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Newcastle In Real Danger Of Being Left Behind

6:37 am, Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

Even after we drew with Manchester United and beat West Ham recently Newcastle were still in third bottom place and then on Saturday we lost at Watford – the third time the newly promoted side have beaten us this season, and we lost points to Aston Villa, Sunderland, Bournemouth and Swansea and we now find ourselves 3 points from safety when you consider our poor goal difference.

We were told after the first eight games that got us a measly 3 points that the season started now at Norwich and we won that game 6-2, but in the last 15 games we still have picked up only 18 points and the promised revival has just not happened.

lee charnley and mike ashley

Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley

Our results have been terrible.

And the question that Mike Ashley will be faced with soon is how long can he wait for Steve McClaren and company to turn things around?

Newcastle have spent £70M on new players since last season, the most of any Premier League club other than Manchester City and we have precious little to show for it.

So that´s a case of poor recruitment, or that McClaren and company are not getting the best out of what they have available – or a combination of the two.

We will be hoping to add two more players to the squad this week with a striker being the major need of the team since we are creating chances but we cannot convert them.

And the fact we still leak far too many goals at the back means we are having trouble at both ends of the pitch and that´s not good.

Our next game is at Everton a week on Wednesday where Swansea won yesterday afternoon 2-1 – their second successive win – and if we are beaten again that could see us even further behind the teams above us.

Newcastle will need to go all out for two good players in the final 7 days of the transfer window, but they have probably left it too late and missed out on their best striker option – Charlie Austin.

Charlie who was snapped up by Southampton for £4M and he scored and won the game for them at Old Trafford on Saturday 8 minutes after he came on and gave the Saints an immediate payback on that £4M.

Newcastle could well pay the price this season for lack of ambition and far too much mismanagement from the top of the club since we were 5th top in 2012 and were expected to push on.

It´s certainly looking that way at the moment.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jan 25, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Morning jesper

    As the sun rises, the ghouls will be returning to their crypts.

    I don’t pay much attention to post-match interviews. It’s hardly the best time to give a considered opinion – whether you’ve won or lost!

  • 2 Reyantoon // Jan 25, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    They will sign Berahino and Townsend now as they don’t have a choice.Why did he appointed a championship manager in the first place is beyond me.Even after the addition of these two,still not gonna convinced whether he’ll save us.But unfortunately it’s too late to sack him now and we’ll stuck with him for the rest of the season or further. Good RDC!!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jan 25, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    Mclaren can’t be excused on the basis of being let down by Carr and Charnley as he’s on the board along with Moncur. If the real board only consists of Carr, Charnley and Ashley (who isn’t really on the board) then it’s Mclarens own fault for willingly signing up to such a system. Interesting that there’s four of them on the board, what happens when it’s a split vote, who makes the final decision, it doesn’t go to public vote does it. If selling or keeping Tiote was a split decision, Carr would obviously vote to sell for his finders commission, Charnley to sell because he knows that’s what will keep Mikey happy and his figures. The two football men say his PL experience is vital in a relegation battle. Mikey gets a phone call.

  • 4 NoahJ // Jan 25, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    this very thing happened last season: teams around us went on unexpected runs; swansea appear to be one one now, norwich have recently been on on. Even villa are unbeated in a few matches!

    The only problem is, we are incapable of consistency: we beat liverpool and spurs then couldn’t beat villa at home. we drew will with man u and beat west ham then got completely outplayed by watford.

    I really feel patience needs to be had though. So much can change between now and the end; there are still 45 points to play for, and we still have everyone around us still to play.

    we need a striker though. oh, and can we please drop the austin thing. it’s done now, move on!

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