If you compare our current squad with that of Leicester City, especially after we have brought in four new players last month, any independent person would probably rank the Newcastle squad as being better than that of Leicester City – at least it cost an awful lot more money.
And we currently have Leicester City at the top of the league after 25 games with 53 points and Newcastle in 4th bottom place with 24 points, less than half the total of The Foxes.
Mike Ashley – may need to make some changes
We have spent around £81M on new players this season – more than any other PL club and still we have followed last season with another disastrous season – when for the first time ever in our Premier League history – we have been in the bottom four almost all season.
A good question to ask is why is this?
The £81M was not always well spent – and Florian Thauvin seems a waste at £13M and he has already returned to Marseille on loan.
And we didn´t get the players in we needed last summer like a recognized Premier League striker, a top center-back and a left back.
In fact after last month we still are short of those players after we brought in three midfielders and Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia.
And now it´s hardly surprising that our three major targets this summer are a recognized Premier League striker, a top center-back and a left back.
What have those running the club been doing for the last seven months?
So given the money we have spent and the squad we have, Newcastle have again massively under-performed this season.
Of course the only thing that really matters now is to survive and pick up as many wins as we can to avoid the drop.
But in the summer Mike Ashley should be looking at the performance of the team, which is nowhere near our targets of top eight and winning a cup.
So even if Steve McClaren makes it to the end of the season and keeps us up – chances are a new manager could still come in this summer.
And if they do come in then it should be done early on so the new manager has a significant say in who comes in during the summer transfer window.
And there are good managers available at the moment including Rafa Benitez, Davide Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Paul Clement – who was surprisingly fired by Derby County yesterday with Derby in 5th place in the Championship.
Notice the first three of those managers has experience in having teams in the top four in the Premier League – unlike our current boss Steve McClaren.
We will have to wait and see in the summer if there is any accountability at the club and Managing Director Lee Charnley could come under pressure too.
Since the Managing Director was appointed in April two years ago Newcastle´s performance on the field has been little short of disastrous – and even last season we almost went down because of his choice of the woeful John Carver as interim coach after Pardew left the club.
And very few would say his appointment of Steve McClaren last summer was a good one.
First things first – and we need to ensure safety, but don´t be surprised if Mike Ashley – who seems to have found a new ambition at Newcastle – is dissatisfied with those running the club and brings in some new faces.
If there´s any accountability at the club, that´s what will happen.
But on the other hand if we are relegated all bets are off as to what Newcastle do next.