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Ashley Has Big Decision To Make – It´s Not About Transfers

12:49 pm, Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

The upcoming transfer window is going to be huge and we will have to bring in some good players or else face up to the reality that our squad is just not good enough for the improved Premier League and we will be relegated.

While other clubs like Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Leicester, Watford, Everton and Stoke – among others – have built up their squads and used their money wisely – Newcastle’s haven’t.

West Ham, Leicester and Watford even brought in new managers last summer – like Newcastle – but they have all been successful and we haven’t.

Newcastle haven’t made good decisions over the last few years, and the club haven’t consistently invested in the squad and we are now paying the price for the almost incompetent way the club is being run from the top.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

Nobody can accuse Newcastle United of being a well-run club these days – and the don’t.

While the January transfer market will be important for Newcastle, Mike Ashley may have a decision to make before that, and that is whether to keep Steve McClaren as the manager after such a woefully poor start to the season.

That decision will need to come from Ashley since Lee Charnley is unlikely to fire the manager because Steve’s failure is also Lee Charnley’s failure – since he appointed him only days after McClaren was sacked by Derby County.

Can you think of any other Premier League club who would quickly appoint a Championship manager who had just been fired?

West Ham, Leicester and Watford didn’t.

The next two league games for Newcastle  are at Arsenal and at home to Manchester United, and they will be crucial for Newcastle and for Steve McClaren.

Our best chance may be against the Red Devils at home two weeks today if Louis van Gaal is still the manager – at least we know our players will turn up for that game because United are a big club.

We never get much at all at the Emirates Stadium, so it would be a bold fan to think  we could pick up anything there next Saturday afternoon – but you never know with this Newcastle.

We do well against the bigger clubs and then let ourselves down by not bothering too much with the small clubs.

We beat Liverpool and Tottenham – and then only drew with rock bottom club Aston Villa and then lost to Everton and West Brom.

Even if we had picked up draws against Everton and West Brom we would still be in 3rd bottom place in the league table.

We expect McClaren to stay in charge of the club, but if we lose against both Arsenal and Manchester United – that would be a single point in five league games and that wouldn’t be good.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonbrother // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Mclaren is gutless and we need a man who has guts
    If we can get mourinho on a caretaker basis I wouldnt complain

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Mourinho wouldn’t come to newcastle even if he was paid 10mil a week.

    He is a winner, a top level manager….he will only go places he has a chance to win trophies.

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    toon brother

    Because other than potentially Aarons, those wingers are not cutting it. We need supply to the forward to get goals, Mitro thrives on crosses…that is why.

    We also need a CB and LB as priority.

  • 4 Roosta // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    “MA” i was sweating with two games of the season to go, pressure was on he says, Mike we had to endure being beaten in the previous 7, it summed up the fella was only interested in staying in the Prem, it stunk the place out for me.

  • 5 SuperShearer // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    @Sage the stats imply otherwise about Mitro and those crosses. It shows Mitro only wins about 37% of ariel duels which is not enough. The problem is bigger than just wingers who can’t cross.

  • 6 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    CB, LB, Creative Midfielder, LW needed

    Would like a DM also but none of the above will happen.

    Wouldn’t mind Shelvey in midfield, need to offload Marv, Obertan and Riviere

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    super shearer

    I think winning 37% is a good return for a strikers.

    If he is winning 37% and we can get a good 6-10 in a game he should get goals.

  • 8 Ian Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Our toon – I agree. Delivery is all important. That’s what I thought we were buying with Thauvin. He does need a run of games as a starter before fans should think of righting him off.
    I do hope we hit the market running rather than negotiate endlessly throughout January. We need to start picking up points again because that will improve morale and confidence.

  • 9 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Super Shearer

    One could argue that the crosses aren’t good enough which means it’s harder to win aerial duels? If you only have 1 player in the box then teams will ensure he won’t win the ball. If you have 3 or more in the box like citeh did against the mackems then midgets like Sterling will score with there head.

    Stats can be deceiving but you’d be hard pressed to find a striker who wins 50% of aerial duels!! In fact I don’t think any striker in this league wins 50% of aerial duels

  • 10 Belfast // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Well we all know he won’t be getting sacked. I don’t think it would achieve anything if he was to be honest. You’d probably be here in 12 months wanting his replacement out. The problems are deep rooted and go way beyond the manager.

