The Three Massive Mistakes Newcastle Have Made

Newcastle have been a very poorly run club over the last three seasons – and our results in the league have shown that – and we wont even mention how we’ve done in the cups – it’s too depressing to bring that up all at once.

But there are three really big mistakes the club have made which are the major reasons we are in a terrible mess at the moment and odds-on favorites to be relegated in May.

lee charnley

Lee Charnley – this man is culpable at Newcastle

Here are those massive mistakes.

1) Appointing Steve McClaren as head coach and John Carver as interim head coach.

Those were two disastrous decisions made my Managing Director Lee Charnley.

It was clear John Carver was in over his head last year but he was allowed to stay on and he almost single-handedly took Newcastle down to the Championship because no action was taken to replace him.

That was even after he lost eight games in a  row and nine of the final 11 games.

It’s really very difficult to get fired if you are a Newcastle manager these days.

Steve McClaren’s record has been simply terrible this season and it’s not that we are plunging down the table as we did with John Carver in charge.

Steve has had us in the bottom four all season and the worst start to a season ever by Newcastle – 3 draws from the first eight league games was ominous.

It shows you the level of ambition of Lee Charnley when he hired a  manager that had just been fired by a Championship club  for poor performance.

McClaren wasn’t good enough for Derby County but he was good enough for Newcastle United?

Based on the results this season McClaren has been a disastrous signing by Lee Charnley.

2) Not strengthening the defense in the summer and in January.

Newcastle spent £81M in strengthening the squad but of the eight players we brought in only one of them was a defender – Chancel Mbemba.

We were supposed to be after an established center-back like Joel Matip in the summer, but it seems McClaren stood by Fabricio Coloccini who would partner Mbemba in central defense – so we didn’t bother bringing in another center-back.

Left back has also  been a weakness for some time, but we never bothered to strengthen that position even  after we had allowed Davide Santon to leave the club a year ago and he was never replaced.

In the last three seasons we have conceded 190 goals and this season we have conceded 49 goals in just 26 games, so the stats alone say our defense is simply not good enough for the Premier League, so how come we didn’t strengthen it sufficiently?

A good question for Lee Charnley at the next Fan Forum meeting a week tomorrow, but don’t be surprised if he cancels it.

3) Not getting a proven Premier League goalscorer in.

Newcastle have had difficulty scoring goals over the last few seasons and before he left just over a year ago even Alan Pardew was vocal about how the club needed to sign  a striker in last January’s transfer window.

We signed nobody last January and once Pardew knew about that we think that’s one reason he bolted out of the door.

Last summer we signed 20 year old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht, but failed to bring in what was really needed – a proven Premier League goalscorer.

Newcastle had many chances to sign Charlie Austin last summer and then in January but we didn’t and fans will need to ask Lee Charnley and the Board why they in their wisdom did  not think Charlie was worth £4M last month when the Saints snapped him up.

That was a huge opportunity lost last month.

Newcastle also failed to sign Saido Berahini last month and ended up with Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan, who hasn’t played since early December.

The failure to sign a top proven goalscorer has cost us so many points this season, it’s scary just thinking about it.


Those are three big mistakes we see the club has made that have put us in the terrible mess we are in at the moment, which could well lead to us being relegated in May.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Over the last three seasons???

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Three massive mistakes Newcastle have made:
    1. Charnley
    2. Charnley
    3. Charnley

    Ron…in all this Charnley is the puzzle I just can’t wrap my hands around. What is he doing here and why is he allowed to spend £80M.

    He should have been gone in the summer, but it was decided that mistakes were made (from everyone else of course)

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 14, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    From last thread
    Yes, my head agrees with you.
    But we can be a different proposition at home. Can is the operative word.
    It all comes back to no balls in our team, the old leadership and guts issue. We roll over when we concede. Our two leaders are SM and on the field Colo. SM walked out and hid in the dressing room or sat looking dazed in his chair. Or that’s what it looks like onto tv to millions. Sends a message…
    Colo was anonymous when the chips were down again.
    The makems have that presence. They are the concern now. 4 points from Liverpool and MU. Didn’t see that coming to be fair to them. There was luck involved but they give themselves a chance. I still believe we will finish ahead of Norwich but that might not matter.
    Our season might come down to wether we beat sunderland at home or not.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed.. We all know the club doesn’t have their priorities straight that’s well established!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed…Austin is on £100k a week. I wish sometimes you would post on here like in the all days!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed knew that Charlie Austin thing would come back and nibble Charnleys left cheek 🙂

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 14, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry but I don’t see us beating the mackems this time either.

  • sparky55

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed..will you fcuk off with this charlie Austin thing…he never wanted to come…not even for a million a week…we didn’t fail to sign him..HE DIDNT WANT TO COME FFS

  • Lost Plot

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Either the Manager needs new coaching staff


    The coaching staff need a new manager


    They all need replacing?


