Ashley Must Act Decisively – Some Changes Must Be Made

With the 5-1 drubbing at Chelsea today we sink to 3rd bottom in the Premier League with 24 points from 26 games and our goal difference of -22 is the worst in the Premier League and our defense showed today they are simply not good enough for the Premier League.

At best it was schoolboy defending at best and every single goal was caused by sloppy defending and it’s difficult to know where Newcastle go from here – it was that bad – maybe the worst display of the season in that first half and this follows on from what was maybe one of our best displays last Saturday at home against West Brom.

You talk about Jekyll and Hide?

This display would have given hope to all those clubs near the bottom with us – it was so disgraceful.

willian after scoring thrid cheslea goal

Willian after scoring Chelsea’s third goal after 17 minutes

At half time on NBC Sports over there in the US Robbie Mustoe – one of the analysts – was asked by host Rebecca Lowe were Chelsea back to being brilliant again – or was it that Newcastle were simply poor.

Robbie said Newcastle were worse than poor they were terrible – and were simply wide open at the back and there were holes all over the place.

The former Middlesbrough player pointed out Newcastle had spent $117M on players since last summer, but only one defender was brought in when defense had been a big problem for us last season.

Rebecca Lowe then pointed out that Steve McClaren is supposed to be one of the top coaches so what’s happening at Newcastle – to which Robbie replied – Steve simply wasn’t doing it.

Again we started an away game sloppily and paid the price – and to think Chelsea have been struggling of late at Stamford Bridge – Newcastle offered almost no resistance in those first 20 minutes today when we conceded three goals, and the irreparable damage was done.

The game was over – we had lost – the only question was – what would be the final score and how many goals did Chelsea really want to score?

But it was not unlike what we’ve seen too many times this season – a terrible performance on the road at Everton followed by a great performance at home to West Brom followed by a terrible start to the nest game today – and we lost the game before 20 minutes had even been played.

We looked a complete laughing stock in a game that was being beamed live around the world – but there will be no knee-jerk reaction from Managing Director Lee Charnley who seems to have made a second disastrous appointment of a head coach in Steve McClaren.

That came after lee had appointed John Carver to take over the final 19 games of last season and we got only 13 points and lost eight games in a  row in those 19 games.

This defeat looks like we will remain odds-on favorites to be relegated – even though we have spent over £80M on new players this season.

We have slipped into 3rd bottom place again and it comes after Sunderland deservedly beat Manchester United at home today and if Steve McClaren is not under pressure after this terrible and humiliating exhibition by a Newcastle side – he never will be.

This is a Jekyll and Hide side if ever we saw one – and we will be relegated if we keep performing like we have done in our last two games on the road – and in general in a vast majority of our away game this season.

It was simply appalling today.

Our only hope is to bring in a new coach quickly so he has over two weeks to work with the team.

It seems it’s too risky to trust Steve McClaren much longer, since this has been one of our problems all season – we’re pathetic away from home and we just cannot seem to fix the problem.

Steve McClaren has had plenty of time to get things working – and today we looked as bad in that first half as we have looked all season.

And this coming before an 18 day break is not a good time for this to happen unless Mike Ashley decides to bring in a new coach.

To say this is not good enough is wide of the mark and even misses the point.

Changes have to be made if Newcastle are to survive this season.

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