Bad News From Mike Ashley On Newcastle’s Predicament

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.

97 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully, money will talk.

  • banjax

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #2

    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.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #3

    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.

  • BandB

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #5
  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

  • JamesToon

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #7

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

    Please if there is a god, make this happen

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #8

    “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 !!!

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #9

    😀 Even

  • mactoon

    Mar 4, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #10

    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

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #11

    James Toon

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

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

  • G

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #13

    @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.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #14

    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.’

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #15

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

    D^mn, to late.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #16

    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

  • geordie157

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    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

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #18


    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.

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #19

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

  • BandB

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Keep yer finger in the dam Jibbers 🙂

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Keep posting nonsense
    Bullshit and Bollix

  • BandB

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #22

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

  • BandB

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #23

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

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #24

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

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #25

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

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #26

    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

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #27

    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!

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #28

    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.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #29

    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

  • JamesToon

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #30

    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

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #31

    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?

  • Goofy

    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

  • toon22

    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #35

    The ad hasn’t been updated since the Stoke game

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #36
  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #38

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

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #39

    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.”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #40

    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.


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