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Relegation Would Be A Thousand Steps Back For Newcastle

9:34 pm, Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 83 Comments

If we are relegated this season it would not only be a huge financial hit to the club which means we couldn’t use the extra money to strengthen our squad.

But it would also be another huge embarrassment for a club of the magnitude of Newcastle United – currently the 17th richest in the world – but of course nowhere near that as far as our squad goes – and that in a nutshell is the current problem.


Mike Ashley – thinks – are Newcastle going to lose all that revenue?

Here´s some idea of what we are talking about in terms of lost revenues for Newcastle is the club is relegated.

We will get some parachute payments from the Premier League but our revenues would sink from around £130M in this current financial year to around £50M next year – if we are relegated.

Those revenue next year if we stay in the Premier League are expected to rise by about £55M in the next financial year to around £180M.

The rise in revenues in the Premier League with the new deal next year is more than the total we would get in the Championship next year.

So if we take the drop clubs like Stoke, West Ham, Everton, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Southampton, Leicester and others – clubs that currently have lower revenues than Newcastle would overtake us.

Here´s what we have done over the years under Ashley in revenues through the last financial year (end of June last year) and our revenues this year through the end of June are expected to again be around £130M for the third year running.

Next year´s revenues  being around £185M – but only £50M plus a parachute payment – if we are relegated.


Notice the £52M in revenues we got the last time we were down in the Championship is 2009-2010.

So yes being relegated would be a catastrophic loss in revenue for Newcastle United.

Not good.

And this is what Mike Ashley will have to wrestle with if Steve McClaren cannot get the wins up on the board very soon.

Whether to replace him and hope the new manager can save us, or keep with McClaren.

And if we know one thing about the owner – he´s always interested in the money side of things.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News

83 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JAMSHA // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    There are no comments yet … please kick Ashley off by filling out the form below.

  • 2 spitfire_ // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Why picture of the most innocent man at Newcastle United was put into relegation thread? It isn’t his fault!

  • 3 AncientC // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    The Parachute payment is around £65 million, but it is paid in 3 installments over 3 years. Around £25 million in the first year – leaving a £155 million shortfall over the 1st year.

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    I don’t recall Ed saying the appointment of Makro was a mistake. Also, I seem to recall him, along with the vast majority, being very positive about the purchases this window and last. Now, wise after the event, he’s laying into Graham Carr and Lee Charnley.

  • 5 damma99 // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    If we get beaten on Saturday I think Ashley will come to his senses and sack McClaren. Surely the thought of losing out on all this money will be to much for him. I hope.

  • 6 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    I say “after the event”. The new striker hasn’t got his boots dirty yet.

  • 7 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:03 PM


    Mike Ashley is the boss, he likes to be the boss, he enjoys pulling all the strings, and that is why he will always employ people who he can laud it over.

    Ashley would never employ someone who will argue with him and tell him he is wrong, what Ashley says goes and that it, there is no grey areas with him, he simply wants it done his way, by the inept staff he promotes above their pay grade.

    While this is never going to work for us at Newcastle, it is what we get, and will get no better.

    The buck stops at Ashley’s door, but the incumbents he has employed are not blameless, they too must take their fair share of the blame for this mess.

    I thought we had a chance of staying up, a very good chance, but last night that woeful display by that so called football team ripped the last shed of hope away.

    It’s not just consistency that we lack, there is no pride, no passion, no self esteem, no team cohesion, in fact there is nothing I could point to, to say this is a team worthy of 52,000 fans at SJP and countless thousands around the world.

    This is a club that has let everyone down…….AGAIN!

  • 8 AncientC // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    “Mike Ashley is the boss, he likes to be the boss, he enjoys pulling all the strings, and that is why he will always employ people who he can laud it over.”

    Exactly right, which is why Ashley has assembled an idiocracy over a geniocracy to run the club.

