Newcastle should be able to avoid relegation this season, and that’s at least one saving grace in what is turning out be another poor season for the club, but if we can get our act together in the final 12 games of the season, we could still finish in the top eight – and that would be a decent finish, given what’s happened this term.
Graham Carr – the most important man at Newcastle
And we are hoping that owner Mike Ashley brings in a new Director of Football very soon, to replace the sacked Joe Kinnear who should never have been hired in the first place.
A new executive is needed to start working on getting the new players into the club this summer – and we understand recruitment is currently being led by Secretary Lee Charnley and Director of Finance John Irving.
Many players will be leaving the club, and a lot of them will want to leave Newcastle – who have again proved to be a big but crazy club.
After the Chelsea defeat Jose Mourinho – who knows all about Newcastle from his mentor Sir Bobby Robson – intimated that’s exactly what Newcastle are.
And the club will need to bring in at least five top players and maybe more, depending on how many leave the club this summer.
And – as always – the top man in the recruitment drive is Chief Scout Graham Carr, who since coming on board in February of 2010 has spotted some great players for Newcastle.
Among them are Cheick Tiote, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, and Yoan Gouffran – plus a number of top youngsters such as Gael Bigirimana and Massadio Haidara.
This summer could turn out to be a very good one for Newcastle, and if we are able to bring in say five top players, maybe we can replicate the summer of 2011.
In that year Newcastle had a good summer and then had a good team the following season, that surprisingly almost made the top four in the Premier League.
But we lost our last two games and finished (only) 5th top – but still above money bags Chelsea and Liverpool.
And assuming we can hire a Director of Football who can actually sign players on a permanent basis – then it’s possible we could have a good summer again.
But the quality of the signings is almost entirely dependent on Graham’s Carr’s scouting abilities and evaluation of players – and that’s been good for Newcastle in the past – and in that sense Graham is the most important man at the club.
We hope Newcastle have a very good transfer window coming up – we need it.
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