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Amazing – Newcastle May Keep Steve McClaren

4:18 pm, Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 288 Comments

It seems incredible that anybody on the Newcastle Board would want to keep Steve McClaren at the club, but since they appointed him they have the most to lose – but he is already taking us down to the Championship and it will be certain relegation if he is kept in place.

We thought there could be something odd going, with still no communication on the matter from the club today – so far.

Steve mcClaren owls 1-0

Steve McClaren in a familiar stance
That’s what the fans feel like too

Here’s what the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has tweeted earlier today:

We did speculate yesterday that only the incompetents running Newcastle could contemplate keeping Steve McClaren – given his atrocious record at the club.

Maybe the Newcastle Board want us to be a Championship club next season?

Say it aint so!



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




288 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wayayman // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Carr doesn’t want his mate sacked then? What a surprise.

  • 2 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    about par for the course !!!

  • 3 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Newcastle United: The key decision makers on Steve McClaren’s future

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/15125/10196061/newcastle-united-the-key-decision-makers-on-steve-mcclarens-future?

  • 4 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Could people please stop talking about bashing bishops – Bairns use this blog.

  • 5 Wayayman // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    It’s ridiculous. We’ve got Asrenal fans whining about being only 8 points behind the league leaders and calling for Wengers head. The same bloke who has them playing some amazing football and some of the best players in the league, and playing champions league every season along with winning a cup every year or two.
    Meanwhile, up at St James’ our club is dying in its backside and has been for the last 3 or 4 years and the fans are still labelled fickle and unrealistic by the press and pundits. Heard George Graham his morning saying that we sack managers too quickly. Ffs! It’s like they don’t acknowledge Pardew being here for 5 years with a shocking record apart from one season which turned out to be a total fluke.

    The club is not really a professional football club any more. It’s run like some dodgy business that the owner doesn’t want but can’t get rid of, so he’s running into the ground (literally) taking everything he can enroute. Including the ground or at least the neighbouring parts of it that he can asset-strip and sell. Yet we do nowt apart from shout a bit at another utterly incompetent manager.

  • 6 U.S Magpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Here the oldest Joke going around the UK at the moment.
    blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank blank. Punchline Newcastle Untied. We are the laughing stock of the Premiership if we keep McClamity Jane.

  • 7 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    completely agree with you Wayayman

  • 8 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Wayayman

    People like George Graham would love Macca to take us down, it would raise loads of talking points where he would have plenty to write about and loads of air time in the media, easy money for him.

  • 9 lesh // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    C’mon Ed

    Even you know that Charnley’s got no option than to argue for the status quo.

  • 10 Graeme // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    NUFC have to make a basic decision first – “Do we want to be a competitive club in the Premier League?”

    If the answer is “Yes” Then they need to do a complete overhaul of the current structures in place. Penfold, Carr, McClaran, Beardsley – every single one of them needs to be removed.

    A proper “Football Club Manager” needs to be employed, my choice would be Benitez, but there are several decent choices out there at the moment and the Club re-built from the ground up, as a “Football Club” rather than as an Advertising Outlet.

    If this means that we are in fact relegated, but hopefully not, we should be in a much healthier position to return at the first opportunity. Money will need to be spent to rectify the current shortfalls at LB, CB, CF etc. to give the new Management / Coaching Team the best possible chance of turning the club back into a Football Club the Fans, Players etc can be proud of.

  • 11 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Tbf to Arsenal fans they are a complete failure this year. There is no excuse for them not winning the league

  • 12 AncientC // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    This was a joke aimed at McClaren’s position on the board, Edward’s (missing) follow up tweet may have given a bit more balance.

  • 13 bladeuser // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    All 520000 of u deserve SMAC
    U r all a laughing stock
    The scum will put nufc down even villa fans stay away but not u clowns u lot and ASHLEY are a match made in heaven
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP BAAAAAAAAAAH OUT

  • 14 davis_toons // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Saivet needs to play some part. He seems to get going after his 2nd game.

    Will Andros Townsend be playing soon? We need to counter attack on the left..Ohh..is Jonas on the bench?

  • 15 NoahJ // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    well, mclaren himself is on the board, so maybe it’s him

    in all seriousness, if this ridiculous farce goes on any further, fan pressure will be cranked up tenfold, just in time for the derby

  • 16 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    blad
    Really need to slag off other fans?

  • 17 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    I see that moron bladeuser still takes it out on the people on this blog. Also,has the stadium recently been massively expanded??? Five hundred and twenty thousand, bladeuser???
    You ignorant, uneducated, keyboard warrior moron.

  • 18 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    firebug – I think the FF could chase up this support from the players mystery.
    It is recent and relevant – let the club put up the players behind it -(none I suspect).
    FF should demand urgent meeting -get player behind letter – to attend and explain himself – let a player come and tell porkies about the team support.
    myguess it’s pure PR lies NOTE NOT PR THAT WAS MISJUDGED———–PR LIES!!!!

    A communication suspicious -like many others – only this time -they could really chase it down to Penfold/Bishop speaking for themselves and not really the true sentiments of the players.

    And hopefully put and end to all the lies from SJP – it would be a good start in any healing process.

  • 19 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    This is going to be one weird week in training and the worst possible preparation for another crunch game.
    It’s hard to believe though that this will have been even aired as they indulge themselves in 10 days of politicking as if they really do believe that relegation can’t happen because they have ruled it out.

  • 20 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    McClaren’s the board member who doesn’t want to sack McLaren

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    McLaren should be given time

    Along with Adam Johnson

    Ho Ho Ho

  • 22 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    WWSBRD

    He is just a petulant child hiding behind his screen. Bet he couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding

  • 23 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    NoahJ

    You may have something there, maybe the board need a unanimous decision but one person keeps voting no to sacking Macca.

  • 24 kevymartins // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    What’s getting on my nerves is the fact that the likes of Man U/ Liverpool fans are going on about you shouldn’t sack Steve McClaren, Yous shouldn’t have sacked Alan Pardew. They really don’t have a clue what’s going on like, the list of mistakes for McClaren are endless. Playing young inexperienced highly rated left wingers at LB which led to giving away pens and him not having a clue what he was doing or idiotic subs like bringing on Cb’s for ST or Midfielders when we concede a goal or not playing the right players he doesn’t have a clue who his best players are when he is dropping Perez for Gouffran an playing Rivière over Doumbia and Mitro. Playing the same formation/tactics over and over again even though we get beat every week and it’s clearly not working. Using excuses for everything. He had his time and did nothing with it.

    My point is Man U and Liverpool sack the likes of Moyes and Rodgers for far less they nearly got a chance to prove themselfs and they have the nerve to say to us?

    Bloody joke, That goofy looking b*****d better hurry up and get the **** out of our club.

  • 25 U.S Magpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Honestly am I in a dream, this should have been fixed back in December. Why does the club always wait so long to fix an issue. Here what I mean, if a player is not performing at the level he is put on the bench and on some occasions dropped to the reserves to train with them. As a manager the club cannot do this, they only have two options. Keep him or let him go, players are sold to other clubs if they are underachieving or let go all the time. So with that common sense why can the manager not have the same standards, if Chelsea were willing to let a manager like Jose go after he won them the league why is it that McCalmity gets the benefit of the doubt. If we keep him and get relegated then that’s his fault, does Newcastle think he has the right stock to get us back. They should not, as he showed that with Derby, so they should only have one business decision left. Fire him and get someone in that can set the club up if we stay in the Prem or if we are relegated can get us back. We don’t want to be another Leeds United.

  • 26 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    YCMIU
    Oh is he? I don’t really recognise the name tbh thought he was maybe just overly frustrated

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    WWSBRD

    Yeah hes on after every loss shouting at everyone

  • 28 kelpo // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    I’ve said it before for through the years since multi-billionaire MA bought the club. He has enough money to make a real statement on a managerial position by appointing a world class manager ala Mourinho. This season he has belatedly backed the team with some real cash for players and we cannot complain at this, even if he had under spent previously. If he is to be appreciated surely an extra few million on manager wages, (how much has the club lost through poor French wingers…£26 million?), would be money well speculated to accumulate both extra cash/points and the hopes and endearment of the Geordie nation. John Hall has hit the nail upon the head earlier today

  • 29 James RS // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Must be Charnley who wants to keep him as him and McClaren are mates. McClaren will never do anything for Newcastle in the long run hes a coach…clueless with tactics and man management. Get David Moyses.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Nine years of drivel and the club are trying to determine what went wrong? Everything went wrong from the minute Ashley bought us. Lee Charnley is the wrong person to decide whether to keep McLaren. He should have been sacked long ago (Charnley that is). Ten games is very little time with the problems we have but why not try? If Charnley won’t sack McLaren then Ashley should. It’s a last gasp effort but worth making. I’m not optimistic anything will be done. If not, we’re going down.

  • 31 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    GeordieTwo
    best post you have ever put on here 100% right…… much better than your usual drivel 10/10

  • 32 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    We could be in for a few weeks of mystery injuries, bookings, sendings off and suspensions I fear.

