With Newcastle In A Mess – Crucial Meeting To Be Held Today

There will be a high level meeting today between Mike Ashley and the person who runs the club for him – Managing Director Lee Charnley – and we would be very surprised – make that completely shocked – if the decision taken by Ashley is not to sack manager Steve McClaren.

Steve is a good man and a gentleman under pressure, but he has been out of his depth at Newcastle all season long. as witnessed by Newcastle being in the bottom four yet we have one of the top ten squads in the Premier League.

There are reports that Mike Ashley has had enough of letting the Newcastle Board run the club for him and it´s clear they have made a complete and utter mess of things this season.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Newcastle are in a complete mess
Mismanagement at all levels of the club

First of all Lee Charnley appointed Steve McClaren in June and he was always going to be the wrong choice, after he has just failed at Derby County and so it has been proven – to Newcastle´s cost.

And the Board have managed to spend £82M on eight players in the last two transfer windows, with McClaren yesterday playing only two of those eight signings – Jonjo Shelvey and Gini Wijnaldum – and three were on the bench (Saivet, Mitrovic and Doumbia) and another three unavailable.

Two were injured in Andros Townsend and Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin has already been shipped back to Marseille on loan for the rest of the season.

That doesn´t exactly reflect well on those choosing the players in the transfer window – namely Chief Scout Graham Carr.

The Northern Echo is reporting that Lee Charnley decided not to make any decision on Steve McClaren´s future after the game last night, but left the ground without even speaking to the head coach.

That´s no surprise at all and not the decisive Managing Director with initiative Newcastle should have in place at a top Premier League club.

Now it seems Mike Ashley has been forced to move in and take control  – as we reported last night – and hopefully will make the decision to sack McClaren and Mike will decide who the new manager will be.

It will certainly not be Lee Charnley whose last two choices – John Carver and Steve McClaren – have been disasters and had the club constantly fighting relegation over the last year.

Here are the records of John Carver and Steve McClaren, although if you are having your breakfast it may be dangerous to look too closely at the numbers ……

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Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

You see what we mean.

And according to the Northern Echo Ashley will take a more hands on approach – at least through the end of the season – in an attempt to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

That could now be a real challenge for the new manager – whoever he is – but if they leave McClaren in place today – it says they have given up on trying to save Newcastle this season.

And Mike Ashley has to take responsibility for  all of this.

First of all it was Mike who appointed those on the Newcastle Board with Lee Charnley in charge.

The second thing is he has left it far too late to step in and fire Steve McClaren, after Charnley has resisted doing that although there have been multiple opportunities to ifre the manager this season.

That would have given us much better odds of surviving in the Premier League.

We have now lost five of our last six games and things look like it could be too late to save the club – whoever is brought in to manage Newcastle United.

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33 comments so far

  • Slank

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Gaz 44 & Gorgonzola

    There is a point of view, with some merit, that relegation would be good for the club as it would provide the excuse / reason to have a wholesale ‘root and branch’ reorganisation and clear out.

    Leicester have destroyed the lie what so many pundits have peddled about Newcastle’s failure being a lack of investment. The only investment we need is in commitment and confidence.

  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2


    Commitment and Confidence is exactly it
    But will Ashley understand how to identify them, let alone value them ?

  • toon kk

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    We’re not run like other clubs, so nothing will change. Business as usual.
    I can hear the statement
    “We believe Steve Mc has the experience and therefore the right man to stear the club away from relegation”.

    I bet he’s still our head coach in the championship next season.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    as board member does McLaren get a vote on sacking the manager and if we do sack the manager does McLaren stay on the board ????

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5


    its very simple… the difference to day is mentality and confidence.

    Two terms that McLaren has never heard of and has no clue how to apply to that to its players.

    Teams like Leicester, Bilbao, Schalke, play with confidence and pride. Our players are waiting in limbo on the westbound platform out of Newcastle since the day they sign.

    Its sickening to see this. Its sick to see Asprilla to tweet such tweets to a club he used to play with pride.

    Budget should be spent on a Ragnieri, a coach and give him all the means to succeed. This is not to mean the budget to buy anybody but a means to install a system a confidence we lack for the last 10 years.

    The current state of the club is like a failed experimental South American economy that will buckle at any given moment.

    Its sickening seeing it like this. Whoever they replace IF they replace McLaren it will be a Moyes, or another yes man.

    Nothink will change it will be a relegation battle every year.

  • Slank

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6


    Commitment and confidence are probably the two things that can’t be taught on the training ground and on match day.

    Even the ‘Special One’ couldn’t deliver these two this season.

  • martoon

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    As I said last night if I was Ashley and one of my businesses was about to lose an income of £70 – 80m a year I would certainly step in and try and sort things out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    It really does say everything about the club when four out of ten people are prepared to watch a car crash happen because they don’t know what might happen if you apply the brakes.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail for Ashley
    the problem with that argument is we are not driving

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed Harrison

    Please may we have a poll that includes the whole NUFC squad?
    With yes / no buttons to indicate who we think has performed adequately, according to their ability and NOT particularly on all round team ability.

  • Slank

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11


    Logic would surely indicate that he would step in but when you (and I know it may seem daft but) compare £70M to his billions it possibly doesn’t merit getting out of bed for.

  • magscar

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12


    54 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM


    Here we go again with you seeking to put words into other posters mouths in pursuit of your own agenda. Not interested at all in delving into what ever you are after this morning far more relevant topics available for my two pennyworth than fencing with you.


