We were heavily linked with center-back Lamine Kone of Lorient in the January transfer window and after Lamine was at Sunderland to sign but left in disgust because nothing was happening we thought it would have been an opportunity for Newcastle.
Why didn’t we step in and sign the 27 year-old center-back for a bargain £5M?
Newcastle’s defense was woeful last season yet the powers that be didn’t bring in one defender last January to strengthen the defense.
Steve McClaren while at Newcastle
It seemed like we brought players in who Graham Carr liked and had been scouting rather than because it fixed weaknesses in the Newcastle side.
Bear in mind that center-back had been a weakness at Newcastle for more than three years at that time.
Steve McClaren would have been well advised not to have revealed today that there was even more incompetence at Newcastle last January than we had realized.
But he has gone ahead without using any common sense and said this on Sky Sports about the opportunity Newcastle had to sign Kone last January:
“Willy McKay was his agent. I remember in January he came to us and said, ‘His move to Sunderland has not gone through he’s, he’s moved out, the move’s broke down twice.'”
“The player’s disillusioned and doesn’t know what to do. Will you take him? Will you take him on loan, even a free loan?’”
“When we looked into it, it was just the wrong time really. It was coming to the end of the window and we had to make a quick decision and it couldn’t go through in time.”
“Unfortunately for us he went to Sunderland and helped them stay up.”
There’s only three words come up when we think back to January and last season and what Steve has now revealed.
Incompetence, incompetence and incompetence.
I’m going to end it here – otherwise I’ll fall into a deep depression again about what happened last season.
Did I make it clear Newcastle were completely incompetent last season?
Good – but things have changed big time under Rafa Benitez.
Howay The Lads!!