  • 33 Mag52 // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    The fans of Arsenal and our fans are light years away from each other at the present time, in terms of experience and expectations.
    With a top management set up, the Arsenal fans have experienced a lot of success on the pitch for any number of years, to the extent that if they fail to hit the top targets,(premiership title or European Cup) their season is a failure and they have a go at Wenger.
    It was like this for a short time here under Sir Bobby when he got stick for only finishing in fifth place.
    At present here, we have a cr@p management set up, so much so that even a decent manager would struggle to achieve any sort of success, not that any decent manager would touch us with a barge pole with the present management set up.
    We are, therefore I’m afraid, doomed to gripe about results, managers, poor records being broken, laughing stock of the football world etc.etc. until such time as Mike Ashley decides he has had enough and b@ggers off back to where he came from.

  • 34 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    BandB

    I agree, this is the time the players will need excuses to duck out of any responsibilities.

    I would love to see the team come out with some determination, play with a sense of purpose, and show some pride in themselves.

  • 35 davis_toons // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    @no.10

    a complete overhaul AGAIN? ..the last time we did was when we got relegated. (this was what have become of us..still rebuilding/ work in progress/ kiv/ etc/../.. after May 24, 2009… )

    This time around for sure key players will leave the club/ forced to leave / wanted by other clubs. (take a look at QPR.. we will be worst)

    And in comes all your fav championship players…but i’m quite sure staylor will stay which is good, of course but how many games will he play before he gets injury again?

    Relegation Again for the Sick of the Club?

    …Ohh….no no please…no more fantasy of rebuilding again…nooooo…pls noo…ooo..

  • 36 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    According to Sky Keith Bishop went home to London after the Bournemouth game. This begs the following questions:

    1. Why was he at SJP in the first place ( to se how bad it had become ) ?

    2. Did he leave the ground because of what he saw or didn’t see in footballing terms ?

    3. Has he run away because he’s ‘s afraid of the Bogeyman ?

    4. Had he already decided that Mclaren has to go and his opinion can be taken in a telephone call

    5. Or he didn’t see anything to worry about ?

    If you got all questions right then you are a fan,.
    If you are reading this you are a fan.

    If you are Mr. Keith Bishop please reply to: NUFC and your letter will be redirected to the Sanatorium for me to read….

  • 37 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    As McLaren is on the board it seems he only needs the guy with the casting vote on his side. Step forward Lee “forgot my trousers again” Charnley, trying to cover up his lack of planning again.

  • 38 posada // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    If Wally Brolly takes training again it is an insult to all supporters.

  • 39 mainemagpie // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Jon Anderson on Radio Newcastle just announced that McClaren will take training tomorrow.

  • 40 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    The meeting is in full swing, Bob Moncur raises his head and half opens his bleary eyes, ” I vote you get rid of this twerp and sign that Steve McClaren fella”…. Oh he off to sleep again, head drooping onto his chest.

  • 41 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    lochinvar
    as far as i can remember bishop has been to every home game this season….. my seats are very close to were he sits

  • 42 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    And what does Keith Bishop know about football? Probably about as much as Ashley does. Listening to people like him is probably what got Ashley in this mess in the first place. He never had a trusted advisor with an understanding of the game. Keegan soon sussed out Ashley and walked away. But we need action now. Or deal with relegation again.

  • 43 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    hibbitt

    Mmmmmm! how good is your aim 😀

  • 44 NoahJ // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Do you remember that summer after we finished fifth (missing out on a champions league place only on the last day of the season), and we only bought: Vernon Anita

    If Mike Ashley and co were just a bit more foresighted, then who knows where we’d be now.

    this whole sorry episode is just another symptom of a regime full of neglect, unacceptable risk and ignorance. last summer and january’s splurge is trying to paper over the cracks. but i’m afraid it’s too late; the damage is done:

    SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE, ASHLEY/ CHARNLEY, and 1) hire a manger who is qualified for the job; 2) back him fully (and none of this head coach or quasi-transfer committee rubbish). 3) invest in our academy; 4) scrap the silly under-25 policy that is making our squad imbalanced and inexperienced

    do it NOW!

  • 45 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Keith Bishop has been a regular ally of Mike Ashley since the sportswear magnate took over at Newcastle United – but just who is the man who dubs himself ‘The Bishop’?

    Mr Bishop is a self-proclaimed “PR and crisis management specialist” who set up and founded Keith Bishop Associates, one of London’s most well-known PR agencies.

    Even more scary . Bishop thinks he is a specialist in ” crisis management ” ( how apt ) and believes his own verbal diarrhoea…..we’re clearly deeper in that stuff than we realise …..

    Keith Bishop is also one of the few people to gain access to Ashley’s trusted inner circle of associates – and lists United and Rangers among his most high-profile clients.

    He worked for the BBC for 15 years but it is his close alliance with United owner Ashley, who has regularly sought his counsel on how to deal with crises at St James’ Park, that has brought him to the attention of Magpies fans.

    On his website, Mr Bishop’s client portfolio is listed as Newcastle United and Rangers – another club that Ashley has a significant shareholding in.

    Among his personal clients are Sky Sports News reporter David Craig – who is a familiar face in the North East – and commentator Gary Newbon.

    From the world of celebrity he also represents Sven-Goran Eriksson’s ex-girlfriend Nancy Dell’Olio, glamour model Alicia Douvall and former I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here contestant Pat Sharp – along with Lord Brockett, another celebrity TV fixture.

    Mr Bishop’s links with Newcastle’s hierarchy are strengthened by the fact Adam Llambias, son of former managing director Derek, also works for Keith Bishop Associates.

    How pally.
    Makes Carr’s love in with Mondial a mere distraction.

  • 46 bladeuser // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Youcouldntmakeitup
    Picking up on one more zero is that all you’ve got I take it you were educated at Oxford or Cambridge then
    Only nufc fans keep filling the stadium to watch crap year after year it’s not loyalty its bloody stupidity you are paying through the nose to watch players who couldn’t give a damm what on earth is wrong with you and yes you are all part of the problem just because I say it how it is and not act like chicken livered pussy s who accept any old rubbish doesn’t mean I don’t want nufc to stay up I have been to more matches than you have had hot dinners I just woke up one day and said F@@@ them all and haven’t been back since if you find any spelling mistakes or lack of full stops and commas
    You can kiss my arse
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP ? OUT

  • 47 kevymartins // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Personally think myself that it’s not the players fault in the slightest. It’s solely down to Steve. He is not getting the best out of them and doesn’t have a clue what he is doing. He played Wijnaldum LM near half the season who the hell does that like. And the reason I think it’s down to Steve and not the players is because I truely believe that if someone like Moyes/Pearson comes in we will rack up some wins and be safe. 2 way street though if Steve stays were relegated that’s a fact but if they replace him now chances are with the squad we have we will survive.

  • 48 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    is there any doubt this person is lee? what a joke. What exactly does the fool even do?

    Charnley OUT
    Carr OUT
    SCHTEVE OUT
    Ashleys bankroll IN

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    The Leicester match could be a huge embarrassment if the usual suspects give up half way through. I’m thinking 3-0 to them. They’ll shut it down once they get a 3 goal lead. And then the derby. A must win if ever there was one.

  • 50 AncientC // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Good to see the club pushing the boat out when it comes to staff. One of the lowest paid managers/head coaches in the league, and a PR guru who also represents Pat Sharp.

  • 51 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    lochinvar

    The real club “structure” laid bare.
    An inter-connecting web of Ashley associates.
    Board my arse.

  • 52 Bambams // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Can’t believe he is staying !!!!!

    Taking training tomorrow when ‘allegedly’ the players have distanced themselves from the ‘we are behind the manager’ statement.

    This club is a shambles, no wonder we are in such a mess.

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Total Sport should be interesting tonight!

  • 54 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Ancient –

    Pat.

    Sharp.

    I don’t know what to say to that.

  • 55 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    I think I would have to strike the same pose as Steve up top there.

  • 56 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    hibbit@41
    What’s it like in the posh seats then ?
    Do you get chips at half time ?
    We only have cramped seats and limited pie choice in the East Stand !

    Didn’t know Bishop was a Season Ticket holder ?

    Latest gossip I have is that Moncur and Charnley have been spotted on a train station somewhere ( heading to London ? ) – altogether now ” the wheels on the train go round and round, round and round , round and round”

  • 57 beermonkey // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    tsunki

    you dont know what to say to that
    pat would and it would be

    “Here’s the Fun House!”, “Good luck to all

  • 58 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    It would be unthinkable to lose to Sunderland again as it would increase their lead over us and start building the gap to 17th place. Probably the final death blow for us as a team this year. So it must not happen. If anybody in our club still has his plums this will prove it. A big win in a huge pressure situation is needed. They have West Brom at home and Norwich away coming as well.

  • 59 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    If McCLaren is to be at the training Ground tomorrow maybe that’s the Board doing the decent thing ( in their eyes ) and letting him say goodbye to the team, before handing over the training session to Cathro or Simpson.

    Benton will be a fun place for paparazzi tomorrow !

  • 60 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    The real club structure is a bunch of lackeys who will do the dirty deed and kiss the fat ar$e. From Bishop on down to Beardsley they all have survived by kneeling and swearing allegiance to the club Fool.

  • 61 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Ashley, Bishop, Llambias, Barry Leach and David Craig.
    These are the people behind the brave new world.
    We’ll be hearing more from them all.

  • 62 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    How sad for people like Moncur. Becoming a lap dog for Ashley. Beyond sad. How will Ashley recover from this in the summer? Another pile of bollocks in front of the TV cameras if we stay up and disappear if we go down?

