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Shearer – Newcastle A Complete Mess From Top To Bottom

5:47 am, Sunday, March 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 41 Comments

Newcastle looked a team in complete crisis against Bournemouth yesterday and it makes a complete mockery of the things that were said in La Manga, Spain not so long ago on the club’s winter warm-weather break.

The game before the players went on their little holiday in southern Spain – the complete and utter disgrace at Chelsea when we were 3-0 down in 17 minutes and lost the game 5-1 – was a lead in to this tragedy yesterday against the Cherries.

But everything was going to be just fine after we had beaten West Brom 1-0 at home and the next game was just a bad day at Chelsea, which remember was only a couple of games after our 3-0 hiding at Everton.

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Lee Charnley yesterday – what does this man know about football?

Since the squad returned from Spain we have lost at Stoke City 1-0 – a game we never even tried to win – and now this capitulation yesterday means we have lost 6 points to both Swansea and Bournemouth in just four days.

Make no mistake, we are in deep trouble now and will  probably be relegated such is the complete incompetence and ineptitude at Newcastle this season from top to bottom.

Alan Shearer had his say last night as shocked Newcastle fans cannot quite believe the mess they witnessed at St. James Park yesterday when over 52,100 were in attendance.

This is what Shearer told BBC’s Match of the Day:

“If that’s a performance from the players to say they are backing the manager, they are in trouble.” “McClaren is in massive trouble, he has to take his fair share of the blame.”

“There is no statement of intent on the pitch from the players, and there are no academy players coming through.”

“Chief scout Graham Carr holds most of the power when it comes to players coming in and out.”

“There was a £15M striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who sat on the bench today.”

Newcastle are now a full 9 points behind Swansea in 5th bottom place, with 10 league games remaining and Lee Charnley has held on to and protected his choice of Newcastle manager – Steve McClaren – for far too long.

28 games and 24 points with only six wins and 15 defeats – the stats say it all – so how come McClaren kept his job for so long?

He should have been fired after the Chelsea debacle  and the new manager given 18 days to be bedded in, but no, Charnley held onto McClaren and that has further doomed Newcastle to the Championship.

His choice of John Carver and Steve McClaren as head coaches after Alan Pardew walked out of the club at the end of 2014 is damning for the Managing Director – just how much does this person really know about football?

Newcastle have lost five of their last six games, since we beat West Ham 2-1 at St. James’ Park on 16th January – and this is with four new players we bought in January – only one of which was used yesterday – stand-in captain Jonjo Shelvey.

We are not even going to mention Newcastle have spent £82M on new players since last summer but that’s what happens when the Chief Scout chooses the players – whether Newcastle need them or not – and he’s not accountable for the results on the field.

It also makes a complete mockery of the players’ statement before the game yesterday supporting McClaren – just who at Newcastle put the players up to issuing that statement – it seems so political to give McClaren some stature at Newcastle.

He has none of that now after yesterday.

And former Arsenal defender Martin Keown tried to be kind to McClaren.

Martin played under McClaren when he was amazingly given the job as England manager back in 2006.

But it is obvious that McClaren is missing basic skills like man-management and leadership to be a decent manager – the number of times he holds his head in his hands on the sidelines is more than disturbing.

This is what Keown had to say on BBC’s Match of the Day:

“I think McClaren is an excellent coach but not a manager. He looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights.” 

“With managers like David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez around, he’s in trouble.”

We are hoping that Steve McClaren will be fired today and hopefully somebody like David Moyes can be brought in to try to rescue Newcastle from relegation, but the “brains” at the head of Newcastle may have waited too long for that to be possible.

It’s a complete disgrace at Newcastle United after yesterday’s complete and utter capitulation.

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41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dennis Twice // Mar 6, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • 2 zimtoon // Mar 6, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    just like thauvan doumbia will be labled a flop without even getting a chance

  • 3 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 6, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    Thauvin is destined for cult status amongst Newcastle supporters the world over. I’m sure he’s already pencilled in for a place in our “worst ever signings” team by many people.

