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Ashley Must Act Decisively – Some Changes Must Be Made

7:48 pm, Saturday, February 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

With the 5-1 drubbing at Chelsea today we sink to 3rd bottom in the Premier League with 24 points from 26 games and our goal difference of -22 is the worst in the Premier League and our defense showed today they are simply not good enough for the Premier League.

At best it was schoolboy defending at best and every single goal was caused by sloppy defending and it’s difficult to know where Newcastle go from here – it was that bad – maybe the worst display of the season in that first half and this follows on from what was maybe one of our best displays last Saturday at home against West Brom.

You talk about Jekyll and Hide?

This display would have given hope to all those clubs near the bottom with us – it was so disgraceful.

willian after scoring thrid cheslea goal

Willian after scoring Chelsea’s third goal after 17 minutes

At half time on NBC Sports over there in the US Robbie Mustoe – one of the analysts – was asked by host Rebecca Lowe were Chelsea back to being brilliant again – or was it that Newcastle were simply poor.

Robbie said Newcastle were worse than poor they were terrible – and were simply wide open at the back and there were holes all over the place.

The former Middlesbrough player pointed out Newcastle had spent $117M on players since last summer, but only one defender was brought in when defense had been a big problem for us last season.

Rebecca Lowe then pointed out that Steve McClaren is supposed to be one of the top coaches so what’s happening at Newcastle – to which Robbie replied – Steve simply wasn’t doing it.

Again we started an away game sloppily and paid the price – and to think Chelsea have been struggling of late at Stamford Bridge – Newcastle offered almost no resistance in those first 20 minutes today when we conceded three goals, and the irreparable damage was done.

The game was over – we had lost – the only question was – what would be the final score and how many goals did Chelsea really want to score?

But it was not unlike what we’ve seen too many times this season – a terrible performance on the road at Everton followed by a great performance at home to West Brom followed by a terrible start to the nest game today – and we lost the game before 20 minutes had even been played.

We looked a complete laughing stock in a game that was being beamed live around the world – but there will be no knee-jerk reaction from Managing Director Lee Charnley who seems to have made a second disastrous appointment of a head coach in Steve McClaren.

That came after lee had appointed John Carver to take over the final 19 games of last season and we got only 13 points and lost eight games in a  row in those 19 games.

This defeat looks like we will remain odds-on favorites to be relegated – even though we have spent over £80M on new players this season.

We have slipped into 3rd bottom place again and it comes after Sunderland deservedly beat Manchester United at home today and if Steve McClaren is not under pressure after this terrible and humiliating exhibition by a Newcastle side – he never will be.

This is a Jekyll and Hide side if ever we saw one – and we will be relegated if we keep performing like we have done in our last two games on the road – and in general in a vast majority of our away game this season.

It was simply appalling today.

Our only hope is to bring in a new coach quickly so he has over two weeks to work with the team.

It seems it’s too risky to trust Steve McClaren much longer, since this has been one of our problems all season – we’re pathetic away from home and we just cannot seem to fix the problem.

Steve McClaren has had plenty of time to get things working – and today we looked as bad in that first half as we have looked all season.

And this coming before an 18 day break is not a good time for this to happen unless Mike Ashley decides to bring in a new coach.

To say this is not good enough is wide of the mark and even misses the point.

Changes have to be made if Newcastle are to survive this season.

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  • 1 GeordieTwo // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    The defense will take us down if anything does. That was a laughable back four (and then back three today). Aarons? Not a fullback Steve. Wake up. Saylor? Finished as a footballer. Far too many leg injuries. Colo? Too old, too small, past it. Janmaat? Decent going forward but not defensively useful. A liability in a defense like ours. A wingback at best. Disastrous lack of cover along the back four. Has been so for years and years now.

  • 2 Ron Knee // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:50 PM



    I’d be surprised if McClaren was sacked after this match. I don’t think Charmless and Co. will have seen it as winnable.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    It’s not just this match Ron mate. It’s been a disaster the whole season with McCarver. He’s not up to it. If we finish 18th with Norwich above us I would shoot myself if I were him. It’s that pathetic.

  • 4 JackButler // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    The problem in sacking SM is that the same two idiots who employed him, and are two of the biggest issues at the club, would be the same two that would appoint his replacement.

    Would we ever approach Moyes or Rogers?

    Would either even want to come here?

  • 5 reilly // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    this is what happens when you employ a failed championship manager.

  • 6 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Ashley will pull the trigger he has to much to lose after spending all that cash

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    “”It was the lack of defensive discipline which took the breath away, whether the eye was drawn to Cheik Tioté’s dawdling in midfield while markers ran off him at ease, or to centre-halves who appeared to be ploughing through a quagmire as home players gleefully skipped across the surface at pace. McClaren had made a beeline for a television screen in the tunnel as soon as the first goal was scored. He must have been tempted to retire backstage more permanently as his charges sank without trace.””

  • 8 Ron Knee // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:54 PM


    I think Charmless is counting on us getting points from home matches.

