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Keegan On How Well Benitez Would Fare In The Championship

5:59 pm, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 244 Comments

We are expecting Newcastle to be relegated to the Championship either tonight or on Sunday,  unless we can somehow be part of a mini-miracle and Sunderland implode in their final two games of the season.

It’s basically a self-inflicted relegation and another nightmare season for the very long-suffering Newcastle fans – and the one slim hope we now have is that Rafa Benitez will stay with us when we are relegated.

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Rafa Benitez – we hope he stays

But maybe not – and if he leaves the club then Newcastle could be in serious trouble and in the wilderness with the incompetent and over-his-head Lee Charnley being tasked to choose the next head coach at the club,

Why is that after he selected John Carver and Steve McClaren who have the worst records of any Newcastle managers in recent  memory.

Kevin Keegan has been talking to the BBC and he has blasted owner Mike Ashley for mismanaging the club.

The former Newcastle player and manager has also talked about current manager Rafa Benitez.

This is some of that Kevin has said on BBC Sport:

“They started the season with Steve McClaren,” “He struggled and I guess he and the guys at the club kept thinking he would get it sorted out and he didn’t.”

“They left it very late and appointed Rafael Benitez and by that time you are looking for almost miracles as you need a lot of points from a few games.”

“Benitez might fancy it. It is a big club. Once you go there and manage it, it does impress you as a club. The stadium is impressive, the fans and their passion is something that you can’t help but like and want to be part of.”

“He hasn’t managed in the Championship – would that be a worry? I don’t think so for a man of his experience. It might be a really good experience for him.”

We are bracing ourselves for possible relegation tonight should Sunderland beat Everton.

I feel sick just thinking about it.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Financials · Management · Newcastle News · Other News · Prayer · Premier League




244 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Mon Rafa, throw your hat in, tell Ashley what you think he needs, what you want and hopefully get his commitment to convince you to stay.

    If you can’t get those commitments, go public and tell the world why you left.

  • 2 Ibizatoon // May 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Been fairly quiet on here this afternoon. I imagine everyone is trying not to think about tonights game, whilst being able to think about little else.

    I accept we do this when we play, really not happy with the same for a Scum vs Everton game.

    Come on Everton.

  • 3 ToonTiger // May 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Anyone thought about a legal challenge to get points deducted from the unwashed for fielding Nonceon knowing he’s guilty and bringing the game into disrepute

  • 4 Essex Geordie Bill // May 11, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Come back Kevin, finish the job you started!!!

  • 5 Essex Geordie Bill // May 11, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Toon Tiger

    Do what TartanToon has done and start a petition.

  • 6 wolfshead@toon // May 11, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    ibiza

    the sunderland game is the condmened mans last meal haha

  • 7 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    ToonTiger
    The NSPCC sent an open letter to Greg Dyke to complain about Sunluns shoddy behaviour in this affair.
    The only result was Margaret Byrne the CEO falling on her sword.

  • 8 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 11, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Been tempted to watch the Mackems game tonight but it just gets me more raging have watched their last couple of games and they have been so jammy!! The amount of chances the other teams have had to finish them off has been unreal !

    I think Everton have given up though so I can see Sunderland winning this 1 nil which is game over for us ….

    Might take tomorrow off work

  • 9 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // May 11, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    I think he will stay for next season he is 56 probably his lastjob with all the money he is worth,ok he could go manage just about anyone apart from Barcelona Bayern etc.his wife is settled in this country in there 8 million pound mansion think he will be here for the long run

  • 10 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Ibiza
    I’ve been getting texts all afternoon from Toffee supporting acquaintances of mine apologising in advance for what they think will happen tonight !

  • 11 Essex Geordie Bill // May 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Jib

    Is that because by winning tonight they might have to play us next season?

  • 12 AncientC // May 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    Bookmakers have Everton as 7/2 outsiders, I am surprised by that. Sunderland will be lucky to sneak a draw in my estimation. Sunderland only had something like 31% possession against Chelsea, that cannot bode well for them.

  • 13 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Essex
    The most telling text exchange was between me and a nephew in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment – he dots between Cyprus and Afghanistan – I asked if would get to see the game , his response was – “I can’t bear watching them now “

  • 14 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Essex
    By the way my nephew says the Everton crack is Martinez’ replacement is Joachim Löw the German national coach – if true – it would make for some interesting Merseyside derbies !

  • 15 Ketsbaia9 // May 11, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    First player out in the summer will be Jack C

  • 16 Harley // May 11, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Cmon Everton.
    I’m strangely relaxed about the fact we could be relegated tonight.
    I’ve come to accept it. If Rafa stays I’m actually full of optimism. However I’m not full of optimism that he’ll stay.

  • 17 Ketsbaia9 // May 11, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    First player out the door in the summer will be Jack Colback. He’ll be off to Sunderland in a £3m deal.

  • 18 Harley // May 11, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Kets

    He’ll be the last player out mate.

  • 19 SPRINGY // May 11, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    best get the prayer mats oot,and hope everton are professional and the unwasheds luck runs out.

  • 20 Essex Geordie Bill // May 11, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Colback would probably be hung drawn and quartered if he went back to Sundadland.

    Jib
    That would give us a better chance of keeping Rafa.

  • 21 Munster Mag // May 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Have a feeling the makems will balls up tonite. If they do, watford cud hurt them. That said i am relaxed about relegation. Wud have been as bad as villa without rafa

  • 22 Moonraker15 // May 11, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I see the Sky pundits including the sickening Niall Quinn, are “eulogising” over this superb Sunderland team. We’ll see how they react if Everton turn them over.

  • 23 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Forget Martinez’s words. His face and demeanour say he’s beaten and walking to the chopping block.

  • 24 Munster Mag // May 11, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Moon if sam keeps them up he has done an awesome job. he bought well and made them more spirited and competitive. As i said when he arrived, that wasnt a good day for nufc

  • 25 sing in the corner // May 11, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Moonraker
    Yeah, no nose rub in it would be complete without Quinn to plop the cherry on top. Hopefully he may yet have to eat his words…

  • 26 sing in the corner // May 11, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Man, on paper that Everton side is not bad. Do your duty!

