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Shepherd Slams Newcastle Transfer Policy – Ashley Let Down

8:27 pm, Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Newcastle are in a very serious situation right now with only 24 points from 29 games played and we are second bottom of the league.

You have to consider last summer that this season’s goals set were the highest since owner Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007.

The goals for this season were to finish in the top eight in the league and to win a cup.

We were knocked out at the second hurdle of the League Cup and the first hurdle – for the fourth time running – of the FA Cup and we are currently second bottom of the league.

So it’s been another nightmare season for the very long-suffering fans, coming off  last season, when we survived only on the final day of the season.

freddy shepherd now

Freddy Shepherd – Ashley will feel let down

Freddy Shepherd has talked about the way Newcastle are run at the moment – especially with the transfers – and it’s not good and we already know that.

The club has been a  complete shambles for the last couple of years and as Alan Shearer has recently said – it’s a mess from top to bottom and that about sums it up.

The goings on last week with McClaren, who was kept in his job and took three training sessions until Friday morning when Rafa Benitez was finally brought in,  simply shamed this great club.

This is some of what Freddy has said on Alan Brazil’s breakfast show on talkSPORT:

“I think the players have got to take responsibility for this. I’ve said it before, I think some of them are not fit for purpose for the Premier League.”

“I think fans are happy to see anybody in there who’s got a bit of credentials and Benitez has certainly got them.“I think fans are happy to see anybody in there who’s got a bit of credentials and Benitez has certainly got them.”

“I agree Sunderland do seem to have more goals in them, but I think Rafa is going to turn it around. I hope he turns it around.”

“At home we’ve got a great chance to beat Sunderland, I honestly believe that. It looks pretty dismal for Newcastle at the moment, but we’ll come through. I think Sunderland is the biggest game of the season for us, without a doubt.

“The foreign players don’t understand the derby. Simple, no. but they will do at the weekend. This is a huge game for both clubs, and if we lose against Sunderland I think we’re in real trouble.

“At the moment we’ve got an escape route, and we’ll start to go along that with a win in the Sunderland game. I am confident they will win. But if we don’t win in Newcastle we’ve got real problems.”

“I just hope that when we do stay up – and I’m confident we will – that they change the policy of bringing players in. The scout brings the players in and I think it should be the manager, and then the board decide the deal.”

“I think Mike Ashley will feel let down. To be fair to the guy he has put the money in. Who can you blame for it? It’s got to go back to who brought the players in.”

“I think some of these players may have been good enough in their leagues, but they ain’t good enough in the Premier League. It’s the best in the world.”

The Board have to take responsibility for what’s happened this season, since they are the ones that have brought in the players for £82M and they kept McClaren in his job until it’s a pretty hopeless situation.

We spent £82M and yet still have a weak defense and no recognized Premier League striker – both of which are hurting the team this season.

It was Lee Charnley who chose both of the last two head coaches – John Carver and Steve McClaren – and they have been complete and unmitigated disasters for the club with the following records over the last two seasons.

John Carver record.

Premier LeaguePlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

Steve McClaren record.

Premier LeaguePlayed WonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

Those records don’t include the cup games which would make their records even worse.

Just in the league games we had only 9 wins in 47 games and a goal difference of -42 with only 37 points gained.

What a disgrace.


Ashley will feel let down – yes – but he was the one who appointed the Board and the members last summer and they have demonstrated this season they simply have no idea what they are doing – and that’s the main reason we are in the dire position we are right now.

If we are relegated that will cost us maybe £150M in the first year alone – that’s a huge loss because of mistakes made in the running of the club.

And saving the best for last the good news is that is all behind us now and we are really hoping Rafa Benitez can save us from relegation this season and start to repair the damage done.

He’s the perfect man to put us back on track.

If we can only keep Rafa Benitez at the club – whatever happens – he will have us become a much better club and also a very strong team very quickly – and maybe back to some real success.

And given a little time he will also get us a trophy – and that’s something we can hardly remember – since it was way back in 1969 – 47 years ago – the last time we won one of those things – the Inter-City Fairs Cup.

It’s been a disaster for the last two years but there is now some real hope with Rafa Benitez at the helm.

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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Mar 15, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Aye when there’s a hiatus bring in a football expert like Fat Freddy to comment.

    Ha ha ha

    The old wifey next door has a budgie called Freddy that knows more about football than Shepherd !

