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Hierarchy Should Do This To Atone For Unnecessary Relegation

10:53 pm, Monday, May 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

It looks like Newcastle will  be relegated for the second time in seven years – and this drop was completely self-inflicted by mismanagement at the top of the club.

It’s especially shocking and disastrous when the club managed to also spend £82M this season on new players.

That says something about the new players we brought in and the fact they hardly could have strengthened weaknesses in the team.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager – keep him

But Newcastle fans with just 10 games to go were given significant hope, when the woeful Steve McClaren was eventually fired and a world-class manager joined the club.

When Rafa Benitez came in on March 11th it was the first time we had a top-class manager at Newcastle since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in August of 2004.

We did have Kevin Keegan from January to September of 2008 – but it was far too short in Kevin’s second management spell at the club.

It’s painful enough to have the pain and shame of being relegated again, but now we could lose Rafa Benitez as well.

It will be too hard to take.

Newcastle must do everything they can do to keep Rafa at the club and they need to show decisiveness and initiative in doing it.

Yes – that could be difficult.

Those running the club need to atone for the stupidity and incompetence that will in all likelihood result in a relegation this season.

An apology to the fans is the first thing we want to hear when relegation comes.

If they can keep Rafa Benitez on board then that will make it a lot easier for Newcastle fans this summer – the fans deserve some kind of relief after the last two years of utter nonsense at the club.

Give Rafa what he wants – control of whatever – and give him a  long term contract and a big bonus to get us straight back up – anything to keep him on Tyneside.

After all, the people running Newcastle have shown quite clearly for a long time they don’t have a clue what they are doing – so we have nothing to lose in giving Rafa the reins.

He can start to build a good team and start to fix the club which has gone to rack and ruin under the current regime.

Lose Rafa in addition to being relegated  and there will be some dark days indeed for the fans of the great Newcastle United Football Club.

Shame on those responsible for this debacle – owner Mile Ashley and the Board led (we use the term loosely) by Lee Charnley.

They need to do something good for the club for a change.

Get Rafa.

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50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // May 9, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    How much money can Ashley put in and not fall foul of FFP? Certainly he has a moral obligation to put in every penny he can, and finally appoint quality management to run the club, with keeping Rafa, and charging SD for advertising a priority that needs to happen now.

  • 2 Online Guy // May 9, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Stop worrying ! The mackems will loose against Everton and Watford 2-1 both games ..we will beat Spurs 2-1 ..that’s exactly what’s going to happen .. You read it here first

    Get some sleep.

  • 3 Essex Geordie Bill // May 9, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Sundaland have used up their full luck quota for the season., they’ll be all over Everton and lose 1-0 it’s in the stars.

  • 4 Steel Dust // May 9, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    yah Sunderland have been lucky for years.. it’ll hold til next August. Still i’ll have a drag on whatever is that online guy has been rolling

  • 5 Essex Geordie Bill // May 10, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Look if Jon Snow can rise from the dead so can we.

  • 6 lesh // May 10, 2016 at 12:03 AM


    You’re an eternal optimist and we can but live in hope

  • 7 Mister Tuff // May 10, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    SEE Abrahimovic got the French Player of the year award.

  • 8 anthc // May 10, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    We were down after Bournemouth. No disrespect but if we can’t beat Bournemouth watford villa and the like at home we deserve everything we get. I think people need to stop thinking we are better than we actually are.
    Relegation could be good in order to get rid of the players who see us as a stepping stone and clearly don’t care about the club.
    For me none of our squad should be stopped from leaving should they wish to leave. We need grafters, die hards and people who will give blood sweat and tears for the cause. Too many of our first eleven have gone through the motions when on the pitch which at this level isn’t enough anymore.
    I’ll still go next season as stupid as I am but I will be far happy watching 11 players good or bad giving it their all every week rather than the pathetic mercenaries from this season we’ve had to put up with. I love the optimism but the scum will steam roll everton (martinez has lost the players) making watford irrelevant. Enjoy the game Sunday as it will be our last in the premier for at least a year.