  • 27 Mag52 // May 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    At the point we have reached in the battle against relegation, which started pretty early on in the season, I can’t think too many supporters have done much more than accept the inevitable. Miracles happen, but not generally for us.
    Rafa’s appointment was just that bit too late to make a difference, and our best hope now, our only real hope, is that he will choose to stay on.
    If he doesn’t, the next Steve lined up will feel like a final kick in the teeth.

  • 28 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Watching from behind the sofa is really uncomfortable! 😉

  • 29 sing in the corner // May 11, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    So many empty seats. Small town mentality..

  • 30 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Cmon Everton do one for us you Blues!

    As for Rafa, I’ll post it again, anyone on here who thinks he’ll bleeding stay on if we go down is smoking the same stuff Carr does on his scouting missions. Ashley would have to shell out big buck bottomline for Rafa to even consider it and we already know his views on the accounts.

  • 31 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Survive or not – superb ain’t how anybody without red and white specs sees them. Yet another season scraping the bottom. Yeah, superb. 😉

  • 32 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Anyone have a link for the Mackems… If I’m to be put out of my misery I’d like to at least see the show.

  • 33 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Notice that Ed isn’t his ol self. Looks like even he doesn’t believe the We Believe logo.

  • 34 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    boy everton are going straight at them… most of the possession has been in the unwashed half…

  • 35 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    and Norwich up 2-1 in 19th minute…

  • 36 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Funny thing but I’d rather just see the score pop up on the live score update than face the prospect of watching those malodorous urchins on TV jumping up and down, lice being shook out in clouds, and whooping like they’ve found a kebab under the sofa when they score.

    Just remember, whatever they say, they won’t be the ones who sent us down. We didn’t need any help at all.

  • 37 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    How can Sunderland be “superb”? They’re fighting relegation For Freds Sake.

  • 38 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Gulp

  • 39 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    im watching it on my cell and youd think by the announcing smb’s are pulling a leicester

  • 40 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Okay I take it from the live feeds Everton’s dominate possession but Sunderland’s had the only decent chance… This is horrible. Awful it has come to this.

  • 41 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Everton have decent players, yet seem to play the long ball all the time. Not surprised they want martinez out.

  • 42 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    dok you have a link?

  • 43 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // May 11, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Everton can still finish top half this season so this must mean something

  • 44 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    willow,

    im watching on my cell, I have my cable linked to it here stateside..

  • 45 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    while at work hehe..

  • 46 Toon Tang // May 11, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Frigging Norwich are sorting their goal difference right out the plums.

  • 47 Toon Tang // May 11, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Have Mackems just scored?

  • 48 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    oh fcking hell..

  • 49 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    yeah toon tang, off a free kick…and hippo head is gloating…

  • 50 Toon Tang // May 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    The footy’s over lads. Not a chance frigging shite toffee eating pricks are gonna score here.

  • 51 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    and the stadium of shite is chanting “are you watching Newcastle”

  • 52 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    that’s two for the bastahds…

  • 53 Toon Tang // May 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    dok, I’m more deflated than Fat Sam’s inflatable mount-piece.

  • 54 andrew84 // May 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Dok

    It doesn’t even look like Sunderland are watching…..swathes of empty pink seats……

  • 55 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Norwich now up 3-1. Makes no difference if the Mackems don’t lose but why can’t they just lose too!

  • 56 ToonMatt // May 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    2-0 we are down

  • 57 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    since were going down, maybe we take solace if we come straight up, that the unwashed will go down…

  • 58 toonluvva // May 11, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Are you watching Mr Ashley?

    £170m just went up in smoke.

    We all know who is to blame!

  • 59 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Sunderland up by 2 now… Wondering whether I should turn my computer off now

  • 60 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    toon tang,

    think im going straight the bar after work.. im effin depressed…

  • 61 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Goodnight Vienna

  • 62 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    glad I don’t know any mackems here, id be apt to punch them in the face tonight …

  • 63 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    maybe ill go to the zoo and punch a hippopotumas lmao

  • 64 NoahJ // May 11, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    if we keep rafa we have an excellent chance of coming up again next season

    as it stands, mackems have an excellent chance of going down next season (let’s face it, they’ve contributed nothing to the prem for the last 10 years and have been circling the drain ever since).

    at least, one would hope, we’ll bypass them next summer

  • 65 Munster Mag // May 11, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    It aint over till the fat lady sings. And wow there are some fat birds in that crowd. Bye bye prem, hello burton. Strangely it doesnt hurt as much as i thought.

  • 66 wolfshead@toon // May 11, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    rafa has texted fatty i wont be in tomorrow im activating the get out clause

  • 67 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    it’s not the mackems fault, we did this all by ourselves. Like necessary surgery, it’s awful to contemplate by unavoidable, time to accept it. I will do something else like watch a film and check on scores to confirm later on tonight. Goodnight all. Dream sweet championship dreams.

  • 68 beefman13 // May 11, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Omg, Everton are quite disgusting, what a bunch of wastrel bindippers.

  • 69 mindshaft // May 11, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Everton are on thier hols, don’t think they’re bothered that Martinez will lose his job.
    We’re down and out – an absolute disgrace from those in charge, Ashley needs to take action and ensure we do all we can to try and keep Rafa whilst sacking Charnley, Moncur and Carr who together have ruined the club

  • 70 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment in the Guardian Feed “even by Everton’s recent standards, this is a lame capitulation.” That might as well have been about our season… This so depressing

  • 71 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Munster it doesn’t hurt that much because we’ve been preparing for it since Xmas. It was a formality a month ago.

