Latest Update – Things Are Even Worse Than They Look


The latest news on the McClaren situation is that Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie has reported today that Steve McClaren did arrive at the Benton training grounds about 8:00 am for training and is taking the morning training.

What a completely bizarre situation that is – the papers are going to have a field day today with all of this nonsense – at the expense of Newcastle United.

The three Board members Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur met away from Newcastle yesterday to mull over whether to replace Steve McClaren.

Yes that’s right – they still haven’t decided to replace the manager who has already dug a rather deep hole that Newcastle will be unable to find a way out of before the end of the season.

And they are still undecided about whether to fire him?

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
The club has been exposed as being in a complete mess


That will mean we will be a Championship club come May – and maybe even before that.

And if we do down those running the club cannot really complain when they have become a complete embarrassment to Newcastle United and as Alan Shearer pointed out on saturday night – Newcastle is a mess from top to bottom.

He’s right.

The fans are seeing first hand as this thing unfolds just how inept the Board seem to be and they are dithering around and seemingly playing for time to keep McClaren in place – at almost all cost.

Keith Downie reported today they would only replace McClaren if they could get a suitable replacement in.

But one wonders what a suitable replacement means?

Is it somebody who can get more than two wins in their last 13 games and 9 defeats since the win at Tottenham – which is what McClaren’s recent record is at Newcastle?

This thee man triumvirate that runs Newcastle and has never ever worked – was the brain child of Lee Charnley – and that’s a major reason a top manager wasn’t brought in over the summer –  because they wouldn’t come in under those circumstances.

But the problem that Charnley and company now have is if they do fire McClaren – who agreed to a reduced role in the summer as head coach with Graham Carr continuing in charge of all transfers – who would come in to replace him?

Not many good managers, unless they give him a lot more say with transfers and the general running of the club  – and we don’t know if Charnley and Carr will allow that.

Newcastle are in a total mess at the moment – that’s obvious.

So the easy part was sacking McClaren – but for some reason even that seems to be very difficult for those  running Newcastle – and they seem pretty clueless – much like the head coach himself.

If McClaren does go – we will not hold our breath about who will replace him, but talk of Davide Moyes, Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers seems premature and may simply be paper talk.

It seems that Lee Charnley and company are playing for time – we have no idea why – other than they cannot seem to make a decision and they don’t want to fire McClaren – who they appointed in the first place.

Why Mike Ashley isn’t involved and driving decisions right now when time is of the essence reflects very poorly on him – and ultimately he is totally responsible for this complete and utter mess we are in at Newcastle United.

It’s more than shameful for such a great club.

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I can tell you from real practical experience of having been involved in situations like this at IBM when some tough decisions have to be made – that in any other business on this planet – heads would have rolled long before now.

It’s almost criminal what’s happening at Newcastle.

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66 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopeless

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  • BandB

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    We all know exactly what a “suitable” replacement means, Ed.

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Amazing

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Get a move on you numbskulls!

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  • BandB

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Ron

    It’s sounding suspiciously like the club is no less smug and complacent than it was at the Fans’ Forum meeting and before the last two defeats.

    Lesh

    It’s not hopeless. It’s absolutely deliberate.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Wah Wah Wah Wah Waaaaahhh…. another slapstick board meeting ending with someone looking for smashed glasses on the floor, banging their head under the table, another getting his tie cut off with scissors, shoelaces tied together, accident with a trifle that sort of thing.

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  • lesh

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Clearly Charnley hasn’t got the balls to sack McClaren.

    He’s useless and deserves the sack too – along with Carr

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    BandB

    Is smugness in the Manual of Mental Disorders? It should be!

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    According to the Guardian. Steve is meant to be sacked in the next 48 hours although he is back in training.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Pantomime season in full swing.

    McLaren arrives early – with a driver !
    Takes one look at the welcoming photographers and ask driver to ” go round the back”

    McLaren stays to take training ?

    His driver leaves ( McClaren not hiding in the boot apparently ) in a hurry allegedly ( and don’t want any false accusations here ) possibly to get a bacon butty.

    FFS – does the Club not even have a canteen at Benton !

    Reported to be ” business as usual” with McLaren taking the Training Session.

    Board reported to be considering two new candidates – we could do worse than get both in.

    No doubt McLaren will leave the training ground later wearing his Cloak of Invisibility.

    Oh yes he will…oh no he won’t
    Can I get an ice cream in the interval ?

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    I plainly forgot to add the image of Lee on a miniature unicycle riding around the boardroom with his underpants being drawn into the wheel, being chased by a giggling Mike Ashley with a blow lamp. Good business.

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  • Goldmbemba

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Do we rate the guardian very highly in terms of reliability anyway?

    Reliable sources seem to be bbc / sky / …and of course the fountain of truth that is Ed’s blog or course 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Lochinvar – you went from the Scottish play to panto in a day! How the mighty have been slain in battle! 🙂

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  • BandB

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15

    This is perhaps a last chance to show the fans that they have finally woken up to where their policies and decisions have been leading.

    But if it is to be business as usual, then the ire really does need to move on from McClaren.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #16

    The ‘Three Stooges’ are hoping McClown turns it around so they can save face – as they are the three that chased McClown for 6 months plus.

    Problem is if they sack McClown they would have to swallow their pride and own up for cocking it up.

    Or do the honourable thing –
    SACK McClown and resign from the club instead of dragging us further down and again making us LOOK STUPID!!!!!!!!!

