Newcastle Have Only Two Cards Left To Play

It was more than depressing to lose yesterday at Watford, after we had done so well in beating West Ham last week but lose we did against a side that had lost their last four league games.

The performance was OK but we still think with the players we have we should be doing much better than the results we are getting.

Who would have thought last August that we would be 3rd bottom in late January?

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Steve McClaren – must start producing results

Newcastle still have time to improve the squad before a week tomorrow when the transfer window closes shut  – and we are supposed to be after Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino although the club were hoping to sign both players last week.

And with both of them there seems to be  complications because they both appear to be too expensive for Newcastle.

So before we leave it to the last day of the window and possibly fail, we have to get a good striker in before too long.

If we don´t then it will be our own fault and we will probably deserve to be relegated because of the incompetence coming from the top of the club for far too long.

That´s one card we can play and hopefully we will play that big time.

Since beating Liverpool and Tottenham in successive games – we have lost five of our last eight games in all competitions and won only one – and those results are simply not good enough.

After a disastrous start of only 3 points from the first eight games McClaren said the seasons starts now against Norwich, but in the 15 games since then we have only 18 points.

We didn´t want Steve McClaren brought in over the summer when better managers were available to us, and how many other Premier League clubs would have hired a manager who had just been fired by Derby County.

That´s the level of ambition Lee Charnley has and so far the appointment has been as much a disaster as Lee´s appointment of John Carver.

What management/executive experience and what football knowledge does this man have to qualify as the leading executive at Newcastle?

McClaren has said he has needed time to get the squad to gel but we don´t see new managers like West Ham´s Slaven Bilic, Watford´s manager Quique Flores or Leicester´s manager Claudio Ranieri having much trouble and all their sides are in the top ten and thriving.

Not at Newcastle.

Leicester are top, West Ham 6th and Watford 10th.

Steve McClaren for all his positive comments after games is in serious trouble if results don´t improve after January.

We just cannot see Mike Ashley sitting back and watching Newcastle  in the bottom three over the next few months – without  trying to do something about it.

And for Steve to say yesterday he expected the relegation fight to go down to the wire certainly cannot have impressed Mike Ashley and others after £70M has been spent on new players since the end of last season.

Why Steve said that we have no idea, but it could come back to bite him in the future – if results don´t improve.

So those are the two cards Newcastle have left to play and the first card will be played out by a week tomorrow – and we hope two very good players or more are signed by then and that one of them is a top striker.

Then Steve McClaren will have to start producing the results and not say we are terrific and controlled the game when we continue to lose.

Comments welcome.

180 comments so far

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Where are the supreme optimists ?
    Another defeat, arithmetic making survival harder week by week ?
    Come on silent majority, spokesperson Jeff, where is your optimism bias now ?

  • switch365

    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Under investment in defence and throwing money at every other position has cost us for decades.

    You win games by being strong at the back and difficult to score past, yes you need to score, but if you’re almost guaranteed to concede life is so much tougher.

    We’ve never had a solid defence, and the last time we won something was 1969 … wonder why

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Sampauli and benitez are available now

    Only consolation is CP are dropping like a stone.

    What did carr ever really see in mitro. he can’t beat anyone with pace or skill and seems to totally mistime his jumps at crosses.

    If we have to beg remy then get it done, a pacy striker who knows where the net is, cos the current lot couldn’t hit the proverbial barn door. While we’re at it Guerreiro for LB please

    You know the game is up when you see gouffran come on. How can Shelvey be so night and day from last week!

    We have a pile of absolute s–t mainly from france with gouff, obertan,marv, rivi, haidara, thauvin etc.

    SM stop writing emails and get some proper management done or rather just walk.

    Carr, charnley, SM none of them fit for purpose.

  • damma99

    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Peter Crouch would do a good job and is available.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    You’re still not answering my question, worthwhile or not worthwhile, what was it that Ashley actually done last season, do you mean his hastily rehearsed interview.

  • geordieboy83

    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    We need to win next week that’s for certain. The plus sides for me are our remaining home games,
    Swansea, Sunderland, Bournemouth, west brom, palace I honestly don’t see us losing any of them and I believe we will get bonus points from Spurs at home, Norwich and villa away. I really don’t think we are a million miles away, and refuse to give up hope.

