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Newcastle Issue Statement – Apologize For Complete Shambles

12:18 pm, Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle United have issued a second statement following their announcement that Steve McClaren has finally been fired as the head coach.

We haven’t seen the second statement on the web-site but assume it will soon be issued with the Mirror being a preferred outlet for the club and unlikely to be wrong on this.

It could even be they are relying ion the Mirror to put the statement out.

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Lee Charnley – oversaw the shambles this week

This is what the Mirror are reporting is the second statement issued by Newcastle:

“We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologize.”

“However we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the club at heart.”

It’s good they have issued this statement – but it needn’t have been a shambles –  and it has deeply embarrassed the club.

Lee Charnley should have fired Steve McClaren on Sunday or Monday and let Ian Cathro take the training – keeping the head coach in the job until today has caused most of the uproar and McClaren was treated very shabbily.

The truth is that Steve was never up to the job at Newcastle and should never have been appointed last summer – but he was given the job so that Lee Charnley and Graham Carr could keep some level of control – especially with the transfers.

However, it looks like they will lose that role now with Rafa Benitez insisting he is in control of all transfers – and it seems that Newcastle have agreed to that.

That’s very good and now if we can only survive in the Premier League by May, this summer could be fabulous – players will want to join Newcastle now that Rafa is the manager.

On the other hand both Lee Charnley and Graham Carr don’t look particularly good in the rols they have been playing – and have made a second woeful choice of head coach – following their choice of John Carver to take over from Alan Pardew over a year ago.

We expect a shake up of the Board of Directors at the end of the season – whatever happens.

But hopefully Newcastle can now quickly announce that Rafa Benitez is indeed coming in to be the manager of the club – so we have some additional good news to celebrate today.

Let’s rephrase that – some additional fantastic news to celebrate today.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Board of Directors · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 yorkshire_magpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:21 PM


  • 2 Grafton83 // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    About time, I don’t think he’s such a classy bloke. I think it’s an embarassment to have failed so badly in his job and if he’d had any class he would have realised a long time ago that he was out of his depth and resigned. It’s shameful but it’s becoming the norm. Ian Holloway walked from Palace a few years ago when he realised himself that he was going to struggle, that’s a manager with dignity, respect and integrity not McClaren he’s just a loser runner off with a lot of the clubs money. Good riddance.

  • 3 manxpie // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Aye proper shambles and embarrassing charnley should be out the door too maybe Carr and moncur can team up and vote 2-1 to sack him as well

  • 4 ToonRich // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Why is Bilic commenting on our season in WHU media conference!! “this season is not a shocking one for them. For some reason, I dont know what are the reasons, but it is quite a common season”

    He rattles on a bit, and then said he still rates Steve!!!

  • 5 ToonMatt // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    That’s one out, Charnley next please.

  • 6 Belfast // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    The last four-five days has been an underhand way of forcing him to quit in my opinion. Charnley should definitely be up the road along with him.

  • 7 SPRINGY // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    glad something has finally happened….it looks macca was told last nyt from the look of things….cant imagine the club put a press statement out before talking to him…and since he apparently was never at the training ground today seems though thats the case…think simpson and will be gone but wonder if cathro will be kept on by the next gaffer.

  • 8 MadisonToon // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    That section comes from the first and only statement that the club has released.

    Second paragraph.

  • 9 SPRINGY // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    i doubt charnley will be going anytime soon…he’s ashley’s shite buffer…stops any crap from the club washing up to ashleys door.

  • 10 Goldmbemba // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    So is this virtual proof they have Rafa in the Sports Direct recyclable bag?

    Holding my breath…

  • 11 Lindisfarne // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Who would win a Sumo Wrestling match between Mike and Rafa?!

  • 12 beermonkey // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    you got to love the sun for a headline

    Steve McClaren sacked: Where it all went wrong for the Buffoon on Toon

  • 13 No Defence // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Happy meals all round ?

  • 14 toontaff2 // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Whilst it has not been handled well, a £2 million golden handshake would sweeten the sack from most jobs, especially when you have done the job so badly!
    In this age of zero-hour contracts, short-term contracts, agency work and masses of EU workers prepared to work for less, I have experienced plenty of shyte in the workplace, but never got a wedge like this! Schteve should just go down to the Beehive for a few trebles – though even the Beehive may not allow his hair in!

  • 15 geordiemark // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    think Ashley may have a lot more to worry about from parliament but then again money will soon pay them off to shut them up, my advice Ashley sack charnley and moncur and carr the sooner the better

  • 16 lesh // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    McClaren’s dismissal was, I believe,down to Ashley’s intervention and if Rafa rocks up, that’s down to him too.

    Charnley’s been looking after his own reputation and he’ll be out come summer along with Czrr and Moncur.

  • 17 Bobbybee // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Thank god that shambolic period is now closed. Regardless of his ability, he didn’t deserve to be treated like that.
    Anyway, job done. Hard to believe we are likely to get Benitez, but ffs bring it on! All the players are likely to improve under his management because he is one of the best. Just when the season looked doomed, we pull off an amazing coup. I said before a new manager can keep us up and that belief will be underlined by his appointment. Turning the honeymoon period on its head this time for the derby. We’ve all seen that these players have it in them, when they play properly, so anything near the best will be too much for the mackems. What a great chance for these players to learn from one of the best – it’s now up to them to prove they deserve it. He doesn’t suffer fools. They’ll either shape up or he’ll ship them out. OK, we’ve still got clowns in charge, but take that power off them and hand it to Rafa and they become pretty pointless – figureheads, not much more. That is if they keep their jobs now. Ashley gave them power and demanded value for money. By no stretch of the imagination have they provided that, so maybe more changes are to come out of this fiasco.
    A future under Rafa appears a whole lot brighter than the last few years, but first we need to stay up. I for one will be screaming my throat hoarse next week as the great escape begins.

  • 18 widowmagandapoke // Mar 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Humpty Dumpty will be gone by next season.

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