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Surprising Support For This Manager At Newcastle

10:45 am, Sunday, March 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 103 Comments

We have to say we are surprised that at least in the initial voting for the potential new manager at Newcastle that former Valencia, Liverpool, Inter-Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez is well ahead and has more then twice the votes of second placed David Moyes.

Rafa Benitez -turista-a-Napoli

Rafa Benitez when asked does he want to come to Newcastle
Just kidding

Please vote if you haven´t already done so and we´ll get the results to Mike Ashley

We´re sure he´ll take notice of who the fans want.


Which Of The Following Available Managers Do You Want At Newcastle?

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

103 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Veltman // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Left it too late.That crisis meeting should have happened back in November or atleast January.
    Anyway,first sack McLaren and appoint a sound manager with fresh ideas.Then everything else should be taken afterwards.
    He should not have been appointed in the first place.He deserves more than a sack!!!?
    All of them are good except Pearson..

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    I do get it, what do you suggest I should have done?

  • 3 martoon // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    I voted for Pearson simply because he is the only one who knows about a relegation scrap – the others are used to being at the other end of the table!

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    People voted Pearson because he’s probably the most realistic and cheapest choice!

  • 5 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    what’s surprising about that ED you put 4 names up and he is by far the best of the 4 seems pretty obvious to me
    Rafa would have the players respect and attention the minute he walked into benton

  • 6 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM


    What did you imagine Jib and Magscar were going to make of your “evidence?”
    You can deal with the days of specious arguments that will keep coming, all referring back to what that suddenly very decent chap JFA said.
    I’m going for me dinner.

  • 7 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    I don’t believe I for one have called you a dunderhead and I applaud you regardless of it being overtaken, simply because you did something of you’re own bat rather than speculate. Not a scientific sample but a taster – thanks for asking me I was one of the hoverers 🙂

    I believe as I said some days ago that the usual polarisation of views has narrowed somewhat as the focus on what is achievable to save our season has been brought sharply into focus.

  • 8 reilly // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    never going to happen.
    if macca gets binned it will be moyes.ashley is a big fan.

  • 9 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    how do you know ash is big fan of moyes ????

  • 10 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:03 AM


    The points raised as far as I am involved are as redundant as ever. Oh and Jib and I are not even in the same camp.

    So you wouldn’t have carried out a poll simply because you didn’t care for the outcome and supposed fallout . Can’t you go with the flow than look for fifth columnists at this cliff edge we are poised on. No point scoring here.

  • 11 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing
    When we were looking iffy in November lots of folk (myself included) said it was a temporary dip in form expected with a new set up.
    When in early December we beat Liverpool by grafting our socks off followed by defeating Spurs at the Lane it seemed we’d called it right.
    It would appear now they were the blips not the home draw with Villa and loss at home to Everton and an opportunity was missed in November to change the manager
    Simpson is a platitudinous yes man
    Black has never worked with non native english speakers before
    Cathro seems an isolated figure who isn’t quite sure what to do.
    The first folk McClaren should be having a shouting match with are his players.

  • 12 JamesToon // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Anyone not think relegation might be a good thing? Get rid of everyone at the club, start again, do a Bournemouth.

  • 13 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:09 AM


    Oh for the avoidance of doubt I wasn’t really one of those sampled by Jail.

    I am with the out campaign but history has taught me to be careful what you wish for and that precedes Ashley’s reign although he hasn’t got one right yet.

    As usual I am in the optomistic camp that sooner or later by design or happenstance Ashley is going to get one right – time is now!

  • 14 reilly // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    just from what ive read hibbitt.
    ashley liked what moyes did at everton on a small budget.

  • 15 Veltman // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    I don’t care whether Charnley gets sacked or not but I want to hear that clown left the building first.Then u can take things from there..
    Agree with what you have said.

