This Is What´s Now Needed To Save Newcastle

Newcastle have done really poorly since we beat Liverpool and Tottenham and the team have collected one measly point in the last three games of the year and that has us rooted in third bottom place in the league table.

But we are still only 3 points from 14th placed Chelsea.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

The first decision to be made is on the transfers and who will be brought in next month.

And it cannot be left solely to Graham Carr as to who comes in to help the team – not when Steve McClaren is judged completely on the results on the field.

If that´s what Steve is judged on – and it is – then he must be given a lot more say in which players are brought into the squad.

If Newcastle continue to allow Graham Carr to make those decisions they do so at their peril – it just doesn´t  work to bring in inexperienced players from the continent  and expect them to immediately produce the goods in the Premier League.

So we suppose if nothing changes then the Newcastle Board of Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur will decide which players to go after – once they learn how much money is available to spend from  Mike Ashley.

As we said Graham Carr usually makes those decisions although officially the Board are said to make the decisions.

That´s the most important thing right now – but it doesn´t help us one little bit that we have slumped in the last three games and are in the relegation zone when we will be trying to attract good players to the club – they may not want to come.

And just in case things don´t improve quickly then the club should be lining up a potential replacement for Steve McClaren.

That´s only in case Steve cannot turn things around – but good management is largely good planning – so Lee Charnley should be looking now at who is available.

That´s part of his job.

However, after his last two appointments of Carver and McClaren – Mike Ashley will need to be the man who makes any decision on a new manager.

There are some good former Premier League managers available in David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers.

These are the games Newcastle have next month and we need to get some points from these games and they don´t look easy.

Sat 02 15:00 A Arsenal 
Sat 09 15:00 A Watford FA Cup 3rd round 
Tue 12 19:45 H Man United 
Sat 16 15:00 H West Ham 
Sat 23 15:00 A Watford

The results in January will go a long way towards  seeing if we can pull away from the relegation zone or be fighting relegation through to the last game of the season – which is what happened last season.

What´s that about becoming a top ten club or even a top eight club?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Just seen a post on the true faith Facebook page about the club looking for a new badge design… Anyone know if there is any truth in that?

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2


    I don’t pay much attention to what managers spout in public. It’s what they say – and do – behind closed doors that matters.

    Our ‘management’ from owner to coach are out of their depth so I’m not counting on them to make the right decisions in January.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #3


    I’d only go for sissoko left as I think he can stand a ball up nicely when he has the space and I don’t think he’d play great in the middle, unless more advanced bursting through the defence.

    I’d also be tempted to play one holding play with gini and de jong in front of them, they could influence the game from there.

    What we lose in defence from having two DMs we should gain in attacking threat. Also they might keep the ball better which in itself is helpful for defence as we can’t concede if we have the ball.

  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #4


    It’s December 29 and the window opens in three days.

    One would hope that decisions have been made, hopefully with McClaren’s influence, on which players come and go.

    It’s a bit late to start going cap in hand to Ashley – we need strengthening as of January 1, not January 31st!

  • cyprus

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Keep an eye on Norwich, it’s them or us. Swansea will move up when they get over the shock of where they are, as did Southampton, who are back to business.

    Chelsea are too good though they’ll finish quite low, about tenth. Bournemouth were ready for the scrap from day one…

    Our game changers (Wini, Siss, Perez, Mitro, Cisse) have all been crap, a deeper squad would’ve seen them benched. Someone must find 4-5 game changers in the next couple weeks. Carr has lost the talent to spot talent. Thauvin’s purchase can only be described as criminal. In any other organisation a 13 million mistake would’ve seen you fired.

  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #6


    There’s a new badge available – it’ll not take long to stick ‘Sports’ over the old badge!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #7


    I always defended Carr as I think when you are working on a remit of buying young, inexperienced players then you will make mistakes, it’s inevitable that some won’t make the grade.

    I never blamed him for not having the required experience in the squad (and still don’t) as the clubs policy doesn’t allow us to go out and buy 28-31 year old who might come in and steady the ship as good squad players.

    However I do think he has been poor recently…there have been tons of quality players at a bargain, even coming out of France (Mahrez) which we haven’t even considered and we’ve wasted big money on players like Thauvin who don’t look the part at all….even slated in his own country for his displays last season.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8


    I agree on the weird choice of Thauvin. Perhaps it had something to do with dumping Cabella?

    Thauvin hasn’t impressed, but then again, he’s been given very little opportunity to redeem himself.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #9


    Possibly, could have been the only way to get cabella off the books, although from what I’ve seen I prefer cabella.

    Thauvin hasn’t played many games to judge him but he came on the back of a very poor season and he hasn’t shown anything to convince me otherwise.

    I just don’t see him making clever runs or picking (even attempting) good passes. That’s my worry with him.

  • cyprus

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #10

    I have no idea how our scouting system works, an ex-spurs director (forget his name) explained it a bit on TV, outlining how and why the bigger clubs find the gems. Essentially, it was strength in numbers and experience, as I got it.

    Like you said, he’s missed some good ones, even in France. Fans say we go for bargain basement but the facts say otherwise. Other teams have bought much better much cheaper.

    I don’t think you can point the finger at anyone particularly, usually it’s down to many people. Although the ‘buck’ stops with MA (his appointments), if I were, I’d go with Carr. We really have fallen way behind the Evertons of this world. Our players are worse than theirs.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #11


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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12

    My biggest issue with Carr is the level he has been elevated to. All scouts get it wrong, most get more wrong then right, but they aren’t as high profile. For some reason our chief scout is on our board and has far more influence then a chief scout should.

    He has made some good signings and some bad ones with a couple atrocious signings in to boot.

    How many chief scouts can people on here name without the use of google? I’d wager not many, if any at all.

    The club won’t appoint well qualified people to the board so people who shouldn’t have so much power end up in this position. Another drawback of Ashley’s model for running the club.

  • pityaka

    Dec 29, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Its got to be said that the Carr situation is beyond a joke! He has brought in nothing but rubbish apart from a few lucky finds. To continue allowing this is sheer lunacy by the club. To be sat continually near the bottom of the table season after season based on his say so, cannot be seen to be good business, nor good for the club. Other teams like Norwich, Swansea, Leicester, etc etc, manage on smaller budgets. Quite simply we have not filled the role of Striker, with a seasoned player. If you cant score goals then your doomed. Mitrovic is not the answer. Also how can you get rid of Cabella and replace with Thauvin? Carr has a list of failures as long as both of his arms and legs, and the BLUEPRINT doesn’t work. How can buying and selling players every season be good for the club. It doesn’t bring in money and it does nothing for team building. Carr out! McClaren out,

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14


    The last time we were here we bought 5 foreign players in in January and they didn’t do too bad given the circs. I really don’t want Townsend and we need a mobile pacey striker not Austin. Shelvey as a playmaker is the only one I’d go for.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #15

    I have been saying for weeks we could do with Shelvey. But we need more than just one. And I still cannot understand why Mashers continues putting faith in chinless charnley


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