  • 4 sparky55 // Mar 6, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    Using the word incompetent to describe this shower of sh!te is being kind to them….they’re a bunch of useless twats and you can certainly tell it’s not their own money they’re throwing down the pan.

  • 5 Sliema // Mar 6, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    Shearer actually summed it up quite well in the short time he had. Top to bottom indeed. Will Ashley really stand bye quietly watching us sink?

    Maybe he thinks it was his infamous speech which saved us a year ago and he is just waiting for the right moment to unleash again it for maximum dramatic impact?

  • 6 Magpie Myles // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    I just don’t understand how we keep making such bad signings! The scouting system obviously isn’t working!

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    EDS Headline sums up the WHOLE OF NEWCASTLE UNTIED

    Just had a look at the results for all the teams called Newcastle United
    First Team, Under 21s and Under 18’s.

    First team
    P27 W6 D6 L12 F28 A52 Pts 24

    Under 21s
    P17 W4 D5 L8 F18 A29 Pts 17

    Under 18s
    P25 W6 D2 L16 F27 A63 Pts 20

    P69 W16 D13 L36 F73 A144 Pts61


    Yesterday total crap, clueless performance

  • 8 sparky55 // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Shame Ashley didn’t say “I’ll only sell when we win something (and I include a champions league spot as winning something) or if we go down”

    …then all this suffering might actually be worth something!

  • 9 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:32 AM


    What? Thauvin to join such greats as Msrcellino and Xisco?

    Mmmm, yes, he might just qualify for cult status among those who cost lots but was worth little.

  • 10 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Magpie Mlles

    The scouting system under Carr’s working just fine I’m sure.

    Carr’s pension pot must be quite healthy now!

  • 11 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:39 AM


    Did Ashley really say he’d sell if we went down?

    Where the hell’s he gonna sell the Club? On the Quayside of a Sunday?

  • 12 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Damn right Lesh. He does have competition on the left wing of course with Albert Luque almost certain to start.

  • 13 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:43 AM


    You cunning devil. I’d mis-read your earlier post. Maybe wishful thinking led me to take it that Ashley said he’d sell if we went down.

    Such thinking’d more like Charnley’s than Mikey boy’s.

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Talk sport

    Micky Quinn and Graham Courtney have absolutely slammed the TOON and have give them no chance of staying up – saying we’ll get hammered off Leicester and the Mackems.

    Courtney reckons yesterday’s home performance is the worst he has seen by the TOON at home and like all supporters the starting line-up and the substitutions.

    Only chance we have they reckon is change of manager and quick

  • 15 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:52 AM


    Now there’s a positive theme for Ed’s next thread: who’d get into a team of Newcastle United’s creates ever expensive flops?

    He could make it even easier were he to restrict the potential qualifiers for that team to those bought under Ashley’s tenure. Or narrow it down even further so candidates only can only be drawn from Carr’s portfolio of planks!

    Mmmm, come to think of it, it’d be tricky picking such a team – there’s so much competition for places.

  • 16 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    * creates = greatest ever flops

  • 17 OneAlanShearer // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Ashley never said …or if we go down.

  • 18 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:58 AM


    Quinny and Courtney are just being negative fir the sake of it. What qualifies them to judge the Club and question the running of it? Beats me.

    Maybe they’re just after raising their own media profiles like the rest of the critics!

  • 19 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    I’d nominate ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra for the line-up. What a contribution he made!

  • 20 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM


    Strange how the mind can deceive we mere mortals.

  • 21 Slank // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    If Newcastle gets relegated it will put to bed the view that a club can buy success.

    And if we go down we will become (if we don’t already hold the title of) the least most successful club in Premiership history.

  • 22 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:02 AM


    Good shout about Chuckey.

    Did he really exist or was he just a name on the payroll?