  • 11 Belfast // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:03 PM


  • 12 Belfast // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    And Ed the Leicester managers appointment was laughed at in the summer. His stock was at an all time low and it looked a poorer appointment than McClaren.

    Watford changed their manager four times last season I think.

  • 13 nightfa11 // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    “its all about decisions, its all about decisions, its all about decisions” – thats why you play the same line up since august?

  • 14 WWSBRD // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    I think I’d start with a new manager this January then move on to players

  • 15 SPRINGY // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    A few have mentioned playing gini alongside colback or anita to influence the game more but I wasn’t to impressed with him when he dropped in there when colback went off injured a few games back….he looked lost…..sissoko for the size of the bloke is weak as water in the challenge, so unless he mans up he woyldbe no good there,imo unless they sign someone tiote should be in there ano he’s been in poor form and has lacked games but he knows that position and can tackle and work,thauvin could do with a few games with idea of just cross the ball….just keep it simple

  • 16 hibbitt // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    the problems start and end at one man’s door everyone else just do what there told and carry out his orders

  • 17 Ian Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Belfast – From what I remember Leicester were one of the favourites to go down. Based on selections on here and in the media.

  • 18 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:22 PM


    I think most would have him play behind the striker rather than CM

  • 19 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Watford have had 5 managers in 12 months and are still 8th in the prem!!

  • 20 SUTTY1978 // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    The Manager is shit
    The players are shit
    The work ethic is shit
    The tactics are shit

    Doesn’t matter who plays or what formation, we will still lose more than we win.

  • 21 hibbitt // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    only one man pulling the strings the rest are just puppets

  • 22 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    What I think Mike should do is a New Year Resolution video same as the last one really but with a bit more than one game to go before begging the crowds to keep supporting (paying) and cheering on (paying) the team, even though we aren’t going to spend any of your…ahem…support on decent playing staff in January. Oh and we’re still in with a chance of the FA cup. Not going until we win something, and by that I mean staying in the premier league and getting paid a TV bonus counts as winning something. So keep on paying. Sorry supporting.

  • 23 Belfast // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Yes Leicester even sacked their manager at one point last season and then the other owner reinstated him on the same day. They then appointed Raneri in the summer after he’d been fired by Greece after a disaster Euro campaign.

    Watford changed their manager four times. One of the managers only lasting 12 days. They then bizarrely got promoted and then proceeded to dump the manager and the majority of the players who got them there.

    I had tipped both for relegation to be honest. Definitely not well run clubs as Ed seems to be suggesting.

  • 24 lesh // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    But losing to ManU and Arsenal’s inevitable and waiting until then to do something is almost criminal.

    Other clubs which were struggling took action weeks ago but according to Charnley, NUFC doesn’t do knee-jerk! No, they don’t – they do bugger all until it’s too late.

    Get Rednapp in, get Mourinho in – he was said to be on £250k a week so it’d make financial sense to give him what he wants to avoid the drop. Ah, but that’d break the wage structure and we can’t be having that can we.

  • 25 optimistic prime // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:38 PM


    Sequels are never as good

  • 26 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    The problem in sacking SM is that Lee would have to find another coach, as he only did that last time because when P****w dropped him in it, his mate Carr threw him a lifeline by nodding McLaren. . Carr knows nothing about football or the people in it so he’d be really pushed this time to know who to look for or where. Although Joe is probably still in his contact list.

  • 27 optimistic prime // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:40 PM


    If they don’t do “knee jerk” it means this shit is planned, which is even more worrying.

  • 28 Belfast // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Not as badly run as us to be totally fair but probably not that far behind us either. If they where both sitting alongside us in the bottom 3 right now, I don’t think anyone would be surprised.

  • 29 Tsunki // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Optimistic – French Connection 2. In fact that’s what Mike could call it 🙂

  • 30 WWSBRD // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Well we would be no worse off mate very little has changed from Carver tbf

  • 31 Mag52 // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    For me, Ashley has another big decision to make, and that is whether or not he really wants to remain involved in a business he clearly has no aptitude for.
    In addition to which, if he or his advisers can read, the writing on the wall clearly says that championship football is more than just a possibility for his club for next season.
    The drop in value of his asset that this would entail would be substantial.
    So, does he look for a buyer now, or is he prepared to tough it out for what might be some years before his asset is worth what it is today.

