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Bad News From Mike Ashley On Newcastle’s Predicament

5:59 pm, Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 97 Comments

The Telegraph is reporting that Mike Ashley is alarmed by Newcastle’s slump this season.

Luke Edwards is reporting  that a defeat tomorrow to Bournemouth could mean Steve McClaren would be fired, but that Mike Ashley is reluctant to intervene and he will leave it to Managing Director Lee Charnley if and when he fires Steve McClaren.

Well that sounds like really bad news to us, because Charnley wouldn’t fire John Carver last season after he had managed to lose eight successive games and we only just survived on the last day of the season.

We probably will not be so lucky this time around.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

The Telegraph is reporting what we have suspected for a while – that the Board is paralyzed with fear and there’s also a view that sacking McClaren would only make things worse.

Worse than what?

We are second bottom of the league for heavens sake and Newcastle have lost four of the last five games and seven away games on the trot and have been in the bottom four all season long.

What could be worse than that?

While a new manager is no silver bullet, the Newcastle Board have refused to sack McClaren and therefore have put our club in severe jeopardy of relegation, where it may well be we are already doomed.

The Telegraph reports the Newcastle Board are still clinging to the hope that home form will get us out of trouble, and therefore a defeat to Bournemouth may lead to McClaren’s dismissal.

But our point is even if we win the game tomorrow,  the problem is still there – Steve McClaren is simply out of his depth in the Newcastle job – and should have been fired a long time ago.

The Telegraph say that Charnley has continually backed McClaren in his conversations with the Newcastle owner, who has kept himself in the background all season and has let the Board run the club.

That could turn out to be a huge mistake because the Board seems to be incompetent – they hired a coach who had just been fired by Derby County and they have not strengthened the defense or brought in a Premier league proven goalscorer.

So the use of that £82M in transfer fees has been suspect at best.

The Telegraph report that Charnley has also made no plans at all to fire McClaren and nobody has been lined up to replace him.

That doesn’t surprise us because Lee never seems to plan for things that may happen – and that’s part of a senior manager’s job at any company.

Charnley’s coziness with McClaren seems to be taking the club down and we are very surprised Mike Ashley will not step in to save the club.

But Ashley seems to be playing it the classic way by allowing his senior manager to do his job make the decisions he’s paying him for – but Ashley will want to know with £82M spent this season – how come we are struggling at the bottom of the league?

The problem we have with Ashley not forcing McClaren to be fired and not intervening in what is a real crisis at the club – is that we could be a Championship club in May.

Charnley will not fire McClaren and there are at least two reasons for that:

  1. It will look bad on him because he appointed McClaren in the first place
  2. Charnley has no contingency plans in place to appoint a replacement

That’s a dereliction of duty right there.

It’s a terrible situation Newcastle are in when incompetent people are allowed to run the club.

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

97 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Hopefully, money will talk.

  • 2 banjax // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    The Mclaren press conference is a tangible sign that every person at the club especially the players are feeling the pressure of the Bournemouth match. This doesn’t bode well for the result on Saturday where a defeat will surely see the demise of Steve McLaren. Nevertheless, nothing but a win is acceptable for what should be a rock solid three points. But don’t shed a tear for the manager, because he will walk away with a few £million. Feel sorry for the supporters who have followed their team through thick and thin, sacrificing their hard earned cash, lost sleep and tireless enthusiasm to follow a team who aren’t good enough to shine their shoes.

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    The former England manager admitted this week that this Newcastle side is the most “frustrating” group he has worked with because of their “character flaws,” especially away from home.

    Just think about this, Charnley. Take your time and digest it. Your head coach with his team in the relegation zone with 11 games to go calling his players frustrating because of their character flaws. Where do you go from here? If the rumour is true, he’s also blaming the character flaws of the local press.

