When you put an inexperienced and completely untried head coach in place, there’s always the chance that the job is too much for them, and that’s basically what’s happened at Newcastle this year.
Newcastle should have lined up an experienced coach in January – who could come in and take over if Carver started to struggle – and Carver should have been replaced by now.
It’s a classic case of upper management doing nothing as Newcastle were getting closer and closer to the relegation zone – it seems all Lee Charnley and company were doing was hoping and that doesn’t work – action was required and none was taken.
Alan Shearer – nobody saw this coming
And people say well who would have come in – there’s plenty of experienced coaches who would jump at the chance to earn big money at Newcastle for say six games – especially if they kept us in the Premier League and they could have been given a huge bonus if they kept us in the Premier League.
It’s certainly worth it to Newcastle because we will lose about £70M a year if we are relegated, and will be more the season after next when the TV money goes up about 70%.
So it’s hard for us to agree with Shearer that nobody saw this coming – the job of Lee Charnley and others is not only to see what could be coming, but to know what to do if and when it does come.
And from what we can tell Lee Charnley has done absolutely nothing – and that’s the big reason we have to rely on Manchester United to not lose at Hull on Sunday.
This is what Alan has said in the Northern Echo today:
“It’s been desperately disappointing. I am just hoping and praying that they can give one performance on Sunday, which will be enough to keep us in the Premier League.”
“I don’t think anyone saw it coming, it could not have been anticipated because they had a fantastic start to the season.” “None saw this coming. It has just been a huge decline.”
“I feel for John Carver, I feel for Steve Bruce and I feel for Dick Advocaat because I have been there before so I know what they are going through. They won’t be sleeping much this week, that’s for sure.”
“If you get relegated, you deserve to be relegated. You can be fortunate or unfortunate for three or four games but you can’t be unfortunate for 38 games.”
“If they go down then nobody can have any complaints. The three teams that go down will deserve to go down.”
“The guys won’t be able to sleep much; they won’t be able to enjoy it.” “It’s just a matter of hoping and praying they can give you one last performance.”
“It is going to be difficult because they have not put in any performances for such a long time. You can’t just magic them out of thin air. It’s going to be a tough week but I have everything crossed.”
We just cannot see Newcastle winning on Sunday, after it’s been almost three months since we last won against Aston Villa at home.
The players are now too frail and lack confidence, and John Carver doesn’t know what to do from the sidelines, because this is the first time he’s ever been in this difficult position..
Here’s something we wrote in late January saying the squad was so depleted we could be in danger of relegation, and even then we criticized Lee Charnley for not thinking ahead and planning for what may happen.
That’s why executives are paid big bucks – to make sure an organization doesn’t go down the tubes.
That’s what could happen to Newcastle on Sunday.