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Alan Shearer Totally Convinced Newcastle Going Down

10:02 am, Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 143 Comments

In Alan Shearer´s column in The Sun today he blasts the Newcastle United club and especially takes a shot at Chief Scout Graham Carr, who is in charge of all the transfers at Newcastle, which he seems to have assumed control of over in the last couple of years, maybe because of the vacuum of leadership at the club.

But Newcastle have been one of the most mismanaged clubs this season in all of the Football League, never mind just the Premier League, and it´s just frightening when you look at the ineptitude and complete incompetence of those running the club.

We have done it all to ourselves and that´s even after spending over £80M on new players since last summer – it´s all very scary.

Those at the top have shamed our club and yes, it´s really that bad.

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Alan Shearer – takes a blast at Newcastle

This is what Alan has said in The Sun today:

“They have spent £80M on players this season and, at the moment, Jonjo Shelvey looks like the only good investment.”

“The person who never seems to get a mention in this whole mess is Chief Scout Graham Carr.”

“He holds a lot of power in terms of recruiting and selling players — and has quite frankly made a pig’s ear of it.”

“The most shameful slur anyone can possibly aim at a professional player is that they simply don’t care about their club.”

“But today that can be aimed at 90% of Newcastle’s players.” “Their pathetic performance against Bournemouth proved it once and for all.”

“Was I surprised by it? I shouldn’t have been after the dross that has been served up by the team this season.”

“But still I expected so much more in a must-win game.”  “Steve was very lucky to get this job after overseeing Derby’s implosion last season.”

“For some time now he has looked powerless to stop a slide into the Championship. Because that is where I am convinced my club is heading now.”

It´s probably good that someone with the stature of Alan Shearer takes a shot full on against the club –  and how they are run – because they deserve it.

Now on  a lighter note – when are we going to announce that McClaren has been fired and Jose Mourinho has signed a five year deal at the club?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Alan Shearer · Coaching · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Press

143 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Oooohhh he ain’t happy, is he!?

  • 2 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Do you remember this man Mike?

    He’s the man you appointed last time your priority was to silence the crowd rather put things right on the pitch.

  • 3 expatmag // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    But he is spot on

  • 4 Bambams // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Strong words intended to try and force the powers that be into making the correct decision in removing Mac.

    We have to try and get a reaction, leaving Mac will relegate us.

    Rogers, Pearson, Moyes or Benitez will all be an improvement……….But we are now 10am and still no sacking !

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Well put son – you had to be there Saturday to see the complete mess of a football team we were – After the first two minutes – they (most) of them din’t give a Sh*t – didn’t want to be there – manager had not a clue what to do.
    McLaren should of gone after the Sheff Wed game.
    I think it is to late this season whatever we do – Players have completely lost the motivation will-power to fight for our CLUB.

    Funny thing I was not annoyed on Saturday just exasperated, saddened at the hapless performance the team put on

  • 6 blew // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Graham Carr has brought in 9 players from the agents
    Mondial Sport Management, Does he scout players or
    simply ring Mondial and ask who they have available ?
    For sure he is very popular with that agencies shareholders.
    An uncanny relationship that needs looking at.

  • 7 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Like most people I suffer from hubris.

    Right up to the match I was saying to myself ” go on Steve prove those mugs wrong”

    By the end of the game the only mug proved wrong was me.

    The comment out of many made this weekend that really struck home was in the Shields Gazzette .
    Their correspondent said something like – apart from all the other marked differences between the 2 sides Bournemouth actually looked fitter.
    That was true and should not be !

    I wasn’t squirming but merely listing the options as I imagine Ashley Bishop and Charnley see them

  • 8 Munster Mag // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Lil i wanted favre ahead of overrated guys like de boeur originally. Wud suit us well.

  • 9 Mag52 // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:17 AM


    A couple of posts ago you referred to David Dein and his appointment of Wenger in terms suggesting you believed we should be looking to get someone of Wenger’s stature into NUFC. What’s it like in cloud cuckoo land ?

  • 10 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    £80 spent and playing poorly but two new players have still not been given a game / start. Stuck in the relegation places all season with only the odd 45 minutes of play that looked like any potential improvement. SMC needs to be relieved of his duties first and foremost. Despite not having anyone ready to step in, the team need to see what decisive action looks like and not continue to feel that performing poorly dies not have personal consequences.

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    If we brought anyone in Rodgers for me as Manager on a long term contract even if we go down to sort the mess out.
    Under him Swansea played very good football in Championship and knows how to get a team into the premiership.
    And I would bring in Shearer if not on the coaching staff onto the board – seems to get on well with Rodgers and he would shake a lot of the Sh*t out of the TOON

  • 12 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    SSN had a live report from Benton
    The players are on a scheduled day off and SM isn’t there.
    The sky correspondent believes there is a board meeting at the moment somewhere with Ashley present .
    He appears to have been told a resolution will be reached within the next 24 hours.

  • 13 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    It’s called Corporate inertia.
    The Board of Directors are incapable of running a sweetie shop yet alone a football Club of the stature and importance of Newcastle United to the City, the Region, the Premier League and further afield.

    I hate to dilute the opinions of southern hacks and others that Newcastle fans are delusional – we’re not . But we are aware of what’s possible and proud of what was and what can be again. It’s called potential . Nobody gives you that on a plate but equally we don’t tolerate idiots such as the current Board breaking the plates.

    Imagine as an example if Richard Branson was running the show – the whole club would buzz with energy, the black and white strip would be restored without Wonga, the Training and Academy would be cutting edge, the expanded stadium would be full of 60,000 genuine fans and the team would be winning games . The City would be seen around the world as an ambitious, passionate and wonderful place to visit.
    Ironically it took the Rugby World Cup success of Scotland at St. James’s Park to do just that.