  • 9 FMTOON30 // May 10, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    I am not sure if its blind optimism or just plain hope, but I actually believe we can pull off the impossible. We just need 2 more swings of luck. Had we put away our chances on Saturday, we would be in a much stronger position. However, I would take a Everton win and a Sunderland draw against Watford if we can beat Spurs, who we beat earlier this season. We just need a good result Wednesday night and the players will be motivated more than ever, it could galvanise them. It was last season that we had a result go our way and securing our status on the final day was raw emotion, we will need this again, hopefully for the last time. I expect to see Mitro starting and being the hero, 1-0 win over Spurs.
    But there is a realist in me, so with many departures, I would like us to go for George Thorne and Will Hughes of Derby, Jordan Ayew of Villa and Phillips of QPR. There is some good quality available, and we can develop a new spine.
    Either way, we need to see that either Survival or Relegation will bring a positive aspect, either way, we will be stripped back and rebuilt, hopefully with Rafa all the way but we can only hope that if relegation beckons, a complete change will occur. We do know that Ashley will fund a way back, and our financial footing will allow us to keep a few players.
    If we survive, expect a complete overhaul, Carr and Charnley to go, Llambias to return, and Benitez rebuilding this great club with some serious dollars.
    I of course want us to remain in the PL but in a way, the only way we will change is by hitting rock bottom.

  • 10 stuart no9 // May 10, 2016 at 3:20 AM

    If leicester can win the league , we can survive.

  • 11 Setchell // May 10, 2016 at 4:21 AM


    I’m in the Milburn stand block L1B

  • 12 Veltmann // May 10, 2016 at 4:25 AM

    Nothing wrong for keeping your hopes up until it is dusted and official but don’t think there is much hope left this time.How many times have we blew our chances to stay well clear off the drop?Atleast 4 or 5 times.
    We had only 2 shots on target against the worst team in the league & who were already down.
    That says everything about us.I was watching Sunderland – Chelsea game that day.Sunderland
    were not that special but took their goal scoring chances.Most Chelsea players look disinterested
    that day apart from Hazard,the only player that look interested and played with passion.Costa missed 2 or 3 sitters that could have been 2-0 & 3-0.After those misses,Sunder’d lifted & scored muzmerizing volley from nowhere and took their other chances well to complete the comeback.
    That rallied win will only galvanize them to beat Everton tomorrow rather than be hopeless like us.They have fighting soul inside.Some of their players like Defoe,Borini,Van an holt,Khazri etc have passionous personality to win & change things.Everton lost their form & passion for a while mow,which’ll make me feel all but over.As for Rafa staying or going, haven’t been too fussed.If he stays,good.He can rebuild the team from scratch.If he goes,the likes of Moyes should be hired if he is willing to manage in the championship.The only way I’ll be highly disappointed about Rafa is if we go down and leeaves to take the reign at Everton or some other mid-table club in the premier League..

  • 13 Lindisfarne // May 10, 2016 at 6:25 AM

    I sincerely hope Lee Charnley is urgently replaced for his handling of the team managers role. Pardew must have made his feelings clear about the lack of input into in and out going transfers and the effect on the teams ability to consistently perform well. He also did an enormous service to the hierarchy by not going public.

    Lee Charnley then proceeds to exclude 80 candidates with his determination to prioritise the transfer exclusion from the most important role in the club. Instead repeatedly showing interest in a person who was currently employed and with a dubious record. Rather than showing his strength of character, in hindsight, the pursuit of Wally McBrolly has proved to have been a shambles.

    IMO Ian Caro(?) should be given the opportunity to show if he can take the club through the Championship. Then a new Chairman / Chief Executive has the opportunity to settle in before making a decision about the Managerial appointment.

    I an sure all offers for our players will be considered with a significant number of transfers out and to extent I will be glad to see the back of some that have proved not to be good enough.

  • 14 Lindisfarne // May 10, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    # Ian Cathro
    I could not remember his name at the time of writing.

  • 15 posada // May 10, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    We need a good manager working with a top Chief Executive.
    Recruit the best. It’s no different to recruiting in business, engineering, banking or IT. Go out and get the best.
    In football you want your Chief Exec to have a back ground in accountancy. But they must also understand football contracts and be a skilled negotiator.

    Not those clowns on the so called footballing board.

  • 16 Ron Knee // May 10, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    According to Lee Ryder:-

    “Much has been made of Charnley’s future following a poor second term as managing director, but it is believed that the 38-year-old is unlikely to be leaving the club. He would be tasked with the job of finding the next manager and preparing the squad next season with Carr.

    Yet Bishop’s role will also be influential as he guides Ashley through the next phase of the club’s worrying decline.”

    Not reassuring!

  • 17 LGFUAD21 // May 10, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    Had a bit more time to process it.

    I’ve got a fair few mates that support the yorkshire teams who reckon we’ll walk the championship. I’m not so sure. But

    Anita – Lascelles – Dummet – ?

    That’s not a bad championship squad in the making.

