As usual, Newcastle United are late with their move, but there are reports coming out of Spain this morning that the Tyneside club are indeed keen to sign Davide Moyes of Real Sociedad.
Lee Charnley – on vacation for last eight weeks?
Davide Moyes signed for Sociedad in early November, and back in September he was available to come in and manage Newcastle if the club decided to sack Alan Pardew, who was going through a tough spell at that time.
But no – they didn’t do it and instead let Alan go for around £4M to Crystal Palace when they had no idea who would replace him – Charnley has admitted that in public – and we know the complete mess that has got Newcastle into.
But they took the money still – and it’s just staggering how incompetent Newcastle have been this year.
We didn’t sack Alan Pardew probably because we’d have to give him a year’s wages, and the penny-pinching of Mike Ashley has got us into big trouble again.
Ashley’s frugal ways will probably result in Newcastle being relegated again this season.
There’s news in the Spanish newspaper Sport this morning that a definite approach has been made by Newcastle for David Moyes – late as it may be – through his brother Kenny, who acts as his brother’s agent.
We would have thought that Newcastle would have tried to find out in January whether Steve McClaren would accept the job at Newcastle, but it looks like we may not have done that.
The Derby County manager turned Newcastle down last Sunday in another embarrassment for the club, as he said he wanted to stay at Derby.
That demonstrates again the complete lack of foresight shown by those supposed to be running the club.
Now we seem to be panicking to get a manager quickly lined up, but who will sign up now when it looks like we’ll go down?
There seems to be some signs of panic in the way Newcastle are operating this week, since the debacle at Leicester – they may have finally woken up – but it could be too late.
David Moyes will only accept the job at if Newcastle if we are still in the Premier League, and Newcastle have realized far too late the very dangerous position the club is now in.
What has Lee Charnley been doing for the last eight weeks?
Newcastle fans are already furious at Mike Ashley and the way the club is being run, and it will get an awful lot worse if we end up in the Championship.
Maybe the Board have only just realized that too?
It’s a bad situation and it looks like the Board are in complete panic right now – at least from the outside.