Ashley May Need To Make Big Changes This Summer

If you compare our current squad with that of Leicester City, especially after we have brought in four new players last month, any independent person would probably rank the Newcastle squad as being better than that of  Leicester City – at least it cost an awful lot more money.

And we currently have Leicester City at the top of the league after 25 games with 53 points and Newcastle in 4th bottom place with 24 points, less than half the total of The Foxes.


Mike Ashley – may need to make some changes

We have spent around £81M on new players this season – more than any other PL club and still we have followed last season with another disastrous season – when for the first time ever in our Premier League history – we have been in the bottom four almost all season.

A good question to ask is why is this?

The £81M was not always well spent – and Florian Thauvin seems  a waste at £13M and he has already returned to Marseille on loan.

And we didn´t get the players in we needed last summer like a recognized Premier League striker, a top center-back and a left back.

In fact after last month we still are short of those players after we brought in three midfielders and Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia.

And now it´s hardly surprising that our three major targets this summer are  a recognized Premier League striker, a top center-back and a left back.

What have those running the club been doing for the last seven months?

So given the money we have spent and the squad we have, Newcastle have again massively under-performed this season.

Of course the only thing that really matters now is to survive and pick up as many wins as we can to avoid the drop.

But in the summer Mike Ashley should be looking at the performance of the team, which is nowhere near our targets of top eight and winning a cup.

So even if Steve McClaren makes it to the end of the season and keeps us up – chances are a new manager could still come in this summer.

And if they do come in then it should be done early on so the new manager has a significant say in who comes in during the summer transfer window.

And there are good managers available at the moment including Rafa Benitez, Davide Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Paul Clement – who was surprisingly fired by Derby County yesterday with Derby in 5th place in the Championship.

Notice the first three of those managers has experience in having teams in the top four in the Premier League – unlike our current boss Steve McClaren.

We will have to wait and see in the summer if there is any accountability at the club and Managing Director Lee Charnley could come under pressure too.

Since the Managing Director was appointed in April two years ago Newcastle´s performance on the field has been little short of disastrous – and even last season we almost went down because of his choice of the woeful  John Carver as interim coach after Pardew left the club.

And very few would say his appointment of Steve McClaren last summer was a good one.

First things first – and we need to ensure safety, but don´t be surprised if Mike Ashley – who seems to have found a new ambition at Newcastle – is dissatisfied with those running the club and brings in some new faces.

If there´s any accountability at the club, that´s what will happen.

But on the other hand if we are relegated all bets are off as to what Newcastle do next.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    You know, the remit up until january was to buy from the French and Dutch markets. The best available from these markets were deemed too expensive, and we are left with the next best, who are injury prone, out of form or just simply not good enough. This is the fault of the money men. Now that macca has been alowed to take players he wants and the purse strings have (temperarily(?) at least) been loosened, we will get a better idea of what he is capable of.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Yeah, he is very highly rated as a coach. I’d have him here in a second. But I think he will make a good fist of management. 5 defeats in 30 games, albeit 3 in his last 6 is a record that many managers wouldn’t lose their jobs over.

    If Dummett or Colback are available, one of them has to replace Aarons. Aarons could then be used later in the game if we need fresh legs later on.

    There were better options, and several papers reported Payet as a big target of ours, but was too expensive or too old. He is on c.£75k a week at West Ham, a figure we won’t stretch too as it breaks our wage cap. Carr has signed some duds, all scouts do.

    The problem comes from Ashley not employing suitable people on the board to oversee everything. Most scouts are closely linked with certain agencies and agents, but they are overseen by proper people at board level as well, and wouldn’t be in the negotiations. So it isn’t as easy to see a clear pattern emerge.

    Carr is a scout, probably not much better or worse than a lot of them, like McClaren, Charnley and Moncur though, he has been moved above his station to a position on the board.

    Anyway, my internet is terrible today, and I have work to do, so will most likely be back tomorrow. I will be in London on Saturday though, so if anyone knows of a decent pub with a few regular Newcastle fans watching the match then please let me know!

  • dpatte4r43

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Had our managing director and chief scout worked for anyone outside football and wasted the money these two have, there would have been serious repercussions. Our MD is simply inadequate and should be shown the door at the earliest opportunity taking Carr with him. I have never seen such a blinkered individual in all my life, Our owner at long last has seen the light and has been seriously let down by these two, replace them first then work your way down, Please give the Geordie nation their superb football team back.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    magscar i noted someone replicating my posts -as Mr T. The appropriate action has been taken.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    I think if we survive there has to be a massive cull in the summer. Hopefully several of the deadood will have contracts ending then too.

