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Ashley To Intervene – Wants David Moyes As New Manager

8:16 pm, Saturday, March 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

The Telegraph is reporting tonight that David Moyes is expected to open talks with Newcastle United about becoming their next manager and that followed the latest disaster for Steve McClaren when we were well beaten by Bournemouth 3-1 at St. James’ Park today, in front of over 52,000 fans.

Newcastle remain second bottom, but we are now a full 9 points from 5th bottom Swansea after both Bournemouth and Swansea have won their last two games.

The Telegraph (Luke Edwards) is reporting that Moyes is the man who the owner has identified as the man to lead a recovery effort by Newcastle in the final 10 games of the season.

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David Moyes – Newcastle want him to replace Steve McClaren

We have just published a report that says we still don’t think Charnley will fire McClaren even after today’s disaster, but the Telegraph is reporting tonight that Mike Ashley has been forced to intervene and will instruct Lee Charnley, his senior manager at the club, to fire Steve McClaren forthwith.

Mike Ashley’s choice to replace Steve McClaren is the former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, who Ashley is said to admire for the great work he did at Everton and Mike has even tried to hire at Newcastle in the past.

And the problems that Lois van Gaal has had at Manchester United over the past couple of seasons suggest it was always going to be a huge job for anybody, including Moyes, to replace the irreplaceable Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils.

It seems the decision to fire McClaren and try to hire David Moyes has been taken away from Managing Director Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley will be helped in the pursuit of Moyes by his PR associate Keith Bishop.

Assuming this development is accurate,  it certainly doesn’t look good for Lee Charnley who has supported and protected Steve McClaren for 28 games and that has helped put Newcastle in severe danger of being relegated this season.

Senior managers are tested in a crisis – and they are expected to make the tough decisions necessary to correct the situation, but once your own manager comes in and takes over the crisis – it’s never good.

It usually means they have lost confidence in you.

The negotiations could still falter, because David Moyes will likely insist on having full say on the transfers, which has been a problem at Newcastle ever since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.

Hopefully Mike will see the error of his ways and allow David to have full say on moist things – we need him in charge for the game at Leicester a week on Monday and then for the crucial home game against Sunderland in two weeks time.

We hope this news in the Telegraph is accurate – Newcastle fans need a big lift after losing five of our last six games – and David Mores will give that to both the supporters and also to the players.

The only question is why has it taken so long?

Comments welcome.

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

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Moyes would be a big step up on SM, a coach that knows how to get the best out of players

  • 2 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Judging by the chosen image, I’d say it is safe to assume Moyes isn’t Ed’s first choice.

  • 3 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    No dragonfly will ever be safe at St James’ park again, should Moyes get the job.

  • 4 lochinvar // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    We’re missing the point – if the club are talking to Moyes ( or others if he says no ) then McLaren is history.
    Writing is on the wall.
    It’s not if but when.

    Hope Ashley is looking for a new Chairman and Chief Scout while he’s at it.

  • 5 Belfast // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Well on a side note that was a tremendous ball from Shelvey for the goal, but other than that we were awful.

  • 6 lochinvar // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Problem is this should have been the case 2 games ago and before they went to Malaga in the meantime another estimated 4 points went down the pan

  • 7 lochinvar // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Newcastle boss Steve McClaren describes his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth as “going-down material”, and says he thinks the occasion was too big for certain players.

    And who picked the team ?

  • 8 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    pardew, carver, maca, moyes. Starting to see a pattern???

    while i want maca out and DO think moyes is better, hes not the solution to the problem.

  • 9 goommy // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    OMG, our next headcoach will be THE CHOSEN ONE!!

    Maybe the right choice for us if we’re looking from what he has done at Eveton.

  • 10 nearly // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    im gutted really think thats that for this season,we are going down i dont see any way back,hopefully im wrong,moyes is not the answer he wont get a reaction from the players imo

  • 11 JackButler // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Cannot see Ashley allowing his investment and next season massive TV deal money disappear because of the overriding stupidity of Charnley, Carr and Mcclaren, we can get out of this but only if there is change as if SM remains as our manager I honestly can’t see us winning another game this season and after last season failure to act I think Ashley will start throwing around the P45’s within hours

  • 12 ToonMatt // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Ashley needs to step in and fire Charnley too? He’s responsible for the position we are in? He hired McClaren in the first place?
    Moyes is better then McClaren but he’s hardly anything to get excited about, we need to get in a foreign manager, I was happy with Veira when we where linked with him but Charnley screwed that up, Ashley should get on the phone to Rafa, offer him a nice bonus to keep us up or face losing millions with relegation, It won’t happen though.

