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Newcastle Board Culpable For Mess – Mainly These Two People

8:35 pm, Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

We see there are still some people who are blaming Mike Ashley for the mess we are in at the moment – and this season has simply been a continuation of last season´s nightmare under John Carver.

Nothing has improved – in fact things are worse and we have been struggling with relegation all season.

But Mike Ashley last May did change the way he ran the club by taking himself off the Board and appointing the Board members as Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur with the first two really running the show.

lee charnley close-up

Lee Charnley leads the Board

Ashley´s new approach hopefully is that he takes a hands-off approach and gives the Board money every transfer window and it´s up to them to spend it right – to get then best bang for the buck so to speak.

They are also responsible for choosing the head coach as Ashley made very clear during his Sky Sports interview in May.

So the Board are really responsible for the two previous transfer windows and they also carry accountability to Ashley, who surely cannot be too pleased at the performance of the team this season.

We have wasted too much money on players like Florian Thauvin and we have still failed after last month´s window to strengthen the defense and in addition bring in a recognized Premier League goalscorer.

graham carr

Graham Carr – huge influence on Board

Why the defense hasn´t been strengthened we really don´t know and of the eight senior players who were brought in for £81M since the end of last season one is a defender – and the defense remains Newcastle´s biggest weakness.

If there is going to be a Fans Forum soon then they would be good questions to ask – specifically about not strengthening the defense – which has been weak for over two years now.

It´s also looking like injuries will play a role in the run-in, and we still have not got enough cover in defense and of course we let Mike Williamson leave last month to Wolves.

More proof that these guys never think things through  fully and we´ll probably allow Cheick Tiote to leave before the end of the month and then Henri Saivet will get injured in the next game – as part of the Murphy´s (Sod´s) Law phenomenon.

They will all say we are unlucky.

It seems for our defense we are in much the same boat as we were last year at this time and again we will find it hard to field a back four on Saturday against West Brom with Mbemba and Dummett injured (again) and Lascelles suspended for one game.

That´s strange for a club that has spent so much money in the transfer market – you usually fix your weaknesses, but seemingly not at Newcastle.

The best we can hope for on Saturday is two Geordies coming in – Steven Taylor coming in after being out since August with hamstring problems and Jack Colback being able to play at left back – Aarons lacks the experience to effectively play there as we found out last night when he clumsily gave away a penalty.

So when we look closer at the business we have done over the last two windows it hasn´t fixed too many of our problems, although we do have almost a new midfield in Shelvey, Saivet and Townsend.

We are still letting far too many goals in at the back and we still find it difficult to score goals.

And as far as the coaches go – Charnley with the help of Graham Carr selected both John Carver and Steve McClaren – two disastrous errors of judgement which have helped to get us where we are today.

In dire danger of being relegated in May – in spite of spending £81M on new players.

Our revenues would sink dramatically to less than £50M next season and it´s when with the new PL deal we would be getting close to £140M at the end of next season if we maintain our PL status.

There’s an awful lot riding on the results of our last 14 league games.

To end on a positive note if we can survive then we expect Newcastle to spend huge amounts this summer – but we have to ensure we bring in the right players and we must strengthen that defense!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Time for these to go, but of course they will be here when we are in the championship. Un-sackable…

  • 2 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    For anyone catching up on this blog when they come on, sorry for what you have read… Honestly none of it was worth your time.

  • 3 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Makes the days of when it was just Welsh and Jeff seem so special… Probably still is just those two.

  • 4 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Is there any defenders that we could bring in who are out of contract ? Got to be better than slapping Aarons at left back against West Brom that has disaster written all over it

    What about that left back we got from City ? Hes 18 now but at least he is a left back

  • 5 toon22 // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    The whole thing is tedious.
    The club,team,board,manager. blog,the whole boat show.

  • 6 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Our defence is not even championship level now… I bet we make West Broms attack look like Barcelona.

