It’s really hard to believe the poor way in which Newcastle managed the January transfer window, and some of the moves Newcastle made were simply hard to believe, and it has left the squad short of players for the rest of the season – even more so than last season when Yohan Cabaye left for big money and wasn’t replaced.
Lee Charnley – Managing Director
I’m also a keen fan of Murphy’s Law and a really good definition is – if something can go wrong it will and at the worst possible time.
And that’s a good thing to remember in the planning process, and at Newcastle it should have been a case of who do we need to bring in during the transfer window to ensure the squad is strong for the rest of the season – given what may happen with injuries etc.
And we have also had far too many injuries all season, so the betting was we would get more through May.
Having only two fit and experienced center-backs would have been a good start, after Steven Taylor was out for the rest of the season injured on January 1st.
But rather than bring one in, we ended up selling one to Roma for £5.5M (Yanga-Mbiwa) and loaning out a good 20 year-old (Remie Streete) to Rangers for the rest of the season.
And we even let our left back Davide Santon go on loan to Inter-Milan for the rest of the season, which further weakened the back four.
And because we didn’t strengthen central defense last month we have quickly lost Paul Dummett and Curtis Good for the rest of the season – two players who could have played center-back.
If you don’t plan adequately for these type of things then they come back to bite you, and in Newcastle’s case we are now worse off at center-back since the window closed, because the club didn’t handle the deficiency.
John Carver thinks it was just terrible luck – it wasn’t – it was poor management and poor planning.
It seems Newcastle’s management only looks at the best case scenario (well – we’ve always got Paul Dummett) whereas they should be planning for a worst case scenario (what happens if Paul gets injured and joins Steven Taylor on the sidelines for the rest of the season?).
In short we are left with only two experienced center-backs for the rest of the season and only four experienced defenders for the rest of the season.
How many PL clubs would have let that happen last month?
And turning to strikers, we’ve been short of a striker all season since Loic Remy has still not been replaced.
So rather than John Carver trying to persuade Lee Charnley to bring in another striker and a center-back last month – even on a short term oan – he’s thanked the Managing Director for not selling Papiss Cisse – our top striker.
This is what John said about Cisse:
“I wanted to keep hold of him, and I was supported 100% from Lee,” “It was a relief to be supported, to be honest, as it’s a good sign.”
“I said before he went off to the African Nations that he was our top goalscorer, and the only way you win matches is by scoring goals.”
“It’s amazing what that one goal can do. He’s been lively about the place, he’s been smiling.” “What I will say is that up until the Palace game we have been creating and missing chances.”
“We haven’t taken those opportunities and if Papiss had been there he would have finished off one or two of them.”
So John Carver is thankful to Lee Charnley for not letting our top striker leave in January (10 PL goals this season), and it looks like he didn’t even ask for another striker to be brought in.
And now we’ve lost Siem de Jong for the rest of the season, and are worse off now than at the beginning of January for strikers – and as we pointed out above – the same is true for central defenders and the back four in general.
Somebody who doesn’t complain and after a very poor transfer window praises the Managing Director for keeping a top player, is a (very) good candidate for the head coach position at Newcastle.
And that’s one big reason why we feel it will now be very difficult for Newcastle to persuade a top coach to come to Tyneside, because of the inadequate way the club is being run by the current upper management.
What do you think?
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