Newcastle United is currently 19th in Premier League, thanks to a series of bad results, with exception of a crazy victory against Norwich. Apart from that victory, Newcastle form is quite terrible. Reasons for this are three main components of any football club. In this post, I am going to analyze this three components, and than seek out possible solutions!
There was a great article in The Guardian about that, which states that…
“The PFPO study shows a clear correlation between player stability and success, Manchester United is the most stable club, with players staying an average of 5.71 years”
Of course, stability isn’t everything, but it is important for a club to get some kind of direction. If players are constantly coming and going, club’s results usually falter. Newcastle has been no exception. Since 2011/2012 season, Newcastle had more or less bad results in the Premier League. They constantly had to avoid relegation in the last weeks of competition.
Constantly selling and buying new players have made Newcastle very unstable club, and results are equally unstable. Arsenal had similar problems when they had their “trophies drought”. During those years, their core players were mostly foreign, and when opportunity arose, they all left.
Currently, Newcastle strategy is based more on buying perspective young foreign (French) players. This isn’t that bad, but as I said before, these kind of players don’t have any special link to the club, and they usually leave as soon as they reach certain level.
All this create uncertainties in the club. Team’s strategy gets completely lost, because every manager has his own ideas, while results usually turn to completely negative (relegation from the league). Long term manager is the only sensible option, because there is a certain team strategy in place, results are more stable and they are usually improving with time.
As this awesome article in British Jurnal of Management state..
“Long incumbent tenures appear to render long-term benefits to the organization more readily than change.“
That’s a very long time for any manager in modern football, but most of the clubs, that had a manager for a long time usually profit on the field, and outside the field. Arsenal, and Manchester United became strong because of Wenger, and Ferguson. If Newcastle manages to do the same thing, they just might be at the start of their “golden age”.