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Nightmare Continues – Worst Season Ever In Premier League

2:48 am, Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

Newcastle played very well yesterday at the Emirates and if we had some players who could put the ball into the back of the net we may even have won the game.

But just like the last two games we succumbed to a late goal – this time by Laurent Koscielny after 72 minutes –  and we remain marooned in third bottom place now just 2 points above Sunderland, who beat bottom club Aston Villa 3-1 at the Stadium of Light.

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Steve McClaren has Newcastle 3rd bottom with just 17 points
The lowest points total ever for us in the PL after 20 games

And to think when we had the great 2-0 win against West Ham on May 24th last year we thought the Newcastle nightmare was over, and that we could go on and build a good side that could finish in the top ten this season – even top eight.

But how wrong can you be and we have struggled against relegation all season and it appears we will struggle down to our final league game of the season, which is at home to Tottenham on Sunday May 15th.

There is a slight chance we can get out of trouble  before then – but it´s not looking good.

Newcastle have lost 11 games in 20 Premier League game so far and with only 17 points it is the lowest number points we have had ever in the Premier League after 20 games played.

Last year we had 27 points after 20 games played and in our relegation season we had 22 points after 20 games.

We suppose a positive thing is that Leicester City had only 19 points after 29 games last season and still survived last year by getting 22 points from those last nine league games to finish above Newcastle.

What can save is to go on a string of wins which would relieve the dire situation big time.

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51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:19 AM

    Playing two anchor men is fine against teams like Arsenal or Spurs who try to play the ball about on the edge of our box as they look for an opening, but doing it against teams like WBA who usually bypass the midfield entirely with long balls or teams like Palace, Leicester, and Watford who again bypass the midfield as they attack down the wings is plain stupidity. These types of teams have nothing in central midfield that warrants two guys who are only there to break up play. Bring in Shelvey to replace Cabaye!

    Still at least the penny finally dropped that Wini isn’t a winger, but a top class centre mid.

  • 2 Derek // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:47 AM

    Just as I and many others on this blog predicted, the group of gullible fans who were convinced by Ashley’s dribble at the end of last season have done the classic double U-turn.

    – Things were bad with Pardew,
    – Things went from bad to worse with Carver,
    – Ashley’s talk meant nothing other than to convince fans to continue buying their season tickets, support Sports Direct and stop protests,
    – We continued buying unproven young players with potential resale value being the #1 priority,
    – Things are still bad with McLaren,
    – We are going to buy more profitable players and improve the squad only to the point where Ashley is convinced we’ll finish a few places above 18th to keep us hanging in the Premier League.

    The only way up is to rid Ashley of the club and he’s not going to leave as he can continue pulling the wool over the eyes of gullible fans and reel in the cash while advertising his company.

  • 3 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 3, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    Continuing on my gripe with Mclaren over his use of subs, here’s a statistics for you all.
    Mclaren has used 5 subs over 270mins of Football.

    Go figure on what it means to Mclaren coaching ability.

  • 4 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jan 3, 2016 at 4:07 AM

    last time when we were relegated we got rid of so called dead wood players and came back up fighting if we get relegated this time I hope we get rid of this dead shit ashley and his henchmen and come back fighting

  • 5 Sliema // Jan 3, 2016 at 4:10 AM


    And it took until the 86th minute for him to make one single change v Everton, that’s in a home game which we should be trying to win and have been outplayed all game.

  • 6 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 3, 2016 at 4:21 AM

    McLaren can’t understand how we got nothing out of this game. Just like the one before, and the one before that. Am I missing something? The other team scores, and we don’t, and therefore we get nothing. Isn’t that how it works? The league table doesn’t care about “the lads great attitude in training”, and the fact that they “gave everything” during the game, and we “created chances”. And “soft goals” do actually count, apparently. Pity about that, because that’s all we concede you know, never outplayed. The pathway to hell is paved with good intentions Steve, just bring that to mind when you take us down there.

  • 7 expatmag // Jan 3, 2016 at 4:49 AM

    The fact is that 52 million spent in the summer on 4 senior players, 2 of which have been abysmal failures, wasnt anywhere near enough and this has been well and truly proven.

    We knew it then and no amount of money will persuade quality to come to the club in January. We might as well start planning for the championship now.

  • 8 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 3, 2016 at 5:06 AM

    I don’t think much planning is required expatmag. I think our management, coaches and most of our players will fit seamlessly into the Championship. I mean, that’s where they belong isn’t it? They’ll feel right at home.

