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Some Unsurprising Messages Coming Out Of La Manga Camp

11:03 pm, Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

It seems that after the debacle and humiliation following the Chelsea 5-1 defeat Newcastle went into overdrive on public relations stuff.

The word last Saturday was that Lee Charnley got with Steve McClaren before the manager went to do his post game interviews – and the message they decided to put out after maybe the worst performance of the season – was to keep calm.

And that’s what we’ve also heard coming out of the La Manga camp and in addition that things have been positive in the  camp and the word being carefully leaked to the local press is the powers that be at Newcastle think we are good enough to survive this season.

And the players just cannot wait to go in against Stoke City and start picking up those wins we need.

Well goody for them.

steve mcclaren and players la manga

Steve McClaren with players at the La Manga club

And did you really believe anything else would emanate from Spain other than it was a good camp and our players were upbeat and looking good and are ready to face the final 12 games of what has been another horrendous season?

Newcastle’s leadership on the field with our players and off the field  in the form of the Newcastle Board are simply inept – that’s the unfortunate truth – it’s hard to see any real leadership at Newcastle this season.

We wrote a piece earlier today suggesting the very last thing Lee Charnley and company want to do is to replace Steve McClaren.

After all it was Lee’s job to get a new manager in over the summer and he picked somebody who has now presided over the worst Premier League season in Newcastle’s history.

So all this nonsense about the boys being upbeat and positive and they will do their very best to get the wins we need to survive is simply PR nonsense.

As far as we are concerned all this stuff means absolutely nothing, because the only thing that matters now is how we do in each of the remaining 12 games starting at Stoke on March 2nd and then against Bournemouth at home.

What the players say – as we have learned in the past and during our relegation season – means nothing at all.

It would be an improvement if our players decide to turn up at the Britannia Stadium on March 2nd.

Newcastle have shown far too many times this season they are so frail they can collapse at any moment in a game and get thrashed.

All this PR nonsense is simply that – nonsense.

We just don’t see the urgency or the courage at Newcastle right now – and that’s what ‘s needed in difficult times when difficult decisions need to be made.

What Newcastle appear to believe is taking courageous and decisive action to save Newcastle is nothing more than a knee jerk reaction.

It seems like Newcastle’s answer to any problem is to do nothing and quietly hope for the best.

The real test will be in the upcoming games – that’s all that matters now – not that players are upbeat and enjoying the jolly in Spain this week.

But it’s all about whether our players will stand up and be counted and be willing to fight for the shirt when things get tough in games.

Or just give up like they’ve done too many times this season and in the last two away games and shamed the great Newcastle United Football club.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Prayer · Premier League

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mattyNUFC // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:08 PM


    why would Ed pack in it? As i type this I can get quotes from top auto insurance companies, book a holiday vacation and check out “punk rock trends” of 2016. I don’t think Ed’s giving them this space out of the goodness of his heart!

  • 2 Belfast // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Not the blog Matty the comments section

  • 3 bettyswallocks // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Jeffrey…….. Calling you an idiot would be an insult to all stupid people.

  • 4 ZIPPIE57 // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:20 PM


  • 5 bladeuser // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    it’s a football blog so discuss football u idiots

  • 6 bettyswallocks // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Jeffrey……. Perhaps you’re not stupid. Maybe you just have bad luck when thinking.

  • 7 banjax // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Excuses, platitudes and Do Charnley &Company they really think we fall for their crap ? The real truth will be the result against Stoke and we all know what that will be !

  • 8 bettyswallocks // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Jeffrey….. Just stay away now. You’re wasting your time on here . You’ll never be the man your mother is.

  • 9 mattyNUFC // Feb 19, 2016 at 11:41 PM


    removing the comments section on the blog would be its silver bullet. although I don’t comment as regularly as most, the majority of what i do is read other fans’ reactions. no disrespect meant, but Ed’s posts are hardly eye-opening, worthwhile reads…..