  • 72 bladeuser // May 11, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    my rants won’t be missed but I no longer wish to post on here NUFC is a laughing stock from here to eternity I used to get butterflies in my stomach but when I seen 2_0 I felt nothing
    Good luck bloggers we shall overcome one day

  • 73 Hail Wor Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    We’re doon. Well done Sunderland, had bottle and battling spirit sorely lacking at NUFC.

    Adios Rafa and thanks for trying to motivate our shameful squad.

    Delusional optimists – OOT!

  • 74 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    How do you smell a rat ?
    Norwich 3 -1 up against Watford courtesy of keeper dropping ball and an own goal.
    Last time I buy any Elton John records .

    Mackems going to Watford on Saturday – presumably to give them a cuddle.

    Now Rafa – choices. Sticking plaster at Everton ( close to home ) when Martinez leaves or full blown surgery and the biggest thrill ride of your life at Newcastle.

    It’s nothing to do with recent results – you need to accumulate points by January – it’s called an Insurance policy. Clearly Charmless and in particular McClaren hadn’t paid their premiums.

  • 75 jimiley // May 11, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    We need to keep the faith in the owner and Penfold.. Rafa is gone but We will rise from the ashes. Charnley found Rafa and will find somebody of a similar stature to lead us to glory in the next few years. NUFC will never be defeated.

  • 76 acuna // May 11, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    In a season where Leicester City with the league, Middlesbrough get promoted and Newcastle get relegated by Sunderland, I have no hesitation in finally releasing myself from my former love of football. A season where EVERYTHING that would go wrong went wrong, and my love for the game and Newcastle United progressively waned. To NUFC Blog members I bid you farewell and to NUFC I wish you all the best in the future, I will not be taking any more emotional adventures with you. I witnessed the 2009 debacle, but this is the day the music finally died. Adios Amigos.

  • 77 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Mindshaft – If what we need is Ashley to take action by that I guess you mean to by us all enough rounds that we forget we are in the championship all next season.

  • 78 sing in the corner // May 11, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Suck it up lads. We all know this is nothing more than the club deserves. When the dust settles all we can hope for is the pity of Rafa. And that out of the ashes and rubble we can be cleansed of the fools in charge that have dragged us down and come back stronger eventually.

  • 79 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Acuna, before I go I’d just like to say Adios and you won’t be missed you chicken livered weasel. Go support Man City.

  • 80 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Tbf we’re a poor side and the worst three teams go down. No proven striker has cost us big time.

  • 81 Belfast // May 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    I’ll miss yer rants bladeuser!! Sheep bah @@@

    Rob Vollans is clearing his throat!

  • 82 NoahJ // May 11, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    acuna @76

    In some ways, leicester winning the league makes me feel hopeful for the future; it’s broken the status quo and anything is possible. we are complete garbage, but leicester got relegated from the prem, and then from the championship and within a few years had won the premier league.

    This is a complete mess, but there is always hope.

    An announcement about rafa needs to be made tomorrow morning (if we go down tonight). This cannot linger for weeks

  • 83 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    I wonder what sycophantic platitudes will be trotted out on video this time by Mike courtesy of Mr Bishops Crazy Ideas Machine? Perhaps the bloated pink pencil arranger and toothless Grandpa Carr will babble out a message outlining a new philosophy and a revamped 5 year plan?

  • 84 Ketsbaia9 // May 11, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    I’ve switched the stream off. Disappointing, but we might be able to get Abeid back and let Colback go back to Sunderland. Colback, Dummett and Wijnaldum are the main reasons why we have been relegated. We probably would’ve stayed up if we wouldn’t have sold Abeid. Also getting rid of Ben Arfa and Santon was madness. The club is a joke. Only the fans can spot who’s decent and who isn’t.

  • 85 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // May 11, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Everton look like a team that doesn’t understand what constitutes a scoring point in this game.

    This is ridiculous.

    Just think about the change in the club since Ashley came…..

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    sitc,
    Aye, this has been on the cards since the Norwich defeat. Being 0-0 at jalf time against Villa must have given them lot belief as well, as you say the team run by those buffoons deserves nothing more than to go down, the fans, club and Rafa do not.

  • 87 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Munster, we’ve both been here before marra, it ain’t the end of the world. I gutted beyond belief, but, previous experiences tells me i’ll get over it. Anyway, everton, king of the comebacks, get an early goal. Tension mounts and mistakes are made. 2-2. Mackems crumble. 2-3. Norwich send us both down would be our luck. 😉

  • 88 Hitman81 // May 11, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Totally agree acuna

  • 89 The Newcastle Armchair // May 11, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Bob

    Personally I reckon Everton have been trying to pass the ball into the net for a perfect goal in recent games

    Perhaps the long ball game is wrong against Sunderland as they have worse players than them, but he had to try something new

  • 90 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Just pleased it’s all over. Now we start again.
    Mackems are tarnished for ever by the Adam Johnson and Margaret Byrne saga. Sordid affair.

    Class will always rise to the top .
    TTBWA

  • 91 Average_Contents // May 11, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Are you watching you fat fcuking cnut?

    You’ve fcuked us over with complete incompetence at all levels and reduced us to perennial relegation scrappers.

    What a joke you are.

    The chickens have come home to roost. Again.

    If it wasn’t illegal I’d say what I wanted to do to you on here.

    Who said the scum are bottlers. I said only last week they’ve pulled it off near seasons end for the last two or three.

    There not world beaters but fcuk me they win when it counts.

    We just choke.

    Fat fcuking slug OUT!

  • 92 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Very disappointing and so so sad that this great club has disintegrated.
    We haven’t got the worst squad in the PL by a long chalk but can’t seem to put out a team that can gel together enough to win matches. The inquests will begin and Rafa seems our only realistic hope of maintaining credibility now.

    Boring Sam was shrewd enough to buy Kone and Kirchoff for little money and that has made the difference. I hate the Mackems with a passion but they deserve to stay up over us.

  • 93 Hitman81 // May 11, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Give it a rest kets. Not the time nor the place.