  • 16 Munster Mag // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    1. I cant see Rafa killing his lovely Cv by going to us.
    2. I’m not sure what Brendan Rogers would bring us in the short term
    3. Pearson would give us the short sharp shock that we need. He would also help us get out , if relegated
    4. Moyes would bring defensive solidity and some respect back to the club. He may not play sweet football but then, neither do watford and everyone loves Flores.
    5. If only Pardew had stayed ( sorry chaps, only messing )

    My best guess is Moyes but we need a massive clearout in the summer as very few managers sill get consistency from lazy barstewards like Sissoko.

    Carr has to be retired asap so we can stop buying his flimsy Mondial dross.

  • 17 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM


    Canny assessment of position. As hindsight isn’t needed but foresight is now king have you moved over to us panicked bloggers and see no alternative but for him to be ditched 🙂

    Apologies if you have posted as such as can’t recall.

    Am worried you might side with my views and give BandB more ammunition but what the hell damn the consequences!

  • 18 martoon // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    I have to say I was in the camp prepared to give McClaren a chance but after having to sit through yesterdays woeful, embarrassing performance I’ve now switched camps. It’s obvious he’s lost the dressing room and he will take us down if he stays simple as that!

  • 19 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    So there were no foreign players at QPR when Steve Black was there, jeff?

  • 20 Munster Mag // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Going back to what I said when Sam was appointed to the Mackems, that was possibly our worts day of the season. That will be overtaken when the big lump beats us 0-3 at St James’s and laughs at Ashley. Meanwhile, Chumley, not having a clue beyond the brits who will turn him down, will run to Carr for advise and we will get a mid table manager from France who achieves mid table status on a small budget in France, and we will get mangled in the Championship as Old man Carr buys more nuggets like Thauvin, still convinced that the form they showed as 18 yr olds will be realised. And we’ll watch them getting kicked up and down Ewood Park or somewhere. And guys on here will still blame Ashley for not spending 160 million this season.

  • 21 dannitoon // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Pearson seriously. . Please don’t show the results to ashley. . Why not put jose on the bloody list…

  • 22 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM


    Those of us who have been suffering for a long time will recall other attempts at the short sharp shock treatments such as McGarry and Souness always end in tears apart from perhaps Arthur Cox although not sure if he would totally qualify as hard man
    Its my big worry over Pearson.

    Can we learn from history (even very recent) and finally do something right? Well that very history tells us no. I suppose like the transfer windows we can spend time having pleasant dreams before the inevitable nightmare becomes a reality. At least it has occupied my thinking for awhile instead of dwelling on yesterday and doing my head in.

  • 23 BeeGuy // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Has anyone else thought that they tried to find a replacement for Macca and no one would take the job?

  • 24 Munster Mag // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    But Mags, Pearson built a decent side at Leicester and they were v v good in the Championship. I know he aint perfect but he will see through the french dross pedalled by Old Man Carr at NUFC.

  • 25 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Same here

  • 26 MAUTITOON // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    has the crucial meeting been held yet?

  • 27 anthc // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Can’t help but fear we are down no matter whose in charge. One things certain though mclaren should’ve went last night but he didn’t. Either they’re waiting until a replacement is sorted or hes staying which wouldn’t shock me one bit with this shower of crap.

  • 28 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    It isn’t really a surprise tbh. Although probably unrealistic under Mash. It is probably too late anyway.

  • 29 lochinvar // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    If there really is a meeting today the starting point for Ashley is to sack Charnley. Problem then is who sacks McLaren and appoints the new Manager ?
    How many prospective Managers want to be interviewed or work for Ashley ?
    And where’s Carr in all this – negotiating to bring Thauvin back from loan to save us.

    There was earlier mention of Sheaer on MOD – watch it – he was shaking with anger and it’s getting to the point when NUFC should be carrying a health warning. Just hope True Geordie is on tranquillisers otherwise my screen might melt down. Not sure it will be safe to watch, certainly will come with an X rating .

    Ashley and the rest should be charged with Corporate neglect or at least for selling goods not of merchantable quality .

    If NUFC was a school Offstead would close us down.
    It’s that bad.

  • 30 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    “McClaren suggested it was “business as usual” on Saturday night, but club owner Ashley will take advice from his Football Board and PR adviser Keith Bishop.”

    Now there’s a team for you: Charnley, Carr, McClaren (?), Moncur and Bishop!

