The upcoming transfer window is going to be huge and we will have to bring in some good players or else face up to the reality that our squad is just not good enough for the improved Premier League and we will be relegated.
While other clubs like Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Leicester, Watford, Everton and Stoke – among others – have built up their squads and used their money wisely – Newcastle’s haven’t.
West Ham, Leicester and Watford even brought in new managers last summer – like Newcastle – but they have all been successful and we haven’t.
Newcastle haven’t made good decisions over the last few years, and the club haven’t consistently invested in the squad and we are now paying the price for the almost incompetent way the club is being run from the top.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
Nobody can accuse Newcastle United of being a well-run club these days – and the don’t.
While the January transfer market will be important for Newcastle, Mike Ashley may have a decision to make before that, and that is whether to keep Steve McClaren as the manager after such a woefully poor start to the season.
That decision will need to come from Ashley since Lee Charnley is unlikely to fire the manager because Steve’s failure is also Lee Charnley’s failure – since he appointed him only days after McClaren was sacked by Derby County.
Can you think of any other Premier League club who would quickly appoint a Championship manager who had just been fired?
West Ham, Leicester and Watford didn’t.
The next two league games for Newcastle are at Arsenal and at home to Manchester United, and they will be crucial for Newcastle and for Steve McClaren.
Our best chance may be against the Red Devils at home two weeks today if Louis van Gaal is still the manager – at least we know our players will turn up for that game because United are a big club.
We never get much at all at the Emirates Stadium, so it would be a bold fan to think we could pick up anything there next Saturday afternoon – but you never know with this Newcastle.
We do well against the bigger clubs and then let ourselves down by not bothering too much with the small clubs.
We beat Liverpool and Tottenham – and then only drew with rock bottom club Aston Villa and then lost to Everton and West Brom.
Even if we had picked up draws against Everton and West Brom we would still be in 3rd bottom place in the league table.
We expect McClaren to stay in charge of the club, but if we lose against both Arsenal and Manchester United – that would be a single point in five league games and that wouldn’t be good.
What do you think?