There’s not just one thing wrong with Newcastle United at the moment – there are lots of things wrong with the club.
It starts with the way the club is being run and one of the biggest problems seems to be that it’s Graham Carr who really selects which players come in and the manager doesn’t seem to have enough power.
Alan Pardew has an interview out today saying he did the best he could while at Newcastle but he was never fully in charge of the playing staff.
Lee Charnley – under pressure
That’s a problem for any manager and it needs to change – but whether it will or not – we don’t know.
Newcastle don’t seem to have a good enough manager at the moment and while Steve McClaren is obviously doing his very best he’s simply not good enough and neither was John Carver.
The person who chose those two is also struggling and that’s Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Lee is running the club for Mike Ashley and when that happens you don’t expect the club to go from one crisis to another, but that’s what’s happening.
Since Lee was appointed in April of last year after Joe Kinnear was finally sacked Newcastle have been in terrible form.
We lost the last seven of eight games at the end of the 2013-2014 season and then got four points in seven games at the start of last season.
Alan Pardew was allowed to leave in early January without Newcastle having a plan to replace him and no players were brought in last January.
We ended up getting three wins and 13 points in the last 19 games of last season and were almost relegated.
Lee spent over £52M on new players in the summer and it doesn’t seem to have been money well spent and we are now second bottom of the league with 10 points from 14 games.
So if you are the guy who Lee works for and who appointed him – you cannot be too happy.
That’s Mike Ashley.
Now the real problem at Newcastle is Mike Ashley – because he’s the one who’s responsible for running the club whether its hands on or not.
He’s the owner – an unsuccessful owner at Newcastle – but it’s wishful thinking that he may sell up soon?
So as we said the problems at the club are there from top to bottom.
It’s not clear what Newcastle can do about things right now.
In order to get a decent manager in – like David Moyes or Brendan Rodgers – it’s debatable whether they would take the job unless changes are made.
Newcastle could agree to have the manager be responsible for the players brought in and have Graham Carr take direction from the manager.
But we also need a stronger executive than Lee Charnley in charge.
Lee is great at going out and arranging the deals for players – but it seems from the last eighteen months or so he’s just not suited to being the top man at the club.
We still haven’t heard him speak in public – and that’s ridiculous.
Here’s the question – what would you do at Newcastle right now?
The top priority has to be to keep us in the Premier League this season so we can really do something in the summer to really recover and get back on track.