A Great Coach Like Robson Could Have This Newcastle In Top Four


We’ve always thought that one of the top characteristics a football coach – or any coach for that matter must have – is an ability to inspire the players to get the very best out of them.

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Who’s that with Bobby Robson at Barcelona in 1997?

Yes we know tactics are important, but they are often over-rated in today’s game, and sometimes being too tactical can even get in the way of a good performance.

Good coaches must be able to read a game and see what’s happening -and change things, and we noticed on Saturday that Southampton had three in central midfield while we only had two – Colback and Anita – and the Saints picked up far too many loose balls.

But great coaches of the past were able to inspire their players before games – and a great example of that was Brian Clough, who with assistant manager Peter Taylor won two successive European Cups in 1979 and 1980 when they were at Nottingham Forest.

We knew they were good when they started at Hartlepool United back in the mid-60s when Hartlepool were a perennial bottom four side in the then 4th division, but in 1967 Hartlepools (as they were known then) were promoted for the first time in their history to the third division of the English League .

Another two great examples closer to home are Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson.

Sir Bobby Robson was an excellent example of what a real coach is – somebody who can take the players they have, and get the very best out of them – and Bobby did that so magnificently while at Ipswich Town for 13 years, when he had a club with little money consistently in the top six of Division One.

Bobby was at Ipswich from 1969 through 1982 when he took over the England team until 1990.

And Bobby didn’t do too badly while at Newcastle for five years from 1999, when he saved us from relegation in his first season, and then had us 4th, 3rd and 5th in his final three seasons on Tyneside before Freddy Shepherd fired him.

We think we have a very good squad at the moment at Newcastle and if we can hire a very good coach – we could do very well with the current squad we have – never mind about bringing in new players .

Lee Charnley seems to be doing a thorough job in selecting the right person, and that’s important and it’s also admirable they are keeping things very quiet.

But we still hope he would issue a short statement that informs players and fans of the current situation, and he can do that without giving anything away .

Here’s an example of what Lee could say – which is a good update without giving much away:

“We have made very good progress over the last two weeks in our search for a new head coach at Newcastle United to replace Alan Pardew.”

“It’s a very important appointment for the Club, and I can report that we have made good progress, and that we’ve also had a lot of applicants from around the world who have shown interest in the position.”

“We have now narrowed the search down to three candidates, and have carried out thorough due diligence on all three  candidates, and we are hoping to make a final decision before the end of January.”

“That’s all we can report at the moment.”

It’s an extremely important appointment for Newcastle United given our current situation, and the most important thing is to get an excellent coach in, and Lee Charnley is absolutely right in not rushing the appointment.

We need the right man this time.

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175 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t see how it is the clubs fault that Colo is having family problems.

    He earns anywhere between 60 to 80k per week, I seriously doubt a man that wealthy would have problems keeping a family happy.

    Not it is any of my business, but if Colo has been cheating or, his wife is a nasty piece of work, sorry, but that is his problem, why should the club get dragged into it?

    Oh well, I guess NUFC isn’t just a football club anymore, it is also Colo’s personal marriage dispute counselor.

    Good to know that the CB who missed 2 headers leading to 2 goals against Southampton, will be having a break. Colo has a family dispute, and NUFC will pay for it… whilst Colo gets to do his own thing.

    How many wives does Tiote have these days? Imagine how much time away from training he is going to need, if he cannot keep him harem happy.

    (Sorry for being off-topic, but the excuses for Colo are becoming irksome)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Well when he first took over their was a 5 year plan to get into the champions league….we made it into the championship ahead of schedule.

    The plan is just a ruse, they always refer to this 5 year plan, he’s been here 7 years now, it’s just a way of putting things off another year.

    Like you say, we have managed to go backwards, we no longer get mentioned with good players who are available, the debt has increased (doubled in fact) with no actual payment plan in place to remove it, just left hanging there over the club.

