We see there are still some people who are blaming Mike Ashley for the mess we are in at the moment – and this season has simply been a continuation of last season´s nightmare under John Carver.
Nothing has improved – in fact things are worse and we have been struggling with relegation all season.
But Mike Ashley last May did change the way he ran the club by taking himself off the Board and appointing the Board members as Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur with the first two really running the show.
Lee Charnley leads the Board
Ashley´s new approach hopefully is that he takes a hands-off approach and gives the Board money every transfer window and it´s up to them to spend it right – to get then best bang for the buck so to speak.
They are also responsible for choosing the head coach as Ashley made very clear during his Sky Sports interview in May.
So the Board are really responsible for the two previous transfer windows and they also carry accountability to Ashley, who surely cannot be too pleased at the performance of the team this season.
We have wasted too much money on players like Florian Thauvin and we have still failed after last month´s window to strengthen the defense and in addition bring in a recognized Premier League goalscorer.
Graham Carr – huge influence on Board
Why the defense hasn´t been strengthened we really don´t know and of the eight senior players who were brought in for £81M since the end of last season one is a defender – and the defense remains Newcastle´s biggest weakness.
If there is going to be a Fans Forum soon then they would be good questions to ask – specifically about not strengthening the defense – which has been weak for over two years now.
It´s also looking like injuries will play a role in the run-in, and we still have not got enough cover in defense and of course we let Mike Williamson leave last month to Wolves.
More proof that these guys never think things through fully and we´ll probably allow Cheick Tiote to leave before the end of the month and then Henri Saivet will get injured in the next game – as part of the Murphy´s (Sod´s) Law phenomenon.
They will all say we are unlucky.
It seems for our defense we are in much the same boat as we were last year at this time and again we will find it hard to field a back four on Saturday against West Brom with Mbemba and Dummett injured (again) and Lascelles suspended for one game.
That´s strange for a club that has spent so much money in the transfer market – you usually fix your weaknesses, but seemingly not at Newcastle.
The best we can hope for on Saturday is two Geordies coming in – Steven Taylor coming in after being out since August with hamstring problems and Jack Colback being able to play at left back – Aarons lacks the experience to effectively play there as we found out last night when he clumsily gave away a penalty.
So when we look closer at the business we have done over the last two windows it hasn´t fixed too many of our problems, although we do have almost a new midfield in Shelvey, Saivet and Townsend.
We are still letting far too many goals in at the back and we still find it difficult to score goals.
And as far as the coaches go – Charnley with the help of Graham Carr selected both John Carver and Steve McClaren – two disastrous errors of judgement which have helped to get us where we are today.
In dire danger of being relegated in May – in spite of spending £81M on new players.
Our revenues would sink dramatically to less than £50M next season and it´s when with the new PL deal we would be getting close to £140M at the end of next season if we maintain our PL status.
There’s an awful lot riding on the results of our last 14 league games.
To end on a positive note if we can survive then we expect Newcastle to spend huge amounts this summer – but we have to ensure we bring in the right players and we must strengthen that defense!