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This Is Very Bad News For Newcastle United

11:25 pm, Monday, March 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

There’s been some really bad news for Newcastle today and we are stunned at what is going on at the club.

If the Chronicle is right then Mike Ashley has refused to step in during this crisis and is leaving it to the Board of Directors and Lee Charnley to make the decision about whether to sack Steve McClaren.

And of course Steve is still in his job after it’s been two days now since the Bournemouth disaster and he has still not been fired.

Presumably he will be back tomorrow taking the training at Benton.

Why?

And it seems the likelihood could be that this man, with such a terrible record at Newcastle, will still be the manager when we play at Leicester City next Monday night.

Why are the Board doing this?

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
What are they doing?


Why has the inept and incompetent Managing Director Lee Charnley, who waited a full six months until McClaren was fired by Derby County and available to hire him for Newcastle.

What pearl of wisdom did Lee use to say that Steve McClaren could be successful at Newcastle after failing at Derby County and before that at Nottingham Forest in the Championship?

And yet he remains in full charge of Newcastle?

This man has been left with all the decision-making power, when he has shown over the last two years that he cannot make any decisions at all and doesn’t have the temperament , the experience or the skills to be a senior executive and run a club as big as Newcastle United.

But that’s what seems to have happened today with the Board still in place and nobody fired.

Absolutely nobody has been held accountable for Newcastle’s terrible plight, when it’s now almost odds-on that we will be relegated this season and may not even reach 30 points.

How many Newcastle fans have even heard Lee Charnley talk as he refuses to go public and has never even been interviewed on camera or on radio in his senior position at the club.

Why not?

The stats of Steve McClaren are such that he would have been fired long before now at any normal football club – but he could be left in charge at Newcastle for the rest of this season.

Premier LeaguePlayed WonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
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Wonder what league Newcastle will be playing in next season?

We have lost 16 games in 28 with the worst record ever in Newcastle’s Premier League history and have lost five of the last six games, including the last three games.

And we have been in the bottom four all season long.

The squad was still allowed to go on that silly little holiday to the south of Spain after we were hammered 5-1 at Chelsea.

It’s made absolutely no difference at all and we have lost at Stoke City and at home to AFC Bournemouth since they returned and we are now 9 points behind 5th bottom Swansea who have won their last two games.

Newcastle didn’t even try to win the game at Stoke last Wednesday night after having 18 days to prepare for the game – but went after a 0-0 draw – and we were beaten 1-0 and deservedly so – whatever spin the manager tried to put on it.

It’s all too staggering to believe, but that’s what has happened.

This is incompetence of the highest order from all those running the club and we are shocked that with Newcastle United in such serious trouble of being relegated, owner Mike Ashley still refuses to get fully involved to save the club.

He continues to leave it to the man who has caused all the trouble in the first place over these last two years – his senior manager Lee Charnley.

It’s too unbelievable from everybody involved who is running this club.

Do they even care what happens to Newcastle United Football Club?

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
Crystal Palace38-1242
16Bournemouth38-2242
17Sunderland38-1439
18Newcastle38-2137
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917



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




40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Didn’t I tell you guys. Mclaren won’t be sacked. And we’ll be going down to the championship with him. Hahaha

  • 2 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    another possible scenario is McClaren isn’t sacked and we avoid relegation.

  • 3 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    We won’t be relegated Jane.
    The club has ruled that one out.

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

    It’s been minuted and everything.

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:37 PM

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

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

  • 6 The Diamond dogs hoojars // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    It’s all to daft for words, virtually every single fan bar none i suspect think he should go and take his coaching staff with him, just awful the lot of them including Steve Black and his word in the ear patter, trouble is the foreigners do not want to know when the going gets tough q Sissoko with the mysterious thigh strain again just like the two previous years, frauds the lot of them.

  • 7 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    either way he will be sacked in the summer.

  • 8 Dragon64 // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    stop caring utter shite 52,000 at games they must be laughing there heads off at us what a joke

  • 9 custurd // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    The ideal option (given that Mike Ashley selling up isn’t an option); The dithering buffoon Charnley is told to nut up and sack McClaren, Moncur and Carr, and is then sacked himself. Ashley then employs knowledgeable professionals to run the club in his absence, they quickly bring in an actual manager to take charge of all team affairs, and NUFC avoid relegation by doing the simplest things well… for a change.

  • 10 scout // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    He’s 1/10 for the sack. Not to many 1/10 shots get beat. Moyes evs for the job now so 50/50 according to bookies.

  • 11 Thump // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    I take it you’re a bit peeved about this situation, Ed?

  • 12 Graeme // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    A complete and utter effing shambles.

    SNAFU as they say in the US Marines!!

  • 13 BandB // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Ibiza

    Take another long look at that picture above and ask yourself what is likely to really change, and I’ll catch you tomorrow.

  • 14 jimmysmith // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    The side could quite plausibly pick it self up, McClaren or not, but even if they did, you couldn’t surely keep McClaren on next season, when half the squad or more clearly don’t rate them.

