Newcastle United are one of the most historical clubs in England. They were founded on December 9th 1892 and have four Premier League titles, six FA Cup, a Community Shield and an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Mike Ashley became the owner in 2007 and, as time has passed by, he has turned into their worst nightmare.
The ‘Magpies’ used to be usual competitors for the high spots on the table. However, since Ashley´s arrival, Newcastle have gone down two times ( 08-09 and 15-16 seasons) and have become into a mid-table/lower team.
In England it is not unknown at all that the Englishman´s management is sloppy. Rafa Benítez was one of the victims: he led the club up to the Premier League right away and provided it with some stability. He laid the foundations to set Newcastle free from mediocrity.
The Spanish coach asked for signs to accomplish his goal and ended up being fired after several disagreements with the board of directors. As a result, Mike Ashley just proved on that occasion what the fans were already aware of: the investment in the club is almost non-existent.
The the owner of Newcastle United signed Steve Bruce: a low status coach with the guarantee that he would not complain about the board of directors´nonsense. Indeed, that is the way it has been so far. However, the coach himself has proved to be an extra problem.
Bruce has been accused of provoking muscle injuries on his players due to a negligent technical management. He has already experienced some internal discussions with his own players and, if this was not bad enough, he has considerably deteriorated the outcomes of the team.
In fact, the ‘Magpies’ avoided relegation last season thanks to individual performances: Callum Wilson, Allan-Saint Maximin and Martin Dúbravka are the main responsible. Current campaign´s only sign for the first team has been Joe Willock, who stood out on loan last season.
Critics from the fans due to the lack of signs in the transfer market have forced the club to release a statement. The roster has really decreased its level with the exist of Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu, Yoshinori Muto and Matty Longstaff (on loan). This means less depth on the bench to choose from in an already short squad (21 players without counting the keepers, and 10 are all defenders).
Mike Ashley is on the spotlight since a long time ago. His scandals go beyond Newcastle and nobody expects anything from him. Steve Bruce does not either get away from it and he has already been booed at St James’ Park this season. In other words, the ‘Geordies’ are left alone to face the threat. Relegation seems a more than likely destiny.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.