Hope Running Out For Newcastle Fans – It’s A Disgrace


Lee Charnley has apparently met again with his Board and the man who cannot seem to make a decision to save his life – has still not made any decision as to whether to replace the man he appointed as Newcastle head coach last summer – Steve McClaren.

And it is now three days since we were humiliated 3-1 by Bournemouth at home and apparently nothing will happen today,  but there may be a meeting with Steve McClaren tomorrow – but there again there may not be a meeting with Steve McClaren tomorrow.

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Lee Charnley – incompetent as the Managing Director
He does nothing


What is certain is that Steve McClaren will turn up for training, and things will slowly return to “normal” – the status quo – and he continues to manage the club down to the Championship.

Things are left to drift in the wind as usual with Lee Charnley  as he continues to dither.

The urgency with which Steve McClaren should have been sacked and a new man brought in has not happened – and it will not happen.

And as Lee and his cohorts on the Board continue to do nothing and play for time,  as each day passes his ultimate goal of keeping Steve McClaren as the Newcastle head coach grows ever more real.

And Newcastle fans’ dreams of Newcastle bringing in a new manager who has the wherewithal and experience to possibly save our Premier League status grows ever more remote.

This is almost getting to be the last straw and we are utterly shocked at the nonsense going on with the Newcastle Board over the last three days.

We have lost the club to a bunch of inept and incompetent people running the club for an absent owner, who sees Newcastle only as a worldwide advertising board that brings money into his company.

And yes – Mike Ashley is the person totally responsible for this degradation of a once great club into what is literally a complete shambles right now.

It is pitiful the way this great club is being left to fall apart by those charged with running it.

Shame on them all – they are simply a disgrace.



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177 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #1

    We’ll be in the championship next season what ever happens, Macca should have been sacked ages ago along with Charnley and Carr. It’s too late now.
    We should be preparing for life in the championship.

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybe Penfoild is OK since you cannot drop form the Prem to League 1 in one step.

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  • AndySco

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #3

    The number of basic errors made by the board is absurd, I’m all for stability and giving managers the benefit of doubt but not to have a backup is bizzare. You’d think anyone with a brain, however optimistic they may be about surviving relegation, would have at least thought about alternative managers.
    Don’t the board know that all this uncertainty will be having a negative impact on the players.
    Sack him or support him, just make a bleeding decision…

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  • Belfast

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #4

    You don’t know what you’re doing!
    You dont’ know what you’re doing!

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  • Bambams

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #5

    I still think he will be sacked. The very least the club would have done if he was not to be sacked is make a loud, bold statement backing him and asking for us to get behind the team – again !

    I am sure they are negotiating with another manager, possibly someone young from Aldi or Morrisons who have shown since leaving school they have signs of becoming a ‘yes’ man !

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  • Valid point

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #6

    If the so called board is unable to get a decent manager/HC in, do we want them to fire McC and go with Cathro/Simpson…?

    I’m leaning towards yes, but not overly convinced.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Not much hope down the road either – in fact they’re in a bigger mess – at least off the field…..maybe a precaution to reduce the impact of any FA sanctions such as a 10 point ( make that 15 to be sure ) deduction ?

    BBC:
    Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne has resigned following the Adam Johnson child abuse case.

    Johnson, 28, faces a jail sentence after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

    The Premier League club has been criticised for letting the England winger play after his arrest.

    Byrne, chief executive since 2011, said that decision “was a serious mistake”, with the club adding: “We are so very sorry for this.”
    In a statement, Sunderland said Johnson’s victim had been “very badly let down first and foremost” by the player and “his despicable actions”, but also “by the club they support”.
    The club initially suspended Johnson in March 2015 but lifted that ban after just 16 days.
    He was eventually sacked on the eve of his trial last month, when he admitted grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity.
    In the intervening 10 months, he played 28 times for the Black Cats.
    Byrne, who joined Sunderland in 2007, said in a statement: “Contrary to what has been suggested, I did not understand that Mr Johnson intended to change his plea at trial or at all.
    “I was astounded when he did plead guilty.
    “I accept that Mr Johnson should not have been permitted to play again, irrespective of what he was going to plead.

    “It was a serious error of judgement and I accept full responsibility for this.”

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #8

    lochinvar

    at least they are admitting a mistake and the person resigned…

    McLaren would drive over children would still not resign…

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  • Barton

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Penfold has panic attacks about having to make a
    decision about making a decision.