  • sparky55

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    The next 24 hours are crucial…if we don’t sack Maclaren today then we’re going down.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Like Mikey said himself, from the ‘orses mawf, the buck stops with him as he appointed these idiots to run 250M worth of business for him but unless he specifically said from the off ‘I don’t want you wasting money on defenders’ then the blame has to lie with the bkard. What a cosy little set up they have devised.
    Guten Morgen jøspær

  • hibbitt

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    same bloody team that played so well last week most people on here acreed with the selection and they just roll over the clubs needs a complete purge its not just one thing its everything from top to bottom gutless spineless players with no pride in the shirt a clown of a manage who smirks his way through a humiliating defeat a tea boy chairman who should not be in charge of the paper clips never mind the club a chief scout/DF who buys players we dont need but wont buy the the player we need …..going down lads times running out fast

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #14

    I read Jack Butlers post about us having the same two defenders we had in the Championship. I’m not a big reader of autobiographies but Roy Keane’s was recommended so I read it. Punches would have been thrown after a five goal defeat, Collo has been on the end of sl many it is nothing unusual for him, I honestly can’t see him kicking up a fuss.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #15


    Maybe Charmless will sack himself before the Fans’ Forum!

  • NoahJ

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #16

    For those of us that feel like sh*te this morning, i’ve been trying desperately hard to find some positives about our current position:

    1) even though we don’t play for more than two weeks, norwich do; if they lose by two goals to leicester (not beyond the realms of possibility), then we’ll come out of the relegation zone without even playing

    2) we are strongest at home, and we play most of our ‘rivals’ at home (swansea, bournemouth, sunderland)

    3) whilst it is annoying to have so long a break, we can use this time to get key players back- especially m’bemba! but also dummett, colback. this will likely mean no more aarons at left back, or taylor at centre half!

    … can’t really think of any more lol. That’s where the positives end I’m afraid.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #17

    You started talking about positives and then ended with colback. It was going OK up to then.

  • sparky55

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #18

    I said drop Colo and Gini and Sissoko, play Colbeck left back and Aarons left wing with townsend of the right and Lascelles replacing Colo

    It wouldn’t have changed the result yesterday because our midfield and defence as a unit were dreadful, but sissoko needs to understand his place in the team is not secure and his performances this year have been rubbish.

    The outcome of games will not change if we stick with the same team. Our weakness’ are there for all opposing managers to see and we’re too easy to play against…so we need to change the team and the way we play.

    Colo and Sissoko should never start another game for Newcastle.

    Townsend and Aarons need to be the wingers

    Due to p!iss poor management planning Colback has to unfortunately play LB…he’s done it before so is our only option.

    Gini needs to play in the hole at home and be a impact sub when we play away.

    Perez should play in the hole when we’re at home with Doumbia coming on as he gets fitter. He’s fast as fcuk and we need to utilise that.

    We’re basically fcuked because we cant defend and we struggle to score three goals a game to offset the two goals we’re guaranteed to let in.

    Whenever a new manager comes in they concentrate on shoring up the defence…WE DON’T HAVE A DEFENCE TO SHORE UP…it’s that bad all we can do is hope we start scoring a few more and that’s gonna mean we’ll get caught on the break right through til we go down before the season has even ended.

    it’s all bollox.

  • NoahJ

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    lol, colback is sh*te as an individual, but I feel he gives balance to the team when he plays. Even yesterday, amidst the calamity, when he came on, we were less garbage.

    I take your point though 🙂

  • NoahJ

    Feb 14, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #20


    I didn’t realise this until recently, but sissoko hasn’t scored since the last game of LAST SEASON.

    unbelievable given that he thinks he’s a champions league player, who will start for france in the euros.

    … then again, on reflection, it’s hardly surprising at all. He’s probably been our worst performer relative to expectation this season. Wiji is close too, but at least he’s scored goals!

  • maikelw

    Feb 14, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Week by week MA shows he is incapable of running a club. How many managers did we had the past few years. Let’s not even talk about the directors we had Dennis Wise, Joe Kinnear and now Lee Charnsley. All they are incompetent to run a club properly. Now there is McClaren as a coach I don’t see any tactical plan or system. Once the opponent changes position a lot they run riot through NUFC defense. I always see Graham Carr’s name when there is a new player coming in but does he also scouts defenders or only midfielders? Taylor, Collocini, Williamson and Dummet are championship material not for the premier league. Also if you buy strikers there needs to be players who can feed them with proper passes or balls so they can score them. I am afraid newcastle will not get things going if they don’t get in another manager. Then all money spent during the summer and winter are useless.

  • EllaGuru

    Feb 14, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #22

    You were one of those harking on about how this was a great transfer window and how strengthening up front was a priority. This was disillusioned, misguided at best.
    What has now made you change your tune? I think you need to get a grip too. It has been as clear as mud for a long time, that without defence upgrades we were going down.
    Unfortunately I think it’s now too late, even if we were to bring Moyes in. We have no leader in there. Colo is, for want of a better expression, a spineless rat. I have never seen a more dishonest defender.

  • ToonMatt

    Feb 14, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Employing Charnley was the biggest mistake, He’s out of his depth, Ashley will look like an absolute mug when we are relegated, This idiot Charnley (who was the club secretary) hired McClaren, So the mess we are in is mostly down to him, we are being run by amateurs, There’s clubs in league two that are better managed, Ashley loves to gamble but this time his luck has ran out!

  • MacToon

    Feb 14, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Three massive mistakes Newcastle have made:
    1. Ashley
    2. Ashley
    3. Ashley


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