You cannot accuse the people running Newcastle United these days – Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and owner Mike Ashley from being logical – but what’s changed?
It’s been obvious to everybody this season that we need a striker brought in but we are 24 days into the transfer window and we still haven’t signed a striker.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Uninspiring leadership from the top
And Southampton signed a player who could have saved Newcastle – Charlie Austin – and he gave an immediate return on the low £4M investment 8 minutes after coming on at Old Trafford yesterday, with a great headed goal to win the game 1-0 for the Saints.
He’s exactly what we needed, but we didn’t get him and the rumors are being put out he didn’t want to come north.
That’s a convenient rumor for Newcastle, who should explain just how we managed to fail to get Charlie in since last summer – but they wont – it would be too embarrassing for them.
We had only four fit defenders yesterday and the formation that Newcastle used at Watford had to change because of that – and it didn’t help things.
For a Premier League side to have only four fit defenders should be embarrassing to a club – but seemingly not Newcastle.
And are we trying to get more defenders in during this transfer window – in short – no.
Somebody should explain to Newcastle fans why they think we have enough defenders to see us through to the end of what is becoming another disastrous season for Newcastle – especially with all the injuries we always pick up.
We pick up more injuries than any other Premier League club every season – fact – which is a reason to have a bigger squad than other clubs.
Two weeks ago when we lost to Watford in the FA Cup 3rd round it was so embarrassing that we had been eliminated from the FA Cup for the fourth time running that Newcastle were forced to move quickly.
One reason for that was to ward off the criticism coming in from fans, who were furious.
We hope that happens again and it would be good to get Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino through the door and give fans at least a little bit of hope that we can escape relegation this season – and with every defeat like yesterday’s that’s becoming less likely.
Our experience is in executive management at IBM and in real businesses – when accountability is always present – heads would roll with the disastrous results Newcastle have had – especially over the last 12 months – they have been unbelievably poor.
Since Alan Pardew left we have played 42 games in the Premier League and we have a measly 34 points and just 8 wins – and that’s relegation form right there.
We have also played four cup ties and lost three of them.
Over a 38 game season that record amounts to about 31 points – we had 34 points when we were relegated back in 2009 and we will not even mention our terrible goal difference in those 42 games – but it’s -33.
With 21 points from 23 games right now that translates to about 35 points for this season if we continue like we’ve been doing with no improvement.
We hope the powers that be can get two or three players in over the next week to give Newcastle’s (very) long-suffering fans some hope for the future – and please – splash the cash if that’s necessary.
At the moment things look bleak – very bleak – and it’s down to inept and uninspiring leadership from the top – and they are taking this great club south far too quickly.
That’s the truth.