  • 31 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:42 AM


    Are you enjoying it?

    How can anyone be smug enough to use a quick ask around by Jail for Ashley to assert that Ed’s ever decisive poll was rubbish.
    There were two choices. No-one had to press the button they did. They could have abstained.

    …what were you to do?
    I think what you were doing was trying to get a 60 per cent undecided figure so you could make your endlessly unhelpful and divisive point that most of our fans are idiots.
    Which is what you did.

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:43 AM


    Why are you surprised? Haven’t we had enough dour scotsmen in dalglish and sounness already.

    Benitez has an amazing CV as a winner. 2 european cup finals for a start. Has Moyes actually won anything.

    Moyes spectacularly bombed at Manu and Socidedad and got seriously found out.

    If DM comes here it just keeps perpetuating this cycle of yester-year English / brit managers doomed to fail. SA, AP, JC, SM.

    AP, SA and SM occupy 15, 17 and 19th respectively while the top 11 clubs (stoke apart) all have good foreign coaches.

    Ashley is so stuck in this Brit only manager mentality we will never progress. Charnley can barely negotiate buying a newspaper and carr is an over rated, over promoted pensioner who has bought us some absolute shockers.

    Shearer is right – a total mess from top to bottom.

  • 33 shaun83 // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    How is this a surprise? By far and away the best option. Bring him in for a big fee for the 10 games and sort the rest of the terms out in the summer by restructuring. If we are going to spend 80m a season we can get this calibre, with the right control!

  • 34 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:51 AM


    Fair points but Vardy and Mahrez seemed to have blossomed more under Ranieri. He would stir up the faint hearts but in the immediate future ie 10 games would that be exactly what is required or more measured and individual approach? Whatever and whoever happens it ain’t going to be without pain I suppose.

  • 35 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Wont matter which manager we get in – the players are shot – weak as water knocked off the ball don’t move off the ball. Poor Shelvey shouting at players left right and centre for not moving anticipating they were getting a pass.

    We were Sh*t

    Cannot see us getting another point.

    McLaren should of been sacked after Sheff Wed game played full first team against their reserves and played off the park.

    Same problems that game – weak as water knocked off the ball don’t move off the ball.

    Who would want to manage this shower!!!!!

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    tbf SM got a lot of backing, a seat on the board and obviously Townsend and Shelvey are his buys.

    The elephant in the room is Carr and in a way it’s a shame SM hasn’t worked out, as possibly Carr’s power is waning now.

  • 37 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM


    As one of the bloggers you seem to be currently relying on to repeatedly bang Jail over the head with if I promise to never use his well intentioned research will you cut him some slack.

    Even if you don’t I will promise as I really don’t care it’s all beside the point for me.

    Unlike you I don’t make notes on other posters to resurrect when there is a long forgotten point to finally score on whay was an issue of the moment but then consigned to the archive.

  • 38 Carl819 // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Last 4 managerial jobs, sacked twice and resigned ‘cos the team were doing rubbish twice, so we give him a job. How does a self made billionaire make a mistake like this ?

  • 39 WestOzMag // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Is he sacked yet no!! So same Ol crap

  • 40 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:05 PM


    don’t you ever get tired of turning up and watching that s—e? I let it go a while back now and missed it at first.

    you’re so right about movement or lack of it, but that’s been true under most of these useless managers going back to the truly awful souness. no pass and move whatsoever, never any options. just static and lazy.

    KK and SBR got it right. Moyes, however, will probably be another in the line of failures.

    Pochettino has his team incredibly fit, motivated and playing some great stuff which is very easy on the eye. That’s the type of manager we desperately need. Sampauli would have been awesome and was available, maybe still is.

    NUFC can never be accused of seeing the bigger picture. Toxic right through from Ash to Wonga, even c–p youth coaches like Beardo and Watson.

  • 41 martoon // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp @28 – I think we’ve got a decent squad for mid-table anyway. The organisation, team selection and substitutions is just so p*ss poor.

