Real Concerns About Newcastle’s Future Beyond This Season

For the previous two seasons we had a very poor run-in to the end of the season.

In the 2013-2014 season when we finished 10th we lost seven of the last eight games.

Last season was even worse with John Carver in charge and we got 4 points from our last three games, but had lost the previous eight games in succession – the first time that has ever happened for the club in the Premier League.

In both follow-on seasons we had terrible starts at the beginning of the season.


A concerned Rafa Benitez at today’s game

In the 2014-2015 term – last season – we got 3 points from the first seven games and then recovered to 26 points from 19 games played – half way through the season – but then we collapsed under the woeful John Carver after Alan bolted out the back door.

This season we started with just 3 points from the first eight games under Steve McClaren and now we have taken one point from the last seven games – and with that record we will deserve to be relegated.

There seems diminishing hope after our players today showed a complete lack of guts and they are just not up to the pressures of being in a relegation fight.

But we are getting concerned that if things are not turned around before the end of the season, we could get a poor start to next season in the Championship and we could even struggle down below.

There’s just no way that Rafa Benitez will stay at the club and at the end of the Sky Sport interview today he was asked if Spain call on him to take over the national side how could he refuse it?

Rafa was political and said this in response to that question:

“I would say that the next game is against Swansea and I want to concentrate on this game.”

Very smart answer because Rafa’s prestige is also on the line with that disgraceful display from the Newcastle team today.

We would hope that Lee Charnley and company will be doing some planning for next season in the Championship and what that means in terms of finances, season ticket prices, players we need to sell, players we need to keep, which non playing staff will have to be laid off to cut the running costs, which manager should we hire  –  and so on.

But we have absolutely zero confidence in those running the club this season and we’re sure Lee will do nothing until the end of the season and then look at the league table.

Lee will see we are second bottom and relegated and he may then start to think about what to do.

We are getting concerned that unless huge changes are made at all levels of the club in the summer we are in real danger of being stuck in the Championship for more than one season.

What we saw today is that too many of the players we have in the first team just don’t have the bottle (mental strength and courage) when things get tough – this relegation fight is all too much for them.

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22 comments so far

  • Ginger

    Apr 9, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #1

    We’re crap. Have been for ages. Couldn’t even watch the full match it was that atrocious and I still managed to watch the full match when we had Pardew and McClaren so that’s saying something.

    Although I would have liked to see Rafa have longer so he could properly mould the team, he’s still been completely underwhelming for the time he’s been here. Playing the exact same system that’s failed for us for so long, still starting completely out of form players *cough* Sissoko, Wiji *cough cough* I have seen slight improvement in the structure of our team but that’s it. In Rafa’s defence it’s hard when the players don’t care. My main issue with Rafa is starting Taylor over Lascelles. He was playing the best and was immediately dropped when Mbemba/Taylor returned. Would much rather have Lascelles and Mbemba.

    Shelvy has been crap these past few games. There’s a reason he’s not playing for a big club and that’s cause he’s incredibly inconsistent.

    I rate Janmat but he’s given up on us. Used to come out with interviews all the time at first haven’t heard a peep from him in ages.

    At least if we go down we might have some that actually give a toss.

    On a side note, hope we don’t lose Townsend. Think he’s been really good for us. Quite often our only attacking outlet.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 9, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, I pre-empted your post. Get rid of Chumpley and Carr crash today and get proper football people in. We’ll storm the Championship. Of course, Ashley will dither till the end of the season and if he does deign to act then, it will be too little too late.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Benitez look far fro happy today – looked angry, fuming went a bit red around the gills, don’t blame him for the first half display.

    Wouldn’t surprised me if he walked before he end of the season – don’t think any manager could manage that hopeless lot who call themselves footballers.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #4


    Just watched Lascelles Sky interview. Can tell he’s holding back from being more blunt about some of his teammates, particularly the older ones, not giving a shite and being mentally weak.

    Can see him tripping over himself as he tries to hold back from saying what he really thinks as he stutters out the media training cliches.

    Telling that a 22-year old that came on as a sub at 2-0 down is the one to front up to the cameras!

  • Tsunki

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Thank you Mr Ashley for saving us.what a wonderful job.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    What’s the point of changing a manager when nothing’s changed, same crap tactics, boring formation, useless squad of players, what is Benitez doing in training exactly.

  • Nufc-83

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Spot on for everything ginger.

    Need a clear out when we go down get rid of:

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Apparently his one on the radio was a bit more to the point. Must be fuming having been dropped for the class clown.

  • Nufc-83

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Armstrong mitro and Perez up top next year. Aaron’s and Townsend out wide with shelvey and new defensive mid. Lascelles Mbemba and dummet with new rb will be good enough for champ. Elliot and Darlow both good enough for champ. Bring in some young high potential to fill the squad up and away we go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Shut it welsh!

