If Alan Pardew is sacked in the next week or two, maybe even after the game this Saturday if Newcastle lose again, we’ll be holding our breath to see who Mike Ashley brings in to run the club.
Frank de Boer – would he want to come?
Would Mike Ashley want him to come?
The Newcastle manager used to be a plum job, but that may no longer be the case with Mike Ashley as the owner, where a top half finish and no threat of relegation is looked on as being a successful season in Mike Ashley’s eyes.
So apart from Newcastle now having limited ambitions – which was never the case when Freddy Shepherd was running the club – the Newcastle manager also has to work under some tight financial restrictions.
With Mike Ashley in charge we have never gone out and paid big bucks for a top player, but rather we have scouted the French leagues, and to a lesser extent the German and Dutch leagues.
The remit of Chief Scout Graham Carr has been to spot younger players, who have the potential to become good or even great players.
But when we do hit the jackpot and get a potentially great player, like we did with Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy – they are quickly sold – often half way through the season, as long as Newcastle pocket the money.
Money is more important than the team at Newcastle these days – fact.
Newcastle United have become a selling club, and we can no longer offer top players European football or even promise them European football in the near future.
Some top managers who would want more control on who comes and goes at Newcastle, may therefore not be inclined to apply for the Newcastle job, if it becomes available.
Here’s the voting we have for the next Newcastle manager.
But in the poll are no managers who already have jobs (apart from St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier), and other managers may be available such as Steve Bruce or even Ajax manager Frank de Boer.
We would be happy enough if Newcastle got David Moyes or Roberto di Matteo through the door, but our number one choice would be Dutchman Frank de Boer, who referred to Newcastle United as a sleeping giant when he was linked with the Spurs job over the summer.
Frank may be too ambitious to fit the manager profile Mike Ashley would be looking for – and that’s what’s so sad about the current owner.
He’s just not ambitious enough to own Newcastle United – very sad but very true.
But to try to end this on a positive note, after we talked earlier today about it being better to be positive then the alternative – here’s a little exercise for you.
Close your eyes, relax, and then think about next Thursday afternoon, and by that time Alan Pardew has been sacked (we lost against Hull), and it’s been announced that Frank de Boer has been appointed as the new Newcastle manager.
In his very first press conference he has just said he wants to restore Newcastle United to the its former glories, and the team under him will play in the style of Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers of the 1990s.
How would you feel about that? 😀
Howay The Lads!!
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