    I applaud your efforts and recognise the difficulty in mounting a wider poll. It may have been small but if I understood correctly you weren’t there as a season ticket holder and sounding out your matchday buddies but that it was more random.

    You did ask for others to carry out a similar poll and it would be interesting to hear their results if they did. In some ways it had become overtaken by events of the following 90 minutes but we couldn’t have seen that coming. The purpose was of course to explore whether there were differences in views of match goers and bloggers and you deserve marks for that. Tsunki would rather you had asked about Ashley though 🙂

  • toon kk

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Shearer was certainly well pi55ed off with us on Motd last night.
    I can’t understand why the so called board can’t see the errors of their own ways.

  • banjax

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Rafa Benitez probably wouldn’t come to Newcastle unless the whole rotten structure at the club was torn down. That means Manager, Chairman, Chief Scout and all other subsidiaries sacked but to do that would take too much time and time is something we don’t have. The answer is to what Chelsea did and bring in a Caretaker to keep us in the Premiership with a fat bonus for any success and then sort the structure in June. This will have to be done regardless of what league we find ourselves in. Mike Ashley should realise now that his way of running the club has failed along with his childish attitude towards the supporters who have berated him for his deeds in weakening the club. Among those deeds were selling and not replacing our best players and not investing regularly in the squad starting with a top class manager and not a coach. Being relegated might not be too bad if means having the right manager, club structure and investment in players to bring us back up. Relegation would be a heavy price for the supporters but if it means ridding the club of its destructive Heirachy then it might be a price worth paying. As always it’s us supporters who get our hearts broken, but we will do what we always do – dust ourselves off – say Fcuk it- and get back on the horse. That right there is the spirit of our club and nobody can own it – the Supporters !

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15


    SMC likes think he talks a good game but does not deliver and any highly rated coaching ability gets wasted.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16
  • toon kk

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    What’s kind of car was it??

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Not a Nissan micra!

  • Slank

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Toon KK

    Possibly the board ‘can’t see the wood from the trees’.

    A fan’s view in all circumstances is not necessarily a sound reason to make changes. This view is not in support of the board but reflects different ways at looking at the same situation and coming to different conclusions.

    But at some point both views converge. That is probably now.

  • martoon

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Slank @11 – I wouldn’t be so sure on that. You and I, say, might have a couple of thousand in savings but if we were about to lose £200 and could do something about it we would!

  • Jib

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Any manager worth his salt would have singed the ears of his players at half time yesterday.
    I get the impression that the coaching team sat down with the players and discussed things.

  • Belfast

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    That board meeting should be a laugh. Steve could you leave the room we need to discuss your future lol

  • BandB

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #23


    You don’t get it?

    Can you see how your “poll” has been seized upon by people who spend most of their time calling you a dunderhead to “prove” they were right all along?
    Out of jail and on the attack, courtesy of you.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 6, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #24

    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.

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 6, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25

    Ashley WILL be concerned about the lost revenue if relegated, but more so the loss of huge ww publicity from the SJP billboard for Sports Direct. Just sitting in the stadium yesterday looking around it is swamped with SD signage. He doesn’t get that in the Championship.
    He has invested but unfortunately he has Clueless management!

  • WestOzMag

    Mar 6, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #26

    As welsh says moan!! What you got to say now welsh

  • maikelw

    Mar 6, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Dennis Wise, Joe Kinnear and now this clown Lee Charnley. When will Mike Ashley appoint some real people who know how to run a club on a daily basis and have a proper network. Lee Charnley has been a failure and also is graham carr. They cannot appoint a proper manager and also have no proper knowledge to see where the first squad is lacking quality.

  • posada

    Mar 6, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #28

    SM is a Gentleman is he.
    Doing to us exactly what he did to Derby.
    Being intentionally bad to get a pay off.
    You have to be careful who you give jobs to in football.
    Otherwise you get ripped off Mike.
    But how do you not know that already.

  • posada

    Mar 6, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Staying up last Summer was gift. A gift Mike Ashley did not deserve.
    LC and GC wasted millions on Cabella, De Jong and Riviere.
    I tell you what we’ll let them do it again !
    Lets make it worse! Lets get them to pick the manager as well.
    How can you make the same mistake and expect a different result.

  • ozzietoon

    Mar 6, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #30

    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.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Mar 6, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Ashley should sack both Maclaren AND Charnley. That smilin buffoon’s history is littered with bad judgement. Appoint a chief executive, or more appropriately, a director of football who knows about football. I have had a season ticket for over 40 years, but I will withdraw my subscription if we go down with those two in charge. Why oh why doesn’t Ashley listen to the fans. In January everyone was saying we need a trusted solid central defender, maybe a left back and certainly an experienced striker. None came. I put that down to Charnley rather than Maclaren, although I condemn Maclaren for either not realising this OR not having the bottle to make it clear to the board that these positions were a priority. As for our chief scout…

  • juan

    Mar 6, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #32

    The meeting today if it’s true will probably to give mcclaren the clubs backing. That’s how thick they are. Mcclaren charnley & carr should all be shown the door.

  • thepict

    Mar 6, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #33

    @24 Shearer was shaking becUse he is a fan and he loves our club. That was pure emotion last night. Nice to see somebody showing some. None of that bunch of mercenaries know how to spell the word or what it means and that includes Steve I’m a Geordie Taylor


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