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Mike Ashley Must Act Now To Save Newcastle

9:11 am, Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Mike Ashley has probably  already learned that Lee Charnley – the man he appointed as Managing Director just less then two years ago – doesn´t have much of a clue in the job he has taken at Newcastle.

And chances are nothing will be done before Saturday´s game at home to Bournemouth.

Lee freezes in a crisis and does nothing – as we found out last season when John Carver almost got us relegated with one point out of 10 games before we won the last game of the season against West Ham.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Don´t they want to save Newcastle?

We were very lucky last season with the club being mismanaged at the coaching level and at the senior management level – but we will not be so lucky this season.

Lee will do nothing to fire the guy he hired and it was always a hopeless choice by Lee to bring in Steve McClaren – the fired Derby County manager.

That´s been proved by his results – it´s not just an opinion.

So what are Newcastle going to do now?

We assume nothing and if we beat Bournemouth on Saturday it will be the same old thing and Steve McClaren will be left in charge – but he will take Newcastle down this season if he is not removed

We need Mike Ashley to come in and fire Steve McClaren right now before Saturday´s game and appoint somebody who can at least be watching in the stands against Bournemouth,

In that way the players will want to impress their new manager and play well and the fans will be delighted that we may even have a chance of survival this season with a new capable manager on board – whoever that is.

At the moment what seems certain is that Steve McClaren will be taking us down to the Championship in May.

Does anybody at the club want to save Newcastle from that?

Should Steve McClaren Be Fired At Newcastle?

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Repost: Ed, what you state is a virtual impossibility. I know you don’t believe this:

    “But if he does stay on then it’s because the powers that be at Newcastle have decided it’s more important to keep Steve McClaren as the Newcastle manager than to save our Premier League status.”

    Come on! How do I know? Ask yourself a simple question: Why? There is no plausible reason on what you say, unless Steve knows a terrible secret about MA. Remember the silly rumour about AP? That many bought?

    Last night there were two sxxxe teams on that field. Neither deserved to win. Neither goalkeeper had anything to do, except ONE challenging moment for each. One saved it, the other didn’t. Can’t even blame the guy who didn’t: the wind conditions were beyond ridiculous. It was like playing with a balloon on a Larnaca beach.

    Teams at the bottom don’t get the breaks.

    Shelvey worst on field once more. I hope I am not proven right about this player’s value. He was supposed to be our saviour. How to blame Steve if most of our stars are cxxp?

    Kudos to a player I’ve criticised in the past: Taylor

    1cyprus // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Man it’s frustrating supporting this team. And I mean from the time of the entertainers and before. Older fans may confirm regarding before those times.

    Anyway, 30 points to play. It’s plenty. Really. We ain’t much worse than many of these teams. We are about at Stoke’s level, West Ham, etc. Both those we have outplayed, this season. And look at them. We need that secret ingredient: luck.

  • 2 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    no ed they still think we will be safe that’s what they said in that fans forum which I think is useless cause they never accept there mistake and never do what the people want them to do

  • 3 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    agree with you SPITFIRE on what you said in the last post

  • 4 cyprus // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Seriously you voted for Shelvey? You didn’t watch the game mate, confess.

    On this: I get your point Ed, a new manager is often worth a few points. But not always. Ask villa. I really can’t think of anyone right now. The masters of the art are taken. Maybe bring in that Pearson guy to kick some axx.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Why in this day and age does anyone still just play for a point when 3 are always available. Every time it just sets such a negative tone and strips the players of any confidence.

    Why does a manager just want to ”frustrate” the other team away from home. It frustrates the fans more than anything, just being totally dominated time after time away from SJP.

    Perez, Aarons and Doumbia all on the bench and no Shawlcross or Bojan for Stoke, why didn’t we take the game to them.

    Carr and Charnley have saddled us with an unenviable shower of s—e from the manager down.


    If this was another club with an odious owner, who had reluctantly been forced to part with 82M, had an over promoted teaboy, pensioner and failed championship manager in charge it would be very funny.

    When it’s your own club, however, it’s a very sick joke.

  • 6 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    west ham and stoke got way better manager and owner compared us

  • 7 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    west ham and stoke got way better manager and owner compared to us

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:28 AM


    we had 18 days to get in someone highly rated like Nuno who worked so well with cathro at valencia and is now available.

    You can bet anything Charnley has never heard of him. Charnley, like Ashley, doesn’t ” know football” and takes advice from a 71 year old pensioner and failed manager in his day.