    On the formation, people can blast him all they want but let’s look at it the other way of he had of gone 442 and lost we would’ve complained he should’ve went 352. Need a striker no doubt. Aarons was picked to suit the formation. Not because mclaren sees him as a left back. I’ve seen a few people say he’s inept as he sees him as a full back but that’s boll0cks. He played him left back pre season to show him the defensive side of the game and to get a better understanding of it. Good coaching in my humble opinion.

    On mitrovic, rotonda the whole world saw mitrovic as one of the best young uns in the game at present time and was considered a hell of a coup when we got him. He’s just a kid with unlimited potential he’s not even old enough to have failed at anything yet

  • blew

    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    The worry is who we bring in, there is too
    much dependence on Mondial Sports Management
    to supply us with their players. Cabaye, Sissoko, Debuchy
    Thauvin, Mitrovic, Cabella, Ben Arfa,Riviere and Saivet
    have all come through that Agency. Has Carr scouted the players or has he rang Mondial and asked for players?
    Quite a few of the signings are duds and I dont think they have been properly scouted. The Thauvin signing in particular stinks and needs investigating, bring back Moat for a while to look at the signings from Mondial.

  • benjohnsen

    Jan 24, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Mourinho is also available for a short term contract. Pay him £4 mill until the summer and it will be the best signing we have done for years.

    He might have fallen out with the players at Chelsea, but he would gain immediate respect in our dressing room.

    Get this clueless clown McClaren out. He is worse than Pardew.

    He will then go on to bigger things and we will have time to find a new decent manager that are willing to coach this side next season.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9


    Yeah crouch would give us the pace we desperately need…lol!! we already hit enough long hit and hope stuff, why encourage it even more.

  • benjohnsen

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10

    8 correction. Mourinho will go on to to bigger things, not McClaren or Pardew.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11


    mourinho is very high maintenance . He needs massive backing to succeed. He couldn’t do what ranieri has done. Judging by the way he blamed everyone at chelsea, bar himself, I’d say JM’s star is on the wane.

    The guy who just left the chile job would be amazing.

  • sparky55

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Our squad in the hands of a half decent coach / manager would be no where near the lowly position we currently occupy…Maclaren’s only success in the last 4 years has been in delivering consistent abject failure and he’s certainly excelling at that as we speak.

    Every single player must have been on a high from last weeks game and there wasn’t a position that played badly…so what does Maclaren decide to do?…not only change players unnecessarily but changes to an untried and untested formation that caused utter confusion in the ranks.

    Watford were there to be taken. We played rubbish and were confused all the way through the first half and watford were so cr@p they couldn’t even capitalise on our disorganisation and p!ss poor display. At half time Maclaren had the chance to get everyone together, re-ignite their enthusiasm, change the system, make a change and press on. What happens…we come out for 2nd half asleep and never woke up until the last 15 minutes when it was too late as usual.

    The manager is an over thinking numpty who thinks he’s much better than he actually is. He should go now before it’s far too late and I’d even be happy for Cathro to see us through til next season if we can’t blag someone like Laudrup or Moyes to step in right now.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13


    do you mean mort

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s like this after every defeat now, we can’t give up hope as we are in a five horse race with potentially some new faces coming in, but if he wanted to be judged after ten games, then thirteen then after a season, if we finish seventeenth, can it be judged that he is sh!t.

  • geordieboy83

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15


    You misunderstand me mate. McLaren has a lot answer for although sometimes like yesterday I believe his hands are tied formation wise. He would’ve been slaughtered playing Perez as a wing back or if he played mbemba or lascelles at lb in a 442.

  • jon.c

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16

    with the players we have available we should be half way up the table our coaching team are rubbish S M wanted 10 weeks to turn us round after 22 weeks are still in the same situation other managers turn things around quickly don’t let S M pull the wool over your eyes MA get rid now

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail…you know what he did and this is not about your opinion of it. We know that one.

    Do you need an argument is that it?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18

    But why is mitro so rated. he scored a lot of goals in a poor league. You know with the ball at his feet he’s never going to beat anyone with pace or skill and his one on ones with the keeper never fill you with confidence. Most of all when he’s up for it then great, but a lot of times he can look disinterested and moody.