  • 4 BandB // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    And to think this man was appointed in large part because he was seen as a shrewd media operator.
    It’ll be players getting themselves sent off next.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Nothing more revealed but a direct source witness

  • 6 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Do I believe the rumours that there’s dissent in the ranks? Well I’ve seen Shelvey looking in frustration to the bench for leadership decisions. And now I read the head coach is blaming the players’ character flaws for the position we’re in. These are clear signals to Charnley telling him something. But Mikey needs to be reminded that this is all being played out outside his front door. He doesn’t need to watch the drama. He just need look at the bare statistics.

  • 7 JamesToon // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Express reporting that Pellegrini would be open to a move to Newcastle in the summer.

    Please if there is a god, make this happen

  • 8 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    “And to think this man was appointed in large part because he was seen as a shrewd media operator.”

    Really :- D

    It sounds good

    It’s A Complete Crock

    but what the heck !!!

  • 9 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    😀 Even

  • 10 mactoon // Mar 4, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    I have been willing to give McClaren the benefit of the doubt. Ashley stated the role was a head coach who would be in charge of getting the best out of a squad of players given to him and I thought McClaren was the best person who could work under those restrictions. I was wrong.

    If I was Ashley, and Moyes would actually agree to come I would step in and bin McClaren, give Moyes the role then get rid of Charnley who is as much out of his depth in his role as McClaren is.

    Then I would have a no holds barred discussion with Moyes as to how to move forward as the current “5 year plan” isn’t working

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    James Toon

    Watch True Geordie’s verdict on Pellegrini, you might have a change of mind.

  • 12 jimmysmith // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    I agree. Charnley has a remit though I suppose. I imagine we need stronger football man at the helm, and Carr and Charnley given less authority in football matters, or replaced with better. But Ashley surely is the architect of the managerial structure and the appointments.

  • 13 G // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    @7, I heard that rumour earlier from a mate, heard it now from a few different sources. For what its worth, I would take him, not my first choice, but far enough away from the bottom of the list. I still dont think the rumour has legs though.

  • 14 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Posted this earlier in the day, thought it was worth a repeat.

    ‘Being a bit paranoid, I was wondering if SM is picking teams to lose.

    I reckon he sees the writing on the wall and has realised he can’t manage.

    He’ll probably get a good pay-off if he is sacked and at this moment will be happy to get away from the job with money in his pocket. Probably wouldn’t get a good pay-off id he resigned.’

  • 15 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    I probably should have corrected spelling mistake to avoid a ticking off from the blog grammar police.

    D^mn, to late.

  • 16 jayphoto // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Apparantly it was the daily mails Craig hope that fell out with McClaren…
    Fair play to him standing upto the club, seems to have said to SM what a lot of fans would like to say

  • 17 geordie157 // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    I’d change things slightly and go with this side if Townsend is fit.

    Tiote in for Colback if he’s fit.

    Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Dummett
    Shelvey, Colback
    Wijnaldum, De Jong, Townsend

  • 18 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:32 PM


    Back line more or less picks itself although if he’s fit I wouldn’t mind seeing Mbabu replace Dummett with him replacing Taylor.

    Perez to replace DeJong, otherwise I agree with your selection.

  • 19 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Craig Hope is daily mail thought it was a mirror group journo^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author

  • 20 BandB // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Keep yer finger in the dam Jibbers 🙂

  • 21 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Keep posting nonsense
    Bullshit and Bollix

  • 22 BandB // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    You are getting cross Jib.
    I at least know who it involves and what happened.

  • 23 BandB // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    McClaren should have known better than to lash out.
    Unlike yourself.

  • 24 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    B and B
    You read “My Trade” by Andrew Marr ?
    What a fine lot journos are .

  • 25 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Oh no !
    At the other relegation battle at Kingston Park
    Wayne Barnes is referee !

  • 26 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Hopefully McLaren’s spat with the scribbling hack may be cathartic.
    Nigel Pearson gave them both barrels last season at Leicester City and the rest , as they say , is hihitory

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    This year there is no more Ashley or Manager out campaign, I hope all those that mocked those attempts are now seeing why they wanted change. This situation has been coming ever since fifth was seen as an outrageous diversion of plans!