    I remember Pearson being in temporary charge for a couple of games, one was a 6-1 loss I think, but hey anyone but the current muppet.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM


    has ashley ever made one genuinely good appointment at NUFC at any level? Maybe KK but immediately totally undermined him.

  • 10 cyprus // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    I got it the first time 🙂

    Well, we outplayed them with a worst manager then 🙂

    First game Stoke, their goalie was on fire. Vs. West Ham, an easy win, where most predicted the opposite.

    Ain’t defending the coach. But, our miracle players ain’t as good as we think, maybe. We need an HBA type, someone who will unlock stubborn defences. We need luck too. Too many teams this year lock horns, run out of ideas. It’s not just us.

  • 11 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    McClaren has been bereft of ideas and imagination all season and it’s not going to change now. Well, maybe playing Gouffran was an idea, but only McClaren could have thought it was a good one. We should be taking every away game on now because it’s too late to try to nick a point here and there – we need to win. Despite the rhetoric, it doesn’t seem like the penny has dropped. More of the same (that we’ve had all season) will see us relegated.

  • 12 spitfire_ // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Ed, how many times you saw ashley on the stadium this season? Four or five tops. He have much bigger problems than Newcastle. And saying that, you should as Charnley do act. The guy who doesn’t see our defence as a weak area.

  • 13 jayphoto // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Was at the game last night. Taylor played very well! Lascelles was decent too, though they weren’t up against much in Walters.
    Sissoko was shocking. How he continues to start baffles me.
    Gouffran looked noticeably of a lesser standard. Looked perified when the ball came near him, didn’t offer that much defensive cover either, shocking decision to play him with what was available

  • 14 cyprus // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    So Pearson couldn’t save us either, agreed. This Nuno guy I don’t know, but his wonder boy assistant we have and let’s face it, he must shoulder some of the blame. Where’s his tactical genius? Back to school son, I say to him.

    The owner knows nothing about football: other owners do?

    The blame game is a tough one to do, really. Blame is usually shared. If I must play, I’d choose one surname at NUFC which is a four letter word: Carr.

  • 15 JDdubai // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    We deserved to go down in 09 and we deserve to go down this time as well. Rotten to the core, but if Ashley stays then so will everyone else that is part of the problem.

    The players who did alright last night, Elliott, Saylor, Lascelles, Dummett etc are surprise the english ones, the ones who are up for a fight. Sissoko could easily have been Martins from 09, Mitrovic for Viduka, etc etc

    Bmouth, Mackems, Norwich in the next 4 games……at least we will know we are down with plenty of games to go if we dont win the last 2 at least..

  • 16 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    That’s what I could not understand last night playing one up front, lumping the ball up to Mitro and going for a 0-0 draw.

    Beggars belief should of went with two up-front with Perez who believe it or not is our top scorer away and in both games he scored we have won.

    You know what why not play: Cisse Perez and Doumbai up front Saturday – got nowt to loose

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:41 AM


    the thing is the way SM sets up away from SJP shows we may only win the odd home game.

    SM’s approach basically writes off any chance of winning half our fixtures. He is stuck in the day when it was only 2 points for a win. Total dinosaur.

    We’ve been stuck in this mentality a long time now with SA, AP, and now SM. Look where these 3 managers are in the table. Co-incidence, I don’t think so.

    For any of those read the following:- Players played out of position, favourites played over those in form, strange subs and always too late, delusional statements, negative, containing hoofball.

    It is what it is and has been allowed to be.

  • 18 Jib // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    What nonsense Ed
    We get beaten away to a strong Stoke side by one goal.
    That produces an item on how poor the CEO of the club is ?

    Mad – Serb
    I voted for Aleksandar.
    He knocked Philipp Wollscheid all over the park last night.
    He’s turning into a good player and was a constant thorn in Stoke’s side last night , and Manu subbed him and continued the good work.Everyone grafted their tits off in far from ideal weather.
    I love a game like this because posters for the rest of the time can waffle and bullshit but when there’s a game on there’s no hiding place.

    Some of the regulars on here (no names no pack drill ) have surprised me with their comments revealing poor knowledge of what is involved in PL footy.

    As someone said the other day this game was a gimme and one point from it would have been great.

