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Why The Board Must Only Act In Newcastle’s Best Interests

12:23 pm, Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

With only 12 games to go it´s looking like Newcastle may not be as lucky as last season when we escaped relegation on the very last day of the season.

But to all0w a manager with just 24 points from 26 games and 14 defeats to stay on is asking for trouble and we will probably get it.

People running Newcastle at all levels of the club are culpable for this season, which has been an absolutely and utter disaster for the club so far.

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Lee Charnley – Newcastle Managing Director

As far as the facts go it´s the worst season in Newcastle´s Premier League history as far as results and stats are concerned.

And Steve McClaren has performed worse than any other manager for at least twenty years at Newcastle.

We read a rather strange article in the Chronicle yesterday that was intimating the Board have been pleased with Newcastle’s home form of late and are reluctant to fire McClaren.

Since the 1st of December we have won three, drawn two and lost one at home – six games and 11 points – and that’s good.

But you cannot just look at home form and we have played seven games away from home since 1st December and won one – against Tottenham – and lost the other six.

That’s not very good.

Six of those games were in the league so we have 3 points from those six away games – so in the last 12 league games we have 14 points.

If we repeat that in the final games of the season we will end up on 38 points and maybe just avoid relegation again – we had 39 points last season.

The problem we see is one reason the Board seem unwilling to fire McClaren until the situation could be really hopeless is that they appointed him in the first place.

Mike Ashley had nothing to do with it.

But they can’t let emotion come into decision-making when the safety of Newcastle United in the Premier League is under threat.

When you allow emotions to enter into business decisions you are usually in big trouble – they have to act only for the benefit of the club – that’s their job.

Comments welcome.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    How many points did we have after this many games when we got relegated in 89?

  • 2 WWSBRD // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Devils greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist

  • 3 SuperShearer // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Staggers me he’s still at the club. What’s really strange is apparently many managers don’t want to join us….. why? You’re never getting sacked in this gig, take us down, stick around why don’t yah.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Whoa, we had more points after this many games that season we were rick bottom, he is officially the worst manager in our history

  • 5 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    i’d love to punch Lee Charnley in the face.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    beer form the previous thread…that’s the question isn’t it? I have absolutely no idea.

    This is something that is up Lilongwe’s ally!

    Do you have any idea?

  • 7 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    I can see areas where McClaren has improved the side. The football (at home) is the best we’ve played since Sir Bob and I was happy enough with his appointment, but even I find it staggering that he’s still in a job based on where we are in the league for money spent.
    He’s been completely out thought in the tactics department quite a few times and has zero response when an apposing manager changes tactics mid game.
    Every fan and his dog that’s seen Newcastle in the last 5 years will tell you 4-2-3-1 just doesn’t seem to work. 4-3-3 might?
    Currently we’ve actually got the personnel to operate a successful 4-4-2 with Mitrovic or riviere when mitros out, both a fairly good link up striker playing alongside Doumbia or Cisse (good poachers)
    Townsend left, Gini Right (hes played there for psv well) Shelvey and Tiote/saivet/colback central. Could really attack teams with this. Watford have played 4-4-2 all season to great affect

  • 8 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Question is… if McClaren goes, who comes in?? I’ve got a feeling they’d go with Cathro, Guy turned down Managers jobs in the championship and in Scotland for this job and it was rumoured at the time he’d been told he’d move into the big job eventually and we know Ashley loves a promotion from within….
    I actually don’t see much of what’s available who’d come?
    Moyes won’t risk another failure, and we’d be a risk.
    Don’t rate Rodgers at all. Did ok at Swansea on the back of other managers hard work. Was shocking at reading and Watford. Failed to win the league with a front 3 of Suarez, sturridge (fit all season) and sterling…. should have walked it with the line up they had and they fell apart once suarez had left. Also it seems a lot of former players didn’t really respect him and that gerrard was keeping the dressing room together. We don’t have a gerrard like leader. can’t see him coping with the mess up here.

  • 9 posada // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    If we play 4 4 2 that means no Mitro. He has no pace at all.
    I’m just a supporter not a tactical wis, but I have heard many good managers talk about the merits of 442.
    Ferguson always maintained that if you play that way your fate will be sealed by your front two. They have to put a lot of work in and defend from the front when we don’t have the ball.
    Mitro is not just slow he has no movement and is not very mobile.
    Actually I don’t know how this lad fits into any system.

  • 10 JeanDavidGinola // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    I’d rather see someone like John Herdman appointed or Mark Sampson, I’d love to see them take a punt on a young coach that has tactical knowledge, not sure Cathro has shown that yet.

  • 11 mfw13 // Feb 18, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    The Board is clueless….as evidenced by the fact that no defenders were signed in January. And by the fact that they didn’t fire McLaren the day after the Chelsea defeat and give a new manager the full break until Stoke to get adjusted.

    The Board is so incompetent that it doesn’t have the capability of acting in Newcastle’s best interest even if it tried.

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