    Change – nah , revolution – bring it on.

  • 14 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Again the same could be said about Penfolds position, I would actually welcome a change being made. Even if it was Bishop or Lambo, at least action I being seen to be taken and hopefully with more pre-emptive planning. For example, is there any succession plans for Carrs position.

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Yup. He ticks a lot of the boxes both for the board and the fans, coupled with his past of dragging a club away from relegation in the back end of a season he seems a winner. Unemployed now, which was a big issue I had when people discussed him last time round (I din’t think we would pay the compensation required for him).

    Most scouts have close ties with certain agencies, as do some clubs. There is nothing unusual in this at all. The difference is that most clubs don’t have their scout sat on a board of directors. There would be someone above him, or the manager that would look at all the different reports. That is the problem, not the relationship per sé.

  • 16 sparky55 // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM


    We don’t need shearer to tell us what we all know…the stupid thing is we all (except JIB and Catchy) knew he was a dud and all this has played out exactly how we expected and yet the people that run this club seemed to think some miracle would happen to turn things around.

    The only thing that could have saved this club was decisive decision making pre xmas when it was completely evident even then that Maclaren was the wrong man but beating liverpool and spurs was unfortunately the worst thing that could have happened because those two results convinced the ultra thick and gormless Charnley that Maclaren was worth sticking with.

    We’re fated to go down this year and probably about time too…this has been coming for years simply because Ashley has ran this club on the cheap using mates who have zero football experience…so he’s getting his just deserts.

  • 17 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM


    Llambias’s return would be a signal that Ashley thinks he needs to sell the same old package more aggressively. The opposite of change

  • 18 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM


    Bit harsh spin really – this was in times Ashley was naively listening to the crowd and thought he was giving them what they wanted. Loads of them certainly did! It was a win win in some ways because as someone posted recently “King across the water” out of equation and Shearer found he would make a marginally better pundit than a manager. We were only losers.

    No matter he is running out of appointment mistakes surely. Insulating himself from criticism is one take, another is his cheap and unorthodox approach to an entertainment business he admitted he wasn’t fit to run is increasingly flawed and is totally discredited.

    He has tried as head honcho

    Lawyer – worked in general, fans liked him

    Casino manager – unnecessarily stirred up fans up who rained hell on his boss as well

    Failed football manager – desperateand apparently loyal choice which never got off the ground. Some say he did job by not spending, not likely for me just incompetent

    Composite accountant/Scout – stroke of genius surpassing all but JFK

    PR man in shadows but apparently power behind the throne – is even the PR to be judged a success nevermind the Club’s direction?

    Next option? how about the novelty of someone with football knowledge and experience – result TOTAL INSULATION and side effect of a reasonably successful outfit which he surely won’t mind us revelling in too much to put him off?

  • 19 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    So no one is in support of McClaren and all the talk is of his successor, fans went for the throat at St James and the players deny putting out a statement in support of him prior to the game…what a mess

    Personally I don’t see how McClaren can stay as manager but then there were a few times with Pardew if it said the same and he quit in the end

    Had Hughton not been sacked and was still here today I wonder where we’d be and how the seasons would of treated him instead of Pardew, Carver and McClaren

  • 20 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    harsh truths from Shearer, although I do think our squad is made up of some really good players, just the tactics and matchday approach is all wrong.
    Although why we didn’t bring in a LB, CB in the Jan window beggars belief.

  • 21 posada // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    9 players from Mondial Sport Management. Is that right ?
    What you hint at is an ulterior motive. We will never know if that is the case.
    But in life you have to make reasonable assumptions and not stick to what can be proved 100%. If something has a beak, feathers, quaks and sits on a pound I assume its a duck.
    I am also going to assume that not even Carr is stupid enough to think that Thauvin was a sound investment.
    So what else explains it other that a perverse incentive or ulterior motive.

  • 22 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    here’s a novel approach, play players in their correct position, get them to attack and defend together.
    Would love Benitez here until the summer, see what he can do, just let him do what he needs, I think we’d stay up and we’d have the summer to sort out this mess.

  • 23 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    On the balance of probability there will be board meeting going on somewhere. The presence of MA could be physical, ephemeral or spiritual!

  • 24 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    I do think Carr is a good scout, but who is making the decisions on who comes in, is it Carr or Ashley/Penfold.
    Remember Carr’s first choices look to have been excellent Aubemyang is just one example.

  • 25 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Did the players deny that statement??
    That’s shocking PR… what a backfire

  • 26 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:45 AM


    The club exercised its contractual right to put words in the players mouths.
    The Mail story needed to be shot down after McClaren foolishly made it personal at his press conference. They lost control of the situation then, as I tried to say.
    If they had won, it would have been a gamble that paid off. But the players seemed in no mood to oblige.
    Bunker mentality, ordering mutinous troops into action.

  • 27 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    posada .. heard that about Mondial too, I think they took a big gamble on Thauvin and thought he was just out of form, which unfortunately we lost out on, although when he played for Lyon a few years back he was tauted as the next big thing.

  • 28 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    jayphoto .. speaks volumes if the players denied it.
    One – it was total PR
    Two – they obviously don’t like Mc Claren

  • 29 ToonRich // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Like already been mentioned, release a statement that SM has left/garden leave, perhaps let Cathro oversee this week and the next game, giving the board time to actually make a thoughtful decision no just a knee-jerk reaction to the mess they’re in!
    If we have a recall clause in Armstrongs loan – bring him back.
    Give some of the youngsters a proper run. Mbabu when fit should get time, he was a breath of fresh air in the back 4, strong, fast, seemed confident and could tackle…how many more reserves do we have hiding like that??

