This is the total record of Newcastle United since we kindly saved Crystal Palace from relegation by allowing our manager Alan Pardew to leave in late December – but hey – we got a decent £4M for him.
Mike Ashley – second relegation in six years
There was a campaign to get Alan Pardew out of the club after we had made a terrible start to the season with only four draws and three defeats in our first seven games.
That’s when the Sack Pardew crew came about – they are still anonymous and no doubt will want to remain that way.
Newcastle should have had somebody who was a proven and experienced coach to bring in – but they took the money first and then decided on John Carver.
In his first eight games in charge we did OK under John Carver with 8 points, but now in the last eight games we have zero points and essentially John Carver doesn’t know what to do.
We’ve had lots and lots of injuries all year and in fact been top of the injury table in the Premier League all season – but have we ever looked at why we always have so many injuries – no.
We were short of center-backs all season and even when Steve Taylor snapped his Achilles tendon on New Years Day and we sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma in January – we still didn’t bring in any cover at center-back or for the back four.
Now we have only Fabricio Coloccini as a recognized back four player available for the game tomorrow, so a huge mistake in not reinforcing the squad is coming back to bite us big time and we had £34M available in the bank.
We did reinforce with five new players two years ago – but then we were in relegation trouble and this time Newcastle thought they were safe – so why spend money when we can get by.
And this year we have had players like Jack Colback, Papiss Cisse, Fab Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko, Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat all suspended – and that’s a reflection on the players but also a reflection of John Carver, whose job is to instill discipline in the side.
But John seems to have lost the dressing room and probably the respect of some of the players – and he’s argued with Williamson and Gutierrez recently.
So we shouldn’t be blaming anybody else about what our plight is right now – certainly not Alan Pardew – you can try to but he’s not here anymore and was not to blame in any way – he’s going great at Palace.
John Carver has eight losses in a row and only three games to go and at the moment the most decimated squad we have had all season because of injuries and suspensions.
We’ve done it all to ourselves – and yes – that’s very hard to take as a dedicated Newcastle fan.
But that’s the truth and we know it.