  • 63 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    I think the reason Mclaren is staying is so Carr and Charmless can save their faces – Stuff the club – as they are the two who chased McLaren for six months

  • 64 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35744236

  • 65 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Leach, that’s a wonderful name for a friend of Ashley BandB. I think they’re all leaches at heart.

  • 66 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    G2

    That famous Ashley TV interview was so obviously an inside job 🙂

  • 67 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    lochinvar
    my dad got the seats the year i was born 1950 we have had the ever since to old to give up now

  • 68 Average_Contents // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Isn’t ando just stating the obvious though? I.e that’s what’d normally happen.

    As far as we’re aware he is due to take training tomorrow is he not.

    Probably just trying to make it sound like he’s got the inside track.

    Also using logic with the way we act I’m going with that it’s a high probability that he will.

    Add them together and we get 5000200 or summat like that.

  • 69 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    and the Mackens meanwhile have their own problems as it looks like their Chief Exec has apparently done a runner to Portugal to keep out of the limelight . Another class act. Should get together with Mike.

    Press report:
    ARMAGH-born Sunderland AFC chief executive Margaret Byrne is reported to have left the country following mounting pressure over her handling of its employment of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson.

    Ms Byrne, who was expected to appear as a defence witness for the winger but failed to take the stand, has not been seen in public since the conclusion of the case.

    The child abuse trial was told that she knew shortly after Johnson’s arrest that he had kissed and sent 834 explicit Whatsapp messages to his 15-year-old victim.

    Orlando Pownall QC said that she had been given copies of the messages in a meeting on May 4 and police on Thursday suggested she had known two months earlier than that.

    Ms Byrne had been due to give evidence for the defence about what time Johnson arrived at the Stadium of Light on January, 30 2015, the evening he performed a child sex offence on the girl, but did not appear.

    Since Johnston’s conviction, the club has been asked repeatedly to explain why the £60,000-a-week winger was allowed to return to the team, playing 24 games and earning £3 million, despite having shared details of his offence with club chiefs – including Ms Byrne.

    The Guardian is reporting that Ms Byrne has been staying in a villa in Portugal. It was reported was not at her Sunderland home on Friday, and she was believed to be absent from St Mary’s stadium for her team’s game against Southampton on Saturday.

    It is a key phase in the club’s season, with manager Sam Allardyce admitting Sunderland are now in a three-horse race with Newcastle United and Norwich City to avoid relegation.

    A spokeswoman for the club has insisted there will be “no further comment at the present time”.

    She referred the Irish News to a carefully worded statement issued after the verdicts which said the club would have sacked Johnson immediately had officials known he intended to plead guilty to two of the charges.

  • 70 bettyswallocks // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    It’s looking more and more like Charnley, Carr and Mc Claren are going to continue with the long term vision and not worry about the minor detail that we are looking like being relegated.

    Our squad is not as bad as he is making it appear. He has tried everything by his own admission and has now run out of ideas. The players have picked up on this and lost all respect . Not looking good folks.

  • 71 Valid point // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    On a sidenote;
    What irritates me is that Bournemouth came with a gameplan to get the crowd working against nufc, and they succeeded. Makes the loss even harder to take, feeling outsmarted as well…

    Not saying the team and SM didn’t deserve the abuse!

  • 72 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    hibbit@67
    admirable loyalty – to be commended
    A bit early for me (1950 ) but a few years later I would have been serving my apprenticeship standing at Brunton Park – happier days somehow

  • 73 bettyswallocks // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Jail….. What channel is total sport on?

  • 74 JamesToon // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Radio NCL saying mcclaren will be in charge for tomorrows training.

    We are down.

    Sad times to be a toon fan.

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    I wondered about that as well BandB :lol:.

  • 76 GeordieTwo // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Being exposed by Leicester’s pace again is going to be cruel. A poor time to play them away with our away record. Sunderland’s next match is us I think. So they have plenty of time to prepare. They have a difficult run in other than West Brom and Norwich. It’s going to get horribly tight.

  • 77 JamesToon // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Valid point

    Bournemouth are just a perfectly well run club, the complete polar opposite to us

  • 78 Average_Contents // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    I see one of the preferred media partners “the mirror” are saying it’s not a good idea to change managers/head coaches/knobends this late into the season.

    Basically keep what we’ve got.

    Perhaps the’re just playing devils advocate but it seems a tad coincidental for my liking.

    Bishop at his slimy best.

    Bash.

  • 79 toonluvva // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Personally I’m hoping that the reason McClaren hasn’t been sacked yet is because they haven’t been in touch with all the potential replacements yet.

    If not and we keep McClaren then say hello to the Championship again, Mr Ashley!

  • 80 Bobbybee // Mar 7, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Bladeuser – such a tough guy name has me summoning courage to reply. (Yeah, right.) We get the picture – you no longer support the toon. Your choice. However, that doesn’t give you any right to slag off those who do. Nobody on here is happy with the current situation – not just you. Just because they don’t express it in a foulmouthed tirade like yourself – big hard man that you are – doesn’t warrant your abuse. These are horrible times for the club – our club – but you don’t desert a sinking ship; unless you’re a rat, as the saying goes. How we spend our money is absolutely NONE of your business and never will be. Judging by your demenour, I would suggest you spend less on booze, but then I wouldn’t be so presumptuous. Personally I’m pleased you no longer go to games. We don’t need your sort. It wasn’t you who punched that horse was it? We’re all fed up of the current situation – even more so those who still go to games – and our displeasure has been expressed for the world to hear. Every time you post on here I can’t help but think ‘mackem troll’. Your foul mouthed abuse of WWSBRD only helps to cement that thought. You are a foul mouthed, angry little nobody. Get help.

  • 81 goommy // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Time to Play!!

    #Teletubbies

  • 82 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    well said bobby just about summed him up perfect

  • 83 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Well it’s certainly a test of Mr B’s legendary crisis-management superpowers isn’t it? Are they currently stood behind the blast shields,waiting to see if they can stand the heat of public opinion until it cools sufficiently for them to step out boldly and proclaim ‘stability is the key!’?

    I hope we don’t prove we are the gullible fools they take us for. The pressure should stay on these idiots to pull their fingers out and punt McLarens chuff down the metro steps.

    meanwhile, the derby is the impending embarrassment we face. A bit like a critical operation, you know it has to happen, you become resigned to your fate in the certain knowledge that it can’t be avoided. As things stand, with this mobs vacillating antics we are destined to have the pervert-harbouring inbreds consign us to years of lower tier football.

  • 84 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    I’m sure Bladeuser didn’t used to be that incensed. Something must have happened…

  • 85 welshgeordie9 // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Well said Bobbybee.

  • 86 welshgeordie9 // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    So apparently there’s going to be more talks regarding mcclaren why don’t they just get rid of him now instead of pissing about, ffs.

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Hardly going to win our next two fixtures.

  • 88 bladeuser // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    BOBBYBEE
    And your pied pipers
    You are just a bunch of cooperate mugs see you at BURTON ALBION not your spineless zombies who will no doubt be there at the last match v spurs applauding those nomarks off down to the championship
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP BAAAAAAAAAAH OUT

  • 89 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Bobby
    Cheers mate but I think he had directed his sizeable anger at YCMIU rather than myself (possibly because he had replied to my queries before Lord Angry Pants had a chance otherwise I imagine I’d of gotten in it in the neck aswell)

  • 90 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    It must be reassuring for Newcastle United fans, when their club has won two of the last 13 matches, zero major domestic trophies in the last 61 years, are only elevated from the foot of the Premier League by the plight of Aston Villa, and are financed in part by a controversial payday loans company, that their club’s owner, who has in effect paid his retail workers below the minimum wage, is heavily influenced by a London-based PR wonk called Keith Bishop – or as Keith is described on his company’s website, “The Bishop” – who was at St James’ Park on Saturday to witness their loss.

    Quite what words of divinity Keith is whispering into Mike Ashley’s ear remains to be heard, but with Steve McClaren and his preposterous hair island bounding with both refreshing apathy and blind confidence – “I don’t care who the manager is, but the club will get out of this” –The Bishop has a few suggestions over a replacement. Listen up, Mike, because “aside from his stunning range of skills, Keith possesses something that no amount of money can buy and no amount of wishful thinking can acquire – experience.” Ever thought of going into management yourself, Keith?
    “Money” and “thinking” might not be enough to acquire experience these days but that hasn’t stopped David Moyes, Rafa Benítez and Brendan Rodgers earning a crust in recent years – and the trio are among the frontrunners to replace McClaren, should the former England manager depart. Two-times Newcastle caretaker manager Nigel Pearson has also been mentioned and his ability to seamlessly pick up the journalist bashing baton from Macca remarkably string a late-season winning run together to save the club from relegation and set them up for a tilt at the title next season could give the former Leicester man an edge.
    However, the answer to Newcastle’s prayers could come from anywhere, especially when The Bishop boasts an “address book that has been compared with a particularly hefty volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica” and “countes as his friends and clients everyone from archaeologists to zoologists … while he inspires a fierce loyalty, admiration and affection, even in such a cut-throat and instantly changeable industry.” Two other football clubs with a history of good PR relations in recent years, the Pope’s Newc O’Rangers and Nasty Leeds, are also listed as clients on The Bishop’s website along with – among others – the remarkable triumvirate of Sky Sports reporter David Craig, Nancy Dell’Olio and Hulk Hogan. Whatever happens Newcastle fans, don’t worry, your club is in good hands.