  • 9 davis_toons // Jan 3, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    Too many problems at are at the club and the Owner is saying look i’m not involved in this mess. I have done what it need to be at the Financial side of the game. (we thanks him for that but..)

    We have bought too many fringe players.

    Many are here just to make up numbers.

    What we need now is at least some real quality at the front and midfield while keep the squad together for next season and not so focus on sell on value.

    Our no.9 is injure and not one is there to score whatever goal. Someone needs to BANG in some 10 goals for us.

    Who are we going to look for
    The four horsemen?

  • 10 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 3, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    Sliema // Jan 3, 2016 at 4:10 AM

    exactly. a manager who knows how to make use of his subs and make tactical changes is what we need.

    mclaren basically doesn’t use any subs and continue with the match even though we are totally dominated in every department and it’s crying out for a change in personnel and tactic.

    horrendous use of subs is making us lose games.

  • 11 Mag52 // Jan 3, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Ash ley Sports Direct – Out Out Out.

  • 12 Slank // Jan 3, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    It shouldn’t have been much of a surprise to find that Gini and Tiote received the top votes. It was they who made the difference to an impressive performance albeit without us scoring (yet again) a goal and (yet again) any points to show for it.

    For our next game Tiote must start and Gini must play in the middle instead of on the wing and thereby allow Thauvan to play.

    My team:

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Colo – Dummitt
    Tiote – Gini – Colback
    Sissoko – Mitro – Thauvan

    Regrettably this leaves Perez and De Jong on the bench as I cannot see McClaren dropping Colback.

    Against a pedestrian ManU replacing Colback with either Perez or De Jong would be a risk worth taking in my opinion. We have to win. A draw is no good.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Morning Ron…so they are working tirelessly begin the scene to correct things…that one made me smile!

    How dumb do they think we are? They haven’t done jack sh!t since the last window and they even slept though that one ad well!

  • 14 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    what are the chances of new players joining us considering our league position

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    *begin = behind

  • 16 brklyngeordie // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    We are are so crap anyone who tries to find positives is crazy and drinking wtvr it is McClaren is having..

    We had since January to find a replacement and came up with a man that had his club collapse 2nd half of season and as soon as he came here extended Colo’s contract!! And I’m not even a Colo basher but why? Has took him half a season to figure out where to play Gini has no idea how to use Thauvin and has rewarded Mbabu with the luxury of learning from Dummett really WTF…

    This team is lucky if they get 30pts you really think guys like Sissoko are going to bare down and put in a shift from here on out? No No No we have to either make radical changes like now meaning staff and transfers or get back to best option drive ASHLEY OUT!!!!

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Roshan…I am not sure the league position really matter that much. Remy joined QPR when they were in the relegation zone.

    I think it has more to do with us not really wanting to sign players. It cost alot of money in January!

  • 18 firebug666 // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    SM ”I can’t mention names.” “We are talking very privately and we are not discussing anything about January, any targets.”

    The inept one use to say the same thing!

    SM “We know what we need and we know what we are doing behind the scenes. I just say we’ll keep that private until such time that something happens.”

    The inept one use to say the same thing!

    SM “Believe you me, we are working tirelessly behind the scenes to correct things and move on and get results.”

    The inept one use to say the same thing, when he knew he was getting nobody in!

    To me this is the talk of an already defeated man, (just my opinion) but it looks like SM is resigned to going with what we have.

    Relegation is looking more and more likely, and the fat man fiddles while while Penfold shoves grapes in his mouth.

  • 19 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    jesper if you put it that way then yes money talks

  • 20 cyprus // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Getting desperate, as luck is deserting us… Everton, no pens given etc. Wini, Mitrovic should definitely have scored. The dedense was rock solid, we limited Arsenal to a couple shots on goal!!

    Solution. Agree with Shearer it’s obvious. One 15 mil striker AND Armstrong for good measure. Safe.

  • 21 cyprus // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Wini should NOT win MOM, despite generally good play. He missed a sitter, better positioned than a penalty.

  • 22 firebug666 // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:35 AM


    He was unlucky, and should have scored mate, but that’s been they way for us for a while now.

    Some people are saying Perez has dropped off and is not playing well, but here’s the rub; what if McClaren has reigned him in, and told him to find a pass rather than take players on. I noticed in yesterdays game, when he would normally run at the defence he pulled himself up turned and passed to Gini, he has been doing that a lot recently.

    But maybe that’s what he is being told to do.

  • 23 Ron Knee // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Morning jesper

    Can we trust Charmless and Carr to assemble a team to get us out of the Championship? Not bloody likely!

