Newcastle Leadership – There Isn’t Any And That’s The Huge Problem


If Newcastle are finally relegated on Wednesday night, if Sunderland beat Everton at home, then a well-run club would immediately communicate with their fans as a first priority.

A good club would show initiative and start to put plans together that would begin to ensure we could be promoted immediately next May back to the Premier League.

A good club would do that – so that definitely rules out Newcastle with the incompetents who are now running the club.

It’s been a lack of leadership and competence from the top of the club that has caused us to be relegated – assuming we are – and they had ample warning last season when we only just avoided relegation after losing nine of the last eleven games.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Two of the people running Newcastle into the ground

Spending money like it was going out of style while not bringing in players to strengthen the weaknesses in the side has simply been money wasted.

And there’s no doubt the likes of Graham Carr and Lee Charnley wasted the club’s money this season.

Not only that, but they have ensured we will lose at least £100M in Premier League money next May – how’s that for total and complete failure in their respective jobs?

So what exactly will happen on Wednesday night if we are relegated?

In a word – nothing.

If Lee Charnley does issue a communication and it’s like his other ones –  it will be more of the self-serving nonsense that doesn’t say anything.

Charnley has neither the experience, the skill nor the temperament to be a top executive of any organization.

And owner Mike Ashley has to take the ultimate responsibility (also known as total blame) for appointing him and then  leaving him in place as he and his less than stellar appointment – Steve McClaren –  took us down for the second time in seven years.

Enough is enough and how much longer is Mike Ashley going to keep destroying Newcastle United?

Why does he own Newcastle United other than to use the club as a commercial advertising vehicle for his company?

And we hate to even bring up the fact that people will now have to be laid off at the club – Aston Villa announced 500 non-playing staff would lose their jobs because of cost-cutting caused by relegation.

The only saving grace for Mike Ashley – sign up Rafa Benitez on a long term deal and get him to stay on Tyneside – but that has to be a long shot now.

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238 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Lilongwe Geordie // May 7, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Springy,
    Cheers, I vaguely remember it from their show and my computer game, but I was pretty young at the time and wasn’t sure if they were just repeating someone else’s quote.

    Bobby,
    It isn’t over, there is still a glimmer of hope, however faint. Unfortunately we picked appoints where they weren’t expected and dropped them when they were needed.

    Here’s hoping, but the odds ill have lengthened considerably. If Everton can actually put it past the players and Martinez split, and get a result against Sunderland, I’d probably have us back as slight favourites.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Oops to late with my last post.

    If in the highly unlikely event that we do go down and Rafa goes I want Thomas Tuchel as our next manager and as someone said earlier break the bank to get him.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Even better if he brought some of his current players with him..

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  • SPRINGY

    May 7, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #4

    leicester 33 goal attempts today….not sure but think we either had 8….might of been fifteen with 8 on target,still thats a hell of a difference!

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  • JAMSHA

    May 7, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #5

    WE NEED A NEW OWNER & RAFA With FULL CONTROLL, Time For A Protest At Our Nxt Game, B4 the season Starts We Have To Find A New Owner, Ashley Is Killing Our Club

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #6

    EGB,
    Ha, the time for that move was when Carver was given the interim role. Not a hope now. At least not whilst he is still in a job at Dortmund, and I don’t see that changing any tie soon.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Springy,
    I don’t remember 8 on target…. Gini from Mitro’s lay off was our second on and that was with 20 to go I think.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail i dont see todays result as a surprise amd thats why i have been pessimistic since fat sam arrived. And said this the day he arrived. I thought sunderland would beat chelsea and had said villa cud be a banana skin. Rafa has to take some blame for another poot and defensive first half. This is his achilles and he showed it in spades against sunderland at home, our six pointer. Its a dreadful day but i wud rather go down this way than some awful ref decision giving the makems a last minute winner to relegate us. Im gutted. Bobby there is nowt wrong with pessimism if its well founded. we need to find out rafa’s intentions fast and plan accordingly.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 7, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa has a three year deal, with an opt out clause. It’s down to him if he takes that clause, so it’s too soon to be pushing him out the door. We all know who’s to blame so i won’t bother repeating it. It’s what happens next that really matters. Did i really read a few pages back that someone won’t be supporting us next season? Really? You won’t be missed, i guarantee that much. We’re not even officially relegated yet ffs.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 7, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #10

    has bayern got a new coach when guardiola leaves?….tuchel will probably end up there if they have’nt.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Lil’

    Yeah I know it’s a pie in the sky dream but then again no one expected Rafa to join us.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #12

    lil
    it might of been 8 shots with 3 on target,cant be sure just tbh.

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  • jimiley

    May 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #13

    I do not mind dropping another division if Mashers will kindly go. I will wait and stay away as long as it takes. It is the great irony of the eternal losers that they throw away great opportunities. After Rafa will come Pulis. hahahahah. Anybody thinks he will stay is a total fool

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  • jane

    May 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #14

    well done Leicester they deserve it.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #15

    I can’t remember all of the managers we’ve had since I started watching in the mid fifties but I’ve always been optimistic they would be Toon messiah.

    Still waiting!! 🙁

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Although KK came close.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 7, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Ashley will sell up when he finds a buyer and i don’t see a queue. Anyone who thinks he’ll give the club away is a bigger fool. Looks like we’re stuck with him until a buyer comes forward. He needs to pull out all the stops to keep Rafa and see where that takes us.

