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Newcastle Relegated – Furious Disillusioned Fans Take To Twitter

10:05 pm, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 115 Comments

lee charnley and mike ashley before wba game

The incompetent Lee Charnley talks to owner Mike Ashley
We’re now this big of a club

Sunderland won 3-0 tonight against Everton and sent both Newcastle and Norwich down to the seocnd tier of Engl;ish football.

And that’s after we spent £82M on new players this season.

Incompetence reigns at Newcastle.

Here are some typical tweets on a somber night for Newcastle fans all around the world.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League · Tweet · Twitter

115 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Newcastle Armchair // May 11, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Okay so let’s look at the positives

    Whoever we have as manager will have an eager and ready Adam Armstrong, as well as a young squad who have championship experience in lascelles, darlow, Aarons etc

    The dead wood is off in Colo, sissoko, wiji etc.

    We must come back up first time – finish first or second I’ll take either.

    Signings must be made and I think Ashley realises his mistakes in not signing the right areas – charnley and Carr will only stay if Rafa goes.

    This time the manager must be given a much stronger hand in deciding who comes in – that has to happen. Ashley has to see how Leicester have performed because they signed experience as well as fast players to play counter style football.

    Cheaper season tickets and more wins this year, rally on Newcastle!!!

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 11, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    I feel numb the last time we got relegated I was close to tears but I accepted that we were down already my feelings really depend on what happens with Benitez !


    They all need to be sold or released they have let the club down and should be replaced with young hungry British players , some Spanish youngsters and some senior pros who want to be here mixed in with the rest of the squad still here that would blitz the championship

  • 3 Bambams // May 11, 2016 at 10:08 PM


    Please sell up and leave our club to someone who actually wants to be involved in winning football matches

  • 4 Lindisfarne // May 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Mike Ashley things to do :-

    1) sack the board

    2) win the championship

    3) sell

  • 5 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Even the BBC can’t help a Freudian slip-

    A job well done
    Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle
    Posted at 21:44
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much collective hugging as is going on down on the Stadium of Light pitch right now.

  • 6 The Newcastle Armchair // May 11, 2016 at 10:10 PM


    Marv and ober are already gone bud.

    Why do you assume Spanish youngsters would blitz the championship?

  • 7 ShirebrookToon // May 11, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Get the Rafa Benitez banners ready for Sunday lads and lasses

  • 8 ToonMatt // May 11, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    ShirebrookToon get the Ashley out ones out instead!

  • 9 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 11, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    @Newcastle Armchair

    A combination of all 3 of the sets of players would blitz the championship if we kept Benitez (a big if) he would be able to get some Spanish players who would tear up that league !

    Perez if we keep him will probably dominate the league as he will get a lot more time on the ball

    We actually dont need to really be debating if that would come true because its unlikely Benitez will be here

    Stuart Pearce , Steve Bruce or Tony Pulis will be our next manager ………

  • 10 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    I hope we don’t get a ticket – salvaging video again. If Mikey spurts out more of his pork-fat spattered nonsense and keeps the fat kid and his grandpop in the driving seat, and Rafa replaced by some perennial lower league haunter then I will not purchase anything Mr Ashley has to sell until he clears off out. Even if we drop to league two to get him to go, so be it. I have a pet theory that some rich dude is waiting for Mike to lose his oversize shirt and then they’ll jump in for a bargain. More of a dream.really.

  • 11 ShirebrookToon // May 11, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Toonmatt, nah man leave them we need to persuade Rafa to stay and bring us straight back up. Ashley out protests can wait for now

  • 12 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Is it #boycottspurs time again?

  • 13 Yo-yo // May 11, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Hi JIB,

    Tonight the last one of your major season’s predictions – that we would survive with ease – followed the rest of them into the rubbish bin.
    I cannot think of a single important prediction you have made that has been correct.

    Congratulations marra, your nemeses – Tsunki, Jail and all the others have at least got a decent % conversion rate.

    This means you are the lowest points scorer on the blog have the highest goals against and are now relegated to

    Enjoy !

  • 14 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 11, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Gutted, but already accepted. Fair play Sunderland, emphatic win under the circumstances, a game in which we would have choked.

  • 15 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Photo caption –

    “So Mike if you look at your SD hoarding through my fingers, that’s how big it look on telly. ”

    “Hmm. And I paid £85m for that did I?”

  • 16 LGFUAD21 // May 11, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    This one hurts more than the last. Largely because I and many in here could’ve collectively run the club and done better.