  • 9 Lanzatoon42 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    LESS OF ALL THIS CRAP!!! Ashley owns the club, nowt we can do unless someone can buy him oot. NOW THAT MATTERS, Mclaren needs to get out NOW, If not we are RELEGATED

  • 10 spitfire_ // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:11 PM


    I was sarcastic, mate. In the previous article explain to Ed, why ashley have blame for the current situation.

  • 11 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:15 PM


    I would never say there is nothing we can do, fans have power, they only need to realise that and unite together (that’s the stumbling block).

    Ashley is having a very bad time at the moment and is vulnerable, his SD is taking a nose dive, Rangers are winning the court battles, he is being sued by a banking advisor type bloke for £14m, and Newcastle united are in freefall.

    If ever there was a time to take on Ashley and his SD freeloaders it would be now.

  • 12 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:17 PM


    OK mate, just come on the blog and catching up, it wasn’t meant to be malicious though, but apologies anyway mate.

  • 13 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    correction: Nothing we can’t do @ 11

  • 14 optimistic prime // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    What the crack with Mbemba and Dummets injuries?

  • 15 spitfire_ // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:22 PM


    No biggie.

  • 16 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    I think most supporters are on the same page in the sense that Charnley and Carr are seen as incompetents. Whether they are to blame for this mess, or Ashley is for leaving them to it is a moot point. The bottom line is that this club is doomed to failure if the status quo is maintained. How much more evidence of that is needed?

  • 17 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:30 PM


    The only thing I read was Dummet has a hamstring injury, and Mbemba has a foot injury other than that nothing, nowt on time scale for recovery.

  • 18 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    “The Newcastle Board of Directors has also been reshuffled and now consists of Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur, with no Mike Ashley to be seen,  and that seems like a good Football Board to us – and those four should be able to work very well together for the benefit of the club.”

    Ed’s words in June 2015. Now he’s blaming Charnley and Carr for a disastrous error of judgment in appointing Makro.

    Ed might recall that 83% of over 5,600 fans voted that Makro can be a success. This is just a few months ago. It’s a bit rich bashing Charnley and Carr for the shortcomings in their footballing nous, now that you have the benefit of hindsight.

    And now Ed’s criticising the wisdom of spending on midfielders and not the defence when only a couple of days ago he and another 90% were voting it a good window.

    Fickle or what?

  • 19 optimistic prime // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:37 PM


    No good news then, possibly weeks for Dummet, Mbemba who knows.

  • 20 optimistic prime // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:37 PM


  • 21 beermonkey // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    prime / firebug

    is dummets injury down to being rushed back or a new injury

  • 22 toon kk // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Ash has his facts there’s no getting away from that, but last night the players have to be held responsible along with Macca and his strange tactics.

  • 23 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    French, have been saying for years that carr is culpable for much of this mess. Finally people are seeing it. He controlled who pardew got and he controlled who smc got, and would have been the main decider in who got the managerial job. Unless ashley goes on a solo run, he will also have the decisive input on any new boss.

  • 24 davis_toons // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    We’ll be ok. I firmly believe.

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Please pay attention 😀 spitfire was earlier as exasperated as I was when Ed was completely clearing Ashley of any blame while in the same sentence saying he’d appointed those gour clowns to run the show for him. It’s like the cast of are you being served meets dads army!

  • 26 WWSBRD // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Charnley just get the coffee in then? Pretty sure he is Carrs boss and was the one who made the decisions ultimately

    Either way though it’s on Ashley, Carr is a scout not a director of football and Charnley is…u know what I really have no idea what he is a secretary wasn’t it?

  • 27 WWSBRD // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Keegan that’s who should be our director of football for me

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    We’d just had four years of dross under Pardew and then the disaster that was Carver, Mclaren came along saying all the right things, of course people wanted to give him a chance but now he’s been found out and it’s time to get rid.

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Ashley sh1tting on him from a great height might be a sticking point on that one.

  • 30 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Well at least Coloccini has managed to grasp the obvious.

