Things have not gone well for Newcastle United this year, and yes, that’s an understatement, and in 13 games we have lost eight of them and won only two – and with the 9 points we have gained from the last 36 available in the league, we have dropped 4 places in the league table, and are still not safe from possible relegation.
Our next game is at Liverpool on Monday night.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – reckless management of the squad
So on the playing field, things are not good at all, and Newcastle are down to the bare bones of their squad, and we have John Carver in charge, and John has very little experience as a head coach in football – but it was the cheap short-term option the club ultimately took in January to replace Alan Pardew.
And the shocking thing was that this situation was made a lot worse in January by some reckless decision-making by Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley that has only helped to weaken the squad even further.
All for the sake of making around £12M, and we didn’t bother spending one penny on new players, when it was obvious to everybody we were going to be short of players for the rest of the season – in fact we let some good players leave.
When the financial results were released early last week, they were record revenues and profits as many had predicted – so we had the money to spend – we just elected not to spend it.
And hence the mess we are in at the moment.
And while relegation remains a long shot – we could still go down if everything goes against us as far as other sides’ results go – and we cannot manage to win another game.
Strange things happen in football and in life.
Because of Mike Ashley’s actions in January and his frugal way he runs Newcastle United, there has been a Mike Ashley Out campaign launched this week.
And we heard today that the Sack Pardew crowd are back on the scene, and are asking Geordie fans to boycott the remaining home games, starting with Tottenham a week this weekend.
There is nationwide press coverage of these two things and that coverage will only increase in the lead up to the Tottenham game in 10 days time.
That will help to make it even more difficult for our team to get many points in the remaining four home games of the season, where 12 points are at stake.
And with all this happening, what have we heard from the men at the top – Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley?
Absolutely nothing and I know a little about problems in the business world – and Newcastle are a business (be that good or bad) and we are in trouble.
That’s when the top executives have to come out and be seen to be leading, and at the very least communicate with their customers – who in this case are the long suffering Geordie fans.
Yet we’ve heard absolutely nothing – not that there has been a wealth of communication to the fans ever since Ashley bought the club eight years ago.
While we know both Ashley and Charnley don’t like appearing in public – that’s tough luck – because part of Lee Charnley’s job as top executive at Newcastle United is to both tackle and talk about the problems Newcastle are facing.
It’s OK that Lee Charnley may not like some parts of his job, t’s perfectly OK in fact – but it’s also no excuse for not doing those things when they are required – like now.
They need at the very least to issue a statement on the current serious situation of the club.