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Another Magpie Talks Of Positive Start But Crucial Stat Says Otherwise

If there was any worry amongst the players about the start to this season, you wouldn’t know it by the comments coming out of the Newcastle camp.

Fabian Schar has been doing the rounds this week talking about the confidence he has in this year’s team.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles also recently spoke about what he sees as an upturn in form over the past month.

Center-back Ciaran Clark is the latest Magpie to echo the positivity emanating from the Newcastle ranks.

The Chronicle have published Clark’s comments about the atmosphere inside the club:

“Last season was tough with the start we had. Looking at it before the first game, we knew it was going to be a tough start.

“But this year we’ve managed to get a couple of big wins, and that was something we didn’t do last year at the start.

“Everyone’s positive about how it’s going so far. We know now that the next batch of fixtures are at a really important time – we know ourselves that we need to start picking up some more points and try and push ourselves up the league a little bit.

“I wouldn’t say it’s just the home games – it’s all the games we have [that we need to target for wins]

“We know that the fixtures coming up are really important and it’s a time where we might be playing a few teams who are around us, so we want to be going into those games picking up points and pushing ourselves up the league.

“If we can get some more points on the board before the next international break that would be good, and would lift the confidence and keep this positive vibe going around.”

While we appreciate the belief the players have in turning this season around, the start to this season should not be considered anything but disappointing.

Currently, Newcastle’s win percentage under Steve Bruce is 20%. His Premier League career win percentage prior to this season was 28%. That was second-worst among all Premier League managers with over 200 games managed.

While 10 games is an unfair total to make a determination of a manager’s success, it does put into perspective just how poor this start really is.

It boils down to not winning the games we should have won due to our inability to score goals. That has to change soon, or we’ll continue to be stuck in and around the bottom three for some time to come.

29 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Surely Ashley has his own box at the club as an owner I mean who wouldn’t? I would guess pretty much every football owner has a box at their club as a given right? Is this what the £100k is talking about?

    On another note did anyone notice last week in the players huddle before KO that Clarke was doing most of the talking? He looked like the captain in that case and was really going for it (didn’t do too much mind).

  • AncientC

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Charnley supposedly earns £150,000 a year— it could be more since I last checked. But when you consider Ashley gets £113,000 of ‘hospitality’ from the club (per year), and you deduct tax from Charnley’s earnings, Ashley’s hospitality costs are more than what the man supposedly running the club takes home.

    Just another demonstration of what a farce the running of the club is.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Bill it’s only £6200 every match for the lot of his family, there could be 10 or 20 of them there every match. I presume there is champagne and expensive meals and catering involved for all, and maybe he even has to pay for the boxes too, you wouldn’t know. Either way when you break it down it’s not really that much at all.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Old dude! Charnley got a pay rise to £300k a year less than a year ago.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Why would anyone from Ashley’s family want to go to a game? The atmosphere is terrible and the football is garbage

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Between 2003 and 2007, NUFC paid £1.6m to rent warehouse space and houses from Freddie’s brother , Bruce Shepherd’s company, SMP Services. In 2007, Newcastle paid
    £82,000 to Triple S Sports Consultancy, a company run by Freddy Shepherd’s son, Kenny.

    It’s gone on for years

    That bugger Ashley behaves as if he owns the place.
    Oh ! just a minute………………

  • simon376

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Speaking of costs of things, I was shocked last Sunday. The lad who sits 2 seats from me on the end of the row in the east stand moved to the row in front beside his mates at start of season, so there is a spare seat now and not bought by a holder. Someone new there last Sunday. He paid £65 for the ticket for Wolves. I know we are near the half way line, but still so over the top. At the same time adverts going round for hospitality seats for £55, yet £65 charged for one game in the East Stand

  • AncientC

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #8

    IrishRob, still in my 30s, not quite that old… yet. Fair enough, I wasn’t aware Charnley got a pay rise.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Simon i was bang on halfway line east stand on sunday.
    Did you see me at the match with banner?

  • Genjikai

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Ny mag
    No need to apologise to me for out.
    I can get you in contact with the lads.
    Im going to nust meeting tonight and will be meeting up with the board.
    If you email me at
    genjikai.nufc@gmail.com or

    Many have emailed through the blog mate, dont worry i wont release anything personal about you bud.