    ‘We couldn’t keep the ball, we couldn’t create and we didn’t defend well,’ said the Argentine. ‘We did everything wrong. It was very poor all over the pitch.’

    Well Collo my lad, your the Captain, you were playing why the hell did you not do something about it.

    Try being a captain and getting the players motivated on the pitch.

  • 31 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    What I’m saying is that the vast majority of fans are bashing Charnley and Carr. Ed is leading the way in criticising their disastrous appointment of Makro and their dealings in the transfer market. Yet Ed and many others were all in favour of Makro’s appointment and the recent transfer dealings. How can they criticise Charnley and Carr when they too called it wrong? If indeed it proves to be wrong … no one can be sure – not even Old Blackas who didn’t want Makro and who was in the 10% who thought the dealings in the window were negligent. It’s a case of knee jerk reactions from them. One reaction on the manager after a few months and one on the window after a couple of days.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    When you look at that board, what on earth do they do, can you imagine Chris Mort, KK, Rob Lee and Tino on it instead, Ashley would be having them searched gor stationary every time they left a meeting.

  • 33 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:56 PM


    Personally I think Dummy was rushed back, he had not really had time to fully recover.

    OP No mate, was there ever a time when we had good news from Newcastle?


    I came to this thread from Newsnow earlier and misunderstood Spitfire’s post.

    Note to self: must try harder. 😀

  • 34 jon.c // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    S Mc is useless he couldn’t organise a p-ss up in a brewery the team he had on Wednesday was a laugh from when it was made public the mans lost it MIKE get rid before he is in the funny house

  • 35 WWSBRD // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Yeah will never happen Ashley burnt that bridge but who else in the world is a better fit as NUFCs director of football than the man who made us believe in ourselves

    I can only think of one other but sadly he’s looking down on St James now

  • 36 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    wws, charnley is a negotiator and an administrator, thats all. Who do u think charnley turns to re a new manager? Carr. All day long.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Blackas, I voted bad window but posted good window but echoed the fhoughts of Ella Guru that day, there should have been a could have done better window, an LB was so much more important than Serviette, Jetro Tull in the summer yatter yatter, we haven’t got time to be planning for the summer, we need results now, that fcukin defence needed a shake up

  • 38 WWSBRD // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    The board is just another PR exercise by the looks of it

    I honestly couldn’t tell u what Charnley did to get in the position he is in, Carr is a scout and what’s the point in having the manager on the board? And is it Moncur the 4th?

  • 39 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    You want them to sack Makro. Who will be charged with selecting the next manager? As you indicate, their record’s not a good one.

  • 40 vlojo // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Firebug Completely agree re Colo. Who would you suggest take over? Gini by all accounts a cracking Captain at PSV and perhaps might motivate him to keep his head up when it inevitably goes down playing away …

  • 41 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    I voted a bad window because it was negligent. A complete cock up and a gamble. Doumbo aside because I’ve not seen him.

  • 42 WWSBRD // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Because Ashley tells him to

    If the grounds man had said get McClaren would u accept it as his fault rather than the decision makers?

    Ashley sets the order of importance and Charnley follows it, it’s not Carrs fault he goes unchecked

  • 43 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:11 PM


    Yep Gini would be a good choice, Tiote if he is still here was good with the armband on.

    On heads going down, it only takes one or two to drag the team backwards and without the captain speaking up and having a word with them the whole thing falls apart.

    He should have told the idiot on the touchline that the tactics with Perez on his tod up front was never going to work, he is their captain, unfortunately his is captain quiet.

  • 44 jane // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    can tell we lost a match.

    if we are looking for who to blame I would point the finger at McClaren who should be doing better with the players he has.

    but who knows.

  • 45 optimistic prime // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    If we’re looking for a new captain I nominate Shelvey, think he’d thrive on the responsibility.

  • 46 The Newcastle Armchair // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Could anyone confirm that as of 2017, promoted championship teams will start 20 points behind premier league teams?

