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Sky Sports new report scathing on Newcastle United – Lacking a plan on and off the pitch

2 years ago

Sky Sports have been looking at how each of the 20 Premier League clubs are doing after 10 games.

The new report giving an overview on each individual club.

Sky Sports also giving a grade to reflect how the clubs compare so far.

The verdict on Newcastle United is scathing.

The broadcaster saying Rafa Benitez always had a comprehensive plan but ‘On and off the pitch right now, one feels distinctly lacking.’

That has always been one of the (many) massive failings with Mike Ashley, any kind of a ‘plan’ seen as not necessary. Trying to limp along from season to season but that approach simply guaranteeing relegation battles and a possible third relegation this time in the space of 10 PL seasons.

Sky Sports declaring ‘while Mike Ashley reigns, so too will disillusionment on Tyneside.’

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Sky Sports report:

Premier League grades – 10 games in: Every club rated so far

In football parlance, the 10-game mark has long been cited by managers and fans alike as the first stage at which their teams can legitimately be assessed, scrutinised and held to account.

With just over a quarter of the 2019/20 season gone, what’s the verdict so far?’

Sky Sports verdict on Newcastle United then their grades on all 20 Premier League clubs so far:

‘Steve Bruce conceded that another uninspiring performance against Wolves suggested slog ahead for Newcastle and his admission that “it’s not been any different for the last couple of years” rings depressingly true.

The matchday buzz at St James’ Park has long been blunted – close to 6,500 seats were unoccupied on Sunday and that calculation goes only by official figures. A smattering of palms clapped as the whistle blew on a 1-1 draw but, mostly, there was resigned quiet. Typically fervent supporters are low on hope these days.

Whoever followed Rafael Benitez was always going to be on a hiding to nothing; while Mike Ashley reigns, so too will disillusionment on Tyneside.

Bruce said he wanted his side to be entertaining, not just effective yet Newcastle have scored just six goals in 10 games and a sense of identity has eluded his new side so far.

Their start has been tough.

Victories against Tottenham and Manchester United, where the Longstaff brothers’ impact – as well as uplifting post-match interview – have been bright spots. Allan Saint-Maximin has looked exciting, if a little erratic. But Joelinton and Miguel Almiron are struggling in a side that has reverted to playing on the counter and collectively created the fewest big chances (10) in the league.

Worryingly, Bruce, whose side were humiliated 5-0 by Leicester a month back, also hinted at a “mentality” issue as his side sat in and surrendered the initiative at home in their latest outing.

Newcastle, one place above the drop zone, are six points and two spots better off than they were after 10 games last season.

But Benitez, the ultimate top-flight strategist, always had a plan.

On and off the pitch right now, one feels distinctly lacking.’

(A+) Liverpool

(A) Leicester

(A-) Sheff Utd, Man City

(B+) Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Burnley

(B-) Wolves, Aston Villa

(C+)  West Ham, Brighton, Bournemouth

(C-) Norwich

(D) Spurs, Man Utd, Everton, Arsenal

(D-) Newcastle United

(E) Southampton

(F) Watford


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