    Supporting Newcastle under Ashley really is a terrible waste of valuable time. I think all fans should launch a class action against him to compensate for our wasted lives.

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    BandB…As always, for me, that depends on what people are willing to do.

    As for what’s likely….

    …until tomorrow.

    Goodnight.

  • 16 jane // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    even though Norwich are fighting hard they don’t have the quality we potentially possess and which on rare occasions shows itself and Villa simply haven’t got the quality so it is a straight fight with Sunderland imo and the momentum is definitely with Sunderland at the moment who we are lucky are not further ahead but it wouldn’t take much to prevail and that’s not to credit the manager who has been desperately poor but a reflection on the quality that is present when fit and on form and just needs somehow to be turned on.

  • 17 jimmysmith // Mar 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    It took Charnley 6 months to appoint him. It’ll take Ashley’s intervention to get him out, and he’ll to acquiesce to a decent manager’s demands for greater autonomy. All this would be for the best, but it’s hard to see it happening, so counter would it be to the way they’ve done things in the past 6-7 years, but really all that they’ve been doing up to now simply hasn’t worked, and Carr, Charnley and McC all look quite short woefully of the mark he has little to loosely pulling the trigger, and a significant amount to gain.

  • 18 jimmysmith // Mar 8, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    I’m so demoralised I can’t even be bothered to extend the blog the courtesy of checking my posts for errors. I’m turning in, probably to curl up in the foetal position, and rock myself to an uneasy sleep.

  • 19 bettyswallocks // Mar 8, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Jimmy…… Things are not as bad as they seem. They’re worse.

  • 20 andrew84 // Mar 8, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Well then they have nobody but themselves to blame for just how toxic the atmosphere will be from now on…for every single home game.

    Nobody’s fault but their own.

  • 21 Thump // Mar 8, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    That’s the problem though, Jane – potential. Everything about this club is this intangible ‘potential’ (we have the potential to be a massive club, we have the potential to get out of this mess, we have the potential to go dow– whoops, disregard), and it seems like the more that potential increases, the less the top brass are willing to give the key to somebody who can unlock it.

    That was probably a ramble too far.

  • 22 Ibizatoon // Mar 8, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Betty…I haven’t really been on since my post to you, Jail and Jesper.

    I’m really not keen to get in to a he said, she said, as it get’s none of us anywhere.

    However, to try and move on as I’ve seen you reference the incident a few times since…

    I found your input to the situation to be completely unhelpful (just an observation).

    I didn’t bollock either Jail or Jesper. I shared my opinion with two posters I like, that they were both looking silly and needed to find a way to put the matter to bed. Nothing more, nothing less.

    I do feel we as fans have better things to be discussing, so hope we can move on now.

  • 23 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 8, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    Makro will go, Ed. His position is untenable.

  • 24 bettyswallocks // Mar 8, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Ibiza…….. It was a tongue in cheek bit of banter that maybe went on a bit too long but most people found it amusing as there was no match that week. Jesper left himself wide open to it and is more than capable of giving as good as he gets . He hasn’t been on the blog since your admonishment which seems a shame . I don’t like being reprimanded either as I’m not a child and for someone to appear from nowhere waving the big stick in a condescending way really pi..ed me off, whether you intended for it to come across that way or not . Anyway I’ve said what I think now and I’m also not one to harbour a grudge so let’s forget it and move on. I can’t speak for Jail but it ‘s a shame that Jesper has still got the hump as I’m sure he’s missed.

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    Betty…You see, I have a bit more info on this subject.

    I don’t think you’ll find Jesper feels like he got a bollocking from me. Far from it.

    I also don’t think that Jesper found it to be harmless banter, although that may well be what it was.

    However, I must admit, you p*ssed me off too in the way you were dealing with Jesper.

    Words to the effect of “Let’s just move on, forget it happened, but Jesper, admit you were wrong”. My comment was basically that it’s a good job you’re not a mediator. You took offense to that? Come on now.

    We’re both big and ugly enough to deal with this I’m sure.

    Just to pre-warn you, I also took exception to your post earlier about fans wanting relegation to get rid of Ashley not being loyal fans. Far too an extreme view imo.

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    BandB – touché.
    Not a question of recidivism – more like not allowing a gilt edged opportunity to put the boot in, pass by.
    Opportunism -yes, recidivism – no.

  • 27 bettyswallocks // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:17 AM

    Ibiza……… I’ve just explained that the exchanges with Jesper were tongue in cheek and banter. There is therefore no point in analysing the content and taking it literally .

    With regards to your other grievance, I didn’t question fans loyalty in the way you are suggesting, I just pointed out that in my book support means hoping for successs , not being prepared to accept failure just to spite the owner. Relegation would be a disaster for this club and to suggest otherwise will never be acceptable to me no matter what the agenda is for getting rid of Ashley.

  • 28 lesh // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:26 AM

    Ibiza

    As you seem to be back in the real world of the island and of course the pantomime that is
    Newcastle United, Beunos Dias.

  • 29 SomeOne // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:33 AM

    who`s Ibiza?

