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Newcastle Paying The Price For Lack Of Ambition – Mediocrity

8:25 am, Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

Sunderland got only their second win of the season last night at Crystal Palace and it was a good 3 points for the Black Cats, as Sam Allardyce tries to save them.

Sunderland haven´t got the players Newcastle have,  but Sam has vast experience and can get the very best out of what he´s got available until the January transfer window opens up.

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Lee Charnley – willing to settle for mediocrity

Newcastle are at Crystal Palace on Saturday and we hope our team turns up – which seems to be the first question that gets asked these days.

We do have some difficult games coming up against Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal in the next seven games through he new year – and it´s going to be difficult to pull away from the relegation zone.

That´s especially true if the players turn in performances like last Saturday´s which was simply a disgrace for a Newcastle United side

It´s not only the players who should be slammed for that performance but the coaching staff too – since they are responsible for preparing the side and motivating the players.

We´re sure that Newcastle will try to bring in more players in January, but if we are in the bottom three in the league by that time it could prove difficult.

As we saw with teams like QPR last year not many good players want to join a team that could be relegated  in four months – and be playing in England´s second division next season.

But Newcastle have only themselves to blame for where we are.

After the John Carver mess last season we had every opportunity to bring in a top manager in the summer and to get back on track after a terrible appointment of an interim head coach.

But Lee Charnley didn´t aim very high and settled on Steve McClaren who hardly has a great record of management and was only just fired from second division Derby County.

There are not many Premier League clubs these days who would employ a manager who has just been fired from a second division club.

But that´s the level of ambition at Newcastle these days and when you don´t aim very high you are always going to be in big trouble and end up struggling.

The  former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly said this about ambition:

“Aim for the sky and you’ll reach the ceiling. Aim for the ceiling and you’ll stay on the floor.”

How high did Newcastle aim during the summer to get in a top manager?

And that´s one of the reasons we are 4th bottom of the league right now and continuing to struggle and maybe even sinking further if our players don’t wake up soon.

Managing Director Lee Charnley seemed more motivated to get somebody in who was willing to work within Newcastle´s failed system –  than he was in getting in a top head coach who had a history of success and could do things at the club.

Look how Jurgen Klopp has started his career at Liverpool in the short time he´s been there – but we are no longer a club who can attract a top manager like Klopp.

We´re paying the price now for that lack of ambition and know-how – and we don´t seem to have the drive or will to  become a top club again.

That´s the truth.

We still hope we can pull away and have a good season, but it would be no thanks  to those who are leading the club today.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tuttelbom // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    I hope that we can put Colo up as DM next game against Crystal Palace. That would sort out 2 problems in one.
    1. Get rid of the liability that Colo is as CB
    2. Shore up the weak DM team we have now.

    I would also drop Sissoko and Dummett.
    Sissoko since hes just not interested in getting involved anymore, and Dummett since hes just totally useless. For those who have noticed it, most of our defencive problems starts at left back. And when Colo and Mbemba tries to fix that it affects the whole team.

    Besides that, I cant agree on that Mitrovic is bad. He just doesnt get any support, so it must be hard playing up there totally alone for 90 min.

    So my team would be:
    Elliot
    Janmaat-Mbemba-Lascelles-Mbabu
    Anita-Colo
    de Jong-Wijnaldum-Thauvin
    Perez-Mitrovic

    Pack the MF, and use Janmaat and Mbabu as wingbacks I would say. Especially Janmaat.

  • 2 cyprus // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Fire,
    True, it’s rare that you can’t single out a good player from a whole team.
    I really really don’t get it.
    Why can most teams put the pressure on, full force, at least for a few periods yet we can’t. It’s pathetic.

    It has to be them coaches.

    PS. Hate to single out, but: Those two FB’s must be dropped for the next game. Play anyone.

  • 3 firebug666 // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    I just love how some media outlets are running with the stories of Newcastle holding “secret” talks with Seedorf.

    How would they know if the talks were secret?

    This for me is the media trying once again to hammer nails into Newcastle coffin, trying to pile more pressure on McClaren.

  • 4 cyprus // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    @1,
    Most of our defensive troubles come from Janm’s side. He’s either not a defender or not interested. He at least must share the blame for our defensive shambles.