    Mitro will dominate if he plays in hat league. Think it’s be about areas level.
    Maybe need a proper dm.
    But it looks like Norwich are going down. I’d pay big money for ince and Redmond given their age and promise. They are both championship proven and should we return to the league would still probably do alright there in a stable team.

    The key is depth though. It’s a long brutal season. 2 games most weeks.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    I think it will be Cathro simply because it worked before with Hoots but imo the wrong choice. He was more than happy to take the job knowing the constraints McCardew was under. He might be desperate for a shot as a manager and therefore willing to work under exactly the same shambles as tye previous incumbents. We seen what “The board” does when it acknowledges mistakes, it simply repeats them.

  • 19 LGFUAD21 // May 10, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    I think that’s why sports direct are going to pay for advertising next season. To get round FFP

    I think it was the Norwich game that really did us.

    Mind you I firmly stand in the camp that you can’t single out 1 or two games. Dig deep and there are countless throughout the season.

    Sdj’s sitter against Villa
    West brom and evertons late goals.

    Those 3 plus Norwich would be 12 more points and we’d be well safe.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    It counts for absolutely nothing if what Lee Ryder @16 says is true. If there isn’t wholesale changes and that losing mentality eradicated then we are heading for league one.

  • 21 LGFUAD21 // May 10, 2016 at 7:16 AM


    I’d never thought about Cathro. Could work.
    He talks a good game about football but can he manage yet?

    The biggest difference with benitez is the confidence and organisation he has brought us. It helps that he appears to be working towards some semblance a of a system which mcclaren never did.

  • 22 Ron Knee // May 10, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    I think Cathro would be a

  • 23 Ron Knee // May 10, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Take two!

    I think Cathro would be a cipher with no influence on who comes in or goes out. So I could see his attraction for the Board!

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    The Norwich game was a massive blow, had we have beaten them and the mackems we’d be pretty much safe by now. When Rafa took over there was five very winnable games and we won two of them, due to a lot of combining factors, the lack of a proven goal scorer which we’ve been screaming for years as a succession of crap French midfielders were bought, the lack of a proper LB which we’d also been screaming which probably accounted for a team like Norwich being able to put three past us, Rafa needing time to suss that the experieced Taylor is completely past it in competitive games. But most importantly the deep malaise that has festered in the players, whether this is down to bonuses, no ambition or being treat like commodities by people like Llambias and Churnley with not a jot of footballing knowledge, but what is obvious is that since finishing fifth we have bought and nurtered a whole squad of players that don’t give a toss about the club.

  • 25 Ron Knee // May 10, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    If Lee Ryder is right, we’ll be going into next season with a bean counter and a PR man at the helm. How could we possibly fail?

  • 26 martoon // May 10, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    LGFUAD21 @19 – It’s swings and roundabouts: I mean how on earth did we get all 3 points away to Bournemouth & Spurs?

  • 27 BandB // May 10, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    I think we’ve all agreed the “business as usual” and Rafa don’t mix.
    And business as usual is what Ryder is reporting. And Ryder isn’t just guessing. This is what he has been told.
    No-one has spoken to Rafa?
    This doesn’t sound like anything other than a short-term attempt to fix the relegation problem.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    You could also point to the fact that we did not manage to beat the third worst PL club in history twice and one of those times when they were coming off the back of losing eleven in a row and our confidence was reportedly high.

  • 29 BandB // May 10, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Bournemouth and Spurs missed their own chances. It is swings and roundabouts.

  • 30 giimps // May 10, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Rafa has us better at the back but our lack of creativity is killing us, we’re playing with 2 midfield holders because neither are good enough on their own, using Sissoko as am is wasted as he’s too direct, don’t get his head up and can’t pass, al he does is take us up the pitch 10/20 yards but we rely on gini and Townsend to create something or score cos our strikers aren’t .
    We’re defensive which is good ,but we need to either change formation to include a playmaker (Dejong) or pace (aarons/Arma) preferably both,
    Going into which ever league were in next season will need pace and energy ,Guille ,heart and desire……..unfortunately the incumbents we have on show this season don’t tick enough boxes.
    I would play the following for the last game regardless of the scum .
    Anita mbemba laselles dummet
    Toonsend Sissoko Aarons

    Maybe have Dejong sitting a little deeper to keep the ball moving forward and play the killer passes for Perez and Townsend /Aaron’s to get through the Spurs defence.
    As long as we press high and use the pace we have we can score , they are missing Dembele and Delle Ali in cm so I’m hoping whoever comes in aren’t as drilled.
    Even if we’re already down (hopefully not) we need to do something different as we’ve proved that playing Cisse is just wasting a half of a football match and playing Mitrovic up front on his own don’t produce enough chances so he snatches the ones he gets (unless he don’t have time to think about it) .
    Let’s make it 6 games unbeaten and a double over the Spurs to end the season ….who knows , if we’re still in with a chance it may be enough to keep us up

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Didn’t he trigger a three year deal if he kept us up.