    #sacktheboard #cashleyooout #SMout

  • 30 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    It’s disconcerting how much luck is involved .
    SJH and FatFreddy knew as much about footy as Ashley ( nowt ) but Hall had seen the rise of franchised sports in the USA particularly NFL and the one piece of advice he got from his American friends was get a young popular coach/manager and that really turned up trumps for them.
    Ashley thought it could work again but the PL had moved on.
    It has moved on again since he first bought NUFC and it is essential they don’t fudge the next level of decisions.

  • 31 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    No-one has publicly denied it. There’s a lot of shrugging going on.
    Someone will probably be dragooned into denying the denials soon, at the cost of more bad feeling in the dressing room.

  • 32 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Cathro to help us fit relegation is a big gamble, maybe he can take over in the summer, for now you have to go with someone with experience, Benitex or god forbid Moyes, just until the summer.

  • 33 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    I think Carr is a decent scout at spotting ability in Ligue 1. The problem is he seems to have no accounting for what attributes and mentality are needed in the premier league.
    The world and his dog, all the media in france said Cabella and Thauvin weren’t right for the premier league. The whole of france laughed in derision when he signed riviere for just under 7m. Gouffran on 48k p/w. Marveaux on over 60k p/w…
    Fair enough, he recognizes some good spots, he’d probably make a fine scout for a Bordeaux or a St Ettiene but surely part of his job is recognizing these players aren’t upto Premier league standard?
    I think his main strength is having the contacts to find out about clauses in contracts others don’t know about.
    The mondial link is suspect… fully expect us to spend 20m plus on Batshuayi (another mondial) and i’ll tell you now he’s a long way off being Premier league standard, nowhere near the ability of Berahino or lacazette.

  • 34 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    From the BBC, but it’s good to have a perspective …
    Here’s some of the possible contenders for our worst Premier League manager debate – remember we’re taking into account who they managed and how much they spent, not just a win percentage.

    Mark Hughes spent a remarkable £270m at Manchester City, with the club expecting a better return than a 40% win rate

    Juande Ramos shelled out £70m at Tottenham, but only won 29%

    Roy Keane spent about £75m at Sunderland in the top flight but only won 28% of his Premier League games.

    McClaren has the third worst win percentage of any of Newcastle Premier League managers to take over 10 games or more.

    McLaren has a 21.4% win rate
    narrowly beats off Toon legends
    Joe Kinnear (20.8%)
    John Carver (20%).

    What would John Wayne make of it all ” get down off your horse and drink your milk ? ” well maybe , but I found this gem and its real…

    ” If everything isn’t black and white , I say why the hell not ”
    John Wayne

  • 35 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Shearer is late to be highlighting Carr’s culpability. We’ve been banging on about it on here for long enough. The pundits were still calling it wrong after the January window.

  • 36 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    BandB .. speaks volumes though that the private denial was leaked to the press. no smoke without fire.

  • 37 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    I see the logic of it but am dumbfounded by it

    Do u think, even if we had won, the players would of allowed it to stand? The timing seemed to be at the last minute so they couldn’t of leaked that it wasn’t them, though I may just be being cynical I suppose but if it was leaked to the Mail about dressing room problems surely it would be leaked again about the letter of support?

  • 38 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    ” If everything isn’t black and white , I say why the hell not ”
    John Wayne

  • 39 Grafton83 // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    SSN reporting that McClaren not at the training ground today and that the players and himself are on a day off. We played on Saturday, why does everyone need a day off on Monday, maybe this is why we are 19th in the league, we just had an 18 day break, they can’t be that tired and what about everyone else that didn’t even feature in the match, are they suffered the fatigue of watching us lose now as well. Given our current PL standing this kind of thing just winds me up.

  • 40 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    My bet – Redknapp till the summer with a sizeable staying up bonus. Moyes from the summer onwards.
    Would expect Redknapp to then recall Armstrong. He loves a big un and a little un upfront. Seen him say a couple of times Newcastle need to recall Armstrong. He’s actually been quite vocal and shown a bit of knowledge on Newcastle on various sports networks.

  • 41 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    jayphoto .. sounds about right, I heard a report on Carr where he said he followed players for years, before making bids.
    Sort of feels like he makes the ground work with Mondial a few years in advance before making the bids for the player. eg could be buying Thauvin etc to get Batshuyi etc
    We’ll never know though.

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Sadly history shows us they are nailed on to fudge the next level of decisions. It’s funny how all these poor managers: SA, AP, JC, SM have this absolute denial of reality about the quantum amount of their abilitites. The arrogance is staggering and with SM begging to stay, very little dignity left either.

    For all his faults Gullit walked.

  • 43 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    it’d be our luck, Palace will sack Pardew and we’ll end up back with him wouldn’t it….

  • 44 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    jayphoto .. sure he’s going to manage England next 🙂

  • 45 posada // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Shearer has had a go at Carr.
    All I would say is it has taken a while.
    I’ve said on here for 18 months that his signings and the set up are a joke.
    Also, the appointment of SM. It was just enough to fool us all.
    Sadly, I have to say we are the problem. Because we put up with this.
    Liverpool fans would not. Rangers fans simply refused to tolerate it.
    Even if we spend 10 years in the Championship this has to end now.

  • 46 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    you have to remember a lot of our players are young and need managed correctly not strong armed, weird thing is what happened to Collo, more to that one I reckon.

