It’s Fast Becoming Do Or Die For This Man

Newcastle are in a precarious position in 3rd bottom place in the Premier League and we all know that Mike Ashley’s main (only) aim for Newcastle United is to keep us as a Premier League club.

Basically that’s to keep getting all the big money the PL gives out each May and the new £5.1B deal starts in June and that’s up from the £3B deal of the last three years.

We estimate that will give Newcastle around £135M a season – up from around £80M over the last three years.

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Steve McClaren – must start winning in January

So Ashley will be motivated to get players in this month and news today we have launched a record £18.4M for long term striker target Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

17 points and only four wins in 20 league games is simply woeful – and while Steve argues we have been unlucky and should have had a lot more points – we still haven’t got the points on the board and are 3 points from safety.

We have played very well in a number of games including last Saturday at the Emirates – and there are signs the defense is tightening up, but we just cannot score the goals.

We play three games in eight days starting next  Saturday at Watford in the FA Cup.


Sat 09	15:00	A	Watford	- FA Cup 3rd round			
Tue 12	19:45	H	Manchester United				
Sat 16	15:00	H	West Ham 				
Sat 23	15:00	A	Watford	

The results in those games could well determine whether Steve McClaren stays in charge at Newcastle and certainly three defeats – we have already lost the last three games – could mean curtains for McClaren.

And it will not be Lee Charnley who does the firing since Lee appointed Steve to the position only days after he was fired at Derby County.

It would also be a failure of Lee’s if the manager  is fired.

What kind of ambition does appointing a sacked McClaren show Charnley has for Newcastle?

The correct answer is ……. not much.

It will be Mike Ashley’s decision is and when Steve goes – and we expect the owner to be involved in the transfer window this month when we need about three good players brought in to augment the squad and be instant starters at Newcastle.

As far as a new manager coming in is concerned – if it gets to that – means we could be restricted in choice because the manager would have to accept that Graham Carr is in charge of which players come in.

A number of good managers currently available – like David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers or Rafa Benitez  – wouldn’t accept those conditions.

So if a new manager is brought in it would again have to be somebody who would have to accept the way the club is being run – even though we have been unsuccessful with those policies ever since Ashley arrived at the club back in 2007.

Crazy but true.

Well – that’s unless Newcastle see the error of their ways and change the system and give the manager a lot more say in most things – including the transfer window.

Then we would be getting somewhere.

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