This Is The Man Newcastle Fans Want To Replace McClaren

We were fairly confident at this time yesterday that Steve McClaren would be fired by now, but the incompetence and dithering ineptitude seems to have continued by those managing Newcastle.

And Steve McClaren is still in charge and will lead the training today, but Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and company cannot be allowed to do nothing and must bring in a new manager to give us some (small) hope of salvation.

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Rafa Benitez – when told Newcastle fans want him

As my son succinctly texted me yesterday about the situation, when it looked like McClaren would not be fired:

“They have no idea what to do – the dithering idiots.”


Yes – that about sums up the ineptitude at the top of the club right now.

With over 10,000 votes in – one vote per reader – it’s Rafa Benetiz who is the fans’ choice to replace the woeful Steve McClaren – who should never have been given the Newcastle job in the first place.

Steve’s appointment will cost us our second relegation in seven years under owner Mike Ashley.

We trust those who made that disastrous choice will be held accountable in May.

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14 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Mar 8, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #1

    well… it’s difficult situation right now, not many would want to come with 10 games to go.
    Announcing sm is sacked but no replacement right now will be pr suicide.
    Not announcing sm will be sacked also anger a lot of people.

  • Santon03

    Mar 8, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t know who has the contacts or contacting candidates for manager, but it seems he has limited contacts probably only British managers.
    “who has the contact number for Rafa?”
    “not in my contact list, only have these numbers”

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 8, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #3

    If McClaren takes training today, it seems most likely to me that he won’t be sacked before the next match. Is that how others read it?

  • firebug666

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #4

    If there is no accountability at the club, how can anyone be held accountable in may?

    All we will get is a statement saying mistakes were made but we will not dwell on them and move on.

    This club has gone well beyond the pathetic, the incompetence become the norm, and this truly is a case of fiddling while the city burns.

    I keep posting these same two quotes from Llambias; “they don’t know how nasty we can be” and Ashley; “Newcastle is beneficial to SD”

    Nothing has ever changed since those quotes, we are treated with utter contempt by our club, we hear guff from our team and inept head coach, nothing from the powers that be, but they expect our loyalty, and a full stadium at home games.

    There is no accountability because we as fans are not doing anything to make them accountable, they do what they like and we follow meekly behind waiting for scraps of information to dissect word by word to see if anything about our club can be gleaned from it.

    We as fans need to come together and only then can WE make the club and moronic leaders accountable.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #5

    10 games is over a quarter of a season. There are still 30 points to be played for out of a total of 114. That is plenty of time to pick up results with a new man in charge. One who isn’t afraid to attack, and one who isn’t afraid to drop some of the more gutless and under performing/overrated employees who masquerade as Premier league footballers.

    I’m not sure Rafa is the right man, or necessarily the one the fans want, let’s face it, the poll only gave us a choice of 4, and other than Rafa it was a pretty suspect and underwhelming bunch! Still, Rafa for the next 10 games would most likely keep us up.

    The reining fixtures work in our favour, we play all the teams in the bottom 5, all bar Swansea (and possibly Sunderland) are struggling for results and aren’t showing an upturn in form. If we get anything at Leicester it is a bonus. The next 2 have to be 6 points. 2 weeks later, Sunderland travel to Norwich in another huge game for the relegation battle. Palace also have to play ourselves and Norwich whilst Swansea probably have the toughest set of fixtures remaining.

    Make the change now, get in a competent tactician and man manager and we will survive, possibly even comfortably given our fixtures remaining.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Take the protest to Shirebrook, there is no match on Saturday so get down there and block the road.

  • firebug666

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #7


    That’s an excellent suggestion mate, because the only time our illustrious owner will sit up and take notice is when his beloved SD is under threat.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m not sure, I still think he is teetering on the brink. I think this is more likely to be his farewell session, but quite probably not a fond one.

    Hopefully they are ironing out terms with his replacement before announcing, otherwise the longer the uncertainty drags on the more damaging it is. The club need to make a statement one way or the other. If they back McClaren then it would be good to know who on the board (other than McClaren himself) wanted him to continue. Whoever (if anyone) does, then they should be made fully aware that if we go down then they will be equally culpable and will be packing their stuff up the second the season ends.

  • chicousa

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #9

    The Overrated Frenchman,
    Yes, that is the way It appears to me….as unbelievable as it may be, we may not be rid of SM! Insanity!!!

  • firebug666

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #10

    STEVE McCLAREN has been summoned to a meeting with Newcastle’s board this morning to discuss his future, according to reports.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #11


  • Ian Toon

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #12

    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”.

  • nut meg

    Mar 8, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #13

    The only chance we have to stay in the PL is under a new manager.The players aren’t playing for SM & I can’t see that changing anytime soon.We need a new voice & someone who commands respect in the dressing room.It’s now or never,if it’s a new guy he needs to be brought in asap,if it’s still SM then it’s goodbye PL & a shed load of cash Last chance saloon,sh*t or bust call it what you want but the decision has to be made…like now!

  • ArtyH

    Mar 8, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Dithering and procrastination what idiots do best, that is what is happening now at our club. There will be no sacking of SMC today or this season because the idiots do not know whether to risk success or chance failure. It is patently obvious by results this season and the latest break ( with all the promises to address the problems ) for regrouping, that nothing SMC does or is going to do will get the results needed for the club to survive. ANyone who thinks he can save the club from going down is deluded, not able to read forthcoming events or has an agenda against the club.
    For me as I have stated before, it should be Rafa, but I doubt he would come. So in desperation I would accept Moyes, not Rodgers as he is a younger Pardumbo IMHO.
    Just sayin’


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