Former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee has delivered a negative assessment of the current team.
Former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee has made a frank assessment of the current side in his column for the Chronicle.
Lee feels the team are going nowhere quickly under the current system, which throws doubt over whether John Carver is the man who should be leading the side forward in the next campaign.
“It’s the same as last season – we’re not going anywhere,” he wrote.
“There’s no trouble as far as relegation is concerned, but by the same token we aren’t going up the table too far. It’s called mediocrity.”
So how exactly do Newcastle pull themselves through what Lee considers a difficult patch?
It can start with form and momentum over the rest of the season.
A strong finish to the campaign should see the Magpies slip into the top eight, which would be beneficial for financial reasons.
European football looks like too much of an ask but a strong finish and a decent league position would give the club momentum over the summer.
It’s then a case of getting the managerial situation sorted quickly. Whether Carver is kept in charge or someone else comes in, it has to happen fast.
New arrivals in key positions will improve the squad options and give the side a stronger outlook looking ahead to the next campaign.
Newcastle have the infrastructure and the support base to become an established club in the top six and it’s time for the powers that be to make it happen.