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 – 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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