Newcastle spent £52M last summer on transfers and even when we didn´t have a manager the transfer business went merrily along with Graham Carr identifying the players who were coming into the club – whether they were necessary or not.
So we signed Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin whether the Newcastle manager approved of those transfers or not.
And since we are now second bottom of the league with three games to go and we brought in another four players for £29M in January, Newcastle´s transfer budget was not well spent this season.
That´s a massive understatement.
Managing Director Lee Charnley
It has shown up the ridiculous system that Newcastle have been employing, when the Chief Scout picks the players to come in, but is not held responsible for the performances of the team on the field – that´s the responsibility of the manager or should we say head coach?
This triumvirate – Chief Scout, Managing Director and head coach was apparently dreamed up by the woeful Lee Charnley and it hasn´t worked at all – in fact it´s been a complete disaster.
The Board and Mike Ashley are responsible for Newcastle´s plight this season and we are in imminent danger of another relegation.
It´s too early to talk too much about summer transfers and who will be coming in – because we don´t know which league we will be in.
Worse than that we don´t know which manager we will have, as rumors seem to be that Rafa could leave us if we are relegated.
But one thing is certain – Newcastle cannot allow Graham Carr to continue bringing players in players ad lib that he likes that may have no bearing at all on addressing weaknesses in the team.
There should be no players brought in this summer until we know who the manager will be and he should decide who he wants.
Mike Ashley also promised us a complete review of the season and that needs to be done quickly and those responsible for this debacle must be held fully accountable.
If we do get relegated we have to remember there will be non-playing staff who will lose their jobs at the club.
Last time we were relegated, nothing came out of the club for six weeks and Alan Shearer didn´t know what his status was as there was a leadership vacuum at the club.
It will be important in the summer for Mike Ashley to be decisive and act quickly – especially if we are relegated.
Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board have made a complete hash of things, which has resulted in the team having only 30 points from 35 games in the Premier League.
That´s the worst we have ever done in the Premier League.
Those responsible for this must be held accountable as the first order of business this summer.
And to end this on a much more positive note, if we stay up and Rafa stays with us, this will all become a lot easier.
One solution – a good one – is to put Rafa in charge of everything once those responsible for the mess have been held accountable.
Ashley will still need to appoint a lead executive at the club and Rafa will need to bring in a Chief Scout but Rafa should effectively be running the club for the owner.
And we could then be a top six team in 12 months time.
Sounds good to us.