Fabricio Coloccini was signed by Newcastle essentially without any input from then manager Kevin Keegan.
Fabricio Coloccini – surprised by Newcastle league position
And while Fabricio had a good start to the season for Newcastle, he has suffered a loss in form, like many Newcastle players, due in large part to the side being completely decimated by injuries to some of Newcastle’s better players like Beye, Martins, Guthrie, Barton, Smith, Gonzalez, Viduka, Ameobi and Cacapa.
But Newcastle always seem to have more injuries than other side, and that being the case we need a bigger squad than most, rather than a smaller one, which we have at the moment.
The Argentine International, who last week was left out of the Argentine squad has talked to the News Of The World today:
“I thought we would be higher up the table and going for either the Champions League or the UEFA Cup. My thoughts have had to change. We are down the table.”
“I thought we would be higher in the league. I did not think when I joined that we would be at the bottom.”
“The change of manager made it more difficult. I was surprised Keegan left because at that moment the team was doing good, we had good results in the league and the Carling Cup.”
“It was a major surprise when he left the club.” “What has gone on has made it more difficult but we cannot think about what has happened to the club.”
“We have to think about the football. That is more important.” “Have I considered relegation? We are near the relegation zone. I am aware of that.”
“We have to win the next match to get away from it. It is very important we are getting new players. We have needed them.”
“They will come in and they will help the team. I have played every game. I have not hidden from the challenge.”
Newcastle fans have waited patiently as the transfer window has agonizingly gone by, with no significant player signed until last Friday, when we got Kevin Nolan into the club.
And even that signing seems to have been motivated only by losing Joey Barton on Wednesday night, with a broken right foot which sees the lad sidelined for yet another 10 weeks.
A senior dressing room figure at Newcastle (whoever that may be) admitted to the News Of The World:
“Everyone was put up for sale in August. That caused mistrust. Nobody knew what the future was after that.”
“People started looking for a way out after that. You would though, wouldn’t you?”
It’s really hard to imagine how the club could have been run worse than it has been since Kevin Keegan left, and the responsibility for that lies squarely with Derek Llambias (who’s he?) and owner Mike Ashley. This wouldn’t have happened if Chris Mort hadn’t left the club in June.
The Newcastle Board has been silent, and apparently didn’t even say anything to the players once Keegan left, which has ultimately caused Shay Given to want out, at almost any cost – he’s just had enough.
And of course the Newcastle fans, who after all are the club, are not talked to at all.
Basic 101 in business management seem to have gone out of the window, and we wonder how Ashley is successful in business when he has so many personal flaws in business leadership.
Any sane business man leading this club now would have an immediate press conference in person between whoever is the Chairman and Joe Kinnear, and answer all the questions put to them, after first reading what they see as the situation at the club, and what they plan to do about it.
That would clear the air and let the fans would know at least what the club is thinking, on both a short term and long term basis.
Good communication is good, bad communication is bad and no communication is a disaster – but that’s what you learn in the first year at business school, for heavens sakes.
And if you haven’t been schooled in business it’s just plain common sense.
And yes, Newcastle are a disaster right now, and that’s why Newcastle fans are up in arms, and who can blame them.
All we can hope for today is a win, which will give us a little respite from the relegation and other problems at the club.