Given the money invested in the Newcastle squad last summer and in January, and given what happened to us last season when we were nearly caught and relegated on the last day of the season – what has happened to Newcastle this season is little short of scandalous.
At the Fans Forum meeting over a week ago there was a strong statement from the club saying that even though we were third bottom with only 24 points from our 26 games – the worst we have ever done in the Premier League at this stage – they were very confident of survival.
We are now second bottom going into the game at Stoke tonight.
This is representative of the season at Newcastle
That was interpreted by fans that the Board does not quite realize the extent of the difficulty we are in.
Now we have head coach Steve McClaren coming out and saying that´s not true – the club does understand we are in trouble – because we have been in the bottom four all season long.
This is what Steve has said:
“I’ve seen people who were there at the Fans Forum and that wasn’t the case. That’s been misinterpreted.”
“We know the situation we’re in, and that’s what has been stressed most of all in the last 18 days. We know exactly what position we’re in.”
“We know the severity of it, and it isn’t like last season where it maybe sneaked up on us a bit. We’ve been in the bottom four or five for the whole season, so we know.”
“We know where we are, and we know what we’ve got to do. We know we have certain things we have to put right to make sure we get out of it.”
“But we’ve got the players to do that.”
So that´s the ridiculous position we find ourselves in with 12 games to go – we hav been in the bottom four all season long.
And Steve seems to hint that´s even an advantage because we will not be caught like we nearly were last season – we´ve known all season long we have been in a relegation battle.
We have an under-performing coach who the Board will not fire because they hired him, who is now hinting that because we have been in the bottom four all season long – the first time that´s ever happened at Newcastle – that could perhaps be an advantage to us.
That´s the position the club is in right now and it’s almost criminal the way Newcastle has been managed at all levels – especially this season – and that´s the truth.
If you don´t believe it just look at out current league position – it´s not good.