  • 91 jimiley // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    The board need to show leadership and sack McClaren now. Unfortunately the only leadership the board has ever shown is leading the faithful to the money well to drink their fill. It is now a club to be ridiculed and mocked.

  • 92 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    IAN TOON – you missed another link
    Mr Bishop’s links with Newcastle’s hierarchy are strengthened by the fact Adam Llambias, son of former managing director Derek, also works for Keith Bishop Associates.
    How pally.
    Makes Carr’s love in with Mondial a mere distraction.

  • 93 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Thanks I’ll work it into my later edition-Lol.
    Strange times but all in a good cause!

  • 94 Bobbybee // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Bladeuser. I’ll be there if we drop into the first division you sad little man. It’s called loyalty, regardless of where the club is. If everyone followed your path, there would only be four or five clubs in the country. So according to your thinking, everyone paying good money to support teams outside the top of the PL as mugs? Hartlepool fans can teach you a lesson. Or are they all mugs for following their club? If we have to explain loyalty, you’ll never get it anyway. You think I’m a mug; I know you’re a fair weather plastic fan. Football is cyclical, but no doubt when our turn comes around, you’ll be there, chanting ‘we’re the loyalist supporters the world has ever seen’. Now, seriously, who’s the mug? Your passion against people who still support the team – not the regime – is bordering on mental illness. Why bother coming on here if you hate the Toon that much? Computers in padded cells? Whatever next?

  • 95 bladeuser // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    WELSH
    Once again LICKING another bloggers arse no wonder you love nufc fans your surrounded by sheep
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP BAAAAAAAAAAH OUT

  • 96 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Really quite incestuous- wheels within wheels!

  • 97 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Secret meeting in York the new rumour best be meeting a new manager there if true

  • 98 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Could you repost that but space it out a bit more Ian? Don’t want Jesper getting confused….

  • 99 bladeuser // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    BOBBYBEE
    Cyclical!Def an Oxford corporate prawn sandwich muppet
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP BAAAAAAAAAAH OUT

  • 100 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Bobbybee- You’re my idea of what is a proper fan. Who’s support of the toon is unconditional.
    HWTL.

  • 101 bettyswallocks // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Belfast……. In answer to your question from last night, Jesper hasn’t been on since the self righteous Reverend Ibizatoon gave him and Jail a bollocking for their toing and froing. It’s a shame that he got the hump , his input would have been interesting at a time like this.

  • 102 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Did they fly there in Ashley’s helicopter by any chance lol ?

    Let’s go somewhere quieter… York will do.

  • 103 stuart no9 // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Maclaren is a very lucky guy. My hunch is that we cant get a replacement in straight away.
    With our next game away, it takes the pressure of stevie , as in no 52,000 fans screaming abuse at him, however a good drubbing at leicester and and i mean a damn good tonking might have given the owner enough time to get some one in for the last 9 games to at least try to salvage our season , is it too late ??? yeah i think it is but regardless if we go down or not , this guy must be sacked and i am just hoping they are lining someone up and thats the reason why they havnt sacked him yet.
    what is the point of keeping after a defeat next monday and another one of the mackems ?? are the board resigned to the fact we are going down and preparing for a stint in the championship ??? why else would we not sack him? they MUST know he is taking us down , everyone else does.

  • 104 bladeuser // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    BOBBYBEE
    Stop with the loyalty crap it just borders on stupidity
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP ? OUT

  • 105 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Yes I did wonder where Jesper had disappeared too Betty. He’ll be back if McLaren gets the boot.

  • 106 Graeme // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    A well written article, absolutely spot on!!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/newcastle-united/12186714/Newcastle-are-no-longer-a-football-club-in-the-conventional-sense-but-a-mutation-of-Sports-Direct.html

  • 107 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Belfast
    Train apparently there’s a photo and everything (though tbh just looks like a chubby bald bloke to me). Not sure how they know York is where they are going like pretty sure there are plenty stops along the way and even further but we both know how rumours work

  • 108 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Another left field choice.
    Galatasaray are sniffing for a manager .

    They have talked to Dan Petrescu and Bielsa the Argentinian among others .

    One of the names mentioned would be brilliant for us.

    Clarence Seedorf has always expressed an interest in managing in the PL.
    Talk about – been there, seen it , got the T-shirt – this guy has done it all at 39 years of age.

  • 109 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Reverend Ibizatoon haha I like that

  • 110 bettyswallocks // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Don’t mind Bladeuser, he has a soft heart and a head to match.

  • 111 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Belfast – At the risk of incurring young Jail’s ire. How is the blog legend?
    Parting is such sweet sorrow- every time we say goodbye, we die a little. Maybe Macca will be here today and gone – tomorrow.
    I am banking on nothing is forever. For the avoidance of doubt Macca and not our PL status!

  • 112 welshgeordie9 // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    bladeuser

    you say you have stopped supporting this club then why are you on this blog.

  • 113 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    It’s only a statement of the bleedin’ obvious.
    Of course Tufty has allies at the Toon or he’d have been gone by now.

    Whether its Carr or Charmless who knows ?

  • 114 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Well Keith Bishop is a class act.
    No wonder he has David Craig on his books as part of his ” Crisis management: expertise” – most of it relates to NUFC or associates over the years – take a look, Ashley’s decisions are keeping theses guys in full time employment.

    David Craig is a Sky News Reporter, responsible for breaking big news stories. In his current position David is responsible for the output of stories for Sky Sports News. To carry this out effectively David has had to forge a strong working relationships with Football Club Owners, Chief Executives, Managers, Players and Media Managers/Press Offices.
    David have been responsible for breaking a number of Sky Sports News biggest stories including:

    Steve McClaren – New Wolfsburg Manager ( see below also sacked as England manager and further announcements expected shortly )
    Sir Bobby Robson – Announcement of his passing away
    Michael Owen -Signs for Manchester United
    Steve McClaren – New FC Twente Manager
    Mark Hughes – New Manchester City Manager
    Roy Keane – Leaves Sunderland
    Kevin Keegan – New Newcastle United
    Kevin Keegan – Leaves Newcastle Utd
    Manager Sam Allardyce – Sacked as Newcastle Manager
    Steve McClaren – Sacked as England Manager
    Jose Mourinho – Sacked as Chelsea Manager
    Glenn Roeder – Leaves Newcastle Utd –

  • 115 bladeuser // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    WELSH
    I said I no longer add to ASHLEY s coffers nothing else
    ASH OUT SMAC OUT COLO OUT SHEEP ? OUT

  • 116 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Belfast – I still prefer the original Ibiza. You know before he thought he was important and back by popular demand. Maybe if you give Jesp top billing, who knows……

  • 117 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    WWSBRD
    Oh dear SM is from Fulford nr York

  • 118 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Came from that Craig Hope bloke from the daily mail mate. He’s probably more reliable than the usual riff raff.

  • 119 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    So where is David Craig tonight – does anyone know ?
    His whereabouts might be a clue as to what is happening.
    With Bishop back in London, Charnely and Moncur rumoured to be on a train, if Craig is in London then are they all meeting and plotting.
    More treason than Guy Fawkes.

    And McClaren at Benton tomorrow – to take training or to say goodbye ?

  • 120 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Jib
    So?

  • 121 Bobbybee // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    I thought he lived in Yarm?

  • 122 WWSBRD // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Jonas and Raylor we let go via phone after years of service do u lot think the entire board are going to drop by McClarens family home to let him know he’s sacked? I’d be surprised if he got more than a 3 word text

  • 123 welshgeordie9 // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    bladeuser

    i kiss arse do i, if you say so, because i agreed with one of Bobbybees comments, he’s right though, all you do is moan, you worse than jail and tuff and that’s saying something.

    Ha ha ha

  • 124 Graeme // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    The “Board Meeting”!!

    This is from Craig Hope of the Daily Fail
    ‘Exclusive: NUFC board meet in York WITHOUT head coach Steve McClaren. Feeling is he will now be sacked. More to follow @MailSport’
    From Luke Edwards of Telegraph
    ‘I still expect McClaren to be sacked. I’m surprised by the delay to be honest, but guess lots of people had to have their say ?#?NUFC?’

  • 125 welshgeordie9 // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Anyway any news on mcclaren.

  • 126 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    I’m good Ian, but I hear Jail is conducting blog polls with his crayola crayons again.

  • 127 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    this just in… macca meeting in York to give him a 5 year contract…

  • 128 Bobbybee // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Prawn sandwich? Oxford corporate? Wtf is that? I’m as working class as it gets, but unlike you I have managed to get an education from the University of life. People who know me would roar with laughter at that description – but then you don’t know me so don’t try and pretend you do. Calling people names does your argument no credit whatsoever, it just shows you up for what you are. Not one single poster on here is happy with the current situation, but they manage to express that without name calling and childish rants… everyone except you that is. But in bladeusers little world, they’re all wrong and only he is right. So you no longer support the Toon, we get that. But 52k still bother enough to turn up. We expressed our dissatisfaction so the whole world could hear. You just sit there whining and ranting when nobody is listening to what you have to say. Which do you think is the most effective? 52k fans expressing their anger, or one sad little man venting his spleen at the keyboard? Surely even one not educated at Oxford can work that out? I love my club, you hate yours. Why would anybody even listen to your bitterness, let alone follow your example?

