want either of them BUT…it is nufc we’re talking about.One needs a lot of help from a partner to do the donkey work for him and the other isn’t capable of doing what the position he plays in demands…crossing ability! This window is going to show me whether or not GC is really pally with SM or is more concerned with pleasing his master by bringing in players just for resale value.That’s not the way to build a team.I fear the worst!

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Merry Christmas mate.

    I doubt McClaren will change much at all, I’d expect the only starting change to be Mitro in for Cisse. Everything else the same as the last few weeks.

    I just don’t agree with doing that, my team wasn’t based on what I expect, more what I’d like to see.

  • 16 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    it’s evident that chubby with with multi pass up there knows nothing about football you just have to go back to his disaster handling the P****w leaving situation. How he still had a job after Ashley had to do that video I will never know!

  • 17 AncientC // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    The stadium didn’t exactly look packed against Villa. Ashley needs at least 1 good signing in the winter window. I hope Townsend flat out refuses to come, so that one does not turn into another saga used as an excuse.

    We usually have a good idea who is or isn’t coming from the rumour mill close to a window. It’s not looking too good from what I can tell – there are no realistic targets.

  • 18 ToonTiger // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Because he probably spoke his mind and Brenda didn’t like it

  • 19 AncientC // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Happy Christmas to you and yours Sazzer.

  • 20 toontaff2 // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Surely a smokescreen as chanley swoops in under the radar to buy 2 top centre-halves and 2 full-backs? On that note, back to the xmas spirits!

  • 21 Ron Knee // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    nut meg

    If the Chronic report is right, I can’t believe McClaren would be happy with the situation. It would rather destroy my idea that our head coach had some influence on transfers.

  • 22 sing in the corner // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Yeah Shelvey left Liverpool with whispers of attitude / disciplinary issues didn’t he, if I recall? Seems to have matured a bit since then.
    And while we’re at Swansea, how about testing Ashley Williams’ appetite to stay there – he’s been at the swans since 2008 and they’re waning. He’s 31 like… Geriatric by our signing standards, and well…no money making potential I suppose so not a likely target.

  • 23 Sazzer // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    It wouldn’t suprise me if our January signings will be a young RB cover that we send out on loan and a goalkeeper.

  • 24 hibbitt // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    tsunki its easy charnley is only a puppet cant do a thing without ashleys say so ………..only there to take the heat off ashley

  • 25 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Well, one and all, I will adopt the fashionable and highly respectful of the world’s belief systems approach to the world’s religious events that our cousins across the pond are familiar with, and extend the wish that one and all, whatever their leanings, enjoy in their own way a peaceful holiday season.

    Oh and Use the Force! There you go.

    Can’t get shot down for that.

  • 26 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    I would start the same team as we did for the last few games except for Mitrovic in for Cisse.

    Reasons picked up 7pts last three games playing as a team team defence midfield attack seam to be linked together.
    Everton are a strong muscular team (dogs of war) and I think Perez and Thauvin are to weak to have in team – Yes bring on as subs to run at their defence when tiring

  • 27 Tsunki // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Yep Hibbit. We all know Charnley has a face like a smacked ass. But did you know he looks exactly the same whichever way up you put him?

  • 28 AncientC // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Liverpool’s Flanagan is out of contract in the summer. He could be worth a look if Liverpool decide not to keep him.

  • 29 sing in the corner // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    But maybe the time is right to move for Williams. At 31 he’ll be looking at a move for his final decent money contract…

  • 30 toontaff2 // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Shelvey signed a 5 year contract at Liverpool in 2012 but left after less than 1 year and has extended his contract with Swansea until 2019 but has argued with chairman Huw Jenkins. Suggests he probably upset Brenda.

  • 31 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    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.

    Jib // Oct 13, 2015 at 8:48 AM
    I must be mentally challenged

    Feet – mouth – engage

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Anyway, I’m off, and probably won’t be back till after Boxing Day, so season’s greetings to everyone. Hope you and your families enjoy the holiday period.

  • 33 nut meg // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Lilo, Have a good’un young man…enjoy.

