In an extraordinary admission, Rangers manager Kenny McDowall has revealed that he has been ordered to play all 5 Newcastle players every single match, unless injured.

The orders have come from Mike Ashley’s sidekick Derek Llambias and Ashley ally, Rangers Chairman Sandy Easdale, as reported by STV.

Streete, Bigirimana and Vuckic will be available for the cup-tie with Raith Rivers this Sunday, while Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbabu are currently still at Newcastle recovering from injury.

Interviewed ahead of that Cup-tie, caretaker boss McDowall was asked if he had to play all the Newcastle loan players if fit enough to which he replied ‘Yes’.

Then added;

“They are obviously good players – they have played with Newcastle.

“I will carry on and do what I’m told to do.

“I was told at the offset that players would be coming in that wouldn’t be my responsibility. So I’ll carry on regardless.”

Fancy that, a manager having no say in what happens and being just so grateful to have the job and agreeing to do anything those above order him to do, even with his team selection, I’m just glad there is no chance of this ever happening at Newcastle United….!



  • BillyfromConsett

    Sounds like fun and games with the Scottish FA.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Kabooom!
    Out of the horses mouth. More comments from him state that 3 of the lads are actually still injured.
    I hope the regime supporters who said this was a football development move are now eating crow pie.

  • Demented_Man

    If McDowall had any self-respect he’d say two words to Llambias, the second one being “off” and then walk out the door.  Unfortunately he won’t.
    The board picking the team, eh?  What a humiliation, but I suppose it’s reassuring knowing Newcastle aren’t the biggest laughing stock in football after all.

  • mrkgw

    Footballing dictatorships at both Newcastle and Rangers. Its high time that the authorities put a stop to it.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Demented_Man Incredible, man. 3 of the lads are apparently still inured and not going up there for another 2-3 weeks. Ashley loaned out injured players. So much for youth development.

  • Brownale69

    Is Llambias now a football coach /manager who picks the team? Well Im sure the Rangers supporters will be delighted with that then.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    1957 Sounds just like JC to me.

  • Steve1221

    It’s even more of a football development move if they’re guaranteed games.

  • geordieladdo

    Staggering yet completely beleivable!!!

  • wor monga

    It makes good sense…they are going there to gain experience
    playing consecutive games together…and winning promotion will be their ‘trade’
    test to see if they have a PL future…some of these lads have played in the PL,
    and in international games so it couldn’t be left in the hands of the Ranger’s
    coach to decide if they play or not…

    Rangers could not afford to sign players even of this raw
    quality nowadays, and it obviously makes no sense at all to the NUFC to have
    left them sitting on the side lines…or playing against some pub side in
    Invercockyleaky.

    Admit it Jim… the Mag
    would be the first to jump up and down complaining if they hadn’t put this
    ruling in place.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    mrkgw Dictator, and it’s Ashley in both camps. How can he have that level of pull with less than 10% ownership? I hope the SFA finally get off their backsides now.

  • SusanCommon

    Demented_Man good point re laughing stock but from any perspective its good to see Kenny McD being refreshingly honest. honesty is something we have not had for a long time at Newcastle. i wonder if he will get his hand smacked for saying such a thing. plus it blows open the whole charade of ashleys links and motivations to use anyone and everyone

  • Chemical Dave

    wor monga 
    wow…you’re so different aren’t you ?

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 when injured? Some of you just will not see the wood for the trees.

  • Chemical Dave

    Sickandtiredstill Steve1221 
    unlike you steve, you see everything best right ?

  • SusanCommon

    wor monga good viewpoint and i respect that but as you know football is worked by the simple fact you have to earn your place in a team instead of just walking into it. that is why its wrong jumping ahead of existing players. agree 100% tho this is a big test for these buoys

  • Sickandtiredstill

    wor monga makes sense to Ashley and Llambias and apparently their supporters like yourself. I’m sure the last thing Rangers needs is three injured players thrust upon them and paid for by the loan they just had to take.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Loos like the pro regime bloggers are now coming out the woodwork as the story makes the rounds.

  • SimonM68

    wor monga It does make sense – giving ‘reserves’ regular competitive football – but I fear the end game will not benefit us at all. 
    If these players ‘improve’ then they can do a job at Rangers – benefit Rangers, or their worth increases and they get sold – benefit Ashley’s pocket, or (an unlikely third scenario) – they improve to a degree that they return and benefit NUFC’s first team …. and THEN get sold as soon as an offer comes in – benefit Ashley’s pocket once again.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    wor monga Freedom of trade; of choice; of decision; of discussion. All values absent in this saga and a shining example of Ashley’s business ethos.
    McDowell is just like JC. Do as your told. Just like these kids have been treated also.