  • 47 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    @sweendog – He certainly thinks so. He’s an anomaly. Can’t understand how what ever he does works so well in October and November and just awful from January onwards… if it was one season, or just one club fine but its everywhere he goes. How can you win so many before xmas and lose so many afterwards every season

  • 48 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Actually there was rumblings and stories about the French lads essentially jacking it in and training by themselves then Gouffran and Rivi both get starts out of no where and will little/no explanation…surely not…he wouldn’t of started them just to get them back on side

    I must be seeing zebras when I hear hoofs here least o hope I am

  • 49 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:02 AM


    would really hate to see Moyes and his sterile football. really the last thing the fans need right now after all the dross we’ve had to endure.

    Every manager out there has some baggage but to overlook the likes of of Nuno, Sampauli, Benitez, Bielsa, Garcia, Laudrup even, for another defensive, negative long ball Brit dinosaur manager is sickening. Howe is the only Brit / English coach I would ever want.

  • 50 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM


    There’s a whole informal network of former player’s. ex-players-turned pundits, retired and semi-retired hacks with contacts and the freedom to gossip to who they like. Leaks just happen.
    And they are picked up on the web and followed up by mainstream media.

    It is interesting there was no talk of getting them in on Sunday or today for punishment training.

  • 51 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Wwrsbd @19

    Pardew got away with much because it was recognised that the problems were far from his own work. McLaren cannot argue that”it’s not like it says on the brochure” in the slightest. He knew full well what had preceded him but was no doubt as grateful and amazed in equal do 2 parts as was Pardew to get the gig. He now suffers the consequences.

    By far the majority of managers will be sacked- it’s the nature of the beast and just a matter of when.

    With that in mind and because I liked Hughton but doubt under the pressures growing under Ashley he could have cut it much longer that therefore he went with fans’ blessings. Too many go with contempt and hate.

    The Club not just now but always has been extremely difficult to manage and is the graveyard for many rated in the Game. Not for the fainthearted!

    Off now Hospital appointment

  • 52 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    we have looked second best fitness wise to most teams this season but on saturday it was even more noticeable he’s failed in all departments

  • 53 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    jayphoto .. my feeling is that he either over works players and they get burn out for the second half of the season. either that or they can only stand him for 2 months of the year.

  • 54 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    magscar .. Mcclaren should walk or offer his resignation, if he doesn’t it says a lot about him I think.

  • 55 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    A left field option would be to reunite Nuno Espirito Santo with Cathro.

    He’s Portuguese , was at Porto for a total of 5 years and knows Mourinho’s methods well .

    An imposing 6’2″ ex-goalkeeper (he started as a goalkeeping coach ) he got Valencia to 4th place (after years of being in the doldrums) in his 1st season.

  • 56 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    @magscar – would argue aswell that McClaren has been backed by the board far more than Pardew ever was. Past managers can complain about backing and owners, but I’m not sure McClaren can. I think we’ll stay up, with or without him. Players like townesend and shelvey can create out of nothing. He needs to drop Sissoko though.
    If I were Newcastle I would play townesend and Aarons on the wing. Mitrovic upfront partnered by De Jong or Armstrong who I’d recall, even if its to utilise his pace in the last 15 of games.

    One thing that baffles me, we see Riviere start, and Gouffran, yet Armstrong stays on loan and doumbia sits on the bench.
    Doumbia looked more dangerous in 4 minutes against stoke with his movement than Riviere has looked in 2 years….

  • 57 bills-son // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    I would get Harry Redknapp in on a short term big bonus contract to the end of the season. He won’t move here permanently but he – unlike Moyes or any other permanent appointment – is on a hiding to nothing.

    If he keeps us up he’s a hero and goes down in Geordie folklore, if we go down McClaren gets the blame.

    Redknapp would get instant respect from the players, he is a character and would put a smile amd laugh into training but he is deadly serious about his job and in my opinion is just the type of immediate impact character we need.

    Moyes or Benitez would be daft to take on ajob where they could be a Championship manager next season and even though they only have 10 games they would still carry some baggage into next season if we got relegated.

    Redknapp for me.

  • 58 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    True I just think it would of come out either way and offer more embarrassment

    Aye if they are off today as is being reported there is no sense in it, they should be in there bring run into the ground

    Oh yeah Hughton wouldn’t of lasted but if he had would much of changed? I doubt we would of gotten 5th that once but I think we would of been 15-8th bracket each season (am quite glad he left because I liked him a lot and he has escaped being caught up in our hurricane of crap)

  • 59 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    I have to say, letting them have today off is utterly laughable. What a bunch of spoilt, pampered brats. 2nd bottom with 10 games to go, 4 shambolic displays in a row where we have got exactly what we deserved, and they get an extra day off.

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:14 AM


    Yeah hardly the daily double training session shifts the spurs lads put in.

  • 61 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    I can’t stand Redknapp, but he may be a decent option. Get him in short term, with a younger manager/coach to work with him on the basis that the less experienced guy gets a feel for the role before taking over next season. If we did that with Redknapp and Gary White I’d be pretty happy.

    Still, if we decide to appoint a permanent manager I think out of those who could come in now and are out of work, Favre is the best option long term.

  • 62 ToonRich // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Does anyone think if we go down that MA may finally cut his losses and move on?

  • 63 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    jib at 55

    I’ve been banging that drum for a long time.
    Nuno is available, is highly regarded and did minor miracles with cathro at Valencia.

    It’s not even that left field for a normal reasonably ambitious club but for Charnley, well say no more! file under never heard of.