    Ashley needs a head check if he thinks this is the blueprint for a club.

    If fat man stays charnley and Carr at the least have to go. Our most recent flops weren’t even cheap.

  • 17 jimmysmith // May 11, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    I suppose 50,000 turning up to serenade Rafa might do the trick, but how desperate and humiliating when you think about it. I’d agree, sack the board, keep Rafa, bring us back and then sell, if not at least the first three, then hound him out for good this time.

  • 18 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 11, 2016 at 10:19 PM


    Point scoring on the blog at this particular time is extremely pathetic.

  • 19 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Yo-yo – 😀 cut him some slack he’s had a tougher season than the team ha ha

  • 20 andrew84 // May 11, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    The positives as I see them:

    1) Coloccini, Taylor, Janmaat, Sissoko, Wijnaldum and Cisse should hopefully never darken the dressing room doorway ever again.

    2) For any fans renewing their season tickets, better banter with better fans from Championship clubs.

    3) That’s about it…

  • 21 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    The photo on the previous thread, those two grinning idiots, makes my blood boil.

    A caption might read – ‘There you go Mike, I did it!’


  • 22 Mister Tuff // May 11, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Folk might have hoped for a different outcome tonight but I think most in their heart of hearts probably knew what would happen tonight.

    Penfolds weasel statement is designed to curb any fan dissent for our last game. Working out what went wrong – what a laugh – what went wrong was a knacker like you and your cronies trying to run a club on the cheap and with el zippo football knowledge.

  • 23 Thump // May 11, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Fear not lads: Sunderland have done use a favour. In a few seasons time we could be challenging for the Johnston’s Paint Trophy. How’s that for ambition?

  • 24 Tsunki // May 11, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    LGFUAD – isn’t that the truth! World plus faithful canine said we needed certain players, certain Manager, and they still went ahead and did the opposite. How can these clowns gave earned so much money with the the sense or judgement? Bananas.

  • 25 Lanzatoon42 // May 11, 2016 at 10:23 PM


  • 26 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // May 11, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    I’d say the most gutting thing is the fact that we could lose Rafa. Then I’d say the amount of money that we would be missing out on, but then again, how much would that have been wasted on flops.

  • 27 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    From the club website
    Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley has issued the following statement:

    Tonight we are devastated at our relegation from the Premier League, as I know every single person connected to this football club will be.

    I want to thank all of the fans for the support you have shown for the Club you love throughout the season, in spite of this massive disappointment and underachievement.

    Your support throughout has been magnificent, but I want to pay particular thanks for the incredible backing you have given to Rafa and the team during the latter part of the season. Nothing more could be asked of you and I am truly sorry we have not given you the outcome you deserve.

    I also want to thank every single member of staff here. This Club is their livelihood, but they are fans too. To go through the threat of relegation last season and then to suffer a worse fate this time around has been very hard for them. I know that each and every one of them has done whatever they could to help us out of the situation we now find ourselves in.

    We know that supporters want to know what the future holds and will want to hear more from us as soon as possible. The process of scrutinising what went wrong and planning for what is to come has already begun.

    Right now, of course, Rafa and the team must prepare for the final game of the season but after that, please rest assured we will communicate more fully with supporters.

  • 28 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    How many years have we been chanting Ashley out songs? He’s still here. If he won’t sell, we need Rafa in. If you can’t get first prize, concentrate on the next best thing. The knacka will go only when it suits him and not a second before. Regardless of us. Ashley change will do me for now. Surely he can see the wisdom of ‘You only get what you pay for’? After all, he’s run his little empire that way for years! The right manager is worth the price. Let’s hope the scales fall off his eyes in time.

  • 29 Mister Tuff // May 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    In any other business involving mega millions this lot would be out the door pronto.
    I’ll eat my hat if Penfold gets the bullet.
    Folk should let him know we want him out -not doing any reviews as to what went wrong or planning for the future.

  • 30 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:27 PM


    You might just have stumbled on something.

    Didn’t Ashley say he wouldn’t leave until we won something? The Paint Pot sounds a strong possibility to help him go.

  • 31 andrew84 // May 11, 2016 at 10:27 PM


    That statement almost sounds like Charnley’s way of begging everyone for forgiveness, rather than telling us what the club are going to do from this point.

  • 32 davetoon // May 11, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Thanks Mike.

