Harry Redknapp may surprise some people today about what he says about Newcastle, and he has also said that he thinks Sam Allardyce is a good appointment for Sunderland and that’s because Sam is a good manager and he thinks Sam can get the Black Cats out of trouble.
But what he says about Newcastle – if true – could mean we will have another long hard season this season too – yes – yet another one.
Harry Redknapp – Newcastle don’t have the players
Harry is currently an out of work manager although it’s debatable whether he wants to egt another job in management.
This is what Harry has said about Newcastle in the Telegraph:
“When I look at the North East teams, I think Newcastle might be in more trouble than Sunderland.”
“Steve McClaren is a good manager, probably better than some of the managers at the top of the division, but he has not got the players at Newcastle.”
“He has got some poor ones and it does not look like they have helped him much in the summer with the ones they signed.”
“And guess who Big Sam’s first home game at Sunderland is against? That’s right, Newcastle. That’s going to be massive for both clubs.”
We keep hearing those in the business say that Steve McClaren is a very good manager and coach – but that’s not been reflected at a number of previous clubs he’s managed – so that’s still a disconnect for us.
He failed at Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and this year at Derby County.
At the end of last season we always thought the players we had who hadn’t played well was simply because of the poor coaching and poor man management of John Carver.
When we signed four good players in the summer for £52M then we thought – hey – we should easily be mid table this season and certainly not have any relegation troubles.
It hasn’t turned out that way and if we do continue to struggle then we were wrong about the players we still have.
We are hoping that Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse can still play a role for us this season – but if Newcastle are still in trouble in January then Newcastle could mount another £50M to get new players in to try to save us.
We hope that doesn’t happen since the nerves are still badly frayed from last season.
Here’s hoping we can start winning some games now and of course, it hasn’t helped at all that Tim Krul is now out for the season.