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Newcastle’s Ridiculous Response To Whether The Club Is In Crisis

In the minutes of the Fans Forum meeting on Monday night, which were finally released today. Newcastle deny almost anything negative at the club and some of the answers to specific questions are so high level and generic as to be almost pointless.

Newcastle have had the worst season ever in the Premier League after 26 games played with a meager 24 points and with 12 games to go we are in a relegation place – 3rd bottom of the league.

But those who run the club and are particularity accountable for this very poor season are very confident that we will remain a Premier League club come May.

lee charnley mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

Here are the questions asked on whether Newcastle are in a crisis with the answers given by the club.



Paul Loughlin (PL): “With 12 games to go, is the club in a crisis?”


The club disagreed but understands its current league position and acknowledged it was very disappointing.

The club explained that the squad’s recent training camp in La Manga, Spain, was designed to help find solutions on the pitch in the final 12 games of the season. The camp was wholly focused on training and recovery, as well as a game.

The club appreciates the work required to move up the table and remains confident that it will remain in the Premier League at the end of the season.

Follow-up Question:

David Maudlin DM: “What is that belief based on?”


The club believes the quality in the squad and some of the team’s performances this season are positive indicators, but acknowledged that performances had not been consistent.


How about those for generic and high level answers to specific questions.

Some of the team’s performances this season – especially our last two away games – are very negative indicators.

Lee Charnley seems to pride himself on being calm and measured – no knee jerk reactions here – but his complete lack of experience in senior management is showing through in a major way – again.

Taking absolutely no action when it is warranted by a crisis is not what senior managers are paid to do.

What was that statement about Nero fiddled while Rome burned?

The Board and those who run Newcastle are responsible and accountable for how the club fare this season – so far it’s been a complete disaster.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • reilly

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #1

    like sepp blatter says.crisis, what crisis.

  • Jib

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Flipping heck Ed did you not pay ANY attention at those IBM sales talks.
    Wringing hands and wailing “oh dear me ” is for Mackems and softies.

  • Jib

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #3

    I was going to say “is for women and old men”
    But I didn’t want Ed AND BandB on me case

  • BandB

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Is this when you burst into “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” Spartacus?

  • Dime Bar

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib are there any positives?

  • firebug666

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib // Feb 25, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    I was going to say “is for women and old men”
    But I didn’t want Ed AND BandB on me case


    Or maybe you didn’t want to include yourself, as a woman or an old man 😀

  • AncientC

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #7

    The club can be positive whilst also acknowledging the gravity of the situation it finds itself in.

    Sunderland are a mere 1 point behind us. We would think they had gone mad, if they were being dismissive, talking about how they think the club will be fine, no crisis, everything will be alright on the night, etc.

  • Jib

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #8
  • lochinvar

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #9

    From the Sports Direct Business Accounts for 2013 – so why is NUFC managed incompetently ?
    What planet are they on ?

    Internal Controls and Risk Management
    the board has a responsibility to govern the group in the interest of the shareholders. the board is responsible for setting strategic objectives and part of this involves assessing the risks involved. risks are an inherent part of the business world and, due to the nature of the business, the group is exposed to a wide variety of these. in order to minimise the effect of potentially damaging effects to the group, the board ensures these are managed and monitored effectively via a framework of controls and robust procedures.

    The Group’s Approach to Risk
    the identification and management of risk is a continuous process, and the group’s system of internal controls and the business continuity programmes are key elements of that. the group maintains a system of controls to manage the business and to protect its assets with the development of contingency plans and rapid response to changing circumstances and does much to mitigate the risks facing the group. the group continues to invest in people, systems and in it to manage the group’s operations and its finances effectively and efficiently.

    executive management teams are responsible for the identification, analysis, evaluation and mitigation of the significant risks applicable to their areas of business. these comprise of directors as well as of senior managers.
    the teams meet regularly to discuss the identified risks, and how these
    should be reviewed and monitored. the board ensures that the appropriate arrangements are in place under which employees can raise concerns about possible financial or other impropriety, which are then appropriately investigated. these arrangements include formal grievance procedures and employee confidential hotlines.

  • Belfast

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Very true Reilly.

    Nothing to worry about folks honestly.
    It’s all under control honestly.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Who was it said Manure were going to get thrashed playing the kids. Where is our youth development? Non existant as a serious option.

