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‘It Will Come’ – Leader Confident Ahead Of West Ham

Newcastle have played their first ten games of the season. Is it safe now to come out and say that it’s just not been good enough?

We are in 17th place just a point above Southampton, and our goal difference is only better than the bottom three clubs. We’ve only managed 6 goals in the league all season long.

Soon the powers that be will not be able to point to last season’s start to prop up this one. It was at this point last year that Newcastle won three straight games, and Newcastle started their ascent up the table.

While ten games may not be enough to make a final decision on Steve Bruce and this squad, it is enough to know that fortunes must improve and fast.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles knows this all too well. The results, especially at home, just haven’t been good enough. You can point to the rough set of fixtures to start the season, but failing to get wins against the teams around you at home is always to open the door to legitimate criticism.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Lascelles had the following comments about turning this season around:

“We have to look at how we can do better in games. Hopefully, we can correct things for West Ham.

“It’s another game when we put in a good performance against Wolves in the first half but couldn’t see it through.

“It’s encouraging that we performed against bigger teams on the day, Man United and Tottenham, and Chelsea to an extent.

“We are putting in performances. We are at the bottom of the table yes, but we can definitely not panic.

“With our performances, it is only a matter of time before things start to click. It will come.”

It has been a season of peaks and valleys thus far. Though the peaks haven’t really been all that impressive while the valleys have been very deep.

The next couple of fixtures before the third international break are certainly winnable. But that has been the case with many games this season where Newcastle haven’t been able to “see it through.”

If the lads can get a result this Saturday and then all three points in two weeks against Bournemouth, it will be a good start to turning it around. But failure to do so will just extend the malaise surrounding the club into a fourth straight month.

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10 comments so far

  • martoon

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    I heard the full interview on BBC Newcastle last night in some of which he said we we all over Chelsea in the first half – we played OK but I wouldn’t go that far.

  • lesh

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Pain in the Blog

    If Corbyn’s using Ashley as an example of an uncaring, abusive and greedy businessman, that’s fine by me. The more that comes out about Ashley the better.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Gamez was a free who served a purpose as insurance back up. We don’t need to be told again that Rafa wanted Townsend but by then Ashley had gone back on his word. Selz and Lazaar are fair comment but we got most of our money back for him and neither blew 70% of our budget. You are clutching at straws there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    He has to say these things, it would however be very worrying if he actually believes it.

  • lesh

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5


    Where, in that extract from the MASH accounts, does it say the landlord (owner) of that plot is Nexus? Furthermore, it doesn’t say who the buyer of the leasehold is.

    And, in fairness to NY Mag, he can only access and examine what’s in the public domain. He also said he’d found tracking the ownership of the Strawberry Place. And, when he regrets to the accounts looking sound, that’s likely to be the case. Some of those accounts’ll likely be abbreviated accounts and like the club’s accounts, won’t go into any depth – the detail being held in the internal accounts which are not in the public domain.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Pre-tax profits have tumbled by almost £80m at the company owned by Mike Ashley to control his shares in Newcastle United, Sports Direct and a host of other business ventures.

    Accounts for Mike Ashley’s private company MASH Holdings have been published in Companies House for the period ending April 29 2018, showing how pre-tax profits plummeted from £102.5m to £20.8m.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    And here you have it.

    “Mr Ashley also noted that Newcastle United “will have challenges to face as it looks to remain in the Premier League subsequent to the 2019/2020.”

    Leaving the club to rot. No ambition. No proactive decisions to improve SJP, the fan base, the team, Training facilties or any part of the club.

    It’s like watching the paper peeling off a bill board as you drive by on a dank, miserable day.

  • Jib

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Where, in that extract from the MASH accounts, does it say the landlord (owner) of that plot is Nexus?
    It doesn’t
    That’s why I furnished the info

  • Jib

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s like watching the paper peeling off a bill board as you drive by on a dank, miserable day.

    Nah – your posts are slightly better than that

  • ChicoUSA

    Oct 31, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    NYMag is a good bloke and I am sure will say what it is about the accounts (or comments from folks about the accounts) that are not 100% accurate.

    One thing I’m willing to bet is that any summary of accounts that the public has access to, will appear to be beyond reproach. As lesh implies @5, the devil is in the details, and nobody has published any detail accounts as far as I have heard.


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