  • 94 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Sad thing we’re only going down to the club being run so poorly, millions wasted, key areas not strengthened and getting the Wally in, only ever had one outcome.

  • 95 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Rafa won’t go to the Blues but he won’t stay on Tyneside either… No idea where he’ll go but unless Ashley pays him a packet he will definitely not be with us in the championship.

    Whose up for it… Kevin Nolan had character could he do the job?

  • 96 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Acuna, before I go I’d just like to say Adios and you won’t be missed you chicken livered weasel. Go support Man City.

    that is perfectly said lad… well done… ill stick by my club, even though it sucks… and acuna, on your way out, take bladeuser with you, fair weather dolts…

  • 97 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    I may not be a “proper” fan but even I wouldn’t desert NUFC because we are a bit fed up of being relegated twice. You have to be kidding surely? Shall we welcome turncoat supporters back with open arms when the sun starts shining again? Tsk tsk.

  • 98 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    I was just about to say Ross Barklay (or however you spell) was dross; he’s a lazy big time Charlie; one of the most over-rated players along with Stones.

  • 99 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Hitman , Ketsy has more latitude than you do since you agreed with fairweather Acuna. You’re another spine free jellyfish are you?

  • 100 Hitman81 // May 11, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Will this be the end of the blog then? At least until our premier return?

  • 101 Average_Contents // May 11, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Did I say he’s a fat fcuking horrible cnut?

    He’s a fat fcuking horrible cnut.

    Fat fcuking horrible cnut out!!!!!!!!

  • 102 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Right I am definitely going, getting relegated is one thing, reading ‘fans’ saying they’re deserting because things have gone badly boils the urine.

  • 103 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Turn out the lights! The party’s over!

  • 104 The Newcastle Armchair // May 11, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Right come on lads let’s hope there’s a football god out there and pray that something good comes of this half!!

  • 105 Norlinsen // May 11, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Final nail in the coffin today, so sad to see our great club go down. The likes of Sissoko, Wijnaldum, and Cisse MUST be moved on in summer, they better not disgrace the Nufc shirt again, completely spineless.
    Good riddance.

  • 106 Hitman81 // May 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Tsunki, nah mate, I’ll still be suffering with the rest of you, just dissapointed and can understand if people have had enough. I’m from North Shields fella and a lot of my mates have given up until the fat one leaves. So less of the agro eh lad? I’m not on here for a bitch fest. Easy.

  • 107 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    I’d watch the match if Everton came out and busted three past them just to watch that hungry hippos face turn upside down.

  • 108 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Thick and thin lads. When you support a club it has to be through thick and thin. We’re going into another thin period (actually it’s been going on for 9 years now).

  • 109 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Fair enough hitman. Been here before as has been said, don’t agree with the drama of deserters that’s all. No offence.

  • 110 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    People who turn their back on because of relegation should just fk off. True supporters stick threw the good and bad times what ever league we’re in.
    We’ll be back.

  • 111 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    We have got the worst squad as well, maybe not in the terms of ability, Lpool, Spurs away, M City,Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal at home, games where the spineless tw@ts have turned up hoping to impress, they care nothing for the shirt or fans dedpite their protestations, Ashley once hailed for ridding the team of over age mercenaries has just simply replaced them with a squad of gutless over paid mercenaries. Bravo Mike Bravo

  • 112 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Some of us have indelible black and white stripes down our faces. We were born with them. Unlike Acuna, we can’t wash them off and disappear.

  • 113 Hail Wor Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Acuna is hardly switching allegiance is he?

    You get one life, live it how you please, Acuna. Football is a big emotional and time investment, if you feel the juice isn’t worth the squeeze, then so be it. There are an endless amount of other ways to spend time in the modern age.

    Have a nice life.
    ———————————————————————–

    Sunday will be a very strange atmosphere. Last time we went down away from home on the final day. Bet the players are dreading it. They’ll be a maelstrom of emotions and it could get ugly.

  • 114 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    *but in terms of moral fiber

  • 115 Hitman81 // May 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Geordie2 ironic that like, saying as its a fat bugger running us. Haha

  • 116 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    now to figure out how to watch championship matches over here…

    please Ed, don’t kill this blog for the championship, we need to still support the lads…

    NUFC til im dead…

  • 117 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    I have to admit Big Sam did the job. If we’d had Rafa for as long as they had Sam we’d be sitting somewhere around 11th to 14th place now. Possibly higher with the January transfer window. Well though out Charnley. Pack your bags now.

  • 118 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    I thought Carver was bad.
    How McClaren ever got across the front door is beyond believe but then I realised Charnley decided that like attracts like.
    Imagine turning up to work to be faced by those two.
    No wonder the players lost interest – insipid seems a good word .

  • 119 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    HWA,
    Please explain your puke like moniker!

  • 120 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    blackley, it even happens to us over here stateside, I know no other club id rather support, even at the hands of an idiot owner and front office, just hope rafa sees worth in us to stay…

  • 121 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Have to agree Hitman. It’s thin times with The Fat W@nker. Keegan has it right as usual. The only one to really tell the truth right from the beginning of Ashley’s time.

  • 122 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    3-0

  • 123 Hitman81 // May 11, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    None taken Tsunki mate, I’m kinda looking forward to the madness of next season to be honest. Just please NO Steve Bruce! Please!!!!

  • 124 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Ashley is sticking by Charnley and Carr? How are they going to get us out of this mess of their own making… Top spenders in the league and they can’t bring in a CB or proven prem Striker when we could have had Austin for 15M in the summer and instead he’s riding the bench behind Pelle in Southampton. Appalling!

  • 125 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Well said dok. 😉

  • 126 Goofy // May 11, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    That commentator’s boiling my piss. “Newcastle wil be gutted” about 10 times, stating the obvious. FCUK 3-0. Oh well.

  • 127 beefman13 // May 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    That Everton goalie has got to be on the take, that asides we deserve nothing more from this season, Burton here we come, yet again a world laughing stock.

