It’s becoming clear that Steve McClaren refused to take on the Newcastle head coach position at Newcastle last Sunday, because he was concerned of the control that Mike Ashley has on the club and also because Newcastle may be in the Championship next season.
Mike Ashley – not happy with Newcastle mess
That he helped to create
But there is news tonight’s in various national papers, that Mike Ashley is less than happy at the day-to-day running of the club, and the fact that Newcastle are now in real danger of being relegated as we are only 2 points above the relegation zone and 3rd bottom Sunderland, but Sunderland have a game in hand.
There was an emergency conference call on Sunday, the day after Newcastle lost their 8th game in a row at Leicester City and both Aston Villa and Sunderland won their games and gained 3 points on the Magpies to put us in more trouble.
The conference call was with Managing Director Lee Charnley, Chief Scout Graham Carr, Finance Director John Irving and interim coach John Carver, and we’d love to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting, and we cannot imagine Ashley was a happy man.
It’s looking more and more that Alan Pardew left the club because he was told their were no new arrivals coming into the club in January, when it was obvious we needed to bring in reinforcements, and this years’ weakened squad is further proof we needed those reinforcements brought in.
Alan also left because he didn’t have control of who was coming and who was leaving the club – which was a problem that caused Kevin Keegan to leave the club in September, 2008.
As Lee Charnley has mentioned in his statement, there had been two days of frank discussions with various parts of the club including the executives but also with key senior players like Fabricio Coloccini, Siem de Jong and Tim Krul.
And Fabricio Coloccini released a letter to fans tonight, which obviously came out of the discussions over the weekend after the calamitous 3-0 defeat at Leicester City.
It’s clear that Mike Ashley is now fully involved with what’s happening at Newcastle because we are in crisis – but he has left it late – maybe too late.
Sports Direct are in danger of being relegated.
Newcastle will have trouble breaking an eight game losing streak, especially when two of our players were stupid enough to get themselves sent off in the second half on Saturday.
The signs have been there for a good number of weeks that relegation was a possibility, and action has been taken but it’s very late.
And some of Mike Ashley’s own policies are why we further weakened the squad in January be letting Alan Pardew, Davide Santon, Haris Vuckic and Remie Street leave the club – with no replacements being brought in.
But we think Mike’s biggest grouse will be with Charnley, if he has not been in communication with Ashley – because he has let this situation fester for weeks with each successive defeat, and done nothing and said nothing.
Actions they have taken this week should have happened about four weeks ago.
If Newcastle do survive relegation, it wouldn’t surprise us if some changes are made in the executive team at Newcastle – which runs the club day-to-day for the owner with Lee the top executive.
And it wouldn’t even surprise us if John Carver leaves the club this summer, if a coach comes in who wants to bring in his own coaching team – which should now be a possibility.
Newcastle are basically in a big mess right now, but this has been coming for over two months now, and nothing was done to alleviate the growing seriousness of the situation.
Mike Ashley also has to take a huge part of the responsibility for the mess, because his executive team have presumably been following policies he’s laid down for them – which have got us into this mess.
Don’t believe people who say we are in no danger of relegation – maybe they should look at the league table and remember Newcastle are the team that is in free fall.
Apart from the bottom two sides Burnley and QPR who look like they are relegated, other teams around Newcastle are starting to win games.