Stan Collymore has given a very strange reason as to why Newcastle are failing compared to Leicester City.

The radio presenter saying that United are ‘as good as down’ due to the ‘archaeological dig of several managers’.

That terminology is strange enough but it isn’t the really strange part of his thinking.

Stan Collymore explains his reasoning as being that unlike Leicester, Newcastle have suffered by allowing managers to choose players and then changing bosses and letting the next one do the same.

The former Liverpool player saying that this has meant they aren’t getting a continuity and managers such as Rafa Benitez having to work with players chosen by his predecessors.

This is so far wide of the mark it is untrue.

There has been total continuity of the transfer selections but sadly that has been given to Graham Carr, so rather than allowing managers Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren to pick the players and positions they wanted to fill, it was instead decided by Mike Ashley’s Chief Scout.

I blame Pardew and McClaren for a lot of things but not for bringing in players who are unsuitable – the latest clear examples being Seydou Doumbia and Henri Saivet in January – two players who obviously neither McClaren or Benitez think are good enough, both left totally out of the squad on Saturday at Norwich.

Stan Collymore talking on Talksport:

“Newcastle are as good as down – they will go.

“I look at them and I think it is that archaeological dig of several managers that has hurt them.

“That means that one manager from five years ago buys this group of players and some of them are still there, the next manager comes in and and buys another group of players and so on and so on.

“This means that instead of getting a natural and cohesive philosophy like Leicester, you get lots of different players who have different styles, now having to listen to Benitez and stay safe.”