  • 129 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    I see blade is taking the wrong pills again, he tried the blue one to extend his manhood to a total of two inches, and instead took the yellow ones which made him even more a blathering tool…

  • 130 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Ian just a suggestion but it would probably help your rehab no end if you weren’t quite so obviously trying to garner a clique to have a pop at other bloggers. I mean that in an all-new, friendly way. 🙂

  • 131 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Bobby honestly it’s not worth it you can do better than engage a mad dog ha ha.

    Sadly, the plight we have as fans is that no matter what happens we are obliged to support our club. We may end up rubbing shoulders with Leyton Orient for years to come, but we will still be mags.

  • 132 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Blathering tool
    That made me chuckle
    Not bad for an American 😎

  • 133 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Whilst driving home Talk Sport news at 7:00 mentioned the meeting in York which McClaren wasn’t at but not the source which is presumably the Mail article? Nothing else to enlighten us unfortunately.

    Not a bloke I care for but then enjoyed Stan Collymore tearing into various pundits including Carragher (who aquiesced over Suarez diving at Lpool) and Henri ( who cheated at World Cup qualifiers) over their take on penalty incident at Palace. Nearly warmed to the man then pulled myself together.

    McClaren was born in York but has live in Yarm since his Boro days at least.

  • 134 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Dok@127

    So why isn’t he entitled to 8 like the last lot (must have switched radio off before Talk Sport got to that breaking news)? Must have done something I guess.

  • 135 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    management meeting

    – See more at: http://www.themag.co.uk/2016/03/newcastle-board-meet-to-discuss-steve-mcclarens-position-reports-newcastle-united/#sthash.BrAhSYDw.dpuf

  • 136 Bobbybee // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Tsunki, you ain’t wrong there. No matter which league we end up in, we’ll be there regardless. Sadly – or maybe happily – we’ll be there without bladeuser! 😉

  • 137 Average_Contents // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    The telegraph take on things.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/2/819874766?-11058:809

  • 138 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Have a read about what the Bournemouth fans thought of their trip to the TOON.

    Brilliant – had goosebumps reading it

    http://www.themag.co.uk/2016/03/essential-reading-what-bournemouth-fans-had-to-say-about-nufc-the-city-the-fans-newcastle-united/

  • 139 Ibizatoon // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Hi Ian,

    Just doing my thing, as you do yours.

    Betty…You didn’t turn up for my sermon yesterday.

    Anyway….

    …What get’s me with this blog is the extremes of people, with no regard for trying to find a solution that could work for everyone.

    In the most part I accept that we’re all toon fans and want what is best for our club- but apparently not so much that people can’t take a step back (or a step off their high horse) to work for a solution.

    A divided house only serves one person. Over time it should have become clear that it isn’t us fans, or the club we all love.

  • 140 Average_Contents // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    A snippet. It seems penfold is trying to cover himself if true. Slimy no necked weasel.

    Newcastle United have so far resisted calls to sack head coach Steve McClaren but it is likely to have only been a temporary stay of execution after he was summoned to a meeting on Tuesday.

    Newcastle have been forced to act after they were sent an open letter from their own fans forum demanding the removal of McClaren.

    ADVERTISING

    The former England manager, who was on a scheduled day off on Monday, has told friends he still expects to lose his job and sources inside the club have also indicated to Telegraph Sport that they anticipate him leaving in the next 24 hours.

    However, there was at least one key figure who has remained reluctant to sack the former England manager, which led to the delay.

    McClaren has been given a temporary reprieve

    That is thought to have been managing director Lee Charnley and McClaren could be asked to take training on Tuesday, before he is summoned to a meeting at St James’ Park in the afternoon.

  • 141 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Tsunki- Back with a Personality Bypass. Are you for real?
    You take the blog and yourself far too seriously- these days. I am Just a humble contributor who has a life outside your blog confined existence. You’re guilty of believing claptrap. In the real world being opinionated represents real value. Maybe we just have a different focus and should simply ignore one another. It’s not a question of rehab-LOL but a time issue. I enjoy reading a number of contributors.

    Anyway for what it’s worth, I preferred the old Tsunki , the Kitchen fitter working late at night- great material. You also used to fly solo- what happened!
    Incidentally, i was barely able to contain myself from commenting on Jail’s weekend survey with a sample of ten people. As strange as it may seem to you I was on the same wavelength as Belfast. BandB made the very same point that would have encompassed any comment from me.

  • 142 stuart no9 // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    i still cant fatham out why a consortium of world wide successfull geordies or even just newcastle fans cant somehow put their heads together and buy out ashley.
    other clubs manage it , why cant we??

  • 143 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Charlie

    If the Mag is right the Ashley leaving it to the Stooges is dereliction of duty.

    What I don’t get is why meet in York? Carr could have travelled into the Toon if he was away ( doesn’t he have a home in Corbridge?) where the other 2 live. I believe SJP even has meeting facilities. Have Fans Forum bugged the place?

    If it was only those 3 and not meeting with a candidate(s) for job it doesn’t make sense. Anyone know where Harry was today ?

  • 144 John Akomfrah // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    harrys in hexham

  • 145 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Aww Ian, at least try not to be miffed I see through your antics. I’m no longer entertained by your alleged multiple personas or intrigued by what the hell it is you go off into with your little attacks. I just thought you should know how much of a weasel you look so you could avoid it, that’s all. You still post some good comments which I genuinely find interesting and salient, when you’re not imitating a Candiru fish. 🙂

  • 146 Bobbybee // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Stuart, Ashley wants about 300 mil for the club. Dunno about anybody else, but I can’t make even a small dent in that amount! We can’t afford a whipround of that amount to buy him out. However, a whipround to have him taken out might be more realistic! 😉

  • 147 John Akomfrah // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    https://www.facebook.com/Newcastle-United-Transfer-News-459833784096760/?fref=nf

  • 148 AncientC // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    “McClaren could be asked to take training on Tuesday, before he is summoned to a meeting at St James’ Park in the afternoon.”

    How Typical would that be, sacking McClaren after a day of training – I sincerely hope this isn’t going to be the scenario played out. McClaren surely has to go, but have a bit of tact.

  • 149 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    I would have to agree that a survey of only 10 people may not reflect popular opinion. It would surely be better if there were more people involved in the poll.
    Ian Toon – you were reporting that you had 23 supporters the other week -I have to say of dubious existence – perhaps you can poll them -about the current situation.
    Whilst you are about it – can you get them to comment upon “With McClaren sacked the concept of Maccas’ Bwave New World will never be heard of again.”

    Please no more of your sly dog jacksie tonguing – I find it quite off putting.

  • 150 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    John@144

    Ah looks like he fell asleep on train from Kings X missed York and ended up in Toon then got on the wrong train to Hexham. Do we want this guy?

  • 151 Bobbybee // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Oh dear, the kindergarten has returned to the blog. Time to check out. Laters.

  • 152 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Thought you liked men’s jacksies, Tuff?

  • 153 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Tsunki – Matey, I have two big brothers and when I was in my teens they along with my sisters were a great help to me. You’re too late.
    Not that I think you’re patronising.

  • 154 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    was’nt there ment to be a meeting a last week down york or yarm or something….might just be someone in the press getting there wires crossed…..hope its right tho.

  • 155 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    And I’ve got to hold my sides on that one Ian, I take the blog seriously? Really?

  • 156 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    You won’t be missed.

  • 157 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Tsunki – Now look what you’ve done. You’ve woken the beast.
    Goodnight all.

  • 158 Munster Mag // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Bladeuser, u have been screaming too long. Go and use the blade. On your tongue.

  • 159 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    I think York is the logical choice for Lee, the Railway Museum is a great day out for Bobby with a chance to ride on Thomas’ footplate and of course an opportunity for Graeme to reminisce about his days as a teenager when the Mallard was built.

  • 160 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Ian

    I was barely able to contain myself reading your posts on this thread, verrry entertaining, but I’m not sure if you’re being ironic or are genuinely homoerotic about Belfast.

  • 161 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Sorry Ian.

  • 162 jimmysmith // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    It’s nuts to keep him. The team isn’t playing for him and the mores he tinkers the worse it gets. There’s a top eight side in there, even McC has had it playing top 8 football. They just need someone to provide the motivation and purpose, and we really do need our first choice back 4 of Janmaat, Mbemba, Colo and Haidarra.

    A good manager will get more than enough points to stay up from this group,

    …………………………..Elliot

    Janmaat…….Mbemba……..Colo…….Haidarra

    ………………………………….Tiote
    ……………………………Shelvey
    ………Sissoko………………………….Townsend
    …………………………Widjnaldum
    ……………………..Mitrovic

    Taylor, Dummet, Anita, Colback, Perez, Aarons, Doumbia, Cisse, De Jong

    whereas McC can’t.

    Fat cats and ne’er do wells maybe, but a good manager can comfortably have that group playing far better than Norwich or Sunderland.

  • 163 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Mister Tuff

    10 isn’t a scientific sample enough to satisfy a polling organisation but for a football blog by someone getting of his backside and having asked others if they might do the same it was a creditable attempt.

