You couldn’t have thought things could have gotten any worse at the Etihad Stadium for Newcastle yesterday, since we had lost Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett and Curtis Good for the season though injury over the previous two weeks, and that was after we had sold Mapou Yanga Mbiwa to Roma and loaned out Davide Santon to Inter-Milan, and not brought in any new players – but things did get worse yesterday.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Newcastle were simply embarrassing at the Etihad, and there has been much criticism of the team and of John Carver – the untested head coach who is in place for the rest of the season.
John’s record at Newcastle is so far not good, and the Newcastle Board should be checking on who we could bring in as a replacement, if the results don’t improve over the next several games, because we are not safe yet.
A lot of the relegation sides have brought in new managers – and they are usually better managers than the ones they have replaced – but Newcastle have gone in the other direction and brought in somebody with little or no PL experience as the top man – and hoping for the best.
But that seems to be the way Newcastle are these days – we hope for the best and hope we can stay in the Premier League and keep collecting the big money.
Other clubs use the January transfer window to improve their squads, but Newcastle go in the other direction and deplete the squad to get some money into the coffers.
And not for the first time after January under Mike Ashley, we are struggling for the rest of the season with a depleted squad.
But now’s not the time to have boycotts or stuff like that – staying away from the games does nothing and doesn’t help the team on the field one little bit.
And it doesn’t hit Newcastle much at all financially either, since the majority of the revenues these days come from the PL TV rights – in fact around £79M of the £129M revenue for the last financial year came from the PL handout.
What would hurt the club big time would be if we ware relegated – that would really hurt, and it’s not easy to get straight back into the Premier League these days.
The hope is that we can get enough points on the board to stay in England’s top league by May, and then hope that Mike Ashley will spend some of the money Newcastle have, to build up the squad big time over the summer months.
But we don’t know whether that will happen, and certainly Mike Ashley’s penchant for making money in January transfer windows at the expense of the playing squad – has hurt us big time this time around.
It just doesn’t work.
The team and the coaches need to regroup this week – and things will seem and look a lot better if we can get a win at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.
That would give us 35 points from 27 games played – and surely we can pick up another 5 points over the season?
But it’s also going to take some leaders from the playing staff – Fab Coloccini being the main one – to have some impact on the team this week and on Saturday during the game.
Indeed Fabricio needs to come out and say something – that’s what leaders do in times of crisis, and it’s a bit of a crisis at the moment for Newcastle.
And until Mike Ashley stops depleting Newcastle’s squad in January, we will continue to limp through the second half of Premier League seasons.
It doesn’t work.
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