  • 47 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    WWSBRD – with Keegan’s live for the club I don’t think that bridge will ever be truly burnt, however it would take a sincere apology and acknowledgement of wrongdoing, that I’m not sure Ashley is capable of, definitely be my man to come in and save the day though, if not offer mourinho whatever it takes, relegation will cost more.

  • 48 vlojo // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Firebug … Yup. When I finally got my (perfectly legal) stream working my heart sank to see the slight and lonely figure of Perez going solo … Fast forward to Lascelles sending off and what do you see our Captain doing?? Coming over to calm the situation? Giving Lascelles some support? Getting everyone to pull together??? No. Flapping his curly bounce around gesticulating ‘who me’ at the ref … I think the Captain issue is a major problem in our away performances especially – ooooh for a Killer Kilcline or someone ….

  • 49 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    OP – if were looking to nominate someone to go to the Looney bin I vote you re. Shelvey comment. The lads dogshit…

  • 50 vlojo // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    *bonce … Though bounce quite apt too

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    I hate posting on trains !

  • 52 WWSBRD // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    U know what I actually think ur right, if things were right Keegan would come back I don’t think he could completely say no to Newcastle but Ashley won’t do it

    The next owner though has an instant ally in him though I’d imagine. I know if I bought the club Keegan would be the first appointment in some position and Shearer the second

  • 53 James RS // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    We need experienced strikers and defenders and what do we buy yet again more midfielders in the transfer window.
    … And McLaren needs replacing now bad man manager; poor tactician and rubbish motivator.

  • 54 firebug666 // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:23 PM


    I wasn’t impressed with Shelvey last night, well not really impressed with any of them, but Shelvey spent most of his tome standing in the middle of the pitch point backwards and telling the players where to pass.

    He should have been trying to make himself some space to receive the bloody ball.

    I was impressed with his passing in his first game, but there is where it ended unfortunately, hopefully he will get better.

  • 55 optimistic prime // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:25 PM


  • 56 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    In all honesty I have no idea who captain should be… Despise Colo as much as anyone but can’t think if anyone who stands out, wiji I suppose or maybe janmaat, the only 2 I’d say were guaranteed starters who might have the character for it… Thinking about that’s just made me realise how terrible our team really is… Not one player other than those two that I’d want to be guaranteed a place in the side, or even in the first team… Sissoko, tiote, cisse are all great when on form but are too on off for the captain role, Taylor and de jong fit the mould but too injury prone, and everyone else I wouldn’t want in the first 11 in the first place, have to give it to Elliot til the end if the season then hand over to wiji…

  • 57 Munster Mag // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Wws, wrong mate i think. Ashley hasnt a breeze about the game or running a club. When carr nearly left he had a panic attack and flew him out to his villa for a big contract offer. Carr is the only man in the club with football knowledge and he controls so much.

  • 58 optimistic prime // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:33 PM


    Atleast he tries to talk and organise, is this his 3rd game and 3rd formation?

    Our season is becoming disjointed, large gaps between matches, we need a run of 3/4 to get going but don’t have the time or games left.

    Everton looked sharper and you could tell we hadn’t played for 10days, the formation and tactics didn’t help at all.

    Steeve is a good coach but I’m unsure he can pick a side and tactics to get the job done. I think he’d get there in the end, but who knows how long that’ll take.

  • 59 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    WWSBRB – exactly my thoughts, if the Fatman wanted continuity and a management team to back that would be it, but would have to swallow his pride first. Saying that after all the crap managers crap football and wasted money he can’t deny he was wrong in the whole thing, Keegan wanted to keep milner and sign sweinsteiger and instead he got xisco and nacho… And I have no doubt if he’d have backed Keegan wed have been alot better off the last few years… But obviously Keegan was out of touch not asif those 2 went onto have good careers or win anything ey!

