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McClaren Left Drifting In The Wind By Charnley

7:45 am, Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Just like Lee Charnley says nothing to Newcastle fans – and we still haven´t heard the man talk – he is continuing his terrible communication skills and apparently has not even talked to Steve McClaren – who took training yesterday.

The news is that McClaren is becoming frustrated because of the lack of contact he has received from his fellow Board members since Saturday night, when his fate was sealed with one of the worst performances for a very long time from a bunch of wimps who wore black and white shirts.

Let´s just say it was a disgrace to our great club.


Steve McClaren – a typical pose this season
Yes – it´s hard to watch

We have to remember the Newcastle Board wanted to back McClaren until the end of the season, but reportedly know he must now be replaced,  mainly because of the fans’ outrage at the Board for the inept way they manage the club.

McClaren is now waiting to hear his fate,  and the latest news last night was that it will not be until Thursday – maybe at the earliest – before the Board have done something and they announce Steve will be sacked.


This is unacceptable and their overall management and man-management skills are simply a disgrace.

It reminds us of last May when Jonas Gutierrez after seven years at the club and Ryan Taylor after six and a half years at the club were told their contracts would not be renewed.

They were very popular players who had overcome great hardships by showing immense courage while  at Newcastle – Jonas with fighting testicular cancer successfully and Ryan with recovering from two terrible ACL knee injuries and playing again for the first team.

John Carver told them via cell phone their contracts would not be renewed – and John would have received that news from the Managing Director.

Such is the amateurish and non-caring way in which this club has been run under owner Mike Ashley.

Did I say it was a disgrace?

Comments welcome.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    The old one- man band, centralised type of management, is rapidly being thrown out the window. There are simply too many things for one man to handle in complicated organisations. That’s why scouts do the scouting, coaches the coaching.

    Your average ‘manager’, no matter what title, doesn’t have the time today to dig out talent. He can suggest what type he wants and the scouts can deliver suggestions. Despite Carr’s obvious ineptness, personally I doubt he made all these decisions without direct consultation with the manager, be it your ex-favourite or this Steve, who is on the board in any case.

  • 2 Novocastrian66 // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    The trouble is; Benitez may be interested however the despots at the top of the organisation do not want to relinquish any control.
    Benitez is bound to want to have a big say and the “board” won’t want to give him any.
    Therefore we’re stuck. I’ll be amazed if he takes the job.

  • 3 Belfast // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    They are probably hoping he walks away and waives his right to a pay off if they take the piss out of him.

  • 4 JamesToon // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    The whole club needs to change. Go back to the traditional way of having a manager who controls everything. Let him pick the players to sign. The board need to be more proactive and need a footballing brain there.

  • 5 lochinvar // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Ed: McClaren Left Drifting In The Wind By Charnley

    The answer my friend is blowing in the wind – and it’s the usual incoherent rambling of our senile incompetent Board dribbling dross from their slack jaws and confused understanding of what Management is and the significance of NUFC to the fans, City and Region .

    They think Dee Cision is a member of Pans People.

  • 6 toon kk // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Typical Newcastle, sh.t on the pitch and sh.t off it. The board can’t even make a decision.

  • 7 magscar // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Whilst I grasped the unwelcome reality of keeping McClaren whilst the search goes on there clearly comes a point where he can’t even be considered as the fallback position. If he wasn’t damaged after one days training with no vote of even “he is still our coach” today brings an unreal situation for him fellow coaches and players. How can it be business as usual day after day.

    Charnley has no alternative but to bite the bullet. Ashley is out of country apparently (on business) but don’t get your hopes there is no chance of Byrne type exit on his return.

    The structure of the Club has reached the point of no return. Their version of the Head Coach role has been well and truly found out. The impasse on trying to get in real managers is their wish to be more than Patsy’s for the regime. No more yes men with even a modicum of credibility can be found.

    Let’s get the inevitable change done. We are at tipping point.

  • 8 pgakev // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Again, NUFC have managed to acheived the impossible!!

    By making a complete hash of the possible new manager appointment they have managed to make me feel a tiny bit of sympathy for McClown A complete shambles yet again.

    Ashley out.!!

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Maybe no news is good news as they try and find a successor.

  • 10 firebug666 // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:13 AM


    I think we are beyond the tipping point marra, we are clinging to the roots on the precipice off a big drop, and rescue seems to be still several days away.

    Hold on tight this could get rather messy as the time ticks slowly by.

  • 11 banjax // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Will he go or will he stay ? That’s the McLaren question and the answer is go – without a doubt. Very few in the press, amongst his fellow professionals and the club supporters have indicated a ‘stay’ option for McLaren. The simple point is he has had 28 games to keep the club safe from relegation and has failed miserably and the only reason McLaren is hanging on is to collect his severance money which is paid when sacked and not on resignation. It could be the club are hoping he will resign and save them a packet of cash but that is pure blue sky wishes. McLarens position is now untenable at the club so personally I think he’ll go before the weekend.

