I use the words “defensive” and “unit” in the loosest of terms as I am not really sure what else there is to say about it. Certainly nothing nice comes to mind.
To make matters worse we have scored six goals during the same period and have come away with no points. On most occasions when you put three in the back of the opposition net, you will come away with some points as a reward. No not Newcastle, we seem to find a way to stuff things up! My Grandmothers fine bone china tea set is less fragile than our backline; maybe I could put a couple of cups and saucers in front of goal and see how they go at stopping the opposition from scoring?
I’ll stop ranting now and get to my point of this piece. As bad as this has been to watch and absorb, maybe the timing of these defeats is a good thing. We have all heard Derek Llambias bang on about our purple players and how he thinks that we have ample cover in most positions. Well if he still holds this opinion after the past two games, then I would be surprised. I also have a feeling that Alan Pardew will be pressing him even harder for reinforcements.
I am hoping that these losses will give Derek the evidence needed to see that we are struggling and we will continue to struggle unless we get a fresh injection of players. No one is asking for marquee signings, just players that are an improvement over what we currently have. This is the only way forward.
Below is what is called a business S curve. I believe it applies to football clubs as much as it applies to business in general. Just change the “Growth” column to “Points” and you’ll get the idea.
As you can see, in the Inception stage there is debt as you build your team and invest. As you build upon your sound investments you see growth and improvement but over time there is a need to continually assess where your club is at. This should be done before you reach the peak of your powers. If you don’t keep improving your processes, or in this case playing stock, you will eventually see a decline in performance.
I am sure that all the bloggers out there with business degrees can explain this better than I can but I think that it shows how sitting on your hands in business can really be hurtful in the long run. Sure you may have a great product but if you do not keep ahead of the game, you will fall behind.
And that ladies and gentleman is where we are at as this moment. We now have a chance to right the wrongs of the past couple of windows and salvage this season while there is time. I hope that common sense will prevail but hey, this is Newcastle United…
By Aussie Magpie Fan