  • 2 magicmac // Mar 15, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    If Rafa manages to keep us up and i honestly think under Rafa we will just about stay in the premier league, the first 2 men who should be out the door at the end of the season is Charnly and old man Carr, as these 2 men are the reason Newcastle are in such a mess and are a shambles, Charnley knows nothing about football, and cant makes a decision to save his life, and old man carr has wasted millions on shit players who were never good enough for the premier league, these 2 men are simply not fit for purpose, and how on earth they are still at Newcastle is totally insane, they would never have been employed at any other premier league club, and i dont think anyone would disagree. HOWAY THE LADS.

  • 3 Average_Contents // Mar 15, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    “I think Mike Ashley will feel let down. To be fair to the guy he has put the money in. Who can you blame for it? It’s got to go back to who brought the players in.”

    Couple of things Fat Freddy.

    Does you mean the clubs money?

    Ah yes, spending the clubs money. Wait, what? Isn’t that what’s supposed to happen anyway.

    On the second point.

    How about we go back to the guy who appointed the guy who’s in charge of bringing the players in.

    Ah yes. One Fat Mike.

    Fattys must stick up for each other likes it’s nobody’s business.

    Oh wait, it is.

  • 4 Average_Contents // Mar 15, 2016 at 8:52 PM


  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 15, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    You ask what’s my beef? Last night was an improved performance but that will count for nothing going forward. We’ve played better than that on occasion under Makro. Obviously, the same failings are evident:a shit defence, a dubious midfield and no firepower. My beef is that we are a shambles as a result of rank bad stewardship. That’s because Ashley has left the clowns in charge of the circus. Ashley is to blame. He knows that. He’s wrecked the club. That’s my beef.

  • 6 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Ashley hasn’t quite wrecked the ship yet. But his clowns have it on collision course for the rocks with no foreseeable way of avoiding them.

  • 7 hibbitt // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    looks like i misread you never had you down to jump ship thought you had a bit of fight in you but know you sound just like the rest of the defeatist whingers …..we have to give RAFA a chance after all he took a chance on us 3 days is not long enough to judge his impact on the players or the club……….. keep the faith

  • 8 Ian Toon // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Blackley give it a rest. You’re beginning to sound like the Irish lad who appears on here from time to time with a clarion call.

  • 9 toon kk // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    The club did waste money on Thauvin, but it was more a case of not spending on a proven striker and egnoring our poor defence problem. There was nothing wrong with getting Mitrovic, but that was more of the regime tbh one for the future. We needed proven quality first. Our other signings we’re fine but with so many other second rate players at the club and not strengthening key areas this season was inevitable.

  • 10 martoon // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    From last topic sorry toon kk my passion got the better of me – I just think we need to be optimistic not pessimistic and get behind the team.

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    No NUFC supporter would fail to give Rafa a chance or back him 100%. I’m just saying the damage is done. Ashley has left a pair of mugs in charge of the supertanker that is heading for the rocks. They have belatedly brought in a qualified skipper far too late, despite all the warnings. The tanker is still in big trouble, the rudder is almost useless and there’s no reverse thrust. Good luck Rafa. You’re wise to have secured a lifeboat.

  • 12 Ian Toon // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Blackley- We all have that uncertain feeling in the pit of our stomache. It’s just that you’re one of those people who like to display the uncertainty of the situation. Getting it off your chest! BandB- Called it hope!
    Get a grip man. You’re the grown up. I hope that toon fortunes and circumstances render this conversation redundant . I didn’t have you down as being beaten before the battle really starts.

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    You tell me to give it a rest. A rest from reality? 70% predicting our team would get at least a point away from home at the top of the league team?

  • 14 Jib // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    I thought Man City v Kiev was boring but Atletico Madrid v PSV is goalless after175 minutes !
    Nice to see Jetro Willems back playing nearly a full game.

  • 15 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:20 PM


    Well I voted for a draw last night, which we narrowly missed, as I felt that Rafa could have got us a bit of a bounce. He is top quality and if anyone can keep us up it is him.

    My feeling is that we have some decent recruits in the incomers the last two windows. But some of the lads we really need now are injured ! The biggest problem has been poor tactics, exceptionally poor people management and terrible player motivation. Basically a side like ours, playing sound confident football, is not a relegation side, though hardly top ten. The crucial difference between Leicester after 25 games and 38 las season was confidence, the great leveller between skill and effort. Remember Danny Simpson ?

    I feel that Carr’s decision making has been average at best and Charnley is a great demonstration of the Peter Principle at work, so agree there. However, the issue now is survival. Whether Ashley has finally seen the light or is the business equivalent of a monkey writing Shakespeare I don’t know – his culpability is clear however. But beating this drum as loudly as you can every time you post, detracts from the other points you make.

