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Is Newcastle’s Squad Better Than We Think?

9:30 am, Thursday, July 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Some reports have said the season ticket sales are down by about 30% over last year at the same time, but Newcastle dispute that and say they are on a par with last season.

It’s not too surprising if Newcastle fans are holding off on buying season tickets, after the disastrous second half of the season – it was just a complete and utter nightmare for fans – we couldn’t believe what was happening.

At one point I thought I had actually died and gone to hell.


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Steve McClaren – can get the best out of existing players

We may even have a better squad than most fans think – because the collapse after Alan Pardew left – when we got one point in 10 Premier League games including eight successive defeats was mainly caused by the inadequacies in both coaching and man-management by stand-in John Carver.

It’s interesting that John had five years left on his contract when he took over from Pardew, but he still managed to get himself fired for what was a terrible record.

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But it wasn’t just the bad record that got him the sack – he made ludicrous comments in his interviews with the press, which were embarrassing to him and Newcastle – since he was representing the club.

One positive thought (there aren’t many of those around these days) – don’t forget the players Carver had available over the last six games were exactly the same players who went on that six game winning streak and then beat Chelsea to give the London side their first defeat since the previous April.

So the players cannot be all that bad.

The terrible second half of the season is also the responsibility of the players – they don’t get away scot-free by any means.

Those players who were way below par when Carver was in charge – players like Tim Krul; Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Moussa Sissoko to name four – will have something to prove to the fans and to Steve McClaren next season.

We are hoping the current squad is better than we think – but yes – that may also be wishful thinking.

Selling whatever number of season tickets Newcastle have left, will depend on what players the club brings in this summer – but there’s an upbeat anticipation that we could get Georginio Wijnaldum signed soon.

And there are even reports that Charlie Austin is waiting for a Newcastle offer – so if we can get Charlie and Georginio through the door those would be two excellent signings.

But we also need at least one top center-back brought in this summer.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonfan8 // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    this season maybee we will see the best from our players, we have solid group, but we have to add to it…Wijnaldum,Mitrovic and Matip…and we will see what else we will need
    GK:Krul,Darlow,Elliot —sorted
    AM:De Jong,Vuckic,Marveaux
    thats 27 players and 24 already here…
    Obertan,Ferguson,Gouffran,Williamson—SM decision
    Kemen,Armstrong—on loan
    so we dont need that much players in, we just need quality…and with 3 top quality players and maybe back up RB and loan Satka to championship, we will have strong and health squad, with a lot of competition…

  • 2 hibbit // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    one word answer……. NO

  • 3 Toonfan8 // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    and players can cover:
    Anita LB/RB
    Colback LB/LM
    Dumett CB
    Marveaux LW
    Vuckic CF
    Sissoko CM/LW
    Cabella AM,RW
    Aarons RW
    Perez LW/CF/AM
    so a lot of positions is covered good with this squad….

  • 4 cyprus // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Man Ed,
    stop with the new posts, there’s just a couple people here, hardly any revenue to be had.

    Anyway, last post till the dust settles.

    You mentioned, as a counterbalance, the 6 game winning streak, but you forgot how AP often flirted with amazing records himself!

    Apr 29, 2014 – Pardew’s six game losing streak is not only a new Premier League record at United but also the worst run of ANY Prem boss this season…

    Sep 7, 2014 – 13/14 – 20 games / 4 wins (20%). Source: Historic NUFC results. Alan Pardew was the first Newcastle United manager to lose 6 consecutive …

    Hhm, Carves was terrible but his predecessor had us playing some dreary football himself.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    winaljdum is on the psv trip. D’oh!!!

  • 6 mickalfas // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Perfect post ,to the point

  • 7 Jib // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    PSV every year have what they call the 3nations training camps in France Italy and Swtzerland.
    Wijnaldum is on the plane with the rest of the squad

  • 8 beefman13 // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Ed, the same squad as the one that for two thirds of the season were the worst team in the premiership, ok De Jong wasnt available and maybe Arrons but for me they are the only ones who would have made a difference.

    Our team and squad at this moment imo would get relegate, its awful, maybe Mclaren would get a honeymoon period so a decent start but over 38 games we are going down, every other team has strengthened virtually.

    On paper we dont look that bad but as we saw they were atrocious for most of the season.

    Now, if players come in which every single fan knows they have to then we have half a chance, but other teams are strengthening with players of what seem decent quality, as usual we are hearing the same old bunk, come on sort it out, asap.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    This headline made my eyes bleed.
    Yes there are one or two who could perform better, but there are loads who are just not good enough. We need 5-6 new faces.

  • 10 optimistic prime // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Mitrovich is on the plane lads.

    I hear he’s taking half inch off the bathroom door.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    I’ve got a feeling Schteve might be telling us our present squad is better than we think come September. All jokes aside I don’t think they could possibly go the whole summer without signing anyone for a few reasons. Surely SM has been given assurances that we will strengthen, if not and he is happy with it we really are back to square one only with a new face in charge. They must finally realise that going into a season seriously understrength is a very risky business, I would like to say lessons learned from last year but we have concrete evidence that lessons aren’t learned. Also we have it on record that investment will be made and it has been made so public that they can’t possibly go back on that, again we have had similar if not so well publicised promises in the past that have not come to fruition. They have also seen how angry the mood was last season, do they really want to do it all again. I really don’t know the mindset of those in charge.

  • 12 beermonkey // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    I wonder what its like being a fan of another club
    when stories break about new players coming in and being signed it must be a time of great excitement for them
    for us its torture with penfold and co sweeping like Olympic curlers trying to find the line to get them players across only to be thwarted when the selling club realise we only offer sd vouchers and then we will send them a giant mug no1 wants and charge for the privilege

  • 13 expatmag // Jul 9, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Like I said before, the board wouldnt go the extra mile to get a truly quality player.

    Yet another ruse by these pricks.

    Mitrovic will be another ruse too

  • 14 nufc 11 // Jul 9, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    The spin doctors are at it common really? thats the party line we didnt need to sign any players our squad is top notch what concerns me is that Mike Ashley thought JFK was a top notch bisinessman that could get deals done never mind what everyone else siad JFK had to trip himself up and show he wasnt fit for purpose epic failure same goes for John Carver and now Lee Charnley where does that leave NUFC as a club? their a PR disaster and will put anyone in a job once the price is right, people are avoiding nufc like the plague, You reep what you sow.

  • 15 The Great Valerio // Jul 9, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Looked like a 4-word answer to me. But enough of that, it’s about time we had the stats on John Carver’s record while in temporary charge. I’d forgotten.

  • 16 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 9, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    When the consensus of opinion is that a donkey like Colback is one of your best players, you must know that the squad is poor beyond belief. Seriously, I’d say we have ten to a dozen players who are not of decent PL quality. And now it looks like it’s going to be steady as she goes. The new coaches will turn it around. No need to waste good money buying fancy players. Charnley knows what he’s doing. Just ask Mike.

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