  • 7 magscar // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Come on lads at least Ed is trying restore order on here ad to get things going with this thread – what no takers?

  • 8 The Blog Troll Hunter // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    June 29, 2015
    Right, I’m not a wum. (just searched it up)

    This was just an experiment, on my short time on here I have come to realise, quickly, that the wum’s on here are the ones most commonly replied too!

    I will spend some time on here, maybe sometimes most of the day with decent football discussion(at least I would hope) yet it is almost always ignored, I try with discussion further but I get the same result. I understand that there are friendships on here but half the time I see them only respond to each other. I will get over this and it doesn’t affect my life at all it just annoys me that I put the time in too offer discussion on NUFC( WHICH THIS BLOG IS ABOUT) yet nothing. Then people who troll and wums get all the time of day, yet they contribute nothing.

    I don’t expect replies all the time, but I expect my stuff to be replied to instead of a wum being replied too. If that makes sense!

    Sorry JFA by the way, pretending to be a wum was tough and that sentence was the most common thing I saw on here.

  • 9 jimiley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Penfold and Carr.

    We need more squad midfielders for 24 million. Are you listening you idiots? We have enough strikers and full backs. More midfielders!!!! Get them in and earn your corn.

  • 10 The Blog Troll Hunter // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Sweep sweep sweep.

  • 11 spitfire_ // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Dear, Ed, firstly you said this:

    “We see there are still some people who are blaming Mike Ashley for the mess we are in at the moment”

    And then you put the whole blame on Charnley and Carr. So here comes the question, who hired them in the board? And who hired Charnley for MD? Me?

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Fire the entire management staff at the end of the season. That means Charnley, Carr, and McLaren out the door. Hire a proper Director of Football. Get rid of the players who can’t even be bothered to make an effort. That list is frightening by the way. Sissoko has to go I think (he’s probably already planning his leave taking anyway). We already know who the dead wood are and there are about 7 or 8 of them. A modern manager. I would give Rogers a chance because I just can’t stand the thought of Moyes. But Ashley has to grow a set first.

  • 13 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    What’s the difference between Alan Shearer and Newcastle United?

    Shearer will still be on Match of the Day next season.

  • 14 Toon_Tom // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    we should have kept ahold of Santon, MBiwa and even Williamson simply due to the lack of resources in our back line.

    We should have made a CB and LB our priority in January.

    Now with Lasc suspended, Mbemba and Dummet crocked as well as Mbabu our back line is going to start leaking even more.

    Id rather give one of the young kids a crack at LB than put Aarons or Colback there – square pegs and all that.

    If Ashley is reluctant to remove Shteve then he should instead demand a change in captaincy to see if that changes things on the pitch.

    If we get done off West Brom something drastic needs to happen IMO

  • 15 jimiley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    We could spend a billion on players but these idiots would recruit the physically challenged. You do not give mega millions to the patients in the asylum to buy players. Ultimately its down to Ashley for recruiting Penfold, Carr and brollyman..

  • 16 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Toon_tom agree santon and m’biwa were highly underated, hence why they both went onto much better champions league teams, both made the scapegoat for our defensive problems now they’re gone and the defence is even worse… Santon always used to clear the ball of the line and take the ball out of defence and up the pitch, and m’biwa and Williamson were the cb pairing the last time we kept 3 clean sheets on the bounce… Only to be dropped when Colo returned… Think he had alot more to those twos presence in the team and Ben arfas situation than the club let’s on.

    And agree totally on the change of captaincy, but that won’t happen as apparently Colo is Ashley’s curly haired golden boy, would at least explain what he’s still doing here..

  • 17 toonking // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    last thread
    toon KK 42

    what do you think point 4 of the pro pardew means?

    I’ve always said myself this squad is poor overall, no leadership, no passion, no attitudes, no motivation just a bunch of mercenaries and hospital lovers. That post was to try and point out to the pardew brigade (pro and anti) about where both sides are right and that we’ve not changed since.

