Changes Needed At All Levels – If Newcastle Are To Survive

The blame game is in vogue at Newcastle at the moment and we suppose that´s not too surprising since in our 33 league games since Alan Pardew left the club, we have had only five wins and 23 points and this will be the worst year in Newcastle´s long and glorious history.

We have looked a third-rate team and a third-rate club for a while but especially this year.

lee charnley mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

Here is our Premier League record this year.

Head CoachPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints
Carver1934121835-1713
McClaren2456132544-1921
Total43810254379-3634

Nothing has worked this year – we let both a manager and a couple of players go in January without having any replacements lined up and that greed for money hit us back time in the second half of last season.

We brought nobody in during January even though it was obvious the squad was not strong.

That plus appointing John Carver who was way over his head as interim head coach at his home town club and leaving him in the job until we only just survived being relegated on the final day of the season.

Our transfer system has never really worked under Graham Carr with the exception of a few signings like Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Demba Ba who we sold for big profits.

And a complicating factor is that Graham has gained more and more control at Newcastle about who comes into the club each transfer window – despite what the managers may want.

That’s definitely one of the reasons Alan Pardew left the club – that and the continual abuse he was taking from fans – like the Sack Pardew crew.

Since leaving Newcastle Alan look like one of England’s top managers and almost a world beater this year.

Th players recruited at Newcastle haven’t been good enough and they are not strengthening the side.

Our defense has been hopeless since we finished 5th in May 2012 and it hasn’t been strengthened enough.

John Carver and Steve McClaren have been appointed more for their willingness to fit into a failed system than because they are good managers.

Lee Charnley seems like a deer in the headlights as far as doing the job as the top executive at the club.

He may be a lovely man and we don’t Lee at all and have never even heard him speak, but he comes across professionally as shy and even timid.

And certainly he is not decisive – look at the way we hesitated and then hesitated again last January about signing (or should we say not signing) Dele  Alli.

Clubs who are to be successful in the transfer market must be decisive.

Mike Ashley has taken the club down a few rungs since he bought the club in the summer of 2007 and it’s difficult to know how we can make a comeback and be great again anytime soon.

We had a great side in the not too distant past under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson – but they were top managers and could motivate players.

When Sir Bobby came in during early September to take over from the fired Ruud Gullit when we had one point from the first six games – that was a great display of getting the best out of the poor squad he inherited and we finished in 11th place on 52 points – 19 points above the drop zone.

Sir Bobby didn’t get enough credit for that fantastic display of football management.

We don’t appoint top managers at Newcastle these days – not since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked eleven years ago for finishing 5th in the league and out of a Champions League position.

Maybe the best we can hope for this season is that Mike Ashley in a few weeks time or sooner – realizes we are in big trouble and brings in a new top manager and then has a transfer window when the new manager has full say in who comes in.

That’s a recipe for redemption for this season.

A recipe for disaster is to do nothing through the end of January.

But given how Newcastle have operated this year – we don’t know what will happen before the end of January.

We could be stuck at or near the bottom of the league by then – if nothing changes and Newcastle are not decisive.

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