Pressure Will Now Be On This Man To Revive Newcastle

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Newcastle spent around £52M last summer in bringing four players into the club – Georginio Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba, Alexandre Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin – and that was the second most money spent in the Premier League -only Manchester City spent more.

This month we have spent £30M so far in bringing in three new players to the club – Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend – and we still need at least a striker brought in before the window closes on Monday.

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Steve McClaren – onus on McClaren to get results

Newcastle have spent more than any other club this month and it’s hard to accuse owner Mike Ashley of not making the cash available after last season’s debacle.

Unfortunately this season is not turning out to be much better and in fact so far it is worse – we are now 9 points behind where we were after 23 games played last season.

Assuming the players we have brough in are decent enough then the attention turns to the man whose job it is to get the best out of the players available – head coach Steve McClaren.

From now on Steve will be expected to get some wins and there will be little room for excuses after around £82M has been spent on new players since he arrived at the club.

And some of them – Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend – are players he wanted bought in because they had Premier League experience.

However are upcoming games are not exactly easy.

Here are the next eight games over the next two months.

February
Wed 03     19:45    A   Everton
Sat   06     15:00    H  WBA
Sat   13      17:30    A  Chelsea
Sun   28     12:00    H  Manchester City
March
Wed  02     19:45    A  Stoke City
Sat   05      15:00    H  Bournemouth
Mon  14       20:00   A  Leicester City
Sun   20      13:30    H  Sunderland

At the end of February would be a good time to see where we are – but the chances of moving out of the relegation zone soon with a string of wins still seem remote.

If result don’t improve then it will be interesting to see what Mike Ashley does.

Last season we did nothing when John Carver went on a disastrous run of results starting in early March – eight defeats in a row – and that indecision almost cost Newcastle their Premier League status.

If we don’t start picking up points soon we don’t think Mike Ashley, who has spent so much money on new players since the end of last season – will sit idly by and let us be relegated.

He will not want to miss out on all that huge money available in the new Premier League deal that starts in June for the next three years.

The onus will be on Steve McClaren to produce the results and we hope he does just that, but it could still take close to 40 points to be safe this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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