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  • midweek weekend

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #10

    i think we shouldnt give up hope just yet, hope of mcclaren going not us surving we are well and truly gone, but we all must remember, newcastle nip things in the bud very quickly, if mcclaren was staying he would of been backed by now, he will be sacked i firmly believe the question is now who will take over from stevie

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  • firebug666

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s more likely she has resigned with a nice little pay off from the club so they don’t face any sanctions from the FA.

    Now she has gone they can claim to be completely ignorant of Johnson’s guilt, laying it all at her door.

    Another great escape for them this season.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #12

    One thing that we all appear to agree about is that he does not want to be given 3 final chances to get some wins as apparently has been suggested.

    It gives no time for an alternative coach/manager to changes anything. Be it Benitez, Moyes or even Cathro (can’t do any worse even if he is only 29) or any one else.

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  • Jib

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    “gorgonzola
    lochinvar
    at least they are admitting a mistake and the person resigned…
    McLaren would drive over children would still not resign…”

    Possibly the most stupid statement of 2016

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  • magicmac

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Well said Toon KK, I totally agree, to be honest those 2 clowns Charnley and old man Carr should actually have been sacked a long time ago, that little toe rag Charnley hasnt a clue what he is doing, and knows nothing about football, and old man Carr has wasted millions of Ashelys money on total shit players who were never suited to the English premier league, he is totally senele, so for those 2 bloody clowns to decide if Steve Mc Claren should be sacked because he cant do the job is joke, who do you think fellow Newcastle fans decided Mc Claren should get the job in the first place, yes that senele old man Graham Carr, approved by that stupid little fat faced waste of space Charnley, the blind leading the blind, so as long as these 2 clowns are running the circus, it doesnt matter who the head coach or manager is at Newcastle, nothing is ever going to change, if you keep making the same mistakes do you honestly expect a different outcome, it doesnt matter how much money ASHELY , spends nothing is ever going to change until he comes to his senses, and puts proper intelligent football people in charge of running our football club, i work as a driving instructor in Northern Ireland, and it left me thinking, its a bit like me trying to teach my pupils to drive, if i could not drive myself, it would be a disaster, and would never work, you need to be qualifed at your job and know what your doing, do you honestly think any of those 2 clowns Charnley and Carr are qualifed and know what thier doing my fellow Newcastle fans? I rest my case. Ho way the lads.

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  • Goldmbemba

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #15

    RE: sunderland being docked points for letting johnson play, is this a genuine possibilty??

    This season he scored or assisted in 4 wins and 1 draw for Sunderland. A total of 13 points that he contributed to their total by statistical contribution.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #16

    It would take some chutzpah from the Board to issue a statement backing McClaren now. “We have every faith in Steve … business as usual … what’s all the fuss about? etc.”

    If he’s replaced, prepare to be underwhelmed.

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  • NoahJ

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I will buy their logic if all this faffing around is actually to ensure the next appointment is a good one.

    However, that is where my ambition ends, given that their last two ‘thought-out’ managerial appointments were carver and mclaren 🙁

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  • Jib

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Unlike most on here I see the delay as a positive , and , a sign that they may be trying to do it right and not getting a fudged compromise a la Carver.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib< possibly the most hated blogger of 2016.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 8, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m just hoping that if there is a change of manager, they realise as has already been mentioned today that modern day football is fast evolving and that old school managers that are set in their ways with out dated ideas are not going to cut it in this new era.

    Apart from Eddie Howe who is a modern , progressive manager with current ideas on how to play there is only Rogers with the right credentials amongst the Brits to take us forward.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Goldmbemba

    Not sure how that would work, I don’t think Sunderland broke any rules with the player, but morally it was wrong to play him.

    He was registered, and even if he said he was going to plead guilty to two of the charges he had not yet been convicted, so they could still play him, even though it was totally wrong to do so.

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  • sparky55

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Goldmbemeber

    No chance mate…no such mechanism in place and no such precedent. This case will of course set a precedent but there is no way they can currently be penalised in such a way they will have points deducted, but very possible if another club in the future does the same (which won’t ever happen course) it’ll now be in all player contracts that any player accused of such a thing they will have to declare and will be sacked on the spot.

    I can assure you they won’t have any points deducted but other sanctions will be put in place with a big fine and a big warning as to future conduct

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  • jon.c

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Whats the betting SMc stays whats the betting

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    gorgonzola – what about 2015 as well.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #25

    According to a report from the Chronicle, Newcastle United will only sack manager Steve McClaren if a suitable alternative becomes available and at the moment it is being claimed that any such recruitment is not at an advanced enough stage to see the current Magpies boss move on.

    Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League with 24 points from 28 matches, and while they are only one point behind 17th-placed Sunderland and have a game in hand, the fear is the Magpies are on a downward spiral that will not be rectified without a change at the top.

    Despite Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend, the Chronicle claims Magpies managing director Lee Charnley considers making a change at this point in the season a last resort. However his hand may be forced with owner Mike Ashley’s men allegedly suggesting McClaren’s position was all but untenable after the latest setback.

    There is no doubt Newcastle will be an attractive option to a whole host of managers, both those currently out of work and those seeking a change. The question is: Just when do Newcastle take the plunge and will their choice save them or be remembered as too little too late?

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  • AndySco

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib
    I agree that it is great to take time to make a good decision, but they should have done that over the last few weeks when it had become apparent that relegation was a serious possibility. That would have allowed them to act quickly over the weekend without all the added hysteria

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  • Ian Toon

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #27

    12Ian Toon // Mar 8, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Meanwhile !!!! Aside from Crayola and a well thought out survey – how’s about doing a survey on what can be learnt from season 2015-16 attendances at SJP. Much was made at the end of last season of the reduction in attendances and the view that it was a form of protest against Ashley. However our very first home game in August saw attendance in excess of 49,000. This was seen as a massive hinderance to those organising the protests against Mike Ashley. In addition it confirmed that there can no longer be any suggestion that the attendance figures include many season ticket holders who’ve stopped attending, as happened at the end of the previous season. From the Southampton game onwards it can safely be taken that season-ticket renewers were not staying away.
    Certainly it’s worth considering, in what has been an abysmal season just why have attendances been so good. Was it Ashley’s televised promise, the signings made, changes in the coaching staff and the appointment of Macca ( or anyone but Carver!). It hasn’t been for winning football matches. Has any of the above been enough to persuade people to return en masse for another season? Crayons at the ready.

    However, just where are the hapless Ashley Out protest group(s) – this is anyone’s guess but it would seem back to Square One – though it might help if The Mag were soon to be The Clarion. Feast and famine either way another rethink is required given the most protest friendly times. Slow footed is one thing but slow witted. ” I’d never join an organisation that would allow a person like me to become a member”.

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  • chicousa

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Only one way for Ashley to avoid losing out on the millions in broadcast revenues next year and the sudden devaluation of assets from owning a BPL team that becomes a Championship side next year – sell the team immediately!!! Ashley Out!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Picture caption –

    “I have a sore bottom”

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  • Ian Toon

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib- You could well be right and for the right reasons.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    firebug

    If they do stick with McClaren, how can Bishop sell this decision to supporters after all the dithering around?

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #32

    it’s far more likely they are painstakingly going over all the reasons why they should do absolutely nothing.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Ron – we will soon see if Mr Bish is worth his wedge if he can pull off that coup

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Picture caption –

    “Oh oh. I can’t remember where I parked my car. Wait a minute…do I have a car?”

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  • marshy

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #35

    these idiots in charge just don’t seem to get the urgency of the situation, every day delayed is another day nearer the championship. only at newcastle would this situation arise, we ,as fans, are truly *****d.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki

    Perhaps by denying the stories wholesale? “We always have our meetings in York!”

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  • Jib

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #37

    I didn’t realise that M. Byrne the resigning Sunderland CEO was a qualified Solicitor.
    The whole deal stinks – she’s trying to take the all the blame for SAdFC’s major bollock drop .
    I hope the FA and PL see right through it and throw the book at the scum.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Ron

    How can any supporter expect anything less from the idiots running the show?

    With the incompetence of the board lay bare over this last year, the reluctance from any of them to stand up and make a single decisive decision on any issue, and their total contempt for the fans, it’s easy for them to sell anything to the fans, they just hide in the office and send out an email to explain their ludicrous decision.

    The fans won’t buy it, well OK maybe one or two on here will, but what choice is there but to accept it.

    Protests and abuse are not going to shift them either, the only way forward is to get at the man pulling the stings at the top……….Ashley!

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #39

    La Fresa
    When the sign goes up at a well known establishment I’ll feel more optimistic

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  • chicousa

    Mar 8, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #40

    The idiots have bolted the horse to the cart alright, but unfortunately they got it on backwards and the cart is heading for a ditch…

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