Newcastle have been a very poorly run club over the last three seasons – and our results in the league have shown that – and we wont even mention how we’ve done in the cups – it’s too depressing to bring that up all at once.
But there are three really big mistakes the club have made which are the major reasons we are in a terrible mess at the moment and odds-on favorites to be relegated in May.
Lee Charnley – this man is culpable at Newcastle
Here are those massive mistakes.
1) Appointing Steve McClaren as head coach and John Carver as interim head coach.
Those were two disastrous decisions made my Managing Director Lee Charnley.
It was clear John Carver was in over his head last year but he was allowed to stay on and he almost single-handedly took Newcastle down to the Championship because no action was taken to replace him.
That was even after he lost eight games in a row and nine of the final 11 games.
It’s really very difficult to get fired if you are a Newcastle manager these days.
Steve McClaren’s record has been simply terrible this season and it’s not that we are plunging down the table as we did with John Carver in charge.
Steve has had us in the bottom four all season and the worst start to a season ever by Newcastle – 3 draws from the first eight league games was ominous.
It shows you the level of ambition of Lee Charnley when he hired a manager that had just been fired by a Championship club for poor performance.
McClaren wasn’t good enough for Derby County but he was good enough for Newcastle United?
Based on the results this season McClaren has been a disastrous signing by Lee Charnley.
2) Not strengthening the defense in the summer and in January.
Newcastle spent £81M in strengthening the squad but of the eight players we brought in only one of them was a defender – Chancel Mbemba.
We were supposed to be after an established center-back like Joel Matip in the summer, but it seems McClaren stood by Fabricio Coloccini who would partner Mbemba in central defense – so we didn’t bother bringing in another center-back.
Left back has also been a weakness for some time, but we never bothered to strengthen that position even after we had allowed Davide Santon to leave the club a year ago and he was never replaced.
In the last three seasons we have conceded 190 goals and this season we have conceded 49 goals in just 26 games, so the stats alone say our defense is simply not good enough for the Premier League, so how come we didn’t strengthen it sufficiently?
A good question for Lee Charnley at the next Fan Forum meeting a week tomorrow, but don’t be surprised if he cancels it.
3) Not getting a proven Premier League goalscorer in.
Newcastle have had difficulty scoring goals over the last few seasons and before he left just over a year ago even Alan Pardew was vocal about how the club needed to sign a striker in last January’s transfer window.
We signed nobody last January and once Pardew knew about that we think that’s one reason he bolted out of the door.
Last summer we signed 20 year old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht, but failed to bring in what was really needed – a proven Premier League goalscorer.
Newcastle had many chances to sign Charlie Austin last summer and then in January but we didn’t and fans will need to ask Lee Charnley and the Board why they in their wisdom did not think Charlie was worth £4M last month when the Saints snapped him up.
That was a huge opportunity lost last month.
Newcastle also failed to sign Saido Berahini last month and ended up with Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan, who hasn’t played since early December.
The failure to sign a top proven goalscorer has cost us so many points this season, it’s scary just thinking about it.
Those are three big mistakes we see the club has made that have put us in the terrible mess we are in at the moment, which could well lead to us being relegated in May.