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You can see where I’m going here as nothing at Newcastle United is any good

6 months ago
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We would all love to write something good about Newcastle United.

Anything would do. A bit of hope. A change of luck even.

That capitulation at Old Trafford said it all. It was our club in a nutshell. The doomed United.

We’re in the throes of yet another implosion. The Ashley era speciality – where simply nothing goes right. I can’t think of a single positive at the moment, save for him not putting the club into administration.

In any badly run organisation the problems start at the very top. The chaos flows from there. Ashley is a disease who has infected our football club in every single pore and the symptoms are pretty awful.

The first team hasn’t been strengthened and it’s out on the pitch where this gets ruthlessly exposed, as the other teams see us as an easy kill.

As an attacking force we’re a shambles. The recruitment hasn’t worked. Muto will take time to settle. Perez is out of form and it’s a horror show, and Joselu tries, bless him, but he just can’t find the net.

Then we have Rondon. An upgrade yes, but hardly prolific and injury prone.

Lee Charnley told the fans forum Rondon was the player that Rafa wanted. Now that comment was disingenuous given the manager was told there was no serious money to spend. They then sanctioned the sale of Mitrovic and somehow we end up looking weaker heading into that dreaded second season syndrome after promotion. Gayle goes out the door too and one of the most popular lads in dressing room is lost.

The manager has been badly let down by the leadership. Promises have clearly been broken. There remains no sign of him extending his stay beyond next summer.

Rafa is now coming under scrutiny for the way that the team is playing – our worst ever start to a season. He’s accountable, as the manager, but under this owner the alternative to Rafa will be way worse. Be careful what you wish for.

Given Ashley’s track record for making the wrong judgement call we’ll end the season with Steve Bruce at the helm. Hold that thought before you tweet for the Spaniard to be handed his P45.

Then we have the players.

They’re only human. Just like the fans I suspect that they wanted to see some investment too,  building on all that toil that secured a tenth place finish. Instead they came back from their holidays to something bordering on farce. Then there was a dispute over bonuses just to lower the morale even more.

This has all led to a new battle front between fans and owner. The protests are back and bigger than ever, with plenty more to come over the next run of games at SJP.  Nobody knows where the money has gone at a time when other clubs seem capable of trading, and strengthening, without any real fuss.

All we see are mysterious briefings from unnamed sources appearing in national newspapers saying that there are people who want to buy the club and take it forward. Where are these buyers?

Surely it must be a ruse to put a lid on the unrest by making supporters think he’s about to get the hell out of town, when in fact he has no such intention.

Throw into the mix the dilapidated state of St James Park, problems at the box office, a training ground in desperate need of modernisation and an academy that needs some money pumped in and you can see where I’m going here…

Nothing at Newcastle United is any good.

You can follow the author on Twitter @DavePunton
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