Moncur – McClaren Did A Good Job – It Was A Privilege

Bob Moncur is a member of Newcastle´s Board and was involved in getting Rafa Benitez to the club a couple of weeks ago.

But he was also part of the Board that appointed Steve McClaren in the first place and that has turned out to be a complete and utter disaster for the club and Steve´s horrendous record at Newcastle of 24 points from 28 games could still be what finally gets us relegated this season.

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The Board made a very poor choice in McClaren, who had just been fired from Derby County and then they compounded that mistake by waiting far too long before they fired him.

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Bob Moncur –  Steve did a good job

So some of Bob´s comments today in the Chronicle are a little rich to say the least.

Here´s some of what Moncur has said:

There’s always reasons for managerial change and things don’t always go as smoothly as you’d like them to sometimes. It’s very easy to criticize but there’s always two sides to the story and there’s an explanation for it.

Steve did his best as head coach and he’s been in the game long enough to know when the crowd turn on you a little bit there can be no way back. He knew that as well, and that’s football. It’s unfortunate sometimes and you pay the price.

Steve did a good job and I got on well with him. He is a very good coach and I was privileged enough to be in some of his team meetings and I have to say when I listened to what he said it all made sense.

Sometimes, though, the players didn’t produce – especially away from home. But the boss always takes the blame for results and when players don’t turn it on.

Let´s tell the truth here – Steve´s reign was  a disaster from start to finish – the record shows that – it´s not my opinion.

It started by getting three draws in the first eight league games – the worst start ever in the PL for the club – and ended with five defeats in his final six games in charge – and that was after we had spent another £29M on new players in January.

At some point we need to hear why the Board thought Steve McClaren should have been appointed the Newcastle head coach in the first place, only days after he had been fired from Championship club Derby County.

How come a fired Championship manager was what Lee Charnley referred to as the perfect head coach for Newcastle?

Of course that was all  nonsense and just shows you how much Charnley knows about football.

As Kevin Keegan said earlier this year on BeIN Sports:

“If you asked Lee Charnley to write what he knows about football on a postage stamp he wouldn’t fill it.”

The Board has run the club this season for Mike Ashley – and they are totally responsible for the mess we are in right now – and they managed to spend £82M on new players in creating the mess.

Owner Mike Ashley is ultimately responsible,  because he  appointed the Board last summer and waited too long to intervene and tell them to fire McClaren and get Benitez in.

It seems the owner was also trying to distance himself from the mess in those rather strange comments he made on Tuesday about the Newcastle Board.

It´s simply a disgrace and we expect those people who put us in this mess to be held accountable in the summer – that´s what happens in the real business world when incompetence means we miss out on £150M.

And we don´t want to hear any more self-serving nonsense like this from any other Board member.

We´re not kidding when we say there will be books written about the mismanagement of Newcastle United this season and everything they did wrong – they could be pretty thick books too.

106 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s currently 5.20 am in North Carolina.
    Unless Ed has insomnia these articles are pre-planned

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes. He did a good job Bob


  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Eds been on an all-night bender and is sticking out a few stories before he hits the hay eh

  • one fine day

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    From previous
    Agree totally
    But the point I am making is as good as Rafa is he has players like Taylor etc to work with who have been poorly coached for years so as much as he set us up right you can’t take basic in competence out of the equation .
    Says something when sissoko looked more solid at full back

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Leicester City and Swansea City both interested in signing Newcastle United defender Gideon Adu-Peprah.
    Who ?

  • nut meg

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Some times it’s best to keep your thoughts to yourself Bob,this is one of those times!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    The crowd turned on him. If we hadn’t he’d still be here then Bob???
    Reading the Masked Magicians post then repost about Ashley doing his best and the coffee shop scenario. What he failed to mention was that success has never been part of his plan. He had huge support after that summer we bought Cabaye etc for next to nothing and justified it by finishing fifth once it dawned on everyone bar Jib and one or two others that he had no intentions of winning anything ever, that was when people started to hate everything he stood for regarding the club.

  • one fine day

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes bob
    Indeed there will be two sides to the story
    But the side featuring massive incompetence behind the scenes of which you were part of will never come out via your lips,otherwise you will be pushed from your gravy train and be back on the taxi rank
    This summer please Rafa in
    Keep cathro
    Moncur / penfold/ Beardsley. Out

  • lesh

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    It goes without saying that Moncur would try to mitigate for McClaren’s failure as HC – he was part of the clique which appointed him in the first place.