  • 33 GS // May 11, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Mindshaft from the last thread. They do show Championship games in the US but not the blanket coverage of the PL. When Ed started this we were lucky to see 5 or 6 NUFC games a year here in the US.

    BEin sports shows quite a few now and I think they are increasing their coverage because it is on Friday afternoons and very early Saturday mornings. If we are doing well there should be about 15 televised.

  • 34 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM


    Pay attention at the back – Obertan and Marveaux were pedalled a couple of weeks ago!

  • 35 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // May 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    I’m thinking get rid of any outfield player over 26. Not that they’ll wanna stay though! That pay cut will see them down to London before the weekend….

  • 36 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM


    With regard to Charnley’s statement.
    Please spare a thought tonight for the dozens of ordinary family women and men at the club who are about to get severance notices signed by Lee Charnley.
    I imagine the terms will be pretty generous…….
    They will have no choice to “make their voices heard” and little prospect of “bouncing back first time”

  • 37 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    All i want to hear from Charnley is that he’s resigned. Or not hear from him because he’s been sacked. The sooner the better. Night all.

  • 38 Average_Contents // May 11, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    I’m with Jimmy.

    Desperate and humiliating it is.

    We shouldn’t have to beg for a decent manager. We should be shouting from the fcuking rooftops that what we’ve had to put up with is unacceptable.

    But yeah, let’s serenade a manager instead.

    Fcuk me what planet are you’s on. Our teams just been relegated again by gross negligence of the highest order.

    No wonder he chose this club.

  • 39 Mister Tuff // May 11, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    I see the statement as an atempt to subdue any protests at the Spurs game. – suggesting that there will be communications after that.
    Most fans will not buy that and will voice their opinions.
    I do not think Benitez will be frightened of by a vociferous crowd.

  • 40 kimbo // May 11, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Sissoko you are useless lazy shite footballer and hope you are dropped for the last game in the premier league but no doubt you will have a blinder and score 3 goals when it doesnot matter. Gini should be on the Shields Ferry back to Holland and never to be seen in the Toon again. I am not bitter but angry and hope the full board at Nufc are paraded at full time on the pitch instead of the players.

  • 41 andrew84 // May 11, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    We can only hope Bobby. Night.

  • 42 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:34 PM


    Charnley knocked that statement up just minutes after the Sunlund match finished.

    Mighty impressive or what. He’s cleverer than folk give him credit for.

  • 43 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    I understand your need to lash out pet.
    Go on let it all out I’ve broad shoulders.
    If you hang on for a few weeks you can probably blame me if the Euro vote doesn’t go the way you want.
    OK marra 😀

  • 44 Average_Contents // May 11, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Oh and for those hoping rafa will stay on, I know he hasn’t said he’s not but he has repeatedly stated that he took the job because he wanted the chance to manage in the premiership again.

    There’s a hint in there somewhere.

    Be made up if he stays but can’t see it.

  • 45 manxpie // May 11, 2016 at 10:35 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

  • 46 davetoon // May 11, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Does Bishop actually think even one fan believes that “please rest assured we will communicate more fully with supporters.”

  • 47 geordie157 // May 11, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Can’t bring myself to say well done to sunderland but signing kone, khazri and kirchoff made a huge difference to them. They were however a bit lucky as I do believe that if we’d got rafa in a bit earlier we’d have survived.

    It’s all now about getting him to stay and rebuilding this once great club. Charnley has to go, carr possibly too. If we can’t keep rafa no rubbish like Bruce please go get Rodgers in or if watford don’t want him flores maybe.

    Clear out the rubbish ie colo, taylor, cisse, riviere and gouffran

    I would move on gini, de jong, krul, janmaat, tiote and probably haidara, good, vuckic, ameobi too. Cabella should be off.

    Rebuild the squad but keeping Townsend, Perez, mitrovic and despite him being poor recently shelvey.

    Just leaves thauvin…..ideally he leaves.

    Hence leaving us with.
    Gk – darlow, elliot, woodman
    Rb – mbabu, sterry
    Lb –
    Cb – mbemba, lascelles, dummett
    Rw – Townsend
    Cm – shelvey, bigi
    Dm – colback, anita
    Lw – aarons
    St – mitrovic, perez, Armstrong, toney

    Bring in some young championship players ie Lewis Cook, Dunk, George Thorne, Ince, Redmond, Assombolonga etc

  • 48 andrew84 // May 11, 2016 at 10:39 PM


    The Euro vote…are you talking about the referendum or the song contest? 😉

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Just watched the National news on ITV, it’s fcukin heart breakin what he’s done to this club, they’d beaten us something like six times in thirty years, now they’ve done that in three and relagated us while he hasn’t gave a fcuk until tonight.