  • 64 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    @Jib – might be a good option in the summer? But at the moment Newcastle need a firefighter. Someone that knows the league, has watched the players and has knowledge of at least a few of them. My thoughts are the manager we need for the next 10 games is probably different to the manager we need from the summer onwards.
    Thing is, you can’t have a manager coming in and changing too much. It takes time we don’t have for that to work! You need a man that will instill confidence and put smiles on faces over a short term.
    Someone like Sherwood, Redknapp, would probably do that enough for us to stay up!
    Moyes, Rodgers, Benitez take a few months to get the players playing how they want which is time we don’t have

  • 65 bills-son // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:19 AM


    Bringing in a manager into a 10 game relegation battle without Prem experience is a massive gamble imo.

    Redknapp knows the league, knows teams strengths and weaknesses and isn’t afraid to make big decisions ie., leaving out so called stars. I also think being the character he is the fans would get right behind him from the off.

    I’m going down to the bookies now to stick £20 on him.

  • 66 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    toon rich

    can only hope

  • 67 expatmag // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Sparky at 16

    Well someone needs to tell the board because quite clearly, they havent been watching the bleeding obvious for most of the season.

    I was over there in September last year and attended the Watford and Sheffield Wednesday games. I said then that I thought we were a disgrace and would be relegated. This hasnt just cropped up. It been obvious since the start of the season and Shearer is only saying what we all can see.

    Why cant the board????????????

  • 68 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    @Lilongwe – Gary White is possibly the most left field suggestion I’ve ever heard 🙂 Don’t know much about the guy to be fair (actually don’t know anything) but it’d be far too out the box thinking for the people in charge of this club!

  • 69 Veltman // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    toon kk – I suspected you were 🙂

    I stopped dreaming of foreign managers last summer.Luke Edwards knows inside out of Mike’s mind.Claimed he likes British managers more than anything else.That’s why we are stucked with them .So I won’t make my hopes high on that one,expecting the likes of Benitez,
    Will come here & coach.Dare to dream!

  • 70 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    @bill-son I’d hurry up on that! His odds have shortened loads over the weekend. Be lucky to get 4/5-1 now whereas was at 33-1 a few days back

  • 71 sweendog // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Rotonda heights .. would prefer him to Moyes and the rest, Benitez is my top option though at least until the summer..

  • 72 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    thing is could we get someone short term and say we want someone better than you in the summer.
    maybe they should start with not dishing out all these riculously long contracts in the first place.

    guess we’re stuck with Ash for ever now as we aren’t going to be winning anything for the forseeable.

  • 73 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    I’d have Sherwood over Rednapp personally though both are bleeding awful

    I even suggested Sherwood awhile back…didn’t go down too well

  • 74 Sav // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Makes a joke of the idea that macca and Moncur are actually members of the board. Clearly, that is an Advisory Board. Pureley cosmetic. The real board in Chinless and Carr and maybe Bishop – and beyond that there’s Ashley

  • 75 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Current manager of Guam, English guy who played semi pro in Aus before retiring at an early age (early 20’s) as he knew coaching was what he wanted to do.

    Coached British Virgin Islands to their highest ever world ranking, before moving on and AVB took over only for the team to fall back down the ladder. Worked at Seattle sounders developing their youth program, and did such a good job that the US Olympic Development program took note and altered their strategy and methods to match White’s program.

    He took over Guam a few years back, and has taken them from 191st up to 165th in the word, their highest ever ranking.

    A few years ago he was selected by the FA as one of the most promising English coaches to do a new elite level coaching course (only 16 were selected including NUFC trio Bramley, Winskill and Dawson).

  • 76 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    I’m not an ‘arry fan either, he is not a likeable character, but he is a big imnpact man and is one of a few who can turn things round quickly at a club – despite QPR. . He has charisma, not of the sort I would relish long term but over 10 natches and to boost his own career reputation – he might just pick it up.

    I agree with the Rotonda /Lochinvar posts here on continental style coaches who want something better than a pedestrian Englishman. Just need to find the right one. All European coaches are not equal though and we need to get the right fit – not easy to do in a hurry, given the snail likem pace the club recruits at.They just appear to be unable to act decisively. I still think our Spanish pal Karanka ticks a lot of boxes – he knows the area, has a good win%, plays a decent style, and still needs to prove himself at the highest level. Having said that I don’t mind who it is as long as he’s going to do the business, and I’m happy with a short term fix to keep us up.

  • 77 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    @Lilongwe – ohh what he the Virgin islands guy? Yeah read an article on him when he was managing there in the guardian I think! Certainly got a lot of praise for his job there.

  • 78 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Edwards saying someone high up in the club doesn’t want McClaren gone

    Panic stations ladies and gentlemen

  • 79 expatmag // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:36 AM


    Speaking of Guam, a certain Willie McFaul was their manager a few years ago

  • 80 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Looks like persuading ‘arry to leave Sandra in Brighton (a suburb of Poole) for 10 weeks is the best option.
    I hope he doesn’t mind living out of a suitcase at 69 years of age.

  • 81 beermonkey // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    jayphoto / jib

    putting cathro and nuno back together would be good for the summer so they have preseason and time before to work stuff out

    old soggy chops aint a bad shout he know how to massage a players ego

    it was mentioned a few times under pards but do players like sissoko have clauses in there contracts that makes them undroppable ??

  • 82 beermonkey // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM


    u trying to go fishing

  • 83 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM


    all vested interests. that unholy trinity of carr, charnley and SM don’t want to upseat each other as they have unprecedented power that they’d never get a sniff of at a properly run club.

    carr is almost the biggest fraud just hanging on to the coat tails of the Mondial agency for years

  • 84 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Well the players certainly stuck two fingers up to whoever made that pre game statement. It was a woeful performance and the complete opposite of what the statement said.

