If the Telegraph article yesterday is correct then Newcastle fans should be alarmed as it seems owner Mike Ashley is alarmed with Newcastle´s recent results – as we have fallen 6 points behind 5th bottom Swansea and it looks like a fight with Sunderland and Norwich on which two clubs join Aston Villa in the Championship next season.
That after Newcastle have spent a massive £82M on eight new players this season is hard to take, but don´t expect Lee Charnley and the Board to make any changes in the manager – even if we lose the game today.
According to the Telegraph report the Board thinks that changing managers now could make things worse – but exactly how worse things can become after we have only six wins in 27 games and 15 defeats this season is a good question.
Lee Charnley and Steve McClaren last June at Fans Forum meeting
Lee Charnley has apparently made no contingency plans whatsoever to replace Steve McClaren – and the report says that it will now take Mike Ashley to intervene to cause change at the club.
That kind of coziness between Charnley and McClaren is not only unprofessional, but it is dangerous to the health of the club and we are now already in a big mess at the bottom of the league table.
Steve McClaren would not have been allowed to take any other Premier League club into the perilous Newcastle are now in – but such is the ineptitude of those running the club.
It started with McClaren taking only 3 points from the first eight games and that equaled the worst start in the league for Newcastle since way back in 1898.
But even in that season after 26 games played we had 31 points and were in 13th place after just winning our fourth game in a row.
McClaren started asking for patience early in the season – but now with only 11 games to go – how long do you wait before you realize the guy is taking us down?
It doesn´t look like Lee Charnley on his own volition will make any changes in the manager position, so if Steve McClaren is to be replaced we will have to rely on Mike Ashley stepping in.
What does that say about the job Lee Charnley has done over the last couple of years since he was appointed Managing Director in April of 2014?
Don´t forget we are coming off last season´s disaster when John Carver was allowed to keep his job with the following record and he almost had us relegated last May.
Newcastle need a clear out in the summer, but it looks like we will have to start in the Championship like we did back in 2009 rebuilding the club.
Newcastle have been allowed to degrade and fester over the last few years with incompetent management at almost every level of the club.
It´s not good.