    We have outsourced everything that possibly could be, the companies obviously do it for a profit so we must be losing out somewhere.

    Then there are the lies…we can’t sell advertising so we use SD to showcase it, well we seem to be the only topflight club to have this problem, hell all teams in the football league sell advertising (even my local non league side, 9 tier of football and a local amateur cricket team too sell advertising at the ground). If a local cricket team can charge between £500-1000 for the year for a 2m x 1m board then sure a prem league club can make a good amount from it.

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  • martoon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #4

    AncientC @1 I think you are being harsh. It was obviously agreed that when there is a football break he can return home to Argentina to see his family – I personally see nothing wrong with that. Yes, if the rumours are true, it was his fault his wife left him but as always in these cases that doesn’t mean his kids should suffer and hardly ever see their father.
    Whether he was at fault for the goals on Saturday is debatable but even if he was does that mean if you make a mistake at work you are not allowed any holidays????

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed…maybe just maybe, it’s because they are not interviewing anyone?

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  • Graeme

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Martoon – he’s on Holiday for May, June and July!! Does that not count??

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Ohh…and by the way I am with Our Toon on the Colo discussion; or is it Our Toon that are with me???

    …never mind 🙂

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #8

    As bad as things have been, i thought we actually dominated the game against Soton. It pretty fn clear that cabella needs to be out there. Throw on SDJ and Aarons and i think we start making waves. The cherry on top would be a coach not named carver.

    Janmat Colo(no other options) Dummet Haidara
    Ginger
    Aarons Sisoko
    Cabella SDJ
    Perez

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9

    martoon his holidays are the 3 months he has off in the summer and yes it was his faulty for the goals vary poor defending

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #10

    the club are saving money all round no manager no analyst who’s next

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  • bladeuser

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Who is we
    we think we have a very good squad
    u talk bollox the squad is where it is at and will get worse because they are average at best the football is light years away from what i watched yesterday man c v arsenal but its city and arsenal the sheep cry i say not years away but light years away from these two if we had of come up against arsenal yesterday they would have torn nufc to shreds u lot have been brought up watching shit for years and u put up with it mainly because not to go will have u missing your pie or pint or god forbid somebody might sit in your seat i was born in bred in this city and u r the most insipid mug supporters i will ever come across watching the soton game i could here plainly one supporter singing out the away support is and always has been second to none the home support now is the worst in the epl there again watching paint dry does that to u

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  • martoon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #12

    hibbit @9 – I would blame Janmaat for the second goal – he had time to clear the ball but let the striker get a shot in which then deflected of him.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    bladeuser you have very strong opinions but just like the rest of us you still watched the game… if you can not feel for us move on no one will think any less of you and we understand supporting the toon take’s it toll

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  • pawl250

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Personally for me our best team would be

    ———————- Krul
    Janmaat – STaylor – Coloccini – Haidara
    —————- Abeid – Colback
    ——— Sissoko – De Jong – Cabella
    ———————– Perez

    Subs
    Elliot, Dummett, Santon, Tiote, Obertan,Aarons, Cisse

    This is probably our best full strength team/bench. Not bad considering likes of Williamson, Anita, Sammy, Gouffran, Riviere are sitting on the back ups of back ups list opposed to actually being on the pitch within 90mins!!

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #15

    martoon colo failed with both headers and were the problem in both goals i did think krul should have stopped one of them

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Will de Jong be match fit for the next league game?

    …does anyone know if Abeid and Aarons travelled to Dubai?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    pawl saylor will be lucky if he is back for september never mind in your best team

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    The problem with the goals we conceded is also highlighted in our ability to score. There seems to be no real communication on the pitch and no real method to score/defend.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #19

    jesper the club have not bothered to list the players that are in the party

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  • bladeuser

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #20

    HIBBIT
    i would love to move on but never been a glory hunter and i am at the perfect club for that i watched the soton game and played a game on my ipad after20 mins also watched the arsenal game and never touched my ipad ashley has taken the passion out of everything that was nufc

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #21

    sage biggest problem on the pitch no leaded

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Blad

    And that’s why I think ashley is such a terrible owner, The way he actively seeks to remove any joy from supporting our team is a disgrace.