    Backfired massively.

  • 85 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    @beermonkey – that’s interesting. Not sure but surely Thauvin would have had said clause also? Personally I just think Sissoko is such a force when he can be bothered that hes scared to drop him incase he turns up. Thing is he usually has a world class game just before he probably would be dropped and the cycle continues.
    Think Gini might need dropping too, hes not turned up in a fair while now

  • 86 sparky55 // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    expat @ 67

    Dunno…but therein lies the tragedy of employing buffoons to run a £400 million business.

    Ashley is a pr!ck of the highest order….he has the best lawyers money can buy (cos he’s always suing or being sued)…he has the best advisors man can buy, the best PR people money can buy,…and puts a bunch of t0ssers in charge of NUFC.

    Where’s the logic?

  • 87 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Mag 52

    Hilarious coming from someone who still thinks AP is a good mananger. now that is cloud cuckooland pal if ever there was. Your statements get more and more bizarre and would suggest you have very little actual football knowledge to trade on.

    Oh dear you don’t take much in do you. I was suggesting than when someone takes over a premier league club you are looking to hire knowledgeable football people at the outset, ie a david dein if you will, not a failed casino owner like Llambias. It was an example. Do keep up.

  • 88 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Just seeing if I can trip MrTuff’s gaffe sensor

  • 89 Toon Tang // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    bills-son’s in the house, Sav’s in the house… I feel like I’ve been transported back to 2011.

    All we need now is a JFA to shoot down everything bills has just said hahahaaa classic

  • 90 beermonkey // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:03 PM


    it make me wonder the same thing happend when pards was here players seemed undroppable no matter how bad they played
    i know at times a lack of options can be to blame

    but it wouldnt have hurt some of these players to be dropped if they thought there trip to france was in danger in the summer might kick them on a bit

  • 91 Bambams // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Trying to second guess here….
    1. If they are going to sack him is the delay down to making sure one of the targets will come and take over ?
    2. If they aren’t going to sack him
    (A) why no statement backing him
    (B) are they obliged to make a statement
    3. If they are keeping him why the need for a high level meeting (merely a text from Ash thumbs up to Charnley )

    I think the delay is making sure they get one of their targets prior to sacking….


  • 92 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Newcastle’s board of directors will hold talks on Tyneside on Monday following the club’s latest humiliating defeat under Steve McClaren.

    From the Sky Sport web:
    The Magpies were beaten at home by fellow relegation strugglers Bournemouth on Saturday, leaving them marooned in the Premier League’s bottom three with nine games remaining.

    Several newspapers have reported that owner Mike Ashley’s chief PR officer Keith Bishop has remained in the north-east after watching their 3-1 humbling by the Cherries.

    So its Bishop pulling the strings is it ?
    and what’s this talk of someone ” high up in the club” wanting to hang onto McClaren – wouldn’t be Charley looking after his own ar@e would it ?

  • 93 Ron Knee // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    From The Chronic:
    ” … a picture of Lee Charnley being highly reluctant to make a change is emerging. But he knows he has to sell that scenario to Mike Ashley as well, who – through Keith Bishop – is being advised about the next step.”

  • 94 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    The club just have to look at the Mourinho situation to realise how powerful the influence of players in a club is .

    Our situation is the reverse of Chelsea’s

    José was overbearing with his squad so nice Uncle Guus was brought in.
    SM is too avuncular with his squad so we need a Sergeant Major.

  • 95 cyprus // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Alan convinced we are going down with 30 points available? That’s my man.

    Anyway, it looks like we need an interim coach now. Moyes? Has he ever fought from this position? I think not. Bring in a battler, with a tactician. Fire the psychologist, the kid, Carr, the HC.

  • 96 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Ashley could sack every single person at the club today if he chose to.
    He has to answer to no-one.
    Don’t fall for any horsecrap that Charnley over-ruled him. It’s for babies.

  • 97 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Wwrsbd @78
    Surely (hopefully) the “higher up” is Charnley as his and McClaren’s fates are tied in together.

    If Ashley is openly stepping in he is going to take some convincing by Charnley that it is the correct decision.

    It only makes sense if he stays that they have boxed themselves in so much that there is at this point any viable option prepared to take on now. That is still McClaren’s possible stay of execution. I am only saying sense to them what we all make of it is entirely a different matter

  • 98 Ron Knee // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    So the fly in the ointment appears to be Charmless. If the club get relegated will he be fired?

  • 99 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    @BandB – agree with that. Charnley has the job he has because he’ll do what he’s told. I think he gets to make decisions on his own, and McClaren was probably his choice. Probably enjoys that Steve isn’t confrontational to deal with in all honesty! But its Ashleys club. No way does Charnley overrule him in anything

  • 100 Blofal // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Hurry up! Why hasn’t it happened yet? It should have happened immediately after the game!

  • 101 cyprus // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    So that guy took Guam to 165th eh. Impressive 🙂

    Kidding, I’m sure he’d cdo for us. Hell I’d like a crack myself.

  • 102 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Actually, take that back, im hearing charnley overruled Ashley once on whether the milk goes in first or last on a cup of tea. Got him the top job that kind of thinking

  • 103 Ron Knee // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Why would Charnley want to retain McClaren? (I know he appointed him.) It’s highly likely that McClaren will get us relegated – is Charmless gambling that he won’t?

  • 104 Average_Contents // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:25 PM


    I’m pretty sure it was regarding what biscuits they wanted to buy.

