Search For New Manager Begins – But Nothing Will Change


While Newcastle fans will be hoping for some changes for the better when a new manager is announced to replace Alan Pardew, Mike Ashley will continue to run the club like he’s been running it over the four years that Pardew was the Newcastle manager.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – search begins for new manager

The emphasis on youth and buying young players who can improve on Tyneside once they arrive – like Ayoze Perez as one example – will continue.

There will also be continued investment in the Youth Academy, which seems to be bearing some fruit at last, with youngsters like Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons, Lubo Satka, Remie Streete and Callum Roberts coming through nicely.

And good players becoming free agents will continue to be followed closely, with the view that we can either get them when they become free agents, or shortly before that for a cut price transfer fee.

And now and again we may even pay out some big money for a player like we did when we paid £9M to SC Freiburg for Papiss Cisse almost three years ago – but around £10M seems to be the limit for Mike in today’s transfer market.

Players will be brought into the club by committee, with the manager only one member of that committee, and basically the manager’s job at Newcastle seems to be three-fold under Ashley:

1) Responsible for the playing staff and his remit is to get the very best out of the first team players available
2) Ensure that youngsters at the club are given a fair crack of the whip and brought through the ranks
3) Be the voice of Newcastle United to the press and the outside world

That’s more of the way managers on the continent operate, and the new manager will not have the final say on who comes into the club and who leaves the club.

We hope that Mike Ashley will refrain from selling our best players at the wrong time, but we still think every player will have his price at Newcastle,  and when a bid comes in meeting that price, the player will be sold whether we can replace him or not.

Finances will remain more important than the playing staff – that will not change either.

When Alan Pardew was manager the owner sold Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye when they were the best players at the club, and we didn’t replace them in the January transfer windows in which they were sold.

And we also sold Mathieu Debuchy last summer.

So Mike also seems to want to fund Newcastle by getting players in on the cheap and selling them when their ambitions exceed those of Newcastle – translation – they want to play in the Champions League.

Mike Ashley is in Barbados right now, but Managing Director Lee Charnley has been tasked with bringing in a replacement Pardew – but there are not exactly any top managers currently available.

Newcastle have been linked with Ajax manager Frank de Boer,  but Frank will insist on seeing out the season in Amsterdam before he would consider any move away from the Dutch powerhouse.

Managers we have been linked with like Tony Pulis, Glenn Hoddle, Steve Bruce, Tim Sherwood, Steve McClaren, Christophe Galtier, Pep Guardiola and others are all average managers.

Sorry – whoops –  Pep shouldn’t be in there – I got carried away. 😀

Let’s try to concentrate again.

We are a little surprised that Newcastle have been so quick to clear the way for Alan Pardew to join Crystal Palace when that leaves Newcastle struggling to replace him – since it’s the middle of the season – in fact exactly the middle with 19 league games having been played.

Newcastle have 26 points and in 10th place and we are 14 points from safety – and it would be a good start post Alan Pardew, if the lads can get a home win against Burnley on New Years Day.

We may also be surprised as we were with Alan Pardew – when Mike Ashley brings in the seventh manager in his reign – the others being Sam Allardyce (appointed by Freddy Shepherd), Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.

Hopefully we will find out fairly soon – but the lads will need the full support of the fans on Thursday and another win would be great – but it will have to be without the suspended Papiss Cisse.

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238 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    I tell ya lads FDB in the summer

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Very optimistic Ed.

    “Search For New Manager Begins – But Nothing Will Change”

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Dec 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m convinced there’s a link between Pardew leaving and Shola terminating his contract with his club. Might not be manager, but some role, maybe assistant to Bruce as his regular assistant Steve Agnew has just departed from Hull City.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Is anyone in Barbados?

    Swim owa to Fattys yacht and ask him the crak.

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  • dazzler

    Dec 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #6

    We need a hoots type, good coach who keeps his mouth shut. The old school “gaffer” approach clearly doesn’t work if you don’t have British players like Nolan and Barton.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 30, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Nothing will change, of course nothing will change, who’s going to come in that’s better than pardew.