  • 42 Bambams // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    I have been thinking and it’s not too late for us to stay up….I genuinely believe that.
    However to have any chance we have to sack mac now and bring either one of the three front runners in.
    We have to have a reaction to stay up and we won’t get that from Mac staying.
    Sissoko has to be dropped and Doumbia has to be given a chance, we are missing Krul too…Imo
    If we don’t change manager…We are down !

  • 43 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    you looked at the back 4 to mamy just not good enough and we haven’t got a goal scorer and you think we have a decent squad think you need to look again

  • 44 toon kk // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    I’m afraid it’s too late to save our season even if Macca left, there’s far too many flops who don’t give a fk,a loosing attitude which has riddled the club for a long time, no proven goal scoring Striker and we still have a poor defence.

  • 45 martoon // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    hibbitt @43 – The back four would be OK if they were properly organised not great but OK – we’ve got goal scorers Cisse, Mitrovic, Doumbia, Gini and Perez it’s just a matter of confidence which at the moment we’ve got none!

  • 46 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:19 PM


    When Moyes went to Everton he needed to get them clear of the relegation zone, although I believe they were not as low as we are now.
    I think he had a 50/50 win rate in his first nine or ten games. If we win 4 we’ll still be chancing it on 36pts.
    At least he is capable of organising a defence, though one with Colo in may be beyind redemption.

    Jeff/JIB “Blessed is the sinner who repenteth. There is joy in the presence of the angels at SJP” However, given the absolute and vitriolic slagging off of anybody who didn’t share your incredible level of confirmation bias, you have a long way to go in establishing any creidiblity.

  • 47 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    not sure krul would have made any difference think elliot is he lest of our problems

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:21 PM


    Ash ahs done it by appointing his drinking buddies and cronies instead of qualified people with a pedigree and good Cvs.

    if we were a conference side having a bit of fun with your mates then fair enough, but we are a million pound operation which has been put in the hands of, in no particular order:

    a failed bingo hall owner (Llambias)
    a man with vascular dementia twice (JFK)
    one of football’s most despised figures (Wise)
    a glorified teaboy (Charnley)
    an over promoted pensioner (Carr)
    An out of work league 1 manager (AP)
    the best coach in the country (JC)
    a failed championship manager (SM)

    it constitutes an unbelievable roll of dishonour and still the ongoing association with a loan shark (Wonga)

    If going down meant the end of Ash, those hideous sports direct and wonga signs I’d take it now because this is just existing and soul destroying, there’s absolutely no enjoyment to be had whatsoever.

  • 49 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    *multi million

  • 50 martoon // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    21st Century Schizoid Man @46 – Exactly my point with a bit of organisation and confidence we’re good enough to escape relegation.

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    that back 4 with saylor in it would never be ok.
    shearer called it, saylor was basically responsible for all 3 goals with horrendous positioning and backing off.

  • 52 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    The one thing that could save us without binning McClaren is moving him upstairs retiring Carr and Moncur and bringing in a young firebrand to kick ass in the dressing room and at Benton.
    McClaren’s management style seems to be based on the military system of Chinese parliament i.e. treat them like adults and they will respond , players need direction and bossing at times.

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Losing , not loosing. A-r-g-h !!!!

  • 54 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:27 PM


    Yes I think that would work on some levels but SM has a massive ego and I think that has what has possibly negated the input of Cathro.

  • 55 Bambams // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    I am not a fan of his, I am certainly not blaming him for our position but he just doesn’t give me confidence…Mind you neither does Sissoko, Colback, Dummet or Saylor.
    Got to have a change in management this week

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Jeezus H Christ BandB,
    Not trying to prove or disprove anything, said I would ask ten people and did.

  • 57 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Pearson’s an oddball who would probably lose the plot at some stage. He was acting really strange at one point last season and looked like he was ready for a breakdown.

    There was a story about him fighting with a pack of wolves on holiday or something. He’s definitely a nutter.

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Why not bin Mclaren, he’s a loser!

  • 59 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    it should have been done before the 18 day break to give the new man a chance………i still have my doubts they will sack him !!