  • Dime Bar

    Feb 25, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #12

    I honestly thought looking at that team sheet Man Utd would get thrashed but to be fair second half they were brilliant

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 25, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley bless him can’t equate to losing football matches when he thinks he’s paid out enough to win them.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Lochinvar yes the club has adopted a robust “model” well not so robust that it can’t be challenged when stuff fails…ahem…anyway where was I? Oh, yes risk management! Yes we have robust risk management, we have decided that it’s not worth the risk of talking about nasty things like managers who are failing, players who don’t give a monkeys, a coach who can’t find his teeth most days and a MD who can’t even buy his own coffee, because it gets everyone upset and down in the mouth. it’s much less risky to ignore all that nonsense and carry on as if everything’s all right. Which it is.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Jeff is probably right maybe more of us should have received a degree in Obliviology from the Walter Mitty University like he did

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #16

    The board I imagine are like those new soldiers at the beginning of WW2 who ran at each other in training exercises with wooden guns shouting ‘bang’.

  • Belfast

    Feb 25, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Soccer sauce says Kim Jong un is advising the football board.

    Don’t shoot the messenger.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #18

    In other news, this BBC lark is looking worse than ever. I have a feeling there’ll be some more dodgy characters come out of the woodwork. I look at nearly all those famous cheesy characters from my young days with nowt but suspicion now. Turns out that Auntie Beeb was more like “Uncle” Beeb.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Photo caption –

    Mike – ” hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmmm..”
    Lee – “Michael I really really have to go number twos”

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 25, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Needed Wright to beat Thornton for my accumulator. Waaaaaaaaaaa

  • lochinvar

    Feb 26, 2016 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #21

    On the subject of Youth development ( bettyswallocks@13)

    Arsenal are planning moves for Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, 19, and winger Roland Aarons, 20, who are both out of contract in the summer. (Daily Express)

    Sounds like a plan then

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 26, 2016 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #22

    lochinvar@21. Wouldn’t surprise me if Arsenal got both of them. Don’t see that this club can hold much attraction for either. I’m sure Woodman would like to play for a big London team, and Aarons always seems at odds somehow with NUFC coaches and management and I imagine would relish a move like that. If you want fame and fortune, Newcastle is not the place to be is it.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 26, 2016 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #23

    We are not the club that develops youngsters. Beardsley has been an abysmal failure in managing our youngsters.

    If it was me of course I’d go to other clubs that are renowned for developing youths. Just look at mbabu. He did so brilliant but was dropped immediately. Didn’t have a chance whatsoever.

    I’d be off too.

  • Veltman

    Feb 26, 2016 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #24

    I had a chat with Ed the other day for the first time.I didn’t expected he’d reply emails but he did respectfully.Good man and have likeable character,and true Newcastle utd fan.
    The blog feels unattractive and boring place these days because of different reasons.One is the dire state of the club.The other is personal challenges between individuals.Whatever it is,
    it’s better to concentrate on the football as much as we can because it is a football blog.And it’s better to make the challenge ,whatever it is,based on the football,instead of challenging personalities or what u call it — playing the man.

    Just my opinion.

  • cyprus

    Feb 26, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Ed, my man,
    You’ll make me play devil’s advocate again, literally. Those are very good answers. You were in management. Would you tell people that IBM will become a niche player and an also run in the digital revolution? 😉

    Leadership, in the face of crisis, stays calm and gives an air of certainty that things will be ok, even if they won’t. The last thing you want is for the troops to panic.
    The answers ain’t ridiculous. I’m sure internally they have contemplated the little ‘R’ matter. It would be wrong to tell you and me.

  • WestOzMag

    Feb 26, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Check out the Syd derby and Melb derby in the Aleague. Makes the crowds at the Tyne wear derby look like a morgue

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 26, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #27

    Totally agree. Everyone is annoyed and frustrated,but we are where we are.
    Discretion is the better part of valour.
    I mean, obviously the club can hardly go to the fans forum and say we don’t expect to stay up, we’re DOOMED,can they? Loads of rhetoric flies around in this situation. Psychologically Villa have been in the Championship for a couple of months. Everyone else is in the mind games zone.

  • WestOzMag

    Feb 26, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #28


    Hence the reason I very rarely comment on here anymore. Was on here years and years ago before any of the regulars popped up, now it’s just tit for tat and not really any football talk at all. If there is any, a fight generally occurs after a few posts

  • firebug666

    Feb 26, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #29


    You are correct, the club should be positive, but I think a more positive response would have been if they said they did not expect us to be relegated, but should that happen we are prepared and have plans in place that will give us the best chance of coming back up.

    What is worrying is the have no such plans, as in their minds we will not be relegated so why worry.

    I read the minutes and found myself frustrated as they circled around every question without giving any conclusive answers.


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