    1) Charnley – totally out if his depth and without an ounce of initiative. Has to go.

    2) Carr – the game has to be up for him now. Too many failures and seems to have been usurped in recent times.

    Marv – perma crock + questionable attitude.

    Oberton – should never have been here in the first place.

    Rivi – ditto.

    Cabella – has he gone already?

    Thauvin – does’t seem to have what it takes and again questionable attitude

    Gouffran – jack of all trades, master of none. Time to go.

    Haidara – Another headless chicken. Not good enough and another perma crock.

    De Jong – defines perma – crock.

    Sameobi – will never make it.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Whilst not buying into Blackley’s ageist clap trap on Carr there is a simple explanation as to his underperformance. It can be accounted for by The Peter Principle which is a theory that individuals in a hierarchy who do a good job are promoted until such time as they reach their level of incompetence.
    Carr early doors did a superb job and post Cabaye was seen by Ashley as a ready made money maker and the solution to self sufficiency and tight purse strings. The 8 year contract and elevation to what was in essence DOF took Carr beyond his level of competence. He was over promoted. While this phenomenon is clearly true in many cases, it is not always accurate but I believe it is in the case of Carr. We need a vibrant global network with a clearly devised scouting network reporting to a DOF and directed by the coach/ manager.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7


    cant believe u left taylor off ur list

  • jayphoto

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    To be honest if we stay up, im willing to see what McClaren does next season! We’re in a huge transistion and im not entirely sure SMc was given the best tools for success.
    Mbemba has been great but was a risk. 20 year old cb from a poor league, would have been no surprise if hed flopped.
    Thauvin- we all know what happened with him
    Mitrovic – for me too young to shoulder the pressure of being our only striker
    McClaren (at home at least) has us dominating teams like we haven’t under carver, pardew, hughton and kinnear. We pass out from the back, we rarely play long either, something alot of fans hated (and something clement did a bit at derby)
    McClaren seems to have sway on the board and it meant rather than a lightweight french import he convinced them to sign 2 england internationals.
    Smc also communicates with the fans more.
    Obviously we are lower in the league but ive seen more progress this season than ever before under Ashley in lots of areas. Im willing to see what we can do now with the January signings and adding a CB, a LB and a striker. Imagine if we add Lacazette, Willems and Vestergaard…

  • jayphoto

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    @beermonkey id keep taylor if he signed pay as you play!

  • hibbitt

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    a lot of if’s and but’s but i agree if we stay up Mc should be given the chance to finish the job …… the club must continue to back him in the transfer market

  • expatmag

    Feb 9, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Morning TUFF

    Which of your alter egos is online today

  • beermonkey

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12


    I sort of see what ur saying with taylor but its time he went he is a waste of a squad place and is never fit we cant rely in him its not a question of wages
    we need 4 centre backs with him we have 3

  • expatmag

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Morning Carl

  • magscar

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14


    Unless we get into real trouble in next few weeks we will stay with McClaren into next season at least. Whilst there have been positives I am concerned at the apparent difficulty he has in setting us up away. As far as I recall there was only the Arsenal and Man City (1st half only!) where we played as well as out best at home – didn’t get any points mind.

    If we had been higher up table from the off ( with an easier start?) might he have been encouraged to be more positive away? Or if defence were stronger?

    This remains the area where he most concerns me and which is costing us in games we should be looking for a performance and points. Next 2 games am at least hoping for performances and would a point or 2 be too much to ask?

  • expatmag

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Beermonkey and Jayphoto

    If we stay in the PL next season, the comings and goings will largely revolve home grown situation which is probably a reason why Taylor will stay and the club will go in for the likes of Berahino and other british tslent.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16


    by signing shelvy ad townsed we can afford to let willo and taylor go

  • magscar

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17


    If Taylor is offered a new contract and given his injury record it may not be what he is after at his age and this stage of his career. On the other hand is any other club going to beat it? Like to see him stay on the right contract.

    Despite his embarrassing behaviour at times I still have a liking for him and because of the shortage of leaders at club he can give us a shot in the arm we desperately need.

  • expatmag

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18


    I have to sympathise with McLaren to a large degree due mostly to the mess he has inherited and the huge injury list he has had to deal with consistently throughout the season to date which is bound to have had an impact on results especially away.

    It was noticeable that much of Leicester good fortune can be attributed to a settled team which hasnt changed in the past 6 games and has been reasonably settled all season.

