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Only Newcastle Could Continue To Support Steve McClaren

8:22 pm, Sunday, March 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Crisis talks have taken place today involving Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and (out of his depth) Managing Director Lee Charnley,  and they concern what to do with the inept head coach Steve McClaren who Lee hired last summer after Steve had been duly fired by Championship club Derby County.

McClaren has brought Newcastle to their knees and second bottom of the Premier League after 28 games played with only 24 points – and Newcastle are looking like we are almost certain to be relegated in May.

There have been a number of times this season where Newcastle have turned in some pathetic performances – the 6-1 hammering at Manchester City, the 5-1 humiliation at Crystal Palace and former manager Alan Pardew and more recently – the 5-1 disgrace at Chelsea after which the squad was whisked away for a five day warm-weather holiday in southern Spain.


Mike Ashley – pondering whether to fire the inept Steve McClaren

At the time McClaren said it was very important to get the lads away so we could prepare for the two vital next two games coming up – where we were supposed to get 4 points from the games at Stoke and at home to Bournemouth –  otherwise Steve McClaren would be fired.

We lost both games and yesterday against Bournemouth the performance was nothing less than another complete humiliation, but this time at St. James’ Park in front of a crowd of over 52,100, who turned on McClaren for the first time at home this season.

Only Newcastle would have kept their manager on with such a terrible record as he threatened to take Newcastle down to the Championship.

Swansea City, as one example, sacked their manager Garry Monk in December, when Swansea had a much better record than Newcastle had and Garry had them 8th top last season – the best in Swansea’s history – they are now 6 points above us in the table.

After such a terrible record, we still don’t put it past Newcastle to stick with Steve McClaren – so incompetent and inept are those in senior management positions at the club.

But it could happen and if we hear nothing by tomorrow night – it will happen.

That also means certain relegation for Newcastle this season – and we will deserve it.

Sorry, let’s rephrase that – those running the club so incompetently this season will deserve it.

Here’s our precarious position in the league after spending £82M on new players this season – more than any other Premier League club.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

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

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Ashley out!

  • 2 JackButler // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Monk was sacked by Swansea as he lost the dressing room after siding with the board after one of its members had an affair with a players girlfriend, so the reasoning behind that sacking was totally different to what we are facing

  • 3 Tsunki // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Ashley won’t be pondering firing McLaren because that’s not his job. it’s the boards. Ashley is the major shareholder. He could dismantle the board under the charge that the board aren’t working in the company’s best interests. I doubt it though.

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    You’re spot on springy @197 from previous article. I would have sacked him after 10-12 matches. The 3-0 loss to the mackems still burns.

  • 5 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    In a couple of days a voice or two will pipe up to say “we tried to get rid of McClaren and we failed. Let’s get behind the guy now!”

    I will agree with them.

    If McClaren isn’t to blame and not negotiable, then I guess we’ll just have to switch the chants and the banners to Ashley and Sports Direct and see how our tough cookie likes that.

    Can’t get satisfaction? Take it to the top.

  • 6 JackButler // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:31 PM


    I guarantee you that Ashley is able to walk into that boardroom and sack whoever he wants without consulting the so called board members

  • 7 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:31 PM


    206 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:27 PM


    No official word that there is a meeting but surely there must be.

    As you say this is the last chance to make a change but even if the will is there can a viable replacement be convinced it is the right move and time?

    Your earlier reading of the winnable games is the only card to play in a 4 team 10 (9 for some) game league. A decent confident manager looking at possibilities presented by players, ground, crowd and the fixtures might just be convinced it is a worthwhile gamble. Unfortunately that is not going to be the only hurdle given the image of the Club in the game. The manager we need is probably going to be of the experienced variety and those problems are as ever going to be the formidable hurdle.

    There is the chance Ashley could look to say Redknapp (with McClaren or not) to come in and save us – desperate yes!

    If there were any guarantees I would
    settle for that with Summer being the better time for the radical surgery needed to save the Club and with no shying away from it even after the relief of surviving.