  • 60 ozzietoon // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    They haven’t left it too late there’s still 30 points to play for a 30% of the season left. Get him sacked get some one in with motivation, the players are good enough to get 4 wins and some of them are 6 Pointers with Sunderland and Norwich, we don’t want to risk mcclaren with them a new manager brings honeymoon period so get one in. Whats Ashley waiting for its 12.30 and not sacked him yet, is he waiting till hes finished Sunday lunch with his mother.

  • 61 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Adebayor playing for Palace today, I am almost tempted to watch the game just to witness how terrible he is. Palace are in for a proper caning today.

  • 62 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:38 PM


    as a short term nutter it could just work. he obviously turned a hopeless situation round at leicester.

  • 63 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    I’m always the optimistic, brilliant buzz when we get it right which now are few and far between.

    I thought he was shocking – I gave MotM to Lascalles because he had to cover time and time again for Taylor and basically held the defence together.

    surprised that idiot of a reporter in the Sunday Sun Mark Douglas gave Taylor 4 merit marks and Lascalles 3

    Mind you his merit marks for other players strange

    Near the Janmaat give Taylor a absolute mouthful for not moving.

  • 64 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Pearson’s most detailed account of the incident came in a documentary Sky Sports made about the newly promoted Leicester last summer. “There was five of them,” he recalled, “and what they do is that one goes for you and the others [circle] around until one of them can bring you down – what they essentially do is rip the throat out.”

    He said he had escaped them first time by throwing himself into a “patch of brambles and nettles” where he knew the dogs would not follow. When they attacked a second time he had only his walking poles to defend himself. “I backed myself against a tree,” Pearson said. “I thought ‘I don’t want to get attacked from behind’. I was absolutely goosed by this point.” He did not go into details about how he survived, saying only that he “managed to get rid of them”.

    A man not given to hyperbole, Pearson reflected on the incident – he is a keen walker, who sought out the Carpathians having conquered most of Britain’s mountains, peaks and trails – as if he was looking back on a bad home defeat. “It was,” he said, “not a nice experience.”

  • 65 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:39 PM


    Me too, unfortunately. “No knee-jerk reaction … continue to have faith in McClaren … vast experience … players still with him … if necessary, would lead us out of the Championship …”

    The usual BS, in other words.

  • 66 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Haha heedcase

  • 67 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:40 PM


    don’t tempt fate! CP are liverpool’s bogey team.
    the only pleasure i’ve had this season apart from leicester is watching the spectacular and to be frank expected demise of the king.

  • 68 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    I think until Summer we have to keep the current coaching infrastructure , it’s much easier to get a manager on his own at such short notice , worry about changing coaching at the end of the season.

  • 69 BandB // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    The club will want to hear what the temperature of the fans is at today’s meeting.
    Last night the game looked up.
    But today a new explanation has emerged. The polls were wrong.
    Fans are a bit thick and were undecided before the game. It was a solitary poor performance that swayed them against McClaren.
    It may be an attractive narrative for them. If the fans are so volatile, why not sit tight and wait for a good performance swing them back?
    So yeah Jail. I’m hacked off.

  • 70 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:45 PM


    If he comes in and throws Macca, Penfold and Mash into some brambles and nettles, then he gets my vote of cofidence.

  • 71 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate
    i voted for Lascalles thought he was our best defend by a mile not a big fan of taylor but yesterday just about the worst game ive seen him play ……looked like jammet was going hit him at one stage looked more like a statue then a CB

  • 72 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Jack Butler

    with respect how his Moyes better than LVG?

    Moyes didn’t even qualify for the Europa league.
    LVG got CL in his first season, is currently 5th, still in the UEFA cupa nd the FA cup. Plus Moyes got to spend fortunes on people like Fellaini.

    The truth is DM’s football was s—e and the same was the case at Sociedad.

    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.


  • 73 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    rafa’s team will just waiting for his call….. they all need to be gone new broom and all that

  • 74 Rotonda heights // Mar 6, 2016 at 12:53 PM


    much harder to get a decent manager when we’re in the championship. Mind you we’ve hardly achieved that in the EPL.