  • 34 sing in the corner // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    I hope Mitro is keeping off the mince pies.
    He seems to like his bait and was carrying a bit of timber when he first arrived. Looked svelt against Villa though. Love that word! 🙂
    But is anyone else wondering,after all the time he’s been here, training, adjusting to the PL monitored by an expensive set of analysts, dieticians fitness experts etc etc… why can’t he seem to last most of a full game of football without fading badly??

  • 35 sing in the corner // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    I mean, it’s not as if he grafts that much / covers every blade of grass….

  • 36 JamesToon // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    These stories from the chronicle really pi$$ me off, how do the club not recognise that at the very least we need a decent left back, along with a deep lying playmaker a winger and quick striker ffs

  • 37 Mag52 // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    A quick one on Sissoko.
    If Macca is the coach everyone makes him out to be, it shouldn’t be beyond him to get Sissoko to get a decent tackle in from time to time.
    A tackling Sissoko would be a real force to be reckoned with in this and any league.

  • 38 lesh // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:57 AM


  • 39 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 24, 2015 at 10:57 AM


    A tackling Sissoko ? That would be scary !! It would make a huge difference to our team the amount of 50/50 he loses out on (pulls out of !) in a game is very noticeable !

  • 40 mindshaft // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    I guess Charnley / McClaren and co are looking at these points
    1: Take away the abnormal 5-1 & 6-1 defeats leaves us with a GD of -2
    2: If we had managed to get more crosses in and had a striker who could put the ball in the net we would have probably killed off some teams
    3: That would see us comfortably mid table and unlikely to qualify for the dreaded Europa league
    4: Cisse likely to be sold
    5: Saylor and Lascelles back in training
    job done and yes do have we been

  • 41 nut meg // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    I doubt if tackling or strong challenges are in his make up no matter how much coaching he gets.He’s a big unit but he’s as soft as clarts.

  • 42 lesh // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    I don’t think McClaren’s got much choice than to put his faith in Colo.

    We need a CB but Saylor’s back soon so that’s it, job done – another window without an important buy – until Saylor’s injured again.

    Then if course that’ll be yet another mistake they’ve made and will learn from – just as they’ve learned in the past.

    Charnley and Ashley’s running of Newcastle United over the years is verging on criminal!

  • 43 lesh // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    There won’t be any major signings this window – they don’t do January – that’s for selling key players!

  • 44 wynsleap // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Firstly Merry Christmas to all of the lads on here (and lasses too). Let’s hope we all have a good New Year with the Toon although the news in the Chronicle isn’t very heartening to say the least.
    A top class left back to replace the current ‘Dummy’ is the main priority at the moment with a good solid and preferably tall, commanding central defender next in line.
    Like the perceptive observers have said on here, Mike Williamson is no earthly use, Taylor just takes up a permanent bed in the sick room and the jury is still out on young Lascelles.
    Get those two players and we can probably manage nicely until the next window when the absolute priority is a quality holding midfield operator to replace Anita and Colback, neither of whom are the required standard for the Premiership.
    Never mind folks – it’s Christmas soon. Maybe the big guy in the red suit will bring us a new manager for 2016 (Mourinho anybody?) or, better still. a new owner.
    Have a good one!

  • 45 Jib // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    I can see how Charnley got the gig.
    He’s been at the club for 20 years since the Keegan era first time round. He learned his stuff under a good teacher , Russell Cushing.
    When Cushing left shortly after Ashley bought the club his replacement Chris Mort looked the part.
    The impression with Mort was he didn’t like sacking people and doing the dirty stuff and he left shortly after being asked to axe Fat Sam.
    Why Ashley thought Llambias would make a good CEO I don’t know.
    Most of todays problems can be laid at Dodgy Derek’s door.

  • 46 nut meg // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    If memory serves me well Mort was only ever going to be here for 1 year before going back to the law practice he came from.I sure he served his 1 year.

  • 47 Jib // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    nut meg
    We mere mortals will never know the truth.
    Mort was here for 11 months.
    He did get some criticism for Fat Sam’s very generous settlement.
    Most are agreed that under Mort the Keegan situation would have been handled better , Kev’s relations with the club soured soon after DL’s appointment.
    CM still has a season ticket .

  • 48 Slank // Dec 24, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Happy Christmas to all bloggers.

