Steve McClaren wants more British players in the squad and wants to sign some in the January transfer window but whether he will get his wish is debatable because it seems that like Alan Pardew before him he doesn´t have a lot of say about which players come into the club.
Chief Scout Graham Carr is the one who has most say and that´s one of the reasons that of the blue we paid out 12M for Florian Thauvin in August – a player who Carr has been after for over three years.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – we must have just won a game
McClaren admitted Thauvin had been a target since he joined the club in early June and that a deal had almost been completed for Thauvin earlier in the summer.
There´s news in the Telegraph that with so little progress made this season – we seem as worse off as then the woeful John Carver was in charge – Steve has asked the Board to bring in British players in January – so we´ll see how successful he is in that endeavor.
Newcastle also want to sign younger players which almost inevitably means that when they join Newcastle they don´t have much experience and it takes time for them to produce the goods.
The system that Newcastle have used since Mike Ashley bought the club in has never really worked in building up a good team that can challenge in the top six.
On the contrary, we have been in the top ten only twice since 2007.
It´s worked in terms of making Newcastle money, but hopefully the owner now realises that doesn´t make a successful football club.
Most sensible people will give something up and turn to plan B if something doesn´t work over a prolonged period of time.
So we are hoping that Newcastle will change their transfer policy in January and adapt so we can stay in the Premier League.
If we don´t we could become a Championship club and if that happens it´s the people running the club who seem to have been incompetent over the last year or two.
And Lee Charnley didn´t seem to want to even go after a top manager once Pardew left – maybe because he knew they wouldn´t want to work under the strict conditions that prevail at Newcastle.
Being a successful coach is difficult when other people decide which players come into the club.
Newcastle seem to have done most things wrong over the last two years and our record reflects that – it´s been terrible and it´s like a soap opera at Newcastle.
That´s one reason we have made just a catastrophic start to the season and with some tough games coming up things could get a lot worse before they get better.
November Sat 28 15:00 A Crystal Palace December Sun 06 16:00 H Liverpool Sun 13 16:00 A Tottenham Sat 19 17:30 H Aston Villa Sat 26 17:30 H Everton Mon 28 15:00 A WBA January Sat 02 15:00 A Arsenal
That´s one big concern we have – that by January we are stuck in the bottom three in the league.
As Charles Darwin pointed out before the game of football was even invented – if you don´t adapt you don´t survive.