  • 32 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Going to have problems getting rid of Mclaren now that he is on the “board” are they two separate jobs or if you get sacked from one is that you out the door permanently ?

    To be honest I never expected him to be this bad I thought we would be about 10th with much better football to watch but we now have no room for error as we are running out of games !

    Would be typical Newcastle that we will get a result against Arsenal or Man Utd !

    Guessing the cup game against Watford is a low priority again then ?

  • 33 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:53 PM


    Also no more Premiership advertising for Sports Direct !!

    Would love to know what Ashley is thinking about it right now hes probably not that bothered to be fair either way !!

  • 34 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Won’t be long till the players are in Dubai….reward for getting knocked out of the FA Cup

  • 35 Premiership Manager // Dec 29, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    The problem is bigger than just the manager, it is the club policy that is wrong and if MA wants any return on his investment he needs a total restructure starting from the top.

    He needs a board that understands football and what is required to achieve success. The club needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up.

    The manager regardless of whether that is McClaren or otherwise needs to have a say in who is bought in and who is sold. Our scouts need a directive to find proven EPL players and we need four in at Xmas.

    We need a LB, CB, DMF and a proven goal scorer. We need coaching staff who can shore up the defense and improve our possession and passing. We have some good players at the club but we lack experience and depth that is where we need to strengthen. Colo should also not be captain, I would give that to Colback or bring somebody in who can lead on the pitch.

    SDJ is over rated, Tiote is a former shadow of the player we bought and only knows how to pass backward, Dummet is not yet good enough and Mitrovic lacks experience and finesse. Sissoko needs to be more consistent and Wijnaldum and Perez need better support and service.

    McClaren has made little difference in terms of progress however even Pardue knew there was little he could do with the team, possibly not because of the players but because of the back room staff and internal politics within the club.

    It needs a total restructure and the manager needs to be able to manage. Only then can the manager be held responsible because at the moment, like Pardue he is fighting with his hands tied behind his back.

    The players also need to take responsibility as they are letting both the club and their fans and their manager down

  • 36 OneAlanShearer // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Ashley doesn’t have a decision to make he already made it.

    He bought the club to advertise sports direct nothing more and was open about. People ‘the rest of the planet’ just assumed that meant making the team successful on the pitch not just the balance sheet. It clearly didn’t.

    I don’t know what it will take but a whole generation have put up with his lack of interest in footballing success now. The PR stunt last summer surely have to be the last straw for most? Until Ashley has gone nothing changes.

    I fully expect Ashley to fall short of providing sufficient investment this summer. As he has done since he bought the club.

    No other club is run as poorly as this with such lack of interest in football.

    Mike sell the club please. You have tormented the fans long enough now.

  • 37 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Premiership Manager

    I disagree with your sentiments mate, proven EPL players for example, Torres was proven and was a massive flop, Sterling was proven but is the worst of the lot at Citeh ehind the non proven players like De Bruyne

    Routledge had 10 odd clubs before settling at Swansea, I could go on and on if you’d like. Sunderland have a squad of proven PL players yet are below us.

    As for players you’ve mentioned, SDJ brings quality on the ball and more importantly in terms of leadership and organisation on the pitch, Tiote has fitness issues but we’ve won more games with him in the side than we have with Colback your choice for next captain. The only players in the world that are consistent every week are the ones that play for the biggest clubs.

    As soon as you show consistency the big teams come knocking. To get out of this mess McClaren needs to take up a coaching role at the club and a new man needs to come in as manager!! A foreign coach who isn’t afraid to tell players what he thinks, can you imagine the wolly kicking off with players?

    He’s set the side up to be completely lob sided, no threat down the left wing and everything eminating from the right side….for that the bloke has no excuse and should be held accountable.

  • 38 OneAlanShearer // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Mcclaren is nor the issue Ashley is. I meant January window in my last post.