  • 28 jimmysmith // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Dummett
    Shelvey, Tiote
    Sissoko, De Jong, Townsend

    That De Jong miss was shocking, but he has the maturity and experience to help us in this situation. Mitro I like, but we need goals. Colback I also like, but Tiote is far more imposing, though admittedly terrible against Chelsea, but who wasn’t. Widjnaldum seems bewildered by what’s going on and has lost his way. Sissoko still looks threatening when on the ball. I want Haidarra back in when fit, but Dummett is a good defensive player, and in this situation I suppose a solid back four is all important. Taylor and Lascelles might similarly be better at the moment than Mbemba and Collocini, but either way our backline looks decidedly poor by the standards of this league and in our current plight.

  • 29 lochinvar // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Townsend should have enough determination and skill to get past the Bournemouth defence and score himself as well as set up goals for Mitro or Doumbia

  • 30 JamesToon // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Essex Geordie bill

    Yes I know his views on him but the bottom line is he’s miles ahead of mcclaren, he’s a winner not a loser, players will immediately respect him for what he’s achieved in his career

  • 31 bettyswallocks // Mar 4, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    The animosity towards McC gaining momentum rapidly now. There will be a lot of pressure on tomorrow. Will they give it their all to help him keep his job or crumble in a heap?

  • 32 Goofy // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    There’s an Ad on for a 9/1 Newcastle win on Paddy power, when I lg in it’s only 8/5. Can anybody help me understand the Ad? I normally use Labrokes app to bet, 9/1 did seem a generous.

  • 33 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    The team if the McMahon’s bought NUFC

  • 34 toon22 // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Mitro shouldnt play this next game,he has been rubbish all season.
    Hes still young and imho need some time on the bench,after missing all of those chances of late.
    Atm Cisse is the best we have but is always injured.
    Perez/Wini seem to be the player who are getting goals so why not play them up front?
    We have Doumbia and that Dutch guy who seems like a walking hospital bed to fill the subs role.

  • 35 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    The ad hasn’t been updated since the Stoke game

  • 36 Lindisfarne // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Lesser spotted #33 – Curtis Good in full training!

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Your soccer knowledge isn’t really that good, you think everything would have been rosy had we rode out a 0-0 draw the other night, it was never going to happen when deliberately playing for one, his substitutions alone should tell anyone with a slight understanding of the game of soccer that the man has lost the plot.

  • 38 sing in the corner // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Don’t you think 0.0 would have been a good result for us against Stoke?

  • 39 Lindisfarne // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Ulterior motives, hidden agendas, pot calling the kettle black:

    “We are very disappointed. We all expected a lot more but we are where we are. There are a lot of factors. I think they have been discussed. Everything has been discussed about what should happen in the summer. It’s not about that now, it’s about each game starting with the Bournemouth game.”

    “I am experienced. We know what’s right and what’s wrong. We know there is work to do and what not to do. Generally we have been successful when players have that ambition. We suffer when players don’t want to reach those standards and don’t want to put the work in to reach that. We always set standards and have a culture and environment which we know can produce success. We talk about a lot of changes and adapting to that. It’s taking longer than we thought.”

    “We chat every day and at games. It’s important we do that. We don’t want anything to destabilise what we are trying to achieve from now until the end of the season. So articles that appear that are half truths, half lies destabilise what we are trying to do in that dressing room. We have to ignore it and we have to know what we are doing. And we do, we are preparing for Bournemouth.”

    “It’s football, it’s a results business. I know that, everybody knows that – we need results. We need to make sure we are in this league next season. It is game by game, we will get over the disappointment of Wednesday but have the same attitude and fight.”

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    I would have been well happy with 0-0 and was in agreement with magscars comment on starting Gouffran, but when the game was there for the taking he stuck the absolute dire Riverie on when everyone (on here at least ) were screaming for Perez and Doumbia, like I said it was maddening to see them both have an immediate effect. He deliberately went for 0-0 this has been why he has lost so many away from home and if reports are true, why the ayers are peed off qith him.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Not just on here FB comments couldn’t believe it either, is he being told to play Riverie because we need to sell him where as we can give Doumbia back???

