New Head Coach Will Show Level Of Newcastle’s Ambition


Newcastle going after a new head coach in January is not unlike Newcastle going after players in the transfer windows, and when we get the new head coach in,  it will show if there have been any change in owner Mike Ashley’s ambitions for Newcastle United.

Mike Ashley at Stoke

Mike Ashley – has his ambitions changed?

While we don’t really know what Mike’s ambitions are for Newcastle because he doesn’t tell us anything, the general opinion is that he is quite happy if Newcastle finish in the top ten, although some more positive explanations are that’s a minimum, and therefore it could mean we can try to finish as high up the table as possible.

Alan Pardew had a hard time of it at Newcastle, but he wasn’t exactly helped by the owner selling good players from under him – like Any Carroll, Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy – who at the time they were sold were some of Newcastle’s best players.

We got £74M for those four players but we didn’t exactly reinvest that money back into new players.

It’s very hard to build a top side when you keep selling your best players – and top clubs don’t do that – they try to buy top players not sell them.

There’s a little difference there. 😀

It seems the appointment of a top coach at Newcastle could be a watershed event this month, or whenever the head coach is appointed.

Clubs like Swansea City and Southampton, who have less money than Newcastle and smaller grounds and smaller crowds, have shown that clubs can do quite well by getting in some very good coaches.

So if Newcastle can get a good coach in – who could really bring the best out of the current squad we have – Newcastle could become successful.

But the man appointed would have to have a record of getting the very best out of the teams he has coached up to this point.

It seems coaches like Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel and Christophe Galtier have done that – but coaches like Steve McClaren and other potential candidates linked with the Newcastle job have not, and they are simply middle of the road coaches.

John Carver is completely untested at the highest level, and would be a risk – even though he’s a Geordie.

If Newcastle can appoint a coach like Garde, Tuchel or Galtier, it could be looked on in a positive light by a majority of Newcastle fans.

But if the appointment is of a mediocre coach, like Alan Pardew’s appointment for example,  it would put Newcastle’s pursuit and appointment of a new coach to be very like our deals in the transfer market – we do the minimum to get by –  and there’s no real ambition.

Getting by while staying in the Premier League seems to be what Mike Ashley has done over the last several years, and that’s simply not good for a club that has the stature of Newcastle United.

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68 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Pre match sandwich article. I usually back you up ed but this is a big of a space filler mate, it’s being done to death.

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Mcclaren or BUST

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Has ashleys ambitions changed ?? yes . He hates the club and fans more now than he did when he arrived

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Simple really. The new ‘head coach appointment’ idea in itself tells us what we already knew about how Ashley plans to be in control of player transfer cash flow, and the coach (lackey, stooge or operative- select appropriate title) will be a numbnut employed to get on with it. Who that numbnut is will then confirm the level of disdain Ashley has for the fans.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Toonbotherer – I’ll take Mr Bust, then.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #6

    LGFUAD

    I’ve not written them off mate but I am insinuating that maybe the hype around them is premature. Darlow will probably replace Krul which will worry me and Lascelles is probably MYM replacement and if they are struggling in the championship then the we have every right to be concerned

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  • toon kk

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Failed protest at Villa.
    The same would happen if we decided to do the same.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Spurs one goal up.

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  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    There’ll be no new Head Coach appointed from outside of the Club – Carver it will be.

    Now doesn’t that appointment sum up Ashley’s ambition for Newcastle United!

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  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Stuart

    You set a quiz in the previous thread – can you repeat the question please?

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Carver 0-0 Koeman now.
    Carver 1-0 Koeman tomorrow.
    Let’s gou.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Burnley go one up.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Burnley go two up.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Palace currently having 27% of the ball, welcome to Pardew’s ‘possession’ football Palace.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Normal Pardew service resumed Burnley are rampant

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Adam Campbell has scored for Gateshead

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew’s Puntball Palace.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Well Adam Campbell has just scored inside 16 minutes for Gateshead.

    Not sure if he will make it with us, was confident but he hasn’t made the break through. I was reading Alex Ferguson’s book and he spoke about loaning kids out, he said if he thought they wouldn’t make it he’d make sure they’d get a loan to a club where they would look good/be suited so that i would help them get a career with another team….quite good actually.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry palace. No refunds lol.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    as long as we finish above palace and we beat them when we play them, i don’t care what pards does at palace, i just thank the football gods he is no longer our manager

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  • toonicle

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh Joey… he got away with one there

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Is it snowing in Newcastle?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    I assume that Mike kept strictly to his policy of all money paid up front when they paid Pardew’s contract up. 😉

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Campbell scores his 2nd

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Poor old Swansea

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  • Quarryman

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Swansea highlighting reasons not to sell top player(s) in January?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Swansea–OhDear OhDear

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #28

    not snowing —- and I sense in the bars a lot of support for Carver

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  • toon kk

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder how many goals Southampton will rip us apart by today, or will Carver have told the lads they can go on the p.ss in Dubai if we win, if so we might get a good game.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #30

    palace doing great 🙂

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  • damma99

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Another 52,000 there today to line Masher’s pockets.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #32

    TOON KK.

    Booking the flights and break before the southampton was stupid.

    They should have said “if you win we’re training in Dubai for 5 days

    “if you lose we’re training in Blackpool for 7 days”

    “Up to you lads”

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #33

    This all comes across a bit naive and simplistic. It pretty much demonstrates why we’ve completely failed to make any dent in Ashley’s ambitions in 7 years while the Rangers fans have him Sussex in a few weeks.
    Why can so few people grasp the simple concept that our owner does not want the club to win anything and that our target is 10th, not “top 10”?
    The only thing going on which should be of interest to us right now is north of the border, where Ashley is playing power games which will redefine the purpose of Newcastle United one way or the other. If he wins up there then things stay as they are indefinitely. We’re screwed. We will be kept very much mid-table indefinitely while all Ashley’s attention goes into getting Rangers into the Champions League in support of Sports Direct;s expansion into Europe.
    If he wins, then he’ll either look elsewhere, sell NUFC (please!) or remove the shackles and try to get us into Europe instead.
    Why the f**k should anyone give a stuff who our manager is? It’s irrelevant.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #34

    I am hoping to see a forward 3 of Cabella, Perez and Riviere.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #35

    TS…I think NUFC could learn a thing or two from SAF 😉

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #36

    *sussed

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #37

    AC…me two mate 😉

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  • sparky55

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m not worried about the front 3…more worried about the back 4

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  • Goofy

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Any decent streaming sites? Wiziwig and Footballstreaming are both down 🙁

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #40

    toonking…if you are about, I’ll give an answer later!

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