Newcastle are coming off almost a disastrous January transfer window earlier this year, when we let Alan Pardew go to Crystal Palace for about £4M and then allowed an untried and untested John Carver take over the side.
With 26 points from the first half of the season´s 19 games – we then played it like we usually do when we are well positioned in the league – we didn´t bother to strengthen the side – and hoped for the best.
But more players started to pick up injuries and were playing way below their capabilities and the interim manager was way over his head and we lost eight games in a row and were almost relegated in May.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
What was really frightening was the man put in charge of the club and responsible for all of that was Managing Director Lee Charnley, who seemed to do absolutely nothing about the situation and it was pure luck we were not relegated.
Charnley seemed frozen with indecision – at least from the outside – and that was not good.
That debacle seems to have woken up Mike Ashley who paid out £52M in the summer transfer window for reinforcements, but even after that we find ourselves 3rd bottom going into the final game of what´s been a disastrous year for the football club.
In late January of 2013 when we had just lost to Reading at home for the first time ever and had 21 points from 23 league games, we were 5th bottom and 2 points above the drop zone.
So we quickly brought in four French players – Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara the following week – with news that Ashley was fully involved.
We had already signed Mathieu Debuchy early on that January when everything was looking better with 20 points from our first 18 league games played and if we had been OK over the next five games that would have been it.
But we got one point out of the next five games and a bit of panic set in after the Reading loss – and hence four more Frenchmen were brought in.
Only Moussa Sissoko is a first team player now with Debuchy and Yanga-Mbiwa having left the club.
And the careful and frugal way in which Newcastle are managed from the top means that if we pick up points in the next few games and things look a lot better – then fewer player will be brought in during January.
It would take us to lose most of the next five games for five players to be brought in before February rolls around.
That´s the way the people at the top think – what´s the minimum we need to do to do to get by?
Newcastle are still being managed simply stay in the Premier League – nothing more – and we´re not making a very good job of that.
If we can do that then we´ll pick up around £135M every May once the new £5B deal kicks in next June.
That´s up from the £80M we have picked up with the current deal.
For an owner who only thinks about the greenback – what could be better?
And because of that (very) modest goal – we have fought relegation three of the last four seasons.
You hardly ever reach your goal in business so to do well you always have to aim really high to get some success in business and in football.
And there are definite signs this season that Newcastle are falling behind clubs like West Ham, Crystal Palace, Watford, Leicester City, Southampton, Everton and Stoke City – who are starting to spend the money coming in wisely to build up their squads.
That´s worrying – never mind the fact we are struggling again with relegation.
We are told Mike Ashley is desperate for success at Newcastle – and that may be true – we just haven´t seen much of that in the over eight years he has owned the famous Newcastle United.
It would be a good time to start thinking much much bigger for a club as great as Newcastle United – then we may even get somewhere.
With Leicester City top of the Premier League – surely we have the resources to challenge Leicester City for top place?
Just a thought, since nobody seems to have told Leicester City they cannot challenge the top clubs in the Premier League – and look where they were last April.
If Leicester City can do it then Newcastle United can do it.