Premier League 2020/21: Newcastle United at the halfway stage…

At the halfway stage of the Premier League season. I aimed to do a half-term report of sorts on how I felt it has gone for Steve Bruce’s [feature image above from Sky Sports] Newcastle United. With fans not being allowed in stadiums meaning all games have been televised, it means I’ve been able to watch most games but given what I’ve seen, I wish I hadn’t.

After 19 games played, Newcastle are 16th in the table on 19 points. If that tally was replicated over the next 19 games, then Newcastle would finish on 38 points which is not always a safe points tally. They are out of both Cup competitions after losing to Championship side Brentford in the Carabao Cup Quarter Final and at Arsenal in the Third Round of the FA Cup. It is abundantly clear at this stage of the season, Newcastle’s season is basically about surviving and staying in the top flight. read more

January Transfer Window 2017: NUFC

The January Transfer Window. It comes and goes every year, Jim White get his yellow tie out and while some managers love and loath it, it is an opportunity to strengthen their squads. Newcastle United did not get that memo.

It is thought Rafa Benitez desired to bring in a central midfielder and a winger to strengthen his side for the Championship run-in. Neither came and the manager in charge of ‘all footballing matters’ does not know what happened. Newcastle recruited no new faces in an underwhelming January window but then that does not come as a surprise. However, six faces left the club on loan. read more

NUFC 2015-16: What went wrong?

Mike Ashley during his interview 24th May 2015
Mike Ashley during his interview 24th May 2015

On Sunday 24th May 2015, Mike Ashley surprised Newcastle United fans when he gave his first ever interview to Sky Sports. That day, Newcastle were fighting for Premier League survival and secured it with a 2-0 win over West Ham. Ashley spoke of not anticipating Newcastle being in the situation were in; a horse and cart scenario where the horse needed bolting on; aiming to win something and creating our own luck. However, one year on and after failing to create their own luck, Newcastle are staring at a season in the Championship. For some, this past season has been a difficult pill to swallow however for others, the anticipation of much closer away days in the Championship such as Leeds United (I’m looking forward to this one in particular for family reasons) is relatively pleasant. But, what went wrong? How did it come to this?

This can be analysed in two categories. The first is the organisational structure and management of the club at board level including player and manager recruitment. The second main category coincides with Ashley’s rhetoric of creating own luck and that is what actually happens on the pitch. read more