    As Sing in the corner pointed out if we had done another Chelsea folk would have been justified in howling for blood but not on last nights showing.
    I don’t think Townsend is injured he was dropped (he would have been dead wood in last nights effort ) I just wish he’d dropped Sssoko as well but who to bring in ?
    Truth be told we lost by a gnats whisker , Shaquiri with a wind assisted speculative smash at the ball (but if you don’t buy a ticket you can’t win the lottery) reminiscent of Borini’s effort last night.
    The majority of away fans appreciated the team’s efforts and cheered the team off.
    The derby on Sunday 20th March has the makings of a classic.

  • 19 VanToonMan // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Firstly guys whoever said Shelvey is better than Cabaye was for us – I am still yet to believe it. Cabaye as a passer and set-piece taker was stop notch. Shelvey does so many misplaced passes and poor set pieces.

    Sissoko MUST play when we are at home but must NOT play when we are away. He clearly does not have the motivation when we are away from home – he miscontrolled and misplaced the ball so many times yesterday.

    To be fair Wijnaldum – he has been quiet in previous away games but you could see that he was busting a gut yesterday.

    McClaren needs to go – why has Ashley never appointed a foreign manager? How many british managers right now are doing well in the Premier League???

  • 20 cyprus // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Back in a bit. RH, will answer later. Thanks for comment.

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:48 AM


    i get the impression cathro has been largely sidelined by the arrival of SM’s best buddy Simpson.

    I think SM is very egotistical and may be envious or feel a bit threatened by a new kid on the block taking over and implementing new drills and is seemingly keeping him at arm’s length.

  • 22 Jib // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    I can’t believe you mention the wind and then criticise Shelveys game.
    Hughes didn’t play Charlie Adam because of the conditions , we had no choice with Shelvey , he was captain.

  • 23 jimiley // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    It is too late to change the manager. Who would want the job now???? Lets get behind Schteve and cheer the lads over the finishing line. It is called blind faith. Chaotic club.

  • 24 banjax // Mar 3, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    I never wanted McLaren as manager for Newcastle. So when Lee Charnley, embarrassingly tried three times to hire him, it was puzzling to say the least because at thee time he was in charge of a Derby team with the same track record as ours, except they had the sense to sack him before it got too late. I wanted McLaren to be sacked as early as October because it was plain then as now he wasn’t the manager for Newcastle, especially after he rejected the chance to join us twice before he sacked and joined us at the third time of asking after he received his pay off. The same will happen now at Newcastle, meaning he won’t do the right thing and resign he will simply wait to be sacked for a better severance package. Like many people, I simply can’t understand why Mike Ashley hasn’t gone through the management at Newcastle like a dose of salts earlier because I’m sure he is aware of the bumper Media package available from August 2016 season. Surely a cost of £4m to pay off the current crew and another £15m package for the right manager is peanuts compared to circa £130m in TV money alone. Puzzling, very puzzling.

  • 25 mad-serb // Mar 3, 2016 at 10:01 AM


    Agree mate, I am dissapointed as everyone, but I appreciated the effort from certain guys. The problem I had was the long ball hoofing which in the wind cannot be judge which i why not just Mitro but both sides forwards struggled.

    For the life of me I do not understand why we just hoofed it up in hope after seeing it was almost impossible to know exactly where the ball will end up.

    Anyone that plays golf, rugby even football knows when you have a wind like that is that you need to keep the ball low or on the ground so we needed to pass it.

    Was also suprised as to why people got on Janmaats back, maybe I missed something at some point but he did what he was told. I can find atleast 5 players that was worse than him.

  • 26 south coast toon // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    we have nothing to loose we have to change manager now surely its the only option am i the only one thinking y did he bring on riveria when we need goals perez doumbdia sat on the bench im lost for words, we have players who can play and a manager who has no plan a let alone b why is he still here ffs we are a joke 82mil no defenders no proven striker……wtf

  • 27 ArtyH // Mar 3, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Reading through the comments above have left me baffled by those who say changing the coach is too late, why? Keeping McClueless will produce the same results for the rest of the season, its obvious, as nothing has changed. Ironically McCluless does not need to be sacked, so saving money, just bring in a MANAGER over and above him! Dont forget there still some better options out there to save our season, my choice would be Rafa Benitez, or Moyes/Rodgers but Nuno would do also, just anyone really to change what is going on because it is just not working. If no change is made and we go down, it may be a good thing and make M.A sell up, then we could hopefully get someone in who actually cares about the club and supporter, maybe. It surely cannot be worse than it is now. In all honestly most fans dont care if the owner/chairman makes a fortune off their backs as long as the team are successful, sadly there has been no success to talk about.

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