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Six Huge Mistakes That Could Yet See Newcastle Relegated

If Newcastle do go down this season to the Championship, it’s worth looking at the mistakes that were made by those running the club this season, and some of the decisions made have shown there’s not enough management savvy or football knowledge oat the top by those running the club, and we are suffering for it right now.

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Mike Ashley – has taken too many risks

There are at least six major mistakes the powers that be (make that owner Mike Ashley helped by Lee Charnley) have made at the club, and they go back to last summer on that transfer window.

  1. Newcastle failed to adequately replace striker Loic Remy last summer, and we brought in Siem de Jong, Manu Riviera as a back up striker and Ayoze Perez for the Development squad, but Siem has been injured all season, and both Riviere and Perez have been strikers we have had to use this season along with Papiss Cisse.
    We have been short of a top striker to work with Papiss Cisse all season, and we knew we should have signed an experienced out-and-out striker last summer but didn’t.
  2. Mike Ashley has run with a small squad for many seasons, and one of the reasons for that is to keep the wage bill down, so we have had only two experienced goalkeepers in the squad for a couple of seasons.
    But it came back to bite us late last year when both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were injured and inexperienced Jak Alnwick had to come in to start seven games and in those games we lost five, drew one and won one. It wasn’t Jak’s fault – he was just not ready to be thrown in at the deep end which is what happened with him due to very poor planning form those at the top.
    We are in a similar situation right now if Tim Krul is injured, and we’ll have to play Freddie Woodman in what could be crucial relegation games coming up.
  3. While it was obvious that Newcastle were short of players because of injury in January, not one penny was spent to strengthen the squad, and we are not paying for that lack of foresight.
    Newcastle have suffered even more injuries in January and February and suspension to players like Colback, Cisse, Coloccini and Sissoko haven’t helped. But when you don’t prepare or plan properly then bad things can happen – and they have – it’s known as Murphy’s Law.
  4. Newcastle allowed Alan Pardew to leave half-way through the season, when he was offered the Crystal Palace job at the end of the year and wanted to leave. One of the first things you do in a business if someone important wants to leave the organization, is make sure you can adequately replace them. But Lee Charley’s by his own admission has said that Newcastle had no plan to replace him, yet we took the £4M compensation for Alan from Palace – and so we were left without our manager for the last half of the season.
  5. Maybe what is turning out to be one of the biggest mistakes Newcastle have made this season after quickly looking around for  a coach (Dick Advocaat was available) they settled on John Carver as head coach for the rest of the season. This was a risky choice because John had never been tested at this top level as the lead man. So it was yet another risk taken by upper management.
    That is now coming back to bite us big time and we could even be relegated this season after John and the team have only two wins in the 16 games he’s been in charge of the side.
  6. And finally when Ashley and Charnley knew we were short of players in January they still allowed Davide Santon to join Inter-Milan on the final day of the transfer window, and sent five young players north of the border to Rangers, which was another risky move.
    As it turns out we could have used Santon at left back this year, after both Dummett and Haidara picked up injuries, and we’ve had to play Ryan Taylor and Vurnon Anita at left back. And Haris Vuckic could have helped us out with some goals and he’s scored 9 goals in 13 appearances for Rangers and not surprisingly wants to stay there.

Notice that Newcastle received money for allowing Alan Pardew and Davide Santon to leave – and we’ll not even mention Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sold to Roma in January.

And when we sent the five players on loan to Rangers – we had their wages paid by the Scottish club for the rest of the season.

All those moves made money for the club but also ravaged the Newcastle squad.

We are simply reporting the facts on what upper management have done that has weakened the squad this season – and it’s not even an opinion.

What we are really worried about at the moment, is that our players have seen the incompetence of those at the top.

Lee Charnley has admitted they have made mistakes and the risky moves they have taken this season to put the club in jeopardy, and it could have infiltrated down to the playing squad.

