Some interesting numbers currently surround Newcastle United, but still having no manager/head coach nearly three weeks after Alan Pardew walked away, has been allowed to overtake and smother everything else.
Very little coverage of the fact no players have been signed by Newcastle United in this window, in fact the newspapers are struggling even to bother making up speculation about possible new bodies coming in.
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We’ve even seemingly lost a player this transfer window in the shape of the mysterious on-loan Facundo Ferreyra but the club don’t even seem to feel obliged to even confirm this. Just as it has never even been explained why the Argentinian hasn’t been given a single minute on the pitch in five months as part of the NUFC first team squad.
The lack of focus means that the club have also sleepwalked into an absolutely dismal run of form which brings back memories of the second part of last season and pretty much the entire season before that which was a nine month struggle on the edge of relegation.
The recent matches see Newcastle having won only two out of eleven matches and while matches against Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd do feature in that run, it also includes four games against clubs currently in the Premier League bottom five – none of which United won (Sunderland, Leciester and Burnley x 2).
As always the most bizarre statistic is that every match at St. James’ Park sees a full house, give or take a handful – the last time Newcastle had a gate under 51,761 was as far back as September 20 against Hull.
I honestly think that as well as ruthlessly exploiting the blind loyalty of Newcastle’s fans, a small bit of Mike Ashley also actually believes that the fact the ground is full every week is because underneath all the grumbles and protests, in truth the fans are pretty happy/satisfied with how things are.
The mood that built up inside the ground in the second half of last season was horrific, as defeat followed defeat.
Newcastle desperately need a manager (head coach), new players and some wins…sadly the only thing we can all count on is fifty odd thousand there at every match.