  • 128 JamesToon // May 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    My heart’s sunk, that’s it lads.

    Please don’t close this blog ed

  • 129 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Charnley must go. The bloke doesn’t even speak. Like his boss, a truly pathetic footballing failure.

  • 130 Dondatta13 // May 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    We need to hear the board has been sacked A.S.A.P

    Last one out of SJP please turn the lights off

  • 131 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    3 to Sunderland does that mean Charnley will bring in Martinez to guide us next season?

  • 132 dok - the horrid colonial // May 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    im off to the local.. gonna drown this out and take it out on my liver…

    NUFC til im dead…

  • 133 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    We all knew anyway after Saturday, don’t be disappointed tonight!

  • 134 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Ed keep the blog alive please… How am I going to follow the championship from Toronto?

  • 135 Bri // May 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    What were the club thinking going after mclaren.It was an underwhelming and risky appointment from the start and it’s cost us dearly.
    Well next season we need a change in transfer policy,a few experienced heads over 26 years of age are needed,otherwise we’re knackered.But……….

  • 136 Hitman81 // May 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    The BBC live stream guy is really doing my head in with all the jibes at toon. Git.

  • 137 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Everton subject to betting enquiry methinks.

  • 138 Oleg G // May 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Thank you SM for being responsible for Newcastle’s relegation, you did it in a record time.

  • 139 Oleg G // May 11, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    The worst part for me now next year is now being able to watch any of the games, as I am from Israel 🙁

  • 140 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Scum on 3 and Norwich scored 4 so far… Where was our passion on the weekend at Villa

  • 141 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Good lad, Dok. Can’t see Rafa staying though. I’m less concerned about Rafa staying than getting rid of Charnley and Co. Ashley needs to spare us any further pain and sell up – at a cut price if he has to.

  • 142 Yo-yo // May 11, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    The biggest question is why our guys didn’t bust a gut on Saturday ?

    This is the way the world ends – not with a bang but a whimper.

  • 143 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Jail….. I’m not going to argue with you tonight but have Bournemouth or West Brom got better squads than us on paper. Hardly”

  • 144 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    lochinvar the blame rests with the squad… We deserve to go down even if the Toffees were throwing the game.

  • 145 mindshaft // May 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Can’t believe some people are here are saying they won’t support toon anymore – thick and thin mate, I’ve suffered worse than this before in division 2 and almost relegated … club was a complete shambles
    we’ve gone full circle and hopefully we can get promotion at first attempt
    Support the club not the regime

  • 146 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Abject disgrace from Everton. But we couldn’t even take 3 points from Villa so Ashley deserves this. Hopefully somebody will deliver a good hard punch to his crotch as well.

  • 147 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // May 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    A deserved relegation!

    If Benitez is leaving I think we will be down there for several seasons. We will continue to be the loathsome club we’ve been for almost a decade now.

    With Benitez I think we have a good chance of promotion. And more importantly he will make the club a more likable club, both for us and for the media.

    Ashley, Carr and Charnley out!

  • 148 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Tiote said they were more than warriors.

    Some fight.

  • 149 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Charnley needs to be fired now.
    Carr needs to be retired now.
    Moncur needs a long holiday now.
    Ashley needs to ….well it’s not physical possible but he should try to see the world from inside his own backside

    Rafa needs to tell the world he’s in charge.

  • 150 ShirebrookToon // May 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    We’ll probably end up with the other Derby reject Paul clement

  • 151 Average_Contents // May 11, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    It’s a strange feeling and one I can’t really describe apart from I’m fuming with the odious pig but not feeling that gut wrenching nausea like last time we were relegated.

    I suppose that’s to do with the total and utter disconnect I now feel as a fan all because sporting ambition became a distant second to the bottom line.

    Thanks Mike, your the best owner. EVER.

    Do us a favour though please, fcukoff and take your shite appointments with you.

  • 152 sing in the corner // May 11, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Me? Newcastle til I die. Simple as that.
    Enjoy the gloat fest ‘party’, Quinn and other scum associates. We will be back. Minus the cheap money grabbing millstones that have ground us down to this.

  • 153 mindshaft // May 11, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    it’s difficult for Ed to keep the blog alive as they don’t show championship games in the U.S so he can hardly post on what he can’t see

  • 154 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // May 11, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Bri

    That was Carr hiring his friend. He was even branched a modern and attacking manager…!

  • 155 beefman13 // May 11, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    One of the lads summed it up on here earlier, no stomach turning at the thought of the championship, it has been expected for a while now, only our two goalies deserve any credit, if not for them we would have been down a fortnight ago.

  • 156 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Our squad looks better than Brummies and Bournemouth on paper bettys mate but we have some real quitters in there. Wijnaldum should be ashamed. After the first couple of matches Shelvey disappeared. Doumbia didn’t even show up! Weak ineffective bench. Saylor is a joke. What a mess. Keegan is spot on. Ashley has to go or we’ll have this same drivel forever.

  • 157 Ketsbaia9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    We’ll probably start Doumbia against Spurs and he’ll probably score a hat-trick

  • 158 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Wilowdalerez@144
    I know – just stops me getting too angry !

  • 159 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Saturday was a typical Newcastle performance tbh we’ve had the same all season by a spineless squad, we need a good clear out and start again.

  • 160 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Even the bottom line approach has failed miserably AC mate. This is abject failure from every point of view possible. Sell up immediately Ashley.

  • 161 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Jonas was our fighter last season, a big miss this.

  • 162 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    I feel sick to my stomach… Worse I don’t have any confidence we’ll come right back up. Ashley seems not to mind at all and not a whiff or word about sacking Charnley or Carr.

  • 163 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Never mind Doumbia. Get Armstrong on.

  • 164 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Come on ketsy. Even for you that’s bizarre.@157

  • 165 hibbitt // May 11, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    well thats it ashley well and truly screwed us

  • 166 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    G2…….. That was the point I was making. On paper the squad isn’t relegation fodder but they don’t gel as a team that look like winning football matches. Lack of fight and desire, poor coaching, not compatible,lack of confidence. Who knows?

