There will be a high level meeting today between Mike Ashley and the person who runs the club for him – Managing Director Lee Charnley – and we would be very surprised – make that completely shocked – if the decision taken by Ashley is not to sack manager Steve McClaren.
Steve is a good man and a gentleman under pressure, but he has been out of his depth at Newcastle all season long. as witnessed by Newcastle being in the bottom four yet we have one of the top ten squads in the Premier League.
There are reports that Mike Ashley has had enough of letting the Newcastle Board run the club for him and it´s clear they have made a complete and utter mess of things this season.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Newcastle are in a complete mess
Mismanagement at all levels of the club
First of all Lee Charnley appointed Steve McClaren in June and he was always going to be the wrong choice, after he has just failed at Derby County and so it has been proven – to Newcastle´s cost.
And the Board have managed to spend £82M on eight players in the last two transfer windows, with McClaren yesterday playing only two of those eight signings – Jonjo Shelvey and Gini Wijnaldum – and three were on the bench (Saivet, Mitrovic and Doumbia) and another three unavailable.
Two were injured in Andros Townsend and Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin has already been shipped back to Marseille on loan for the rest of the season.
That doesn´t exactly reflect well on those choosing the players in the transfer window – namely Chief Scout Graham Carr.
The Northern Echo is reporting that Lee Charnley decided not to make any decision on Steve McClaren´s future after the game last night, but left the ground without even speaking to the head coach.
That´s no surprise at all and not the decisive Managing Director with initiative Newcastle should have in place at a top Premier League club.
Now it seems Mike Ashley has been forced to move in and take control – as we reported last night – and hopefully will make the decision to sack McClaren and Mike will decide who the new manager will be.
It will certainly not be Lee Charnley whose last two choices – John Carver and Steve McClaren – have been disasters and had the club constantly fighting relegation over the last year.
Here are the records of John Carver and Steve McClaren, although if you are having your breakfast it may be dangerous to look too closely at the numbers ……
You see what we mean.
And according to the Northern Echo Ashley will take a more hands on approach – at least through the end of the season – in an attempt to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
That could now be a real challenge for the new manager – whoever he is – but if they leave McClaren in place today – it says they have given up on trying to save Newcastle this season.
And Mike Ashley has to take responsibility for all of this.
First of all it was Mike who appointed those on the Newcastle Board with Lee Charnley in charge.
The second thing is he has left it far too late to step in and fire Steve McClaren, after Charnley has resisted doing that although there have been multiple opportunities to ifre the manager this season.
That would have given us much better odds of surviving in the Premier League.
We have now lost five of our last six games and things look like it could be too late to save the club – whoever is brought in to manage Newcastle United.