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Show Leadership And Decisiveness – Sack McClaren Now

1:11 pm, Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

Even when it’s obvious the Newcastle fans will not accept the woeful Steve McClaren any longer as the Newcastle manager,  the club still haven’t got the guts, the  leadership or the decisiveness to fire the manager now.

They don’t need to wait until they have a replacement lined up – Steve deserves to be fired and that should happen today.

It’s true that maybe some of the top picks like David Moyes may not be willing to come in when Newcastle could well be a Championship club next season, but it would be possible to get a good manager in at the very least to manage the last 10 games of the season.

That would be  a huge step up from Steve McClaren, who should have never been given the job in the first place.

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Steve McClaren – fire him – now!

The fans could then get behind whoever comes in and then his first job would be to sort out the players – a kick up the behind for most of them would probably be his first duty.

It would be his choice as to who would captain the team and Jonjo Shelvey would be a good choice – at least we get some fight from the Englishman and he knows what’s at stake.

If the new manager wants to be political he could say Colo stays as club captain but Jonjo will be the team captain on the field in the last 10 games.

The new manager should be good at man-management, very experienced and a good motivator – and then there’s a possibility we could even survive this season.

The problem is we have dithered around too much with McClaren, when it was obvious he wasn’t up to the job and now we have only 10 games left – that’s simply due to chronic indecisiveness from those who are supposed to be leading this club.

But Newcastle are dithering around even now – as usual – they cannot seem to make decisions and they are continuing to show a lack of  leadership and a lack of courage.

It’s about time they got off the dime and announced immediately that Steve McClaren has been fired. – that’s step one and could have been announced yesterday.

That will force them to go all out and get a new manager in as soon as possible – either permanently or temporary through the end of the season.

But to say nothing after the disaster on Saturday shows just how incompetent they all are.

Newcastle need to do something, act decisively and show some leadership and courage.

It it was me I would announce today that Steve McClaren and Lee Charnley have been fired – that would send a message to the players (and fans) that the club finally means business.

Graham Carr’s role would also be reduced back to being the Chief Scout and he would no longer be responsible for the decisions as to which players come in and leave the club during transfer windows.

That would be assumed by the new manager and Graham would take direction from him.

Those mainly responsible for getting us into this terrible mess would have finally been held accountable.

That’s what happens at other organizations who operate in the real world on this planet.

Newcastle must take action today and stop dithering around.

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

54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grafton83 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    The mail are reporting that the meeting with Ashley and Charnley happened yesterday and that McClaren begged for his job. They deferred the decision until later in the week apparently.

  • 2 Grafton83 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    The Express not the Mail

  • 3 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    A new manager is a must, the team have not gelled under Macca, and will not; we need someone who will come in and set the team up to perform at their best.

    I guess if pictures showing Macca at training tomorrow emerge we will have our answer.

    Our players will have their heads down working hard in training, unfortunately they will still have their heads down on match day, but with less of the hard work.

  • 4 Toon_Tom // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Grafton – there was a meeting yesterday, where McClaren did beg for his job and make out he was still the right man to do it..

    But, a meeting also took place this morning, including board members apparently – where i’m guessing Shteve still pleaded to keep his job.

    I honestly believe, unfortunately, that he will keep his job until the end of the season.

    He needs to go now IMO

  • 5 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM


    It says he begged BISHOP for his job.

    PR horse leading the cart…….

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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

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

    Who plays at left back then if that happens??

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

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

  • 7 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:31 PM


    I think Mbabu is back, he was pretty decent at LB for us.

  • 8 Grafton83 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    If only someone had noticed how short we were at the back eh!

  • 9 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    to be fair short at the back or not, we’re not scoring goals at all and we’re not short on forwards or midfielders

  • 10 Angryman the Angry fan // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Silence is deafening as per usual. He will remain until the end of the season!! Why wouldnt he? When has Mike Ashley ever reacted to fans calls for change?

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    By playing Riviere Makro was surely saying “sack me”. He wants the pay off. He wants to be put out of his misery. He can hold out longer than Charnley and he’s holding all the aces.

  • 12 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:44 PM


    Mbabu also seems quite injury prone and is also either a RB or a CB but would rather he played at LB than Colback I suppose !!

    Did I read somewhere Curtis Good is back training? He might need to get chucked in

    In terms of Midfield and Strikers I believe a better manager would be able to come up with a system that would get Perez , Wijnaldum , Doumbia , Townsend and Shelvey on the field playing well together and creating lots of chances

  • 13 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:44 PM


    Hopefully the reason we are waiting is while they negotiate his settlement and his replacement, but I fear we will be stuck with him until the bitter end, and enter a new era in a new league.

