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Changes Needed At All Levels – If Newcastle Are To Survive

9:34 am, Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

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 CoachPlayedWonDrawn LostGFGAGDPoints

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League · Press

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JP...from The Rock // Dec 3, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    We’re doomed I tell you doomed!!!!

  • 2 Jib // Dec 3, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Lot of these on this blog

  • 3 John Tudor // Dec 3, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    trap shut glib

  • 4 John Tudor // Dec 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    “Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at us.”

  • 5 Jib // Dec 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    John Tudor
    If you were a real fan your reaction would be

    “Jeez I knew there were problems at the Toon but not this bad , get it sorted Steve we’re right behind you”

  • 6 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    How much does Steve black get paid? He’s sure motivating these lads damn well…

  • 7 davetoon // Dec 3, 2015 at 10:10 AM

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

  • 8 John Tudor // Dec 3, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    more real than you’d ever be
    im totally behind the club per say
    but not behind the regime
    and by the way get a life

  • 9 John Tudor // Dec 3, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    stop deriding any fans with your holier than thou goggle gossip

  • 10 Sav // Dec 3, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    First team players with leadership talent cost money. Managers with leadership skills don’t tend to fit into a cosy hierarchy working with/under the two guys who appoint him in the first place. Is Charmless willing to hand over the reins to someone who will tell him what’s what? Waiting until we’ve driven off a cliff before changing course is Charnley’s idea of ‘not panicking’.

  • 11 mactoon // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Its a failed system, any owner of a company would realise that and change their policy. McClaren is 3 points behind the disastrous Carver management and the root problem is Ashley’s approach to the football club.. buying cheap, selling at a profit after the players perform well. The problem now is that the players aren’t responding to the coach as they aren’t the players the coach would have chosen. Not really rocket science just a way to destroy a club at the expense of getting free advertising for your SD company at the expense of running the club as a football team

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