Newcastle United require wholesale changes

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Alan Shearer opened his Twitter account last week tweeting: "Any abuse and I’ll come round and give you Newcastle tickets."

Referring to the Barclays advert in which he features that is now ubiquitous with the half-time run of adverts, even Newcastle’s greatest supporter has made light of the laughing stock that his club have become.

Finding themselves in a final-day fight for survival alongside Hull City, Newcastle face the very real prospect of being relegated to the Championship for the second time under Mike Ashley’s chaotic ownership.

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Having been seemingly clear of the threat of relegation back in February when the aforementioned advert first aired, a winless run of 10 games has since seen the Toon slide perilously close to the Premier League’s drop zone. Just two points separates them from danger.

Whilst Newcastle’s fate remains in their hands, the fact that the likes of Aston Villa, Leicester City and Sunderland all crept past to secure Premier League safety doesn’t instil confidence that Hull City won’t do the same.

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Regardless of the outcome on Saturday afternoon, managing just two points out of a possible 30 shows changes are clearly needed.

Time is up for Carver

Although caretaker manager John Carver may proclaim to be the best coach in the Premier League, there will be very few who follow this notion based on his team’s performances of late.

A pathetic string of results in which he has secured two wins, three draws and 13 losses since taking charge hardly makes him an irresistible candidate for the permanent role.

Taking the blame for players’ poor performances didn’t work,neither did his scathing attack on the team following the loss to Leicester City. It appears Carver is out of ideas and more worryingly out of depth at

this level. With all the will in the world Geordie’s would have loved nothing more than to see one of their own succeed  in the coveted manager’s role, yet that just hasn’t happened.

A change of management is surely what’s required for the club next season. Fresh thoughts and direction, particularly that a defensive-minded manager given their distinct frailty at the back, would not go amiss.

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Only QPR are unfortunate enough to have a worse defensive record then Newcastle in the
league. Shipping in 63 goals to have a negative goal difference of 25 goals is cause for concern enough, but it has been the manner in which some of the goals have been conceded which is most alarming.

Time and again this season basic defensive errors have cost Newcastle points. The two relatively simple set-pieces let in against Leicester City immediately spring to mind-set-pieces that even a Sunday league team  would have made a better effort of defending against. 

With the exception of Daryl Janmaat, the rest of underperforming defensive unit will most definitely require restructuring if the team are to avoid a repeat of a continual string of losses in whichever league they are in next season.

Appearing to have lost confidence in the abilities of centre-back Mike Williamson, as well as the well documented wishes of Fabricio Coloccini, who seeks a move back to his native Argentina, Newcastle will have to bring in at least another two centre halves to plug the gaping hole in their

Although fan’s would love nothing more than to see Mike Ashley leave quietly through the St. James’ Park back door this summer, that change is unlikely to occur anytime soon.

For now though whatever predicament Newcastle are in come August, a change of manager and restricting of the team remain the priorities for now. If not then who’s to say which League Newcastle will be in this time next year.

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