    Won’t change anything of course but short of AO or some such (pity Mag sellers still don’t hang around the ground) conducting a scientific poll we aren’t going to find out any nuances of the support.

    The overall feeling transmitted in ground come 4:50 pm on Sat didn’t need any pollsters to gauge the fans views! Bishop would be hard put to put any positive spin on it.

  • 164 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Tsunki

    York is a great day out and the railway museum is good value.
    It used to be free and even better value.
    Darlington used to be good too, and Beamish.
    Thankfully the kids have long fled the nest, so they’re not a holiday must anymore.
    Gresley A4s really are things of beauty.

  • 165 JamesToon // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    At the end of the day if we can’t find an adequate replacement just stick Cathro in charge, let him get his ideas across and let him control everything, and if we go down (which looks inevitable anyway) he can become manager and rebuild this club from top to bottom

  • 166 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    HWA’s use of language really does remind me of JFB.

    Has Tufty packed his mascots yet ?

  • 167 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Respect the man in the blog legend van!

  • 168 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    i suppose york is more central for if you have people coming up north,down south and other areas for the meeting.

  • 169 Jail for Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Ian Toon,
    Clap trap, very fitting come from an expert in the field. Why are you obsessed with me, it must be hard not being able to get car or pushyl to have a dig at me or sack Llambias to pretend he’s me. As for your attempted journalistic tripe, you’ve spent all year supporting “Macca” and his brave new world. Give it a rest yer loon.

  • 170 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Tsunki@159

    Are you saying it was just a jolly?

    That would be a relief maybe the real powers are having an actual meeting somewhere and this was a smokescreen. Starting to feel a little better.

  • 171 John Akomfrah // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    they probably meeting in the carriage where the first world war ended and the same hitler used

  • 172 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Gordon the Big Engine!

  • 173 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Sorry…it’s Spencer.
    I’ve been corrected 🙁
    You know….the one who looks like David Cameron.

  • 174 jimmysmith // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Cathro is far too young for this job, even in the Championship. He’s essentially a young McC, who may become a better manager one day. The Newcastle job is only for the inspired or initiated, there’s only a select few who could handle it, and it’s hard to know who they might be. He might be great in tandem with a Moyes, Rodgers, or Benitez though. He seems a little marginalized by McC and Simpson.

  • 175 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    21c – ha yes I probably bought Blurs ‘Modern Life is Rubbish” because of the cool Mallard cover 🙂

    Tiny train story – when my youngest was about four, he would pester me to stop by the railway at a bridge we regularly drove over in case he could see a train, he was nuts about them. One day I cracked and parked up prepared to wait half an hour for some cruddy diesel rattler to clatter past. Two minutes later I’m staring incredulously and my little guy jumping up and down as the Sir Nigel Gresley powers past majestically in full steam. Of course I told him I knew it was going to be there 🙂

  • 176 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Springy @168

    Having worked in York and used train a lot it is indeed an excellent place for cross Pennine and North – South travel especially with Newcastle at one end and London the other on the latter route,

    But were there other attendees travelling to meeting? The 3 named are all Tyneside based.

    It hasn’t seemingly fooled anybody that there was a meeting by holding it away from Newcastle.

  • 177 Jail for Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Of course ten people wasn’t enough, and even if it had to have been ten you could have got ten different answers if you’d asked in the Gallowgate where the Mclaren chants started. Like I said, I wasn’t trying to prove or disprove anything. I said I would ask ten people and posted, honestly the ten replies.

  • 178 JackButler // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    I’m hoping the silence is simply because they are trying to get Moyes or someone with the same ability signed up before confirming that SM has been sacked like a useless dog

  • 179 Jail for Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    I used to love tractors but my wife made me get rid of them. I’m an extractor fan.

  • 180 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Gordon was a bit grumpy sometimes. But then he was a very important engine.

  • 181 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Spencer’s a right smug get.

  • 182 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    magscar
    meeting yesterday,sacked last night,meetings today, rumours that he’s told “friends”he’s getting sacked today/tonight……dont believe any of it until im watching it on sky sports….spose keeps us busy hoping

  • 183 jimmysmith // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Did McC take part in this board meeting to decide if he should be replaced? I suppose not, but he is on the board , so how does that work exactly.

    He’d make a decent Director of Football maybe, a rung above Carr, who needs neutering, and with a remit to fully support a new manager, who dictates the type of player needed.

    He’ll struggle to get a better job if he were sacked.

  • 184 Moonraker15 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Jimmysmith
    I agree a good experienced PL manager could save us from relegation. We have a much better squad than our rivals and we’ve seen performances to prove it. If we got Moyes, Benitez or Rodgers we would pull clear!

  • 185 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    21st@164

    Thought it was still free ( at least was last time I was there with grandsons year or so back?) though you were “encouraged” to make a donation or buy brochure. Granddaughter preferred shops for some reason!

  • 186 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    There’s a doco on the return of the Flying Scotsman to York starting on BBC4 now.
    I went to see it recently.

  • 187 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Maybe they’re gift-wrapping the boot up his chuff by consigning him to the York dungeon?

  • 188 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    If Luke Edwards is right, someone needs to be relieved of their post along with Shtevie.

  • 189 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    It is free.

  • 190 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    jib,

    ill gladly take that compliment.. years on here and all have rubbed off on me 🙂

    can I now apply for my foreign legion toon badge? haha

  • 191 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Jimmy@183

    Critics of the unorthodox Board set up were making that point from the outset but perhaps didn’t see it becoming an issue so soon.

    It was presumably to be addressed something like “could you step outside for a while whilst the rest of the Board take the next topic on the Agenda”

  • 192 SPRINGY // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    magscar
    just to hoy another log on the fire of rumours and possibilties…a meeting in york would make things easier if there were people travelling from the leicester or manchester area…pearson or moyes maybe!!lol….just a joke not heard nowt!

  • 193 Moonraker15 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Director at Newcastle is just a job title. Normally a director would be a shareholder but these goons aren’t . Therefore they would be asked to resign and if they refused they would be sacked. If the other directors couldn’t agree then The owner would intervene. Hence, it means very little!
    Bye bye McClaren and thanks for nothing !

  • 194 jimmysmith // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Our players won’t care anywhere near as much as the Sunderland and Norwich players if we go down. No relegation clauses, means their income is guaranteed. That’s a shit sandwich though for any manager in charge for the last ten, and Charnley probably should be replaced for that oversight alone. The club seems expert in demotivating it’\s players.

  • 195 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    This from NUFC’s chosen media partner’s chief sports writer.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/steve-mcclarens-time-up-newcastle-7511352

  • 196 magscar // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Springy

    Being on here tonight is a little like the gaggle of reporters outside no 10 waiting for an announcement and trying to occupy themselves until something finally happens.

    I am about to give up as BandB the other night seemed to have the inside line on deadlines and such which would mean nothing is now going to come out tonight but for more speculation .

    If I am wrong and news breaks then I take it as a case of ” I am going out the tent and maybe awhile” – no self serving here 🙂

  • 197 Moonraker15 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Jimmy
    I think we just need McClaren to fcuk off and don’t come back he’s now a toxic presence at Newcastle with his constant smirk and ‘smart’ comments.

  • 198 bettyswallocks // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Jail……. So did you do ten surveys?

  • 199 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Anybody care to hazard a guess as to what Tufty has on his desk ? Hopefully it’ll not take too long to empty it into a black bin bag.
    Rabbit’s foot, umbrella, that sort of thing ?

  • 200 jimmysmith // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    I think McC is a good football man, but the job, and the situation too great, and now hopeless with him in the job. He’s got to go, but he’s hardly the only one to blame.

  • 201 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    how the F has no decision been made yet?????

  • 202 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Ian has talked one of Blackas’ eyes to sleep again. Meandering and pandering, the FF open letter did the same for the other one.

    “We must urge you to review our position and initiate any changes that you see fit to correct the current attitude of the playing staff.”

    I think the FF mean to say, “You should sack the manager because the players are clearly not playing for him”.

    What does Charnley do? He has Makro take training tomorrow. Does he not realise that Makro has trained them all season and it’s his training that has got us in this mess?

  • 203 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Can you imagine the reaction if they release a statement saying they’re sticking with him ? 🙂

    I wouldn’t rule it out lol

  • 204 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    mascara,

    The big boys are all over it like a rash tonight.
    I’m watching the telly and keeping an half an eye on Hootsuite.
    I wouldn’t stay up. It seems not if, but when.

  • 205 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Sorry mags

    It did it again….

  • 206 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Ten cup finals left, everyone pulling in the same direction, everyone focused on ensuring we retain our premier league status blah blah blah

  • 207 Moonraker15 // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    If they decide to keep Wally, they’re gonna have to give him a vote of confidence! Can’t see even Charmless doing that; he would be ridiculed!

  • 208 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    I still recall being called a dinosaur on here for warning that Makro should be pushing the players in pre-season until they almost vomit. A tough pre-season gets the players in condition, helps to prevent injuries, and sets the bar of expectation. The rest of the season is about maintaining top fitness and the highest levels of professionalism.

