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This Is The Mess Created With No Communication

8:31 am, Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

There have been stories galore this week about what´s going on at Newcastle and we are sure that 90% of them are wrong or inaccurate in some way.

But given the amount of information available from the club and the way this has stretched out for six days now – the journalists are doing their best to try to make some sense of what seems like a ridiculous situation at Newcastle from the outside looking in.

But it´s not easy and to make sense of it appears to be impossible.

Maybe that´s because there´s no sense in it?

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Lee Charnley – dithering again

What we do know is that Steve McClaren hasn´t been fired yet and he has taken the training the last three days with the players, in an atmosphere where it looks he could be fired at any moment.

And secondly, there has been some negotiations ongoing with Rafa Benitez’ representatives.

But that´s it – that´s all we really know.

Not one word of communication from Newcastle United since the 3-1 home defeat at Bournemouth – not even to say that defeat was a disappointment.

And it seems not one decision has been made either, with the news last night that the Board hadn´t made a decision on whether to fire Steve McClaren.

How´s that for dithering and total and complete ineptitude?

This is the mess you get into when there are two things going on – one is a vacuum of leadership at the top of the club – and we include both MD Lee Charnley and owner Mike Ashley as being responsible for that.

The second thing is as usual with Newcastle there is absolutely no communication – and we put Lee Charnley responsible for that – because that´s part of his job.

We still haven´t heard Lee speak either on camera or on radio since he was put into this lofty position almost two years ago.

One thing that really worries us is there is a report this morning that Rafa may be having second thoughts about Newcastle, and if that becomes a reality we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

Those running the club have demonstrated quite clearly why we are second bottom of the league and the worst run club in the Premier League.

But hey, that could be a gross overstatement – maybe Aston Villa are even worse than we are?

Maybe – and they are bottom of the league – also due to the incompetence of those running the club.

Will Newcastle ever get themselves sorted out?

If they want to do that then the first thing to do is start communicating with the life-blood of the club – the fans.

Tell us what the hell is going on.

Comments welcome.



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NezzaNUFC // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Rafa ain’t coming, McClaren will stay in control of the boys

  • 2 Average_Contents // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Ashley out!

  • 3 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Repost for casual irritation ha ha-

    If somebody carelessly drives through your garden fence and straight into your fish pond, do you blame the nasty car? Carr and Charnley may be the oddball comedy duo bumbling and groping through the murk of PL management but this car crash is down to Ashley. Yes, £80m is a lot, but it’s out of club coffers after all, and it’s like the estranged parent buying useless gifts for his distant kids.

    Btw board members can be sacked by their peers, just needs,a majority, and in a tie a casting vote. If they can’t / won’t, the shareholders can call lack of action in the companies’ best interests and restructure / disband / replace said board. In Mike’s case, as sole Shareholder, he can sweep them aside and be sole director. He’s hiding behind a corporate screen. He’s the mechanic who’s responsible for he faulty brakes.

    Remember when Mike said in the video that the blame / buck stops at his door? Regardless of all this brand new board shenanigan, he’s always been the Big Cheese. La Grand Fromage….etc

  • 4 sparky55 // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Worst thing that can happen is Rafa doesn’t come but Ashley will have spoken to someone who knows how to manage a team properly and knows how a successful club is ran so Ashley will have a much better idea as to a blueprint for NUFC going forward.

    …and hopefully will make some changes irrespective of whether Rafa comes or not

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    “Graeme, can you do me a favour? Go check and see what’s happened to that Gumption order…”

    “Lee mate, I sent Bobby out for it ages ago he said he put it in Steves desk, bottom drawer…..”

  • 6 AncientC // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Rafa will want £3 million per year, or there abouts. Ashley will want Rafa on an incentivesed contract. Rafa will not want an incentivised contract, that information will be relayed back to Ashley. Mike will be “I don’t trust the intentions of anybody not motivated by incentives”. And rumble on it will go.

  • 7 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    When does the pre-match press conference need to be held by?

  • 8 NezzaNUFC // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Do you know what’s going to make laugh after all this fiasco?

    The fact that Newcastle will come out and say it was all speculation by the media and gave out false impressing of the surroundings around Newcastle.

  • 9 toon kk // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Wait for the probable statement, we just couldn’t get Rafa over the line.

  • 10 jimiley // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Big Mike is pushing Rafa for another hard bargain because he thinks he has Rafa by the balls. Keystone kops time at the Toon. I am really glad I withdrew my emotional attachment to the madhouse a coupe of years ago. I hope Rafa walks and we keep Steve. It is what Penfold and Ashley deserve. How can you support a team run by those imbeciles. Its heartbreaking and my heart is broken.

  • 11 jimiley // Mar 11, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Toon kk,
    Spot on!!! Penfold will probably say Steve was and is the only choice. Rafa was media speculation. We might have to wait until May for that statement mind.

  • 12 magscar // Mar 11, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    So another day dawns and still nothing concrete.

    As Blofal said earlier (and Mindset added to) perhaps difficulty now is that the realisation is dawning on the Board just what full control means to Benitez.

    Yes their position is in Ashley’s gift so he can dismiss them but what are dismissals to cost and will they leave a vacuum which needs filling immediately. Are negotiations also about some kind of orderly hand over? What another fine mess we are in.

    This delay with possibility he isn’t even in charge for Leicester ( thanks Sky for picking us for Monday Night Football – never thought I’d say that) does nothing to settle down the growing nerves.

    In a short 10 game run in you would imagine that he would want to be in charge for every one 1 of those games. I know it is Leicester and they are top but every game counts. Presumably he will watch if from afar but it isn’t the same.

    What effect is this having on team?
    Thoughts of McClaren holed beneath the waterline last Saturday carrying on at Leicester are just too bizarre. Perhaps ploy is to get them playing out of their skins so they get to keep McClaren in a job 🙂




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