It’s almost comical to hear John Carver and Lee Charnley talk about how things will be all OK in the summer, John says we are in trouble right now – but all will be well in the summer because we will bring in some good players, and we already have some top players on our shopping list – so nothing to worry about.
What’s all the fuss about in any case?
Lee Charnley – we have to share the blame
That’s crazy, and shows the complete lack of thought and understanding by the people running the club at the moment – the main one being Managing Director Lee Charnley – who seems to be the Sergeant at Arms to Mike Ashley.
Newcastle Ambassador Bob Moncur has talked today in the Chronicle about the Newcastle situation and this is what he said:
“Lee’s view is that we have to share responsibility as a group, starting with the Board right the way down the club.” “He believes if we win, we win as a team, if we lose we do so together and when we do, we have to accept the criticism and be big enough to deal with it.”
“I also asked Lee about investment in the squad in the summer.” “And he reinforced the message that John Carver had already given.” “We will be spending money in the summer to take the club forward.”
That’s a good move by Lee to say everybody has to share the responsibility (sometimes called the blame), because it helps to take the spotlight off himself and Mike Ashley, who are the real architects of our problems right now.
We really hope we stay in the Premier League this season, and then bring in some great players in the summer – let’s get that straight.
But if we bring in good players in the summer – that’s not a silver bullet – and not everything will be great from then on.
The problems we have at Newcastle are much deeper than that, and fundamentally it’s the way the club is run by Mike Ashley and carried out by Lee Charnley.
One question is whether we will be able to keep hold of our best players in the summer such as Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Papiss Cisse, Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez – or have they reached the point where Newcastle will cash in on them.
Whether they are our best players or not doesn’t seem to matter, and whether we can suitably replace them in the summer isn’t considered.
We will never build a top side at Newcastle if we continue to sell our best players – because then the team is nearly always being rebuilt and we never quite get to have a good team – other than by accident – which happened in the 2011-2012 season.
But that was so difficult given what Alan Pardew had to put up with, that he was awarded two Manager of the Seasons awards.
But what did Mike Ashley do in that summer – when we would be going into the Europa league and would need a bigger squad – he brought in one senior player – Vurnon Anita.
So it’s more than clear he has no ambition to build a top side at Newcastle – none at all.
And will Mike Ashley continue the fugal way he runs the club, when he sells a player as soon as he gets an offer which he considers good enough – even if it is the last day of the transfer window.
So we cannot replace him – tough luck – but we got the money and that’s the most important thing.
The terrible state we are in at the moment is because of the policies Mike Ashley has in place, and are religiously followed by Lee Charnley, John Carver and others – otherwise they wouldn’t be in those jobs.
So going ahead and bringing good players is short-term and may even give us a dent side next season, will it will not solve the underlying problem.
But what we want to see is a new way by Mike Ashley of running the club – which means we will not sell our best players unless we get an Andy Carroll like bid for them – that would be say (a stupid fee of) $25M for Moussa in the summer.
Whenever a club is willing to pay a stupid fee for one of our top players like Liverpool did for Andy Carroll over four years ago – well so be it – but that will happen very few times – not every year.
We see no signs at all of Mike Ashley changing the way he runs the club – and that being the case – we’ll be in the same position in a couple of years that we are now.
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