  • 50 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    The time between now and Sunday should be spent getting Rafa’s signature on a new contract.
    If the plug Pardew was worth an 8 year deal – they should break the bank to give RB a 3 year contract with a getout for him if he fails to get us instant promotion.

  • 51 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 11, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Yup, everyone turn up on the weekend to beg Benitez to stay.

    At least we’ve got our priorities right…

  • 52 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Is Charmless Neville Chamberlain in disguise. ?
    Will Moncur, Charnley and Carr be at the Spurs game – after all it’s a big match against a big team for Spurs and they are looking forward to the opportunity to play in front of a large crowd for a change.

    Championship – bring it on !

  • 53 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    I think the PR machine will do everything it can to encourage and inflate the “Song For Rafa.” sentiments.
    It will want to get through Sunday with no ugly scenes.
    Bishop will have already assessed that the ‘We Want Rafa” mood will evaporate and be forgotten as quickly as the “riot” that was supposedly going to follow the sale of Yohan Cabaye.

  • 54 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    The statement attributed to Charnley was reading quite nicely, almost like his resignation untii……. he referred to the so-called review!

    And it’s noticeable that his ‘sorry’ was uttered in the context of Rafa’s time at the Club. No apology for the incompetence shown by his boss, himself and his ilk long before Rafa appeared.

    But the good news is that he’s said the Club’ll communicate more with the fans!!!

  • 55 magscar // May 11, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Well now we have got the last hope out of the way we have to look forward.

    The way is now clear for a definitive statement of intent about Rafa – is he going or staying!

    Never mind the 3 remaining wise monkeys determining what went wrong after Sunday ( obviously seeking to avoid a fan meltdown) it would be easier to assess what went right .

    Surely Ashley has finally reached his crossroads after a series of detours. He can’t carry on as he has. Something has to give. He has to either look to sell or run the Club like a football operation rather than a retail business.

    Without Rafa on board for next season it will not be as easy as the last time unless an alternative competent football man is brought in asap.

    Lost count of how many relegations I have been through but it still hurts.

    I hope the crowd on Sunday are not fooled by any prevarication by Ashley, Charnley or Bishop – shout it like it is.

  • 56 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 11, 2016 at 10:46 PM


    It would be good if Bishop was saying to Ashley that the
    best solution for all parties is to get Benitez in …..

    If we dont get him in the next manager is going to have such a tough task

  • 57 NewcastleMole // May 11, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    i feel nothing at being relegated, absolutely nothing its hard to care for something when the owners, management and majority of players don’t.
    Last time when we went down i followed the team in the championship, this time i haven’t got the energy. I’ll check scores still but the last few years have took their toll.

  • 58 NoahJ // May 11, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    One man who seems to be getting off lightly here: McLaren- his incompetence was a major factor in this mess: his inability to motivate players, his woeful squad choices (gouffran; riviere); his 88th minute substitutes to try to save games.

    Yes Charley is culpable for hiring him, and for not firing him despite three clear opportunities to do so;

    and yes Carr is culpable for wasting significant amount of money (top spenders in Europe, in jaunary ffs), and not spending any of it on positions we actually need (goalscorer and defender)

    but, mclaren must take his share of the blame. He failed at two championship teams, not to mention failing to qualify for the Euros with the best England side of recent times.

    I feel sick

  • 59 davetoon // May 11, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Don’t mention the McClaren

  • 60 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:48 PM


    You’re right about Bullshit Bishop being on the case. No fan backlash on Sunday and then he’s got all summer to spin.

    It’ll be over before we know it…… Only to kick off again about November.

  • 61 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 11, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    No doubt Souness and Merson will be giving it big licks at the weekend saying its all the fans fault

  • 62 JP...from The Rock // May 11, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    I was clutching at the last straws as we all were tonight in the hope a miracle would occur and we would survive. But our fate has been sealed sadly.

    Let’s us all hope Benitez stays to build a team to dominate the championship and then the premier league the year after.

  • 63 JP...from The Rock // May 11, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Newcastlemole- I feel exactly the same. It’s been too hard on all of us and I too have hardly any energy to put up with it anymore.

  • 64 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:53 PM


    Many if us been around for a few years and a few relegations but like you, this one’s hurt.