  • 39 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    On a side note, big thank you to Bolasie and pardew who have won me just under £1000 this festive period, without Bolasie I went for 2 palace nil nil draws and both paid off very well.

  • 40 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    One Alan Shearer

    Villa are run worse than us!! Yes Ashley is a huge problem, the main culprit, but Ashley doesn’t decide to play your main creative player out on the LW and he doesn’t instruct the players to not cross the ball to feed the main striker with chances. What happens on the pitch is all from McClaren ineptness!!

  • 41 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Darlow is getting hammered for the goal. Far more culpable are Coloccini, Colback and Gini. Their focus is on the winger and they get drawn towards him. The danger is queuing up in numbers behind them. It’s called ball watching and school boy defending and cheating. If anyone wants to point the finger at Darlow it should be for not bellowing at his useless team mates to man up and mark the danger. It’s pathetic. It happens almost every week. You defend like that, you go down. It’s clear Makto and Costco can’t organise them in defence or midfield. It’s not their fault that we’ve got no firepower unless they missed a trick with Adam Armstrong.

  • 42 OneAlanShearer // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Our toon – he hasn’t set the side up lop sided. We don’t have a left winger worthy of the title. We have lots of number tens but no defensive midfield playmaker. Tiote is horrendous and can’t pass 10 yards. Colback is too slow so gets cards for late tackles. Anita is too small and also can’t pass to his own side.
    We have experienced strikers.
    We have only 1 centre back who is not rubbish. We don’t have a left back who can defend.
    We have no fit experienced goal keeper.

    ALL of this is down the fact Ashley does not provide a sufficient squad ever always at least 3 players short…now about 6 short at least. In Ashleys own words it’s up to him to provide the investment …..He doesn’t and won’t.

    None of that is Mcclaren fault just like it wasn’t pardews fault.

    You want the person responsible not his PR buffers.

  • 43 optimistic prime // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:29 PM



  • 44 Rotonda heights // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:33 PM


    Yes problems do go beyond just the manager but it doesn’t help when we keep appointing deadbeats.

    Why does it always have to be so narrow mindedly and stupidly be brits every time?
    Only decent english managers are Howe and Clement.

    West Ham, Leicester and Watford even brought in new foreign managers last summer and they have all been successful and we haven’t.

  • 45 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    One shearer

    Sorry mate but the buck stops with the manager for me. After playing 48 hrs earlier on a mud bath he selected the same starting XI who no doubt would have been leggy after playing on the Saturday. As for not having a LW….play Thauvin drop Perez move Gini inside and put him behind the striker. When Aarons comes back get him on the pitch and play him out wide on the left.

    Tiote has just returned from injury, his job shouldn’t be to pass it further than 10 yards, protect the back 4, win the ball and lay it off to someone else to then begin attacks. Anita has been one of the better players recently with his pressing and winning the ball back. Colback who I don’t rate at all is clearly being asked to stay deep and sit in to protect.

    Last season the lad scored 4 and got 6 assists of I’m not mistaken.

    Thauvin may not be great but at the minute we don’t create anything or provide any type of threat down the left, so what does he have to lose by playing a naturally left footed player on the LW?

  • 46 Rotonda heights // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    would much rather we had got a skilful, quick mobile striker like Igdalo (wrong spelling) than an over priced thug like mitro

  • 47 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:37 PM


    Defenders won’t stop every chance from being created by the opposition, I thought Chancer and Colo both had very good games, Fletcher though is a midfielder so why is colback out wide when the cross comes in instead of following fletcher? Finally Darlow should save it, the blame is all Darlow because he made the biggest mistake!!

  • 48 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:40 PM


    It takes ighalo 10 chances to get a goal, and we are talking about clear cut chances….not half chances. He’d score 1 in every 8 games for the toon based on them stats. Without Deeney Ighalo is nothing, that thug in the mitro mold has assisted 9 of Ighalo goals.

  • 49 lesh // Dec 29, 2015 at 2:43 PM


    Charnley doesn’t go knee jerk – it appears he does bugger all of any value.

  • 50 AncientC // Dec 29, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Pavel has passed away. 🙁

    What a keeper he was, anybody that could keep Hislop out of a team was drop drawer.

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