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Sunderland Win 3-0 – Newcastle Relegated

9:49 pm, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

Newcastle were relegated tonight when Sunderland beat Everton 3-0 and that’s the second time in seven years.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Partners in crime – Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

This has been a nightmare season for Newcastle fans and a disastrous season for the Newcastle club, but it was all self-inflicted.

That was mainly because of sheer incompetence and ineptitude by the Board of Directors of Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur, but Mike Ashley appointed the Board and he let them have free rein when it became obvious they didn’t quite know what they were doing.

Mike should never have allowed the appointment of Steve McClaren last June – if only that he had just been fired by Derby Country and no other Premier League club were the least bit interested in him.

So why was Lee Charnley so anxious to hire him?

And of course Steve McClaren was left in the job far too long as he kept telling anybody who would listen that he would get Newcastle out of the jam they had been in since the first game of the season.

It’s simply been a pathetic season that embarrasses Newcastle once agin with a relegation.

If Rafa Benitez decides to leave the club we will be in a sorry state indeed with no leadership or expertise from the top.

None at all.



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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // May 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Disgusting and sickening Ashley. Never show your face again.

  • 2 G // May 11, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Shyte

  • 3 benjohnsen // May 11, 2016 at 9:53 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!

  • 4 Szarka // May 11, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Were down once again :/

    Just because we cant win, when it matters the most. Villa , Norwich, Sunderland, 1 point instead of 9.

    Need to rebuild, but for GOD sake, with a normal coach. Dont think Rafa will stay for Championship.

  • 5 willowdalerez // May 11, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    I’m off. Sickened. Hope Ed keeps the blog going.

  • 6 ShirebrookToon // May 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    That picture of the gruesome twosome grinning like Cheshire cats not very infuriating. Sky bet championship logo would have been a better choice Ed!

  • 7 NoahJ // May 11, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    I think even the most ambitious of us knew we were relegated when we failed to beat sunderland back in march (and then of course lost to norwich). I think I confronted relegation then, so now I hardly feel anything.

    Without doubt, my biggest disappointment is not being able to see what Benitez can do in the premier league with a clean slate. We may never know (hopefully he will stay though)

    The running of this club has been utterly shambolic, and the results since Pardew’s last half season in charge have been absolutely ridiculous- we deserve this.

    One shred of hope is that Charnley had the nouse to actually get benitez (even if it was way too late). hopefully, they realise they are completely out of their depth in running this club, and have learnt their lessons. Maybe this is a real signal for change (a change which we might not have seen if we clinged on this season- and Charnley and co might have seen their management as a success, which of course it has been anything but).

    It’s all in the Benitez decision. If he stays, the hope will feel like a promotion already.

  • 8 toon kk // May 11, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Sad day, but I knew it was coming after our third game of this season. It was easy to see what we were all about.

  • 9 Toon Tang // May 11, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Well thats season over for me people. The telly won’t be switched on again for a while and I’m not touching social media for a couple weeks. Just till the first wave of relegation dust settles.

    It’ll be like virtual hibernating for a few weeks.

    Will resume my footy campaign at the start of the Euros and no doubting that’ll be as disappointing as today.

    Until then lads and lasses.

  • 10 ZIPPIE57 // May 11, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    i am crying my eyes out at 53 years of age . not Ashley’s fault , Charnley please sack him tomorrow
    Carr to be sacked
    Moncur to be sacked
    Please Please not Steve Bruce

  • 11 ShirebrookToon // May 11, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    You’ve got what you paid for mr Ashley.

    RAFA IN!!!!!!!!!
    Charmless the secret squirrel OUT!!!!!!!!!!
    Graham the not so chatty man Carr OUT!!!!!!!!!!!
    Etc etc OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 12 colwell // May 11, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Thank fcuk for that its official, we’ve been down for ages just the lads wanted to drag our misery out for as long as possible.

    I for one will be happy to never have to see Sissoko, Wijnaldem,Cisse,Janmaat,Colo hopefully Colback in a Toon shiet again the spineless cnuts, bottled it.

    Keeping Lascelles,Mbemba,Mitro,Townsend etc is a must young humgry playerswe” be back without as much deadwood as possible,

  • 13 Sir Braveheart // May 11, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Glad we can finally confirm what has been inevitable for weeks. Enjoyed the hope Rafa brought, looking forward to next season now.

    Yes that’s right, I’m looking forward to it. Because relegation brings change, and I’d take that over another season of drudgery and misery like the last few. And you know what, I reckon we’ll win a few games next year and we’ll have a few cracking games too. And I don’t care if that’s in a lower league I want to see my team playing well and winning. I want to feel some positive feelings again. Rafas hope gave me some of that but I’m looking forward to more of it next year.

  • 14 jimmysmith // May 11, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    When Ashley says “I’m stuck with them and they’re stuck with me”, there comes a time when the narrative simply has to change, or the damage to his name and brand becomes irreversible. We have been terrible, and obviously so, and for the world to see, and now when people, consumers, see Newcastle, they also think Ashley and SD. It would be absurd not to prioritise the rebuilding of the club now, if only for the sake of his core business.

  • 15 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 11, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Statement from Lee Charnley:

    “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 under-achievement.

