Things at Newcastle are at a very low ebb at the moment, and after we finished 5th two years ago, things have gone very badly for Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley – fans should be told what the plans are
We failed to sign enough good players two years ago to fortify the squad in that summer for the Europa League, we brought in Vurnon Anita from Ajax, and we therefore suffered last season and only just avoided relegation.
And then this season after a dodgy start, we came along very well winning seven league games in nine and got into 6th place in the league.
But then we have imploded and lost six of the last eight league games – not scored in seven of them – and during that run managed to lose 2-1 at home in the FA Cup third round to second bottom club Cardiff City.
Oh yes, and we sold Yohan Cabaye for £20M last month and didn’t bring any replacement in.
We are hearing that the dressing room at Newcastle is in some disarray – but after what’s happened this year – that;s hardly surprising – and certainly the fans are in disarray about what;s going on at the club.
So it seems to us that Newcastle will have to start all over again in the summer, when we will be selling a number (probably a high number) of players who have just not made it on Tyneside, and probably want to leave the club in any case.
And then we’ll need to bring new players in – and that will not be easy.
So the question is what is Mike Ashley’s plans for the club – what the new five year plan?
The last one almost worked, because after five years we were fifth top, back in Europe and things looked quite bright two years ago.
But with Ashley’s way of doing business at Newcastle, once a player gets very good he’s sold – and sold whenever the right bid comes in – even though that may damage the side for the rest of the season.
He';s done that twice now at Newcastle – with Andy Carroll three years ago and now with Yohan Cabaye.
It also shows the players (and the fans) that Newcastle will never have a top four team again, because we keep selling the players we make into top players.
So what Mike Ashley has done in the past hasn’t exactly worked – there’s a lot of evidence of that.
What’s Newcastle’s five year plan is a very good question, and in most reasonable clubs those at the top would tell the fans what the plans are – what the club is trying to do.
But Newcastle unfortunately is not a reasonable club.
The sad fact is that Newcastle are in decline, and have been for the last seven years, and we’ve lost in almost every quarter to the top clubs in England.
It;s going to be very difficult for us to make up that difference now – and we’ll never get there by selling top players for very high fees and then trying to bring in their replacements for as little money as possible.
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