  • 14 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:45 PM


    Charnley was at the ground on Saturday.
    So it would be odd if McClaren was meeting Keith Bishop after the match to plead for his job.
    It can’t be true.
    Bishop isn’t on the board. I’m not even sure he’s on the club payroll.
    Are you SURE Charnley is calling the shots?

  • 15 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:49 PM







    4-3-3. I know there is not much protection for the back four, but we need to press more and score goals, Lets be more attacking and adventurous rather than defensive every game.

  • 16 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Makro’s in the blame game. His team selection was surely all part of his war with Carr. Mike needs to clear out the Augean stables.

    My mate was talking to Charnley at the game and telling him he had to sack Mak. I was arguing with my mate that Charnley shouldn’t be in his job as he knows nothing about football. My mate who employs about 100 people argues you don’t need to have experience in a particular business to be a good MD. I pointed to Adam Applegarth and Northern Rock to show where that gets you. A great north east institution down the pan.

  • 17 Back Door Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    I’ve been constantly checking news feeds all morning hoping to read a ‘breaking’ news story about Wally the Johnny getting cashiered.

    Nowt! I’m gutted!

  • 18 The next Mike Williamson // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    I’ve been praying all season that Moyes would take a job elsewhere but unfortunately nobody wanted him. He’s another negative British dinosaur who formed a hard to beat, hardworking team back in the day when the whole league had terrible British managers. We need a modern manager. Biesla would be my number one choice. experienced and plays similar to pochettino and simeone who I believe learned the ropes from him.

  • 19 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:54 PM


    Yeah I like your thinking all out attack if we are going down we may as well go down in flames !!!

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:55 PM


    don’t really ever want to see saylor in a black and white shirt again. absolutely dismal, hopeless positioning and lack of speed.

    sadly our 3 locals saylor, colback and dummett are championship / league 1 standard.

  • 21 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:56 PM


    You could have pointed at Keith Hellawell and the recently relegated Sports Direct.

  • 22 NezzaNUFC // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Do you’s want McClown out?

    then those who attend shout him out!

    McClown can NOT handle the pressure when being called to get out of the club.

    It’s time to turn against him and time to bring in Benitez, NO Pearson, NO Moyes and NO Rogers (Well maybe Rogers if he brings over what he did at Swansea)

  • 23 jayphoto // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    maybe Bishop was there to advise McClaren on how to face the media and what not to say?

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:56 PM


    Spot on. would hate moyes his football is so sterile and negative.

    when will the penny drop that mediocre english / brit managers will just never work

  • 25 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:57 PM


    Unfortunately there is nobody else mate the cupboard is bare.

    Maybe a cardboard cut out of mbemba?

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    bielsa would be awesome

  • 27 Bryan // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    I have said for years that the problems at NUFC lie in the fact that everyone who runs the club know nothing about football.
    You could have the best manager in world football at the club, but if he does not have a say in which players the club buy then it is irrelevant. Where else would a club still have in place a policy of the chief scout picking the players with the dismal record we have had the past 5 years. Anywhere else the penny would have dropped and Carr would be gone and the whole philosophy of how to run the club would have been changed. The club missed a golden opportunity in the summer by not appointing a top class manager and then saying, “there you are, you pick the players you have full reign of the club, we will back you with £100m” If they had I doubt we would be in the mess we are in right now.
    But we all know how this is going to end don’t we, they won’t have the balls to sack McC, we will lose yet again to Sunderland and finish second bottom and be relegated. McC will still be there come next year in the Championship and there is no way these players have the guts or battle to come straight back up like last time. The main losers, us the fans. I am sick of it.

  • 28 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Everything I’ve seen suggests Charnley calls the shots in Mike’s absence. What’s your take?

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:59 PM


    you’re not for one moment suggesting we haven’t planned for such an eventuality.

  • 30 NezzaNUFC // Mar 7, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Bielsa would also be my number 1 choice but I highly doubt he would come here unless we make him a offer he can’t refuse

  • 31 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    I take it you see what you want to see Blackley.
    Like that non-boycott of the Spurs match when you couldn’t see more than half empty stadium.

  • 32 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    mclaren is not getting the sack. you guys need to swallow that down and let it digest. mclaren would probably be given a 4 yr contract to get us from the championship and to the premier league instead.


