Ashley Should Sell Up – The Newcastle Board Should Resign

We use the word “leaders” loosely when we speak of those leading Newcastle United at the upper management levels, because there has been precious little leadership from people like Managing Director Lee Charnley this season.

Lee doesn’t seem to understand that his job is to proactively plan for things that may happen in the future – that’s the definition of planning – and then when things are not going right it’s his job  to make those decisions necessary to correct the situation.

He does neither of those two things.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
There’s nothing to smile about this season fellas

Lee talks about not making knee-jerk reactions – when the truth is he never makes any reaction at all – but simply does nothing.

His mantra in management seems to be to do nothing and hope the problems will go away – but of course they never do.

Lee was appointed two years as Managing Director and in his tenure we have had some of the worst results in Newcastle’s Premier League history.

  • Newcastle lost seven of the last eight games of the 2013-2014 season.
  • We started the next season with just 3 points from the first seven games.
  • When Alan Pardew quickly disappeared in late December, 2014, Lee appointed John Carver as manager and did nothing as John almost single-handedly had us relegated last season after losing eight games on the trot. John would have been fired at any other Premier League before the end of last season with his record.
  • After not learning from that catastrophic choice of John Carver,  Lee then appointed the just-fired Derby County manager Steve McClaren and called him the perfect coach for Newcastle – that tells you just how much Lee knows about football.
  • Steve showed what was to come when he made Newcastle’s worst start ever to a Premier League season getting just 3 points from the first 8 games.
  • Newcastle have been in the bottom four all season for the first time ever in the Premier league and are now second bottom – 6 points from safety and 4 points behind where we were after 31 games in our relegation season of 2008-2009.
  • Lee compounded his error by waiting too long to fire the woeful McClaren – and it looks like it’s too late for even Rafa Benitez to save us now.

So that’s the record of Lee Charnley, which is very poor and in the real business world he would have been replaced long before now.

After two terrible seasons, people simply have to be held accountable at Newcastle – we have spent £82M on new players this season and yet failed to fix the weaknesses in the side in defense and in the striker department.

It’s nothing but incompetence and we even deserve to go down because of the foolhardy decisions made by the Newcastle Board.

And Mike Ashley should seriously think about selling the club after a disastrous nine years as the unsuccessful owner of Newcastle United.

We would also like see the Newcastle Board all resign – but not before they have apologized to the long-suffering Newcastle fans who they have failed this season.

To put it more seriously, they have let the Newcastle fans down by decimating the Newcastle United club, which is a mess from top to bottom right now and  about to become a second division club because of their total ineptitude.

They can resign before the end of the season too – they will not be missed.

20 comments so far

  • brklyngeordie

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #1

    After nine years of the moron and his circus Ed has finally seemed to reach the breaking point finally…

    Seriously have said it so many times leave SJP empty we deserve better and they dont deserve us

  • HarriboNo9

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Best thing that can happen new owner new board, when we get relegated we lose all the players that don’t want to be there and we rebuild with hard working British players! Look at teams like Bournemouth lecieter and Tottenham etc so fun to watch and have British cores hard workers and some good scouted foreigners. We basically have a squad of players that don’t care about the club and are looking for a big club to go to. A stepping stone. That’s it.
    Will be hard to watch us in championship again but honestly best thing to happen as long as Ashley and board leave of course

  • brklyngeordie

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #3

    We were always gonna go down said for good 2 seasons Sissoko should be no where near the starting XI, how this man is a professional footballer and has no idea how to cross a football is beyond me gives me hope i can raise a little one in to a “professional”

    Hope he is first to go but followed by many more spineless bums who think they are first class footballers, the Newcastle Badge is to heavy for them how on earth can they carry the weight of “bigger” and “better” clubs F Off the lot of them

  • U.S Magpie

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #4

    So some good points here, lets look at the british player talk. I agree 100% and the proof is all these players below who with Keegan finished second in the league. Guess what count the amount of British Players.
    1 GK Czech Republic Pavel Srní?ek /2 DF England Warren Barton / 3 DF England John Beresford / 4 DF England Darren Peacock / 5 MF England Ruel Fox / 6 DF England Steve Howey / 7 MF England Rob Lee / 8 MF England Peter Beardsley / 9 FW England Les Ferdinand / 10 MF England Lee Clark / 11 MF England Scott Sellars / 11 FW Colombia Faustino Asprilla / 12 DF Switzerland Marc Hottiger / 14 MF France David Ginola / 15 GK Trinidad and Tobago Shaka Hislop /16 FW England Darren Huckerby / 17 MF Republic of Ireland Jimmy Crawford / 18 MF Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie / 19 DF England Steve Watson / 22 MF England David Batty / 23 MF England Chris Holland / 25 FW England Paul Brayson / 26 DF England Robbie Elliott / 27 DF Belgium Philippe Albert / 28 FW England Paul Kitson . The following year we let go of Kitson and Huckerby and bought in Hamilton and Shearer yes both British. Place finished second again. After these two what I see as awesome seasons we started to let go of most of the British players a then finish 13th and 13th and then 11th in the league and the trend has just carried on at our club. Maybe the board members need to read this blog and look at the trends involved with the club and see when we where nearly all British players or at least the majority we were a side not to be messed with. Go through the history, board of aholes.

