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Is This The Striker Who Can Save Newcastle?

11:40 pm, Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

Some good news today that Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has declared himself fit after being out on the sidelines after he injured his groin in the first half of the 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa on December 19th.

So that’s almost two months the Senegal striker has been out on the sidelines and it’s good to see him back, because maybe it’s Papiss Cisse who can get the goals for us and keep us in the Premier League.


Papiss Cisse – fit again after two months out

Papiss has scored two goals for us in 10 appearances  this term, but last season he scored 11 goals in 22 appearances and Papiss is a natural goalscorer who is available to Newcastle again.

This is what he has said in the Mirror:

“The past two months have been frustrating. Now I’m back to Newcastle to resume training. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,”

 “I feel fit, sharp and very focused. I can’t wait to get back playing again as quickly as possible. I’m in good shape.”

Papiss will travel with the Newcastle squad to La Manga in southern Spain for a week of warm weather training and will prepare for two important upcoming games at Stoke on March 2nd and at home to Bournemouth three days later.

We will need at least 4 points from this games and those results will likely determine whether Steve McClaren keeps his job at Newcastle.

If we lose at Stoke  then it’s likely that Steve will be fired after leading Newcastle to their worst season ever in the Premier League.

Here’s are current record this season and we are back in  3rd bottom place.

Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

Should Newcastle Fire McClaren Now?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Poll · Prayer · Premier League

76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 15, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    We can only hope

  • 2 Sliema // Feb 15, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Bit of a daft question. Some fans of our club and others will say we are impatient but for me we hired the wrong guy, simple as that. I’ll be patient when we finally hire somebody successful.

  • 3 Graeme // Feb 15, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    With our jinx in place, he’ll train for 4 days, be very impressive.
    He’ll start the friendly, last 35 minutes and break down, followed by Saylor and Collo – he’s due a jolly back in Argentina!!

  • 4 Sliema // Feb 15, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Pel-le-gri-ni!!! is who we need.

  • 5 JP...from The Rock // Feb 15, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    We are forever hopeful. Hoping for better and always being let down. Cisse might be focused but he still gets offside way too often and doesn’t work hard enough. It would be interesting to pair up Cisse with Doumbia up top tbh. But time is running out fast to save ourselves and we have to find the winning formula pronto!

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Feb 15, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Shall we have a sweep-stake on how many successful passes there are between Cisse and Doumbia by the end of the season?

  • 7 Graeme // Feb 15, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Doumbia used to be an absolutely Class Act – in days gone by. It’s difficult to see what he will bring to the party, given he hasn’t played in many months.
    He needs to train hard, regain his fitness – by the time he does that he could be crocked and out of action for 3 months. He’ll be a great match for the rest of our squad in that case!!!

  • 8 manxpie // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    graeme from last thread exactly but i keep seeing mouriniho and benitez brought up even someone saying that he thinks jose is defo coming lol
    where is the evidence first of that he will be sacked and 2nd that we will get better?
    but lets get the manager out banners again becuase he is the only reason we are in this position!??

  • 9 manxpie // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    on topic when i seen this advertised by there club or country or media or indeed foreigners! they said it would be shown on certain tv but i seen in the chronicle it was a behind closed doors game so which is it?
    would like to see it tbh anyone know?

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Perhaps Cisse could be given a try out at left back.

  • 11 manxpie // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    i was here over a year ago saying the same thing
    and getting abuse from the likes of catchy and rotunda
    and more!
    do you still think its all the managers fault or the circumstances there in!?

  • 12 JeffreyLewis64 // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    We need Cisse, at least he knows how to score!

  • 13 manxpie // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    lol essex i’ve heard carver was a LB lets take him back

  • 14 Jeffrey // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Doumbia looks so unfit

  • 15 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:36 AM


    Wasn’t he the best left back we ever had?

  • 16 lesh // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Ed’s almost convinced that McClaren’ll be sacked if we lose at Stoke. Evidence (Pardew and Carver) suggests that won’t happen.

    Even if it did, who are the clowns going to appoint? Who, apart from Rednapp and Pearson has a reputation for turning a disastrous run around? It’s a pity Pardew wasn’t available cos he seems to do well in his first dozen or so games at a club. (said with a degree of sarcasm).