  • 9 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Sack the Mac it is our only option left

  • 10 John Akomfrah // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    excuses, excuses, excuses.

    muck off

  • 11 reilly // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    we have a good squad that is being piss poor managed.
    will ashley step in and make a change,i very much doubt it.

  • 12 Belfast // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    He was his usual positive self lol

    I reckon we need to win 6 games from the 12 like.

  • 13 manxpie // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    shittin hell 4 away games in our next 6!!

  • 14 Lindisfarne // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Anyone suggesting Taylor should get a new contract as cover, is an absolute joke.

  • 15 Online Guy // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Chelsea players are just too F**ing clever at going down if you so much as run past them and cause a draft ..the cheating B@stards.. that’s a fact..they are clever at it and the ref was only too happy to give them free kicks all over the park

    No excuses though most of that team we have are just happy to go through the motions for the wages

    Time has come when I really have to say ..we need a new manager . McClaren has had all the time and every chance ..he’s too nice and so is the team
    Also I would like to smash Lee Dixons smug FAcking face in ,,he’s a piss taking smug B@stard

    Taxi for McClaren he has had every chance.
    A new Manager with Balls please. Whats wrong with Jose till the end of the season ?

    The Redknapps will be making noises this week …please, no !!

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    McCarver is an absolute disaster. He may actually find a way to take us down. It’s astonishing. A decent manager would have managed at least 3 or 4 more wins this season. It beggars belief. Norwich are far worse than us on paper. We should be better than Bournemouth as well. It’s complete incompetence from the board, Charnley and McCarver. I don’t know how much Carr really affects the outcome. I think he’s told who to scout by the board and then Charnley signs them. Complete shambles.

  • 17 beermonkey // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:59 PM


    did u install husham and is it any good

  • 18 John Akomfrah // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Let’s all go to the championship

    let’s all go to the championship

    let’s all go to the championship

    la la la la

    la la la la

  • 19 Ron Knee // Feb 13, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    It’s ironic that our saviour last season was supposed to be McClaren and he turned us down!

  • 20 croftus5678 // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    well…erm its prob easier to say who was our best players who i think deserve to stay in the team as we had so many dismal players out there tonight 🙁

    the rest were woefull esp 3 of the back 4 and tbh even lescalles was pretty much no where to be found.

    saylor does not deserve a new contract if thats him being motivated by a new one and colo was the worst player on the field but only a smidge in front of rolando.

    i dont blame macca for playing rolando at lb as most supporters wanted him played there before the start of the game but i just did not understand his tactics all pretty much being defensive.

    wijnaldum also needs to be dropped in our next away game ! and yep thats me going back on what i said yesterday about him being due a good away game as i no longer believe that as he has no fight at all no matter how much he talks a big game.

    1 striker is not working ! poor old mit even gave up a few times as there was nothing he could do on his own ! he and doumbia need to start together and sacrifice a dm or a cb as they are not worth having in the team anyways

  • 21 John Akomfrah // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    25 a copy

  • 22 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Taylor should not be getting a new contract. That would be stupidity at it’s best.
    I’m looking forward to the day I see the back of Colo as well. What an absolute joke of a captain!

  • 23 bladeuser // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    F@@@ I wasn’t going to comment anymore today but that F@@@@@@ moron said it again We need a reaction u couldn’t make it up I hate that smirking cnut

  • 24 JackButler // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    I honestly don’t know what SM expects to see change in the next twelve games? As we’ve been pathetic for most of the twenty six we’ve played.

    He moans about injuries but his tactics are simply rubbish, his subs baffling and his smirking chops infuriating

  • 25 manxpie // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    tbh tho if that was against norwich or the scum i’d be alot more worried
    that was probably the most attacking side chelsea have fielded in a long time

  • 26 Mag52 // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Not too sure how a new manager will make much of a difference with a defence as fragile as ours.
    The transfer window is over.We missed the bus.

  • 27 Lindisfarne // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Newcastle boss Steve McClaren told BBC Sport: “We lost the game in the first 15 minutes. We got exposed on quite a few occasions in terms of defensive frailities. Rolando Aarons had to play at left-back and it was Steven Taylor’s second game in six months.

    “We caused our own problems. We knew Chelsea would come out quick. They wanted to win that game by half-time with the week they have ahead of them.

    “You get one or two of these games a season. I’ve told the players don’t let that derail us. It was damage limitation by half-time. I just wanted to make sure we scored a goal and stayed in the game.

    “We have 18 days now – three or four players should return from injury and we can work on others in terms of fitness, and getting some defenders back in.

    “We are getting a consistency at home but we need to pick up some points away from home. There are 12 cup finals to come. We’ve got to stay calm and stable.”

  • 28 Tsunki // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Yeah but, having said that, and all things being equal, I thought….

  • 29 sickandtired // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Well, those of us who told you so, …told you so! It’s no good Dr. Ed joining the bandwagon after years of Ashley defence and attacks at the ‘Sack Pardew Crowd’
    The problems begin and end with Ashley and the complete idiots he employs. Schteeve is just the latest in a long line of them.

