It seemed appropriate that I wrote this piece on Halloween – the day after another horror show of a performance from Newcastle United.
Look, I get that none of us expected anything out of Saturday’s game and therefore perhaps it’s a bit reactionary to be musing about the situation when we knew what it was going to be. But it was compounded by Burnley’s result against Brentford.
Elsewhere, should we pleased Norwich lost yesterday or worried as Leeds might now kick on? What that result meant was we’re now six points adrift of safety and with a far worse goal difference. No wonder I’m worried.
So, what did we learn from Saturday I wondered? That Jones is not the man and that several of our players look shot for confidence and ready for the Championship. I’m really baffled as to how Clark and Krafth can get into the team in front of Fernandez and Schar and don’t get me started on Fraser.
Did Jones feel that Willock (£25m) and Miggy (£20m) would have been wasted against a Chelsea outfit who are purring along? If that is the case then perhaps he should have left Wilson out and played Gayle as there are much more important games to come where we’ll need Callum!
I’m not even criticising Jones. He is what he is – and interim manager – and doing the best with what he has, but it’s clear that he needs to be moved back to his day job and soon. The players need a new man in charge, some fresh ideas, but also a good kick up the backside. Not one of them looked genuine Premier League class in what was such a poor and passive display against Chelsea.
Worryingly, I suspect that any prospective manager, no matter how much we’re going to pay him, will be looking at the situation and the very, very, very real prospect of relegation and wonder if it’s worth it. I know I would.
We’re allegedly the richest football club in the world. We can’t really, other than on a manager, spend any of that money until January and by then we could be dead in the water.
We need players that are going to get us out of this mess. Remember too that if a Manager is reluctant to come, what would a player think about playing in the Championship no matter what he’s getting paid.
I will be faithful to the new owners. I will give them time and I think I’ll look back some time at these words and laugh at my thoughts. But, worried? I am!