    However, I think that Charnley, with Ashley’s blessing – either real or implied – will stick with McClaren.

    Why? Because he sits nicely with their plans – not too much ambition but enough to scrape past relegation each season. Maybe was too ambitious for them. Maybe he really wanted to win games but without the players he felt hr needed (defence and a good striker) felt he couldn’t continue at the Club.

  • 17 lesh // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    * Whoops. I meant to say that maybe Pardew was too ambitious (not McCl).

  • 18 lesh // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Thought I’d throw a pebble into the Pardew debate pond!

  • 19 lesh // Feb 16, 2016 at 12:42 AM


    Have a look at recent posts – I think Ed suggested where the friendly could be picked up. Or you could email Ed and ask him?

  • 20 manxpie // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    lesh well its not a pardew debate its a fact that the manager isn’t to blame!! and especially for everything
    or have you totally missed my point for many fuskin years!!!??
    the bigger set up IS TO BLAME!!

  • 21 manxpie // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    in contrast lol thanks lesh but he said the same as the chronicle
    #so thats why i asked

  • 22 Mister Tuff // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Still see there are a few scumbags visitting the blog. Ed’s work is still not done.
    Certainly a better blog when there were no scumbags around to cause trouble.

    I feel obliged to post the following:-
    Boohooo, boohoooo – I’m fwightened of those howible insects -are there any womens skirts I can hide behind.
    Booohoooo, booohoooo. What a tart.

  • 23 lesh // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:52 AM


    That was my point – that it was and continues to be that the Ashley plan is to do as much as he can to avoid success on the field. The mangers cum HC are but pawns in his game – tools to help him do just that. The key players supprting Ashley’s aim are Charnley and Carr. Moncur is but an naive bystander.

    That though is part of life’s pageant.

  • 24 lesh // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:53 AM

    Mr Tuff

    But if there were no ‘scumbags’ logging in, who would you be able to argue with? Yourself?

  • 25 Toon Tang // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    The picture and title of the thread don’t Match. Sort it our ed lad

  • 26 Santon03 // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:28 AM

    everytime I watch football discussions on tv, they all saying the same thing about teams in bad form that “it’s a good time to play Newcastle to end their bad runs”. Our status has become so lame, this football club has become a pinata in epl.
    It got me angry all the time hoping the team will prove them wrong but it just got me angrier when they played like that, well to be fair sometimes the team proved them wrong like against spurs and liverpool but just that 2 times in a whole season.

    I really really don’t understand how this team set to play, they know they are in danger of relegation, right? when they conceded the 2nd goal against any team, they just gave up and then saying “let’s forget it and concentrate next game” like WTF!! Don’t forget it, never forget it, you should remember it so you don’t make the same mistake and put a pressure on yourself to win.
    Once you forget it, it will happen the next match and next after, again and again.

  • 27 Santon03 // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    I don’t think SM can handle this kind of situation, we will be extremely lucky to getaway but unfortunately we are not that lucky.

  • 28 Santon03 // Feb 16, 2016 at 3:34 AM

    next 2 games if we are still in relegation zone, SM should / must be replaced.

  • 29 Laurent Robert The Legend // Feb 16, 2016 at 4:09 AM


  • 30 John Akomfrah // Feb 16, 2016 at 5:20 AM

    2 games ….too late then

  • 31 John Akomfrah // Feb 16, 2016 at 5:31 AM

    The cry will be “we will roll with who we’ve got”

    but we wont be told diddly

  • 32 Ron Knee // Feb 16, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    Morning jesper

    That Spanish man has been described as “el funcionario fantasma”!

  • 33 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Feb 16, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    I tell what’s great tactics: Getting your back four and defensive mid to pass the ball between them for as long as possible not going forward; then get a CB who is known not to be very technically adept to initiate attacks by pretending to be Beckenbauer.

    It was crazy, Chelsea simply let us have the ball until someone misplaced a pass/ failed to control the ball and then counter. But Shteve still had them doing the same thing over and over with Chelsea’s trap working easily.

    Then at half time swap our best player this season for Colback to simply limit the score a little- that move is partly for his own reputation to not be hammered by a record score.

