This Is How Newcastle Got Where They Are Today

Newcastle don’t score enough goals – we have only 19 goals in 19 league matches this season – the third worst in the Premier League – and we concede far too many goals at the other end.

We have conceded 34 goals which is the second worst in the Premier League – so with that goals for and goals against record it’s not too surprising we are third bottom of the league and in bad way as we enter 2016.

How we got this way after last year at this time we were 9th top on 26 points is a very good question – but let’s put it down to poor (we are being kind) leadership from the top.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
The two at the top 

Even if it isn’t poor leadership those at the top have to take the responsibility (also known as the blame) and be accountable for where Newcastle have plunged to over the last 12 months since Alan Pardew left the club.

We hope things will get better soon, but for that to happen we have to have a terrific January transfer window and we also need to win some games – starting this month.

It’s been a terrible last year and these are some of the things the club  did that helped plunge us into a relegation battle last season and another one this season:

  • Let Alan Pardew leave (for £4M to Crystal Palace) without having an experienced replacement lined up
  • Appointed the completely untested John Caver as interim manager
  • Did not strengthen the team at all last January and in fact weakened it by letting Davide Santon leave on the very last day of the transfer window
  • Allowed John Carver to stay on as interim manager even though he nearly took us down to the Championship by losing eight games in a row.
    We managed to lose nine games and win only one of the last 11 games last season
  • Did not appoint a top manager in the summer who was a proven winner – instead the job was offered to Steve McClaren, who was always Lee Charnley’s first choice and who days earlier had been fired by Championship club Derby County
  • Did not sufficiently strengthen the squad last summer, particularly in defense –  after allowing the squad to become threadbare by not investing in the two previous January transfer windows
  • Continue to sign players from the continent who need significant time to get used to the pace and physical nature of the Premier League

Those are just some of the poor decisions made that have seen Newcastle struggle so much last season and this season.

We could list more but we’d only become more depressed.


When an organization gets into trouble, it’s very rare and very difficult for those who got the club in trouble to get the club out of trouble.

But that’s what we need to do in the next few months – since presumably Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are going nowhere.

January will be a crucial month for both transfers coming in and also for the four tough games we have to play in the Premier league against Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham and Watford.

But if we do go down it’s been caused by a lack on consistent investment in the squad, poor leadership from the top and a (total) lack of ambition.

Aiming for a modest goal of being in the top ten in the Premier League has Newcastle now fighting against relegation.

That’s the poor state that Newcastle find themselves in as we enter 2016 – we wish it was lot better – but the truth is it’s not good.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • Welshbirmgeordie

    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Paul Dummet is the best footballer the north east can produce out of the thousands of kids who play every week….this cannot be true !?

  • expatmag

    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Interesting to see that Austin wasnt named in the starting line up or the bench for the game against Hull last night.

  • jane

    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #3

    QPR v Hull was this afternoon and Austin is injured.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Yep he was injured but has been bench warming under Jimmy anyway.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #5

    If Lee Charnley always always always wanted McClaren it’s because it fitted his own limited ambition and kept him in a comfort zone that he was ill prepared to step out of and beyond. There’s always a weak link in a chain and to wait on McClaren as a ” safe pair of hands” was a predictable yet flawed mistake on Charnleys part. It’s not that his own thinking that such a logical and seemingly predictable appointment was particularly bad just that it was risk averse and with Ashley as his boss he took the safe route. That’s where the lack of ambition or of true understanding of what NUFC is about lies and chickens are yet again coming home to roost. Painful to watch.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Charnley didn’t have a say, he was told he always always always wanted him. No way ashley let’s chat ley have any say in anything….it her than how many sugars to put in the fat man’s tea

  • Our Toon

    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Other than not it her daft phone

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Hasselbaink isn’t talking to him because he wants to leave !!

  • jane

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #9

    and probably doesn’t want to be sold.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think Dummet is a bad player. Prefer him central to left back though! He should never be more than a squad player though! can see him becoming the new willo in fans eyes

  • jayphoto

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Austin is ridiculously overrated! His chance conversion rate is poor and hes just an out an out poacher like Cisse who adds little other than instinct finishing!
    Not sure why eds so hot on us signing him but there’s at least 5 strikers in the championship id rather sign

  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #12

    If Saivet’s concerned about the Club’s lowly position, then surely it must occur to Charnley either to pay the lad enough so he wants to come or write a get-out clause into his contract.

  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #13


    Let’s not rule out the possibility (likelihood?) that Carr recommended McClaren and Carr, being an Ashley favourite would have much influence in his appointment.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #14


    I think with SM mate you just don’t know what you’re going to get. He probably thought we would get similar to what he did with Borough or Twente, rather than England, Wolfsburg or Derby.

    Interesting to see Derby are 2nd place in Champo.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Does anyone know when Carr’s contract expires? It was renewed in 2011 wasn’t it for 8 years or less?

  • Our Toon

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #16


    Hassilbaink made a statement immediately by not playing Austin and lining up with no strikers against Burnley at home in his first game in charge.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Did everyone forget about Berahino? I doubt Spurs would go after him again.

    Berahino or Austin?

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #18

    By the way, Pards really stalled Patrick Bamford’s career. LOL. They could send him back to Chelsea & we could pick him up.
    But we also have Armstrong.

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Jimmy Floyd is a big fan of Patrick Bamford and is hoping to use his Chelsea connections to acquire him on loan .

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Alan Nixon in The Sun

    NUFC have a £15million-plus move for Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi top of their January shopping list.
    Steve McClaren believes the 22-year-old Belgian striker can shoot Toon out of the drop zone.
    Talks have already begun with the French club where Batshuayi averages a goal every other game since arriving from Standard Liege 18 months ago.
    Owner Mike Ashley is willing to spend fortunes to keep Toon up — and may be timing his bid perfectly.