    Penfold won.

    Rich tea.

    A bit like our team. Soft as fcuk and once wet, give up.

  • 105 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Ashley will want to know what the options are and what each is likely to cost him in pounds.
    He’ll want Bishop to brief him on how each option will make him (and Sports Direct) look.
    Money and reputation are what’s at stake for Ashley. Sparing Charnley’s blushes won’t figure.
    They will be cooking up a narrative that leaves Ash smelling of roses whatever happens.

  • 106 martoon // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    I have to say after watching the debacle on Saturday we are going down if McClaren stays because it’s obvious he has lost the dressing room. Only the impetus of a new manager can save us!

  • 107 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM


    Agreed. Mind, it depends who the manager would be. I can think of a few who would have the opposite effect!

  • 108 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Ron Knee

    Can only assume Charnley is hoping McClaren stays and keeps us up then he has a chance of redemption in summer. Is it his only gambit?

    McClaren goes now and after his prevarication has to be fired finally by Ashley then isn’t it curtains for Charnley?

  • 109 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    ron knee
    its self preservation….he got him in and makes him look bad if after such short time he’s a failure….then the spotlight shifts to him for the dropping such a bollick!

  • 110 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Id settle for any manager who picks a balanced team, with players in positions that they are at least comfortable in (if its not possible to pick everyone in their best positions that is). A team that attacks and defends at the right times, make runs for each other. You know….basic football.

  • 111 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Ashley won’t want to lose Charnley.
    He’s a real two hat wearer for some of the bigger fish Mash Holdings has to fry around town.

  • 112 Ron Knee // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM


    So Ashley loyally supports his head coach (“We stand by Steve”) or takes the tough, but necessary steps to replace him (“It was a hard decision but for the good of the club and its supporters, we have reluctantly, etc”).

  • 113 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    a decent work rate would be nice as well,you know try and stop the other team playing by applying pressure on the ball….but thats basic football….we dont do that.

  • 114 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Personally, i’d just fry Charnley.

  • 115 Ron Knee // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:37 PM


    That’s a huge gamble by Charnley! I suppose Charmless gets a stay of execution if McClaren isn’t sacked.

  • 116 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Reading earlier I see the manipulation of statistics to make the point that Macca has a shocking record.
    Looking at how he compares to his predecessors at the toon:
    In charge Win %
    McClaren 28 21.43
    Carver 19 15.79
    Pardew 155 37.42
    Hughton 16 31.25
    Shearer. 8 12.5
    Kinnear 24 20.83

  • 117 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:40 PM


    Yeah, our players employ the “im sure someone else will pressure him” tactic.

  • 118 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Average Contents @104
    I’m pretty sure it was regarding what biscuits they wanted to buy.
    Penfold won.
    Rich tea.
    A bit like our team. Soft as fcuk and once wet, give up.

    Charnley prefers Hob – Knobs as they are more in keeping with his personality

  • 119 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:42 PM


    If he’s sacked, the story will be that Ashley intervened.
    If he stays, the story will be that Ashley backed his board.
    If we sack him and stay up Ash will be the hero.
    If we keep him and go down, Charnley will get the blame
    If we sack him and go down, the club will have bowed reluctantly to fan pressure.

  • 120 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Reckon Charnley will be kept on regardless. The worst case scenario for him would be a director of football put in charge of playing and management staff coming in. BandB is right, he does far more for MASHH than just chair Newcastle united.

  • 121 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Carr is blatantly past it. Just doesn’t understand the modern demands of PL football and how you MUST have exceptional ability in some way to be just a middling player, particularly attacking players – fast, powerful, great in the air, deadly finisher, agile, awareness of space and movement, passing, dribbling – you have to be exceptional in one or more to make the grade, it’s no use being ok at a lot of them.

    That’s why Obertan, despite his lack of grace, guile and general football nous is more effective than either of Thauvin/Cabella in the PL. The main difference between Thauvin/Cabella and HBA, was that HBA had exceptional acceleration, dribbling and balance, oh and self-belief, whereas those two were just ok, not on the same level, both may work harder but to what end if it doesn’t produce anything? Never understood them two been tagged luxury players, to be luxury you have to be exceptional. Carr should seriously be moved on off the back of those two alone, they’re almost identical in style and attributes yet he made the exact same mistake.

    This is what Justin Edinburgh who played behind Ginola at Spurs says about Ginola and his luxury status in an article I read a few days ago:

    “Luxury players do other things,” he says. “At times he would leave me exposed and I came in for some flak, but when you have someone who can produce that moment of magic then is that a luxury player? I think that’s someone who is a creator or a catalyst. Everyone plays their part in a team and he played a massive part in ours.”

    We need a manager that understands that and doesn’t want the likes of Gini and Perez running themselves into the ground ‘tracking back’ – some players enjoy the nitty gritty, some don’t asking those that don’t do it naturally just destroys morale, no matter how many soundbites they put out saying I’ll do the job anywhere for the team. Nobody asks Colback or Tiote to go dancing past a player and slide it past the keeper – we’d rather they stick to what they’re good at. Perez has demonstrated on numerous occasions now if he’s allowed to be the most advanced player centrally, he will get chances and he is a good finisher. That’s why I was tearing my hair out after he scored at the weekend, because he was then moved wider and deeper again after a 5 minute spell up top in which he scored.

  • 122 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    See the Daily Express has done their league predictor

    Not happy reading

  • 123 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:44 PM


    Luckilly, the visible evidence of our league position, and the awful, clueless tactics, not to mention the seemingly bewildered way our players run arround, is PLENTY to show how terrible McClaren is.