  • 75 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM


    I think you are simply an available poster for BandB to use as a device to show her legendary even-handedness (well she has mentioned it).

    She hasn’t had a ruck in a while and she likes to draw me into one if nothing better around. It was nothing personal I am sure.

    On a positive note I have just realised that having to care about so many other results is no longer a responsibility – hurrah. Week or so I would have been a Liverpool then a Man U supporter faced with matches this pm but it no longer matters.

  • 76 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 1:13 PM


    The populist view is that Ashley doesn’t consider us at all. I happen to subscribe to that.

    If a decision is being made today I am sure the actual events as we went behind and at end will be of more interest than Jail’s poll if fans temperature is to figure in the deliberations. His investment will be uppermost in his thinking and the only way that fans figure in his thoughts if at all would be can McClaren cope in poisonous atmosphere. I suspect that isnt a deciding factor now. More likely can we get a viable option in now. If we can’t McClaren will be expected (as Pardew was) to ride any protest out.

    You are either on a wind up or lost the plot.

    Let it go please

  • 77 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    If McClaren is indeed for the sack, it could be a drawn out process. Charnley (under instruction from Ashley) will have 2 missions, the first and most important one will be hushing McClaren up, the second will be negotiating as little compensation as humanly possibly, dangled with the offer of McClaren being able to claim he walked instead of being pushed.

    A resignation announcement would be in form for how the club is rub, after McClaren recently stating he wouldn’t quit. Nobody will believe it, but the club will play out the charade anyway.

    I wonder what Cathro would make of it all, there may not be a pie eating moment, but it may raise a facial expression.

  • 78 WWSBRD // Mar 6, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Moyes for me, good manager, can play simple and expressive, strong character and I don’t recall seeing him spout bull often in his interviews

    Plus I don’t think he is an embarrassment which the others tend to be

  • 79 SPRINGY // Mar 6, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    out of the managers mentioned…..we need a manager with abit back bone get a fight to win in these players….they are partly to blame so need a kick up the arse, this may only work short term but thats all we need….cant see any of rafa,moyes or rodgers wanting to come or having the balls to install some fight as may take some actual physicality to shake this lot up….pearson short term,then clear out the dross if we survive in the summer….but its a funny situation the club is in……but i’m probably wrong as macca will probs hang on to his job by the skin of his teeth

  • 80 lochinvar // Mar 6, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Are they waiting for afternoon tea at The Mad Hatters Tea Party before Charnley and McLaren are relieved of their duties ?
    It’s getting late, very very late…

  • 81 midweek weekend // Mar 6, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    trouble is this joke club never sacked pardew he walked on his own, personally i think they was never going to sack him no matter how bad it gets, its the same with mcclaren, all of us and every other football fan up and down the country knows he must be sacked today, but it simply wont happen, the board dont even see a problem, charnley is never ever gonna approach a manager like benitez.

    mcclaren cant be sacked cause there is simply know other manager lined up, moyes and rodgers all better than mcclaren but they are just typical paper rumours, none have been approached.

    steve mcclaren will relegate this club and the board will bury their heads in the sand this man needs to go today but it wont happen even after we get battered by Leicester and lose yet another derby to Sunderland, he’ll still go on with ” there’s still 7 games left bla bla ” the man is a joke and we’re doomed cause this board cant take the action needed, the truth is mcclaren should of been sacked last night and when he ain’t sacked today that just proves he wont ever be sacked, the board have no plan b no one will come in and save us, it’s simply over , a real sad time to be a Newcastle supporter

  • 82 check the toastie // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    David moyes would join Tomoro if asked and he should be. don’t get me wrong Benitez would be better long term but in this current situation moyes is more suited.

    come in and put a rocket up some of the charlatan players we currently have.

    Must say Anita shouldn’t pull a shirt on again, worse than shite, heartless jogging around, Shelvey must be amazed by him and Colback, oh my word how bad.

    Would play Mbemba in DCM in front of back four, however we have big problems all over the pitch, I miss Williamson its that bad.

