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It’s Not Panicking To Do What’s Required In A Crisis

9:20 am, Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

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.

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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.

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Steve McClaren’s record.

Premier LeaguePlayed WonDrawnLostGFGAGDPoints

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.

It isn’t.

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?

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 16, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    I’d love to punch Lee Charley in the face.

  • 2 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Please take a ticket.

  • 3 Jib // Feb 16, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    thejokethatisnufc //
    I’d love to punch Lee Charley in the face.

    No need for that sort of rubbish

  • 4 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Ed, I might be wrong but on those stats, Carver would have lost 16 matches to sm’s 14. Also carver would have only drawn 4 to our hero’s 6. Therefore, statistisistically, Steve is a more bettererer man for the job.

  • 5 Tsunki // Feb 16, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Plus he’d only have won 4 to Steves mammoth 6! No contest!

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Feb 16, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    @no 1,
    I’d love to help you!

  • 7 thejokethatisnufc // Feb 16, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Just being honest Jib !

  • 8 Moonraker15 // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Charnley got away with it last season by luck rather than judgement. This season we are worse off than last and McClaren is taking us down. Charnley needs to act now at least have someone lined up cos if this team goes down it will be shameful and unnecessary having 80 million spent since last season !

  • 9 Moonraker15 // Feb 16, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    If Charnley can’t come out and make a statement of intent, even if it’s a vote of confidence he’s not doing his job. Ffs we haven’t been out of the bottom 4 all season what is there to say we will survive?

  • 10 Dal // Feb 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Ashley does not make decisions within the season. He does not have the football knowledge. He has released £80m to back the management he appointed and will expect them to deliver. He has not done succession planning previously so I would not expect it now.
    We have to support the team and enjoy the ride for the rest of the season, including all the pain.
    I fear that we will not win away and that a number of the home games are against teams who have outplayed us through skill Swansea, Bournemouth) or desire (Sunderland) in the recent past. We are relying on Shelvey and Townsend (both very good) to make the difference.
    We are relying on supporting Shelvey to take the dressing room from McLaren to impose a more solid playing system on the pitch (cover the appalling defence) and score on the break (play to our strengths in Shelvey distribution, Tosnsend crosses, Gini runs and one of the centre forwards bundljng in a goal).

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