  • 30 SomeOne // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    I think that Ashley is a little confused, McClaren ….and Mclaren…… It’s just one letter that separates :p

  • 31 Ibizatoon // Mar 8, 2016 at 1:45 AM

    Betty…Was just passsing on the man in questions views on the subject is all.

    On relegation, I suppose it’s an odd one. Personally, I don’t care if we’re in the PL or Championship. It doesn’t come in to my support. Therefore looking at ideas that might rid us of Ashley, i.e. relegation, ties in with that, for me.

    Still, it isn’t in our hands, nor do I believe people want it to spite Ashley, but to get rid of him. Not that it would either.

    Someone…Depends. It’s a place and its me on here.

    Lesh…Not quite back yet. In LA, heading to the UK on Wednesday, and then Ibiza next week. Still, buenos dias…or I suppose noches for you.

  • 32 jimmysmith // Mar 8, 2016 at 2:50 AM

    I doubt relegation will shift Ashley. Not with the money and exposure on offer if he brings us straight back up. Fan power might do the trick though. I think Ashley is a pretty duff owner, but mainly because he never quite does enough. I can imagine worse though to be frank, and imagine these beatings he keeps taking will ultimately make him fly right. I think you legitimately have to plan a top eight assault just to ensure survival in this league, and I wonder if this isn’t slowly sinking in.

  • 33 Ibizatoon // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:01 AM

    Jimmy…I’m not sure it would either, nor am I advocating it, however, I can see where the idea comes from. Let’s face it, he’s unlikely to get out whilst we remain a PL club and with that money guaranteed to be coming in.

    Fan power, in whatever form that may be, has to be the answer. It always is, other than letting things take their natural course.

    I like the idea that over time and with enough mistakes Ashley might just get it. Then again, I like a lot of ideas, but they are far fetched and based on little but hope 🙂

    As far as the club said, they did and were planning on a top 8 assault this season. Well, that’s what they said anyway. Problem with Ashley regime, whether it’s him or his subordinates, they will say anything rather than address the problems.

  • 34 jimmysmith // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:23 AM

    I feel as they do address problems, just inadequately. Like spending 80 million on players, but scrimping on the Coach/Manager, Chief Executive etc..

    You feel as though this group, under a Rogers, Moyes or Benitez and with the addition of one or two quality players in key positions, and the jettisoning of one or two who aren’t quite there, and one or two who don’t care about the club, is legitimate top eight or better.

    I think the owner is pathologically and fundamentally cheap and wrongheaded, but surely must be starting to see the folly of his ways, and there is some evidence to support this.

  • 35 jimmysmith // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    ….and by the way, get a load of this photo of Heather Rabbatts. Good grief!, and in The Guardian of all papers.

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/08/women-in-football-report-ingrained-sexist-culture

  • 36 Veltman // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    I’m still expect he’ll get sacked after finishing his morning trainings.That’s how Rodgers get sacked at Liverpool.The club usually likes to do things quietly and without any sound movement.
    The delay could be related to insuring the replacement is done and dusted before taking any action.I don’t know about Cathro but it’s definitely a big risk giving responsibility to someone who hasn’t managed before,esp in this kind of situation.If they allowed Mc to continue,
    that means they gave up and accepted chp FB.
    On form,we are already down.On paper though,
    we’re still alive but there is no way we are going to survive under McLaren.Not going to bother and follow the team if we’re down for sure.
    What a complete and utter disaster!

  • 37 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:50 AM

    this club has suffered enough in premier league under these assholes its time we go down and hope of getting rid of them and start fresh

  • 38 Santon03 // Mar 8, 2016 at 3:54 AM

    So basically all of these are based on what the chronicle guy said, his name is chris waugh or something, I watched the news this is exactly what he said. The final decision hasn’t been announced yet, hopefully will be sacking sm.

    Sometimes I’m wondering NUFC must be the best place to work, the risk of being sacked is lower than other clubs. Even Mourinho got sacked and this dumb hc/manager still here.

    If they decided to keep sm, I can only think of one reason and this is the most logical reason I could come up with, that we are preparing next year in championship. It’s too late to change the manager, who wants to take charge of 10 games then get relegated? If we got relegated then probably have to change manager again or same manager but totally different squad. They must have think with remaining fixtures and possibility of staying up is very slim even with new manager because he needs time to fix this so effectively we only have 5-6games left. I don’t think they are trying to save money at this time, it’s just pointless changing it now probably best to change next season. I don’t think we can find high caliber coach/manager who wants to be in championship or having relegation in their cv.

  • 39 U.S Magpie // Mar 8, 2016 at 5:01 AM

    Newcastle surprisingly has lost 5000 season ticket holders for next year, surprisingly Sunderland in the news today due to there season ticket sales going up 5000 in one day.
    Newcastle sack Steve McClamity because they really want to stay in the prem. Now toon army which story is more believable.

  • 40 John Akomfrah // Mar 8, 2016 at 5:04 AM

    jane @16

    what ferking quality do we have




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