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All 3 Newcastle United teams lose yet again – Do complete stats point to a club in total decline?

1 year ago
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Newcastle United were beaten 3-2 on Saturday.

Newcastle United were beaten 5-0 on Sunday.

Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 on Monday.

Can anybody see a bit of a pattern forming here…?

For extra clarity, Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Stoke was the NUFC Under 18s, Sunday’s shambles was all Steve Bruce’s first work, whilst Monday night saw the NUFC Under 23s/reserves lose 1-0 to Swansea in front of only 364 spectators at St James Park. When youth/reserve games are held at SJP they obviously don’t get massive crowds but never normally anything as low as this, this season’s tale of SJP empty seats is contagious.

Taking a step back, Rafa Benitez repeatedly stated that there had to be investment and extra resources put into every age group. The Academy, the Reserves and the first team all desperately in need of proper investment in some or all of facilities, players, coaching and so on.

It was a key thing that needed to be agreed for him to stay. However, Mike Ashley refused to stick to his 2013 promise of the ‘essential’ new state of the art training ground to be built ASAP, he also refused Rafa’s plea for proper investment in the Academy, whilst the owner made it clear he would not give Rafa proper backing for first team investment, nor the freedom to sort the club from top to bottom.

This season, these are the results so far:

Newcastle United First Team:

Played 8 Won 1 Drawn 2 Lost 5 Goals For 5 Goals Against 14

Newcastle United Under 23s/Reserves:

Played 8 Won 2 Drawn 0 Lost 6 Goals For 8 Goals Against 20

Newcastle United Under 18s/Academy:

Played 7 Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 3 Goals for 13 Goals Against 19

Which gives us an overall season so far:

Played 23 won 5 Drawn 4 Lost 14 Goals For 26 Goals Against 53

As things stand with league positions: the first team are second bottom of the Premier League, the Under 23s are third bottom of the second division of the reserve league set up, whilst the under 18s are seventh of twelve in their league.

I accept that in the younger age groups it isn’t all about winning every week BUT losing week in week out is not a positive.

Rafa and the fans knew/know that the club needs a proper shake up after so many years of lack of investment in facilities, players, coachingĀ  staff, everything.

Rafa Benitez wanted that to be his last massive project to go at in this last decade of his managerial career.

Sadly, so long as Mike Ashley owns Newcastle United, absolutely nothing is going to change.

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