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The Magpies travel to Villa Park in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday' date=' 7th May, for a 3pm kick-off, and will be looking to finish their away days on a high with victory over the rock-bottom Villans.[/quote']

 

Ticket sale news article for the Villa game.

 

From the way that is phrased, anyone would think we are polishing off a great season - not potentially going to Villa Park to be relegated again.

 

Supporters who buy concessionary tickets are advised that they should carry ID with them at the match as it's likely checks will be made at the turnstiles. Any supporter purchasing at the incorrect age band risks non entry on matchday as Liverpool do not upgrade concessionary tickets.

 

Such a f***ing amateur club man, does nobody proof-read anything these days? What a great copy/paste job.

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The Magpies travel to Villa Park in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday' date=' 7th May, for a 3pm kick-off, and will be looking to finish their away days on a high with victory over the rock-bottom Villans.[/quote']

 

Ticket sale news article for the Villa game.

 

From the way that is phrased, anyone would think we are polishing off a great season - not potentially going to Villa Park to be relegated again.

 

Supporters who buy concessionary tickets are advised that they should carry ID with them at the match as it's likely checks will be made at the turnstiles. Any supporter purchasing at the incorrect age band risks non entry on matchday as Liverpool do not upgrade concessionary tickets.

 

Such a f***ing amateur club man, does nobody proof-read anything these days? What a great copy/paste job.

Nothing wrong there. Why would Liverpool provide upgrades for a game at Villa Park?

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http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-need-new-leadership-11194209

 

Newcastle United need new leadership and new direction - enough is enough

 

08:00, 16 APR 2016

 

OPINION BY MARK DOUGLAS

 

Newcastle United have been in a tailspin since 2014 and the Jonas Gutierrez tribunal was the latest ignominy the club has suffered

   

Flanked by Keith Bishop on one side and Bob Moncur on the other, Lee Charnley marked his second anniversary as Managing Director of Newcastle United nursing that familiar sinking feeling.

 

It was April 7, 2014 that Charnley was confirmed as United’s MD. Newcastle were ninth in the Premier League and about to visit Stoke City – one place and one point below them.

 

The appointment was marked with a 1,491-word statement that signed off with a promise to make United “the best it can be, pound for pound”. Among the nuggets in that missive? “We will focus on identifying and recruiting young players whose best years are ahead of them, which in nearly all cases means players in their early to mid-20s and not beyond.”

 

After the St Mary’s debacle, Newcastle were 19th. Stoke, by contrast, were 9th. 22 points separates the two sides now and in all likelihood the gulf will be a full division by the time the two sides kick off next season.

 

The sheer speed of the decline on Charnley’s watch has been staggering. It has been a period of unprecedented fan protest, waste and consecutive defeats. United have been overtaken by nearly every side in the top division with the exception of Sunderland – under desperate stewardship themselves – and an Aston Villa that look an even bigger basket case than Newcastle.

 

In 2014 United were battling in the middle tier of the Premier League, hoping to jostle their way to the front of a pack that included Everton, Stoke, Southampton and West Ham. Now they are light years behind most of them – and struggling to cling to the coat-tails of Swansea, Bournemouth, Watford and West Brom – who ran rings around them over Saido Berahino in January.

 

An unnecessary relegation

 

What is so galling about their predicament is that it is all so unnecessary. Newcastle could have saved themselves at countless junctures over the last two years – but a combination of severely flawed judgement and conceited stubbornness from the top have threatened to undermine their progress for a generation.

 

Ultimately, someone must be held to account for that. Newcastle are in desperate need of a new direction.

 

United fans are fed up of the humiliation – and there was plenty of that this week. On-the-field the Southampton display was a by-now familiar tale of incompetence and cowardliness from a group of half-interested players caught in the St James’ Park vortex of hope.

 

Rafa Benitez is the latest man to try to arrest that and he has been shocked by what he has found. A club that appears on the surface a proud institution is so flawed that it has won just four of the 36 games it has played at all levels this season.

 

The senior side is staffed by characters who have moved rookie Jamaal Lascelles to distraction. His extraordinary intervention on Saturday revealed the true state of a dressing room in disarray and desperately in need of fumigating.