    Maybe when we were younger we could take setbacks in our stride?

  • 65 jimmysmith // May 11, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Benitez being smart of course, will recognise that Newcastle had far, far greater potential 9 games ago, than it does now.

  • 66 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    In one way it could be seen that if it was ordained we should be relegated that it’s better tonight than Sunday.
    Everyone has to appear in front of the cameras one more time.
    It gives the public and the media time to crank up the pressure on Benitez to let the world know what his thinking is.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Bishop and his team will be alerting every gullible news corp in the world that the “toon” are trying their best to keep Rafa, if we don’t hear from the man himself before Sunday he’s gone. For him Reply it’ll be like telling a girlfriend you really do like as a friend that you don’t want to see her anymore! We’re going to have to beg him to stay while Churnley via KB tells us to.???

  • 68 manxpie // May 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Noah have a look at the squad
    we wanted to see better football we did and it failed miserably
    Rafa comes in and we play defensive and rigid not to lose football we start picking up points
    we haven’t had a goal scorer or a great defence which means relegation
    Blaming mcclaren is pointless as who else would this shower have got instead and they wouldn’t have done any better anyways

  • 69 toonluvva // May 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    So the finish around 17th worked well for you Mr Ashley?

    All that talk at the end of last season was just hot air.

    He gambled and lost – heavily!

    Sadly we don’t have the means to get back into the PL.

    The owner can’t appoint a decent MD who will be responsible for finding a replacement for Rafa should he (I wouldn’t blame him) walk away from us.

    Who will tell Carr to go? Who will dissolve the board and appoint some people with footballing nous? Certainly not our beloved leader Ashley. Just look at his past record.

    We will need to clear out a lot of players – at a sizeable loss of course. Some of the dead wood with time left on their contracts will have to be bought out.

    The we need to bring in new players. Players who are capable of winning nearly all of their matches. Remember it is probably easier to stay IN a division than get promoted.

    Next, assuming we do get promoted we will need to bring in yet more PL standard players. Can you really see our shambles of a leadership achieving all this?

    I hope I’m wrong on this, but I have a dreadful feeling that we may be playing our last ever PL match on Sunday.

    All courtesy of Mr Ashley.

  • 70 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM


    Again, I’m sure that all at the club will be delighted if all the attention is focussed on the “Rafa – will he, won’t he?” issue until school breaks up for the summer.

  • 71 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM


    McClaren’s gone – the useless hits that hired him are still at the Club! Smiling at McLaren just takes the heat off Ashley, Charnley and Carr.

    As an aside, it’d be interesting to hear what Moncur’s got to say when he’s mingling with the fans on Sunday. I wonder whether he’ll actually show up – that would take some courage.

  • 72 davetoon // May 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    I can imagine Bishop saying to Ashley after last season to remove himself from the perception that he is making decisions at the club and install a board. As his business man image was taking a battering and he was tarnishing sports direct.

  • 73 Shadow_Shearer // May 11, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    I believe mike ashley said on the last day of last season, from here on we make our own luck. 12 months later we are relegated.

  • 74 jimiley // May 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    We are not a big club and I rather enjoy beating crap teams rather than struggling against big teams. The Premiership is crap and I hope we stay in the Championship for many years where we can thrive.

  • 75 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM

  • 76 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM


    * Smiling should’ve read Sniping at McL….’

    Even this poxing phone’s taking the pi$$.

  • 77 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Two relegations in two months.
    The guy’s on a roll.

  • 78 jimiley // May 11, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Ashley has lost 100 million. there is a god.

  • 79 jimmysmith // May 11, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Well that’s right. McClaren’s remit was to play more attractive football, and he succeeded although critically without getting the points, and the players succumbed as the pressure built. I believe McClaren was urging the board to buy a CB, CF and LB and was ignored. He also was let down.

  • 80 davetoon // May 11, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Would be interesting to go back and see who introduced the sing for Rafa suggestion into the conversation

  • 81 Jail for Ashley // May 11, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    “Discontent among supporters has been kept in check solely by the installation of Benitez and the rapport he’s established allied to the respect he already had.

    That he’s similar to a Keegan or a Robson figure in credibility and trustworthiness seems to be a widely held view – but beyond him lies nothing.

    Only Rafa’s presence has kept total disillusionment at bay and given fans a hint of something positive and tangible when considering the future – that someone with the requisite skills and knowledge was actually prepared to come here and sort these b@stards out.