  • 5 cyprus // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    If you drop Sissoko you must drop Wini who has been EVEN poorer. You see, everyone needs to be dropped 🙂

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Most of our defensive troubles come from both sides. The centre backs get pulled about to cover the full backs because they can’t do the job. This in turn causes us problems. Especially when, as for Leicester’s second goal, both full backs don’t do their jobs at the same time….

  • 7 firebug666 // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    cyprus

    I agree, Janmaat is missing from defence far to often, he should maybe play as a winger, and then only needs to track back and help out in defence.

  • 8 optimistic prime // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    When’s SDJ gonna get a cpl games?

    We need a intelligent player who can spot a pass and score a goal.

    We’ve never seem him given a decent run, mostly due to injury.

    Due a shot imo

  • 9 cyprus // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    OP,
    He seems so so lethargic, maybe it’s the injuries.

    Anyway, I’d try out a new look, like 4-5 players in who haven’t been playing much. A shake up is desperately needed, the team seems drugged, like zombies running around.

    Bench some big stars, for a half: e.g. Wini, Siss, Mitro, Janm.

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    cyprus
    Except for Anita first half and Elliot the whole bloody team looked like zombies not a care in the world

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Training should send them down to Tynemouth for a dip and a few runs up and down the sand dunes would wake them up instead of the cosy surrounds of the Benton training grounds

  • 12 Magpie Season // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    @1:

    That’s not a bad idea playing Colo in DM actually. Early in his career that was his position I think.

  • 13 Magpie Season // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Also, he couldn’t be worse than playing Gouffran there could he now..

  • 14 Magpie Season // Nov 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Or the other option is to rid of the 2 holding midfielders that we have been playing for the last 2 years & have just the 1.

  • 15 martoon // Nov 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    The thing I can’t understand is how the players were not up for the Leicester game? Surely with a relatively new manager they should be playing for him – he can’t have lost the players yet or can he?

  • 16 Laeotaekhun // Nov 24, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    I think that “Tuttelbom” would have great difficulty in getting any referee to accept a team with TWELVE players!

  • 17 Sav // Nov 24, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Good to hear some straight and honest opinions from Ed. Tuttlebom, you’ve got 12 players there. You were convincing me until you included Toerag and deJong in your side. Neither deserve a start. Either Colo or Mbema might have to fill in at DM. I hope we don’t see Gouffran soiling a black & white shirt again. As our left seems to be the main Achilles heel, perhaps the management should have been in less of a hurry to ship out Ferguson to Millwall. With Aarons out injured he is the best left-winger we have and will track back.

  • 18 robertsleftfoot // Nov 24, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Tuttelbom // Nov 24, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    I hope that we can put Colo up as DM next game against Crystal Palace. That would sort out 2 problems in one.
    1. Get rid of the liability that Colo is as CB
    2. Shore up the weak DM team we have now.

    I would also drop Sissoko and Dummett.
    Sissoko since hes just not interested in getting involved anymore, and Dummett since hes just totally useless. For those who have noticed it, most of our defencive problems starts at left back. And when Colo and Mbemba tries to fix that it affects the whole team.

    Besides that, I cant agree on that Mitrovic is bad. He just doesnt get any support, so it must be hard playing up there totally alone for 90 min.

    So my team would be:
    Elliot
    Janmaat-Mbemba-Lascelles-Mbabu
    Anita-Colo
    de Jong-Wijnaldum-Thauvin
    Perez-Mitrovic

    Pack the MF, and use Janmaat and Mbabu as wingbacks I would say. Especially Janmaat.

    Tuttle

    Yes that would be a good team but you have chosen 12 which would be illegal pal

  • 19 Tuttelbom // Nov 25, 2015 at 1:42 AM

    Uups, out with Tauvin then.

    Elliot
    Janmaat-Mbemba-Lascelles-Mbabu
    Anita-Colo
    de Jong-Wijnaldum-Perez
    Mitrovic

  • 20 Tuttelbom // Nov 25, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    And I agree that Janmaat is a liability backwards, but cant see anyone thats better than him in the team.
    Also, a lot of those problems on Janmaats side comes from a Sissoko thats just watching whats going on back there.




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