    No one.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #8

    G2

    I am on the de boer bus. But i cant see it happening. If we are stuck with UK managers (probably all Mash will consider) i would give Mclaren a go, or even Hoddle. Both till end of season and if they do well longer. Ideally, Mash Fcuks off and we get a belter of an appointment

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #9

    The Great Eminent King Shola, an undisputed King, unlike Pardupe.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Stop moaning Welsh

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Cheer up

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  • gazzaforever

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Roland Courbis would be the perfect coach.

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  • gazzaforever

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Any news of Ilovetoon lol

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14

    The great pharoah Pshola Ameobitep will save us.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m on the De Boer train Markass loads better there

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  • Barton

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #16

    From all the z-list choice that Cashley will choose from,be Hoddle for me.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #17

    this article from about 6 months ago has some interesting suggestions for our next manager. thomas tuchel sounds good.
    http://whatculture.com/sport/10-managers-save-newcastle-united.php

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Belfast

    Me moan, never, well only at the moaners.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Bambams

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #19

    IF….IF, it’s to be a caretaker until the summer could we dare to think its FDB coming in when season ends…….

    I worry its Warnock…

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Apparently Shola is travelling back from Turkey on horseback as we speak, clad in knight armour, Toon flag held aloft.

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Mark, no manager worth his salt , and in work, is going to come here on a 6 month trial.
    Any short term appointment will come from within. Or we get crap, that’s always an option here…

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Clinath

    sadly thats probably true.

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Warnock does like the temporary contract routine. I’d take it ONLY if it was a run in to FDB signing.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Wtf has happened on here? I go out for a few hours and everyone has gone mental. Well, more mental than before anyway 🙂

    What’s this about Shola? Is he not playing in Turkey?

    Also, who the hell is this Nigel winkdjbsiy;lsmjdu bloke (can’t be bothered to look back through the posts)

    Actually, I’m liking the name Winkdjbsiy. I say we find this man and make him our manager. Done.

    Jesus, I haven’t even hit submit yet and i’m feeling the insanity setting in. Ed, what’s going on?

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    I fear it will be some turkey from the lower leagues like.

    You’d think It would make sense to employ a foreign head coach who is used to working under the same structure that we have.

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  • ToonBano

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #26

    John Carver will be in charge for the rest of the season. Ashley wont do anything. He didnt sack Pardew so why would he oversee a total overhaul of staff and eventually players?!!

    http://www.toonbano.com/2014/12/john-carver-will-be-in-charge-for-rest.html

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve just realized I said I’d accept Warnock…..ffs, the pressure is getting to me. Rather have Shola….

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Contacted terminated yesterday, Ibiza. Shola’s that is.

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  • clinath@ed

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Wintrybum….Ibiza

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #30

    As I said on a previous post (Harrumph!) I like Tim Sherwood surprisingly. If we get Pulis I will be extremely upset and sulk for at least a month unless we keep winning. In which case I will look extremely smug and tell everyone I told you so.

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #31

    …..by mutual consent.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Bano…You must be a happy camper right now.

    For a change, I’m with you. I really doubt anyone is coming in, I fully expect to see someone from within overseeing the rest of this season.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Worthington was a northern Ireland player then manager of national side.

    Also managed Norwich, Leicester, and York of the top of my head.

    Negative dull Manager

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Pet lip…Really? That lasted long.

    Clinath…Aye, I hear it’s cold at the minute 😉

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  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Left York City a couple of months ago.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Belfast…Tbf, he sounds right up Ashleys street.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Has Pardew still not been announced as Palaces manager?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #38

    What’s that you say Belfast@33? Negative and dull? Then he’s perfect for us according to the Ash Plan. Will he cost us much? If not then the position is his.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #39

    So Shola’s coming home – how about to gain his first management experience in charge of the Under 21? s and allow Beardsley to step up to Bruce’s number two ?
    Or just promote Beardsley for rest of season to Head Coach with Carver his number two and Shola i/c the Under 21’s.
    That way no new Manager Fiasco ( waiting on De Boer ? ) , no cost outlay and £2m compo in the bank for Ashley. Clever!
    You heard it here first !

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Does anybody know any manly Welsh men who could apply for the job? Anybody? No? Thought not. (This is for you welshie, hee hee).

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