  • 8 reilly // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    McClaren has been sacked.

  • 9 archaeomag // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Oh Why are we waiting – why are we waiting – etc. etc.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Especially once the season is over focus on the man at the top. No more season tickets bought. No more listening to “We tried but mistakes were made.” No more “I’ve listened to the supporters and we know changes must be made.” It’s all far too late Ashley. You have nothing left for us to listen to.

  • 11 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:34 PM


    Who says?

  • 12 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:34 PM


    That’s how you get results round here 🙂

  • 13 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Spill Butler?

  • 14 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    The team are due back for training on Tuesday, if the bullet is coming, it will have to be done tomorrow.

  • 15 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    it was there to be seen with the villa game and everton, but i like others thought he might of got thru to the players or changed his approach when he won against liverpool and spurs, but they are obviously fluke results against teams having bad days….theres games coming that are winnable but and could get us out of it….but not with macca….he just cant do it.

  • 16 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    All anti Ashley sentiment seemed to vanish with the spending of £82 million in 2 windows.

  • 17 NUFCPaul // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Reilly – what’s your source for this information?

  • 18 toonking // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM


    I’d take relegation myself.

    Under this current regime I don’t expect decent player or managerial appoints. Most seasons we’ll be battling for survival and getting early cup exits.

    The only miss will be top teams and players coming up against you but a more entertaining and attacking championship game can make up for that and we’ll get the chance to restore the lost spirit and get rid or the mercinies.

  • 19 NUFCPaul // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    McClaren should have gone before the Stoke game to give the new manager a real chance to organise the team. Now we need to act swiftly and get someone else in so McClaren’s successor has a good week to sort this nonsense out.

    Honestly don’t care who it is between David Moyes, Brendan Rogers or Rafa Benitez. Any of them will be a step up in quality. The Mackems have had an excellent system of sacking their manager prior to the derby game each season and getting the three points needed to keep them up each time. Let’s beat them at their own game and do the same!

  • 20 JackButler // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM


    One of the top money men at Swansea was having an affair with Dyers girlfriend, when it all came out Monk was told to agree to ship the player out which he did with Dyer leaving for Leicester, this caused a massive split between the manager and the rest of the squad which eventually led to Monk being sacked

  • 21 toonking // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:39 PM


    I can’t find any news reports when searching google.

    where did you hear this?

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    £15 pound for a ticket in the normally £50 sports bar is not the reason I went yesterday but there are so many that will keep on going for exactly that reason.

  • 23 archaeomag // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    He cannot show his face in SJP again – he might be booed from the off – it would be a disaster.

  • 24 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    heard that ashley is apparently heading up here tomorrow… true it is…i’ve nee idea, but thought i’d mention it

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Hard days ahead no matter what happens. With Ashley, chances are we’ll make the wrong move, such as retaining McLaren. Ashley has been hopeless from the start. Don’t expect miracles now.

  • 26 NUFCPaul // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    And I need to just get this off my chest too. Can we stop calling Steven Taylor ‘Saylor’ please? Ryan Taylor left at the end of last season. There’s only one Taylor in the first team now, so let’s use his proper name now lads. Cheers.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Mclaren should have been gone before Derby sacked the useless tw@t!

  • 28 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:42 PM


    If he stays it can only be because their constrictions mean a better prospect can’t be brought in now.

    If that is the fait accompli presented then I suppose supporters have no alternative but to try their best to stay behind team (and therefore him) for remaining games.

    Is this the message you want to send to Bishop or are you being serious?

  • 29 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    @ toonking

    one thing about relegation for a club of our size is that I think we would eventually get back in the PL as our fan base and stadium are to big for us to drop down more than one division IMO .

    We are an appealing football club and I can only hope one day that someone with serious ambition will make us great .

    I know some people don’t agree with City’s instant money backed success, however I would take it in a heartbeat if this is the alternative .

  • 30 toonking // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    ok paul we’ll stop calling saylor, saylor

  • 31 NUFCPaul // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Springy – where did you hear that then?