If we do get relegated this season – that’s exactly what has happened – and it all started by the mismanagement of Newcastle from the top.

That’s the unfortunate truth.

148 comments so far

  • Slank

    May 1, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1


    Don’t fancy that line-up. We need to get to,grips with the midfield and Sissoko is not the man. I would play:

    Janmaat – Williamson – Colo – Dummitt
    Abeid – Colback
    Sissoko – De Jong – Perez

    Better to have De Jong on from the start with the greater possibility of controlling the game and scoring than having him come on in the second half when the damage has been done and we are now chasing the game.

    If Sissoko is having another of his off days then replace him with either Obertan, Ameobi or Cabella to add width and hopefully get some crosses in to Rivière and De Jong.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed…Good job you went for 6 and not 5. Belfast would have had a right fit!

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 1, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #3

    You’re banging your head against a brick wall. You’ve said exactly what I would’ve said. Some people will sh!t in their pants and criticise you for the smell. How can you reason with them?

  • Slank

    May 1, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4


    You have the benefit of hindsight.

    I agreed with the strategy of waiting till the season ends before getting the best head coach that is available for our type of club and letting Carver take the team till the end of the season. He looked a safe pair of hands. It didn’t pan out like that. How many people forecast that he would lose all his games, not many, if any. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

  • Belfast

    May 1, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Mistake 1,2,3, and 6 is the same mistake.

  • mfw13

    May 1, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    None of these are mistakes from Ashley’s perspective.

    Remember, all he cares about are $$$. If Newcastle finish 17th every year and avoid relegation by one point, Ashley will be dancing around his bank statements….

  • Average_Contents

    May 1, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Why six. Five is much better. Isn’t it Belfast lol

  • Belfast

    May 1, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8

    1, Lack of investment/ not replacing players
    2, Lack of investment
    3, Lack of investment
    6, Not replacing players/ lack of investment

  • Macas

    May 1, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Blackley – I try to be fairly reasonable in what I write, without resorting to insults. Being told to go somewhere else because yours views differ with a particular poster is a new one on me though. Will get back to work, it’s less stressful

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 1, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10


    All of your points demonstrate that the club has not got a Director of Football. Charnley is an administrator. Ashley has used Carr’s footballing credentials to give to Charnley for him to use as a fig leaf.

    Who do you trust to get the right man? Charnley’s made a complete balls up so far. I don’t I buy any claim that a top manager wouldn’t work for Ashley, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Carver got it. You couldn’t make it up.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 1, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Indeed -less stress is required for all -a good shout this afternoon if I may say so.
    A nice cup of Ringtons Tea will do the trick.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 1, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Nothing yet heard about the two lads who were supposed to go to the training ground to see Carver. Wonder what happened to them.

  • Mag52

    May 1, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13


    You’re right about the wonders of hindsight, but I seriously wonder if MA ever had any intention of replacing Carver at the end of the season.
    He could even have wagered with one of his mates or with a bookie that he could keep the team in the premiership with an outlay of next to nothing. The whole point of owning NUFC for Mike Ashley could be the excitement he gets from gambling with the future of the club.

  • scout

    May 1, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #14


    You seem to have a lot of love for DA at Sunderland. Watch him take them down. Oh, he also hadn’t managed in the Prem so was always a risk.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Just as I said that update from the Chronicle about the lads meeting with Carver.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 1, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16


    You have demonstrated very well that you can put together an argument for both sides of a dispute. Well done and thank you very much for showing us your skills.

    You have convinced most of us now that you could argue black was white and put forward a good case.

    That’s enough now. There is a crisis at our beloved football club and people on here have put a lot of time and effort into trying to unite people to help find a solution.