    “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 gam

  • 16 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 11, 2016 at 10:04 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 !

    Cisse
    Krul
    Tiote
    Colo
    Taylor
    Janmaat
    Sissoko
    Wijnaldum
    Thauvin
    Cabella
    Obertan
    Marveux

    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

  • 17 Toon-Barmy // May 11, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Statement from Lee Charnley:

    “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 under-achievement.

    “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.”

  • 18 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // May 11, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    “In Carr we trust”

    That could be the name of a horror movie based on a true story.

  • 19 andrew84 // May 11, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Club statement has just been released……the quickest action that Charnley has taken in years.

  • 20 Bambams // May 11, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Lads
    We are all down but at the end of the day it’s a game of football.

    Please don’t take this as I don’t care….The club has been my whole part of growing up from the £1.50 standing on the Gallowgate at 10 years old.

    But this last two years I have had a lot worse experiences losing those close to you.

    Did we deserve any better given how our club has fallen so greatly overy the past eight years. No

    Mike Ashley is a self made billionaire who just wants more money. John Hall thought he was the right man to take us to the next level…We all did.

    He just wants global advertising at no or little cost to him.

    He employs staff on zero hours who are frightened to go to the toilet.

    Our club is owned by a dictator without morals.

    Fat Sam beat you Mike….You deserved to be beaten, the fans do not deserve this.

    It’s a game of football all the same.

    Keegan was spot on in his assessment of Ashley. We will never become anything with Ashley at the top of the table

  • 21 BandB // May 11, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    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.

  • 22 The Newcastle Armchair // May 11, 2016 at 10:06 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!!!

  • 23 Average_Contents // May 11, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    How on earth can anyone advocate not showing displeasure at the last game of the season and our last in the prem for God knows how long, all to cheer on a manager in the vain hope he’ll stay.

    It should be a unified show of disgust for the obese one and his cronies. I’m sure rafa is clever enough to distinguish between our annoyance at them and our gratitude to him.

    No wonder he feels he can do whatever he likes and nothing will happen.

    That’s basically begging instead of showing someone who has treated us with utter contempt how fcuking pissed off with him we are.

  • 24 Bobbybee // May 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    B&B, unless you’ve got a buyer lined up, we’re stuck with Ashley for now ffs. Tell ya what, tell Rafa to do one then, shall we, as it won’t make any difference. Of course having Rafa would make a difference.

  • 25 Lanzatoon42 // May 11, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Like i said before just prey Rafa will stay with us or now we will go like Leeds etc or worse

  • 26 Average_Contents // May 11, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Fcukoff penfold you no necked spineless little cnut.

    They must of pre-prepared that statement. Straight from bullshit Bishops mouth.

    Do one.

  • 27 benjohnsen // May 11, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    He finally read my message.

    “Hi Charnley. You probably never took management communication classes. No offence, but you should. Anyway, no time for that now. We are relegated, so I will just cover the basics.

    1. Communicate with fans. It is not that hard.
    2. Make clear statements about the situation.
    3. Communicate what happens next.
    4. When that next thing has happened, you need to start at number 1 again.”

  • 28 Yo-yo // May 11, 2016 at 10:14 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 http://www.nufcblog.co.uk

    Enjoy !

  • 29 Scotty // May 11, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    I’m just glad it’s over. We would’ve felt a lot worse had it gone to last game. I genuinely felt relegated after Saturday against villa.

    We can now look forward to a complete clear out from top to bottom – and get some good, young English lads in. Any of them can go for me – apart from townsend,lascelles, mbemba and mitro.. The rest will never be good enough.

    Rafa staying would ease the pain of relegation…but going on past decisions made by MA – we’ll likely end up with another hasbeen.

    Long live rafa.. If anything, we need to go on Sunday to show him our support – but boo the players by all means.. I certainly will.

  • 30 Billythefish // May 11, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    I hope charnley’ message is his last, the whole club has been a disgrace this season from the fat man to 99% of the players on the pitch. We certainly made our own luck this season Mr Tubbs. Pathetic excuse of an owner, a wet fart of a managing director, and a made up board of has beens and idiots. In all honesty the fat man and his cronies got what they deserved. For the people who will lose their jobs and the fans who showed more passion than the tossers on the pitch, it certainly isn’t deserved. Fk off Ashley and take the gimps to sports direct to work for you. You don’t deserve us.

  • 31 davis_toons // May 12, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    Guess what…the positive on here was …….we will be promoted soon..

    So sick..

    Let’s put it simple.

    Rafa Leaves
    Ashley OUT

    When will those tom, dick or harry managers start their work of “rebuilding”.

  • 32 davis_toons // May 12, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Be honest, how far have we since we are above club like Spurs?

    Can we get back to that kind of standard?

    Or at least be competitive with club like … Bournemouth, WBA, Crystal Palace, Swansea City, Stoke City, West Ham United, Southampton, Watford and not forgetting the Champ Leicester City?

    Can we? When? Once we are promoted AGAIN?
    Give yourself another 7 8 years and you will be back down AGAIN? I though we are suppose to be competitive? Never mind. I hope the blog is still around…

    Thanks ED for the hard work.

    Rafa Leaves
    Ashley OUT




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