Wednesday night saw Newcastle United relegated after a series of mistakes from Mike Ashley and the management team at Newcastle. In this piece, I’ll be looking at where the Tyne-side club went wrong and what the future holds for the Magpies.
What went wrong?
The hiring of Steve McClaren was destined for failure, as his track record proves, with him failing to gain qualification to the European Championships with the golden generation of the England squad, the failure to get arguably the strongest side in the Championship, Derby, back into the Premier League since 2008. It’s fair to say not many Newcastle fans were pleased with the arrival of McClaren and it certainly didn’t fill them with much confidence thanks to his nickname ‘the wally with the brolly’. Despite McClaren not being the most liked appointment under Ashley’s Newcastle reign, there was a promising start to his career with United after his side produced some solid defensive and exciting attacking performances against the likes of Southampton, Manchester United and Arsenal. But as the season went on, it grew more and more disappointing for Newcastle fans, with a sixth derby defeat in a row against local rivals Sunderland, followed by a 6-1 defeat and two 5-1 defeats, McClarens fate was eventually sealed after a humiliating 3-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth.
This summer Newcastle purchased Aleksandar Mitrovic from Belgian side Anderlecht for an undisclosed fee, the Serbian has all the makings to be a very good player but as a 21-year-old, in your first season in the Premier League,you don’t expect to have the club’s hopes of staying in the division entirely on your shoulders, you expect to be learning your trade from a striker in their prime, but no, Newcastle’s hopes were on a 21-year-old who is unfamiliar with the league. The lack of investment over the course of an 8-year ownership is just asking for trouble. It is going to get you nowhere as a club. It’s all well and good splashing out £80 million in one crucial window but what about the all the other years of disappointment and the many which will follow this disastrous season.
Who should Newcastle bring in over the Summer?
Patrick Bamford– For me this transfer goes without saying, a proven goal scorer in the championship, the pacey Chelsea striker scored 19 goals whilst on loan at Middleborough and hasn’t managed to get himself into the Chelsea side despite his talent and with other players such as Bertrand Traore breaking through I feel this move suits both Chelsea and Newcastle.
Dominic Iorfa– With Daryl Janmaat looking likely to leave Newcastle, they will definitely have to replace the Dutch international and the young towering right back from Wolves is the perfect choice for Newcastle. Although some consider him tall for a full back (6ft 2in), Iorfa can turn quickly enough to cover when needed.
Curtis Davies– The experienced Hull City centre-half would be a massive coup for the Magpies as he would bring in defensive stability as well as much needed leadership in the backline.
Tom Ince– The right winger who is left footed would be the perfect replacement for Andros Townsend, who looks likely to leave St James Park after reports linking him with Southampton. http://gty.im/493637440
Who needs to go?
Moussa Sissoko– Moussa Sissoko is a player who is regarded as a lazy and lacklustre, he seems to concentrate more on trying to force a move to a top 4 club, rather than earning it. Over the past 2 to 3 seasons, Sissoko has shown very little enthusiasm and care towards the way Newcastle perform, it seems that he only turns up for less than a quarter of the season.
Papiss Cisse– Once hero and prolific goal scorer at Newcastle, to a very fragile, slow and underwhelming performer. Cisse’s career at Newcastle couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, where he managed a spectacular 13 goals in 15 games after signing for the Magpies in January 2012 for a fee of £9 million. Since then it is safe to say that the Senegalese striker has fallen out of the spotlight, he has become a player that not many fans take a liking to, it doesn’t help when he is countlessly referred to a player who is ‘born offside’.
Fabricio Coloccini– Captain of Newcastle; Coloccini has been at the club seemingly forever. He was recruited during the 2008 season, in which Newcastle were relegated, he helped the club gain promotion back to the Premier League and then to a Europa League spot, survived many relegation scares and now faced relegation once again. Over the years, Coloccini faded out of the limelight and many believe that he is now out of his depth and not good enough. The Argentinian’s performances and countless apologies over the past few seasons have led to a flurry of hate towards the centre-half, asking for him to be sold and replaced with a fresher face.
Emmanuel Riviere– It is safe to say Emmanuele Riviere is one of the most disliked and arguably most pointless signings in the club’s time under Mike Ashley. Riviere was signed for a fee of £6 million from French side AS Monaco in the summer of 2014. Riviere made his first competitive appearance for the club in the first game of the season at home to Manchester City, where he did not show much threat and desire to get on the ball. His first goal came against Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup on the 24th December. He not only managed his first goal but he also bagged himself a second on that same night, providing the Newcastle faithful with an enjoyable 3-2 win. Following those 2 goals, the fans had some hope that maybe the Frenchman could find some form and become the goal scorer they had been crying out for but unfortunately, he managed no more goals for the rest of the season until they faced already relegated Queens Park Rangers. Even then, his goal was nothing short of luck as the ball stuck his right foot, bounced off his left and flicked into the goal. Since then the forward man has been stuck with multiple injuries, poor performances and a wave of hatred from the Newcastle supporters.
All in all, I think Newcastle are in need of a major rebuild over the summer, it maybe the breakthrough season for upcoming stars such as Adam Armstrong who has impressed at Coventry during his loan spell, next season could also see Jamal Lascelles solidify his place in the Newcastle starting XI.