  • 167 Steel Dust // May 11, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    The NUFC free advertising machine has worked out great for Ashley. Who’d be surprised if he called in his ‘loan’ this year. That’s what his pals in loan shark business do.

  • 168 only one bobby robson // May 11, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    That’s it now confirmation of what we knew 19 games ago! Due to bad appointment of Steve mclaren and awful choice of transfer dealings ! Get rid of the lot of them sissoko cisse wijnaldum collocini janmaat de Jong mitrovic the lot of them the chances that mitrovic alone has missed this season is disgusting for a centre forward he couldn’t finish a I’ve cream mind!

    Worrying times now

  • 169 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    “Lack of fight and desire, poor coaching, not compatible,lack of confidence. Who knows?”

    We all know no decent CB or reliable striker… None of us believed how much we spent on midfielders in Jan window despite lack of scoring and a defence that leaked goals.

  • 170 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 11, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    If Charmless and old Man Carr had any guts and dignity they should walk tomorrow – admit they are F**kin useless – I certainly would.

    And take half the wretched squad with you.

    Still had a chance if we had tried to win on Saturday just gone but again put in a pityfull, gutless performance.

    In one way I am glad we are down tonight and not Sunday – would of been harder to take.

    Still be there next year and hopefully with a new team that ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR NEWCASTLE UNITED and are not just here for the money… and a manager who the players want to play for

  • 171 Thump // May 11, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    It’s almost cute that some people thought we’d get a last gasp against Spurs and fight to survival.

    This isn’t how Newcastle works, lads. And we’ve known it for years.

  • 172 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    bettyswallocks,
    If you read my post properly, in terms of ability no, in terms of fight, heart and determination, without doubt yes!

  • 173 swemag // May 11, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Some descent clubs down there, Leeds, Forest, Birmingham, Wolves.

    Come on guys, this will be another great adventure.

    Loving it. Time to celebrate!

  • 174 Thump // May 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    @Kets: ahahaha, that’s exactly what’ll happen, mate. That’s just how it goes.

  • 175 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Shocking, disgusting, disgraceful, incompetent, pathetic…. They all describe our executives from Ashley on down. Credit to Rafa but nobody else. Get out the lot of you. Sack the board. Sack Charnley. Then put the club up for sale. I could of done a better job than Charnley and Carr did.

  • 176 Bri // May 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Players without guts and determination not needed for next season.Bye bye most of the squad.

  • 177 Our Toon // May 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Plenty of Charnley this and Carr that…..the buck stops with Ashley, Charnley isn’t even qualified for his role, stop blaming the puppets and blame the one who controls them all….fat fcuk ashley

  • 178 Toon Tang // May 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    In a parallel universe somewhere, the final game of the season v spuds is still the game we all thought it was maybe going to be.

  • 179 Billythefish // May 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Charnley, Carr and Moncur should be sacked immediately. They have totally fkd the club from top to bottom. Fat man needs to sell up and do us all a favour. Absolutely gutted. What a piss poor pathetic bunch of tossers run our club.

  • 180 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    ToonKK
    Aye. We’re such a f****d up club, our hero of last season has no choice but to sue the club this season. And Charnley and Co lose the case with Charnley making a mug of himself in court with his complete lack of knowledge. You couldn’t make it up.

  • 181 sing in the corner // May 11, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    I will be vaguely interested to see which of our several sackless starlets slink into the treatment room with a calf strain, tight hammy, or back spasm prior to the Spurs non-game on Sunday. Colo will lead by example in that respect at least.

  • 182 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Roberto or Sam

  • 183 Rotonda heights // May 11, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    charlie

    that’s not going to happen with ash though is it.
    another 3rd rater like bruce in charge and carr and charmless going nowhere. i’d rather go straight to league 1 if it meant the scumbag selling up

  • 184 Steel Dust // May 11, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    As long as there is blood to be sucked out of the club non of then will go, we’re just too generous benefactor.

  • 185 Toon Tang // May 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    I was looking forward to the rekindling of the Tyne-Tees affairs as well. After all this time we’ve only gone and slid passed them.

  • 186 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    If Charnley had deliberately tried to mess up, is there actually anything more damaging that he could’ve done? Relegated, lost the club a bumper payday and squandered 80m smackers. How can anybody believe he won’t get sacked? Not one blog member would employ him. Not one pundit. Not one financial expert. Doesn’t matter if he’s Ashley’s lover, he has to go. There will be an inquest and he’ll be hung, drawn and quartered. And not before time.

  • 187 Grumpy // May 11, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    So Sad .So unnecessary.

  • 188 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // May 11, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Our players not been up for the fight as much I hate to say it like the Mackems at least we will be above the monkey hangers toon toon!

  • 189 Ketsbaia9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    It’s not over yet. Everton have to score 3 goals in 3 minutes. It’s possible.

  • 190 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    “82 min: A lull as some tanked-up punter roars around the field with his junk out. Perhaps. They’re not showing his act on TV, so he could be up to anything.”

    It’ll happen on St James this weekend but for the wrong reason

  • 191 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    We will be able to sell some of that pathetic lot but except for Sissoko not for what we paid for them. They humiliated themselves this season. It will be reflected in their transfer value. Really difficult seeing how we get back up with Ashley in charge. The man is devoid of any football intelligence as far as I can see. Based on his hirings overall we may end up in Division Two.

  • 192 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Now hitting the dutyfree Grants blended

  • 193 Steel Dust // May 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Its been obvious for years ashley was a tape worm. The ‘loan’ garbage was always ashley’s sword over the clubs head while he turned it into another one of his retail outlets.

  • 194 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    MA biggest concern will be the lack of SD adverts beamed around the world.

  • 195 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    You really are pulling it today ketsy. That’s not optimism you’re feeling it’s a delusion.