    Just fcuk off now and take your problems elsewhere. We are depressed enough without you demoralising us further and causing more unrest.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 1, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Carver has said he’ll walk if there is no investment.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    May 1, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Correction Charnely is no administrator, hes an administrative assistant at best. Hes good for booking appointments and getting coffee. that is all.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 1, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Carver and angry fans meet and share a Yorkshire brew. You couldn’t make it up.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 1, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #20

    How can the club get anything right this summer with nobody of the right calibre in the key positions? It’s a sick joke. You couldn’t make it up.

  • scout

    May 1, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    When Carver argued with the two supporters. What an embarrassment. Imagine a professional manager having such a reaction.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #22

    betty @ 16,

    last para.. brilliantly said, please repeat til the a$$bag leaves

  • Moonraker15

    May 1, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Does Carver even realise we have lost 8 out of the last 9 ? Does he not accept that we could’ve done that with no coach at all? Does he realise he’s got us in desperate trouble?

  • geordieviking

    May 1, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Another major error was Pardew bringing back Injured players before they were ready. Just wonder what that has cost us?

  • MrMojoRisin76

    May 1, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #25

    If we don’t get it right in the summer it’s Jabba’s fault(again) and Jabba alone

  • Moonraker15

    May 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #26

    How can the owner sit through this without a word to his customers?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 1, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #27

    What’s the difference moneywise in finishing 17th instead of 9-10?

  • hibbit

    May 1, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #28

    it does not matter who thinks what about what but only one man does the hiring and firing and thats ashley the rest are just puppets

  • hibbit

    May 1, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #29

    jesper £2m a spot

  • MrMojoRisin76

    May 1, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #30

    In 2013 you got 3m for 16th and 8.3m for 10th.Can’t find anything more recent at the minute

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 1, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #32

    If we say £2 mil a spot then you can basically subtract £14 mil from what ever we made from the Santon, Mbiwa and Pardew sale!

    …brilliant work 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 1, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #33

    …well depending on the right figur of course 🙂

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 1, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Ashley has long demonstrated at NUFC that he can’t manage to put appropriate personnel in key positions. There’s nothing to suggest the penny’s dropped. And with Carver still confident of getting the job, or at least staying at the club no matter who comes in, the signs don’t look good.

  • Keith in France

    May 1, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t know about anyone else but after 50 years supporting the team, I have finally lost my love for this club and if I am being honest any real interest in it – whether we get relegated or not.

    If we don’t it will just be more of the same, if we do i think we will struggle to get out of what is a very difficult league.

    Ashley and Co have taken the fantastic supporters for granted – believing that we are all so gullible that we will always turn up no matter what.

    The club has been mismanaged for years, the players with maybe the exception of one or two are just not good enough and have no passion for the club.

    The we will never attract a decent manager because of the restrictions that will be put on him.

    Only a fool aka Carver would take the job under the current set up.

    Sadly Ashley will never sell as long as there is money in it for him – even if we do get relegated there will still be money paid out by Sky and of course 50,000 turning up every other week.

    Just had enough -that’s all

  • Reyantoon

    May 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Some pundits, like Merson,predicted we will lose tomorrow..
    I don’t care what merson said but
    The question is,if we lose,is John still gonna be in charge ?

  • lochinvar

    May 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #37

    There’s only one mistake
    It’s called Ashley

  • Graeme

    May 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Lochinvar @ 37 – Its Asley’s mothers fault, or rather the Midwife who attended his birth. She obviously threw the wrong bit away.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Kieth in France – you might as well wait another three weeks until the season ends before finalising any decisions.
    I think it needs a massive cleanout/overhaul/at least half a team -at least.
    The bandied about figure of £30 million in my opinion will not be enough expenditure for what is required.
    Toon fans now know Mr Tubbs dodgy practices. Might as well hang fire and make your decisions in a few weeks time.
    An intent to do well will be obvious to us all as will the converse.

  • Pokat

    May 1, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Don’t be too quick to chase mr Blackley away lads he provides you with a sparring partner unless you like shadow boxing that is. This place would be desperate if everyone agreed tbf.


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