The Newcastle Board was put in place last summer after Newcastle only just avoided the drop on the last day of last season and while it’s still possible to do exactly the same thing this season – our luck may have run out.
And the fact that we couldn’t beat Aston Villa yesterday – who have nothing to play for and had lost the last 11 games in a row – means we may even deserve to be relegated.
And somebody should ask the Board how we were relegated after spending £82M on players this season – that’s not easy to do.
No other club has ever done that in Premier League history.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
It will all be very sad for the fans on Tyneside – who are the best in the business – but they have been ignored and marginalized for far too long by guys like Lee Charnley and owner Mike Ashley.
When Lee attends those Fans Forum meetings it’s like he treats the Forum reps as the enemy.
When a question comes in they refute the basis of the question.
And there are high level benign statements made that mean absolutely nothing when your read them – they have been so very carefully worded – it’s like they have been written by a robot.
Here’s an example from the last Fans Forum on 22nd February and how the questions asked are simply refuted:
Question – Paul Loughlin (PL): “With 12 games to go, is the club in a crisis?”
Answer – The club disagreed but understands its current league position and acknowledged it was very disappointing.
The club explained that the squad’s recent training camp in La Manga, Spain, was designed to help find solutions on the pitch in the final 12 games of the season. The camp was wholly focused on training and recovery, as well as a game.
The club appreciates the work required to move up the table and remains confident that it will remain in the Premier League at the end of the season.
Question – David Maudlin (DM): “What is that belief based on?”
Answer – The club believes the quality in the squad and some of the team’s performances this season are positive indicators, but acknowledged that performances had not been consistent.
Question – Brian Parkin (BP): “Does the club have any plans in the event of relegation as far as season tickets are concerned?
In the event of relegation, does the club intend to reimburse any fans on the direct debit scheme if they decide to cancel their season ticket?”
Answer – The club is confident of remaining in the Premier League and, as a result, has not discussed plans in such detail across the business at this stage.
When the top executive at a football club treats the fans as the enemy and will not face reality, there’s something terribly wrong at the club.
But we know the club is broken from top to bottom and once again those running the club have been so abysmal that we face another disastrous relegation in a short seven years.
They obviously learned absolutely nothing from last season.
We have had only two top 10 finishes in nine years with Mike Ashley – and one of those was 10th and we had one season spent down below – this will be a second one in the Championship next season.
So two top ten finishes in the PL in 10 years with Mike Ashley and we exceeded 50 points once.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2017-2018||15||23 - current status|
* After 37 games played
Mike Ashley will not sell the club while it’s in the second tier and lose all that money, so we have to hope he will somehow convince Rafa Benitez to stay on – but that will not be an easy task.
Maybe if Rafa’s name is sung from the first minute to the end of the game next Sunday afternoon, he will get the message and want to stay?
It’s worth a try.
Newcastle need stability and have a lot of work to do this summer – but who’s capable and experienced enough to do that work – other than somebody like Rafa Benitez?
Do what Freddy Shepherd suggested last week – give him an offer he just cannot refuse.