  • banjax

    Apr 3, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #5

    The sale of NUFC will never happen with relegation because no one in right mind would pay £260m for Ashley to get his money back. Anyway Ashley deserves the financial punishment of the Championship to motivate him to bring the club back quickly to the Premiership, which in turn will cost money to do and I think M A will be prepared to spend that money. The best we can hope for atm is a miracle and if not M A sacks the board and brings in professional, competent people to do a proper job.

  • benjohnsen

    Apr 3, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Regarding the British vs foreign. I completely agree that we need some British player in the squad who understand the need of a fighting spirit.

    However, we do have quite a lot of british players. The main problem is that they are not good enough. The same count for the foreign players.

    We used to have Nolan, Barton and Raylor. I believe letting Gutierrez go last season is a great example. He were a lot better than current backup players and we wouldnt have conceded all these silly goals these as he know how to defend in the midfield.

    If you really want to come to the bottom of the problem you have to look at squad administration and contract lengths. Giving 5 year contracts to unproven foreign player are high risk, not so much for British as they tend to move on if things doesnt work out even if it mean a paycut. I wouldn’t be shocked if Raylor and Gutierrez were let go off because there contract run out and not that they were the weak link in our squad.

    Ask yourself this. How is it that Gouffran, Riviere and even Marvevoux could even be considered worthy of another season over Gutierrez.

    Our problem is that we have not been able to get what doesnt work in the squad freeing up enough for new players to arrive.

    Regardless of what manager we have it doesn’t matter with such a poorly managed squad from an administartion perspective.

  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #7


    You’re right about relegation not being the trigger for Ashley to sell. Yes he’ll want his £260m back but don’t forget the £100m or so of debt he’s got in the Club. Now who in their right mind would pay over £350m for a Championship club that doesn’t own its ground?

    Furthermore, there’s no mileage in even hoping that the so-called Board, Ashley’s front, his place-men would resign.

    They’ve almost followed Ashley’s strategy by the letter but will have failed if we’re relegated – they’ve not even been competent enough to keep the Club in the Prem let alone win something or achieve eighth. Scruples or principles won’t drive Charnley, Carr or Moncur to resign – they haven’t got any!

    And, whilst I was hopeful that Rafa wouid remain if we were relegated, I think that’s a non-starter – Ashley wouldn’t want to have Rafa rocking the boat, being the one who knows what he wants, what the Club needs while not fully understanding Ashley’s expectations. Hence the three month walk away clauses in the contract. Ashley’s want another toady for a manager/ HC and something tells me that Rafa doesn’t fit that description and his contract’d be terminated – even if Rafa said he’d like to stay and get us back to the Prem.

    Charnley and Carr have screwed up big time but not enough to be shown the door.

  • Sir Braveheart

    Apr 3, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #8

    So, serious question guys and girls for your Sunday morning:

    If relegation is confirmed before the final game of the season, would people consider boycotting the final home game against Spurs on May 15th? An empty stadium in protest?

    It would be hard wouldn’t it, since it may be the last time we get to see premier league football in a while, but would people do it?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes Ashley should take blame for appointing Charmless and Carr – but who recommended them in the first place.
    As for this season the blame entirely rests on the shoulders of:

    Ashley gave/told them to go out and spend the money on getting the right players in
    Everyone who watched the TOON knew we needed a proven Premieship goalscorer a central midfield playmaker a centre half and at least one full back and what did we bring in

    Yes we got players in but all unproven for a premiership scrap.

    Benitez – I’ll ask the question – is he better than McClown ?

    Can he do anything with the shower we have ?

    Sadly after the last three games very little improvement if any in my eyes.

    Leicester game yes should of got a point – lot better
    Sunderland – woeful for a hour should of been 3 or 4 down before we equalised
    Norwich – should of been at least 3 down at half time –
    outplayed, out fought they ran chased every ball moved passed with speed created chances compared to our pedantic plodding play – sideways backwards, lack of movement.

    Basically we’re SHITE and whatever manager we bring in couldn’t save us from certain relegation and maybe next if we don’t sort thing out.

    The PSYCHE of the club STINKS

  • Sir Braveheart

    Apr 3, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Also, if we can find a way to beat Southampton away next week, Swansea at home the week after and could get something from Man City the following Tuesday…

    I mean it’s looking very unlikely…but Mitro has three goals in one and a half games now…and on the day those three are beatable…especially the home games…

    I know I know…false hope and all that…but last night I felt like it was all over…but it’s not yet, right? I mean if we can perform for 90 minutes like we did in that second half then there’s still a chance yet surely?