    I felt sorry for Mitrovic- he got nothing at all. Andros Townsend is exactly as expected: incredibly inconsistent and often frustrating but can score the odd great goal. Aarons is not, and never will be, a LB! Why on earth did we not get a LB and CB in January? They were the most desperately needed positions!

    And they let Thauvin go back on loan, just like Cabella!!! This club is unbelievable sometimes!

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 6:21 AM


    Manx…I have never heard the likes of Catchy or Rotunda saying it’s all the managers fault, if that’s what you are implying?

    Within this horrible setup I have them among others discuss the different culprits. Some discuss what they think they can change and what will have and impact others are more concern about the overall problem which seem more or less impossible to change (ad least we are not doing it)

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    *heard them

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    Morning Ron…you read my post yesterday it seems 😉

    I thought that was a funny story, and then Jeff shows up telling stories of him being in Spain lol

  • 37 G // Feb 16, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    Jeff, in Spain? The Oracle?

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    hyvää huomenta jüspar,
    There are a whole lot of factors to blame for this mess and the writing has been on the wall for a few seasons now, deliberatey aiming for mid table with mid table/lower league managers is a huge one.

  • 39 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    New manager mid season – NO
    If we sack McClaren – Our management would take at least a month to get someone and that person would probably be stop gap – keep us up
    is that what we want.
    If we are going to change manager I would do it at the end of the season if we stay up or go down.
    Pay the price for a decent Manager or a hungry young manager with modern ideas like what Boro did with Karanka and let that person pick the players he wants and not Carr picking the players he wants, because he has made a right cock-up in France
    ie his latest – we get Saivet, mackems get Khazri,

  • 40 Lindisfarne // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Jeff in Spain, he must have been on the vino and conveniently forgot logging on as Juan.

  • 41 Lindisfarne // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Mister Tuff??!!! Glass houses and all that mate, is your name a coincidence? Do you ever look in the mirror? What do you call a Trolls troll? Billy Goat Gruff/Tuff?

  • 42 Lindisfarne // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:29 AM


    I would love to know if Carr has a database of players, or just an address book of agents. Charnleys lack of authority is obvious and is replicated in the coaches,players, academy….

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    Have to disagree there, it will be going back five years or more if we go down, I’d say get rid now and pay a proven manager top dollar to keep us up like what the mackems done last year. Keeping Mclaren to phrase his own fcukin words “is like watching a car crash in slow motion and there’s nothing you can do”

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Jail…the writing has been on the wall for years that you are a broken record!

  • 45 Premiership Manager // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Before the Transfer window opened the team were starting to gel and there were some very good performances with some results we did not expect to get. Add injuries to 3 key players + adding new players means that we’ve had to accommodate 5 new players i.e. half a team.

    The difference between this year and last year, points apart is that the manager had lost the team and the team had lost their desire to play. This term it is different, we have had some very bad luck, poor results but the team are still playing for the manager.

    If anybody expected to go to an inform Chelsea and get a good result with 3 key players out and 2-3 new players they are deluded.

    A new manager will not fix the problem. If you look at the better matches it’s easy to see the progress Steve McClaren has made however on the down side we have not had the results.

    Shelvey had the reputation at Swansea of being a superb player when he was in the mood, however his work rate has always been very poor given his ability. He doesn’t run and when up against he’s usually the first one to throw the towel in

    Townsend has been superb what I didn’t expect is for him to track back and tackle players, not the trait of many attack minded players and wingers.

    Doumbia is unfit but you have to ask, if he is that good why let him go on loan?

    Collo is 34, a good player but long past his best, Taylor again is past his best, injury prone and slow. the only 2 EPL defenders we have are Mbemba and Janmaat, Lascelles will come good but needs time.

    In DM we have Colback who many slate but I don’t think they see what work he does in breaking up play and simple passes. He has a higher opta rating than Schweinsteiger and Carrick which suggests he’s a far better player than many think. Apart from Anita and Tiote one who has never really been good enough and one who is past his best we have no cover.

    Attacking wise we have Mitro, who lacks confidence, Perez who has bags of talent but has been dropped and Wijnaldum who could play up front with Perez in the hole. All good players but let down by a weak supporting team.

    And then we have Sissoko, if he doesn’t leave next year I’ll be amazed. He’s good going forward, he’s not a winger and for a player of his athletisism he’s very poor at defending.