    Moncur’s probably feeling the heat along with Charnley and Carr and we can expect more mutual support from the three of them.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s part of the manager’s job to get the players to be focused and playing to their maximum each week as well, alongside top coaching, Bob.

  • kimbo

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Newcastle United U18, U21 and 1st Teams have played 76 games this season and won 16 games. A total clear out is required from top to bottom. There is a loser mentality throughout the club and it needs to be stopped, it is now to late for the 1st team and will result in relegation but we must prepare for next season and a statement from Rafa saying he is staying is the priority, come on Ashley sort it!!!!!!!

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Even those most opposed to McClaren’s appointment (and that includes Ed who was lukewarm at best) could not have forecast the unmitigated disaster that transpired.

    No one around the country can ever again accuse Newcastle fans of intolerance or impatience .The Stadium stuck with him right up until the Bournemouth farce.

    I personally don’t think we would have had a chance of getting Rafa until we were so deep in the brown stuff that he had the club by the stotts and could dictate his own conditions.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s curious how most of the better young players we “produce” actually come from elsewhere (like Gideon, Aarons, Toney, etc) when we have such an outstanding Academy. “Never been in better shape” I recall someone saying recently, or words to that effect.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 24, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15


    Really hope the club don’t do another Kemen and Abeid with this kid, ie flogging them without a real proper look at them. who knows how good they could have been with decent coaching.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16


    I think given the history on SM’s CV, I think most people could see it becoming as you say, an unmitigated disaster.

    Recently sacked from all of Forest, Derby, Wolfsburg and not managed in the premiership for 11 years were pretty major red alerts.

  • one fine day

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Getting Ashley to sort anything and finally go all out to get a top manager after 8 years would represent a huge shift in his modus operandi.
    Best case scenario would be he puts Rafa in place to attract new buyers and does one.
    It’s true we have a loosing mentality running through the club from top to bottom
    Now away against the top four fair enough try and grab a point and put in a decent show but after years of kinear/ Pardue / Maclaren etc lowering our expectations to the point where a point at home to teams like villa and calling games away at Stoke etc as tough fixtures… ? Ffs!
    Thing is I believe we are at the point where we are so low that we are pretty much as we were when Keegan took over the first time and we know how very quickly the whole situation of this club can be turned around with the right attitudes in place .
    No one in English football deserves at top side more than us .

  • jayphoto

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Heard that Adu-Peprah has been kept training with the first team squad and hasn’t been moved out with the reserves…
    Know zero about the kid mind, 17/18 seems a bit young to be thrown in the deep end but then id argue an 18 year old specIalist left back would be better than colback at left back if he’s physically strong enough

  • one fine day

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Damn auto correct

  • ArtyH

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    HA HA HA, he must need medication to stay in the real world, thankfully we all know better, just proves he needs to go too along with Charnley and Carr.

  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Tufty was always going to be a mediocre, mid table don’t rock the boat type appointment. That fact that 8th position was seen as an aspiration shows that.
    Fitted the Ashley model perfectly – stay in the Prem, don’t cost too much, don’t overachieve, and definitely don’t win anything. Europe is too expensive and complicated for the management team.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #22

    interesting comments Bobby ……..But the boss always takes the blame for results……………try telling your boss that ????

  • lesh

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #23


    If Rafa’s dictated and is dictating his own terms, then it’s not before time we had someone in place who has the knowledge and experience to repair the damage caused by the incompetents who’ve made such a mess of a once fine Club.

    All power to his elbow and let’s hope he stays to turn the Club into a successful one.

  • martoon

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Jib @1- Ed gets up at about 3am local time to write his articles, some of them are obviously prepared previously but so what! Presumably he then goes back to bed and gets up about lunch time, scans all the reports, and writes a couple more articles which we see at about tea time. Good on him I say 🙂

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Spot on schizoid man. McClaren was an appointment which reflected the intellect and character of Charnley quite perfectly.

  • lesh

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #26


    Alan Kennedy, who went on to play for Liverpool and England, played left back for us when he was 16.

    If they’re got it in them, the kids are good enough for the Prem.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    One fine day– We are nowhere near in the same dilemma as Keegan first time around . You seem resigned to the worst rather than looking at what could quite reasonably transpire. Ashley despite being a businessman first and foremost will not want his ownership of NUFC and legacy as failure.

