Newcastle United supporters are no different to any other fans, no matter what is happening at this moment in time, you hope/expect better in the future.
Most of us accept that thanks to the combined efforts of Mike Ashley, Alan Pardew, Lee Charnley, John Carver and a number of others, the club had become rotten.
The longest ever run of consecutive league defeats in Newcastle United’s 123 year history was a suitable epitaph to be etched on that particular tombstone.
With a new manager/head coach. new players and a claimed new ambitious outlook from Mike Ashley downwards, we all held our breath to see if a new look Newcastle United would emerge.
The initial headlines have seen no wins in the Premier League, defeat by Sheffield Wednesday reserves in the League Cup…but what about throughout the club, including below the first team?
Well the signs weren’t promising in terms of foundations for the future, when in the summer it was revealed that Mike Ashley had postponed indefinitely the much heralded (by the club) multi-million pound development of the training ground, with loads of state of the art facilities.
Improvements that would allegedly allow us to compete with the best in Europe…
So where does that leave us?
Well, I’d like you to look at these statistics below, examining the results throughout the various Newcastle United teams in this calendar year.
Just how low have Newcastle United sunk and are Steve McClaren, Lee Charnley and whoever really makes the decisions at St James Park, up to the job of fixing this?
Newcastle United (First team)
2015/16 Played 9 Won 1 Drawn 3 Lost 5
2014/15 (From January 2015) Played 20 Won 3 Drawn 4 Lost 13
First team total from January P29 W4 D7 L18
Newcastle United (Under 21s/Reserves)
2015/16 Played 5 Won 0 Drawn 3 Lost 2
2014/15 (From January 2015) Played 15 Won 2 Drawn 4 Lost 9
Reserves total from January P20 W2 D7 L11
Newcastle United (Under 18s)
2015/16 Played 7 Won 1 Drawn 1 Lost 5
2014/15 (From January) Played 14 Won 4 Drawn 1 Lost 9
Under 18s total from January P21 W5 D2 L14
Summing this all up, last season from January 2015 until end of 2014/15 season, the totals for all three teams combined were P49 W9 D9 L31
In this 2015/16 season so far, total for three teams combined is P21 W2 D7 L12
Total for all three teams this calendar year P70 W11 D 16 L43
Whilst winning isn’t the be all and end all below the first team, to see the reserves and Under 18s matching the first team for regular failure week in week out, doesn’t give you a good feeling.
To have such a horrendous losing culture in recent times throughout the club, must surely pull everybody down.
Can Steve McClaren start putting the right building blocks throughout the club to start putting things right?
Has he any say at all in developing Newcastle United short or long-term?
The club were keen to say in January that when they did appoint a permanent Head Coach (Not manager), he would be there basically only to oversee the team and train them.
Will Lee Charnley send us another email to tell us what the plan is, if indeed there is one…?
For starters, when will the state of the art training facilities be delivered, if ever?
Buying quality players to go straight into the first team is obviously one big part of the equation, but a long-term strategy is desperately needed throughout the club, and it even remains to be seen whether they are even getting the first team spending right when they continue to look exclusively for the next big thing on foreign shores.
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