  • 196 Toon Tang // May 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Hahahahahhaha I’m honestly gonna miss Ketsy’s bollocks when this blog gets shut down.

  • 197 toonluvva // May 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Rumour has it that Mr Ashley is being offered the freedom of Sunderland.

  • 198 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Another one of his retail toilets you mean Steel Dust. I wouldn’t go into one of his shops if they paid me to take away their rags.

  • 199 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    G2 “but except for Sissoko not for what we paid for them.”

    Who’s going to come in with a big offer for him he has shown nothing all season?

  • 200 Ketsbaia9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Looks like we’ll be losing 20 players in the summer. Can only see Elliot, Darlow, Lascelles and Aarons staying.

  • 201 PUMMELLER // May 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Cannot do this anymore. Watch my club getting run by these mugs. Could have bought better myself, especially with such a huge budget. I can’t keep hoping for the best and being served up sh1t. Colo should have left 2 years ago and we have needed centre backs since our last relegation! It was 2009 for God sake. How can they not see it!!? I am gutted that I still care

  • 202 Rotonda heights // May 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    toon kk

    i’ve followed this circus for 46 years. i think i’ve earned the right to choose if enough is enough.

  • 203 Steel Dust // May 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    If you want to control someone you manufacture debt. It was always fiscal warfare against the fans.

  • 204 Billythefish // May 11, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    If Mr promotion specialist Steve Bruce comes and Rafa leaves then we will be totally shafted. The only hope we have is if Rafa stays and the rest do one. Can’t see it happening. Fat man gets his kicks out of taking the piss. What a joke absolutely gutted.

  • 205 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Right where do we start. We really need to clean house coming up from the championship won’t be as easy as some figure.

  • 206 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Would love to see Ashley tarred and feathered and paraded arount the Toon. Literally. He deserves nothing less.

  • 207 firebug666 // May 11, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Well the incompetence of the owner and his lackey’s has finally reached fruition as we sink with a whimper into the championship.

    We have nothing to play for now, so maybe our last home game should be used to let the powers that be at SJP know how we feel about them.

    Gutted; gutted; gutted.

  • 208 Steel Dust // May 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    G2 that’s true, from a sweatshop in Asia to a sweatshop in North West Europe aka a stinky gutter.

  • 209 PUMMELLER // May 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    And for those deciding who is to blame. Ashley is to blame entirely. He chooses who runs what and he has picked idoiots. Should have asked the fans what we need and those who watch every game like me could have solve our problems years ago! Missed the boat when we came 5th, should have rolled the dice and gone for it! We just sat and did nothing. Only hope left is Rafa stays and there is no chance

  • 210 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Watching the Mackem bird in the crowd crying tears of relief. I could have cried from sheer frustration. I honestly could, this could and should have been avoided.

  • 211 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    We only paid 2.5 M for him willowdal mate. And he’s only 25. Somebody will offer 5-6 M. We can make some cash by selling Krul as well. The others will be losses.

  • 212 Steel Dust // May 11, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Billythefish spot on! Look at he hiring of Wise and Kinnear..twice.

  • 213 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    How can chelsea go to liverpool and win, yet not sunlun? What a f@#ked up season. Glad to see the back of it.

  • 214 Ketsbaia9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Rafa Benitez will be off to Sunderland. We’ll get Lee Hughes in as player manager. He can take driving lessons for players looking to pass their tests. We should also bring in Claudio Cacapa and Paul Gascoigne in as coaches. Elena Marcelino could be a linesman in training. His finger should’ve recovered by now.

  • 215 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    You love to exaggerate ketsy. It’s fun to see but right now it just feels really bad. We have sucked all season. We sucked when we began and we sucked until McTosser left. And nothing was done until it was far too late. Surely even Ashley will know enough to sack Charnley by now?

  • 216 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    FT – It’s over officially now.

  • 217 jimmysmith // May 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Sunderland have done very well in their last three. You have to give them that. For Leicester to win it, and West Ham, Southampton, Spurs and others having done so well, and big clubs like Villa and Newcastle going down and Sunderland almost joining them, clearly shows how money and FFP is making the league that much more competitive and puts into stark focus just how poorly we have been run at exactly the wrong time. It’s as if everyone else saw it coming apart from Villa and us.

  • 218 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    I’m thinking resignations may be offered tomorrow or Friday in an effort to ameliorate the atmosphere for Rafa on Sunday .

  • 219 benjohnsen // May 11, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    This must be the worst day in history of Newcastle. The last nail in the coffin by Sunderland. On the other side it might turn out to be a bright day in the end. We have been flirting with relegation for too many seasons, since coming up in 2010.

    Mike Ashley’s philosophy on bringing in young unproven players seemed wise at the time, until the day he sold Andy Carroll, as it marked how things would be – going forward. The £35M received was not a gift after all, rather a disease. Yes, Newcastle did recruit players that were extremely good for a low fee after that, but failed to keep them and build on it.

    Another issue was failing to see the back side of long contracts for unproven players, which have turned out to cost Mike Ashley more than he probably could have imagined. It reminds me of this quote: “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

    This brings me to Lee Charnley, once described by the Chronicle as “quiet and shy”, reflecting well with Newcastle’s decision making the last four years. One thing is to fail on the pitch, that can happen to many clubs, but failing to communicate simple messages to fan base like Newcastle, it is not just wrong, but begging for trouble and frustration, which I believe have created a tension throughout the whole club.

    We have heard media, fans and people at the club talking about what a massive club Newcastle are. What is massive? Yes, we have a big fan base, a big stadium and we have (had) great revenue stream. As far as results are concerned it has been one good season the last 10 years.

    It is time that not only the clubs administration wakes up, but also parts of the fans. The fact is that we used to have feel good factor at St. James park. I could notice the difference through the TV from other matches. We didn’t fear playing Sunderland, we enjoyed it as we mostly beat them, or at least we didn’t get beaten.