  • 23 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:06 AM


    Ferrera ranks alongside Xisco among the ‘doing an agent a favour’ signings. Maybe he was a sweetener who’s signing would guarantee us access to that vast untapped pool of talent in Uzbekistan or the like.

  • 24 Slank // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    It must surely have crossed Ashley’s mind that ‘enough is enough’ and that there is no point in ‘throwing good money after bad’.

    If Newcastle was an animal it should now be put out of its misery and mercifully put down.

    I wonder if he has considered selling every player, making every employee redundant, selling the training ground and stripping the stadium of fixtures and fittings before selling it off for development as a car park or sheltered housing ?

  • 25 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:10 AM


    It explains how he could just ghost past opposition players!

  • 26 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    According to Mark Douglas:
    “Newcastle United are set to hold a board meeting on Sunday to decide where they go next after their utterly dismal defeat to Bournemouth.”

  • 27 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Ron Knee

    So will it be a full Board meeting with McClaren there to help assess problems and decide on solutions or just the masterminds Carr Moncur and Charnley?

    Our fate in in their shaking hands.

  • 28 Munster Mag // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    I’d go for the ex Leicester guy. He signed most of their players that are now doing so well, and if we go down, he did a good job in that division too. We are certainly gone under steve but i have a feeling we will keep the Tuft and clear out the players. we will then be miles behind clubs like hull and maybe burnley, Bournemouth, palace etc because of our poverty and their new wealth. as i said yesterday, sunderland will effectively relegate us when they beat us on tyneside

  • 29 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:22 AM


    It could be a teleconference with Ashley. Oh to be a fly on the wall!

  • 30 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Ron Knee
    would love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting !!

  • 31 Munster Mag // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    The board meeting will support Tuft the Bluffer and say the players believe in him and that we are only 1 point from safety etc. Sam will kill this lot. The stupid thing is, we didnt consider him good enough for us. I don’t like the man, but since when was mid table such a bad thing for nufc. He wud have given us that.

  • 32 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    bobby has to be there he makes the tea !!

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    I think Ashley might be panicking a little bit…a club which doesn’t cost him anything to run and holds good value could change drastically if we were to go down.

    I can’t see why he would not step in and sync to lose 100mil plus a season when he wont spend his own money here…surely he doesn’t want to lose that even though he could in theory afford to.

  • 34 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:31 AM


    Can’t shake the thought that Pearson got them in trouble in first place but yes he did get them out. I feel his appointment will bring us to an early repeat of where we are now. Having said that of names being bandied about he mostly fits mould of their previous selections.

    Club and candidates are both likely to want something written into contract as to what happens if relegation is outcome.Pearson may be the only one of those mentioned by press willing to stay on if the seemingly inevitable happens.

    Perhaps Carr has another gem hidden up his sleeves which the press haven’t cottoned onto yet?

  • 35 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:33 AM


    I think something stronger than tea will be required but somebody has to pour I suppose.

  • 36 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    In all seriousness I would be absolutely amazed if It were purely left to this bankrupt bunch of personnel promoted beyond their competence. Yes Ashley came up with them or at very least sanctioned them but he is I suspect way beyond trusting Charnley to make the call at this stage.

  • 37 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    if McClaren is sacked and i say IF the other 2 Charnley and Carr should be out the door with him he was there choice should not be trusted to pick his replacement

  • 38 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:46 AM


    Isn’t it Moncur’s job to place the loaded revolver in the library for McClaren?

  • 39 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Ron Knee

    If it is then he is going to have to go back in in due course and administer the “coup de grace” as McClaren has no intent of committing professional suicide

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    I noted the first ten people I asked yesterday whether Mclaren should be sacked (before the game) four said yes, four said don’t know, who would you replace him with. Two said no, it’s the players fault. Real fans not internet snipers, I think 100 people to ask would have been better but I didn’t have the inclination. After the game I never actually took notes but 52K said he should get the bullet.

  • 41 jordijohnty // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Can we just stop the Big Fat Sam love-in. He was rubbish when he was here and was replaced by keegan. End of.

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