In consulting we often talk about what the elephant in the room is at a company.
When you are brought in to look at a particular problem because you are independent and from the outside it´s often easy to see what the problem is at a company – often an obvious one – but for some reason the company doesn´t see it or doesn´t want to see it.
Maybe it´s just embarrassing or there are politics in place as to why they don´t want to confront it.
That´s what consultants call the elephant in the room.
What´s Newcastle´s big problem that nobody talks about?
At Newcastle it´s more than obvious what the elephant in the room is – it s all the injuries we pick up every single season and do nothing about it.
It´s not even recognized as a problem at Newcastle.
We remember back in 2005 when Graeme Souness picked up lots of injuries and he thought the reason Newcastle players got so many hamstring injuries was the make up of the turf on the Benton training fields.
Just notice how many hamstring injuries Newcastle pick up every season.
This is not a new phenomenon at Newcastle, but we never seem to do anything about it.
And each year the coach talk about how unlucky we´ve been with injuries and every season we have more injuries than any other club in the Premier League – and that´s true this season too.
But it´s not bad luck when it happens every single year.
And as we pointed out yesterday with the injuries we have had it may eventually lead to another relegation to the Championship.
Somebody at Newcastle should recognize the huge problem we have and do something about it,
You cannot fix a problem if you don´t recognize or admit you have the problem.
And the injuries we get with a squad that has always been too small also has an enormous impact on the team – and it happens every season.
So it´s time to fix the injury problem – the elephant in the room at Newcastle.