    We can all point the finger at McClaren who has made a few poor team selections and substitutions but not too many. However he is the coach and he has to work with what he has. If he was given the reigns to manage it would be different. Like Pardew he is fighting with his hands tied behind his back.

    We have a poor team fueled by sub standard buys and poor investments and the only people to blame for that is the board.

    No manager worth his salt will come to the club under the current regime. Talk of Mourinho or other top class managers is simply talk, as they would not come unless they had total control and a £100M budget.

    Penfold, Car and Co need to be sent packing and the backroom needs to be totally restructured. as for Steve Mc if we don’t get some results soon, I honestly think the job will become to much for him, he’s done some good work but because the board didn’t look at the balance of the squad and plan ahead by plugging the defensive gaps we are now suffering the consequences.

    It’s going to go right down to the wire and the last match of the season and we’re going to need every bit of luck we can get

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    It must be the same broken record as yours as I was agreeing with you!

  • 47 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Jail for Ashley
    in the real world that would be the right thing to do but this is NUFC if we sack Mc Clown there will be no super hero waiting in the wings to save us ……it will take the board 6 weeks to turn round and in the end we will get another second rate manager from the very small list they have just another yes man

  • 48 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    You’re on the right blog for broken records. We’ve done them all.

    On topic – you just watch Cisse come on 2nd half against Stoke and score the winner, blog will dissolve into pro-cisse rants and ‘told you he was good’ 180 degree turns 🙂

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Charlie…these stop gaps have worked for other teams. Villa was a lost course and the fact they spend nothing in January is testament to that.

    Chelsea has been flying since Mourinho left and last season Leicester went on a winning streak with has continued into this season.

    Of course it very important who they pick and one is right to be concerned. I had a look and a top manager in the PL seem to cost £3M in wages a year. That is a little outlay for Ashley.

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Tsunki…you think

  • 51 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Where is this real world people speak of? I don’t think we are in it are we?

  • 52 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Jesper – I think I do. Think what?

  • 53 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    just look at the quality of the managers those clubs brought in and do you believe Charnley would be looking for the same type/quality i think not …..bargain basement is were we shop

  • 54 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    the one thing you forget…
    OUR owners or shall I say ‘THE COMMITTEE’
    useless cannot err, err well who shall we go for – twenty meetings two months later err shall we bring in Kinnear.

  • 55 firebug666 // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    McClaren has to go, no matter who the next dinosaur is, risks need to be taken. Macca has had his go and failed miserably.

    The players are not responding to whatever it is he is trying to do, and his grinning interviews are an insult to every fan.

    We are teetering on the point of no return, the hierarchy have firmly buried their heads in the sand, Ashley is busy trying to get meetings with MP’s to try and boost his SD reputation…AGAIN! Leaving Macca to comb his tuft and give the team explicit instructions on how to avoid relegation.

    Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave!

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Tsunki…that it’s a blog of broken records. Didn’t you say that?

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    firebug…I wonder if McC is grinning because he knows he is unsackable like his predecessor?

  • 58 firebug666 // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:07 AM


    Macca is in a win win situation, If he stays, he gets his monthly pay packet, if he get’s sacked he gets his pay off, and if he goes down, he and the players still get the same wages.

    I said the other day, what incentive do any of them have to remain in the top flight?

    We are never going to win the league, we get our couple of cup games regardless of what league we are in, and the players still get the same money.

    We have nothing to play for. As fans we want them to perform, we want to avoid relegation. The players however see no change regardless of league.

    No incentives, a clueless head coach, and a board waving people on, nothing to see here!

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    The sacking of popular manager Chris Hughton while the non sacking of his successors sums these clowns up.

  • 60 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    No Jesper although that is also true 🙂 I was alluding to our clubs record breaking performance.

  • 61 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Probably Chris was a bit too vocal about team building and mentioned that pesky ambition lark that plagues so many poor clubs in this modern era of trend setting, jet-set, space age foolish fad-driven er… where was I going with this?

  • 62 firebug666 // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:26 AM


    I still believe we are being punished mate.

    The spending off money, is a necessity that had to be done, and not because the club have suddenly become ambitious.

    I will never forget the two statements, one from Llambais and the other from Ashley.

    Llambias:- “They don’t know how nasty we can be”.