    Benitez already seems to be undertaking a full root and branch of the club whilst trying to keep our head above the water line. Benitez as an Overlord – early Arsene Wenger moulding the club. Could be the start of something big with us only on the first rungs of the ladder. Whether relegated or not. I still think we will stay up!

    Newcastle’s wages-revenue ratio for the season spent in the Championship was 90.6%, despite slashing the wage bill by the close of the 2009 summer transfer window.
    Should relegation occur the parachute payments will mitigate some loss of revenue but we would be facing the massive loss of potential tv money. Despite assurances to the contrary the club will be making contingency plans. Even Charnley is good at running cash flow numbers.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #28

    WOW Ed, your a funny old man arnt you, you were 100% behind Pardew up until he left, and he left with some amazing records, and im not talking about the good kind,

    the results might not have been there under Shteve, but the football was light years ahead of pardews,

    You do spout some pap, along with Bob and Lee, i think there is enough room on that stamp for all 3 of you to put what you know on it and still have room

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    I wasn’t complaining about Ed’s routine – just explaining for those who don’t know , why a new article pops up after just a few posts.

  • davetoon

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Will there be any optimists left if we lose to Norwich next week?

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #31


    who cares, if we are relegated, the loss of money will be made up be supporters footing the bill in some way or another,

    fans could have and should made a statement and forced the club to do something about p45 way before he chose to leave, leaving the club in the driving position, instead, fans like you watched thhis train wreck happen and clapped as it crashed.

    well done all those all those fans who jyst slept through the match just to have some alone time from the missus.

    the very fact that rafa is here right now means we could have had him or someone like him much sooner, IF ACTION WAS TAKEN. all that was said was we couldnt attract anyone

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    The carrot of staying up is absolutley massive.
    The prospect of stripping us back root and branch under the tutelage of a master coach is so tantalisingly close.

    Failure at the hands of charnley, carr and predominantly the players will see us slide through the trapdoor to potential oblivion.

    A horrible scenario where Rafa walks and we are left with another low grade managerial appointment a la AP, JC, SM etc, where we persist with deadbeats like Beardo and watson in the academy and the glorified teaboy and over promoted pensioner carry on with mediocrity unabated and unchecked.

    Survival = great hope for the future
    Relegation = armagheddon for the forseeable.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #33

    21- I see you’ve bought into The Mag / Jail mantra. Or given that you didn’t take to well to my power to the people – attempt at humour- maybe they bought into yours! I refer to the line that as long as we’re in the PL Ashley’s plan is working. Are you suggesting that the only way for him to change his mind is relegation?

    I see it more as him being cocooned in a business world- he simply doesn’t understand football ; although his moon stars comment suggests he’s now appreciating the fragility of getting it right one season means success going forward. Ashley got it absolutely right when he appointed Chris Mort as Chairman – he was a terrific recruit from Freshfields and we were run under governance guidelines when he was around. Llambias effectively replaced him as Managing Director. From the sublime to the ridiculous.

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    I think you forgetting the Carver interregnum when the footy went back . So in fairness you should compare and contrast SM with JC’s half season , that’s where the dramatic improvement manifested itself.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #35


    are there still optimists now?

    Rafa has been given an awful hand here.
    Of course you have to believe in miracles but imagining this lot getting off their collective a—-s for the greater good is a very long shot.

    Bookies rarely get it wrong, but please god let them be this time.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    Bit of a joke having no games over Easter for the International break. Use to enjoy the two games over Easter and the TOON use to do alright unlike Christmas. herumph

  • Tsunki

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #37

    Give it a rest Ian you have to be kidding if you’re saying Ashley has fumbled on with hundreds of millions of his own money entrusted to footballing inepts because he’s not sure what to do, bless him.

    He’s a decision maker, he made his cynical decisions, stuck with them in typically obstinate style and this time he didn’t have the golden touch. He could have stopped the rot and set us up like a proper competitive footballing concern years and years ago.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #38

    catchy- Quite a few care. I have no wish to re- fight battles of long ago. If you’re apportioning blame how about underperforming players under 3 managers?

    I haven’t been a season ticket holder since living darn sarf. I watch more away games these days and will be at Norwich.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #39

    Oh Bob! How the mighty have been slain in battle! Once a hero, now the mouthpiece for the closing ranks of the failed fiscal cabal. Not your remit mate, to turn the spotlight on the fans as being responsible for McLarens downfall, is it? Terrible statement.

  • hibbitt

    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #40

    Rotonda heights

    if there was ever a time to get behind the manager and the team its now of course its a long shot but long shots sometimes come in !!


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