  • 24 Reyantoon // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    I’m not happy about yesterday result.Even it were a draw.Despite claims that we were magnificent,excellent,superb etc etc..
    Some poor touching (finishing),laziness upfront from the players,I was frustrated,angered,fumed
    Don’t wanna say much but the only way to get out of this mess is by adding 3 or 4 new players,
    and save our season.
    Like they did in Jan 2013.If they won’t take a drastic action now,we’ll dive in to the dark!
    Sorry to say it but there is nothing to look forward to,unless we’ll get surprised by new additions 🙁

  • 25 cyprus // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    True about luck and I guess everyone misses them. The thing is one cannot criticise anyone in the team yesterday apart from those who should’ve scored. In all respects we won that game. Except that detail, goals tally.

    I too believe Mitrovic will come good, but we don’t have that luxury. Armstrong must be recalled now, we need a top CF and even to give Rivi a chance again. He missed much harder attempts and the fans immediately crucified him. Simple: we need one or two CFs who will put them away.

  • 26 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    McLaren’s asinine substitutions are indeed are source of frustration. Seems to be a recurring theme with Newcastle managers. I can’t recall one who used subs effectively and creatively. Maybe Keegan. Pardew was as bad as McLaren, and I always thought it was one of the weaker elements of Sir Bobby’s management.

  • 27 firebug666 // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:52 AM


    Armstrong has just had his loan extended so he’s not coming back just yet, Riviere likes to play on the left of a front 3, but I do believe that he could come good playing with Mitrovic alongside him, they can both hold the ball up well, and get into good positions, it just that final touch that is missing, but together they should be able to create space and stretch defences.

    Two big strong lads up front may be what we need, having these two in the box for crosses will worry defences and hopefully the goals will follow.

    Like you said Cyprus we won the game everywhere except the goals, and it is hard to take.

  • 28 reilly // Jan 3, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    theres a report in 1 of the rags that ashley has given carr 15mill to spend this window,if true we are fked.

  • 29 OneAlanShearer // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    I wouldn’t say any of the 4 we signed in the summer have been failures. Mitrovic just needs more time as does thauvin.

    However the fact the club only did half a job and bought 4 when we needed 10! Is where it falls down. We needed an experienced striker as well and ship out cisse. 2 DM’S one a playmaker. A better left back than Dummett. A centre back to replace colo but I’d keep colo as backup. An experienced keeper. Cover for right back. An experienced left winger with pace.

    Basically the attitude of gambling on buying just enough rather than buying what we need is what happens every season.

    We are always left with an unbalanced side.

    If you gave Mcclaren a balanced side and proper squad people may be right about him but he’s had little options to use subs and limited options to change formation.

    The regime have to back Mcclaren now. Sacking him just leaves us with an unbalanced squad and trying to fit a new system. I honestly think Mcclaren can turn this around with a good set of recruits.

  • 30 cyprus // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    That’s all we need, but this 15 mil. CF must come good. Cisse (best half season debute for a CF in the history of the PL) was cheaper than that.

  • 31 OneAlanShearer // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    If Ashley has set a budget of 15 million we are down. We need 4 to 6 players.. 50 million may not be enough.

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    There’s no need to sidetrack Armstrong’s progress by recalling him. That’s just a silly notion!

    He’s scooting goals in league one for crying out loud! That’s like the Danish First Division! I have played there.

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    I wouldn’t say we needed 10 players back in the summer. That’s a bit of a overstatement. We needed 2-3 more first team players and s overhaul of the fringe players.

  • 34 OneAlanShearer // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    How can people think 15 million is anywhere near enough!

    If Mbemba or colo get injured we have injuring prone saylor and not ready lascelles.

    If elliot gets injured we have not ready darlow.

    If Janmaat gets injured we don’t have cover.

    Our central midfield is not good enough.

    We also need a left winger with pace and power and a striker.

  • 35 John Tudor // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    the writings on the wall

  • 36 OneAlanShearer // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Jesper – we bought 4 so that leaves 6. You say we needed 2 to 3 I would say but 4 but if we say 3 that only leaves 3 squad players to make it 10.

    Our squad of 25 has about 12 not good enough in it. Signing 4 out of 25 was not enough. The squad needed an overhaul. Seasons of mismanagement and penny pinching brought us to that.

  • 37 Ron Knee // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:15 AM


    And a good manager appointed last summer. If only!

  • 38 OneAlanShearer // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    John tudor – it is indeed without significant investment.