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  • jimiley

    May 7, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #18

    The other irony of following the Toon is that the crowd does not know what it wants. We have not won anything for so long that we are desperate for change. But it is always change for the worse. Players we have sold who are much better than the current shower. Managers we get rid of because they are not good enough. Big Sam and the whole ground chanted at him “You do not know what you are doing!!!” when we were mid table. Not good enough for our fans who then stayed silent for an eternity whilst the following wielded their magic. And we replaced him with Carver and Pardew and McClaren. Big Sam will keep the scum up at our expense. He must be feeling really smug. Because he knows a whole lot more that our stupid fans. Bring on Pulis. More crap. Happy viewings. The supporters bring it on themselves.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 7, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Well considering I’m not from Newcastle, i will be supporting the team whether we stay up or not.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #20

    EGB,
    Keep dreaming. It is likely to be all we have, and who am I to stifle that! What an appointment it would be though!!

    Springy,
    That sound more likely.

    Bobby,
    I must have missed someone saying that, I’ll not step in if you choose to have a pop at someone who decides not to support if we get relegated!

    On the three year contract and the clause; I seem to remember reading/hearing somewhere that it worked both ways. That if we wanted to opt out of it we could, and if he wanted to, he could. Now, in no way am I suggesting the club will or should, but we have a high wage bill (although one of that will depart, bringing cash in) will the club/Ashley be happy sanctioning the wage Rafa is on whilst in the Championship?

    How much do we think/know his annual deal is? It was a million for 10 games plus £2million bonus as far as I recall – could have those figures the wrong way round, or just wrong – so based on that we are probably talking £3.5million a year, putting him around 12th in the world in highest paid managers (according to this site http://www.totalsportek.com/money/highest-paid-football-managers/ based on a France Football study).

    Risk is obviously minimal to the reward, but then that could have been said many times under Ashley. I’m yet to be as convinced he has changed as some are.

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  • mearlam

    May 7, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #21

    They seem very arrogant people who think they know better than the people who have been through it all for decades.

    Experience is the key to being good at anything you do, what do we have? a owner who knows nothing, a chairman who knows nothing.

    We now have a manager who has experience, he has managed to make those useless excuses for footballers win a few games.

    Annoyed.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Welsh,
    You may also be supporting my academy in the near future.

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  • nufcursed

    May 7, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #23

    finally justice!
    this below mediocre team doesn’t deserve to stay up..
    even a world class manager can’t make these players perform!

    not good enough:

    dummett
    colback
    tiote
    sissoko
    cissé
    wijnaldum

    we just don’t have the quality for the PL..

    we need MASSIVE changes and about 15 new players to get promotion in the next season..
    sunderland deserve to stay up more than us how painful that sounds!

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  • manxpie

    May 7, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Thinking about it i blame wwsbrd he jinxed us today no doubt

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  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Jimily thats partly wjy the media laugh at nufc at times. Sam wasmt considered good enough by us because we dont like his style. Remarkably he is exactly what ashley wants. Safety but with limited spending. And he sacked him! Ashley cant even make decisions that wud suit him!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Bobby,
    I agree with that. It was one of the main flaws I saw with the protests/boycotts/Ashley out campaign. Without a buyer it is all pie in the sky. Villa have been on the market for nearly 2 years now. Clubs have sold stakes, but there haven’t been many (any?) major takeovers in the last year or so.

    Any campaign to remove him should have also put focus on promoting the club. He will go when he goes, who knows how long that will take, in the meantime, I hope he learns and changes.

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  • toon kk

    May 7, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #27

    JAMSHA
    Although MA is the controller, his biggest mistake as usual is his lack of football knowledge and putting people in charge also with absolutely no idea, millions wasted and it will cost us many more.
    Real shame.

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  • jimiley

    May 7, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #28

    We should hope the gate drops to 20K next season and Mashers decides to pull up sticks. Large crowds mean he will stay. But we are that stupid to keep turning up . I have seen more brains on a plate of mince than the whole crowd at SJP.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Munster,
    When Ashley sacked, and subsequently burnt his bridges with Allardyce, he was a very different owner. I think he would take Allardyce back in a heart beat, but Allardyce wouldn’t have him, and the fans wouldn’t want Allardyce.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 7, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #30

    I am absolutely devastated.
    I like Ed’s blog, in fact love it.
    But he wholeheartedly supported the regime last year. How the fcuk can he can so openely it criticise now. If we had this support against meaningful boycotts last year, maybe McCardew wouldnt be here!

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  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #31

    This could only be worse if sunderland sent us down by beating us in the last game at st james. And eric gates scored! The little shlit!

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 7, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Like i said next season i will still support the team, so frustrating when everything is in place, awesome fans and stadium, just a owner and manager, if we do go down then I hope Benitez will stay if he do then we will be back in the premier league the following season, I’ve just got a feeling we are not going to do it this season.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 7, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes, that must be it. It’s all our fault. The fans are to blame. Muppet.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Welsh,
    I wasn’t questioning that part of your post. I’m sure you will.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 7, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #35

    After today’s performance by Sunderland that’s going to give them so much confidence when they play Everton, they have been shocking.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 7, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Lest we forget and it’s a small comfort we are unbeaten for five (or is it six) games now.

    Under McCarvew we’d probably have been down weeks ago.

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  • manxpie

    May 7, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail ffs it has nothing to do with the managers or at most about 5%
    Why can’t you see that especially after today

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Welsh,
    I wasn’t questioning that part of your post. I’m sure you will.

    Jimiley,
    Why would Ashley sell a club when the value of it in the Championship will barely match his loan repayment. The fans going is hardly the cause of our demise, it’s ludicrous to even suggest that. Gate receipts are still decent, but nothing compared to the amount sky can pay because people/companies pay for their sky subscriptions.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 7, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I know that, just wanted to add to it

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 7, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Welsh,
    Okay, just making sure you didn’t think I was just making a weird comment.

    Also, didn’t mean to post it twice, my internet said it crashed, so I assumed it hadn’t gone through. Malawi internet isn’t the greatest….

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