 

But the problems stem from the very top. The need for investment in the infrastructure has been plain for a long time. Plans to build a new “state-of-the-art” training facility were to be completed in “early 2016” according to Charnley’s opening statement. They have not even begun.

 

The feeling of decline pervades everything – heavy defeats at under-21 and under-18 level over the weekend leave the club with a win ratio of 11% for the calendar year.

 

The club’s local scouting network was described to me this week as “old school”. At first-team level recruitment has been exactly as Charnley said it would be – and the result has been two relegation fights. This one they won’t come out of, barring a Benitez-inspired miracle.

 

How United could have done with someone with the heart, desire and courage of Jonas Gutierrez – but as the Argentinian was taking aim at Ashley it confirmed the long-held suspicion that there is a huge void between club management and at least some of the very senior players.

 

Certainly the employment tribunal that delivered their judgement on Gutierrez this week reflected badly on Charnley. “At times,” it concluded. “(His evidence) appeared to be evasive and lacking in credibility.” Alan Pardew came off no better. He was a man backed to the hilt by Charnley.

 

There is precious little to commend about the way United are run or conduct themselves.

 

A season that began with the staggering decision to sign off on a preferred media partnership – a call that now look even more conceited in the context of their likely relegation – has been pockmarked by blunder after blunder.

 

A succession of bad calls

 

The decision to appoint Steve McClaren was the wrong one. The players signed in the summer were not the correct ones to refresh a squad among the worst in the league the year before. The call to stick with McClaren when on four separate occasions (after West Ham away, Crystal Palace away, at Christmas and after the Chelsea debacle) the case was already compelling to make a change was horrendous.

 

Finally the flawed logic behind a January transfer window that left them without the centre-back and striker they desperately needed hammered the last nail in the coffin.

 

United belatedly recognised the futility of what they have been doing for 24 months by appointing Benitez. But it looks to have been too late. Ambition and goodwill left town a long time ago.

 

They are left calling for supporters to get behind them ahead of today’s D-Day against Swansea but that is one of the few constants at United. They were applauded off the field in defeat against Everton and Arsenal and after a point against Chelsea, Manchester United, Sunderland and Southampton. Support is not the problem.

 

It is time for Newcastle to get real. Other clubs are using the vast influx of TV cash to strengthen their position for years to come; United have squandered theirs.

 

It would be best if Mike Ashley left. Gutierrez’s emotional tweets aimed at the owner reflect the feelings of most supporters. But if he is to stay as he has threatened, he needs to convene a new board made up of the best people around.

 

Newcastle need to stay up and must be desperate for Benitez to stay. But most of all, they desperately need a new direction and leadership.

 

 

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Not wanting to sound harsh but is there any need for the 17th (well, 18th!) minute applause still?! I can't believe people still do it!

 

Really needs to stop. Very mawkish now. Shades of the Princess Diana hysteria.

 

That's a hysterical statement in itself, man. It's not even close. :lol:

 

It's just ongoing show of respect and doesn't hurt anyone, really. I find the constant complaining about it more cringey than the thing itself. What's so offensive about it? :dontknow:

 

It'll die out organically.

 

Die out organically, that's what I foresee also

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Not wanting to sound harsh but is there any need for the 17th (well, 18th!) minute applause still?! I can't believe people still do it!

 

Really needs to stop. Very mawkish now. Shades of the Princess Diana hysteria.

 

That's a hysterical statement in itself, man. It's not even close. :lol:

 

It's just ongoing show of respect and doesn't hurt anyone, really. I find the constant complaining about it more cringey than the thing itself. What's so offensive about it? :dontknow:

 

It'll die out organically.

 

Heard the term RIP, that's what needs to happen here.

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Does anyone know what is being built in front of the NUFC Little Benton training ground? Building foundations have been built in what I referred to as the 'horses field'. Did the club buy it and are expanding the training ground? I remember hearing the field owners wouldn't sell it to NUFC. Did that situation change?

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NUFCTV videos still look like they've been recorded on an early 2000's flip phone. There's no editing other than the shitty intro and the sound is awful.  Wonder if they'll get someone who knows what they're doing with this

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