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Newcastle Have Learned Nothing From Last Season

7:53 am, Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Steve McClaren delivered his press conference last Saturday night in a fairly calm way after another away disaster – this time at Chelsea and we lost 5-1.

It was the next road game after we had been pummelled 3-0 at Everton in a game the manager called an unacceptable performance.

We should also point out that both teams were having trouble winning games at home – before Newcastle arrived.

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Lee Charnley – indecisive in crisis situation – he does nothing
Nor even a knee jerk reaction

Steve McClaren has had lots of experience in detailing exactly how we lost this game – since Newcastle  now have lost 14 of 26 league games this season and are back in 3rd bottom place but his job is not in peril according to the local newspapers.

This time it was because we gifted 3 goals to the home side in the first 17 minutes of the game and it was all over as a competition.

At any other club Steve McClaren would have been fired before now.

Jamie Redknapp has said it was the most incompetent display he has seen from a Premier League side this season in that first half – and he may be close to bring right on that – it was shameful and shambolic – and that’s being kind!

It seems Newcastle have learned nothing from last season when in the final 11 games of the season we picked up 4 points in 33.

But the woeful John Carver stayed on as the head coach when we could have been relegated on that last day – but we beat West Ham 2-0 our first win in eleven games.

So we had a run of 10 games with one single point under John Carver and he still kept his job.

We never thought Newcastle would be in relegation trouble so soon, especially after Mike Ashley gave out £52M to spend last summer – but we were wrong.

If you don’t learn from your mistakes then history repeats itself and those who run Newcastle seem to have learned nothing at all from last season.

Otherwise why would we be in this same position with relegation threatening?

We failed to hire a good coach last summer and failed to strengthen the defense which had conceded 190 goals in the previous three seasons.

We still don’t have a recognized Premier League striker in the ranks and find it difficult to score goals.

On Saturday it was the lack of new defenders that was laid bare by a schoolboy display of defending that was very difficult to watch for Newcastle fans.

We will now probably go down to the last day of the season to see if we are relegated or not – just like last season.

The Newcastle Board who are running the club just don’t seem to not be good enough to so the job, with Lee Charnley again not knowing what to do in this case of crisis at Newcastle.

So he does nothing.

As we said they haven’t learned anything from last season.

If changes are to be made then it will have to be owner Mike Ashley who steps in.

Comments welcome.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:03 AM


  • 2 Tsunki // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    When the finger of blame points quite rightly at Ashley, someone inevitably directs us to the irrelevant argument of ‘I’ve known worse times under worse owners’. It is NOW, not THEN.

    In days gone by asbestos was used for all sorts of things, DDT was a useful insecticide and grandma used to darn trousers and socks. This is a different scenario to the bleak days of the 70’s, new rules, new money, new commercial interests.

    People will look back on this era and shake their heads in wonder at how the people who ran the club got away with mugging their customers for so long. Blaming the shop counter staff for the failings of the business is exactly what the top executives ordered.

  • 3 firebug666 // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:08 AM


    100% spot on mate.

    The modern era needs a modern viewpoint, not an ages past approach.

  • 4 terencelim // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    2 most disgusting things about the club – 1) mike ashley; 2)mike ashley’s ass lickers

  • 5 lochinvar // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
    A team full of posers
    Apology, apology,
    We all Go down

  • 6 WWSBRD // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    U, I like u…but ur gonna get a backlash I imagine

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Feb 15, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Shteve McClaren may be a good guy to have around on the training pitch working with individuals to improve them as footballers. When we have played well there has been an improvement in the style of football, good passing, patient build up and a cohesion to attacking play rather than relying on an individual making a decisive intervention. However, from all the evidence like training ground photos, press releases and matches, there is alack of a tactical strategy.

    After the match at Chelsea Shteve said “we had a choice to make in the second half, go for it or attempt to close it down”, in the end neither happened. Although the sound bite nature of interviews is limited, a couple of things are highlighted by this quote.

    1) There was no attempt to stem the flow of the game in the first half through a tactical tweak, moving a player or restricting a player to a particular task.

    2) The extent of going for it was merely a motivational strategy rather than an application of a tactical devise.

    IMO if true, both points indicate the limited ability of the Head Coach to actually effect the performance of the team directly. Instead relying on creating an encouraging environment that is supposed to stimulate good performances. There is still a reliance on individual players to execute a creative action to produce, or prevent a goal and neither are happening too often.

  • 8 Sav // Feb 15, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Charnley must have massive hands from sitting on them all the time.
    Anyone for a chorus of, ‘We’re s**t and we know we are’?

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