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Newcastle Are In A Sorry State At All Levels

2:08 pm, Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

The people running Newcastle are simply not up to the job and big changes will need to be made in the summer whether we survive in the Premier League or not.

We have  a Managing Director who cannot make a decision and dithers around doing  nothing – and a head coach – who Lee Charnley appointed – who has a good squad but has the club in second bottom place.

And even when we need wins Steve McClaren takes the team to Stoke and tries to get a point – .needless to say we failed to get anything out of that game.

Swansea went to Arsenal on the same night with a plan to win the game and came away with a terrific 2-1 win and they are now 6 points above Newcastle.

Fortune favors the brave.


Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
A terrible 9 year reign

Even at the Youth level Newcastle seem to have a failing side who keep losing in most of the games – and in their last six games they have fives defeats and one draw.

So what’s  wrong with Newcastle?

Everything would be a simplistic high level answer.

We fault Lee Charnley for not taking action and sacking Steve McClaren long before now – which is what he should have done last year when John Carver went merrily on his way uninterrupted and lost eight games on the trot.

Lee cannot seem to do the job and his appointment of coaches seems to rest not on how good they are or what their record is – but if they are willing to fit into the workings of the Newcastle Board.

Basically Chief Scout Graham Carr seems to run the show and decides which players will come in – whether or not we really need them.

So Newcastle seem to have a losing mentality at all levels of the club and certainly with the first team – since we have lost 15 of our 27 games.

With McClaren in charge we will be relegated this season.

But if McClaren is fired like he should have been after the first eight games played when we had a measly 3 points we could still have a chance of survival this season – maybe.

But only if Lee Charnley is not allowed to pick the next coach coming in – but the absent owner Mike Ashley would have to come in and take decisive action to save the club.

Just  like after last season’s fiasco Mike Ashley will again have to take full responsibility for what’s happened this season and keeping people in place at the club who simply cannot do the job.

That seems to be a problem he also has at Sports Direct.

Those are some of the reasons why since January 1st of last year we have played 45 league games and have only 37 points and 9 wins.

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And ever since Mike Ashley bought the club nine years ago – six weeks after I started this blog – we have been relegated once, and fought against relegation another three times – in the last four years.

We have finished 10th once and 5th once – and the rest have been bottom half finishes.

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2009-2010102 *1 - promoted
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# Championship

* After 27 games played

So his tenure has been a disastrous one for the club.

Maybe he can sell up in the summer?

If he is to keep the club then he has to get some top people in who know what they are doing – starting at the Managing Director and head coach levels.

But after nine years of decline at Newcastle and covering it all in my retirement on this blog every single day – I must be an absolute idiot – yes my wife Madeline is right – I am an absolute idiot .


There really doesn’t seem much hope of things improving any time soon – such is the sorry state of Newcastle United in 2016.

It’s not good – but trying very hard to look on the bright side of things – we can still survive if the club brings in a new head coach early next week – whatever the result against Bournemouth tomorrow.

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

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grafton83 // Mar 4, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    I’ve got a really good feeling about tomorrow, no wait that was just some after lunch wind, no I’ve got a terrible feeling we will completely implode and tear ourselves apart. 0-5 is my prediction and still testicle head will keep his job

  • 2 ash1001 // Mar 4, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    The whole setup is wrong, we all no McLaren is clueless, that’s been proved over and over again, assistant mangers with no real experience. I listened to Ian Cathro doing the summarizing last week on Barcelona, first time I have heard him, it was like been at a college lecture where the opposition did as you planned they would do – that does not happen in the real world, so in my opinion he brings nothing to the table other than text book knowledge. Then there is Paul Simpson- Carlisle at best, so all in this = no respect from the players to the coaches, and this is the problem throughout the club at all levels – square pegs in round holes including some of the players.

  • 3 jimiley // Mar 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    What happens if we draw?

  • 4 jon.c // Mar 4, 2016 at 3:17 PM


  • 5 BeeGuy // Mar 4, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    McClarren is just along for the ride with the remit of doing a post game interview. NUFC cannot sign players that can stay fit or have the whole arsenal of talent needed to be a player in this league. MA would have to bring some front office leaders that the agents and players respect if he wants better bodies to sign on. Until then, barring relegation, players will sign on to get the big paycheck or to move on to the upper crust of the EPL.

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