    Lilo was right, we have needed a rapid mobile striker who knows where the net is all season.

    Where SM fails is he is just like AP, JC and SA previously, ie no evidence of a plan B and when he does get something right he doesn’t stick with it.

    Cowardly charnley and carr got us SM and now we’re the paying the price again

  • NoahJ

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    I’ve just totted up a reasonable expectation for the rest of the season, of 15 points (4 wins, 3 draws from remaining 15 games)- which would have been enough to keep us up last season.

    Everyone stop panicking! we were absolute garbage yesterday, but the previous week we were fantastic (therefore, we do have the ability, we just need a boost… a new striker to lift the dressing room maybe?!)

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    One manager who will save us is David Moyes! It won’t be pretty but he won’t be saying we were terrific when we’ve just defended like schoolboys and missed chances like Sunday league strikers.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail in answer to an earlier post….carr has everything to do with smc ‘s appointment. Carr is the only one with football knowledge at the club. He is the operational pivot. He has absolutely everything to do with our mess and i have been saying this for years. I see nothing to change my mind. The deals with his main agency shud be investigated and he should be sacked. Ashley has every right to wonder how we can be worse now after spending 70 mill

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    He’d already tried 3 at the back and it had failed miserably, to change the set up due to not having a LB was ridiculous.

    Instead of playing one player in a position they found uncomfortable he did it to the whole team.

    It’s like cutting your head off if you have a spot, total overkill.

    Not sure if this was part of Steeves master to get players in but IMO very poor decision and HE cost NUFC the game.

  • sparky55

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #23

    One of the key attributes of a manager at any level is to get the team to perform at a level that is greater than the sum of the parts.

    We did that last week and have done it maybe three times this season which is about 15% of the time or like once in every 7 games. The rest of the time it’s like night and day…we’re either great or we’re really sh!te and that to me is sign of a p!ss poor manager

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24

    Master plan

  • geordieboy83

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25


    I think he’s so rated because he defies his years when he is on song he is unplayable, and I agree at times he annoys the hell out of me, but at his age it’s almost impossible to find such consistency lukaku as an example. Only now are we seeing the signs of what he is really capable of. He’s blessed with a bit more pace than our mad Serb granted. He will be a great player I believe although I’m not master scout just a humble a mature footballer who believes he knows best on everything haha

  • vlojo

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #26

    I too am trying to stay optimistic – the quality IS there and Mitrovic has far more impact than the casual observer realises. He had 61 touches against West Ham, Shelvey had 59 and was considered to put in a performance!

    I looked at the fixtures last night and totally agree with your summing up. I’m so tired of seeing negativity and hatred … It’s what the club is becoming and surely that is filtering out and affecting our performances.

    Seeing Micah Richards responding to Villa fans summed it up for me – of course they care and want to do well – we are in it together and we are SUPPORTERS

    I think we can stay up too, can we not try and stick together?

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #27

    It’s easy to pick a few games we may win a get safe! The problem is there are only 2 teams who look like they’re definitely down and the others above us will probably win the same number. Our players are too good to go down but they’re no where near as good as the last squad that went down.
    I’ve been trying to analyse our defeats and we always give away goals at crucial times either very early or just before or after half time and this is down to leadership or lack of it on the field; Colo is virtually silent he needs to be shouting and bawling at them but he never will as we know!

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Geordieboy, but we thought that mitro’s foil was going to be wiji playing 10 , rather than left wing where he is wasted?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #30

    Ron…I think at this point removing McC is our only option,but it’s pointless if we are going to relive that they did when Pardew left.

    Charnley had to go as well! That goes without saying I think.

    I went back prior to the summer and even post summer on the blogs threads a while back. Still cannot believe how many who thought McC was a good appointment. Even harder to believe how many in the aftermath who are trying to give off the impression that they never rated the appointment in the first place…

    …talk about being fickle!

  • NoahJ

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #31

    @26 moonraker

    I agree it’s a simplistic way of looking at it, but I’ve seen enough this season to believe we are capable of winning 4 more games before the end of the season.