  • Slank

    Apr 3, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #11

    The three clubs that finished 15, 16 & 17 last season are now the bottom three this season.

    Before this season started nearly all the pundits and journalists outside the North East had Newcastle down for relegation.

    So it should be no surprise that Newcastle are where they are.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 3, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #12

    The ineptitude of Charnley is illustrated to me by his interview, has there only been one?

    He said they were not prepared for AP leaving, choosing instead to believe in loyalty, before continuing to describe the Eunuch of a Head Coach role. The potential for AP leaving was an obvious fact for anyone with the slightest ability to understand the actions of others. This is why I often refer to LC as Penfold and having more concern for his biscuits. Then to compel the situation, the loyalty shown to AP was benign and anonymous, compounding the reason for AP to leave…. And good riddance, I say apart from what was to follow.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #13

    7 points out of the next 3 games – this gutless lot – no chance
    We’ve only managed 8 points out of the last 14 games
    just over .5 of a point per game.

  • Derek

    Apr 3, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #14

    brklyngeordie @1 is exactly right,

    Many fans need to wake up to what has been going on for 9 years.

    The problem is even if we survive relegation by 1 point and Ashley spends <20m over the next window on 2-3 more unproven players from the continent, we are going to hear comments like "Ohh next season is going to be a great season because we have Benitez", or "This is all part of Ashley's complete overhaul of NUFC, it just takes time.", and "Now with Benitez we are going to be making our own luck".

    Truth is nothing has changed with the running of the club.

    Benitez is the cheapest way that Ashley can continue to get gullible fans paying their money for STs to watch players who aren't good enough for Premier League, keeping them buying their Wonga shirts from SD, and keeping the protests at bay.

    Benitez won't get full control of transfers, Ashley won't change his priority from advertising SD to actually showing ambition and spending some of his wealth to create a consistent top 8 team (which is what the fans deserve).

    If Benitez is still coaching NUFC by the end of this year (because face it, he will never be a manager) I will be extremely surprised.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 3, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #15

    benitez is a good manager but he set us up to defend against sunderland and Norwich. you can’t do that in relegation scraps, especially not with only two players who know how to defend (tiote and mbemba)
    as soon as benitez switched things round to attack we looked better as you’d expect from a team of attackers. but at least benitez is capable of making changes. wally would have just watched and prayed for a win. carver would have just shouted and got angry. pardew would have just sat there thinking who to blame

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 3, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #16

    If Ashley appoints a clever, progressive, knowledgeable director we can turn things round. that guy who was at Southampton a few years back might be worth trying. think he was called cortese or something italian.

  • isleofmanman

    Apr 3, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Its in Ashley’s DNA to buy cheaply with a view to flipping the better players at a healthy profit (except when panic sets in at the prospect of losing £125m pa TV cash)

    Charnley was never be fit for purpose and him being paid the 3rd lowest CEO salary in the Premiership speaks volumes at £103,000 pa plus free pies

    Amazingly – having brought in upteen unproven foreigners into the squad – these no good non-performers did not have relegation break options written into their contracts

    So they will all get their mega wages be they feigning injury or just continuing to be no good

    If Ashley wants to be a twat and see us continue to slide he will simply sit on his hands

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 3, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Please don’t criticise Benitez or his tactics! At the end of the day we have a crap squad thrown together by second rate people. McClaren was totally useless and if we go down, which is now very likely it will be because they appointed Benitez too late. Also when you are down you don’t get any luck; we would probably have won yesterday with Elliott in goal! Anyway ifs and buts don’t help this sorry situation and we could be down for years if they don’t hand a plan. Can they get Rafa to stay for one season on a big bonus to get us up? Otherwise I fear meltdown !

  • toonluvva

    Apr 3, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Of course Mr Ashley should sell up.

    Relegation will stop him from being paid to advertise his tawdry wares on TV.

    We don’t have the professionals to run a PL side, that has been obvious for a long time as so eloquently laid out by Ed in his article. It seems to me that the board were appointed to act as a “fig leaf” of respectability to Mr Ashley. He picked them to keep the team just above the drop zone so that he could keep raking in the TV money.

    Well tough, Mr Ashley. Record TV money will be available next season and YOU will NOT get a a single penny of it.

    If Mr Ashley or anyone at the club thinks that the current squad will be good enough to return to the PL, they are seriously mistaken.

    Sadly I expect Mr Ashley to wait for a few months to see how next season pans out. Given that I don’t anticipate a speedy return to the PL, I fear that he will strip out whatever value there is in the club to recover as much of his investment as possible.

    I’m not an accountant, so I don’t know if Mr Ashley could benefit by running the club into liquidation before disappearing back down south Leaving a mere shell of a club behind.

    The future I fear is bleak for us. Even if by some miracle we do avoid the drop this season, does anyone expect the next one, or the one after that to be any different to this one, a long stint in the bottom 4.

  • sloveniangeordie

    Apr 3, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #20

    And who is crazy enough to buy club that just get relegated? I don’t think so.


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