  • 13 Scottishmag1 // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    MacLaren is an oxygen thief nothing more, his ears are painted on as he obviously does not listen to a fcin thing!! Get Rid Now before its too late

  • 14 Jib // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Moyes with Cathro ?

  • 15 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Moyes would easily command a basic wage of double that which McClaren earns. There is very likely a good reason for that fact. (Not saying he would be my choice, btw)

  • 16 Tsunki // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Jib, despite the fact you are always nasty and not nice to me I will say hats off for the ‘hands up’ post. A display of manly self-effacement from a quote unexpected source. Bravo.

  • 17 Tsunki // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    He can’t show Lee out just yet as the poor lad has his hand stuck in the desk drawer trying to retrieve a lost jammy dodger

  • 18 nearly // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    toon matt
    how is moyes better than mcclaren

  • 19 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    I’d prefer ‘arry in the short run as he certainly knows how to get the best out of players. But he’s no long term answer either.

  • 20 toon kk // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Macca’s here to stay, the board doesn’t understand, a coach is a coach in there eyes no matter who it is.

  • 21 toon22 // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Dont think most fans care who takes over,if we keep SMC we will be religated without a wimper.
    Imho anyone will get more out of our players.
    Its possible he will keep Cathro but its almost a given Carr and almost everyone else will be picked by Moyes as he will have such a strong possition to haggle from with the fat man.

  • 22 ash1001 // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Ed sorry but you write such a load of crap in the interest of ‘Clicks’ your as bad as the rest of the news hacks. 1 article saying Charnley will not sack McClaren, then the next saying Ashley is going to intervene, all on the back of what other hacks are saying.
    Ed at least try and be original.

  • 23 jimmysmith // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    If we do get Moyes, who wasn’t available when McC was appointed, and he keeps us up, and we then go on and build on what we’ve already brought in, then this season will look an acceptable transitional one in hindsight.

  • 24 toon22 // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Its nice to see that the whole why did the mackems play a nonce isnt going away.
    Its possible it might get messy as they are now facing questions over what and when did they know,the police had told them the charges and the player had told them he was involved but they seem to be reluctant to answer some very basic questions.
    Lets hope the FA throws the book at them lol

  • 25 AncientC // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    I would say Redknapp is in the filing cabinet labeled ‘keegan-esque constructive dismissal type appointments’.

  • 26 Munster Mag // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Nearly. Moyes is far better than SMC. His teams are harder working and harder to beat. Remember going to everton,it was never easy. He is quite a traditional British style of football mgr but we cud become hard to beat. For once in my life.

  • 27 Jib // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Actually Harry’s first presser would be a hoot.
    “Which of you f@ckers is Simon Bird ?”

  • 28 jimmysmith // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Moyes also wouldn’t take any nonsense from those two charlies, Carr and Charnley, which would be perhaps the greatest reason to get him in whatever the cost.

  • 29 ash1001 // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    To those that are on about Cathro, do not know whether you saw him summarizing on the Barcelona game last weekend, but it was frightening.
    Football is a game played between 22 player on a grass, not 11 players on a piece of paper which seems to be the way Cathro sees things, its all about the opposition following Cathros game plan for his team. Football is not like that.

  • 30 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    People were quick to bash Shelvey away from home and yes his passing wasn’t it’s usual high standard, but already in his short time here you can visibly see his frustration with the lack of movement, particularly immediately attacking the space in behind when the ball is turned over and their defence is relatively high. He literally has to point and tell supposed professional players to make those runs for him. Do they even train together and what on Earth do they get up to? Finally Perez, when allowed to stay as our most advanced central player for a 5 min spell, made one of those runs and was picked out and we scored, only for him to be moved deeper and wider again after that. Baffling.

    Really hope we begin to see chronically failing managers either be shunned completely in the game or tumble down the leagues. No way the likes of Pardew and Schteve should be anywhere near the PL.

  • 31 lochinvar // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    He can’t show Lee out just yet as the poor lad has his hand stuck in the desk drawer trying to retrieve a lost jammy dodger

    Sorry to say that your report is misleading. Apparently his hand is up Ashley’s ar@e but there are rumours that the position is now changing ….and that Lee’s hand has been set free to pursue new career opportunities

  • 32 ToonMatt // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    nearly look at Munster Mag’s reply mate.

  • 33 toon kk // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Moyes didn’t go down very well at Man u.
    It’s just paper speculation anyway.

    Who’s going to score our goals?

  • 34 Jib // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Moyes time in Spain was clearly good for him

  • 35 Ron Knee // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    So, Mr Moyes, in addition to being a failure in your previous two jobs, are there any other qualities that make you the perfect fit for this club?

  • 36 Online Guy // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:55 PM


    You say Ashley will give Moyes full say on moist matters

    What’s afoot here ? sounds naughty .