  • 16 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:22 PM


    The only realities in this world are that you will die and before that pay a lot of taxes.

  • 17 Jib // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Blooming heck
    Fernando Torres is 32 on Sunday !

  • 18 Ian Toon // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Blackley- Mr Tuff talks of facing up to reality and an acceptance of being relegated. What it signifies to me is living without hope. As a fan where your support is unconditional this can never be acceptable.
    I forecast a defeat at Leicester – Mr Tuff said we would win 2-1 but consigned us to relegation soon after the game. We’re all doomed might ring well with him but you!
    A toon fan pointed out the first SBR game as manager which involved a defeat 1-0 away at Chelsea and that we won the next at SJP 8-0 on SBR’a homecoming. The atmosphere on Sunday will be electric – sorry I can’t be there. Make sure you fill in for me.

  • 19 toon kk // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    No worries mate, I think we’re all living in hope tbh, something Rafa has given us all.
    I do get P–d off occasionally when we keep loosing and maybe I do get pessimistic, but I keep seeing our flaws every time we play, something I don’t think even Rafa can fix.
    But we can keep our fingers crossed and hope for the great escape.
    In Rafa we must trust.

  • 20 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 15, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    I don’t know why we didn’t sign Charlie Austin last Summer. He is a proven PL goalscorer and would have been better value than Thauvin in my opinion.

  • 21 Thump // Mar 15, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    @The overrated Frenchman: No interest in the North, perhaps?

  • 22 Thump // Mar 15, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Also, let’s stop talking about trophies, eh Ed? I mean, there’s just a small matter of not being relegated, otherwise we may very well be looking at competing for the Sky Bet title.

  • 23 SPRINGY // Mar 15, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    the overrated frenchman
    austin did’nt want to come,his family didnt want to come north,and he’s missed a lot of games any way so probs would of had an even worse fitness record up here,every other player does….yes we needed a striker but between the uselessness of carr and charnley and the fact no decent striker thought we were a good prospect is the reason why a class striker did’nt arrive….not being a good prospect for a player when your offering millions in wages and they still wont come, all comes down to the shambolic way this club has been run…and its all took effect this season where other seasons we’ve had the goals to just survive

  • 24 SPRINGY // Mar 15, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    while theres games to be played,theres games we can win and until thats not an option…we fight,we support…even if it looks desperate.

  • 25 Blofal // Mar 15, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    I just don’t know where our goals are going to come from.

    I’m just hoping that Cisse returns and starts knocking them in. Even though he offers nothing in build up play he does have a knack of getting the goals when we need them.

    Perez just isn’t prolific but I feel Rafa’s love with Spanish players means he will keep his place. Mitro is crucial to the structure because of his hold up play. I don’t know whats going on with Doumbia… he is supposed to be a top striker but hasn’t been given much of a run yet.

  • 26 stuart no9 // Mar 15, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    we all know our strikers are not the best, leicester had 1 on target and 1 goal , great if your a decent striker, so how are we going to stay up if our goals to chances ratio is quite dismal to say the least.
    We need goals or we are down – simple as that. We are stuck with what we have untill summer , so how do we manage till then and avoid the drop? simple , create more chances . We are averaging about 2 chances per game, maybe 3, which for our strikers is not enough , top strikers yeah , but not us , so rafa needs to come up with a system to break down the opposoition defence in order to create more chances to score 1 goal , maybe we will need 5 chances to 1 goal , how does he do this ??? ive no idea , thats why rafa gets paid £5M a year , that is why i trust in rafa to save us , not to make the strikers better but to create a system to develop goal scoring opportunities to allow our strikers to miss more than they will score .,thats why i suspect a different approach from the team in future games , an attacking approach otherwise we could be going down , however i cant see it , not with rafa in charge , hes too smart

  • 27 stuart no9 // Mar 15, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Blofall—– the goals will come with a different system being introduced to create mor chances . watch the difference in future games.

  • 28 SPRINGY // Mar 15, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    when you look at the strikers,mitro playing but not looking like scoring,rivierre,cisse even SDJ all just back from injury,so not firing on all cylinders…and doumbia barely played since before christmas due to mid season break…its a huge problem at the minute….but no matter how they play goals are needed thats why doumbia,cisse might be worth a shout….but we not know unless its tried….but lets see what rafa can come up with.

  • 29 SPRINGY // Mar 15, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    we have mackems home,norwich and southampton away then swansea and man city at home lets see where we are by then.

  • 30 asl123 // Mar 16, 2016 at 4:16 AM

    MA gotta make drastic action for his own good. Restructure the board.

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