It looked at the time that Mike Ashley had made a couple of good decisions after Newcastle almost sensationally were relegated when Lee Charnley put John Carver in charge of the side in Jnauary, and he got one point from 10 games, upset the players who were hopeless and we were almost relegated.
John also upset the fans with the ridiculous statements he made in front of the TV cameras at every press conference.
Mike Ashley – on Sky Sports on May 24th
In short it was a disastrous appointment by Charnley and Ashley alluded to being “surprised” before the last game of the season that Newcastle could be relegated if Hull City beat Manchester United at home and we didn’t beat West Ham at home.
It didn’t turn out that way but we were lucky – and Ashley said before the game that money would be made available in the summer and he would step away form any football decisions made at the club.
Instead, those decisions would be made by the new Newcastle Board of Lee Charnley, new head coach Steve McClaren, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur.
And he’s been true to his word – so far.
But Newcastle, after spending a huge £52M on new players in the summer, have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season with just 3 points from eight games played.
John Carver got 9 points from his first 8 league games, but only four points from the remaining eleven games – which plunged us close to relegation.
So what do Newcastle do now?
On the surface of it – and it’s not always possible on the outside to know exactly what’s going on at the club – it looks like there has been continued incompetence in the running of the club.
And if Steve McClaren cannot turn the thing around it will be the second disastrous appointment made by Lee Charnley this year.
When you get to be a top executive you are responsible for the appointments you make and you’re accountable for those appointments.
In other words, if they don’t pan out or are disastrous you pay the price – that’s part of the job – it can be ruthless.
We just have to hope that Steve McClaren can turn things around and that would be the simple solution – and it’s certainly possible.
But the owner cannot be too pleased after last season’s trials and tribulations that we seem to be no better off than we were under John Carver.
And don’t forget there were plenty of good managers available in the summer.
But is looks like Steve McClaren was the top choice of Lee Charnley even after he was sacked by Derby County after a disastrous second half to the season.
It’s not often that a sacked Championship manager becomes a Premier League manager within a couple of weeks.
We’ve read that Charnley and Graham Carr seem to have a blind faith in Steve McClaren’s ability that he could turn things around.
If Steve cannot do it and has to be replaced there will be other heads that will roll at Newcastle and that means even more upheaval at the club.
That’s why we have to hope that Steve and his coaches – with the help of the Newcastle fans – can turn this thing around.
The alternative will be very messy.
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