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Statistics Highlight Potential Impact Of Losing 30-Year-Old

We’re still waiting to hear the severity of Ciaran Clark’s injury. The 30-year-old center-back was forced off late at the Emirates on Sunday with what looks to be a significant ankle injury.

After the game, Steve Bruce made the following comment on Clark’s injury.

“He’s got a bad one. It doesn’t look good. By the state of his ankle, it looks pretty serious. We’ll know more in the next 24-48 hours.”

Newcastle have been fortunate to have six center-backs in the squad. However, if Clark is out for a significant length of time, we’ll be down to just four players at the position.

Paul Dummett is already out for the season with his hamstring injury. With Bruce using three center-backs in his team, we could be left short there over the next few months.

Florian Lejeune can come straight into the squad, but the Athletic’s Chris Waugh has highlighted just how important to Newcastle Clark has been when he is on the pitch.

Clark has made 14 appearances in the league this season. When he is involved, Newcastle have collected 6 of their 8 victories. They also average double the amount of goals scoring 1.2 per game when he plays and just .6 when he doesn’t.

Defensively, Newcastle concede  0.7 fewer goals a game at 1.2 with Clark in the team. Most importantly is the points average, which is 1.6 per game with Clark compared to just .7 without.

Hopefully, Clark’s ankle is not as bad as initially thought. We hope to get an update either today or tomorrow. It’ll be a massive loss if Clark is ruled for an extended period of time.

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68 comments so far

  • Genjikai

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Tramp its your duty to break the curse. Get the second magpie on mate.
    Quick the stars and planets are aligning, break the curse get rid of ashley.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2


    I posted this earlier, regarding tickets.

    Interesting read, worth a look.

    Sorry for those who’ve already seen it.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #3


    Not trying to make excuses for him, he’s rubbish.

    The football is worse, the resilience at the back is certainly less.

    We’ve been lucky to get this many points on the board.

    I just try to put myself in others shoes, 20 years of average performance, the dream of managing the club where he won all sorts long extinguished. The chance to go ‘home’ and have one last crack at being slightly better.

    I think his heart ruled his head.

    That said he is absolutely cack.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4


    Get the appointment moved up, we will all chip in

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Thing is if you keep giving away free tickets they eventually become worthless!

    If 30k people in the ground all have a ticket they got for free it makes it easier to miss games here and there especially if the football is dire! Folk who have paid 500 odd for a ticket will feel they need to go but a lot of people might just try and wait to see if he gives away another set of freebies!

    Eventually that does hit the bottom line all the money hes been creaming off merchandise, food, alcohol and even the credit card fee per transaction he pockets when home games are on will start to drop off its a significant amount of money to lose out on seeing as it goes to his other companies and not Newcastle!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Repost with add on.


    He obviously doesn’t like the ground being empty as he is giving away free tickets, the big question is can he afford to do that and i’m sorry to say that apparently he can.

    Especially with the Sky money and as you and most of us keep saying he’ll only sell when he wants to.

    And despite the best efforts of people like Genjikai I can’t see him shifting until he wants to.

    I don’t see your favoured light at the end of the tunnel showing any signs of success in the near future. ie HMRC

    I will add ‘unfortunately’ to the end of my comment before i start getting Ashlie lover comments hurled at me!

  • hibbit

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Bruce is doing himself no favors using his son Alex as a mouthpiece,

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8


    I was thinking that earlier.

    Poor Alex, it’s usually at school you have to big up ya dad

  • toon22

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9


    He’s obviously bothered by an empty ground
    His actions will cause that to increase from here on in

    Once the adverts arnt worth it and the clubs costing him to keep he might suddenly find a buyer

    Is this years fakeover over yet ?
    Should we just forget about it ?

  • stan anderson

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I always thought cabbage heed would take is down along with the owner and his pencil sharpener
    Should be know where near this club
    He’s never done anything to merit the job.
    Sacked by the mackem s

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #11

    When you look at it the premiership has probably been its poorest for many a season

    We have made most teams look great but they haven’t had the quality to break us down

  • Assassins Inc

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #12

    This weekends game we need a win badly, just have to be careful a little with Olympic Free Style diver Zaha.

    Bruce needs to be bold and put out a team that Roy will be like, wtf, where is Bruce going with this setup.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think just anyone who came in after Rafa would have been up against it. Had the club terminated/come to an agreement a day after the Fulham game with Rafa, releasing a statement thanking him for his services but the owner and him had different ideas about the style of football and the club is pleased to announce that Carlo Ancellotti will be joining after his holiday, then I think that Rafa would have been fondly remembered for resurrecting us but we’d all have moved on very quickly. But they didn’t, simply because for the exact reasons Rafa wouldn’t/couldn’t stay for the same reasons we’d have no hope of luring Ancellotti here. We actually had to pay a middling Champo club 4M footin pounds to land the only guy with PL experience desperate enough to take the job.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #14

    stan anderson,
    If he doesn’t take us down next season who ever they replace him with will. Their game is up, when Moyes and Allardyce are turning you down at 4/6M a year then you’ve really got nowhere else to turn.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    That’s what I’m assuming they were offered

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Although I think Stuart Pearce would have jumped at the chance and let Mikey do things to him to have got the job.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18


    False alarm. Non-story.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Mmmm geordietom,
    We hewp to get the two of them tied up (Im assuming he means Shelvey and Ritchie, where does that leave Matty?) But players these days have there own prerogatives, what like they never did in the past.