  • 32 Fostino // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    My money is on moyes

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Never ever called him Saylor, never call Spurs spuds, and never dress like a parrot on Matchdays.

  • 34 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:47 PM


    You said earlier Ashley isn’t interested in the opinion of the fans.

    Can you explain then the target audience for that “the players are right behind MCClaren” letter that was laughed out of town yesterday?

    As ever, faced with a crisis, the club’s first instinct is to try to pull a stunt.

  • 35 nufc 11 // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Pearson the new favourite only nufc incompetents attract incompetents. Moyes is a no brainer.

  • 36 NUFCPaul // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    JFA – my comment was aimed purely at those who still say ‘Saylor’, obviously.

  • 37 archaeomag // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    I am sure that Jose would do it – for Bobby Robson’ s sake – if we asked him nicely, he’s like that.

  • 38 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    just pub rumours mate,probs a load of shite, but considering there was meant to be a meeting today and nothing appears to have happened, there might be a tiny bit of truth in it.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Leeds definitely deserve to be in the PL, there are tens of clubs that should be but there’s only room for 20 and you have to be there on merit. I heard on the radio the other day that there are only five clubs that have spent longer at the top of the PL than us, yet you have magscar, TDSarf, slank etc telling us how shit we are and deserve our fate!

  • 40 JackButler // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Northern Echo reporting that he will be sacked if an experienced replacement can be brought in for the last 10 games

  • 41 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Lee Ryder in the Chronic

    Steve McClaren will learn his fate in the next 24 hours after Newcastle United chiefs opted against making an immediate decision on his future after the 3-1 loss to AFC Bournemouth.

    McClaren told United’s Football Board that he wanted to carry on as head coach and would not resign despite the club’s precarious position.

    United were scheduled to return to training on Tuesday with their next game with Leicester City taking place next Monday night.

    The former England manager still feels he can stave off the threat of relegation with 10 games left.

    The Toon boss was angered by the performance of his team and during the aftermath of the damaging loss to the Cherries he asked his players if they were up for the fight to stay in the Premier League.

    McClaren is hoping to get the nod to prepare the team for the trip to Leicester.

    United did not have a replacement lined up for McClaren despite the team losing the last three games.

    It is believed that United’s managing director Lee Charnley had been keen to give him more time to get things right as Newcastle boss – and that Charnley had approved the recent trip to La Manga in the hope that it would revive Newcastle’s ailing season.

    McClaren may yet get handed a stay of execution as Newcastle head coach, but fans have made it clear they want to see a change in the dugout.

    Traditionally, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has not been swayed by the opinions of supporters or the media.

  • 42 lochinvar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    If the reliable sources suggest that there was a meeting today why wasn’t Ashley there ? Or is he arriving tomorrow to ratify the Boards decision ?
    Anyone tracking his helicopter or watching the airport ?
    How come the Journos knew all about the Big Five clubs meeting with Stephen Ross but can’t follow McLaren or Charnley or Moncur to find out where and when their meeting ?
    In the dark yet again.

  • 43 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    @SixsmithTV 35m35 minutes ago

    I’ve been told Steve McLaren was dismissed as manager of Newcastle Utd after meetings this afternoon. Pearson or Moyes being looked at.

  • 44 toonking // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:09 PM


    I’ve always believed that teams like ourselves do best when you’ve got the passionate players. We’ve got a big stadium but some say it’s because newcastle itself is a 1 club city. In a footballers mind the north east is a barren place with moorland and woods. Newcastle itself will provide some interest but the next big city is a long distance cross to manchester.

    One of the things i’ve liked about leicester city is they are jam packed with passionate and hard workng players. The players might like to be at a big team but all they really care about is the current club. You see them working their socks off each and every week helping out one another and this passion commitment and work rate has allowed a weak bunch of players to battle for the title.

    That’s what I imagine would help newcastle out the best.

  • 45 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:44 PM


    You make a valid and useful point about having time to get it right. It might just be a blessing.

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