Before he left the club early last year Alan Pardew had Newcastle go on a six game winning streak – five games in the league and a 2-0 win at Manchester City in the League Cup – the first and only time we have ever won a game at the Etihad Stadium.
Yet with exactly the same players in the second half of the season, John Carver managed to lose eight Premier League games in a row for the first time in Newcastle’s history.
And then we brought in new players this season for a total of £82M and the team is worse than it’s ever been in the Premier League.
And yes – it’s the players fault inasmuch as some of them didn’t seem to care and give up too easily when the going got tough – notice the past tense.
Tino Asprilla – players fault – he’s half right
Speaking to Eurosport this is what Tino Asprilla said about owner Mike Ashley:
“I know him, I spoke to him and I met him.” “I always thought the problem is not the chairman or the owner. The problem, in my opinion, are always the players.”
“He is doing everything he can to help the team, but they should be playing with more effort.” “I don’t think Newcastle’s problem is the owner. I think there are players who love this team.”
“But I would like all the players play at a top level like I did.” “They should love that shirt and make sacrifices for the importance of that team.
“There are players that are not showing these feelings. Newcastle should be fighting for the title, not in relegation zone.”
“I hope that next year they will find players who will fight.”
“Under Benitez we saw the team improve a bit,” “In the last four matches, we drew two and we won two. We are almost safe.
“I think we can get this goal in the last match of the season and I’m happy for this.” “But, in my opinion, Newcastle need to be at the top level for their history and for the beauty of the City.”
“I really hope they can stay in the Premier League.”
John Carver would agree with Tino that it’s the players’ fault because John said that in his press conferences after many a defeat – it’s the player’s fault – plain and simple.
Nothing to do with John.
But we have also seen a complete transformation in the last seven weeks since Rafa Benitez arrived at the club and now the players look more consistent and certainly more determined and are putting in some very good spirited performances and starting to get some good results.
Why is that?
After all, it’s the same players that Steve McClaren had – so the main cause of Newcastle’s poor form in the last 18 months has to be the head coach.
Since when was a fired Championship manager good enough to come in and manage Newcastle in the Premier League?
And Lee Charnley – who appointed both John Carver and Steve McClaren after Pardew left, has to be held accountable and take the responsibility for two terrible appointments for Newcastle.
And Mike Ashley is ultimately responsible for putting Lee Charnley in the position of Managing Director at the club, when he is plainly not up to the job.
Mike also didn’t step in early enough as Charnley seemed willing to let McClaren stay in place as he took us down to the Championship.
Just think about it – if Rafa stays on and is put in charge of all transfers and given a free hand at Newcastle – and Mike Ashley continues to stay in the background as he has done this season – Newcastle could become great again and Mike could even become a successful owner.
Wouldn’t that be something.