    The last 10 matches Newcastle have 7 losses, 2 draws and 1 measly win. Yes and they buried us tonight.

    Despite all this I have faith that Newcastle will come back and I do believe Newcastle will once more win over Sunderland, not only once, but many.

    I believe Ashley will either sell or enter a new era where our manager will control over most of the business, because if there is one thing the last 9 matches has shown – having the wrong people at the club cost a lot more than paying for decent manager.

    Good night!

  • 220 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Charnly won’t hand in his resignation, he’ll hide in his office closet and whimper to himself Jib. He is as gutless as some of the players he brought in.

  • 221 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Newcastle should be taking swift, decisive action at 9 am tomorrow. It won’t happen. It’ll be the same old, toxic shit building and festering.

  • 222 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 11, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Most likely get hung up by fellow bloggers on here – I don’t blame it all on Ashley – he has made bad decisions – biggest this season is not stepping in earlier and sacking McUseless himself. If it was my money I would of.
    Most of the blame lies with the Charmless and Carr.

    The club at the moment has become to big to sell – look at Aston Villa – in limbo land because owner wants to sell but know takers.

    What I would like to see is Ashley give Benitez a deal he could not walk away from and a FREE hand to get rid of all and sundry and bring in whoever he wants/needs

  • 223 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Well said benjohnsen.

  • 224 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    We don’t need protests on sunday, we need to convince Rafa to stay. One thing guarateed to scare him off is open warfare! We can’t change what’s happened, but getting Rafa on board has to be our priority. If he hasn’t made his mind up yet, we need to make it up for him. Let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot.

  • 225 addistoon // May 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    oh well..what did I expected never less?
    the better better team survived simple as that
    onto the coca cola pepsi fanta championship whatever you call it

    not only does this so called owner deserves to drop to the lower league but the bottomless less pit where satan himself lives.

  • 226 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Rotonda
    Nothing personal mate, I think there’s a lot of emotions atm.
    Tbf I’ll never stop supporting Newcastle but MA has pushed our patients so it’s understandable I think we’re all pi$$ed off.
    All we want is our club back.
    But have faith we’ll be back (sometime).

  • 227 Ketsbaia9 // May 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Ginola was right. We need to start a fresh. If we keep Benitez, it’d be better than staying in the Premier League, if Shteeve would’ve kept us up. If we lose Benitez, then we could be playing in the Evo Stik league within 5 years.

  • 228 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!
    Boom boom boom boom!
    We suck!!!!

  • 229 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    At least the Wonga logo will go… That’s the only bright spot.

  • 230 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Don’t blame the fans. A club that splits up its own singing sections deserves to go down. The ownership is toxic.

  • 231 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // May 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Complete mismanagement in every regard.

    Thauvin and Cabella sum the club up.

    Having STaylor and Colo against Chelsea 7 years after being relegated with them was just embarrassing.

    Mclaren is so incredibly poor it’s almost worse than fiction.

    Well, looks like Armstrong might finally get a few games when all the players ‘lose their motivation’ as the big contracts dissappear.

  • 232 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Disgusting and sickening Ashley. Never show your face again.

  • 233 soundoid // May 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Time to get out of my armchair again and support us on our Championship Tour,

    HWTL

  • 234 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Bobby
    The club is toxic and unambitious, no matter who the manager is. We will never amount to anything with Ashley.

  • 235 Average_Contents // May 11, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    How can the blame not lay at fattys door when he employed know nowt w@nkers from the off.

    His door. End of.

  • 236 nufcursed // May 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    team for next season:
    darlow
    mbabu/lascelles/mbemba/newLB
    new DM
    new RM/new AM/aarons
    toney/armstrong

    with the money we’d get from selling all our crappy players, we should be able to get half a dozen new players in..
    along with these we have, mixed with some youngsters that could be a decent team!

  • 237 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    If Mike Ashley has any pride as a man and a human being he must surely now realise that he has failed in his attempts to try and run a football club with incompetents as his subordinates.
    His naivety in following the advice of fools has made him a loser and a laughing stock.
    Come on Ashley employ people that are fit for purpose , you owe it to a whole community and to yourself.

  • 238 Moonraker15 // May 11, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    The way I see it, it could go 2 ways. Either Ashley loses interest and let’s Rafa go and we drift into oblivion or, he grabs it by the balls, makes Rafa a deal he can’t refuse and gets rid of the idiots running our club. The demise of NUFC is almost unbelievable because we don’t have a football man in charge.

  • 239 Moonraker15 // May 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    If Rafa leaves it will be the final kick in the balls for us. If he stays it will be the best thing that’s happened to us in years !

  • 240 Moonraker15 // May 11, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    I doubt if there will be any of us NOT following the Toon next season ! HWTL
    Love the Toon !

  • 241 manxpie // May 11, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    The biggest blame lies at the players end off!
    There on the pitch every game
    against Aston villa they didn’t look bothered like most of the season
    the only players that can hold their head up high is elliot, lacelles and townsend
    the rest should hang them in shame

  • 242 stripes1009 // May 11, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Irony…….Chris Houghton gets Brighton promoted as we get relegated……revenge is a dish best served cold…..if he does it…..well done Chris.

  • 243 stripes1009 // May 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Right the clear out starts NOW!!!!!!!
    Sign Rafa
    Get rid if the board
    Clear out the time wasting players on mega bucks and over exaggerated playing skills.
    Give Rafa full automy to run the club…..
    Sorry Mr. Beardsley you are sacked…….new under 21’s coach needed urgent

    Please, please please…..do not sign Steve Bruce as our new manager….as much as l respect him as a player, he’s another McLaren.

  • 244 dannitoon // May 12, 2016 at 5:21 AM

    Personally and honestly relegation does not bother me.. I’m not humiliated or even disappointed.. why?… because what purpose do we serve in the premiership.. we are never gonna amount to anything under ashley.. we are solely there to bank role his money making machine.. now we can be used to bank role all those clubs who will use us as their cup final..




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