Newcastle looked a team in complete crisis against Bournemouth yesterday and it makes a complete mockery of the things that were said in La Manga, Spain not so long ago on the club’s winter warm-weather break.
The game before the players went on their little holiday in southern Spain – the complete and utter disgrace at Chelsea when we were 3-0 down in 17 minutes and lost the game 5-1 – was a lead in to this tragedy yesterday against the Cherries.
But everything was going to be just fine after we had beaten West Brom 1-0 at home and the next game was just a bad day at Chelsea, which remember was only a couple of games after our 3-0 hiding at Everton.
Lee Charnley yesterday – what does this man know about football?
Since the squad returned from Spain we have lost at Stoke City 1-0 – a game we never even tried to win – and now this capitulation yesterday means we have lost 6 points to both Swansea and Bournemouth in just four days.
Make no mistake, we are in deep trouble now and will probably be relegated such is the complete incompetence and ineptitude at Newcastle this season from top to bottom.
Alan Shearer had his say last night as shocked Newcastle fans cannot quite believe the mess they witnessed at St. James Park yesterday when over 52,100 were in attendance.
This is what Shearer told BBC’s Match of the Day:
“If that’s a performance from the players to say they are backing the manager, they are in trouble.” “McClaren is in massive trouble, he has to take his fair share of the blame.”
“There is no statement of intent on the pitch from the players, and there are no academy players coming through.”
“Chief scout Graham Carr holds most of the power when it comes to players coming in and out.”
“There was a £15M striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who sat on the bench today.”
Newcastle are now a full 9 points behind Swansea in 5th bottom place, with 10 league games remaining and Lee Charnley has held on to and protected his choice of Newcastle manager – Steve McClaren – for far too long.
28 games and 24 points with only six wins and 15 defeats – the stats say it all – so how come McClaren kept his job for so long?
He should have been fired after the Chelsea debacle and the new manager given 18 days to be bedded in, but no, Charnley held onto McClaren and that has further doomed Newcastle to the Championship.
His choice of John Carver and Steve McClaren as head coaches after Alan Pardew walked out of the club at the end of 2014 is damning for the Managing Director – just how much does this person really know about football?
Newcastle have lost five of their last six games, since we beat West Ham 2-1 at St. James’ Park on 16th January – and this is with four new players we bought in January – only one of which was used yesterday – stand-in captain Jonjo Shelvey.
We are not even going to mention Newcastle have spent £82M on new players since last summer but that’s what happens when the Chief Scout chooses the players – whether Newcastle need them or not – and he’s not accountable for the results on the field.
It also makes a complete mockery of the players’ statement before the game yesterday supporting McClaren – just who at Newcastle put the players up to issuing that statement – it seems so political to give McClaren some stature at Newcastle.
He has none of that now after yesterday.
And former Arsenal defender Martin Keown tried to be kind to McClaren.
Martin played under McClaren when he was amazingly given the job as England manager back in 2006.
But it is obvious that McClaren is missing basic skills like man-management and leadership to be a decent manager – the number of times he holds his head in his hands on the sidelines is more than disturbing.
This is what Keown had to say on BBC’s Match of the Day:
“I think McClaren is an excellent coach but not a manager. He looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights.”
“With managers like David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez around, he’s in trouble.”
We are hoping that Steve McClaren will be fired today and hopefully somebody like David Moyes can be brought in to try to rescue Newcastle from relegation, but the “brains” at the head of Newcastle may have waited too long for that to be possible.
It’s a complete disgrace at Newcastle United after yesterday’s complete and utter capitulation.