In what has been another disastrous season for Newcastle, even after we have spent £82M on new players, Newcastle were beaten at home 3-1 by Bournemouth and things were so bad that the fans finally tuned on beleaguered manager Steve McClaren, who has seemed way out of his depth ever since he took over last summer, only days after he was fired from Derby County.
What other Premier League club would have signed a manger days after he had been fired from a Championships club?
He should have been fired after the first eight games when we picked up just three points, but he has been kept on as we have remained in the bottom four all season – so why is that?
That’s a good question to ask the incompetent Managing Director Lee Charnley, who has apparently been supporting the manager when he speaks with owner Mike Ashley.
The players also look bewildered and Steve again made a very controversial selection when he started striker Manu Riviere up front, who in most fans’ reckoning has been a complete failure since he was signed on from Monaco in the summer of 2014.
Steve McClaren – way out of his depth at Newcastle
Newcastle started the game quite well but then after 28 minutes Bournemouth took the lead with an own goal from Steven Taylor, and Newcastle’s first shot on target in the game came in the second half after 64 minutes when full back Daryl Janmaat’s shot was saved by Boruc from a tight angle.
What does that tell you about Newcastle as an attacking threat – and we are playing at home?
But then after 70 minutes King got Bournemouth’s second goal to double the advantage and things looked bleak indeed.
Ayoze Perez pulled one back for Newcastle in the 80th minute after a terrific pass from captain Jonjo Shelvey – and that was the Spaniard’s 6th goal of the season.
But then in stoppage time full-back Charlie Daniels scored and took our goal difference to a disgraceful -25 and that was our 16th defeat in 28 league games played and we still have only 24 points – the worst we have ever done in the Premier league at this stage of the season.
It was yet another dismal display from our high-priced stars and we were well beaten by a Bournemouth team who on paper doesn’t look in the same class as some of Newcastle’s players.
What does that tell you about the Newcastle coach?
We have said for a while now that if Steve McClaren remains in place as the manager then Mike Ashley must know he will own a Championship club in the May.
Given that we seem to have given up on even trying to win games away from home, Newcastle are in a really serious situation and as we said if no change is made in the Newcastle manager after this latest disaster we have to assume Mike Ashley wants a second division club in May.
And we still don’t think the incompetent Lee Charnley will want to make the change and the players’ message just before the game of how they support McClaren was a thinly veiled attempt by the club to bolster McClaren’s standing – but this defeat has shattered that.
What exactly does Steve McClaren have to do to get fired at Newcastle this season?
That’s the question.
Over 52,000 fans turned up for this latest debacle and if Steve McClaren is not fired in the next day or two there should be demonstrations to get him our of the club – so at least with a new manager we have a fighting chance to survive this season.
As we said we still think Charnley will try to keep him at the club.
Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Dummett (Anita, 31); Sissoko (Aarons, 69), Colback, Shelvey, Wijnaldum; Perez, Riviere (Mitrovic, 46).
Subs not used: Darlow, Saivet, Gouffran, Doumbia