We hate to bring this up, but this season has started much as we started the league back in 2008, which turned out to be a relegation season for us, the only difference six years ago was that we had 4 points from our first four games, which we picked up at Old Trafford (1-1 draw) and home to Bolton (1-0 win) before Kevin Keegan left the club, after Dennis Wise brought in players unbeknownst to Kevin.
Mike Ashley – leadership needed
It’s interesting the fourth league game tat that time was a 2-1 home defeat by Hull City and Danny Guthrie was sent off late in that game – we play Hull at home on Saturday.
There was chaos surrounding Newcastle for some time in 2008, until eventually Joe Kinnear came in as caretaker manager, but the club was up for sale for months until it was announced on the Sunday before the last game of 2008 against Liverpool that Ashley had taken the club off the market.
We lost that game 5-1 in front of a sell-out crowd, when a magnificent display by Steven Gerrard had the Newcastle fans applauding him off the field in the second half when he was replaced.
We just hope that Mike Ashley and others have learned from that disastrous season, and that we will see some leadership coming from Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley in the next week or two.
But with the continued silence of Mike Ashley, it’s hard to show any leadership, especially when it seems that Lee Charnley is just as reticent to meet the press, and the news today in some reports is that Alan Pardew will be given until Christmas to turn this thing around.
That may be what Ashley is thinking right now – but what happens if we lose our next three league games?
The situation at best right now is that it is a game by game scenario with Alan Pardew as manager, and we have to hope that we get some results on the board.
If we cannot do that then Mike Ashley has to take some decisive action and fire Alan Pardew and his coaching team, and bring in another manager.
Mike Ashley has a tendency to allow poisonous situations to linger at Newcastle, which is exactly the situation back in 2008 and right now – after he banned The Telegraph last Friday because it published two stories about Ashley selling the club and wanting to buy Rangers.
And the Northern Echo has pointed out today we have more newspapers banned (five) than points on the board (two) right now. 😀
Confusion and disarray cannot be allowed to continue at Newcastle, because that’s an environment for disaster – especially at a high-profile club like Newcastle,
And the game against Hull City on Saturday is not looking too good – what happens if Hull get an early goal – will that game turn out to be another demonstration against Pardew – and another 3 points lost – and we remain bottom of the league?
That’s the environment and situation at Newcastle right now – and to put that right some real leadership is required from Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – that’s part of their job descriptions.
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