After Lee Charnley´s disastrous choice of John Carver in January as the head coach to stand in for the departed Alan Pardew, that almost led to us being relegated on May 24th.
Lee then appointed Steve McClaren in early June, but that came after John Carver and Steve Stone were fired for their incompetent running of the team for five nightmare months when we lost eight league games in a row just before the end of the season.
Lee Charnley – under pressure
The Managing Director followed that up in June by appointing Steve McClaren who had just been fired by Derby County two weeks before Charnley appointed him as the new head coach at Newcastle.
Although not a popular chance at all with the fans, Steve does have a good reputation as being an excellent coach although that isn´t always reflected in the results he has had at the various clubs he´s managed.
He failed at Wolfsburg, FC Twente the second time around, Nottingham Forest and lately at Derby County after almost getting them promoted in his first season in charge.
Not much seems to have changed this season at Newcastle – we are still losing games and have won one league game of the last 19 played.
Newcastle are still losing too many players to injury and the players still sometimes forget to turn up for games.
Three points from the first eight league game is a lot worse than anybody thought we would start this season – and it´s the worst start since back in 1898.
We have seen some decent performance this season from Newcastle, and Steve and the coaching staff must now turn things around at the club now we are facing sides who we should be able to beat.
But if this bad run goes on for too much longer – say we lose the next three games – we would expect McClaren to be replaced.
If Lee is doing his job he should be identifying coaches he can bring in so he is ready for this distaste scenario – in case it happens.
He was plainly not ready when Alan Pardew left – and part of good management is being prepared for things that may happen.
If Newcastle have to bring in a fourth new coach within he last twelve months it hardly looks good for Lee Charnley either.
We are hoping Steve McClaren and his coaches along with our players can turn this thing around.
A win on Sunday at home to Norwich City would be great.