    Ourtoon and maxpie were squabbling on earlier about english and foreign, I could have jumped in between the two of them if I really wanted to because again they act like the pardew crews and get too one sided. Ourtoon is right when he says forieign players are playing a far more modern game than the english players are but in a way maxpie is right in that english players are just as important as the foreign ones the players we’ve missed most of all are two english players thenselves, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton two players with an excellent leadership attitude and motivation. Pardew’s general record at newcastle and the anger over the sale of carroll would make it sound impossible for 4-0 to finish as a draw but we still had that great leadership attitude and motivation from nolan and barton so despite all that anger from the carroll sale the players were still ale to put it to one side and get back on track.

    Pardew’s 5th place finish is a finish that probably did have it’s fair share of luck not luck like that you’ll see catchy point out but lucky to have saylor remaining fit for longer than normal. Kevin nolan and joey barton were both now gone but thankfully saylor remained fit for longer than normal, we went on a 11 game unbeaten run always had than leadership in saylor and could go on to stay confidiennt.

  • 18 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:56 PM


    Oh I see that you have done some digging, giving your name some justification. However that was clearly some time ago. People change, I don’t have the time to troll or have the desired effort to do so. I apologised for that day and since I have been fine. If you want to dwell on the past then ok, if that’s what tickles your fancy then ok. But still naming me a troll? That is also ok because quite frankly that is what is always discussed on here, I think the people that come on this blog for nufc related topics deserve better then what they are seeing-especially ed. This is my last response to the matter of trolls and of course… To you. P.s, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if you were BandB. She’s had a problem with me ever since I came back.

  • 19 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    What’s the difference between the PG Tips monkeys and the Newcastle United team?

    Some people can vaguely remember the PG Tips monkeys holding a cup.

  • 20 Toon_Tom // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    I just pray Doumbia is a fekin goal machine.

    I never thought id say this but I cant wait for Cisse to return…. He is useless but often pulls a goal out of nowhere even when he hasnt been in the game.

    Cisse was at his best when Cabaye picked him out so lets hope Shelvey, Townsend and Wiji supply Cisse with a few chances to get some bloody goals.

    Our back line is terrible so we need goals to stay up and Mitro cant score, wiji leaves his boots at St James’ when we’re away from home so only hope is for Doumbia to bang some in and for Cisse to hit a few in off his knee ‘or somethin!

  • 21 Toon_Tom // Feb 4, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    ‘WIBID – something has to change ASAP…

    Ashely won’t sell up, Shteve will keep his job, the board will remain, so only option is to change the arm band owner IMO.

    Cisse and Doumbia to the rescue – if they can’t find the back of the net we’re doomed!

  • 22 Toonsend // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Newcastle United

    About as much chance of staying up as an erection in Susan Boyle’s bedroom

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Unbelievable isn’t, how can you be surprised he is getting the blame and saying he appointed the board in the same sentence.

  • 24 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Toonking – that season we finished fifth was down to having players in the right positions, a good formation that suited the players we had and having threats all over the pitch…

    Had tiote and guti like rocks covering the defence and allowing santon to roam forward, cabaye also chipped in and did his bit in the middle, then we had ba on one wing to provide the outlet in the air, Ben arfa in an attacking wide forward role either being marked by 2 players or running riot, and cisse roaming the middle getting in the right positions while cabaye provided that killer ball to wherever it was needed or pushing up through the middle… Was absolute fire and we had at least 4 players needed marking at all times, even if one had an off day someone would score.

    Proves all this talk about possession and sideways passing in the middle of the pitch is crap, possession football only works if you have players who can pass and make it into the final third which we don’t, that season we played some beautiful counterattacking football… Now we barely have one threat and no cover for the defence its a shambles…

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Is nobody going to let Ed know about this latest idiot!

