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This is The Obvious Weak Link At Newcastle

12:09 pm, Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Newcastle certainly have the players to escape relegation for a second season running, but the head coach Steve McClaren has been unable to get much out of what is now a good squad with some good players in it.

Certainly our squad is a lot stronger than the other sides fighting against relegation and £82M investment this season has ensured that – even if some of the buys turned out to be poor ones.

We have another four players in from the January transfer window, but whether McClaren can turn things around and get the best out of his players in the remaining 12 games we have serious doubts.

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Yes – it really has been that bad

In fact since the January transfer window closed we have played three games – looked great at home in the great win against West Brom and looked absolutely abysmal in our two away games at Everton and Chelsea.

Performances like that with games starting to run out would get the manager sacked at any other Premier League club.

That’s given how important it is to stay in the top league with all the big money – £8.3B in TV rights (with a big B) over the next three years about to kick-in during the summer.

But this is Newcastle, who have become the club who never sack their manager – however pathetic the results are – the club only wants stability.

But what is the good of stability and no knee-jerk reactions if the head coach is not up to the job?

That only leads to relegation.

We’re not objecting to Steve as a person – he’s a good man – it’s his results we are objecting to.

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That’s the polar opposite of how things were in the Freddy Shepherd era when managers got a year or a little more to start showing good results otherwise they were fired.

Managers like Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder lasted less than 18 months in charge during the ten years Freddy Shepherd was the Chairman, but the current lot running the club allowed us to get perilously close to relegation last season when they kept the inept John Carver in the job until the bitter end.

Carver went 10 games in a row with just one point and then we beat West Ham in that last game to survive.

The same thing could happen this season, as Lee Charnley and company seem to have decided to keep their trust in McClaren whatever happens.

We sacked Sir Bobby Robson in 2004 because he didn’t have us in the top four (we finished fifth that season) and twelve years later we wont sack a manager who has kept us in the bottom four all season long.

It’s ridiculous and shows how the standards of the club have dropped precipitously over that time-frame.

Rather we are now told how well the team has played and how great the football was – and that there were some good performances all over the pitch – and that’s when we lost at Watford!

Senior management has to be ruthless when an organization is in serious trouble, and few would doubt Newcastle are now in serious trouble.

But we see none of that resolve within the Newcastle United Football Club – and that could turn out be the main reason we are relegated in May – that’s our big concern.

And don’t believe the Board when they say Newcastle are not in a crisis – that’s nonsense – they got us into this position – so that’s why they are in denial about it all.

They put us there.

In three words – it’s not good.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Feb 29, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    You can object to what you want Ed
    SM is fireproof

  • 2 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 29, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    He needs 10 more games to prove his worth!!!!!

  • 3 ArtyH // Feb 29, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    All true, its a crying shame that the accepted standards at our club have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous! Now our default standard is dangerous rather than disastrous, but it may drop to this level if nothing is done soon. It should be patently obvious ( it is to everyone else ) that S.M is out of his depth at this level, which makes the chairman equally incompetent by virtue of the fact he is doing nothing about the situation. We as a club are doomed to be run by sub standard morons, a bit like the country is run at this time too, quite poetic really.

  • 4 posada // Feb 29, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    80 odd million spent. A full pre season.

    We are still no better than when John Carver was in charge.

    He was a joke and so is SM.

  • 5 mactoon // Feb 29, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    I think you are all missing the point again. If McClaren keeps us in the Premier league he has done the job Ashley wants him to do, even if it is achieved on the last game of the season. What we see as abject failure, Ashley sees as £ signs as he retains Premiership status and all the free advertising and sponsorship money associated with a Premiership wherever the club finishes out of the bottom three

  • 6 Sav // Feb 29, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Embrace the annual relegation nail-biter, Ed.
    Let’s face it, its the only thrill you are likely to get watching Newcastle under this lot. Steve ‘Judge me after 12 more games’ McClaren is here to stay. And, to be honest, its unlikely we’d get a manager for the future at this point in the season, especially with Charmless doing the hiring..

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