There are protests being planned against Mike Ashley for the coming game against Liverpool on Saturday, and it’s the fans reaction to the latest rather ridiculous decisions being taken by owner Mike Ashley – that’s the owner who seems to keep proving he’s not a football man.
Alan Pardew – to be unveiled today as new manager
The situation now is starting to look very much look what happened after the Keegan departure, just about 27 months ago.
The Newcastle fans are completely bewildered about what Mike Ashley has done, with seemingly two enormous decisions being taken this week, both which lack any good football judgement.
Mike said after the relegation of May, 2009, that he had made some horrendous mistakes, and yet he has just made another two big ones this week.
Ashley has made the mistake of fixing something that was never broken, and will soon find out what he had going with Chris Hughton – but only after he has blown it up.
The first mistake was to sack Chris Hughton, who galvanized the club 16 months ago and saved Ashley’s bacon – and we’ll not even mention the £100M he added to the value of the Newcastle club by getting promotion last season.
The Newcastle players just adored Chris, who had already given Newcastle three or four of the best performances seen by a Newcastle team since Bobby Robson was the manager.
And when the second shoe dropped – it will actually drop this afternoon when Alan Pardew is introduced as the new manager – the owner has replaced Chris with somebody who is very ordinary – and that’s being kind.
As we’ve said many times this week, there is absolutely nothing in Alan Pardew’s record which says he is qualified in any way to manager Newcastle United.
But with players upset and the club being thrown into further turmoil with protests planned for before the game against Liverpool this Saturday, Newcastle could very well repeat its history of two years ago, and become entranced in another relegation battle.
Newcastle lost 4 league games in a row after Keegan left the club, or resigned or was fired – whatever it was, and then when Joe Kinnear finally arrived we drew a couple of games – so we got just 2 points out of a possible 18 following Kevin’s departure.
At the moment we have 2 points out of a possible 15 over the last 5 games, and a repeat of that run of two years ago will certainly see us plummet down the league.
At the moment we are 4 points above the drop zone – and it looks like we can kiss goodbye to any points against Liverpool on Saturday with the current situation.
If history indeed repeats itself – the club will be in such turmoil again that it will adversely affect the players – just like it obviously two years ago – and we know the players are already upset at the owner’s actions this week.
What does this all mean? It means there is every likelihood that Newcastle will again become a Championship club once again come next May.
That’s the stark and very real situation that confronts Newcastle United today.
The only course of action other than that is for Newcastle to start to do well and win games, and Newcastle can then avoid a relegation fight.
In other words that Alan Pardew becomes reasonably successful – but all that looks very doubtful right now – and we’re likely set for another big relegation battle this season.
I really hope all this doesn’t happen, but history looks like repeating itself.
When will it ever end.