  • 37 Magpie Myles // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    My choice

  • 38 jimmysmith // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Perez, Doumbia, Cisse, Dejong, Widjnaldum, Shelvey, Mitrovic, Sissoko all have goals in them. We have the players to score the goals to keep us up.

  • 39 jimmysmith // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:57 PM


  • 40 jimmysmith // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    This team should be creating and scoring more than enough.

  • 41 JackButler // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Toon kk

    Moyes was on a hiding to nothing when replacing Fergie, but his record is better than LVG and that’s after the deluded Dutchman has spend a quarter of a billion on players.

    Moyes would not be the fans first choice but then again neither would Ashkey be the first choice as owner, but Moyes is a far better option to SM who will relegate us if he stays.

    The only good thing that could come out of this latest mess is that Charnley and Carr could finally been found out by our owner

  • 42 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    I wouldn’t of thought McClaren will be sacked until a replacement manager has definitely been lined up and I don’t think they will give Moyes whatever he wants so there is no guarantee that Moyes and the club will agree.

    Ashley will be wary because Shearer took over with a similar number of games left and it didn’t work out.

    today’s result was another bad one but as we are only 2 points off safety the powers that be may consider it is still not too much of a gamble to continue with McClaren.

  • 43 toon22 // Mar 5, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Moyes was a fall guy at Manu
    He was left with a shambles by Rudolf
    LVG has spent a quarter of a billon on players and still struggles.
    Its obvious nobody was ever going to do well after Fergi.
    Yes he struggled in Spain but lets face it he is the best manager we might actually get since SBR.

  • 44 toon22 // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Imho if we get Moyes and we are religated i would trust him to rebuild,would anyone actually think SMC could do the same job?
    Point is Moyes might actually keep us in the league,if he dont he will have the perfect opotunity to clear out the dross and rebuild us.

    Its a no brainer.

  • 45 jimmysmith // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Even by the standards of this regime, I’d be amazed if he wasn’t sacked after this result. It’s worse than the Chelsea fiasco, and the run is heading only one place.

  • 46 nearly // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    toon matt
    you say look at munsters reply
    if munster says he is he must be SILLY ME ,i asked you not munster

    munster how can you say his teams are harder working than mcclarens can you explain , i dont see it

  • 47 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    We should stick with negative British managers. Moyes is the last crap manager we haven’t tried. let’s get him out the way.

  • 48 cyprus // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Steve himself said he hardly talks to Mike. AP said the same. KK said he didn’t blame MS, more the people in between as he hardly talked to MA.

    Conclusion: he lets people do their thing. Until they fxxk up, totally.

    Well Mike, they have. For now, change the manager and fire that deadbit Carr, pronto. Bring in anyone.

    Fire the wonder kid (quotes) and that deadbit psychologist too.

    We’ll deal with the CEO in the summer.

  • 49 JackButler // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    The next Mike Williamson

    We’d be lucky if we got Moyes in, as under this regime there is no way we would look overseas, especially at such a critical time

  • 50 cyprus // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:09 PM


  • 51 cyprus // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Moyes? That bad? Anyway, anyone. Till summer.

  • 52 Mister Tuff // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Moyes is probably better than Wally Blusterman -but not by much. Another knacker.
    Any of these out of work managers would jump at the chance of a job – there are not many jobs available so they’d be saying yes to a job offer.

    Why the hell did they not go after Klop. Wally has just spwewed out excuse after excuse after excuse- always the promise of something in the future. Why did they even consider him in the first place.

  • 53 Magpie Myles // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:13 PM


    My point as well. It’s all the other board members that have failed! The best thing Mike could do is take hint from teams like Bournemouth, Leicester and Swansea who install a board that understand football and which coach will bring good football. Also they will know when to make a change and make the right one!

  • 54 The Newcastle Armchair // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Jib you cracked me up with the simon bird one, nice.

  • 55 toonking // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    moyse won’t be a good choice in most peoples mind but we have to remember this club is now a club who battles relegation each and every season. their is alot of better clubs available to manage than us,the PL alone could have manur, chelski and potentially arsenal come the summer. We ourselves are a last choice.

  • 56 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    moyes is much better than mcclaren but a similar choice. my guess is most the people who want him in were the same ones who thought mcclaren was a good idea. Moyes built that Everton team a long time ago and achieved moderate success similar to Allardyce did at Bolton. but the league now has much better foreign managers than it used to, playing totally new styles. who is to say that moyes British grafter style will still work. and which grafters do we have for him to use? my guess is he’s a dinosaur now and that he’ll lurk in bottom half of table like the other disappearing brit managers. another problem is at home we won’t allow him to play negative. fans will dislike his style.

  • 57 Online Guy // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Jose Morinho

    Sir Bobby has just passed on a message from the other side through me , He says he wants you to come in and rescue Newcastle United .

