It’s not rocket science after a six goal humiliation to suggest that Newcastle head coach needs to sort out his defense, especially when the team have conceded 190 goals over the lat three seasons and have already conceded 17 goals in just eight Premier League games this season that has Newcastle rock bottom of the league table.
Steve McClareen – strengthen the defense
But that’s the advice that former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas has given on Sky Sports after the game on Saturday.
It’s like a financial “expert” telling a client who has big loans that he should move them elsewhere to lower interest rates.
This is what Charlie said:
“There was some bright stuff but there’s so many mistakes – bad defensive mistakes.” “There was some good finishing. City got out of a mess.”
“Of course you should be despondent if you’re a NUFC fan. Going forward they were alright but I’m sorry, you need to change this defense.”
“As soon as questions are asked it happens. This defence is not right. He needs to change it. Even the goalkeeper, who has been relied on. He’s spilling everything.”
That advice would have been good advice ever since August of 2012 at Newcastle and why the defense hasn’t been strengthened sufficiently is a mystery to us.
Something is very wrong about the way Newcastle are being run – we’re not sure what it is – but ever since Alan Pardew left it’s been a living nightmare.
If Steve McClaren cannot turn this situation around (we hope he can) then other folks at the club will be in trouble too – with Lee Charnley in some jeopardy after his two decisions for head coach made over these last ten months have not been good.
The John Carver appointment turned out to be a complete and utter disaster and almost got us relegated.
It was an embarrassment for Newcastle United.
So far the appointment of Steve McClaren who was sacked by Derby County two weeks before he got the Newcastle job, doesn’t look much better – not at this point in any case.
No wonder he looked so worried in the stand at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday with Mike Ashley having given Lee the job of running the club for him as Newcastle’s top executive.
We are in big relegation trouble twice since the beginning of the year and that doesn’t reflect well on Lee Charnley.
Not well at all.