  • 209 Jail for Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Did anyone listen to total sport

  • 210 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    as much as NOTHING would shock me with this completely disorganized crew, you have to think if they were keeping him they it would have beeen announced.
    Logic (and it needs not repeating this team to does not apply logic in most decisions) would say that hes a goner, but they want to announce a successor at once. And signing a new manager takes time

    HOWEVER, thinking about this again. They could do the whole, we had 189 applicants but couldnt find the right one so we left schevey in place routine they pulled when they chose him to begin with….lets hope thats wrong

  • 211 Sav // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    There’s a saying in business. I’m sure Ashley has heard it but he seems to have forgotten or ignored it. It says that is you aren’t looking to advance and improve, you go backwards. Shamks said something similar about if you only aim for the ceiling, you’ll stay stuck on the floor. That is exactly the malaise at our club. Premiership survival and mediocrity is not a goal. Not for a club this size. The ethos of acceptable levels of failure percolates everywhere, right down to poor recruitment, uninspired management, disaffected fans and a, dispirited team. We need ambition which matches and challenges our status or we will wither as we are now.

  • 212 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Moonraker15
    anything is possible with the fools that run our club

  • 213 Moonraker15 // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    In a properly run football club, the chairman would have been waiting in the dressing room at the end of the Chelsea game, directing McClaren to the door!

  • 214 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    They’re either still trying to gauge the blast radius and collateral damage of suggesting it’s time to get behind Steve, or they want to sew up the new boys contract so they can deliver the double ecstasy of stamping on Steves head while handing out chocolates to the fans in the form of a Manager.

  • 215 Jail for Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    What makes us all think they have to announce anything. When do they ever tell us anything worthwhile.

  • 216 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Yeah under normal circumstances you would think he would be gone, but you just can’t tell with this lot.

    Under normal circumstances he would have been gone and replaced during the 18 day break to be honest.

  • 217 beermonkey // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    jail

    nope
    what did they say

  • 218 Novocastrian66 // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    They’ve got to have a new man sorted before they bullet McClaren. Even our incompetent numbnuts must realise this after last season’s debacle. Hopefully that has been sorted today and Schteve gets it on Super Tuesday. Not quite the ides of March, but near enough.

  • 219 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Sav the problem is not that Ashley doesn’t know that tenet, it’s that he doesn’t need to apply it to the club as a sporting entity. it’s reserved for his more personal ambitions.

  • 220 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Et tu, Charnley?

    Ha ha

  • 221 AncientC // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    There could be a situation whereby Moyes is the preferred candidate, but refuses to talk about the job whilst McClaren is still employed by the club. Some managers will not enter talks for another (currently employed) man’s job, out of respect for fellow professionals.

    You can just imagine the amount of dithering and deadlock that would create, for a club that likes to do everything in secrecy and behind backs.

  • 222 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    I would say Wally is all but gone – to much momentum has built up against him now. so I would expect him binned tomorrow.
    Who next – God knows – this bunch of idiots would probably be asking Joe Kinnear if he had a couple of months spare.
    They could surprise us – Jose – perhaps – hope it is not Moyes – another knacker.

  • 223 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    plus added bonus of no more of Maccas’ Bwave New World – what a load of hooey.

  • 224 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Bl&Br

    It’s not his training that’s the problem – it’s his absence of leadership skills ….the ones that separate a second in command from the gaffer.

  • 225 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    It would take some cojones to be the guy who announces they are standing by him to season end tomorrow. Probably why the announcement won’t be made by a man 🙂

  • 226 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    21
    If Makro was a good coach, we should’ve seen signs of it. A major part of the job of a coach is fashioning and blending a team and deciding on game tactics. It’s not so much about balls, cones and drills.

  • 227 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Yes Ian your maccas bwawe new world was a complete and utter disaster.

    Like finding out your big massive kilo of cocaine was really washing powder.

  • 228 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Act 1, Scene 1
    McClaren – a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions

    The Three Witches ( Chanley, Carr and Moncur ) tell Macbeth – (sorry I mean Mac) that he will be ” Thane of Glamis ” ( Chief of Gosforth) , ” Thane of Cawdor” ( Chief of Fawdon ) and ” King hereafter” at the lands of St. James’ Park.
    All bull shit of course.

    Banquo ( Ashley ) is suspicious of the Three Witches , remembering that they often trick men. By the way you can put money on that ( Sky bet have odds of 3/1 on dodgy witches)

    Scene 2.
    Moncur and Chanley were reported to be travelling by train, destination York?
    Joined by Keith Bishop travelling back to York from London avoids the
    attention of Newcastle press.
    Meanwhile David Craig erstwhile reporter and bearer of bad tidings on Sky and also one of Bishops men ( he’s on his books ) joins them.
    Craig lives in Yarm so no-one notices him nipping out to buy a newspaper – in York as it happens
    The plot is hatched.

    Scene 3
    Mac is allowed into the Benton training ground in the morning to say farewell to the team who have served under his tenure ( or more often than not, not served him )

    Mac departs Benton.

    David Craig briefed on what to say by Keith Bishop addresses the nation on Sky of ” breaking news from Newcastle United”

    Cathro is appointed interim Head Coach and will prepare the team for the Leicester game.
    Appointment about new Manager to follow in due course.
    Note – as the Leicester game is written off this gives the club a few more days to secure the new Manager to be in place in time for the Derby.

    Final Scene
    Not a pleasant sight and as the witches say,
    ” double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble ” – in other words we’re in the soup up to our necks and it will take some miracle to get us out”

    You heard it hear first.

  • 229 Jail for Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Tsunki,
    Definitely not a man. “The club does not wish to dwell on the past but recognises that when we were relegated in 2009 a new manager was brought in for the last eight games. During our other two unfortunate relegation battles the club stuck by the manager who both times very successfully guided us to safety. The club believe that Steve Mclaren has the experience to ensure our PL safety.”

  • 230 Moonraker15 // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Anyone know if Tiote is anywhere near being fit?

  • 231 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Don’t forget the squad is poor. Anyone coming in will struggle. I won’t be enthused until Charnley and Carr are replaced by top professionals, and it is they who choose another manager.

  • 232 mindshaft // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    People keep saying Ashley is a business man whee in reality he’s a one trick pony who got lucky the recession happened when he expanded his pile em high and take the mick out the chavs empire
    We are a joke of a club with poor management from bishop, Carr, Charnley , McClaren … if Ashley can’t see this whole model is beyond repair then I hope he loses every penny he ever made … club is rotten to the core

  • 233 toon kk // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Macca needs to go but don’t expect miracles even if a top quality coach came in, our squad still really lacks quality, with very poor defenders and no top striker we’ll still struggle.

  • 234 mindshaft // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    the squad is poor but west brom squad is worse and they have won 4 on the bounce … plenty less talented teams – they’ve given up on Schteve … we nee someone new to have any chance even though I think we are already relegated … McClaren will not bring us back up in a million years .., never wanted him, gave him 10 games, 15, 20 , 25 .,, you could give the idiot an eternity

  • 235 bettyswallocks // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Mc Claren still 1 -6 to get sacked. Brendan Rodgers favourite to be next England manager.

  • 236 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Charnley cannot be trusted to do the job. He hasn’t a clue. He has to go. There has to be a root and branch clear out. It’s time for Ashley to sort it out. When he said “my door”, it’s at his door now. He has to act. Derek Llambias should not be involved in any way, shape or form.

  • 237 Texas Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Ashley has nobody but himself to blame for this mess except himself. Unfortunately we are caught in the crossfire. . He delegated things to Charnley, who is clearly not competent to handle this type of an organization and then Ashley did not take action even though it was painfully apparent to anyone paying attention Charnley was over his head. To make matters worse, Charnley relied on Carr for advice in his football ignorance.

    I doubt McClaren would have been great, but Carr is a scout not a manager! He recruited a series of good players. Never mind whether they fit into our squad, filled the same niche as another starter with no upgrade in quality, or were even needed, he missed the seminal issue. We needed defenders. We only have one central defender with any speed (Mbemba), Colo was bound to get injured at some point with no decent backup (Taylor might have the will, but not the ability), and we have not had a proper left back in at least a decade.

    We were not scoring well at the start of the transfer window, but that was largely because we could never get the ball down the pitch with such a weak defense. We had also given up the most goals in the league by the beginning of the transfer window and did not try to fix that until the last day – almost as an afterthought.

    It is time to clean house. Fire McClaren, hire someone like Redknapp or Nigel Pierson temporarily, then bring in a real coach like Moyes or someone with experience at the summer if we survive the drop.

  • 238 Novocastrian66 // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    lochinvar; the bard of the blog.

  • 239 sparky55 // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    I’m a little reticent putting this out there but a lad I’ve got matey with up at Rockcliffe Hall has just told me Maclaren was in tonight and he’s intimated he’s gonna a have a bit more time on his hands very soon…a throw away comment in relation to how little he’s been in there recently.

    Doesn’t exactly confirm anything and might be a load of bollox but he thought it relevant to tell me.

    so there you go…it’s out there for all to ridicule or whatever

  • 240 Ian Toon // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Belfast- Yer right! I mean you’re right. It was a crock of….!
    Though, mind with Macca following Carver it technically was ” A brave new world”. OK, yes yes, it was a crock…

    Tsunki – I am sorry.