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  • Barton

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    You know when things are desperate when you still wish Dastardly Derek was running things instead of Penfold,this has far passed being embarrassing for we Geordies,Fat man really must not care what so ever about were we finnish/religation at all,its the only logical answer to why he has not stepped in and wiped the floor with the lot of the incompetent cretins,he must not give a toss either way were we finnish the season,time comes were you have to ask yourself some honest questions,supporting should be a joy,not anger at oneself for supporting the team.

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  • lesh

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #18

    An extract from the Guardian’s article speaks volumes:

    ‘Keith Bishop, a key advisor to Ashley, is said to have been in frequent contact with Charnley who has been reluctant to dismiss McClaren and was not prepared to rush into a hasty sacking’.

    Not prepared to rush into a hasty sacking? A hasty sacking after being in the bottom four all season? How much time does Charnley want?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Does anyone feel an imminent armagheddon or implosion is at hand?

    You can only really get away with such shoddiness at all levels for a finite period and although it has been allowed to thrive here for far too long are the chickens finally all coming home to roost.

    It would be hard to imagine any business, for that is what it surely now represents, being run so, so badly.

    How can Charnley who appointed SM have the wherewithall, knowlegdge and gumption to depose his choice. As someone said the turkeys aren’t voting for Christmas.

    The whole rotten lot are complicit and will continue to form a defensive barrier while they collude to protect their collective backs from the maelstron that surely has to follow now.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t want to appear smug myself, but I must say I am definitely more modest than all of you lot put together. Easily.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #21

    But Tsunki I have the most to be modest about.

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  • BandB

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Meanwhile, down at The Good Old Days Music hall, Mike sings.

    At yonder club stand two board members
    Who they are I do not know
    I’ll ask them to sack McClaren
    They must answer yes or no

    (Charnley and Carr sing response)

    O NO Mike, No Mike, No Mike, No Mike
    O NO mike, No Mike, No Mike, No.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #23

    I only hope Lee doesn’t treat a life threatening condition with the same deliberation or he is knackered before he starts.

    BandB – ah, therein lies the rub, eh? The outcome, or lack thereof, of this deliberation should decide whether we resort to the cruelty of ‘sticks to beat him with’.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda, ah yes you say that, but it’s my humility that gives me the edge.

    On the subject of gumption, I hear you can actually get a bargain in 25 litre drums if you shop around. We could crowd fund an order and have it couriered to SJP.

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  • AncientC

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #25

    So they apparently want a replacement lined up, so they can bring down the curtain on the career of a respected professional.

    And what kind of replacement is going to step forward to conspire against McClaren while he is still employed?

    Our very own Ides of March. How apt.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #26

    If you think I am just treating this as one huge joke, I’m sorry but it clearly is. Just not the laughing kind. More of the crying on the inside kind.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Et tu, Burley?

    🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Are they hanging onto McClaren as a sort of bargaining counter to prevent the replacement from having the edge in the negotiations?

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Some accountant must have figured out that it is more profitable to be relegated than stay in the Prem. Stop worrying, and enjoy MA’s ride to the bank!

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  • AncientC

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Do you think they could get the new guy to sack Steve McClaren for them?

    I have a good idea, why don’t they just not say anything at all – have a new car parked in McClaren’s spot in the morning.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #31

    here we go again . Sadly it is going to be up to the supporters again to sicken the manager with vile abuse ,
    No it is not what we or i want but what else do you do ??? he has had it quie easy up to now but we a fans have to fight back .
    No one wants to see us go down , so sit back and do nothing wont do us any favours . As for support the team ??? those times are gone we have to get this man out and constant abuse at the highest level is in order , ok it may not work but at least TRY.

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  • BandB

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #32

    They are holding out for a hero.
    I don’t think.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    PS

    Wouldn’t it be more merciful to put McClaren out of his misery now and appoint young Cathro as interim manager?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Would make a statement on DERBY DAY by BOYCOTTING the match in front of a World Audience.

    I’m up for it!!!!!

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  • JamRec

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    The Chronicle is reporting that the meeting between Charnley and Mac is not happening this afternoon anymore and they reckon the decision will be dragged out until tomorrow… is this some kind of sick joke!!

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  • Sav

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Look on the brighter side. I don’t think we were ever going to have success with an office clerk like Charnley at the top of any ‘triumvirate’ and Carr buying limp-wristed, weak players with aspirations to move on before they even got here. Of course, only ‘damaged goods’ managers were ever going to buy into that.
    At least this total bind we find ourselves in might mean they have no choice now but to accede to the demands of a decent manager who will insist on calling the shots.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Maybe they are keeping him on as our next game is away , releasing the prerssure a bit instead of having 52000 screaming abuse at him – hoping he resigns so they dont have to pay compo??

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki@14
    Next will be Nursery Rymes if I regress any further with having to watch NUFC descend into a Black Hole

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  • JamRec

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Appreciate the optimism Sav but I don’t think there is a bright side to this hell hole we find ourselves in! That would be the wise thing to do but there is nothing wise about NUFC.

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  • Jib

    Mar 8, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #40

    I have a feeling in me water , I have no evidence to back it , that ‘arry could be the short term solution , it has been said that he’s Ashley’s go to sounding board on footballing matters.
    People thinking that the manager and the board will all be binned at the same time are deluding themselves.
    ‘arry and Sir Les as DoF (a role he currently holds at QPR ) could be a possibility.
    We need someone with a connect to the club and fans who Ashley can trust.

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