  • 42 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    Riviere was brought on as a like for like with Mitrovic going off.
    Regardless of what the “experts” on here say , Mitro did a job for us on Wednesday , Stoke are a very big physical side and our defending started with big Al.
    They scored with a lucky shot , that’s footy , but we still nearly got one back but for Butland.
    The way Stoke played on the front foot for last 10 minutes when Perez and Doumbia were on showed McClaren had got the tactics right.

  • 43 Lindisfarne // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Jib Jibbery strikes again – is it a Jiberism?!

  • 44 Goofy // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM


    The bet is still on, the odds are 8/5 but when you click on the home win it jumps to 9/1, there’s a max of £5.81 you can bet. £50’s better in my pocket not going to grumble.
    Our confidence is low away but not so much at home. 2-1 the Toon, Wini and Shelvey.

  • 45 hibbitt // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    .jib they only count if they go in stoke got 3 points we got none……… but we nearly beat butland

  • 46 Lindisfarne // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Clanger #1 Riverie replaced Gouffran
    Clanger #2 The loss of possession started from the front
    Clanger #3 Their goal was not entirely unexpected as they had the wind with them
    Clanger #4 NUFC played the last 10 mins on the front foot and was the only period in which we looked like actually creating a clear goal scoring opportunity (which was saved). Stoke were only in the game for approximately ten minutes before they scored.

  • 47 Lindisfarne // Mar 4, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    #Riviere – I knew it was wrong but not important at the time of writing.

  • 48 AncientC // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Some interesting comments exchanged during McClaren’s bust up with the journalist today. It sure looks like the Journalist just did Charnley’s job for him.

    [At the end of the Press conference the reporter left his seat and began walking towards McClaren as he left the room before saying: “Don’t you dare accuse me of having an agenda. You are second bottom of the league. Is this your latest excuse? You’re the problem not me. Walk away Steve, smile, grin.”]

    Obviously not very nice to have something like that aired in public, but it’s something that has needed to be said, and I highly doubt Charnley has been saying it. It is rather shambolic when the press has to apply the pressure that the club appears unwilling to enforce.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Did you watch the game or were you watching the Harlequins highlights, Riverie came on for Gouffran, Doumbia came on for Mitrovich and had an immefiate impact. I will refrain from calling you thick or an ignoramus.

  • 50 Fat_Robbo // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    This is the reporters version:

  • 51 Average_Contents // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:05 PM


    Craig Hope indeed. That seems to be where the original story appeared from.

    Well, as far as I can find anyway.

    Good on the man for speaking the truth.

    About time someone told the smirking jester the truth.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    For somebody that continually calls people out for their lack of soccer knowledge you really do show that you do not know what the fcuk you’re talking about!

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    I’d be seriously embarrassed if I came out with such guff!

  • 54 beermonkey // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:15 PM


    have a look at the match report

    Colback Substituted for Doumbia at 84′
    Gouffran Substituted for Riviere at 74
    Mitrovic Substituted for Pérezat 84′

    you keep saying like for like mitro for rivi
    you might have it wrong
    all there if u like’

  • 55 stan anderson // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    So if we beat Bournemouth repeat Bournemouth Mac is safe in his position at the club.
    If the players want shot of him,they will lose the match to get him sacked.
    The true fans just cant win can we.
    Ashley and hangers on OOT.

  • 56 beermonkey // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    this row with the reporter has it been on ssn
    as the cameras were there

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    stan anderson,
    I’m desperate for a win tomorrow but that means keeping this hapless clown in charge for the remainder, Bournemouth are away from us anyway, I’d sacrifice a defeat tomorrow to get Benitez in for the last ten!!!

  • 58 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Thanks Beermonkey

    I had already realised I hadn’t expressed it well.
    The point I was trying to make was the smaller lightweights didn’t come on until it was shit or bust.
    Anautovic didn’t have a decent touch of the ball until Perez came on and they hit the bar in the last 10 – horses for courses.
    As SBR says 50,000 fans 50,000 opinions.