  • Steve1221

    The complaint from Rangers fans all season has been that, just like Pardew, McCoist picks his favourites week in, week out and that McDowell is doing the exact same. I work with a group of Rangers fans and yesterday they were convinced that our players wouldn’t get a game over the likes of McCulloch and Black no matter how bad they’re playing if it was down to the manager.
    On the downside they now think he’ll just play our boys out of position to fit in the favourites.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 Err, so now Ashley and Llambias picks players instead? Sounds much better, eh?

  • Steve1221

    As far as Newcastle, the club I support, are concerned, yes.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 A very clear picture of what goes on in our own club as well then. Carr may find ‘targets’ but Ashley and Charnley will decide who we buy. Seems like that may even dictate who is played if we use this as a yardstick.
    And you are happy with that are you?

  • Steve1221

    We aren’t being sent players on loan from a club which our owner has a larger interest in so it doesn’t really apply does it?
    It is our club dictating the terms and if the players aren’t going to get a game they’d be better off somewhere else, I’m happy with that.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    SusanCommon Demented_Man Yes, my thoughts exactly. Sheds light on the whole sorry saga and some people still arguing anyone had a say in this except Ashley himself.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 Apparently nothing this man does seems to have any relevance to his supporters. 
    What applies is Ashley’s actions. If he can dictate who Rangers sign and play, are you going to suggest he doesn’t do that here as well? If so, why?
    It was bad enough with Wise and Kinnear. Seems a few of you will be happy with anything he does.

  • Steve1221

    I’m not happy with everything he does however I am happy with moves which benefit Newcastle and this one does.

  • LeazesEnder

    It’s a level of interference beyond the playing staff that was inferred at SJP…. but until recently we only summised was the case…it appears to be true….

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 And you refuse to even contemplate he will do the same here? That just has to be blind delusion.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    LeazesEnder Indeed. makes me wonder exactly what is going on beyond our own closed doors. If this is a typical insight then things are worse than even I imagined.

  • toontom68

    wor monga when we as fans get called deluded and smug,theyre talking about the likes of you!
    The Rangers coach should be able to choose the team he wants to.
    Otherwise why bother having a head coach at all.
    We worry when loan players dont play,cos it means theyre not good enough!
    These players should be capable of getting into a Scottish 2nd tier team without interference from above. If not,why are the on our books?!
    Its not that the players arent good enough (I hope!) its the fact that Ashley and his cohorts can treat football people like this. If they do it at Rangers,theyll do it here!

  • Steve1221

    Sickandtiredstill Steve1221 This isnt an owner dictating that his manager play certain players, its a loaning club dictating terms of a loan. These players are theoretically of a higher standard than than the league they’re playing in so if Barcelona want to loan us Messi and pay his full salary on the condition that he has to play then I’d be more than happy.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 Sickandtiredstill It’s exactly that way. We now have someone telling us exactly how it is and how it went down.
    Yet you and some others here argue different.

  • Meditative Mag

    This is a non story. I’m frankly staggered that the media is hyping it up as if this is some unbelievable state of affairs. Every single club in the Premier league that lends its players to a lower club will insist (if it can) on a ‘must play’ clause. MUFC always do this if they can get away with it (I am absolutely 100% sure of this piece of information). Its one of the benefits of lending the player in the first place…getting first team experience. Its common knowledge…not a secret….and Llambias will merely have told his manager that this is what the contract with NUFC says so he has to pick them as and when.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Meditative Mag Get over yourself. 
    Give us some facts on what other PL club has its owner decide who goes on loan and which other receiving club has only a board member (a lacky of the other clubs owner) deciding they have to be played?

  • Meditative Mag

    Sickandtiredstill Meditative Mag
    I think you have posted your reply to the wrong comment as it clearly addresses issues I never mentioned.
    Best.
    MM

  • Steve1221

    Meditative Mag Vuckic himself stated in his press conference that he was given the option to go to Rangers (i.e. he wasnt forced) and that following discussions with Carver, who told him he wasn’t currently part of the first team plan, decided to make the move. Does that really sound like Ashley deciding who goes on loan to you?
    It’s entirely possible that Ashley said to the coaching staff I want to send 4/5 fringe players to Rangers, who isnt part of your plans but do the really think he pays enough attention to the footballing side of things to make a decision on who.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 Meditative Mag Lots of things are possible. Equally so that Vukic and the others are toeing the same party line as everyone else does at NUFC. 

    Given the comments from the receiving club my logic directs me towards a process unlike the one you would like portrayed.

    Using hypothesis, I’d imagine Ashley tells Charnley who tells Carver -” I want 5 youngsters. Who’s the best. They are going to Rangers.” JC replies ‘Yes Boss, here’s the list” and goes back to work.