    Let him walk and you have nowhere left to turn – and a vacancy that only a madman or a bluffer would consider. We’ve employed enough of both already, which is why relegation is completely deserved.

    It remains to be seen whether Mike Ashley shows his face on Sunday and if so, whether he’ll reprise his live TV interview taking responsibility for the endless lunacy of this football club – and mean it this time.”

  • 82 NoahJ // May 11, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    I know mclaren isn’t solely to blame, but my god he should know that he was nowhere near fit for purpose, and so by not stepping aside, he only damaged the club further. that’s one of the reasons i had no bad feelings for gullit- disastrous manager, but at least he did the decent thing and stepped aside when he was clealy out of his depth.

    Manxpie, I disagree that no one would have done better with them anyway- you said yourself how results improved under benitez. I still maintain that on an individual level, we have better squads than anyone around us, plus bournemouth, watford. the trouble is they can’t play as a team. For example, wiji and sissoko can’t play together but they are our so-called ‘best players’ so mclaren didn’t dare drop them. If benitez was hired at the start of the season (I know he was at Madrid), there is no doubt in my mind that we would not be relegaed

  • 83 jimmysmith // May 11, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    We’ve lost 100 million and Ashley isn’t selling. There is no God.

  • 84 Shadow_Shearer // May 11, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Jimily. This is a bigger lose to newcastle fans than it is to fat mike.

  • 85 The Newcastle Armchair // May 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Well Ashley you must have learned a lot from that cash blowout in the two windows. Shame the jockey wasnt fully bald or the aerodynamics may have gave us that extra couple of paces in the race.

    Now about that horse…

  • 86 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // May 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Forget about Rafa, he has much bigger fish to fry and we don’t need him for where we’re going.

    Sayanora Rafa it was indifferent while it lasted.

    Why am I willing to wave bye bye to a world class coach? Because having him is utterly irrelevant while Mike Ashley still calls the shots.

    We’ve been relegated and apparently all that matters is getting Rafa to stay? Remove heads from asses please folks.

  • 87 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    For the staff at SJP not one person should be made redundant – their wages should be paid out of the players, Carr , Moncur and Charnleys fat salaries .
    Ashley himself could of course do the decent thing and cover any differences from his own pocket – and after all with 48games plus that elusive Cup run to look forward they are all going to be needed.
    Or if Charnley and co are sacked for gross incompetence then there’s the saving.

  • 88 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Charnley and Carr have to go. Ashley is toxic. The fans will continue to suffer. The club is bigger than Rafa. Rafa is not the answer while Ashley and Charnley are there. Rafa would be mad to throw his lot in with them.

  • 89 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Ashley was going nowhere at Rangers.
    He told them so.
    They had other ideas.


    1….the beer is, I am reliably informed, so much nicer in the Championship.

  • 90 bettyswallocks // May 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Does winning the Championship qualify as winning something in Ashley’s statement?

  • 91 The Newcastle Armchair // May 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Caption: we was that close boss

  • 92 magscar // May 11, 2016 at 11:09 PM


    Perhaps not so oddly I have mellowed in my old age so should take this latest more in my stride but I just can’t as it didn’t have to be.

    Looking for parallels of despair I can recall a similar feeling when we were beaten in the playoffs by Mackems ( they eventually went up instead of Swindon due to a betting scandal) and they were set to prosper at our expense but there was a massive change in the offing. Stage was set for Hall to take over and KK came in and I enjoyed the best football I have ever witnessed at SJP and Mackems were left trailing.

    Not saying that will happen again but history shows us that things can change if the will is there – over to you Ashley as the fans can only do so much and we have already exceeded what can be expected of any fan base.

  • 93 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:09 PM


    Well if the USC model is followed, the redundancy bill will be footed by the taxpayer.

  • 94 The Newcastle Armchair // May 11, 2016 at 11:11 PM


    Ashley meant to say qualifying for the championship instead of champions league on the day.

    He was just too nervy and sweaty in his first live interview and cocked up by mistake

  • 95 terencelim // May 11, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Thanks Ashley, for turning a once competitive club into the worst run club in league. Have never seen an owner making so many ridiculous decision and keep hiring the wrong people.

    Doesn’t matter if he fires Charnley, he’ll hire another unknown dicks we could ever imagine. We all, except Ashley ass licking pets could see this.

  • 96 Shadow_Shearer // May 11, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    It’s sad enough we are relegated. But even sadder we were relegated off sunderland.

