Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that Newcastle are in complete disarray, and with five games still to play Paul thinks that Newcastle are still not safe from being relegated, and with some clubs beneath Newcastle like Leicester City starting to win games, then if Newcastle keep losing – say we lose our last five games – which is possible given our form over the last six games – we could be relegated back to the Championship for the second time in a short six years.
Paul Merson – Sky Sports pundit – they are not safe
And Newcastle are in disarray only because of the incompetence and stupidity that Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley demonstrated during the January transfer window, and the terrible second half of the season is because of that – and nothing else.
And it’s also similar to last season when we sold Yohan Cabaye for big money in January and didn’t bother replacing him, and there was a cloud of depression that settled over the Newcastle squad..
Players are only human, and they see what the owner is doing – and it seems he couldn’t care less about the squad and the players in the squad, and the club didn’t bother strengthening a very weak squad in January, and in fact only made things worse.
So we wouldn’t expect the players to feel too good about what Mike Ashley has done over the last two January transfer windows.
Actions taken at the top of any organization can have huge consequences on the employees, and that’s been true with Newcastle over the last two seasons.
Newcastle are starting to look over their shoulders, and if Leicester City and Hull City win tomorrow and we then lose things will look a lot worse than they do at the moment, especially if Sunderland also win.
And boycotts and demonstrations may send a much needed message to Mike Ashley – but they hardly help the team on the field, and it’s all becoming eerily similar to what was happening during our relegation season.
This is what Paul Merson has said today – and he still thinks Newcastle could be in trouble:
“Newcastle are in disarray, absolute disarray. They need to win a football game and win one fast. I have to say I do think they’re in danger of getting into trouble. It’s difficult to see where a win is going to come from.”
We can quickly raise the mood and restore some spirit on Tyneside with a win – and if we can beat Swansea tomorrow, at least we’ll still be in the Premier League next season – so there may be some hope.
But what happens in the summer we don’t know, but it will very difficult to attract top players and keep the good ones we already have, because we are not the club we once were before Ashley came in.