    Ashley: (on Newcastle’s relationship with SD) “It is beneficial to SD”.

    Nothing has changed, we are still just a vessel to support a tat shop, and we will never be anything other than relegation candidates.

    Ambition would have been spending £100m on players we needed in the right positions, and hiring a manager/head coach who had the passion and drive to move us up the table and well away from relegation.

    It’s obvious that will never happen under Ashley, and his joke board of directors.

  • 63 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    On topic, of course….

    Mark Hughes, Fired again
    We all need someone to le-ean on
    Mark Hughes, Fired again
    All we need is somebody to le-ean on…

    Bit of Major Lazer to wake up to ha ha I can’t avoid singing this in my head when that tune comes on the radio. I think it’s a mondegreen when you misheard lyrics to songs. A relative who was a schoolgirl in the 80’s used to sing along to that stock authentic waterman “Roadblock” by singing “Robot-Robot, yeah!” complete with c3po moves ha ha well I thought it was funny. 🙂

  • 64 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Charlie…we do seem to have a amateurish setup…no doubt!

    But would I keep McC or Charnley because of that? It has never an excuse for poor management that I except.

    hibbitt…I don’t have much faith in Charnley no! Do a think we could attract a £3M top manager yes!

  • 65 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Firebug, be careful mate you don’t even have to say his name three times and he’ll be out! Mention Mike getting something for nothing and he’ll be all over you like graphite grease on a new shirt.

  • 66 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Anyone else got any misheard lyrics? Come onnnnn….you know you want to!


  • 67 firebug666 // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:31 AM



    So that’s where it came from, at least I can put our lasses mind at rest now. 😀

  • 68 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:34 AM’s a real mess alright!

    Personally I have never seen a business thrive where the managers are not measured on that they do (performance) and where there’s no accountability!

    But truth to be told they also get paid the big bucks when they show their worth.

  • 69 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Premiership Manager@45

    Now that is a good post!
    I think you’re right. It will be an unbearable finish to the season for us.

  • 70 Jib // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Hopefully the time off that we have will resolve some of the injury issues .

    I’d like McClaren to focus team selection now on those players that will be the future of the club next season and not be afraid to give the younger players a go.

    Something like


    Jaanmaat Mbemba Lascelles Mbabu

    Colback Shelvey

    Townsend Wijnaldum (capt) Aarons


    Nigel Pearson put the turn around at Leicester (from 10 points mid December bottom of the EPL – to comfortable survival ) down to a more settled selection policy.
    The Foxes got real lucky with injuries 2nd half of last season let’s hope after this sunshine break we can too.

  • 71 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Jail…you are still a broken record with childlike behavior!

  • 72 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    I wonder if the clowns who run the show have even heard of the following available or soon to be available excellent managers / coaches.

    Nuno (was with Cathro at Valencia)
    Sampauli (ex Chile)
    Rui Garcia
    Carlos Carvalhal

    We almost deserve to go down because even if SM is sacked you can bet we won’t get an exciting foreign coach, but rather your Moyes or Pulis. Pulis or Moyes would complete the scintillating cycle of SA, AP, JC and SM!!

    Saylor again proving what a grade A idiot he is with comments like ”Chelsea did to us what we did to WBA.” Can’t remember us scoring 5 goals against a team with no shots on goal in 4 games.

  • 73 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:39 AM


    Actually quite like the look of that team

  • 74 hibbitt // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Rotonda heights
    pretty sure they haven’t !!!!!!

  • 75 Jib // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    I have a feeling that there will be a cabinet reshuffle in the closed season .
    Carr retired
    McClaren DoF
    Cathro Head coach
    A N Other brought in as assistant coach alongside Simpson

  • 76 Rotonda heights // Feb 16, 2016 at 8:51 AM


    I think we can agree without fear of contradiction that Ashley has made a series of truly awful on and off field appointents, having never appointed someone with a really credible and successfully consistent CV over a long period of time, not one good season followed or preceded by some really poor ones.

    Llambias, Charnley, Carr, Wise, JFK twice, AP, JC, SM would be lucky to find employment in any properly run, ambitious club, so ultimately the buck stops with Ashley.

    Sadly the thing Ash has always been accused of, ie not putting money in, has now backfired by entrusting inadequates and incompetents to process it.

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