It tickles us to see some reports on how come Newcastle are in the bottom three, when they have such a good squad, but there are obvious reasons why the running of the club this season, could cause any club in the land to be in relegation trouble.
Mike Ashley – he cannot run the club any worse next season
We’d thought we’d list just some of the reasons of why Newcastle are now 3rd bottom, and it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that we are nor fighting relegation big time.
- Newcastle had a small squad last year and it was something that Kevin Keegan wanted to fix by bringing in more players – but after all the goings on in the transfer season we didn’t increase the size of the squad, When you look at Newcastle’s poor injury record every season, that could mean trouble – and it has meant trouble.
- On the last day of the transfer market our then manager Kevin Keegan left the club – we’ll not get into apportioning blame here, other than to say our manager left. We had started the season well – but now we were high and dry without a manager and went 4 league games, losing every one of them, until Joe Kinnear was brought in.
- With the Newcastle fans’ fierce reaction to Keegan leaving, and subsequent protests against owner Mike Ashley, Mike decided he would indeed sell the club. From September through late December the club was put up for sale, with news every week about somebody new wanting to buy the club, in America, in South Africa, in Nigeria – you name it.
The players and coaching staff were expecting things could change at any minute, with a new owner and new manager coming in. Not something that brings any stability and solid performances to St. James’ Park, and it didn’t.
- During the time the club was being sold, the Newcastle Board in their wisdom, decided to keep under the radar screen and not talk to the Newcastle fans at all. They also amazingly said nothing to the players either.
They have since admitted that was a huge mistake, Everybody was saying at the time – this is a huge mistake.
- The day after Mike announced, on the morning of the Liverpool game, that he was in fact going to keep the club Shay Given said he would reassess his situation – and that was no coincidence. That ended in our one world class player leaving the club – or getting out of there – was probably the better way of saying that.
We lost our only world class player in mid-season – after Shay had played 458 games for the Tyneside club, and few fans blamed Shay when he left. Shay had been our best player up to that point in the season, and oh, we were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool at home that same last Sunday of last year, and it would have been 10-1 but for the brilliance of Shay in the first 30 minutes, when he put in another world-class display of goalkeeping.
- Ashley said he would fix the shortage of players at Newcastle in Jnauary, so we could climb away from the relegation zone, after we had our usual terrible injury situation in December, where at one point 11 first team players were out injured. But that happens almost every season these days – so we should have planned for it – but as we said above, we didn’t.
But what did we do in the January transfer season? Brought in 3 players and let 2 go – we didn’t increase the size of the squad in January like we said we would.
- On February 7th, Joe Kinnear suffered a heart problem, which ended up with him going into hospital and finally having a triple heart by-pass operation on February 13th. Mike Ashley elected to keep Chris Hughton in charge, along with newly employed Colin Calderwood, and decided not to bring in an experienced manager. But Chris had lost all 5 matches in charge of the team last September.
In the last 5 league games we have just 2 points and are 2 now points adrift of 4th bottom place, with Chelsea up next .
When you look at that list of what’s happened, in just another rote season at Newcastle, it’s a wonder we are only 3rd bottom, and not already adrift in 20th place.
The Newcastle fans probably need to have just a little bit of compassion for both players and coaches, given what they have had to go through this season, in the cause of the Newcastle United Football Club.
And even though the season has been just horrendous for the fabulous Newcastle fan base, we still think the pride and passion that is on Tyneside, will save the club from relegation, and that will be the real miracle this season.
Howay The Lads!!