  • 83 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    midweek weekend
    I think your’e right
    I always got the feeling that Chris Hughton wasn’t sacked for footballing reasons , it was as if they (Ashley and Llambias) were waiting for a bad result to use as an excuse.
    The trouble is that NUFC/Ashley and all other interested parties have drifted apart so much that there is no mediator figure or honest broker to come in and get everyone pulling together.

  • 84 bladeuser // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Don’t worry season ticket Mugs sorry holders there will be some tasty games next season villa Leeds spring to mind u will get another cup game as crap sorry championship teams enter the competition before the top teams u know the ones Bournemouth West Bromwich and scumberland to name three also don’t forget it won’t change your day you can still drink before during and after the games and the championship teams will welcome u with open arms as they look forward to raising there prices when a big sorry again I mean a bigger team than Bristol city visits so it isn’t all bad news at least u won’t get the p@@@ taken out of u by epl fans although I suppose championship fans can be cruel
    Are the new strips out yet if I find out I will let u know so u can wait outside sjp in the teaming rain maybe s Taylor can sign it for u that should make your day he might even give u some free tickets for the Derby oh sorry there isn’t any as even borrowing be in the top league anyway ta ta for now enjoy your last Derby for a good few years u can admire a top striker in defoe though who does know where the goal is

  • 85 check the toastie // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    At least Willo cared.

    Winaldjum and Sissoko have committed crimes against the club over the last two months. At least the likes of Dimmitt, Taylor and Colback have the excuse that they are actually sh1t.

  • 86 bladeuser // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:08 PM


  • 87 Jib // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Well waddya know !
    Bladeuser finally revealed as Wearysider

  • 88 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    Phil Neville talking about Moyes when he was playing at Everton.

    “His method is to push you to your limits in training and then the match is easy. Everyone finished the run – it’s like Army boot camp. If there was ever a time I thought, ‘I could probably shoot you today’, it was then.”

    Neville describes how Moyes builds togetherness by putting his squad through boot-camp style adversity.

    “It’s a run that sorts out the men from the boys,” he grimaces. “On the fifth or sixth lap he’ll throw in a player from his Preston days and he’ll say ‘He used to p**s this’. He gets inside your head.

    “On the penultimate lap he always say if you make your time on this one, you don’t have to do the last one. So every single one of the group you’re running in has to make their times from last year.”

    “Once I was coming to the last bend and my legs went. I was out in front but Lukas Jutkiewicz and Louis Saha caught up and probably carried me the final few metres.

    “You will have heard stories of players running so much that they end up being sick and I can confirm they are true. I have seen it happen.”

  • 89 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Apart from the 5th place finish in 11-12, we have had relegation crises in 3 of 4 seasons s since then. (Even when we finished 10th in 13-14 it felt like a bit of a let down)

    Taking the culpable individuals out of the equation, we have had structural faults for so long now – and Ashley has not solved any of them, that any new manager will struggle, even somebody a notch better than Tufty.

    On paper the backroom team look pretty good – Cathro and Black anyway. A full change now will be difficult but not impossible.

    It may well be best though, as the point made above, to just get Mr Motivator in now.

  • 90 Edd Case // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Colin ?@cwarr07 ? · 2m2 minutes ago

    Axe has been wielded, SMC gone #nufc

  • 91 Edd Case // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Be nice if Colin was actually right for once

  • 92 Belfast // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Colin still going strong then haha

    He must be the oldest itk on twatter.

  • 93 midweek weekend // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    @ jib

    more and more people are mentioning Hughton, while he will never be a world beater, there was nothing wrong with him either but lets face it he’s not a puppet and therefore sacked, ever since then anyone put in charge isn’t really a football manager, carr basically runs this show ( terribly i might add )

    but lets look at some signings townsend and shelvey two players who i personally really like and are exactly what we needed ( i appreciate we needed a striker and defender too )

    but take a signing like Saivet, now hes not had much of a chance fair enough but this kind of signing has Graham carr written all over it, infact this type of signing sums up everything thats wrong with this club, he’s just another unknown french player who we’ll like turn out to be rubbish, we’ll crying out for leaders and fighters but carr servers up this guy, i really dislike mcclaren but what can he do with a player like saviet, its all wrong,

    but back to our manger crisis, the fact is the way we operate now, no manager can come here cause we no longer hire football mangers, moyes and benitez will not accept players like saviet, rodgers did work under a similar situation at liverpool but they can attract a much better level of player than us, mcclaren must be sacked today, which wont happen as i mentioned before and the main reason thats is, is simply we’re in the market for a head coach a yes man, managers like moyes while not all that inspiring have some class and wont come here getting shafted every trasnfer window, if mcclaren goes another loser will be hired.