    McDowall is told by Llambias – “You are getting 5 lads on loan from NUFC. Play them”.

    Oh hang on, that’s more or less the actual facts of story aren’t they?

  • Steve1221

    Meditative Mag So 5 players who aren’t getting a game at one club, are loaned to a club where they’ll improve the team on the condition that they’re played? Sounds like a win-win for everyone.
    Besides if he was sending our best youngsters we’d be losing the likes of Armstrong, Perez, Abeid and Good. Not the players who have been sent and are nowhere near the team

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 Armstrong is already reported to be going out on loan as in yesterdays press. Obviously he’s not worth the chance of game time for ‘development;’ here for the rest of the dead end season.

  • Steve1221

    Sickandtiredstill “Reported” being the operative word, or maybe the club have decided the rest of the season isn’t a dead end and that for a 17 year old with very little competitive football under his belt a short term loan at Championship level would be more constructive than sitting on a bench behind Cisse, Perez, Riviere and De Jong

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Steve1221 Sickandtiredstill Yeah sounds about right. All four strikers on the bench ;-)

  • mentalman

    Where has it said there are 3 injured? 3 have already joined and 2 are injured, these 2 could have joined and been treated by Rangers medical team but NUFC have decided they would prefer to use their team instead to continue the treatment.
    Streete’s contract is expiring soon so the club need to see him play competitive football week in week out so they can assess him and see if he’s worth keeping.
    In ferguson, bigi and vuckic’s case they are at a point in their Newcastle career where they progress or we ship them out, we aren’t going to find this out playing for the u21s.
    Yes them going to Rangers will ultimately line the fat man’s pockets but it’s not as if we aren’t benefitting from it to

  • Sickandtiredstill

    mentalman If it’s two then I’ll stand corrected. Thanks. 
    There is a bigger picture here than just the players and that is what too many are ignoring, either by choice or otherwise.
    If you are happy that Ashley ordered the move from NUFC, and Rangers acceptance of them, then that’s up to you. I certainly am not.
    Basically it’s confirmation of what is obvious. The coach at either club are of no importance to Ashley.  He’ll decide who is bought and sold and going off this story, loks like he’ll decide who plays as well.

    ‘Course, he’d never do that here would he???

  • Shotley Mag

    I seem to remember that we took Guiseppe Rossi on loan from Man U in the 2006/7 season. He spent most of his time on the bench – Ferguson  went mad and I think demanded his recall. Ferguson obviously thought if he was not playing in any games there was no point in him being there.
    It seems pretty reasonable to me that if you take someone on loan then you play them in as many matches as you can. This applies to our 5 at Rangers.

  • SusanCommon

    Meditative Mag also, we have to take into consideration that RIFC will be paying 5 loanees’s  wages so therefore these 5 players wages are being swallowed up from the £5m loan from ashley that is currently being used.  lastly, i am not staggered by peoples reaction as it comes across to me as a genuine concern from all aspects of football that owners or anyone in the boardroom should keep out of (technical) team selections (like the 1955 cup final)

  • delashio

    @sickandtiredstill This is a good move for us so give yourself a shake!

  • delashio

    Sickandtiredstill would you rather we send 5 players there and NOT play them you complete moron!

  • Sickandtiredstill

    SusanCommon Well said. Points some of these just don’t get nor want to hear.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    delashio I’d rather Ashley and Llambias didn’t decide who we sent, or when, and more importantly why. Moron.

  • Meditative Mag

    SusanCommon Meditative Mag  My original comment was about the non story developed by the media concerning the requirement that teams who have taken players on loan must play them in games (ie Guardian & BBC). I find this staggering because they must know that this has gone on for at least 20 years. I expect it is just mischief making on their part in order to wind up already unhappy Newcastle and Rangers fans.  Those who are arguing that this means that managers aren’t choosing who they play are missing the point. As these clauses have existed for 20 years it means that managers who take such loan players have always had their team selection choices fettered.  A board of directors choosing players, Ashley paying himself the money he loaned, etc are different points entirely and given Llambias’ statement this evening possibly not relevant. I think we can all agree however that a manager should choose a team but in 2015, given footy finances generally I don’t think it is any longer reasonable to expect a board not to be involved in player purchases etc.

  • wor monga

    SusanCommon wor monga These
    lads haven’t got time to earn their place in a team set up…without pressure the
    coach will go with who he knows and who he’s worked with…

    left to his own
    devices he might play one or two, and the other team members would ensure they
    looked worse than shi*e…believe me it goes on. 

    They need to play together,
    support each other, earn the respect of the original lot…or fail together.