Things are really getting to a desperate state at Newcastle United, the latest story which all the local press are carrying is that no appointment of a new manager/head coach will happen until at least after the Southampton match.
This is the Southampton match on January 17 which will be three weeks after Alan Pardew left and incidentally, will leave only two weeks of the transfer window remaining, at the most…
I can’t believe how some journalists and fans aren’t seeing this situation as farcical and implemented on purpose by Mike Ashley.
This is yet another season being allowed to die, or rather, it is being deliberately killed off.
I don’t need to remind you that last season, United were fifth after beating Stoke on Boxing Day and despite nobody bought in the summer, there was no investment in the squad and the best player was allowed to leave. The result was a shocking second half of the season with regular hammerings and only five Premier League wins in the last five months of the season.
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Alan Pardew’s last match at St. James’ Park was the win over Everton, 19 matches played and exactly half the season gone.
At that point Newcastle were five points off sixth top and seven points off the Champions League placings and….still in the FA Cup.
Eleven days later and seemingly no intention of appointing a permanent manager/head coach to attack the rest of the season, United are now six points off sixth and a nine point gap to the Champions League placings and….out of the FA Cup.
I have no doubt the local press have been given a steer by the club that nothing will happen until after that Southampton match (how long AFTER is anybody’s guess).
I can see nothing but two defeats by Chelsea and Southampton in our current state of apparently no permanent head coach appointed and no incoming players seemingly.
So by the time of any possible appointment, Newcastle will probably be around ten or eleven points away from sixth and a mile away from the top four.
Is it possible Newcastle could have challenged for that top six or even higher? Who knows, but it would be nice to have a go for once and see what happens.
Instead Mike Ashley surrounds the football club with a dark fog and his lackeys feed nonsense/justification to the press that is slavishly repeated.
There is nothing good about doing nothing, whether it is signing players and/or a manager/head coach.
Premier League safety not far away and a more or less full stadium guaranteed thanks to hooking people for half season tickets, when we had that what now seems very distant winning run.
Never mind when Newcastle eventually appoint a desperate and mediocre Head Coach in the summer and buy a minimum of players, we can start the whole process again.