    The reason we’re in this mess is largely due to committing the cardinal sin of losing to the teams around us; I don’t even want to think about our situation if we hadn’t beaten spurs and liverpool (which we had no right to do really)
    we’ve also lost points late on because we’ve lost concentration (everton, arsenal, west brom springing to mind)

  • BandB

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #32

    I think we’ll get around 15 more points from the fixtures remaining.
    Sunderland and Swansea will struggle to get that from their remaining fixtures, unless one of them goes into Great Escape mode, which someone usually does.
    It may be us.
    Unless McClaren’s head is turned by a top club tapping him up.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #33

    *that = what

  • Jack Root

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #34

    Laudrup or Moye? Would be a retrograde step in my opinion. I would be very surprised if Laudrup ever gets another job in top flight English football. Whilst at Swansea he was viewed as less than “conscientious ” as their Chairman described him for fear of legal action. Moyes is a colourless individual who has a plodders approach to management and a younger ambitious coach/ manager would be the way to go.
    Meanwhile. McClaren does need to buck his ideas up and ensure we do get his preferred options signed up. Also he should stop saying silly things at post match press conferences which for us travelling savy fans is not on. Let’s not forget the side he inherited from Carver. We need to concentrate our efforts on bringing the right players in at both ends. We leak goals and don’t score enough particularly away.
    The time for personnel changes will be in the summer. I see Joey Barton is doing well at Burnley and we need players with his sort of determination. If we were to bring in a new manager now it would be someone like Harry Redknapp and that really would have us going backwards. Just compare and contrast what Pochettino is doing at Spurs with the aid of a first class Chairman and lifelong supporter Daniel Levy. At the end of the season we should review where we are and what needs to be done.

    Something I posted earlier in the week:
    I see it’s being widely reported that Man U are looking to replace LVG in the summer with Pochettino and John McDermott who is the head of coaching and player development at Spurs. To compare and contrast what Spurs are doing with their academy and player recruitment shows that were light years behind.
    Brendan Rodgers, who’s probably got a book to sell, has said that he thought he’d clinched a deal to sign Dele Alli for Liverpool as he spent a few hours talking to him. Only to find that he had been snatched away by Spurs.
    Last November, Adam Armstrong during a visit from one of our scouts, tipped him off that Coventry had a midfielder James Maddison that premier league scouts were looking at. Apparently the feedback was that we would take a look and later that we were interested but would look to do business in the summer.
    Today The Times are reporting that Spurs are too increase their offer to £5 million before the window closes and are expected to sign him. OK maybe we have more pressing recruitment issues or just plain naivety.
    Sorry to keep banging on but I believe we need a complete overhaul of personnel at the academy and scouting network nationally and indeed globally. Speculate to accumulate.

  • BandB

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #35

    Also, in my new reputation management role, can I point out that the club finances have never been better, and that I’ve seen a lot worse than this in my 95 years watching Newcastle.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #36

    Noah i agree with that. Whats killing me is steve’s continuous nonsense about controlling the game etc. Our team is worth more than watfords, or it was at the start of the season but they have showed us how to win 3 times. Their pace and work rate was far far better than ours. If we can survive we have to sack carr and steve and make a measured judgement re a new manager. But that wont happen. In fact if we go down we will keep steve and the club will issue a statement re consistency or some such rubbish.

  • BandB

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #37

    We play well when other teams let us play well.
    We were second to nearly every 50/50 challenge yesterday, and as a result pressed only the first couple of balls before dropping off to form a laager in the penalty box.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #38


    It’s already 24 January and therefore too late for Ashley’s epiphany this year! Maybe next 6 January, when we’re playing in the Championship, or relegation candidates in the PL again?

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #39

    If we get berahino or the chelsea guy, will we play mitro? And where will wiji play? I presume 4231? I presume he still wants mitro up top?

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 24, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #40

    Bloody hypocrites on here and the same with Ed!

    80% of fans on here and including Ed wanted McClaren here before any decent manager and you twats got what you’s wanted and so now the tables have turn and bloggers like myself and a fair few others on here can’t even reflect our anguish or even gloat because we won’t hear the last of it.

    If memory serves me right Ed you were ecstatic when McClaren name came forward and even more ecstatic when we signed him!

    Fair due McClaren has changed our style and it looks a lot better and has us playing better regardless of the results but at the end of the day only 20% of us didn’t want him in the first place but unfortunately we are stuck with him regardless!

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