  • 49 hibbitt // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    jib…….. chris mort has never had a season ticket on the few occasions he’s been to games since he quit he has been in the directors box ………………what you don’t know you make up WUM

  • 50 Belfast // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Well they’ve already stated in the past they don’t like doing business in January because they don’t feel you get value for money. So if you’re expecting an influx of players you’ll probably be disappointed.

    I reckon a striker will be signed but only if Cisse leaves.

  • 51 Mister Tuff // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Hahahahaha! Another rubbish post with duff info from the gaffe meister Jib Jibberish (the blog pest).

    Why spoil a post when you can make some of it up —- what a plonker – the clear dangers when you know nowt about a subject and use Google as a substitute.
    Jib – stick to rugby ot netball. – you need to change your game.

  • 52 WWSBRD // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Dekka actually started coming round before being pushed out the door to be fair to him

  • 53 WWSBRD // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    I see deals are starting to be confirmed we all hopeful of Newcastle doing the same?

  • 54 Belfast // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:51 PM


  • 55 WWSBRD // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    It’s Christmas for God sake am trying to be positive!

  • 56 TikiTakaAcca // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie.

    Glik just the other day signed a long term deal with Torino unfortunately!

  • 57 Belfast // Dec 24, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    I’m really excited about the Austin articles but that’s about it.

  • 58 WWSBRD // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Jan 1st I hope for Shelvey, Townsend/Redmond, Willems and some brick crap house Eastern European CB posing in black and white shirts

  • 59 Jib // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Chris Mort in his seat at SJP

  • 60 nearly // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    shelvey left liverpool due to lack of playing time not disciplinary or attitude problems,he has had a few attitube problems at swansea thinking he was the big fish and being abit lazy but seems to hv sorted himself out,think we could sign him if we really tried hard enough he would be a great signing ,swansea will probs sell him but may want silly money

  • 61 sparky55 // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    this is all classic ashley misdirection tactics…if he says he’s only after strikers, that means he’s got his eyes on a defender to mislead any other teams who may be after the same players…he does it all the time.

    don’t believe a word they say and just see what happens.

  • 62 Jib // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    The Guardian

  • 63 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:36 PM


    The Everton team looks so much stronger than ours on paper!!

  • 64 Rotonda heights // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Tsunki at 2

    Did we not get relegated with barton, Butt, Saylor, owen etc. certainly the first 3 are / were combative players.

    I think it’s a bit of a myth this English / british greater work ethic and more competitive. Just look at Alexis Sanchez / Mahrez as just 2 examples, phenomenal work rate and commitment.

  • 65 Rotonda heights // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    so sad that we are after townsend and austin when that can only further threaten mitro and perez’s positions, already behind SJD and Cisse. Go figure.

    WWSBRD // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Jan 1st I hope for Shelvey, Townsend/Redmond, Willems and some brick crap house Eastern European CB posing in black and white shirts

  • 66 Rotonda heights // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    WWSBRD // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Willems and some brick crap house Eastern European CB posing in black and white shirts
    – – – – – — – – –

    Sorry just meant to say totally agree with the second part of that

  • 67 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:49 PM


    Yeah always when it goes wrong its blame the foreigners !!

    We could actually do with some South American , German or Spanish players they tend to work the hardest !!

  • 68 Lindisfarne // Dec 24, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    1) The above page shows that we have 30 players in the squad, if you remove those under 21, long term injuries and poor performers, I think we are left with 19 remaining.

    2) If you remove the 6-1 & 5-1 results from the goal difference in the PL is -8 which is still a bottom half indicator and confirms the defence is not up to standard. Which is confirmed by whoscored?

    3) The lowest ranked defender, of those who play regularly, is Collocinni the team Captain, whos leadership is never very apparent and evaporates completely when the team is in trouble.

    What more evidence is required that the Club need to invest in a recognisable and experienced individual to replace Collocini.

  • 69 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 24, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Glik is the CB we need and attainable.

    Polish captain, Torino captain.

    Glik to me is what Scharner was to Kets

  • 70 JP...from The Rock // Dec 24, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Some sad xmas this is turning out to be for me.

    Hope the rest of u have a good one Merry Christmas fellas!

    On tranfers we need reinforcements all over the pitch and obviously at the back. LB is a concern for me as neither Haidara bor Dumbet are good enough.

  • 71 James RS // Dec 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    I Believe Kev ?

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