Taking a step back you can see it all too clearly.
The situation as it exists now at St James Park, means that…
Luckily there is only everything that still needs sorting at Newcastle United.
Amongst the ‘few’ things that NUFC are lacking:
An ambitious and trustworthy owner
A board of directors with the skills to steer the club forward
A professional talented non-football management team to drive the business
A plan for the medium and long-term, rather than existing season to season
A manager of the necessary level contracted for the 2019/20 season
A team fit for purpose
A playing squad with the necessary strength in depth
A St James Park that is maintained properly and expanded if possible
A state of the art training complex that was described as being ‘essential’ when promised 6 years ago
A fully resourced Academy
The above are the broad brush strokes but it is such a desperate state that Mike Ashley has reduced this football club to.
The most obvious, that no rational person could fail to see, is that due to lack of investment in window after window after window, Newcastle United simply don’t have the playing squad that is needed to compete in the Premier League.
What you see now is a squad that has had sticking plasters applied to cover up the inadequacies, a reliance on loan players and short-term deals on a number of older players to try and cheat relegation in the short-term.
Nothing is impossible but you have to accept the whole thing is daunting when it comes to the amount of work needed to turn the situation around.
Everything has a starting point and just maybe, sometime in the future we will all be able to look back to something that happened in 2019, a point when this potentially great football club started to be rebuilt.
Without that hope we have nothing.