  • Genjikai

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Simon level 7 was empty on sunday like.
    Corporate was empty as it has been all season (definitely a give away for boycott arsenal )

    What do you think the attendance actually was?
    If you could keep.sending me picture mate that would be great. Same to carltoon.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Official police figure was rumoured to be 37K

  • IrishRob

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Bunga bunga, I cant stand United or Pool but if anyone invited me to corporate boxes for VIP meals and and to be made feel special or important with VIP treatment for a few hours, I’d be there every fortnight with bells on too.

    He has a free pissup all expenses paid for any of his family every fortnight and you seriously think they are going for the atmosphere or because its Newcastle??

  • IrishRob

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Anchient I’m just referring to your name bud, I haven’t a clue if you’re young or old, I’m 35 myself, I’m no spring chicken.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Rob, im not one to jump on the Bruce bashing re injuries as the argument doesnt stack. But yes, he looked too heavy and lacking in pace. The players confidence surprises me but I think they think their form will kick in after Christmas the way it did with rafa ? Mind u rafa said we needed a miracle and got away with this piece of rubbish. If bruce said it we wud kill him.

  • hibbit

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #16

    fair and balanced that fair and balanced 😉

  • simon376

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #17


    Yeah did see the banner, well done there, anything to get picked up and help to move him on

    I thought about 35k but think Jib got the police attendance to say £37k, so as could be seen from empty seats, lots of season ticket holders staying away and free/cheap tickets not being used. My photos weren’t that good so didn’t send them this time

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Freddy Shepherd along with Hall broke the world transfer record, signed tte most expensive defender, got us in to the CL and gave us a dream. Mike Ashley…..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Munster Mag,
    Rafa claimed we needed a miracle in a direct shot at the owner to give him some money in January after being let down(again) in the summer. Bruce has said he was delighted with his transfer window so shouldn’t need a miracle or an Almiron.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #20

    “but I think they think their form will kick in after Christmas the way it did with rafa”
    And what makes you think that Munster old bean, where are the goals going to come from, where are the shots on target to start with coming from.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #21

    We dont needca miracle just yet, but I wouldn’t mind an Almiron.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #22

    I think we took the ‘we’ll need a miracle’ line from Rafa as none of us believed he meant it. If Bruce said it, we’d know he was saying it as it is.

    Why would we have actually needed a miracle when we had a Messiah? Steve Bruce is less a Messiah, more of a garden gnome.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #23

    To say that we’ll just pick up form after Christmas just because we did with Rafa is a generalisation that looks at our league position and points now and says that we are in better shape than this time last year. It simply does not tell the whole story. Why will we suddenly get better in the New Year, Bruce still doesn’t know his best team or how to utilise our three star men. He obviously prefers a 4-4-2 but I doubt we’ll see that again after Leicester. There’s a good reason why only the very very top managers manage attacking exciting football and a watertight defence, it’s a very hard task. Bruce has made bold claims about attacking football but he’s realising now he can’t quite manage it. Did he honestly think that because he had a few quid spent it was going to transform him in to a top PL manager?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #24

    I’d get back to band camp if I was you, this off the fence anti Bruce anti regime Robleenio is upsetting Jiblets 😮

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail for Ashley
    Shepherd rode on SJH’s coat – tails
    As soon as Hall left , the club started going down the tubes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #26

    My point stands, you don’t mind people making money people wouldn’t mind Ashley making a good few quid, selling our top players for big money and having his gawd awful logo plastered everywhere if he was giving a bit back, but he isn’t and this is where the problem lies.

  • swemag

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Go out, leave your phone at home, don’t read about the club, don’t talk about football, go for a run, go for a fabulous meal, try something new.

    Get off this site, just for a day.

    Try it.

    It is refreshing.

  • swemag

    Nov 1, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Yes you will miss a call, nobody will give a f**k.

    People did it for a thousand years. The phone is not a body part.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 2, 2019 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #29

    He got a pay rise Ancient. 300k I believe which is still very low for being 2nd in command. That’s why we’ve got the worst managing director going who thinks Bruce, McLaren, Pardew, Carver are cutting edge, top quality premier league managers. Ashley does need to cut costs to run the club efficiently, but he can’t cut costs in ALL areas and expect anything but the worst. The two most important areas he needs to spend big are manager and perhaps managing director. A rubbish MD = A rubbish manager. A rubbish manager = A rubbish team!


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