We keep hearing from the local press that Lee Charnley will not panic or have a knee jerk reaction to Newcastle’s current dire situation, where we have collapsed twice in the last three games and conceded 8 goals in the process of losing at Everton and Chelsea.
And we have to remember that’s after Mike Ashley has spent another £29M in January to bring in four new players – players that look like good buys for the club.
As far as we understand Lee Charnley’s job as Managing Director at the club – he’s responsible and accountable to the owner for running the club and we cannot get past the fact that over the last 14 months or so our results on the pitch have been disastrous.
Lee Charnley – Newcastle’s Managing Director
We were almost relegated last season but we only just survived and we’d be more than happy if that same outcome happens this season – anything but a relegation.
But when a business (Newcastle is a business whether we like it or not) gets into difficulty, it’s the job of the top executives to take remedial action.
Sometimes that may be to do nothing, but only if there is a good basis of fact for that.
But in the case of last season and this season, it seems apparent the head coaches – John Carver last season and Steve McClaren this season – both appointed by Charnley – are simply not up to the job.
That’s not an opinion – it is based only on the facts of their coaching records.
John Carver’s record.
Steve McClaren’s record.
And the term knee-jerk reaction is used a lot around the club.
If McClaren is replaced now how can that be a knee-jerk reaction when he has had Newcastle in the bottom four all season – and that’s after Ashley has now spent £81M on eight new players.
Managers with better records than Steve McClaren have already been fired this season.
So we have to get past the notion that changing the manager now – with 12 games to go is in some way a panic move or a knee-jerk reaction.
Senior managers are paid big money to make big decisions when the business is in peril or jeopardy.
And most fans would agree Newcastle are in a perilous situation with only 12 games to go.
We have only 24 points from 26 games played – our worst ever Premier League season so far and we are four points worse off then at this point in our relegation season.
If that’s not a perilous situation what is?