We’re pretty sure that after what happened in the second half of last season under John Carver, owner Mike Ashley doesn’t want to have any more situations that can cause him and Newcastle fans a heart attack, with Newcastle flirting with relegation.
So the owner seems to have finally agreed to spend some of the big money the club is making – and we started in the summer by signing four class players for around £50M – that was a good start.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley during last game of last season
However, just like last season, we haven’t made a great start to this season, after just getting over the line and staying up, when we were threatened with relegation on the last day of the season in May.
The season before last was very similar, when we lost seven of our last eight games, and then ended up with only 4 points from the first 7 games last year at this time.
Last season we lost nine of the last eleven games, with just one win on the last day and a draw in that terrible streak – the worst run ever by Newcastle in the Premier League.
Newcastle have to do (much) better than that this season, which is why the next two games against West Ham and Watford are important, and we need to get some wins on the board.
So just in case we have another bad start to the season, Newcastle have lined up some players in January in case we need strengthening.
It seems that some players will be brought through the door at that time, and how many could be dependent on how we have done through the end of the year, and also the situation of the players we want.
For instance, it may be a good time to pay out a reduced fee for Charlie Austin from QPR, so we can ensure we get him through the door.
If QPR are not willing to sell him then – maybe they are challenging for promotion in January – then Newcastle could get him on a pre-contract agreement and sign him what he’s a free agent next summer.
January will be like a first step, before next summer’s transfer window, which should again be a big one.
It’s what Steve McClaren has said when he came in, that the first three transfer windows of his reign as head coach will be important, and January will be almost like a safety first one in case we are again struggling in the league.
We don’t expect Newcastle to be struggling in the league come January, but we didn’t last year either.
So a decent January transfer window will ensure Newcastle don’t collapse in the second half of the season – which is exactly what we have done over the last two years.
The goal this season is to finish in the top eight by next May – and if do that then next summer will be another one.
Newcastle will again be able to spend some big money to bring some class players through the door and further improve the quality of the squad.
If we keep doing that, then who knows, we may even end up with a very good side and win something.