This Is The Elephant In The Room At Newcastle


In consulting we often talk about what the elephant in the room is at a company.

When you are brought in to look at a particular problem because you are independent and from the outside it´s often easy to see what the problem is at a company – often an obvious one – but for some reason the company doesn´t see it  or doesn´t want to see it.

Maybe it´s just embarrassing or there are politics in place as to why they don´t want to confront it.

That´s what consultants call the elephant in the room.

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What´s Newcastle´s big problem that nobody talks about?

At Newcastle it´s more than obvious what the elephant in the room is – it s all the injuries we pick up every single season and do nothing about it.

It´s not even recognized as a problem at Newcastle.

We remember back in 2005 when Graeme Souness picked up lots of injuries and he thought the reason Newcastle players got so many hamstring injuries was the make up of the turf on the Benton training fields.

Just notice how many hamstring injuries Newcastle pick up every season.

This is not a new phenomenon at Newcastle, but we never seem to do anything about it.

And each year the coach talk about how unlucky we´ve been with injuries and every season we have more injuries than any other club in the Premier League – and that´s true this season too.

But it´s not bad luck when it happens every single year.

And as we pointed out yesterday with the injuries we have had it may eventually lead to another relegation to the Championship.

Somebody at Newcastle should recognize the huge problem we have and do something about it,

You cannot fix a problem if you don´t recognize or admit you have the problem.

And the injuries we get with a squad that has always been too small also has an enormous impact on the team – and it happens every season.

So it´s time to fix the injury problem – the elephant in the room at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.


19 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 23, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Didnt they resurface Benton due to this? If it wasnt the ground, what else is the common denominator?

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 23, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #2

    @1 g

    correct.

    they have made improvements ect unfortunatly nothing works.

    we even tried several fitness teams with again little or no effect.

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  • G

    Feb 23, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #3

    I can also think of at least 2 new surfaces being thrown onto SJP in this timeframe too. Are there iffy stairs up to the managers office or something?

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  • MacToon

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t forget the multi million pound underground heating.
    I don’t think Ashley had an on switch fitted though.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Is there any further developments on the Fans Forum?

    https://twitter.com/TaylorandBesty/status/701738335815995393

    Did the meeting actually take place?

    I know announcing what was discussed is not permitted but I can not find out if it went ahead.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Lindisfarne

    My thoughts to mate, did the fans turn up to find a note pinned to the door?

    That would be typical of this club.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Lindisfarne

    Iv’e tweeted the question re- FF meeting just waiting to see if I get an answer.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    firebug666

    Personally I do not do Twitter but I read #NUFC and I can not see your reTweet. Is it just my techno-phobia that prevents me?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #9

    On topic – is that the new club Captain?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #10

    …..Not sure he will be up for rotating.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Who is/are Taylor and Besty. In those tweets he/they talk about the FF being a FIFA thing – no it’s not it’s a UEFA “thing”.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Lindisfarne

    I just tweeted it on my account mate, would expect Taylor and Betsy to pick it up. but I will stick it on @NUFC.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #13

    19. NEWCASTLE UNITED
    Are you happy with how your season has gone?
    You’re kidding right?
    2/20
    Are you happy with your club’s players?
    Not really. Too often missing in action, particularly on the south side of the Tyne Bridge.
    5/20
    Are you happy with the job your manager is doing?
    He should have been sacked months ago.
    2/20
    Are you happy with how your club is being run?
    Is this a joke?
    Telegraph Premier League Happiness Index:

    19. NEWCASTLE UNITED
    Are you happy with how your season has gone?
    You’re kidding right? 2/20
    Are you happy with your club’s players?
    Not really. Too often missing in action, particularly on the south side of the Tyne Bridge. 5/20
    Are you happy with the job your manager is doing?
    He should have been sacked months ago. 2/20
    Are you happy with how your club is being run?
    Is this a joke? 1/20
    What is the overall mood like among your fans?
    Defeated. 7/20
    Overall happiness rating 17%
    Michael Martin, editor of True Faith

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t bother looking at the above copy, paste & c#ck up!

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  • firebug666

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Lindisfarne

    Taylor and Besty ?@TaylorandBesty 12h12 hours ago
    Obviously I can’t give any specific detail about what was asked/said until the minutes are released later this week.
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    Taylor and Besty ?@TaylorandBesty 12h12 hours ago
    Interesting #nufc fans forum meeting. Spikey, informative, baffling, and honest in equal measures.

    Guess it did go ahead.

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  • giimps

    Feb 23, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #16

    When your playing the same players week in week out and bringing them back too early as they are needed due to not having quality replacements.
    When the youngsters are not allowed to go on loan in case they are needed so can’t build playing muscle memory so they get injured too.
    When the manager plays players out of position and therefore increasing the chance of injury due to their bodies rebelling against the change and extra work but we don’t have quality replacements.
    When the “management” won’t replace players when sold due to poor planning and then expecting someone else to do the job they’re not used to and then having every other player to cover the roles.
    All of these poor business practices have been used over the tenure of both Shepherd and Ashley ,although not so much with shepherd…..each one on its own can cause a few injuries, together they amount to gross negligence .
    In other words, they’ve brought it on themselves

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  • amble_ball

    Feb 23, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Thanks for unnecessarily and long-windedly explaining what the phrase “Elephant in the room” means. Really high quality and worthwhile use of text there

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  • nufc 11

    Feb 23, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Its an easy out half the players on the so called treatment table could play if they really wanted but why would they if every EPL signed an agreement that players were only paid full wages when they played you’d see some difference in the injury league table. Watched the crazy gang documentary over xmas and couldnt believe the story the LB told about the 88 final 3 days before the final he tore ligaments in his ankle but wore the boot for the 3 days bcoz if he took it off it wouldnt fit back on and he still played the final which they won now thats fcuking comitment… No wonder Roy Keane siad hed kick Hazard up and down the pitch for sulking if was his team mate after his psg performance modern players make me sick to my stomach.

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Was expecting to see a pic of Cashley with that title like

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