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If Newcastle were willing to pay £24m for Berahino then they can afford…

5 years ago

Someone needs to break the cycle of failure at Newcastle United.

It really does feel like some sort of chronic curse at the moment. Barely anything seems to go right.

Major decisions are always wrong, not least the occupants of the manager’s office.

This cycle began when Alan Pardew started to struggle after that now infamous run to finish fifth in the league in 2012, at one point threatening the top four places.

After that season Pardew started to do what he does best and lose the knack of cajoling performances from his players. We were on the slide. He then lost derby games by a bucket load and his fate was sealed.

This came at a time when the hierarchy, led by Alan Carr’s dad, went mad for recruiting footballers from the French First Division. Too many, in my view. Only this month have we seen some sort of acknowledgement that that was wrong through the purchases of Townsend and Shelvey, though Saivet’s arrival remains a complete and utter puzzle.

Pardew should have been moved on in the summer of 2014, but they blundered by keeping him, when more credible and progressive coaches were kicking about.

Then they doubled the punishment by failing to replace Pardew 12 months ago when he quit for Palace, instead opting to limp on with the embarrassing John Carver at the helm. The retention of Premier League status was grasped by a mere hair’s breadth.

The next opportunity to break the cycle came last summer. Carver was gone. The slate was clean once again. At one point we were told they were talking to Patrick Vieira. That was an exciting prospect.

Steve McClaren was wheeled out a week later. Charnley’s man all the way. I was immediately cautious it may not work, given Mac’s extremely patchy record, but he’s a nice bloke and it was a chance he very much deserved.

Well, I can now add my voice to the chorus. He’s failed. Fluffed his lines when the big stage came calling.

Once again the cycle of failure has returned to haunt us. In truth it never really went away. McClaren has had that team in the bottom three for most of this sorry season.

Quite amazingly, I am now starting to think the bloke is even worse than John Carver. Certainly no better. There is much that appears wrong with McClaren’s management of NUFC, allied to a range of rank decisions at boardroom level. A new centre-half anyone?

So there now stands another chance to break the cycle of failure.

Lee Charnley can have another crack at it. Get shot of Steve McClaren and get a proper manager in before it’s too late. Simple really – an absolute no brainer.

Never mind the media fallout. The Mackems haven’t been afraid to remove managers in order to attain survival. Newcastle have to do the same right now. It’s not change for the sake of change, it’s born of necessity.

Let someone else, someone better, have a crack at the job. Or limp on with seasick Schteve Mac and reap the consequences of relegation and all the issues that would bring with it.

NUFC simply must remain in the top flight.

If they were willing to pay £24m for Saido Berahino, they can afford to get a new coach and break that cycle of failure.

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