  • Belfast

    Jan 2, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #21

    15 million when they want 50 million? Haha good Craic that like

  • Belfast

    Jan 2, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #22

    I bet that phonecall will get a hilarious response lol

  • Jib

    Jan 2, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #23

    Le Brune says he wants €50 million
    I think he’ll take £20 million

  • NewcastleMole

    Jan 2, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Mike Ashley doesnt have much to do with the day to day running of the club, he leaves it up to Charnley. Ashley is guilty of allowing the state of affairs to continue, Charnley is guilty of terrible decision making, Carr is guilty of recommending players which dont fit the team, technically & physically they might be up to the job but mentally theyre piss poor.
    McClaren is a good coach but a poor manager

    Managers come and go but ultimately its down to those on the pitch to get the points and for too long we’ve played really dire football and its time for some faces to move on. Coloccini, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Obertan, Goufran, Tiote, Riviere, Marvauex.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 2, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Are there two bigger clowns in football today than Mike and Lee? Laugh it up pinheads.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 2, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #26


    I can name 3:

    1. Venky’s at Blackburn.
    2. Massimo Cellino at Leeds.
    3. Al-Fayed/Shahid Khan at Fulham.

    I would take Ashley any day over those 3.

  • mainemagpie

    Jan 2, 2016 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #27

    I looked at the last 15 seasons of the premier league and compared the bottom 3 after 19 games with the bottom 3 after 38 games of the same season. Only 20% of the time did all 3 teams after 19 games also get relegated. 53% of the time 2 of the 3 in the bottom 3 were relegated and 33% of the time only 1 of the three were relegated. Interestingly the team that was in 18th spot after 19games, 54% of the time avoided relegation.

    In the 2010/11 season Fulham were on 16 points after 19 games and faced Arsenal on Jan 2nd, 2011. They won 2-1 and went on to win 8 more times that season ending in 8th spot on 49 points.

    The point of this, is that Newcastle have a more than 50% chance of not finishing in the bottom 3 this season. The team needs our support not our negativity. Howay the lads!

  • brklyngeordie

    Jan 2, 2016 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #28

    So prediction for tomorrow tell me if you’ve heard it before:

    Line -up will be the same as last few games except Tiote for Anita..

    We will have no creativity as usual will try to produce only down the right side the little we see of ball, nothing will come from it, will probably be exposed down both flanks and middle of the park get stuffed for minimum 3 goals and post game McClaren will say we really worked hard but probably could use a few bodies this MONTH..

    Nothing will really happen in market we will be as bad in 16 as 15, we will blame the front office and manager and all the while knowing full well Ashley is to blame but won’t protest long enough or strong enough cause there will be those who say we should support the lads in this relegation battle.

    A new year is supposed to bring new hope but hard to feel that way while supporting NUFC while the powers that be remain in charge..Really wish to be proven wrong but im no fool nor mad I’ve seen this train wreck before and see it coming again.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #29

    What a glowing endorsement when somebody is mentioned in the same breath as those mentioned by Magpie season, only he forgot to mention the lunatic Tan and the vile rapist Oyston.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #30


    My point was that Ashley ain’t so bad when you compare him to others.

    It’s like you think you’re life sucks & get depressed when you compare it to your more rich & successful friends who live in mansions & drive Jaguars & have hot brunette girlfriends & go holiday couple times a year. But then you compare your life with the other side & you realise you are more than content with just food on the table, clothes on your back & a roof over your head.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #31

    mainemagpie @27:

    Mate, that is what I was trying to ask yesterday. We’re still 3rd favourites to get relegated by the bookmakers but I don’t think we will. So wanted opinions on if I should put a $1,000 stake on us not to get relegated, before or after Arsenal.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2016 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Magpie season,
    I really don’t get your analogy plus it is debatable whether he is is the worst of the lot.

  • nut meg

    Jan 2, 2016 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #33

    Magpie Season
    We are currently 10/11 to go down.We are are 11/1 to win today with Arsenal 30/100 to win.Those odds should tell you what to do without seeking other peoples opinions.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2016 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #34

    If you really think we’ll stay up then as we probably won’t get anything at Arsenal you’d be better off wsiting until Monday, unless you think we might pull off our first win down there since that AC header

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 2, 2016 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #35

    It’s amazing to me that there hasn’t been more talk of McClaren getting the elbow. I mean now is really the time to do it. Not much point when there’s half a dozen games to go and you’re up to your neck in it. Virtually nobody thinks McClaren can turn things around. A new manager in now might, just might, have some input into any January signings and have time to put his own imprint on the squad and the football. With us sat where we are on the table, nobody could do much worse surely. Anyway I don’t know why it’s not being talked about.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 2, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #36

    nutmeg & jail,

    That’s what I was unsure about. Thought we would lose to Pool & Spurs but win against Villa & WBA. And it’s Arsenal too, so you never know.

    Right now yeah we’re 10/11 NOT TO go down. which is a lot in my opinion (even though we are 18th) as only halfway.

    I think I’ll just bet before the Arsenal game. The difference would be around $300 with a $1000 stake so doesn’t really matter.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 2, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #37

    Scratch that. Looking at the other games even if we do win we could still be 18th. I’ll wait till the Monday.

  • nut meg

    Jan 2, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #38

    Check with your bookie before you place a bet just to make sure.

  • hibbitt

    Jan 2, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #39

    transfer window is now open

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #40

    mainemagpie…the team need to start producing and McClaren needs to actually show up!

    …simply does doing the same each week hoping for a different outcome is just insane!

    We’ll start to support more when they start doing their part. It’s a give and take relationship my friend. Right now we are the only one giving!


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