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #11

    There is a lot of optimism regarding us coming straight back up – Why?
    Cant see the likes of Mitro, Cisse, Tiote, Perez, Gini, Shelvey, Sissoko, Jaanmat staying – even if they want too FatMan will want to add to his pot of dough

  • cyprus

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Where is the Rafa table Ed?

    Only fair to put into next to Carver and Steve. Carver will look like a Benitez compared to this shower. We are worse under Rafa, unwatchable as well as ineffective.

    Bench Shelvey and Taylor man.

  • toon kk

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #13

    We’ve been really poor for a long time, Remy kept us up when we had him on loan. We’ve basically got the same gutless defence and are playing without a proven striker. Mitrovic is one of our better player’s but he’s not ready yet. I said before the season kicked off we’d be relegated and I am right.

    I just pleased I had enough sense not to waste money on a season ticket. Those who did hope you’re enjoying the circus.

  • Yo-yo

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Totally agree with Grafton on previous thread.

    It’s the culture of not wanting to win, of not trying, of accepting mediocrity. Sport is played to win and if you’re not set up to try to win, then the whole thing implodes just like the Toon have.

    The financial rewards in the EPL of profits without success or even a sniff of success, have made Ashley and the rest of his circus complacent.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #15

    You’ve really got it in for Rafa while you’ve been relatively supportive of Ashleys regime over the years, I guess the fat man has been let down by another dreadful manager rather than the latest guy in charge being let down by a trio of lower league managers and boardroom staff before him.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Well said cyprus, why should i shut it jail, name me one good thing Benitez has done so far.

  • toon kk

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #17

    We’re just like Villa, we’re the two worst teams in the premier league and have been all season. You can see both teams lack quality but most of all lack effort and care.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Yo yo,
    I’ve tried my hardest to find an excellent article I once read in the Mail about aiming for mediocrity. Sums us up. Like I said the other day, if you bring a guy in to finish in between 10th and seventeenth then failure to do thst is relegation where as bringing in a guy to break the top six means faikure to do that would be finishing tenth and seventeenth

  • banjax

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Where do you start – with the owner and his hired goons who have caused a stinking mess at our football club. It all starts with Mike Ashley and his bargain basement players who are bought cheap in the hope of being sold high for a quick buck, not for quality or ability. Add to that a dictatorial management who impose impossible constraints on the coaching staff who are supposed to work with these players and somehow mould them into a cohesive unit who would be capable of performing at a decent level in the premiership. So here we are teetering on the edge of relegation with a competent manager in Rafa Benitez and that’s it apart from Half a dozen decent players and millions of £’s of Ashley’s money and the shot nerves and pockets of Newcastle supporters laid waste. Lazy players who train but haven’t an ounce of guts to try on the pitch. I’m now inclined to think relegation will be the best outcome possible. A mass clear out of dross from the club, a new board and a quality manager in charge (hopefully Benitez) with money to rebuild and the only bonus in all this is that it is going to cost Mike Ashley a shit load of money. Happy days !

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #20

    We’re ferked but to be honest we have been since they decided to spunk £80m with shteve in charge. A man who twice turned us down and got sacked from all his recent jobs in lesser leagues yet we had to persist and get our man. Shameful.

    And no, it’s not hindsight. The writings been on the wall for years yet it wasn’t heeded.

    Underinvestment year after year then bang, all in one go, the last throw of the dice so to speak with a washed up smirker in charge and it’s backfired spectacularly and as usual it’s us, the fans who suffer. Again.

    Fat fcuker out!

    Boils my fcuking piss the horrible leech.

  • magicmac

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Even before we get rid of all the crap players who clearly dont give a toss, the first 2 people who should be shown the exit door are that slim ball Charnley who does not have a clue about football, and how to run a football club, so in no way should he be left in charge to plan for next season in the championship, the other is that old fart Graham Carr, who is clearly senile, its time he got his bus pass, and was left to enjoy the scenery around the country, lets be honest guys these 2 men would not be employed at any other football club in the united kingdom or Ireland, in an ideal world it would be amazing if Ashely sold up and left also, but dont be fooled by Ashely saying he wont sell the club to we win something, i think he will stay next season to see if we bounce straight back like the last time, and if we dont bounce straight back he will put the club up for sale, we all know he was only at the club to advertise the club all round the world with being in the premier league, and to also make money, that will not happen if we stay in the premier league for a number of years, so if thats the case i honestly dont see Ashely staying, that my honest view, but like they say every cloud has a silver lining, so when we go down, it might possibly be a good thing for Newcastle United in the long run my fellow Newcastle fans. Howay the lads.

  • magicmac

    Apr 9, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #22

    I mean that will not happen if we stay in the championship for a number of years.


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