  • 26 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Toon_tom – the way maccys going he won’t be able to keep his job, carver had a long contract so can see why they were reluctant to sack him, but after such a near miss last time I don’t think they’ll leave it that long, especially after so much money has been spent and were just as bad… Never know might turn out to be a blessing in disguise if he does end up getting the boot, never wanted the wolly in the first place…. The problems we have now are similar to his England days off putting lampard and Gerrard in the middle together, every man and his dog could see it didn’t work but he persisted on with it anyway….

  • 27 Lanzatoon42 // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    No bones about it, WE ARE RELEGATED!!! Nowt will change, Mclaren will still be Manager or head coach ( what ever you want to call it) no way the last year we have played and expect us to win at least 6 games from now to May. WILL NOT HAPPEN. DEPRESSED

  • 28 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Toonsend what sort of shirt do they put sad pricks in? Sunderland or Middlesbrough? Or are you neither?

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    I’ve always thought Elliot was a very decent keeper. This season he’s proving it. But we’re so useless defensively that his record is going to look very poor.

  • 30 Ian Toon // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    190Ian Toon // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Is Wijnaldum’s poor away form simply down to him not playing in the no 10 role, as some have suggested. He needs to be a big feature in all of our remaining games if we are to avoid the drop. He was anonymous and not for the first time in away games seemed disinterested when early on he was closely marked in midfield.

    For me Colback is a must when fit to start as the ball winner and to provide the more creative Wijnaldum and Shelvey with more possession. Colback and Shelvey we have seen are a good pairing. Townsend played like a headless chicken and needs to calm down when in possession. As he gets fitter he will contribute more quality and get behind defences. I am hard pressed to recall anything worthwhile that Sissoko contributed and he doesn’t currently merit a starting slot. Saivet looks promising and merits more game time. With the midfield being so ineffective this increasingly presented problems for a stretched defence and for Perez who was totally isolated up front. Surely Mitrovic would have been a better option with Pérez coming on as a sub.
    Yes it’s appropriate to blame Macca with such a bizarre team selection presumably designed to pressurise Everton in midfield. We had no ball winner which in away games is a must in the PL to disrupt the opposition flow. Shelvey looked unsure what his role was and Macca did little to sort out tactics and formation.
    Aside from Elliot I thought Janmaat deserved special mention because with little support down the right side he showed determination to try to get forward.
    Macca has to do better with tactics and team selection. Did we have a game plan and why were we so disjointed? Bedding in new players is not an excuse as he could have gone for the tried and tested; played to our strengths and made changes as the game progressed. A poor performance and it was a surprise that we were still in the game until the closing madness. Elliot clearly our mom.
    WBA is a must win game and shades of the West Ham game for the crowd who have another big part to play. Let’s be up for it.

  • 31 The Blog Troll Hunter // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Just scratching the surface and you make Ian Toon look like Florence Nightingale. I think you’ve talked to yourself more than you’ve talked to anybody else on here. I recommend a one way ticket to shutter Island.

  • 32 JAMSHA // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    any1 misses willo now?

  • 33 juan // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Love these posts about Williamson he was garbage. I’d rather play a youth team player. He is championship at best

  • 34 ash1001 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    ED you must be making millions by all the posts your making with your ‘click’ counter going through the roof, you have us Geordies nicely stitched up about anything NUFC.

    Now to the article, After spending 2 years in Charnleys company via the Fans Forum, my opinion is quite simply that he does not have a clue, and treats the fans with utter contempt, those directly connected with the fans forum, i.e ‘supporters liaison officer’ are exactly the same, the clubs press officer who chaperoned Pardew everywhere has suddenly gone silent – in fact not even sure whether the club still has one, its like they are all frightened to step out of line, and that includes the Evening Chronicle.
    Sorry but there is nothing good about NUFC, top to bottom, those above the players cannot score goals etc and the manager has not lost the plot because he never had one, The definition of coach does not suit McLaren because everything is going backwards and coaches are supposed to develop and improve.

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