Newcastle have not made a good start to the season in the first four games, and we are currently bottom of the league, tied with three other clubs – but of course we hit rock bottom because our goal difference is already -6, and it looks like that figure will not be good for the third season running.
Alan Pardew – will remain in control for Hull game
But there are at least a couple of things Newcastle should be doing right now:
- Make sure that we contact some managers about their availability to manage Newcastle United in case we cannot pull out of this terrible slump in form over the last couple of games, in which our defense has proved once again they are not good enough – and conceded seven goals.
We will not hear anything about this – since it will be done with some stealth – but we cannot be like we were six years ago when we took far too long to replace Kevin Keegan after he left the club as manager.
Vital points were lost waiting for a manager to come in – and it happened to be Joe Kinnear.
- Meetings should be happening within the club as to who Newcastle can sign in the January transfer window, and that should be done as a safety first measure. Obviously Graham Carr and his scouting team take the lead on this in terms of scouting players and working on who could be available.
We have a lot of unproven players in the team right now who have just come into the club, and it cannot be easy for them. There’s always a chance they will come through – so players like Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere, Ayoze Perez and Rolando Aarons could all have come good before Christmas – and if that turns out to be true we may not have to bring many players in during the January window.
We hope that’s what happens.
It’s still a mystery why we did not strengthen our defense in the summer, and not only that, but we ended up weakening the defense – just like we had weakened the side in January when we sold Yohan Cabaye and didn’t replace him.
We replaced the departed Mathieu Debuchy with Daryl Janmaat and that looked like a good move by the club, but then we allowed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave and therefore we were worse off at the end of the window than we were at the beginning – as far as our defense was concerned.
That’s even more true when we heard that David Santon is out for a couple of months with his knee injury.
And as bad as the side were on Saturday on the south coast, that was the best team we could field – and certainly the best defense we could field.
That’s what is so scary – it was our best team available on Saturday, and we were taken apart by Southampton – a club who lost their very best players over the summer.
We just have to do better, a lot better on Saturday – at home to Hull City.
We hope we can win, but to do that we cannot give any more stupid goals away.
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