    I remember the season we finished 5th and the unbeaten start we had was largely down to Pardew being able to consistently select the same team for virtually the first 10games of that season.

  • expatmag

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19


    Agreed. We should keep him

  • magscar

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20


    Don’t entirely disagree with first paragraph but he seems to be getting it more right at home but not away. Is it the players’ mentality? He has better coaching set up than Pardew but doesn’t seem to be able to get consistent performances away from nearly everyone.

    Leicester have been a breath of fresh air but haven’t suffered any long-term injuries. Without Vardey and Marhez where would they be despite other good players like Kante?

    Does show that without major surgery to squad it can be possible to fashion a team that works. Doesn’t always work though and they will face a difficult summer perhaps when supposedly big clubs coming calling for their stars. Mind you with a likely European spot at very least and the money in PL could be best time in a long while for the “smaller” clubs to hang on to their best players.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    expat mag

    apart from left back and goalkeeper we’ve practically played a full strength team all season. and the loss of krul hasnt hurt us
    janmaat colo Mbemba
    sissoko colback anita wijnaldum
    perez mitrovic
    obviously now the preferred 11 has changed with new signings and tiote coming into form

  • spitfire_

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Erm…Ed, the big changes was last summer. And the table doesn’t lie.

    1. Made a step back from the club.
    2. Change the whole board.
    3. Change the whole coaching staff.
    4. Newcastle spend big time.

    Bigger changes than those are only if he will decide to sell the club. Because let’s face it, he will not bring a high profile head coach.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23

    I wish we’d bought fraser forster. Southamptons form had been average in the year he was out, now they’re back to constant clean sheets. they’ve made a fortune selling defenders when all along he was the reason for their impressive defensive record. also its telling that most the defenders they sold for 20m plus have flopped.

  • manxpie

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #24

    I’m surprised people aren’t making more of Wat was said after clements sacking pretty much saying the football was a lot better under mcclaren and backs up people saying before he came here that they played the best football in the league

    so surely mcclaren deserves a chance with a squad he has built and time to get the footy up to his standard as I said earlier we might have at least 70 mill to spend in the summer too (if we stay up) so see Wat that brings
    Sacking him now would be disastrous imo

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #25

    We need a new coach and to also do something about are woeful youth set up. Beardsley and Watson should go or be moved into other roles. maybe Ian cathro could take over u21s

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #26


    yes sorry don’t know how i could have forgotten saylor who hilariously gets 250k annual loyalty bonus!!!

  • Spoof

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #27


    What he inherited was poor and the injury list will undoubtedly have hindered us as well, but we still have to look at the manager and ask if he is to blame and when I do that the answer is yes he is to blame, look and compare the Everton game to that of the West Brom game, we can’t put that down to injuries as the squad’s for both games were very similar, Dummett available for Everton but not West Brom and vice versa with Tiote, the difference was against WBA we pressed them and tried to get on the front foot and as a result Shelvey had targets in front of him where he was able to use his passing range which allowed Gini and Sissoko to push up the field, whereas against Everton and Watford before that and for virtually every away game this season we sat back attempting to play a counter-attacking game which is quite clearly not working, as a result both Sissoko and Gini are far to deep and Janmaat who at home is a good outlet down the right hand flank barely gets out of our own half, as a result Shelvey doesn’t have his targets to pass to so he also becomes a passenger, we may only have had Shelvey for two away games so if the results weren’t great then you could accept that but what is unacceptable is that the tactics even with him have still been as they have been all season long.

    Looking at the season as a whole, Gini has nine goals at home whilst he has none away, thats SM tactics which are giving us no chance when on our travels.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28


    yes that was very interesting that derby apparently played much better football under sm.
    Nice to see that some people still care about the performance rather than just the result.

  • manxpie

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Spoof we had 2 early injuries in defence against Everton so I’d imagine the game plan went out the window there if we had a couple of attacking subs to bring on nearer the end could of changed the game we were only 1-0 down at 80 mins
    mentality comes into it to for me, our away record has been shocking for a long long time now

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #30

    with the style and mentality that we played v west ham and wba at home, i’d give SM a bit more time to see if he could take that into our dismal away form because it really is night and day.

    At the end of the day it’s a football pitch so why the dramatic and damaging change in approach away from sjp?

    If Sm can’t adapt then the likes of Rui Garcia, sampauli, benitez, laudrup, even viera are available.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #31


    I used to think you knew about football , 🙁 .

    Why spout crap? Your doing what a typical news reporter would do and change things to suit your argument.

