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Newcastle’s Top Management Failing Their Fans Once Again

7:31 am, Sunday, January 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

You cannot accuse the people running Newcastle United these days – Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and owner Mike Ashley from being logical – but what’s changed?

It’s been obvious to everybody this season that we need a striker brought in but we are 24 days into the transfer window and we still haven’t signed a striker.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Uninspiring leadership from the top

And Southampton signed a player who could have saved Newcastle – Charlie Austin – and he gave an immediate return on the low £4M investment 8 minutes after coming on at Old Trafford yesterday, with a great headed goal to win the game 1-0 for the Saints.

He’s exactly what we needed, but we didn’t get him and the rumors are being put out he didn’t want to come north.

That’s a convenient rumor for Newcastle, who should explain just how we managed to fail to get Charlie in since last summer – but they wont – it would be too embarrassing for them.

We had only four fit defenders yesterday and the formation that Newcastle used at Watford had to change because of that – and it didn’t help things.

For a Premier League side to have only four fit defenders should be embarrassing to a club – but seemingly not Newcastle.

And are we trying to get more defenders in during this transfer window – in short – no.

Somebody should explain to Newcastle fans why they think we have enough defenders to see us through to the end of what is becoming another disastrous season for Newcastle – especially with all the injuries we always pick up.

We pick up more injuries than any other Premier League club every season – fact – which is a reason to have a bigger squad than other clubs.

Two weeks ago when we lost to Watford in the FA Cup 3rd round it was so embarrassing that we had been eliminated from the FA Cup for the fourth time running that Newcastle were forced to move quickly.

One reason for that was to ward off the criticism coming in from fans, who were furious.

We hope that happens again and it would be good to get Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino through the door and give fans at least a little bit of hope that we can escape relegation this season – and with every defeat like yesterday’s that’s becoming less likely.

Our experience is in executive management at IBM and in real businesses – when accountability is always present – heads would roll with the disastrous results Newcastle have had – especially over the last 12 months – they have been unbelievably poor.

Since Alan Pardew left we have played 42 games in the Premier League and we have a measly 34 points and just 8 wins – and that’s relegation form right there.

We have also played four cup ties and lost three of them.

Over a 38 game season that record amounts to about 31 points – we had 34 points when we were relegated back in 2009 and we will not even mention our terrible goal difference in those 42 games – but it’s -33.


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With 21 points from 23 games right now that translates to about 35 points for this season if we continue like we’ve been doing with no improvement.

We hope the powers that be can get two or three players in over the next week to give Newcastle’s (very) long-suffering fans some hope for the future – and please – splash the cash if that’s necessary.

At the moment things look bleak – very bleak – and it’s down to inept and uninspiring leadership from the top – and they are taking this great club south far too quickly.

That’s the truth.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Jan 24, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Why don’t the club try and bring Mourino in until the end of the season ‘To assist with day to day’ and keep Josè involved in football.
    I think the general consensus is Mac is happier as a coach.
    Just thinking outside the box….
    I don’t think we will buy the players to get us out this mess

  • 2 cyprus // Jan 24, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Include AP in that table. He had some comparable old runs himself. He’s on to one right now 😉

    And it seems pretty obvious that striker didn’t want to come here. It really is. If the fee had been around 10 ok, but 4?

    I’m not propping up anyone, but we must stop being negative, self fulfilling prophecy and all that. We bought Shelvey, who was amazing in the first game and total rubbish in the second. Will fit right in at Jekyll and Hyde NUFC 🙂 That Saivet is supposed to be good, we’ll see.

    Shelvey is what everyone (except me, hope I’m very wrong) was begging for, saying no way he’ll come here, well here he is.

    Stay positive. We have no choice. But plenty of games. We CAN play football, (we also can’t I know)…

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 24, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    good summing up of our problems.
    My biggest problem is Mitrovic. I think he is to slow – not just in pace movement but the thought process. Take yesterday 4 crosses went in across the box two from Sissoko, one from Aarons and one from Jaanmaat. But where was our centre forward ten yards behind the ball. He should of been busting a gut to get up with play. Also he has had about ten one-on-ones with goalkeepers and has not scored one!!!
    Apart from that his hold up play is good and is a handful for defenders – but what did we buy him for – GOALS

  • 4 cyprus // Jan 24, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Fair analysis of the player. He had a one on one yesterday and held it up instead of blasting ahead. That’s why I’ve been calling for (a) Bellamy. He saved a slowing Shearer. Mitro with that kind of guy who can lend a big hand with goals will be amazing and come good.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Jan 24, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    It was only a matter of time before muppets slagged off saivet and aarons, next week they will be saying get rid of gini and shelvey.