  • 241 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Steve McClaren 10 June 2015
    John Carver26 January 2015
    Alan Pardew9 December 2010
    Chris Hughton1 June 2009
    Alan Shearer2 April 2009
    Joe Kinnear29 September 2008
    Chris Hughton8 September 2008
    Kevin Keegan16 January 2008
    Nigel Pearson9 January 2008
    Sam Allardyce15 May 2007
    Nigel Pearson6 May 2007
    Glenn Roeder2 February 2006
    Graeme Souness13 September 2004
    John Carver30 August 2004
    Bobby Robson2 September 1999
    Steve Clarke28 August 1999
    Ruud Gullit27 August 1998
    Kenny Dalglish14 January 1997
    Terry McDermott8 January 1997
    Kevin Keegan5 February 1992
    Ossie Ardiles26 March 1991
    Jim Smith4 December 1988
    Colin Suggett2 November 1988
    Willie McFaul10 September 1986
    Jack Charlton14 August 1984
    Arthur Cox1 September 1980
    Bill McGarry18 November 1979
    Richard Dinnis2 February 1977
    Gordon Lee12 June 1975
    Joe Harvey1 June 1962

    In 54 years we have only had 2 decent managers.

  • 242 Jail for Ashley // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Arthur Cox and Jack Charlton were alright.

  • 243 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Next Permanent Newcastle United Manager
    According to the Sackrace an aggregate of the majority of odds

    David Moyes
    6/4
    Rafa Benitez
    4/1
    Tim Sherwood
    5/1
    Brendan Rodgers
    8/1
    Harry Redknapp
    8/1

  • 244 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Aye Jail
    Just alright , nowt special.

  • 245 sparky55 // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    I was at the game against sheff Wed I think it was when Charlton decided he’d had enough when the crowd booed him and the team pretty much all through the game..I think it was the first home game of the season as well…funny goings on really…I think he went on to teach everything Allardyce now knows!

    Coxy was good…he brought keegan and beardsley to the club so will always be right up there in my book.

  • 246 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    No mention of Nigel Pearson !
    Is that significant !

  • 247 Online Guy // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Post of the night got to be Lochinivar @228

    Best Laugh and comment of the Night goes to Jail with this ..the last part had me in fits

    ” As for your attempted journalistic tripe, you’ve spent all year supporting “Macca” and his brave new world.”

    ” Give it a rest yer loon”

  • 248 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    I feel we will stick wi mac nasty till we get beat of Leicester, then get our new manager in for the mackem game,that will make a nice change,Wa broken though at this moment in time, knackered.

  • 249 Graeme // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Benitez for me, just cant see him working for NUFC the way it is set up at the moment. Unless FCB has a radical re-think, I don’t think any of those 5 (@243) would be willing to take it on.

  • 250 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    @243

    Even worse – no up-and-coming Europeans, just stale old Brits and Rafa – who is out of our league.
    Very unimaginative – but then nobody’s putting money elsewhere

  • 251 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Lochinvar – perhaps the last Act will end on a happy note as McLaren is ‘unseam’d from the nave to the chaps’?

    😀

  • 252 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    agree Diamond dogs hoojars McClaren will get the Leicester game and if he gets a lucky win and are out of the relegation zone it will let them off this hook and he will keep his job till the end of the season.

  • 253 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Sheff United
    Pre-season friendly 1 -1 Tony Cunningham got our goal the crowd was pissed off that McMenemy had signed Eric Gates for the scum

  • 254 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    McClaren hasn’t been sacked immediately because Ashley wants to let everyone know who is in charge. also all publicity is good publicity while it prolongs.

  • 255 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Oh somebody seems to have trouble finishing off sentences – might be a malfunction – I am at the ready to assist in these cases.
    Maccas’ bWave New World = crock of shyte.
    What a load of hooey.
    At least you were bwave enough to admit it.
    Now we need a bwave soldier to admit to his blog crimes and lies.

  • 256 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    “Gordon Lee12 June 1975
    Joe Harvey1 June 1962”

    Joe Harvey lasted a long time, what is his legacy?

  • 257 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Mr T

    Have you no bigger fish you could be frying, you old recidivist?

    And where IS Ibizatoon?

    He was all for manning the barricades earlier in the season.

    Ibizatoon, I know you’ve heard this before, but “anytime about now would do.”

  • 258 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    jane
    He was captain of the famous FA cup winning sides and won the Intercity Fairs cup (precursor of the UEFA cup)
    Real old style up and at at ’em manager
    Most famous signing Supermac
    Was shown up a bit by Shankly when we played Liverpool in the FA cup final at Wembley.

  • 259 bettyswallocks // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    I wonder who bloggers think was our worst ever manager. Jail, perhaps you could run a poll.

  • 260 Graeme // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    Jib, He was a bit of a legend was Joe. My first ever trip to Wembley was the FA Cup against Liverpool. They turned up, we just didn’t, was a disaster.
    Also saw all the Inter Cities home games – some memorable nights, the likes of which were not seen again until the KK era and Champions League. So many great nights – but look at the state of us now – abject failures from top to bottom!!

  • 261 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:53 PM

    McClaren taking training on Tuesday is probs so he can make his farewells , I hope he ensures that the players know the part they played in his demise.

  • 262 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Betty right now is probably a bit too easy for that poll 🙂

  • 263 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    thanks Jib saved me some googling there.

    betty Alan Shearer’s points per game and win ratio is the worst of all the recent managers.

  • 264 lesh // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Schidt!

    There I was re-reading the previous thresd (and the cleverly crafted FF open letter) when I saw ‘Next’.

    Heart racing in anticipation of THE news, up popped the next thread……. This one!!! 🙁

    Is there no end to this pain?

    Not, it would seem, as long as Mike Ashley’s at the helm…..
    just
    like the owner of the Titanic who believed his ship was unsinkable.

  • 265 Tsunki // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Although technically, the Hopelessly Inept Local Oaf Carver and Fop Hair McLaren not managers….

  • 266 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    I find it weird that Pearson has dropped out of the betting entirely . I hope they don’t have some crazy idea to kick SM upstairs with Pearson doing the sergeant major bit

  • 267 lesh // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Jane

    Well pointed out. Shearer’s record when he was in charge must install him as McClaren’s successor.

    That’s not so daft when you consider that Ashley re-employed Kinnear!

  • 268 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Joe was also in charge when the Hereford United side humiliated us. Now that is an echo that is still resonating.

  • 269 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Sacking McClaren is the easy bit.
    Photocopying the rather soiled job description and forming an orderly queue will be the hard part.

  • 270 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    i voted for Pearson in the poll as he laid the foundation for Leicester’s success and does great interviews.

  • 271 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Though I imagine the vision of McClaren begging Keith Bishop for his job might thin it out a bit.

  • 272 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Jane he also fought a pack of wolves on holiday while out hiking.

    You aren’t doing him justice imo

  • 273 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    If they can not decide if they should SMC, then why are they continuing to contemplate?

    If they are trying to decided who better is available and will accept a similar role, then why not act?

    If they do not remove the Head Coach from his position at the club then the little credit-ability that the Board currently have will have been completely eroded.

    Accountability – that’s all folks!
    https://youtu.be/yYM4jIxCJ14

  • 274 Lindisfarne // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/07/newcastle-steve-mcclaren-expected-sacked

  • 275 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Fighting a pack of wolves and winning would be top of my cv

  • 276 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    i didn’t know about the wolves but i believe it.

  • 277 Jib // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Graeme I remember the year after we won the ICFC , in September 1970 watching us play (and beat ) Inter Milan .
    They had Sandro Mazzola and Giacinto Facchetti whom I’d watched a couple of months before playing for Italy in Mexico on the telly in that fabulous semi final against W.Germany and that great final against Brazil.

    As a kid my jaw was on the floor.
    When Mazzola led Inter out I literally pinched meself and me old Dad saw and burst out laughing.
    Wyn the Leap and Bob Moncur scored for us.

  • 278 Ibizatoon // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Hi BandB,

    Just sorting some bits out. Back online shortly, if you’ll still be about.

  • 279 Magpie Season // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate @21:

    Nice!

  • 280 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Ibiza

    If I don’t reply, I’ve conked out. Apologies in advance.

  • 281 VanToonMan // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that the only guy who can make an instant impact for the last 10 games is harry redknapp. Only short-term until the summer but he is the only one I think will truly motivate in the dressing room.

  • 282 Belfast // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Washing your small bits Ibiza

  • 283 Ibizatoon // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    BandB…I suppose it’d make a change from conking out from reading my post.

    Which barracades need manning? All I can see is a need for a mop and bucket to clean up all the urine from the pissing contests.

  • 284 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    I was thinking Ibizatoon, we have a small window in which to impress on our visionary leadership that it’s no good once again setting the bar of managerial expectation so low one could trip over it, and then employing someone who knocks it off with his head.

  • 285 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/07/newcastle-steve-mcclaren-expected-sacked

    “..this painful hiatus could well endure while protracted negotiations take place.”

    probably going by the search for a new manager when Pardew left.

  • 286 Ibizatoon // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Belfast…Insightful as always.

    BandB…I am trying, but I got lost with “visionary leadership”.

    Joking aside, any ideas of how to go about that?

  • 287 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Yeah Ibiza

    More moaning.

    This club is like those bloggers who change their names once a year to keep posting the same old discredited stuff.

  • 288 Ibizatoon // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    BandB…Ahhh, more moaning. It’s sure to do the trick one day.




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