It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Newcastle United are finding it difficult to even be in the top ten in the Premier League these days, and last season we finished behind Stoke City, Everton and Southampton in the league table, and only just managed to hold onto 10th place to finish in the top ten for only the second time since 2007 under Mike Ashley.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
This season we have no chance of finishing in the top ten, being 9 points behind Stoke City when you consider our poor goal difference, so this season we will finish behind Southampton, Swansea, West Ham, Stoke and Everton – probably in 14th or 15th position.
We were 9th at the end of the year after beating Everton 3-2 at home on 28th December.
And it’s those five clubs who now have better sides than Newcastle and certainly a lot more ambition.
That was only maybe true of Everton a few years ago, and at that time the Saints and Swansea were not even in the Premier League.
But those clubs are now building good sides and seem willing to spend the big money they get from the Premier League every May on good players.
We hear that Newcastle will spend some money in the summer on new players, but what else could Newcastle say after the disasters of this year?
That we are not going to strengthen the squad?
Yes, we can build up a good squad again and that will be a step forward, but we also have to bring in a top coach in the summer, and if it’s Steve McClaren or John Carver, then rest assured that not much will be changing at Newcastle.
And even if we bring in a top coach like Remi Garde or Jocelyn Gourvennec of Guingamp, who we were linked with yesterday in France, then we have the problem of Mike Ashley and his frugal policies.
If Mike Ashley doesn’t change the way he runs the club and sells our best players when he gets a big enough offer for them – things will not change.
Ashley needs to invest a lot more money in the playing squad and not just concentrate on have good financial results every year, otherwise we will never move forward.
At the moment Southampton, Swansea, West Ham, Stoke and Everton are clubs who are now above us in England.
We’ll not put Crystal Palace in that category – well not yet anyway.
And the top six clubs – the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal – are way ahead of us – although ten years ago that was not the case.
Newcastle will keep slipping unless big changes are made in the way Newcastle are managed from the top, or else some consortium comes in the buys out Mike Ashley.
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