    I never have said it the you just regurgitated, I think you will find that under p45 that is his only method of scoring goals, he does not like bodies in the box unless it’s a set play, so shooting from distance is wonder goal or nothing, now under Shteve it’s the real football with vacation in how we create chances, but up until very recently we hardly took a long shot, all the chances are measured chances , out wide ball into the box, with a few runners getting in there, but by playing with bodies in the box you have options to slip the ball to them or shoot and maybe they get a second bite if the keeper drops it. No bodies in there no second chance.

    So stop trying to change things to stir it all up. Report the facts

  • Malta Mag

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #32

    As much as knee jerk reactions on sacking managers is still frowned upon you have to understand that football is in that era of expecting instant success and therefore all involved, from chairmen to us the fans expect results. Don’t feel too sorry for those shown the door as they are on huge contracts which wil soon soften the blow.
    I would love Steve McClaren to be the man who brings success to the club but you have to question whether he actually will? He’s been touted as being a great hands on coach but does he have the strong man management skills of a Mourinho or Keegan because you have to have that nowadays to deal with some of these prima donnas. I think we have to see how he does in these last few games now he has some of his own chosen personnel but last weeks dismal showing at Everton has to raise questions marks?

  • BandB

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    I think we play well if we are allowed to play, and that this has been the common thread of this season.
    We have done pretty well against some of the teams that play technical football because they tend not to press hard in midfield. In creating room for their own fluidity they allow space for ours. Our defence also copes better when given time to organise in ranks against teams that try to pick the lock rather than taking a battering ram approach.
    WBA give us the freedom of the midfield and we were able to build attack upon attack, while their lack of attacking ambition meant we were able to gamble on getting players forward in support. Neither full back was asked a question.
    As a result, our heads stayed up, when heads going down is the other common factor in poor performances like the one against Everton. When heads go down we lose cohesion to such a degree that we start passing the ball straight out of play.
    The difference is that this year we CAN play joined up football if the circumstances allow, and that is encouraging if a long way yet off being able to yield consistent results.

  • Spoof

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34


    that’s due to poor management, his tactics obviously don’t work away from home, now to me that is not a problem provided that you can and do change the tactics, we don’t and our opponents know what we will do and they know how to beat us with our tactics, the fact that as yet at this stage of the season SM has failed to change those tactics is shocking, if he changed the tactics and approach and we still lost then so be it, that’s life but to continuously do the same time and time again and continue to lose is unforgivable. Very poor manager

  • posada

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #35

    There was a lot of hype and nonsense talked about Graham Carr, after the signing of Cabaye and Toite.
    There used to be a caption on this site saying – In Carr We Trust.
    Cabaye and Toite were internationals playing in top leagues. The whole of the football world knew about them. That’s not scouting.
    What is scouting. Any intelligent ex player can scout.
    Your scout should not be the main decision maker at a club.
    Anyway, I’ve ranted on long enough about this. Most folk are wise to the present set up being rotten.

  • Spoof

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #36


    Tiote wasn’t even Graham Carr’s, Chris Hughton recommended Tiote to Kevin Keegan before Carr even joined us, that’s why Hughton signed him as soon as we got promoted, he followed up his own recommendation.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #37

    You said most were on target, they weren’t not even half.. As for the other part, maybe that was a bit of mischief making, but for most cases from those shots there were better options available to them.

    Anyway, McClaren has been poor in more games than we have done well in, not based on results, based on watching the performances. We had the leasts shots per game of any team in the league after the West Brom match, it is only more recently we have actually started creating chances regularly, even then, Everton was as poor as any match Pardew oversaw.

    Don’t get me wrong, I was no fan of Pardew but gave him credit when he got his game plans right or the team performed well. That wasn’t often, but the same could be said for Macca so far this season. He is tactically naive, and his in game decision making is often baffling. I’ve always stood by the fact he is a good coach, but that isn’t always (often) enough to make a top flight manager.

    Macca still has a lot to prove, and so far has failed to do so convincingly. Keeping this squad up is not a success, not even close.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Was it not McClaren who recommended Tiote to the club? He wasn’t a regular at Twente and McClaren believed he could be a success in the Prem is how I remember it.

  • Spoof

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #39


    I always thought it was Hughton, but either way it wasn’t Carr.

  • BandB

    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #40

    The emergency loan window begins today.
    Though we can’t bring players in, we can send them out for up to three months.
    Who should go on loan, or are we already having to rely on untested kids to make up the bench?


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