Newcastle have done really poorly since we beat Liverpool and Tottenham and the team have collected one measly point in the last three games of the year and that has us rooted in third bottom place in the league table.
But we are still only 3 points from 14th placed Chelsea.
The first decision to be made is on the transfers and who will be brought in next month.
And it cannot be left solely to Graham Carr as to who comes in to help the team – not when Steve McClaren is judged completely on the results on the field.
If that´s what Steve is judged on – and it is – then he must be given a lot more say in which players are brought into the squad.
If Newcastle continue to allow Graham Carr to make those decisions they do so at their peril – it just doesn´t work to bring in inexperienced players from the continent and expect them to immediately produce the goods in the Premier League.
So we suppose if nothing changes then the Newcastle Board of Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur will decide which players to go after – once they learn how much money is available to spend from Mike Ashley.
As we said Graham Carr usually makes those decisions although officially the Board are said to make the decisions.
That´s the most important thing right now – but it doesn´t help us one little bit that we have slumped in the last three games and are in the relegation zone when we will be trying to attract good players to the club – they may not want to come.
And just in case things don´t improve quickly then the club should be lining up a potential replacement for Steve McClaren.
That´s only in case Steve cannot turn things around – but good management is largely good planning – so Lee Charnley should be looking now at who is available.
That´s part of his job.
However, after his last two appointments of Carver and McClaren – Mike Ashley will need to be the man who makes any decision on a new manager.
There are some good former Premier League managers available in David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers.
These are the games Newcastle have next month and we need to get some points from these games and they don´t look easy.
Sat 02 15:00 A Arsenal Sat 09 15:00 A Watford FA Cup 3rd round Tue 12 19:45 H Man United Sat 16 15:00 H West Ham Sat 23 15:00 A Watford
The results in January will go a long way towards seeing if we can pull away from the relegation zone or be fighting relegation through to the last game of the season – which is what happened last season.
What´s that about becoming a top ten club or even a top eight club?