  • 39 cyprus // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Ok you got me at 36.

    Here’s another. If one person starts at point B, 20 miles from A, with a speed of 100 mph heading toward A, and another person…. 🙂

  • 40 John Tudor // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    investment alone will not be enough

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    OneAlanShearer…I read your post as you wanted 10 new first team players? If we keep our keeper then that’s a whole new starting eleven.

    I think we were a CB, CM and a FW from a balanced side capable of competing for a top 10 position. Anything better than that required a overhaul of all the fringe players.

  • 42 Ron Knee // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:22 AM


    ‘Did you know that it takes a man in a tweed suit five and a half seconds to fall from the top of Big Ben to the ground?Now there’s not many people who know that!’

  • 43 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    We need a proper RW as well as all the others

  • 44 cyprus // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:24 AM


  • 45 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Anyone like cricket
    If so second test match v South Africa – Ben Stokes going ballistic with the bat

  • 46 firebug666 // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    We do need players in there is no doubt about that, but I also thing that with a good manager we already have a good enough squad to be better placed than we are.

    McClaren is not the man to take this team forward, we need a young dynamic coach who understands modern football, and can use our flair players abilities rather than stifle them.

  • 47 OneAlanShearer // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Jesper – yeah 10 overall so we agree. janmaat, sissoko, perez, Krul are the players Id have said kept their spot with 1 spot being debatable. If aarons was fit left wing would be covered between him and thauvin but aarons is put of contract soon. Dummett is not perfect and neither is colback or tiote. Krul had just had a serious injury for a keeper so our house is built on unsafe foundations.

    Our only saving grace is Swansea, Norwich and Bournemouth are no great shakes.

  • 48 Nufc-83 // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Couple of points from me for what it’s worth:
    – can’t understand all the hate for Perez yesterday seen a lot of people saying he was useless etc. I thought apart from first 7 mins in which he didn’t track bellerin he was excellent. He used great strength to win the ball when he had no right on a number of occasions and looked calm in possession setting up the chance for gini. Not saying he is the answer at lw tho as need a proper winger out there.
    – Tiote yesterday reminded me how good the guy is and we desperately need him to maintain that putting a creative cm next to him such as shelvey would give us a complete set up with gini as cam.
    – I think that we will bring in st least 2 good players including a goal scorer ash won’t want to lose that tv money.
    – Thauvin continues to impress me when he gets on the pitch he even played cam yesterday and looked really good in possession. I see a lot of people slagging him but I feel we need to give him a run of games before judging him.
    – I have been to harsh on dummet as I say he is useless all the time but if we get an exciting winger next to him he will be ok to progress with for now due to how solid he is defensively.
    – CB is not a priority I see a lot of colo bashers (toonbrother opinion doesn’t count as he is clearly and idiot) but him and Mbemba overall have performed well and that wil see us through before bringing in a big strong CB to play alongside Mbemba to take the club forward.
    – I really think mitro is good and will be a top player but at this moment he has the weight of the world on his shoulders and he’s only a kid. We desperately need a proven goal scorer who can finish (cisse not the answer as he cant finish when he had time to think and is purely instinctive, we need someone with both abilities).
    – colback has been utter garbage when used as a dm only yet looked a lot better when you let him get box to box… Still needs replacing with a shelvey though.

  • 49 lesh // Jan 3, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Given Ashley’s supposed astonishment at out perilous position last year – at the last game of the season, I wonder, really wonder whether he looks ay the table or is kept informed?

    The same question must be levelled at Charnley who should be taking action to alleviate the situation AND, I would have thought keeping Ashley up to speed.

    Or, is Charnley so obsessed with the finances that he’s totally oblivious to the very real threat of relegation?

  • 50 Malta Mag // Jan 3, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    The Sunderland game is still being planned for Saturday the 19th March? Has anyone got any inside info on whether the game will be re scheduled for the Sunday? I’m planning my 3rd of 4 trips back from here “on the rock” to see the lads and trying to find suitable flights? Surely it won’t remain on Saturday at 3:00pm?
    Any help would be appreciated.

  • 51 Sav // Jan 3, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    If we play like yesterday for the rest of the season I believe we will survive. I expect they will bring in someone – a striker or a left winger this month and if Aarons can get his boots on, we should be okay. Pity the season is a busted flush by January and no doubt a weakened side will head to Watford next weekend but the summer signings (even Thauvin) are all looking pretty decent now although Mitrovich is too raw to carry the burden of goals for the team this year.

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