    How about it Jose ?

  • 58 catchy in norway // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    what a desaster, not Moyes

  • 59 JackButler // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:24 PM


    Have you been living under a rock for most of the last decade?

    Why didn’t they go after Klopp?

    Do you really need to ask a question like that?

    There are literally hundreds of better managers than Pardew and SM out there, a lot have moved from club to club over the time we have had second, no scrap that, third or fourth choice appointments

  • 60 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Sunderland have a week off next week and Norwich have got Man C so the likelihood is that Newcastle are not going to be in any worse league position before the derby.

  • 61 mainemagpie // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    For those of you who don’t look at history
    David Moyes joined Everton in 2002 when Walter Smith was fired after week 29 on March 5th 2002 leaving Everton in 16th spot on 30 points with only 9 games to play.

    Moyes first match was on Mar 16th, 2002 winning against Fulham. At the end of the season Everton ended in 15th spot with 43 points, 7 points ahead of 18th at 36 points. With 9 games to go Moyes won 4 Drew 1 lost 4. The games lost were to Newcastle 6-2, Chelsea 3-0, Blackburn 2-1 and Arsenal 4-3 who won the league 4-3.

  • 62 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    this may make the management think they have time.

  • 63 toonking // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    I didn’t want to see mac myself. I’ve just come to the point where we’ve declined in strength far too much and cashley will never change.



  • 64 Ibizatoon // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Talk of character flaws from McClaren is pretty much on the money. Although he stopped short when just calling out the players. From top to bottom the club is flawed, just as it has been for past seasons.

    Last summer was the summer of change. What were those changes? Coaching team and higher investment in players.

    It hasn’t worked, clearly.

    Is it all McClarens fault? No. We were dire before he came, but he isn’t the man to sort it out, he never was.

    The real failings at the club start from the top. Some may chose to place that more to the board, rather than the owner, which I can understand. Where I get lost though is that there is only one man who can set the agenda and really call the shots – where is he?

    Ashley may not want to be a public man, then perhaps he should sell up and remove himself from the firing line completely. If not, go out and put together a board who are able to successfully manage this club.

    The money is there, so what’s the problem? Still can’t bring yourself to hire people who challenge you Mike? What challenges are these? You want CL football, you want the club to do well, you don’t mind the club spending the money it now has….what would these people have to challenge Mike on if that’s the case?

    As always, something doesn’t add up.

    Time to open up your door Ashley, there’s a flaming bag of turd sat on the step waiting for you.

  • 65 Online Guy // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:38 PM


    That reporter from the daily liar who once worked for Newcastle is a lying B@stard ..imagine him sitting there making up the lies … what a child ..a child ,,actually that’s an insult to children..sorry kids

    He was sacked by Newcastle or let go if you like ,,and he holds a grudge ..if you read this you ‘stard .. note:. we can see what’s right and wrong and you are now tagged as a Mickey mouse flakey liar..and never ever to be taken serious in any thing you write.

    McClaren should walk but not because of pressure from the media’s we fans who know it’s his time to jump ship and we don’t need a dirty lying newspaper
    scum-bag fantasist to try and manipulate the masses ..what a scum-bag liar.

    Craig Hope …. We know your a Judas .

  • 66 jane // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    good info mainemagpie, shows he has relevant history.

  • 67 jimmysmith // Mar 5, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    I think Moyes record at Everton far outweighs his relatively unsuccessful spells short at Man U and in Spain. He has the gravitas for the job, that’s the priority here. It comes with unique pressures. Of course the papers just make this stuff up, so it’s more likely he’s not even been approached or will be.

  • 68 ic0gcds00 // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    If only we had appointed Patrick Viera in the first place.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 69 Sav // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    If Ashley tears up the blueprint to appoint Moyes, we could be getting somewhere. If Tufty needs driving to Central Station…

  • 70 toonluvva // Mar 5, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    This could be a win win situation.

    Mr Ashley sacks McClaren and Charnley – that is a result in itself.

    BUT! who will he appoint to replace Mr Charnley? If he just brings in another “yes” mann then we will be in the same place this time next season no matter which manager/ coach we appoint.

    Will Mr Ashley turn over a new leaf and treat our once proud club as something more than a subdivsion of Sports Direct? Until he does we will just scrape by every season. Not an attractive prospect is it.

  • 71 BarcelonaMag // Mar 5, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    David Moyes is on the way down. After his disappointing spells at Man Utd. and Real Sociedad he’s just going to bring an air of negativity with him. We need someone who’s on the way up. Failing that, someone who’s at least got a big personality and/or experience of getting the most out of people. I’d go for Nigel Pearson or Brendan Rodgers.

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