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    The trouble is and what some people don’t realise is that it is a puppet board, Mikey says I’m taking a back seat so don’t blame me, but the buck stops with me so don’t blame the board. Wtf

  • 61 WWSBRD // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:37 PM


    Whether Carr has the power or not isn’t the point

  • 62 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:38 PM


    Agree with you on shelvey. After the first game everything just fizzled out. He looks overweight and lethargic yesterday.

  • 63 brklyngeordie // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Like to suggest a starting XI don’t know how to write it out where it displays it how how I envision it but here it goes a 4-3-3 Mitro up top in middle Ayoze to the left Townsend on the right, in midfield Saivet in CM Gini LM Shelvey RM back-line Colback LB if healthy Colo CB Taylo CBr if Mbemba not available and Janmaat RB.. I can’t stress enough we need to go a game without Sissoko in starting XI needs to know he is not producing may light a fire under his ass and make him a super Sub.. Doumbia should be given a shot around 60 mins depending on how threatening we look..

    This weeks game could be our last chance we are home to WBA and have it all to play for with our fans backing us if we can’t get a performance out of this lot this week it’s over sorry to say

  • 64 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Whatever people say about shelvey, he is and never will be anywhere near cabayes level, which is what he should have been looking to replace. Likewise townsend, cabella, thauvin are nowhere near the level of Ben arfa. We have defenders who can’t defend, midfielders who can’t tackle or make a pass, wingers who can’t dribble or cross the ball, and strikers who can’t shoot, asif ball ever makes it that far up the pitch anyway. We have no identity anywhere on the pitch…

  • 65 davis_toons // Feb 4, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    This is MA and still work in progress in terms of understanding football business and its running.

    for less than a million in wages for a unknown player MA is willing to exchange that for …

    – “The long-term idea was we would have a relationship where we would have first option on all the best young South American kids, and that was important to the club.

    Mike knew all about it and was fine. He knew about every deal. He’s the owner, and it’s his money.”

    – Wise.

  • 66 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 5, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Mike Ashley is a shocking owner, yes he’s spent the money this season but…

    1: It’s way too late, even with the money spent it is absolutely nowhere near the finished article with players still being played in the wrong position. Furthermore, our defence is still too weak with 1 injury and suspension meaning we have to use players not ready for the first team.

    2: The board members he has appointed can’t do the required job once finally given the funds for transfers. This is because he only appoints employees that he can control and ones that won’t speak up.

    We basically can’t progress with him as owner, whether money is spent or not we just don’t have the personnel to get the job done to a good enough standard.

  • 67 Tsunki // Feb 5, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    That’s right Blackley lay into the blog editor. You know, the guy who runs the second blog you’ve been banned on. Your agenda ain’t winning friends Mr blood pressure :). Go easy on me, I don’t want to get caps locked again I’m only the copier paper monitor. 😀

    Victor E. Jig.

    I’m right and everyone in the world is wrong ha ha. Do that dance again I love it.

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Feb 5, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    You’re a prime example, I know you understand that Mashers is the problem but you have a go at Carr like it’s his fault, why haven’t we got KK, Shearer, Mort, Lee, etc in ‘The boards’ position, it’s because Mikey doesn’t like being told how it is, and when he does have to face the truth it has to be said in the nicest possible way or he gets frustrated and upset.

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Feb 5, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    I’m not suggesting any line ups anymore as I done one the other night and Mclaren completely ignored it, yet mine would have won 3-0

  • 70 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 5, 2016 at 12:07 AM


    Don’t even think it mattered what line up was used, to me it seemed like there was just a lack of motivation from the players.

  • 71 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 5, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    Well, I say that but playing Perez as a lone striker was ridiculous. I know why McClaren would play him because it’s a reward for his new contract but up top is just not his position.