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    It will only be good news if they do find a successor willing to come in. Surely anyone wanting to be in would want to be in as soon as possible to give them the best chance of working with the players and keeping them up. The longer the decision making process takes, the more people will look at it as a more difficult task and one that is less attractive.

    If they haven’t done it by the Leicester game and we get a demoralising result and performance that will probably then have a knock on effect on people being interested – particularly those of a good calibre.

    The more it drags on the more McClaren’s position is undermined and the more desperate we are in need to replace him. They need to just be decisive and give the new man what he wants. There is increasingly no other option.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    What bit don’t you get, throughout the last eight years, managers, directors and players have come and gone, there is one constant throughout this sorry state of affairs and that is Mike Ashley. It is his ill thought out policies that have finally come home to roost. It is him that has created a mentality at the club that the only thing important is to survive in the league. He has caused a deep malaise from the U18’s right the way through to this sorry lot representing us in the PL. He has employed casino managers, tea boys and foul mouthed members of the crazy gang to do a high profile job, not because they are qualified but they will do his bidding. The one time his buy ’em cheap strategy almost worked and we done a “Leicester” he decided that it wouldn’t do to aim so high and deliberately took us backwards. He might have thrown money at the club this year, do not fool yourself in to thinking it was some new found want of success.

  • 14 widowmagandapoke // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    It is all just speculation. How would the press actually know that Benitez has doubts about how much control he would have? Surely any manager coming in at this crisis point could dictate his own terms.

  • 15 firebug666 // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Lil from previous:

    Sorry for late reply, just catching up:

    Yes I agree the players need to take some of the blame for the shambles on the pitch, but in their defence, it is still down to the coaching and choices.

    If the coach decides to play a couple of players out of position, the asks another couple of players to keep an eye on them and help them out because they are out of position, then chucks on a fringe player or two you have a recipe for disaster.

    The setups this season have been poor at best mate, and the players have seemed just as confused as we are, did anyone actually know what they were suppose to be doing in our last game?

    There was a serious lack of effort from the team, but then we are a team without leadership, without tactics and without pride.

  • 16 nut meg // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Give Benitez whatever it takes for him to come in asap.If we survive this season then they can sit down and talk about a new deal for future years.We can’t sign any players but he can have a good to see what the squad needs to bring it up to scratch.It is not the time to hum and haw our need for a top guy is now! We have enough money to pay him so why p8ss about?

  • 17 toon kk // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Macca has become the high light of this season, at least if he’s sacked he will be.
    We’ll still go down anyway, it’s to late the damage has already been done.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    I thought about responding to that post on the previous, but if they don’t see Ashley is to blame for all of that then I’m not sure how easy it is to get through to them.

    Not to mention that Ashley didn’t spend any money. The club spent money that the club has generated. Ashley didn’t have to dip in his pocket to spend it. He didn’t benevolently give us £80million to spend and add nothing on to the debt.

  • 19 lochinvar // Mar 9, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Benitez as Director of Football would seem to be the move needed. An authoritive and experienced football man who would command respect top down. Built a structure with Head Coach, Coaches, fitness staff and others around him. The players then know their place and can be freed to play football in a professionally run club culture.

    Benitez would also have an extensive range of Scouts and contacts in the game across Europe and could be expected to attract the right sort of players to work with him and to commit to his vision for the club’s future.

    Only problem is that in this scenario Charley would have to realise that there would be no place for himself, Carr, Moncur or Mcclaren so wouldn’t go there and sack all of them and resign himself due to self interest ( covering his own ass ) Ashley has to step in and do that – as he’s not on the Board he has positioned himself to be able to do that and should.

    Get back the respect – that’s a good place to start,

  • 20 magicmac // Mar 9, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    We have to start at the roots, thats where the whole problems are at Newcastle United, that whole board should have been sacked long ago, No proper self respecting manager would work under any of these stupid senile clowns, they are all a total waste of space, they are all like a cancer eating away at our club, that little ugly fat toe rag Charnly was the one who went ahead and hired The best manage in the premier league John Carver he he, against the advice of everyone, he also done the same with Mc Claren, who had just been sacked by derby County, so he was not good enough to manage a Championship club, but Charnly thought he was going to be a success at a premier league club he he, that little tured Charnley does not know what day of the week it is, and i honestly think every Newcastle fan would love to punch his lights out. Then we come to senile old man GRAHAM CARR, he has wasted millions of ashelys money on total shit players, he is another total waste of good space, he should be an an old peoples care home, so please tell me how any good proper football manage would work under these clowns, and until these clowns are sacked nothing will ever change at our fantastic club, they are all scum bags.

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