  • 33 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:03 PM


    Not at all mate, I think the club planned for it, and then chose to do nothing, it was the easier option after all.

    The planning can be done in a relaxed atmosphere, with teas and coffees all round, but those negotiations can be very tiresome.

  • 34 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    You don’t want to go back to that silly argument. You really don’t. It was embarrassing enough for you at the time.

  • 35 Back Door Man // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    If Rednap gets the gig all the stationery shops in the Toon had better stock-up on manilla envelopes.

  • 36 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:06 PM


    You got loads of support for that didn’t you Blackley?
    Laughed off the blog, arguing blue is yellow all the way.

  • 37 firebug666 // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Sylvain Marveaux set to leave Newcastle United with a whimper after losing his fitness battle

    Sylvain Marveaux is understood to have thrown the towel in on Newcastle United’s relegation battle .

    The French winger, who has had a groin injury this season, has failed to appear in a single second of first team action this season and is not expected to be fit in time for any of Newcastle’s remaining fixtures.

    Marveaux has managed just 200 minutes of reserve team football and will have cost Newcastle over £1million this season before he leaves the club.

  • 38 Ron Knee // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    If the jury stays out a long time, is that a good or bad sign for the accused?

  • 39 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    I see what I see with my own eyes. You saw a photo near the end of the game used for propaganda purposes. You looked at it and saw what you wanted to see. You weren’t in the ground. NUFC.COM supported my estimate.

  • 40 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Offering people to “meet you outside the ground”

  • 41 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Laughed off the blog. That was you when you said the crowd couldn’t make a difference on the last day.

  • 42 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    You’re making a tit of yourself because that’s a desperate comment. Meet them for what?

    Don’t answer. You’ve traduced the blog enough.

  • 43 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Looks like the sack Wally Blusterman campaign is building up a head of steam now – my take is that it is getting too much momentum now to be stopped.

    Replacement – God knows -but I would err on the side of short contract to the summer with a mega “stay up bonus” and also have a further bonus package for the players. (We can afford it – all the TV money that could be lost).

    Any top manager would be a fool if offered a long term deal – and we go down – and do not get back up.
    So re group in the summer -and basically start again. Mr Tubbs must realise that his plan to run a top team in the PL has failed miserably and has bought bad PR to his door.

    Imagine hiring inspirational people -top quality folk – everything would just fall into place.

  • 44 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    I didn’t ever say that and you can’t produce anything to back it up. Like that “worse than sh*t” claim I’m still waiting for.

    What I’m saying Blackley is, that if you want my take you can read it on the blog. There’s plenty of it.
    I’m not getting into preen fest with you.
    I suspect you read the blog while making love. To remind yourself you are best.

  • 45 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    All the B’s – stop your rucking there is fresh fish to fry.

  • 46 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    If Mclaren had anything about him he would hold his hands up and say I asked to be judged after a certain amount of games, it is now past that double, both u and your picked coaching staff are not up to the job, it’s a nightmare, do the right thing Steve.

  • 47 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    just for the record Bishop has been to all this season home games

  • 48 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    I’m just asking Mr B to sling his hook elsewhere.
    And I’m done doing it.

  • 49 Ron Knee // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    The Diamond

    We waited for Pardew and Carver to do the right thing – but they never did.

  • 50 lesh // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Ed should know that Charnley doesn’t do knee-jerks!!!

    I’d like to think that Ashley’s firming up a replacement before he announces McClaren’s out.

  • 51 Mag52 // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:24 PM


    If you had been keeping up with how this club has been run since Ashley has taken over, you would have noticed that the last person he is likely to appoint in place of Charnley is a football man like David Dein.
    He far prefers his mates/family working for him.

  • 52 hibbitt // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    David Dein lives next door to Ashley in Totteridge Lane maybe to old to take the job at 72 but could he not pick his brain about what’s needed

  • 53 lochinvar // Mar 7, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Once McClaren has gone put Charnley and Carr on Zero Hours contracts on minimum wage fro a dose of reality.

    If they reach their target of survival in the League ( we will forget the top ten, good cup run target previously set ) then they can all renegotiate their contracts for next season.

    After all they are employees of Sports Direct and at the moment can’t claim to be worthy of working (hardly a job, try asking the staff at the RVI , or shop staff or drivers or trades what a job is ) for Newcastle United.

    They have to earn a crust now – because next year its looking like crumbs on the table.

  • 54 jon.c // Mar 7, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    It would seem we will still have S M till the end of the season WHAT A SPINELESS BOARD WE HAVE.

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