    the solution is simple….change.

    mike ashely simply needs to change, hire a world class manger give him large transfer budget with 100% control of transfers people such as Graham carr can continue doing there scouting but their role now becomes one that involves recommending players not making key decisions which make us land players like saviet.

    we are not a normal football club, i feel bad to keep dipping out saviet but the fact is the fact a player like him is wearing black and white is simply a disgrace, these french imports must stop we need winners, leaders the lack of this is why we are 19th, only mike ashley can change how we are run, everything we do leaves a bad taste in your mouth, even when we appointed mcclaren at any other club you meet the media, not us though one carefully selected media outlet, we are basically north korea of football, everything about our great club is toxic

    end of rant.

  • 94 jordijohnty // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Benitez coming here as a manager? About as likely as Mourinho. Get your head out of your asses and accept that Moyes or Pearson are the best we will ever get with the club’s direction. Even them I would be astonished if they get them

  • 95 Tsunki // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Magscar – I’m extremely sorry if my sarcasm hurts so bad that I join the wums and other negativity feeders in your list of blog hates, I concede that we can’t have a 100% appreciation society but ho hum I dare say you’re no top tabler either. 🙂

    I take exception to your thought I relish in this joke scenario that Ashley, whether by ineptitude, ignorance or design, has foisted on us. it’s a shame you can’t appreciate that as a former st holder I have learned to have nothing but contempt for the way Ashley has treated the fans and this club, but I also reserve contempt for the cowardly fashion the not so secret admirers of the man who can’t button his shirt up to fit a tie on start to rail against fellow bloggers. So you can guess that you are also pigeonholed as a blogger in my eyes as well.

  • 96 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:45 PM


    I share your view on the traditional English manager – but there are a few better than the mediocre Tufty and Pardew level and Moyes is in that group, as is Rodgers. I would prefer a young upandcoming guy forward thinking and with European experience but Ashley has his blinkers, and I can’t see it happening.

    As the model here does not allow for an independent, trusted manager to just get on with it and answer for his errors, but a yes-man who has to bow to third rate Board decisions and a 4th rate MD, then we are not going to get someobody who could wipe the floor with them like Rafa – and we are well below his level anyway.

  • 97 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:47 PM


    You can asee why the Manure prima donnas didn’t like Moyes then

  • 98 lesh // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Pearson took 3/4 of the season to gee Leicester’s players up. And his personality might not go down well with Ashley and the players.

    We really need a Bobby Robson sort but sadly there’s not many like he was – bless him

  • 99 Vask // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    I don’t understand why this support is surprising, Rafael is clearly the most successful guy on the list. The biggest surprise is that moves is second.

  • 100 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    21st, Moyes let loose on Siem De Jong and Sissoko would be a sight to behold.

  • 101 Tsunki // Mar 6, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Although just reading Bladeusers posts are thrombosis inducing 🙂 I agree in principle with his sentiments, only short of the implied threats of gbh. 😀

  • 102 damma99 // Mar 6, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Have they finished there cucumber sandwiches yet.

  • 103 Back Door Man // Mar 6, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    Look, Ashley’s no better or worse than most in a similar position; his forking out of 80 million gives him more bunny points than most even if it was perhaps a season too late. Wally the Johnny, however, has been a disaster; no surprise really as he hadn’t achieved much elsewhere. I, like many other here, was completely underwhelmed by his appointment.

    The power of players in general these days means a ‘kick-arse’ manager wouldn’t be tolerated. What’s required is someone who’ll ‘inspire’ the players to perform. Trouble is I can’t think of one!

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