  • 97 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    No wonder Ashley was smiling in the TV interview – he’s just reduced the wage bill and running costs by millions. Surely that makes the club leaner and easier to sell – I wish

  • 98 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 11:13 PM


    You’re never suggesting that Bishop had anything to do with Rafa’s appointment are you?

    It’s only a cynic would even consider that Rafa’d keep the fans at bay for a few weeks.

  • 99 WheresSholaNow // May 11, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    At least if we win the Championship Ashley will have to f*** off – it would be winning something.

  • 100 Shadow_Shearer // May 11, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Anybody who talks of mike ashley done well for newcastle by clearing all debt, he’s now relegated us twice.
    Talk about 1 step forward, 2 steps back

  • 101 manxpie // May 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    A message to all club owners that the 2 worst run clubs over recent seasons go down
    and the ones that suffer are the people that fund the fuskers! ! Including players wages btw!

  • 102 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    The fightback begins tomorrow!!!
    When the blog debate changes from how only plastic fans feared we’d be relegated to how only plastic fans don’t think we’ll come straight back up again.

  • 103 SPRINGY // May 11, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    evening all
    i had it in my mind we were down for a while,although there was a glimmer of hope when rafa came in,until sat,with the mackems winning and our bullshit attempt to score a goal at the weekend…it pretty much laid the foundations for relegation….i am gutted, but im more angry…charnley sat on his hands and did nothing when it was clear to see we were in trouble from the start of the season,how does ashley explain this shite after giving the billy big bollicks speech at the end of last season….disgraceful is one word,is this what you meant by making our own luck?….if he meant any of what he said charnley,carr should booted before the weekend and rafa retained with carte blanche to repair the damage these useless pathetic wastes of space have done,i doubt it will happen at the end of the season or tbh at all…..rebuild with rafa.

  • 104 lesh // May 11, 2016 at 11:18 PM


    Yes, and I admire your optimism.

    But knowing our luck, it’ll be some money-laundering zillionaire that buys the Club – only to be arrested a few months later!

  • 105 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Ashley’s presence is slowly killing the club. The fans can’t even say, “Well at least we can rebuild and come back stronger.” Look at 2009 to 2016. A complete shambles. And we know why. Because the owner doesn’t care for the club.

  • 106 Thump // May 11, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    @Shadow_Shearer: He’s also maintained the clubs debt, only now we don’t owe it to Barclays.

    I’ve expected relegation for ages so I’ve just came to accept it, but Penfold’s statement is just infuriating. “after Spurs, we will communicate more fully with supporters.” you fscking had your opporutnity you kernt, stop hiding behind Bishops words and face the music like any real professional and step the fsck down.

  • 107 magscar // May 11, 2016 at 11:21 PM


    It is only my optimism ( misplaced as it often is) allows me to keep coming back for more 🙁

  • 108 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Positives 2

    Noisy economic migrants to Tyneside now have a far better chance of seeing their home town club play at St James’ Park.
    The away end WILL be full.

  • 109 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Jamie Carragher said: “I think the big mistake is Lee Charnley, he gave the job to Steve McClaren.”

  • 110 manxpie // May 11, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Well at least sisko shouldn’t get his champions league move that’s some comfort

  • 111 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Of season ticket holders……

  • 112 Blackley and Brownlie // May 11, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    It doesn’t seem ten minutes since the end of the summer window and I was asking “Where’s the horse?” and making numerous horse and cart jokes.

  • 113 lochinvar // May 11, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Don’t fret about Sunderland – every dog has it’s day

  • 114 Jib // May 11, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Mike Ashley blinked awkwardly into the camera and made a promise. “From this day forward, we will definitely be making our own luck,” the Newcastle United owner said and although this was never how he imagined it, the prophesy was uncanny. They have spent big and badly, entrusted inadequate people with too much power, played with fear and acted too late. Now, for the second time under Ashley’s stewardship, they are relegated.
    Shambolic Newcastle have become a shell of a club overseen by pygmies
    Demotion had not only been coming, but was practically inevitable given failed strategies, says George Caulkin in the Times

  • 115 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    “We’ve got a bit ahead of ourselves.
    “The target for last season was eighth.
    “It still is’

    Alan Pardew, Summer 2012.

    ‘There’s a rabbit off here. We are aiming to do WORSE next year? This will end in relegation sooner or later.”

    BandB Summer 2012

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