It’s been a season of slog at Newcastle United and more of the same lies ahead.

The winning streak that catapulted Newcastle as high as sixth in the table was wonderful, even joyous, and the hope was that the team could stay there, alas this Premier League is unforgiving.

Teams boast quality. They enjoy the benefit of shrewd investment. They speculate to accumulate. It works.

Mr Ashley’s shoestring approach to running a football club is exposed by the results that get served up. Top flight status is attempted on the cheap and that inevitably gets found out. The football always shines a light on Ashley’s shambling ownership. The difference this time is the world class manager in the dugout.

Mike won’t ever accept that spending buttons will deliver nothing but relegation battles. The ‘yo-yo club’ moniker fits nicely. That’s what we’ve got, so it’s to the credit of everyone at NUFC, despite the Mike Ashley shackles, for doing their best to make a go of it.

I have this theory that even the rank and file staff at the club must surely loathe everything the owner has done and the blueprint that has seen him make one of English football’s most iconic clubs repeatedly go into battle with one arm tied behind its back. How Rafa Benitez has stuck around is a minor miracle.

And before we go further, I am a firm believer that no manager is beyond criticism. Rafa has done some things that have left me scratching my head, but the buck stops with the Berkshire billionaire. He’s the root cause.

So the slog isn’t unexpected at Newcastle United. This is what it was always going to be like.

And now we are about to enter another transfer window. If we are to get 40 points then we need at least four new faces inbound, with some Premier League proven quality. This will give us a chance to pull further away from the relegation scrap.

If it descends into farce, like the summer trading, then we really will be looking at a very close run to the safety mark. It might be more ‘exciting’ but it could also be a nerve shredding run in to the end of the season in May.

If there truly is money committed from a prospective new owner to invest in January, then that’s great news, but even a takeover is no magic wand. It could shift momentum but would the impact be felt immediately?

The slog is what we’ve got and the slog is what we’re likely to see as the nights starts to get lighter.

The manager declared there is a deadline of January 20, by which time to get all his new players on board. He’s thrown the gauntlet down to the owner and put the pressure on the Managing Director to deliver something tangible, something credible, in this transfer window.

It’s not quite crunch time yet, but we are now entering a very important phase of the season, on and off the pitch.

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  • Leazes Ender

    Here’s to Charnley being hung drawn and quartered, and his rotting remains fed to the Jackdaws may his head be put on a pointy stick above the Gallowgate as a warning to those Chairmen who sell their best players and are predisposed to lie and lie and lie.

    • GToon

      You are full of christmas cheer aren’t you! I’d settle for just sacking him.

      • Leazes Ender

        That as well…. I wouldn’t expect him to stay on for much longer after the decapitation.

        • GToon

          I wouldn’t have thought it would alter much in terms of our transfer windows tbh. Head, no head, what’s the difference.

          • Leazes Ender

            It would serve its purpose for Ashley’s board I suppose…. head on a tureen with an apple in his mouth.

          • GToon

            So when do you think the takeover will happen. Can it be any day or does it have to be at the end of the month or something?

          • Leazes Ender

            Well I asked myself the questions…’Why does Staveley want the club?’…. is it her as head of the PCP group or someone else…. are they just another group of investors looking to make money?

            I think its going to happen because Staveley has very strong Family links to Newcastle….. her family were wealthy Newcastle businessmen in the Victorian era, Exporters of Coal and Tea and other commodities, They were Aldermen including the Mayor of this fine City….

            She has Geordie roots!

            When….dunno?

          • TheNutJob

            Clarko will have to confirm the details on that

          • GToon

            Wow! I didn’t know that. Hopefully she will get it sorted then.

          • Leazes Ender

            Nobody knew that …. until now, The Chronicle still don’t know, they probably never will….it is very true….. a very cosmopolitan family, well travelled the lot of them….. One branch are Lawyers and Solicitors and another lot are Exporters.

            You heard it here first.

          • Wor Lass

            I hope you haven`t detected a Toxteth branch of the family!

          • Leazes Ender

            Jesmond.

          • Wor Lass

            Ah – too posh to be related to Ryder then!

      • TheNutJob

        i`d like to watch him being hung, drawn & quartered

        • GToon

          Watch a few of those Saw films – we can come up with something better for him!

    • GToon

      Jackdaws? Magpies surely!!!

      • Leazes Ender

        I’m not picky.

    • Mike

      That’s cruelty to birds feeding em poison

  • GToon

    It was always going to be tough but to play Brighton, Bournemouth, Burnley, Everton, Watford, Leicester and Huddersfield and get no points is not what anybody would expect. A mid table championship club would have got a couple or three points out of those games. That’s whats costing us. One win and a draw out of those games and we would be mid table instead of a point above the relegation places.
    Unfortunately the next time we play these teams the games will take on added importance. The pressure as the end of the season approaches and the scrap to avoid being nudged off the end of the trough will see games like the one this Saturday become massive. It will be interesting to see what happens especially when Rafa playing a more open and attacking game won us the points last week.

  • Wor Lass

    Watch out lads – Clarko`s about. He`s always especially grumpy at this time of year thinking about how mankind crucified his only son.

    • GToon

      I think Leazes has taken over that particular baton today. He’s using upper case and everything!
      Anyway, I thought they got him at Easter? I’ve never read the book. I know he dies in the end tho. Watch me not make it to 2018 now. Lol.

      • Leazes Ender

        Haven’t you seen the film version? If there’s a moral from it….its ‘don’t let your mates egg you on.

        • Wor Lass

          Remember HBA aka Hattem Brian Arfa – “He`s not the Geordie Messiah, he`s just a very naughty boy”!

        • GToon

          No. It goes on for hours! I can just about manage 90 mins of anything these days!

          • Leazes Ender

            The Life of Brian is the definitive version.

      • Wor Lass

        It`s always the birthday reminder that gets to him!

  • TheNutJob

    Mandy`s grandad made his fortune running a chain of illegal betting shops
    i hope she doesn`t know Betvictor
    😂😂😂

    • Wor Lass

      Pay your taxes, Staveley!

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂
        tax dodger buys Newcastle

  • TheNutJob

    Clarko only answers to Capt James T Kirk

    • Leazes Ender

      I think you’re mistaking lack of personality for cold logical intelligence, but thats missing as well.

  • Martin

    “Rafa has done some things that have left me scratching my head.” That’s because he knows more about football than you.

  • Danimal

    Sorry, from the heading I only saw ‘the owner’ and ‘more of the same lies’.