  • 72 OnceaGeordie // Feb 5, 2016 at 1:41 AM

    Ashley has put the money in this season. It’s the idiots that are spending it that are the problem. who we got and who we should have went for:

    Mitro – big,slow and lazy, pointless playing him unless we play out and out wingers who can cross. he looked good in a lesser league but i doubt he will come good in the prem unless we play to his strengths (would have went for Rondon of west brom, he’s not doing great but he’s a handful and will come good)

    Gini – not a bad player but at 15m well over priced (would have kept the money and settled with giving cabella and de jong chances in their preferred positions)

    Townsend – never been consistent, should have cost 6m not 12m
    (could have got lingard and deleufou at the beginning of the season for less)

    Mbemba – would probably make a decent CDM, but to small and error ridden for CB (Johny Evans, a leader. good all round defender. makes one or two mistakes a season and got slated at ManU, our lot makes 2 or 3 a game)

    Shelvey – good passer. THAT’S IT!. he’s slow in everything he does. This guy was dumped by liverpool and then by swansea because he spits his dummy out all the time. (for me Capoue – always likened him to a mobile Carrick- and M’villa would have been a great combo, both combative and good passers)

    Saivet – star in french league and could be good, best played box to box. (Holtby)

    Thauvin – looked light weight but never really given a chance

    Our best team for me has to include our best midfield enforcer…Tiote.





  • 73 B1GSTEVE // Feb 5, 2016 at 1:53 AM

    davis 65
    what happened to all those sa kids? they should be reaching their peak now!

  • 74 jimmysmith // Feb 5, 2016 at 2:23 AM

    Ok, by all means sack McC, if you can get someone in better, and give him his due compensation, despite the rotten results, he has earned it, but please, hold Carr and Charnley accountable too. and don’t forget yourself, because quite frankly you’ve been the most culpable, and the least you can do is own it, Mr Ashley.

  • 75 jimmysmith // Feb 5, 2016 at 2:28 AM

    “I’m not suggesting any line ups anymore as I done one the other night and Mclaren completely ignored it, yet mine would have won 3-0.”

    Jail, I love your posts, but do yourself a favour and call it a night. The team you’d “have picked would have won 3-0″……indeed!

  • 76 terencelim // Feb 5, 2016 at 5:37 AM

    If relegation could piss Ashley and his asslickers off and possibly leave this club then it’s a step forward in long term.

  • 77 chewbaccy // Feb 5, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    Alan Pardew teams are like a pantomime. Good source of laughter, packed with mediocre performers and their seasons finish in January! #cpfc

  • 78 firebug666 // Feb 5, 2016 at 6:52 AM


    I think one of the biggest problems is Macca hasn’t settle the team into a system yet, he is still experimenting with personnel and formations.

    Basically he is clueless as to what will work. The team were starting to look good, creating but missing chances, and weak at the back, so Macca brings in some midfielder’s and a striker, changes the system, leaves the striker on the bench, takes off the only player who can hold the ball up in attack and replaces him with the lightweight Perez.

    He may have had his hand forced with the defensive options due to injuries, but they had all winter to get defenders in so it’s no excuse, especially as we let defenders leave.

    Idiots the lot of them, and it’s likely we will go down because of them.

  • 79 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 5, 2016 at 6:59 AM


    I second that, what a bunch of idiots!

    Now they can sit safely on the board and do due diligence on their own lousy work! What a system to have in place 😉

  • 80 Ron Knee // Feb 5, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Morning jesper

    Looking forward to the WBA match?

    Morning firebug

    The True Geordie is good value as usual:

  • 81 Ron Knee // Feb 5, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Why do these words fail to inspire:

    The Toon chief feels it is a 14-game season now for the Magpies. He said: “It is a mini-season. It was 15 then you knock it down to 10.

    “Then it’s about the last five. We have to start getting results.”

  • 82 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 5, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    So what’s the feeling out there – is anything other than a win against West Brom going to mean the end for McClaren?

  • 83 TroubledToon // Feb 5, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Looks like Freddie Sheps is gonna need a new house soon.

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