  • geordietom

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #20

    the bit that peaked my interest was that they ( Amanda and the Saudi’s ) are still talking …

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m taking that as they’ve offered both Shelvey and Ritchie reduced wages due to their age and they both know if they hang on another season they can leave as free agents and get three year deals at a Palace, Brighton or Bournemouth at an extra 10K a week to the two year extension we’re offering at 10K less.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #22

    “Dialogue is understood to be continuing…”

    Do you set much store by that, Tom?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Talking about what though, I’ve been watching Narcos Mexico S2 it’s excellent, they might have been talking about that!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #24

    They can talk as much as they want. Wtf is there to talk about with Ashley. He reckons he’s got a price, either meet it or come out and tell us why it can’t be met.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Players have their own prerogatives these days. Like they were slaves or something in the past.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #26

    In reality though the club shouldn’t be looking at offering Shelvey and Richie new deals we should be looking to offload them both and upgrade them with far better on bigger wages thus improving the team!

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Howay geordietom man. You definitely know more here than you’re letting on.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail it was nice chatting to guys like Droppy last night, and OP and rotunda, with whom I normally disagree but had civil chats last night, before you jumped on overnight with your Munster Mag tirade. I’m happy to keep simplifying and clarifying things for someone like you Jail. You need it.

    – I didn’t want Bruce either. Who did??
    – I’d prefer Rafa back than Bruce, stated previously
    – But I don’t agree that he be deified on here.
    -And I’d prefer a different more progressive football man with a more modern style (that hurts Jail doesn’t it? :))
    – And I don’t agree that a jumped up pillock like you should try to stifle debate on him, as you gang up with your blog mates and try to shout me down, ultimately failing dismally, obviously. 🙂
    – Bruce has used up a lot of luck and I’m pretty concerned about what is left of the season, but he has got decent points on the board, the players are paying for him and he has us further in the FA Cup than normal.
    – For that he deserves acknowledgement, because most of us reckoned we wud be in the relegation places now. But you don’t have the class to give it, because of your bitterness that he isn’t Rafa and Rafa left you, firmly nudged by your other obsession, Mike Ashley.

    But ignore logic, you just keep screaming your abuse. I’m enjoying your keyboard warrior anger and rage.

  • WLtoon

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Never bothered reading the Companies House article, just the first line. been down that road many times and it means diddly squat.
    When is it season ticket renewal again.? Exactly

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #30

    OP, I’ve no idea how Alex Bruce is being given a foghorn to talk about our players. Has he a new media job or something. Its ridiculous having to hear his opinions.

  • #cans

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Munster, agreed about Rafa although he definitely brought the fans hope of a better future. I would have preferred Rafa to stay but it was never going to happen with Ashley at the helm so we are where we are with Bruce.
    We should have enough points on the board to survive although next few games will be very telling , we’ve used up a lot of luck and we can’t keep.scoring last minute goals.
    I think it’s unlikely we’ll get a ‘known’ progressive manager as they likely wouldn’t work under Ashley and Ashley most certainly won’t choose an unknown over a tried and tested EPL survivor type – hence the alleged job offers to fat Sam and Moyes before Bruce was given job
    Ultimately nothing will change under Ashley ownership, teams like Wolves, Sheff Utd, Leicester have overtaken us on much smaller crowds and infrastructure – the 50,000 fans doesn’t mean we are a big club

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Alex Bruce says his Dad thinks the players are all looking like world beaters in training.

    My Dad says they look like carpet beaters under this manager.

    I think I trust my Dad a bit more.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Munster Mag
    “And I’d prefer a different more progressive football man with a more modern style (that hurts Jail doesn’t it? :))”
    Who is he Munster, we got Steve footin Bruce, for all your hectoring, critiquing and gawd forsaken moaning about our former manager we’ve ended up with someone 100 times worse. Why the foot do you think Arteta, Gerrard, Vierra even Jaap footin Stam turned us down. Please do tell who this young progressive football man is that wants players like Joelinton and Krafth foisted on him and told to like it or lump it. Are you that footin stupid Munster to not realise that they had to pay Sheff Wed 4M in compo to get the most qualified guy out there stupid enough to take the job.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Ashley has played a blinder with Bruce though you have got to admit!?

    He’s media friendly so even the likes of Shearer who used to slate Ashley every Match Of The Day are now staying quiet and never slate Bruce either its Joelinton who takes a pounding every week! No mention of Bruce’s tactics at all

    Then you have Luke Edwards who will not hear a single word against Bruce either

    Hardly anyone bringing up the lack of investment at all , no one asking questions about Bruce’s tactics who has actually been able to blame Rafa for his inability to get the team playing with no one even getting to poke around that statement !? UNBELIEVABLE!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #35

    I will say personally I like Bruce he comes across as a nice chap but I don’t think hes good enough to be managing at the top level and certainly not with us

  • hibbit

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Munster don’t be so sure about the players backing him,
    still rumors flying around up here about a massive fallout between the coaching staff and some of the players in the away dressing room on sunday ????

  • geordietom

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #37

    i put that article in for people to read , i am no way accountable for what journo’s put in their article’s just thought i’d put it on here for people’s thought’s , and then the so called clever dick’s try to shout me down , it’s like lets have a go at Geordietom let’s have a go at munster or anyone else who has a different opinion the the so called blog hierarchy…

    jail i’ve asked you twice to stop referring to me or about me in your post’s .

    also when you first got to Thailand i put in a remark about ” LADY BOYS ” which i later Apologised to you for you did not have the common decency to reply about it why ? …

  • barkel

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Bruces tactics? That’s an oxymoron surely?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Who are my blog mates that help me shout you down. Your ridiculous posts do a good enough job of discrediting your views without anyone having to try and shout you down.

  • hibbit

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #40

    i dont like the fact he keeps hanging the players out to dry, he never holds his hands up when he get’s it wrong its always somebody else’s fault always keen to pass the buck,


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