  • 6 Ron Knee // Jan 24, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    I’m more or less reconciled to relegation. The main problem is that the team of incompetents (Charmless, Carr, McClaren) who are taking us INTO the Championship will probably be the same to try and take us OUT.

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    It’s getting to the point where I just go to the comment sections. Ed’s drivel gets harder to read by the minute.

    …at bit like our situation with the blog pests Jeff and Carl!

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    I like Mitrovich and think he has got a lot of potential but he is 21 years old, brand new to a league and should never have been brought in to a team as the main goal getter, especially in to a team had managed three wins all year managed by a new manager who had three wins all year with his previous club.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Morning Ron…at what point do you think the decision-making at this so-called board gets so poisonous that we fans simply have to remove them from office (not literally of course)

  • 10 hibbitt // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    they must know what the problems are even moncur must read the game and see what we need ashley/charnley are the only two that can sort this out and it needs to start today we need at lest 3 players CF/LW/LB players that can hit the ground running ……but thats not going to happen is it with this lot

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Luckily you are not one of the muppets and your footballing wisdom mesmerises us all !

  • 12 almondrichie // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    this transfer window is over..we won’t get anymore players and our survival depends on whether we bring change the coach….with Steve we will go down…its makes me wonder when people say that top managements will take actions to avoid the drop…owners don’t care about the club nowadays…whats the use splashing 70million in a single year when you appoint a worst coach who is clearly as old as his tactics…REMEMBER WE DIDN’T SPEND FOR NEARLY 3 YEARS so don’t say that Ashley is a fond owner….its our telecast money…he ain’t spending from his own account…people should accept the fact that we are going down..its over…..TELL ME WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME WE BOUGHT A PLAYERS WHEN CLEARLY THE NEGOTIATIONS WERE DRAGGING FOR MORE THAN A WEEK…football has been part of our life and it will definitely be…LETS ENJOY THE LAST FEW MONTHS OF PREMIERE LEAGUE..

    cheers mates !

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Why would you invest so much money in retaining McC?…for what reason and to prove what point exactly?

    …I swear this owner and his lackey are megalomaniacs!

  • 14 Ron Knee // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Morning jesper

    If your target is finishing 17th then at some time or other you’re going to make a miscalculation. I think that time is now!

    I can see Charmless, Carr and McClaren still with us in League One.

  • 15 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Carr wouldn’t stay if we were in League One. Not enough money in the envelopes exchanged at the pub for him at that level. He’s got used to the good life bought by the likes of Cabella, Riviere and Thauvin. It’s slim pickings for a bent scout if you are signing a kid from the conference whose manager is his uncle Neville who drives taxis.

  • 16 NoahJ // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    I still rate Mitrovic; he was awful yesteryday, but he’s a striker that relies on service: zero midfield support and playing 4-5-1 didn’t help that.

    I just still can’t understand why perez didn’t start yesterday. He and Mitro need to play together.

  • 17 Sav // Jan 24, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Give Shola the manager’s job and he can play himself up front, too.
    See Shola’ yesterday about 2.20 into the video:

  • 18 Sav // Jan 24, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    ….Make that 2 minutes 30 in.

  • 19 dannitoon // Jan 24, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Charlie austin didn’t want to come FFS.. stop going on about it….

  • 20 dannitoon // Jan 24, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    How was he awful…. held the ball up well.. won most in the air, hr turned n passet it to the midfielders. His shot was well saved… problem is…. Gini doesn’t turn up to away games… home games mitrovic has the support, away games zip shit.. for large spells we were playing so deep there was 50 yards between mitrovic and midfield…

  • 21 James RS // Jan 24, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    By not sacking McClaren… The defence looked all at sea why did he play 3 at the back?

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