In the Fans Forum meeting on Monday night Newcastle’s reps made a point of saying a number of times they did not expect to be relegated this season and were confident we can get out of the relegation zone before May comes around.
But you couldn’t help thinking the club is in almost complete denial about our terrible league situation and their confidence of survival simply supports their actions in the crisis – which are to do nothing to correct the situation.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
After only just avoiding relegation last season against West Ham
Here are three questions and answers from Monday night’s meeting where the club say they are confident of avoiding relegation.
Question – Paul Loughlin (PL): “With 12 games to go, is the club in a crisis?”
Answer: The club disagreed but understands its current league position and acknowledged it was very disappointing.
The club explained that the squad’s recent training camp in La Manga, Spain, was designed to help find solutions on the pitch in the final 12 games of the season. The camp was wholly focused on training and recovery, as well as a game.
The club appreciates the work required to move up the table and remains confident that it will remain in the Premier League at the end of the season.
Question: David Maudlin (DM): “What is that belief based on?”
Answer: The club believes the quality in the squad and some of the team’s performances this season are positive indicators, but acknowledged that performances had not been consistent.
Question: Steve Hastie (SH) on behalf of NUFC Fans United asked for an updated on the club’s proposed new training ground building.
Answer: As noted in the last Fans Forum (October 2015), the club explained that it had reviewed its construction plans to see if enhancements could be made.
Those improvements have been added, resulting in a superior facility to the original drawings. Those plans are with architects and the club will proceed at the most appropriate time.
The club still has the same desire to improve those facilities.
Taylor Payne (TP) asked if relegation would affect those plans.
The club has not discussed that scenario to date.
By not considering even the possibility of relegation it doesn’t mean that will lessen the possibility of it happening – maybe some bad news for those who run the club .
With Steve McClaren still the manager we wonder why everything will suddenly change in the last 12 games?
Yes we have four new players and two of them – Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend in particular look that they could make a difference.
But the truth is that Steve McClaren has proved all season long that he is unable to get the best out of a squad that has to be in the top ten in the Premier League – especially after we have spent over 81M in the transfer market this season.
It will be touch and go as to whether we can survive and if we do and nothing is done – just like last season – it will not be because of the way Newcastle have managed this situation.
A relegation will only add to the disastrous decline in Newcastle’s fortunes since 2012 when we were 5th top of the league and in three of the last four seasons we have been fighting against relegation.
It’s not good and most fans in the early voting don’t think we can get much out of the game at Stoke on Wednesday evening.
Here’s a question – what happens if anything if we lose badly to Stoke City on Wednesday night?