  • 10 JamesToon // Feb 20, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Sorry to bring up pardew but found a very good article that absolutely hits the nail on the head about him:

  • 11 emphraser // Feb 20, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Jeffrey, a single gay Manhattan-based actor/waiter, loves sex. But the AIDS scare has made sex less fun in his multiple sex partner universe. As such, he decides to become celibate, believing that all his excess energy will be directed at other just as important aspects of his life, like his career. His interior decorator friend Sterling believes what Jeffrey needs instead is a boyfriend and a life of monogamy to take the AIDS scare out of his life, much like Sterling himself has done with his life partner relationship with chorus boy, Darius, who, although, is HIV+. But partly in viewing Sterling and Darius’ lives, Jeffrey realizes that even more fearful to him than contracting AIDS is being in a relationship with someone with AIDS with who he may fall in love only to have that person die on him. After Jeffrey makes this celibacy decision, he meets who would have been his next Mr. Right Now if not *the* Mr. Right in the form of Steve, who, in turn, sees Jeffrey as potential boyfriend material. What makes Jeffrey’s decision about what to do about Steve is the fact that Steve too is HIV+. Partly in light of Steve, Jeffrey has to view critically his decision and how he will lead a fulfilling life as a gay man. In addition from Sterling and Darius, Jeffrey gets some professional and non-professional advice along the way.

  • 12 Tsunki // Feb 20, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Matty – happily for you the door is not only an entrance, but an exit. it’s there to be used if you don’t like the blog or Eds way of administering it.

  • 13 Tsunki // Feb 20, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    Photo – ‘Look lads I’m sorry! I was told it would be warm and sunny in Spain. I didn’t know they had winter too!”

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Feb 20, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Jeffrey…. You really are a sicko but never mind it takes all sorts . Keep spouting your shite if you want.

  • 15 bettyswallocks // Feb 20, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Jeffrey……. I don’t know what your problem is but I bet it’s hard to pronounce.

  • 16 mattyNUFC // Feb 20, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    lol @ tsunki

    how could what i said possibly be turned into a high horse for which to stand upon?

    saying his writing is less than peabody-worthy would be closer to the truth rather than a slight.


  • 17 mattyNUFC // Feb 20, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    simply put, in more archaic language:

    comment good for blog. blog no with comment no good. blog no popular no more with no comment

  • 18 matt11_25 // Feb 20, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    Let’s try this again… sorry for the football related post. smh

    When are the friendlies and will they be streamable???

  • 19 matt11_25 // Feb 20, 2016 at 4:49 AM

    So. Weak.

  • 20 sparky55 // Feb 20, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    I see bungles mate killed the blog again!

    We’ll get nowt from Stoke away…it’s gotta be one of the hardest places in the league to go and we’re not ready for that yet…especially the way we defend.

    I’m very 50-50 on whether we stay up or not…if we get even a point from Stoke I think we’ll stay up…if we lose narrowly and put in a good performance we might still just stand a chance…but if we get humped after this ‘fix all problems’ break in la manga then I think heads will go and we’re fcuked

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 20, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Mornings …eventful night it seems!

    Belfast/Betty Boop…you two have a real sad need to mention me when I am not here. Any particular reason? Betty I know you are not sound and well all the time but I don’t go around preaching that to everyone…

    …I sort of let you do that yourself. I you want to speak of be at least have the decency to do it to my face!

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 20, 2016 at 7:40 AM


  • 23 AncientC // Feb 20, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Oh yes, Aye. Nufcblog on Friday night = Mein Land. (Not really)

  • 24 sparky55 // Feb 20, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    I don’t think Ed will make the decision as to what to do with his blog…I think it’s made it’s own mind up and will do a HAL

  • 25 scout // Feb 20, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Sleep walking into the championship again. Are these people for real?

  • 26 ArtyH // Feb 20, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    This is a football blog! Could not believe the rubbish at the start of this post, no insults or name calling is a prerequisite for most sites, respect this one or get off!
    Its true the whole matter is being left to chance again and Charnley is proving again he is a danger to the welfare of the club almost equal to the owner. Nothing will change, why would it, how could it? Must say top priority must be a new manager, he would have to make the best of a bad job, but its beyond Mcfool.

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