  • 32 one fine day // May 10, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Just need Everton to turn up and it could be advantage us
    Then our lot need to play the game of their live against spurs
    ffs Leicester won the leagues this year so anything can happen

  • 33 hibbitt // May 10, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    first home game in the championship
    what will the gate be with cathro in charge ?????

  • 34 giimps // May 10, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    I thought he was on a three year deal but has a break out clause if we get relegated, either he or the club can activate it should they wish to

  • 35 BandB // May 10, 2016 at 7:54 AM


    If he wants it…….both sides are free to opt out.
    There is a small chance we could survive by a clear two points.
    After the fans have dried their “tears of joy” (sic) we can only hope the promised board review will ensure that such wasteful over-achievement is not repeated again next year.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    The players we have have had the will to win deliberately sucked out of them, was the Sheff Wed at home result an off day. They have been screwed over with bonuses every year and don’t want to be here other than to pick up a hefty wage each week, Townsend excepted but will he stay when, W Ham say offer him more with all the TV money and a four million discount on what we paid?

  • 37 posada // May 10, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    LG and others. You are putting a lot of thought into the future.
    Teams for the Championship etc.
    Why, it’s wasted effort.
    With this lot still in charge it is pointless.

    There is something rotten at the centre of NUFC. Until it is removed we should not even think about anything else.

  • 38 sing in the corner // May 10, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    We proved over the last few games 2 DM works just fine in front of the back 4, until 2 or more of the other 4 ahead of them don’t show up, font deliver.
    Which happened on Saturday I think.

  • 39 sing in the corner // May 10, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    * don’t deliver, I meant

  • 40 hibbitt // May 10, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    sing in the corner

    there was more then the 2 up front which didn’t show up half the bloody team never showed

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    I don’t know how they would deal with the backlash if he keeps us up and they sever the deal. But then again I suppose there are enough non plastic fans and Chinese students to fi?l the ground in the PL no matter what he does.

  • 42 BandB // May 10, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    I suspect it will be similar to the “riot” that followed the sale of Yohan Cabaye, Jail.

  • 43 sing in the corner // May 10, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    I thought it was all too relaxed, not enough urgency, but the back 4 did what you’d expect of them, Tiote and Colback did what they do (provide a solid base,get it, give it) but Sissoko , Wij in particular, predictably weren’t at it and we need them to be in this formation. It’s been done to death like.. If we had better options I think that would have encouraged Rafa to change it earlier than he did. He obviously doesn’t trust Shelvey or De Jong.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    It would be very much like Mikeys modus operandi to deliberately keep Carr and Churners despite knowing it is completely the opposite to what the fans want and that it will lead to a drop in to flirtation with League one.

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Done to death, it was as though the first half was given up as a write off until they get get instruction from Rafa at half time. If Colback buries that sitter or at least gets it on target then the belief is there. That miss must have got it in to their thick uninspired heads that the mackems were losing as well it’ll be ok.

  • 46 ToonMatt // May 10, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Just reading that Jose Enrique has been released by Liverpool? What a player he was when he was here and we could have done with him this season, If we do go down would anyone fancy him back on a free for next season?

  • 47 Rotonda heights // May 10, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    In any other walk of life, or even in other football clubs, Carr and Charney would just be totally untenable. It’s deplorable they are still in situ now, let alone next season.

  • 48 Rotonda heights // May 10, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    saturday was just a typical day in the life of NUFC fan. Hopes falsely built up. Chelsea going ahead twice, us having 90+ mins to beat the worst team in the league, colback and mitro missing sitters as per. It’s death by a 1000 cuts.

    Only plus point is we may lose wonga as a sponsor, but watch tacky mike set us with some betting company who’ll pay peanuts.

  • 49 BandB // May 10, 2016 at 8:53 AM


    They keep punching us.
    We keep handing over our sweets.
    Why should they change it?

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // May 10, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    He’ll be good enough for one of the promoted clubs or even a newly established one. You have to rember our pulling power may somewhat diminish next season. Gawd knows what type of player the three stooges will decide are our catalyst now. If what they’ve chosen over the last few years were thought good enough for the PL what will they come up with for the Championship.

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