    The journo printing that article after McClaren apologised and they shook hands tells you all you need to know about Craig Hope and the Daily Mail

  • 59 sing in the corner // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    I can see no reason whatsoever why Benitez would come to the Toon for the last few games. He doesn’t need the quick money. He has earned the right to expect a higher profile gig than coming into this situation. If we sack SM now we will end up with a jaded desperate journeyman. Sound familiar?

  • 60 Lindisfarne // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Nice attempted catch Jib, it could even be funny. When you make a mistake its a matter of grammar and everyones entitled to an opinion. But woe betide anyone else.

  • 61 Sav // Mar 4, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    On the bright side, Ed. When Ashley does act, it will be to get shot of the pair of them – Macca and Chinless Charlie.

  • 62 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Jeff surely is the biggest gaff – er on this blog

    king of the “bunch of whinging know nowt lasses.”

  • 63 BandB // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    I heard shooting!

    Has Calamity Jib plugged himself in the foot again?

  • 64 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    “We suffer when players don’t want to reach those standards and don’t want to put the work in to reach that.”

    Is this truly a quote from Makro?

    I see too that the Mail journo is saying players are wondering why Makro’s still there. Surely there’s truth in that.

    Jib blames the Mail journo for shaking hands with Makro then writing a piece. It’s a journo’s job to bring us the news, even when the journo becomes the news. He doesn’t want to fall out with Makro so why not shake his hand? I don’t see Jib calling Makro for trying to buy a cover up with a handshake.

    Makro’s position is surely untenable.

  • 65 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Like Jib on this blog, Makro has no credibility among the people around him. Jib sees kindred spirits in Makro, Charnley and Carr.

  • 66 lochinvar // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Win against Bournemouth and then sack McLaren .
    That’s called a Win Win situation.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Hadn’t expressed it well, you got it wrong ffs AGAIN. I get it wrong, BandB gets it wrong, Charlie in the Gallowgate and many others get it wrong from time to time, but none of us give each other sh!te for it. When will you learn that by pointing out others lack of any kind of knowledge when maki g continued guffs makes you look like the boggedt loser on this site dedpite your perceived soccer knowledge?

  • 68 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Just watched the presser on NUFC tv
    Obviously they didn’t show the flair up.
    McClaren throughout seemed more tense than usual , and referred several times to the lies in the press not helping a difficult situation.
    Although he said he hadn’t , it seemed fairly clear he’d read the Daily Mail stuff .
    Reading unhelpful made-up twaddle in the situation he’s in must be infuriating.

  • 69 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Charnley has been standing at the fruit machine putting in more and more money in a desperate attempt to recoup his losses. Somebody needs to put him out of his misery, Mike. He keeps gambling. One more game, just one more game. My luck’s got to change.

  • 70 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Flair up Jib? Flair up? What’s a flair up? Anything to do with a marquee?

  • 71 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Flare up

  • 72 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Remember all the times you arrogantly pull people up for accidental grammatical errors? Do you now understand why you shouldn’t be a cock about these things?

  • 73 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Yes daddy

  • 74 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Jib what’s going on? I thought you were going to make an effort to play nice?

  • 75 Belfast // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    So did anybody actually find out who this mystery journalist was ?

  • 76 Mister Tuff // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Well what’s happening tonight – oh I see a couple of you boys are having to restrain Jib Jibberish from his daft comments and complete lack of football knowledge. Bit of dodgy grammar and the old marquee topic.
    Excellent stuff lads I see you are keeping him in check – so no need for my jacksie twanging cane to be deployed. I’m getting it ready I fear it may be needed.

  • 77 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Well okay Jib. It’s very easy to make accidental errors. Usually the person making them is the first to spot them. But well done for owning up straightaway and not disappearing from the blog as you usually do when you get caught out, coming back many hours later when you think everyone’s forgotten.

  • 78 Belfast // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Oh right Craig Hope ignore me.

  • 79 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    it’s the best policy I find, Belfast.

  • 80 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    This is the fellow^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author

  • 81 lesh // Mar 4, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    IF, the Torygraph’s report is true, the world at large’d find Ashley’s reluctance to get involved astonishing. However, in the world of Newcastle United astonishment is not for the fans who know now that nothing surprises us at a club run by an incompetent so-called board.

