If Newcastle do go down this season to the Championship, it’s worth looking at the mistakes that were made by those running the club this season, and some of the decisions made have shown there’s not enough management savvy or football knowledge oat the top by those running the club, and we are suffering for it right now.
Mike Ashley – has taken too many risks
There are at least six major mistakes the powers that be (make that owner Mike Ashley helped by Lee Charnley) have made at the club, and they go back to last summer on that transfer window.
- Newcastle failed to adequately replace striker Loic Remy last summer, and we brought in Siem de Jong, Manu Riviera as a back up striker and Ayoze Perez for the Development squad, but Siem has been injured all season, and both Riviere and Perez have been strikers we have had to use this season along with Papiss Cisse.
We have been short of a top striker to work with Papiss Cisse all season, and we knew we should have signed an experienced out-and-out striker last summer but didn’t.
- Mike Ashley has run with a small squad for many seasons, and one of the reasons for that is to keep the wage bill down, so we have had only two experienced goalkeepers in the squad for a couple of seasons.
But it came back to bite us late last year when both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were injured and inexperienced Jak Alnwick had to come in to start seven games and in those games we lost five, drew one and won one. It wasn’t Jak’s fault – he was just not ready to be thrown in at the deep end which is what happened with him due to very poor planning form those at the top.
We are in a similar situation right now if Tim Krul is injured, and we’ll have to play Freddie Woodman in what could be crucial relegation games coming up.
- While it was obvious that Newcastle were short of players because of injury in January, not one penny was spent to strengthen the squad, and we are not paying for that lack of foresight.
Newcastle have suffered even more injuries in January and February and suspension to players like Colback, Cisse, Coloccini and Sissoko haven’t helped. But when you don’t prepare or plan properly then bad things can happen – and they have – it’s known as Murphy’s Law.
- Newcastle allowed Alan Pardew to leave half-way through the season, when he was offered the Crystal Palace job at the end of the year and wanted to leave. One of the first things you do in a business if someone important wants to leave the organization, is make sure you can adequately replace them. But Lee Charley’s by his own admission has said that Newcastle had no plan to replace him, yet we took the £4M compensation for Alan from Palace – and so we were left without our manager for the last half of the season.
- Maybe what is turning out to be one of the biggest mistakes Newcastle have made this season after quickly looking around for a coach (Dick Advocaat was available) they settled on John Carver as head coach for the rest of the season. This was a risky choice because John had never been tested at this top level as the lead man. So it was yet another risk taken by upper management.
That is now coming back to bite us big time and we could even be relegated this season after John and the team have only two wins in the 16 games he’s been in charge of the side.
- And finally when Ashley and Charnley knew we were short of players in January they still allowed Davide Santon to join Inter-Milan on the final day of the transfer window, and sent five young players north of the border to Rangers, which was another risky move.
As it turns out we could have used Santon at left back this year, after both Dummett and Haidara picked up injuries, and we’ve had to play Ryan Taylor and Vurnon Anita at left back. And Haris Vuckic could have helped us out with some goals and he’s scored 9 goals in 13 appearances for Rangers and not surprisingly wants to stay there.
Notice that Newcastle received money for allowing Alan Pardew and Davide Santon to leave – and we’ll not even mention Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sold to Roma in January.
And when we sent the five players on loan to Rangers – we had their wages paid by the Scottish club for the rest of the season.
All those moves made money for the club but also ravaged the Newcastle squad.
We are simply reporting the facts on what upper management have done that has weakened the squad this season – and it’s not even an opinion.
What we are really worried about at the moment, is that our players have seen the incompetence of those at the top.
Lee Charnley has admitted they have made mistakes and the risky moves they have taken this season to put the club in jeopardy, and it could have infiltrated down to the playing squad.
If we do get relegated this season – that’s exactly what has happened – and it all started by the mismanagement of Newcastle from the top.
That’s the unfortunate truth.