  • 30 John Akomfrah // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    any one thinks we will escape is delusional

  • 31 NoahJ // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    According to my calculations, if we win 3 of our remaining 6 home games, and don’t lose to norwich away, then we’ll be safe.

    (ambitious I know! but I’m just trying to cling on to something positive, after my beloved newcastle have taken yet another embarrassing hammering)

    I just can’t get over how different we are when we play away. Does mclaren not realise that we don’t play with the same freedom as at home (hence why shelvey, wiji and sissoko all struggle away; and their struggling means mitrovic gets no service). If mclaren insists on not changing it, then it’s hardly surprising that we have such a shambolic away record.

    Things need to change NOW

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    In the last 6 home games we have Spurs and Man City. Those are 2 losses Ron mate. The only away game we have a chance in is Villa. If we get 4 more wins and a couple of draws that will be about it. So that would give us 38 points and a chance to finish 17th. If we don’t let any of the mackems, Bournemouth, Swansea or Palace beat us at home that is……Harrumph.

  • 33 reilly // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    husham wizard is shite.

  • 34 John Akomfrah // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    thats one cup final gone well stuffed

  • 35 Online Guy // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    I dont mean that Lee frustrated ..But you are a piss taker. and you are a smug Wassits name

    Scuse my French .

    Bring wor True Geordie in to do the team talk before game ..half time , then at the end ! He wants to do it ..forget Steve Black Mr Motivator my Arse …Trrue Geordie Wants the job.

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    I knew we should have parked the bus and the van with the camo netting on them!

  • 37 JackButler // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:05 PM


    Chelsea haven’t won a home game since Jose left but today they looked like Barca, what was most worrying was hardly any player seemed to give a damn, there was no fight, no passion just acceptance and I don’t care who we play that is not acceptable. Sunderland fought for every single ball today, the chased, closed down and looked like a side that was up for the fight of staying up whereas we looked like we couldn’t be bothered

  • 38 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    SackSteveMcClaren ?@SackSMcClaren · now

    The list of available managers is :
    Jose Mourinho
    Brendan Rodgers
    David Moyes
    Jorge Sampaoli
    Rafa Benitez
    #McClarenOut #nufc #Sackmcclaren

  • 39 manxpie // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    so wat is a new manager gonna do when we don’t have a defence or a goal scorer?

    it said before the game we havent had a consistant defence all season

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    When you have Aarons giving away the ball and looking lost under Chelsea pressure and Saylor looking lost and winded after five minutes what is Colo supposed to do by himself? We were lucky to get away with playing Aarons against West Brom at home let alone Chelsea away. That is complete lunacy by McCarver. Sack him and bring in either Moyes or Rodgers but do something Ashley.

  • 41 Ron Knee // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:10 PM


    We’ll probably already be relegated by the time the Spurs match comes around.

  • 42 Online Guy // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Jose Mourinho been spotted in the Hilton ..!

  • 43 21st Century Schizoid Man // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Reminds me of the Spuds away game when we got beat 5-0 and were 3 down in 20 mins. Defence has gone backwards since 2012 , so no wonder we face relegation.

    It really is no good for Macca to say “You get one or two of these games a season.”
    We’ve already shed six to Citeh, five to Chelsea and Palace, and let in 3 four times.

  • 44 edtheduck // Feb 13, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Watching here in Canada and the thing I find bizarre is it’s the same 11 and same formation week in, week out… Schteeeeevie doesn’t vary a thing and yet he expects different results… what’s that definition of insanity again? Go grab Paul Clement right now, tonight and lets use the 18 days “off” wisely… still think we have enough “quality” aka there are 3 worse teams and winnable home games to say up but c’mob man sort it out!

  • 45 ic0gcds00 // Feb 13, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Lets get real here
    What do we expect with no defense
    Half a mid field and no attack
    And a shite manager!!!!!!!
    Were doomed

  • 46 ic0gcds00 // Feb 13, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Wats astonishing is john carver would have done better had he been in charge
    Eat that……!!!!!!!!!!

  • 47 GeordieGadie // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:31 AM

    Think it’s about time we consider who we will play against next year in the championship.
    It was only a ‘stay of execution’ when we beat Westham in SJP last May.
    The problem is not with the coach or the players.

    We’re a club people come to as a stepping stone, Depuchy, Enrique, Remy, Ba, etc as examples, let alone Danny Simpson who has now become a possible medal winner.

    The model itself is at fault, not a working business model.
    They said we’re going for top 8 and a good cup run this year, but since the days of those comic matches in the US, I knew we were going to be relegated.

  • 48 mfw13 // Feb 14, 2016 at 4:51 AM

    The only thing that can be done now is to bring in a new manager, and in all honesty, I’m not sure that a new manager is going to do any good. After all, he’ll still be stuck with the same mediocre defenders McLaren has now.

    We are going to pay for not improving our defense over the January transfer window.

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