    If in fact Ashley is alarmed at the Club’s position, that should set Charnley’s alarm bells off. In a properly run company, we know that when an owner is alarmed, that’s normally interpreted as ‘fix it or you’re out’.

    However the Club is not properly run and again, if the report’s true that Charnley’s not even made any plans to line up a replacement, then if we lose and McClaren stays, Charnley should have started counting the nails for his coffin. But, we’re looking at Ashley here. Even if McClaren walks and there’s no instant replacement lined up, Charnley must feel very vulnerable – he can’t argue that McClaren’s departure had come as a surprise.

    My guess? We’ll lose and McClaren’ll stay.

    Given the potential revenue loss resulting from relegation, Ashley’ll be surely taking more than a passing interest and Charnley’ll be crapping himself.

    It’ll be interesting to see who’s in the directors’ box tomorrow and watch his/ their body language.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Carr and/ or Moncur sitting either side of Charnley and if Ashley’s there, where Carr and Moncur’ll sit. Carr’ll make a bee-line for a seat next to Ashley.

    Whatever, whatever will be will be.

  • 82 Belfast // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Definitely a bizarre exchange like lol

    He’s either lost it or he’s trying to deflect attention fergie style.

  • 83 Jib // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Has anybody else tried to post a link to the Mag ?

    I have twice , and been moderated.

    Ed must have certain links blackballed

  • 84 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    So is this the prelude to the end of season disintegration as the media wolves circle the little piggies?

  • 85 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Mike it was Lees fault…

    Shut it Graeme I’m not interested in exc…what’s that on my foot dammit?

    Oh it’s Bob he’s just found the last bit of his ten piece jigsaw stuck to his foot with jam…anyway, it was Lee who told me to just buy anyone to keep the ticket sales up…

    Graeme you’re not to buy anything else, not even…what’s that?

    Well I just bought an A-Z for Steve because Lee said he was truly lost….

  • 86 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Get thoroughly outplayed and score a lucky last few mins equaliser, hopefully enough to see the back of Schteve whilst still picking up a point – best case scenario? Would it give him another stay?

  • 87 lesh // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:24 PM


    You’re right that there’ll be a lot of buck-passing among the so-called board. It’ll be just like ‘The Aporentice’.

    Oh to be a fly on the wall.

    Instict’s telling me that Ashley’ll have got the message and they’ll all be replaced in the summer – there’s too much money at stake for Ashley’s liking.

    Mind, me gut’s never been right… Since I discovered Smirnoff. *cough*

    Oh ti b

  • 88 jane // Mar 4, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    if it goes down to the last day of the season will Mr Ashley make an impromptu TV appearance again?

  • 89 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    Mr McClaren won’t be sacked while we are only 1 point off safety with a game in hand. and even if we lose to Bournemouth that may still be the case.

  • 90 bettyswallocks // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    If we held a survey on the blog, Jib would fail it.

  • 91 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    if Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland all lose today they will be 9 points behind the 5th bottom team making it even more likely to be 3 from 4 to be relegated.

  • 92 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    what if Newcastle needed a point for safety and Spurs needed a point for the title in the last match?

    what if Newcastle needed to win to stay up and Spurs needed to win to be champions?

  • 93 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    Bournemouth have only lost 1 of their last 10 away matches in all competitions, winning 5 and drawing 4.

  • 94 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Newcastle have lost 2 of their last 10 home matches in all competitions (all Premier league) winning 4 and drawing 4.

  • 95 Lindisfarne // Mar 5, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    Craig Hope owns up:

  • 96 Lindisfarne // Mar 5, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    A more rounded perspective that just confirms the bizarre nature of the exchange and more worryingly, the disfunction in the back room. Not very motivational.

  • 97 SPRINGY // Mar 5, 2016 at 2:56 AM

    couple of teams and formations…for a laugh!…..

    i like mitro but hes not scoring,plenty pace in these sides

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