Newcastle United – The darlings in the hearts of most of the North East public once again languish towards the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
The club is run as a profitable business, which in today’s game is a magnificent achievement. Love or loath owner Mike Ashley, he’s knows what he’s doing when it gets down to the pennies.
However like every club the fans care more about what their hard earned cash is getting them week in week out. We want entertaining, free scoring football but something that the Newcastle fans more than most demand is simply effort.
They desire players to pull on those famous black & white stripes, roll up their sleeves and put in graft for 90 minutes.
Something which they are not getting nor have they been for arguably the last 3 season ever since a very impressive 5th place finish in 2011-2012. Mix the bottom half finishes with very early cup exits and you have to wonder if The Toon players / management are providing their loyal fans with anything other than anguish.
Currently they are led into battle each week by tabloid dubbed “wally with a brolly” Steve McClaren, A man who turned them down earlier in 2015. Since his decision to stay at Derby County, The rams plummeted down the Championship and missed out on the play-offs….and he still managed to get himself appointed not only into the dugout but onto the board aswell!
Steve McClaren is in current terms the opposite of Leicester City.
In the early Pardew days (2011-12) the club had massive transfer success with acquisitions such as Cabaye, Collocinni, Ba and an on fire Papiss Cisse. The latter also won acclaim with Goal of the Season while Pardew collected the Manager of the Year prize.
The 2012-13 Season saw the Magpies struggles officially begin, the squad could not cope with the demand of Europa League football and after 10 losses in 13 games, they found themselves in a relegation battle. The influx of 5 French players in January was just enough to see them survive on the penultimate weekend of the season.
A terrible end to the 2013-14 Season (7 defeats in the last 10) was followed by no win in the 1st 7 games at the start of 2014-15, this raised calls for Pardew’s reign to come to an end.
Quite rightly as it has turned out Pardew walked out to join Palace and hasn’t really looked back since.
Newcastle decided to stick with long time coach John Carver and somehow escaped the drop again, a crucial last day victory against West Ham proved to be the vital 3 points.
Season after season, relegation scrap after relegation scrap, manager after manager and foreigner after foreigner will not change what is going on at St James Park.
Newcastle United need to go back to basics in order to climb the table and here is how they can do that:-
- Break from the normal 2015 football fashion and play 4-4-2
2 up front will give the opposition something to think about, no holding midfielders who add nothing to the team……Goodbye Vernon Anita!
Steer clear of expensive foreigners who will take time to adapt and maybe won’t even be good enough.
Mitrovic could be a gem but Austin, Ings or Rhodes are proven.
Thauvin and Cabella could have been a Matt Ritchie or Robbie Brady.
Haidara or Mbemba are no better than Matt Dawson or Micah Richards.
He’s done a great job in the past but that’s starting to look like more luck than judgement.
The French revolution had to end a sometime and the club are stuck paying the wages of flops to this day.
Perhaps he just prefers trips to the south of France rather than trips to the Midlands in the middle of November.
We know Ashley isn’t even granted the status of Marmite in the stands of St James Park but the loyal, faithful, diehards that are the Newcastle United fans know their football. They also love a local lad, Adam Armstrong is 18 and just notched his 13th of the season on loan at Coventry, get him back and in that squad.
Ask their opinions on anything and everything; they are like no other in this country simple as that.
If changes are not made soon then the Barclays Premier League are going to lose a massive club and unlike Villa for example we need a Newcastle United in the top league.
Whether McClaren will be in charge for much longer is debatable but it goes without saying the 3 home games from 5 in December will more than likely seal his fate.
All the best to The Magpies fans that make the longest away journeys over the course of a season……….You deserve better!
Steve McClaren image sourced from; www.theguardian.co.uk
Matt Richie image sourced from; www.sportbt.com
Newcastle fans image sourced from; www.genius.com