  • 124 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    aye its funny they can sprint forward towards goal for the glory not so quick to get back for the graft.

  • 125 AncientC // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Luke Edwards ?@LukeEdwardsTele

    “Calm down, sure McClaren will be sacked. If he isn’t, I’ll do naked backside in Fenwicks window thing. Not sure they’ll let me though”

  • 126 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Macca has a slightly better record than 4 other people who were in control for less time (mayne jfk was about the same). Whew! Thats lucky. Thought we were in trouble for a bit, there.

    He also has a WORSE record than one of the most hated managers we have ever had. Take from that what you will.

  • 127 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:48 PM


    And if we keep him and stay up?

    Well, that’s the prize dangling tantalisingly in front of them.

  • 128 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    *maybe….not mayne

  • 129 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:49 PM


    They are under motivated to say the least.

  • 130 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Ex-Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has appeared at a tribunal hearing for her constructive dismissal case against the Premier League champions.
    The 42-year-old is suing the club for constructive dismissal and breach of contract.

    When the patient is sick call in the Doctor.
    Dr. Carnerio could be free to seek new employment this week, could fix our fitness problems, is a Doctor so would command respect and address the issue of insufficient Women in the Board Room.

    Could be the solution.

  • 131 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:56 PM


    Puzzled by Luke here.
    Ashley might change his mind just to see that, Luke.

    The decision seemed to be taken in principle last night, as briefed to Ryder.

    It will take time to finesse it for maximum credit and minimum potential fall-out.

  • 132 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    You couldn’t – I agree. Then why bother to manipulate and participate in lies lies and statistics!
    It actually weakens the argument.

  • 133 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM


    Thats very true. I have not seen the incident you refer to, but both that and the stats you posted prove 2 well known sayings.
    1) you can use stats to prove anything you want
    2) there are lies, dammned lies, and then there are statistics.

  • 134 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    I realise you were not defending Maccas position.

  • 135 LGFUAD21 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    I see no way Steve can stay now.

    There is not a shred of evidence that can be put forward to claim he’s doing anything right.

  • 136 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:03 PM


    I think that stats aren’t likely to be uppermost in anyone’s mind – when you’re dangling over the cliff the difficulties of the last 100 miles and how others fared is not in the equation. A more visceral assessment of how to get back on safe ground is the what is needed, recriminations can wait.

  • 137 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:04 PM


    I am sure he can stay…. after he is sacked, he can go and hide in the trophy cabinet. No one will see him behind the cobwebs

  • 138 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Lad I work with just made a good point… if he is sacked, what happens with his board position? Obviously it becomes untennable, but does he still have to be voted off? Thats normal procedure for any type of board isn’t it?

  • 139 AncientC // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:09 PM


    If McClaren is on the way out, I would imagine the mountain of paperwork that McClaren’s legal advisor has to look through could be holding things up.

    McClaren will possibly have to sign off on a host of threats made against him, to receive compensation.

  • 140 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    On the statement backing Mc and the subsequent denial by the players, is there any solid proof it’s not all just journos pouring fuel on the fire? I’ve not seen a shred of evidence of this statement or the denial. Please show me the sources if you have them.

  • 141 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM


    That always makes me laugh.

    Imagine the criminal justice system allowed kidnappers to force their victims to sign legally binding documents making it an imprisonable offence to ever give evidence against them?

  • 142 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    The problem is whoever takes the job is who the hell to play at the back !

    Colback will need to play against Leicester as Dummett is injured again Colback is one yellow card away from a 2 game ban so he will be up against Mahrez next week with the potential that he will be destroyed and possibly suspended for the Mackems and Norwich game

    Who plays at left back then if that happens??

    Lascalles looks fairly solid but Taylor is all over the place and was by and large at fault for all of the Bournemouth goals , Colocinni is “injured” so the manager will not have that great a choice of player!

    Unless there is someone handy in the reserves that we dont know about

  • 143 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Can you remember how thrilled we all were for a billionaire to take over Newcastle United? Well we certainly didn’t get what we were after. Though when he bought the club from Hall and Shepherd for me it was a case of freeing the club from that particular axis of if not evil then something very definitely not positive, it’s something I’ll never personally criticise him for. But that’s another story told glossly and endlessly by The Mag. For Ashley that’s where it all started going wrong, Yes. From the very first moment he became involved.
    He thought he was rooking Hall, who was desperate to sell having run up massive debts and Freddy Shepherd who was hospitalised and unable to contend. Ashley gambled on Newcastle United to get the deal done and not for the last time lost. The SJP stadium deeds required the mortgage to be paid in full if the club were to change hands. This was not Ashley’s field of expertise and neither was the fact that the toon had large sums owting in staged payments for players some of whom were no longer at the club. I covered last week the Ashley approved Allardyce spending spree – and the duff players and wages we were lumbered with.
    Time and boredom restricts- so fast forward; Ashley made terrible mistakes and by lucky chance the team pulled through; promotion, the European qualification with a 5th placed finish. That was some achievement despite of Ashley! We don’t need to remember this season, now, that mistakes have once again been made by Charnley, Carr, Macca and indeed a number of players. Ashley has made error after error. Why entrust the transfer kitty to Carr?
    However our season turns out, things could have been so much better. The title is a quote from a Hawkwind song, “We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago”. ( It could be the condensed Jail for Ashley version of a never ending rant. Mind, he peaked too soon with his “Too good for ”
    series). Thinking of Mike Ashley this seems wholly appropriate somehow and the hope, surely, has to be that the end will indeed fall soon. Meanwhile back at SJP………….!

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