Newcastle’s target for this season was a top eight finish and to win a cup and to help achieve that target Newcastle spent £82M in the two transfer windows this season.
Yet with just seven games to play Newcastle are almost certain to be relegated for the second time in seven years and we are at 1/8 odds-on by SkyBet to take the drop.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson was asked where he thought Newcastle should be finishing this season given the massive investment in players and with Newcastle having such vast resources available.
Paul Merson – 11th or 12th place
Paul was on the Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club. and this is how he answered that specific question:
“With the size of the club and the players they’ve got, they shouldn’t be in the bottom three.” “I would say around the 11th or 12th mark.”
Paul isn’t the first pundit to be shocked at where Newcastle are in the league table given the players we have in the squad.
The big problem Newcastle have had this season is we hired a mediocre coach at best last summer in Steve McClaren – and then left him in the job far too long.
Steve was hired only days after he was told he wasn’t good enough for Derby County and had been sacked.
And just what made Lee Charnley think Steve was the perfect coach for Newcastle at that time is a good illustration of the football knowledge of Newcastle’s Managing Director.
Lee was put in that position by owner Mike Ashley, so there has been little to no leadership from the top this season – including from the owner.
Steve McClaren was just woeful as the head coach and our players must also take the responsibility for being too much like wimps when things got tough in games – and too many of them simply disappeared.
Newcastle could well be the best team ever relegated from the Premier League, at least when you look at the caliber and cost of the players we have in the squad.
Certainly we will be the club that spent the most money during the season on new players and still ended up in the Championship.
It’s a tragedy for the Newcastle club and most of all for the Newcastle fans, who have been completely let-down by those running the football club.
It will be all change this summer at the club, who will have to cut down significantly on running costs and some non-playing staff will have to be laid off as our better players rush to the back door to leave.
It’s not good.