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  • Thump

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #23

    You could have the worlds greatest manager and there isn’t a cats chance in hell they’d get this squad into the top 4.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #24

    bladeuser your a good lad don’t give up

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  • Thump

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #25

    @bladeuser: You too? I play a game called Nemo Picross on my phone and, shortly after the Southampton match, I noticed that I’d managed to progress a lot further in those 90 minutes than I had in the past week.

    Our play is so predictable – it’s dull.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #26

    hibbit…you forgot they are so busy these days!

    …a little bit of investigation work on my part reveals that both Abeid and de Jong have indeed trained! No news on Aarons!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Thump

    Totally agree there, we haven’t got the quality through the team, we have a few good players buts that’s it.

    On top of that there isn’t a leader in the team. You need a few leaders to drive the team on to turn games around

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  • scout

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d like Laudrup in and hopefully he can actually show them how to play there particular role correctly.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #29

    to true jesper i should have thought of that

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #30

    This squad is bang average. Without the emergence of a few youngings this season we would of been up shit creek with the injuries we have sustained.

    A good solid Premier League club should have 20 top players to cover injuries and maintain a good level of football. We have no where near. Ashley only cares about 11-14 purples then all the youngins make up the rest of the squad and average players.

    Thankgod Perez has did well.

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  • scout

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #31

    analyst haha

    I’d love to know what he done. Brilliant.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    sage even when nolan had a bad game he still bossed the pitch… terry… shearer…. kopany…even gerrard all have that ability

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #33

    TP,
    I’m fearing the worst, I honestly don’t think anyone is going to be willing to work for Mike Ashley under the constraints he’s expecting them to, it really does say it all when a manager can quit for a smaller club and not only have better working conditions but be higher paid, I’m so glad Pardew is gone for a couple of reasons, his football for one and the fact that it might push Ashley into a corner, he literally can’t deliberately spite us by employing a toatal buffoon as he has a little bit at stake here, if not just the money his advertising goes down the pan, not that many people watch the Football League show around the world.

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  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #34

    If Charnley can say he’s narrowed the candidates down to a final whatever, then I do hope he’s confident that they’re very keen to tame the post. That’s assuming that they’ve outlined the role, responsibilities, limitations and ball-park salary and add-ons.

    However, if Ashley’s keen to make a quick buck on Pardew leaving without having a successor lined up, you can bet your boots that Charnley et al won’t have briefed the final cut applicants, will narrow it down to one, make an offer and be rebuffed!

    Recruitment’s not an exact science but for hells sake, it generally takes the Cardinals less time to pick a new Pope!

    Get a move on Charnley and get somebody in before next Christmas!

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  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    * tame the post = take….

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #36

    If we lose Cissé I wouldn’t mind us having a look at Stefano Okaka at Sampdoria..

    …apparantly we have send home from training by coach Sinisa Mihajlovic and DoF Carlo Osti.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #37

    MA should just give the job to Carver, see how he does to the end of the season and get a MUCH needed striker and CB in of real quality instead of all this penny pinching.
    What a f-ing frustrating club we are.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #38

    If anyone seriously thinks the lads out there are working on tactics and working on how to beat our next opposition then I’m sorry but your daft as a brush. I keep reading well he gets holidays for 3 months….again that’s absolute horse. Season finishes in May but players report back for training in July. He also works over Christmas and I bet most of you get the time off.

    What was he going to learn by going to Dubai? I keep reading he missed 2 headers for the goals….yes he did but what did the others do? And are we going to teach him in a 1 week break on how to beat pelle in the air?

    Are we going to give him a growth hormone to make him grow so he can win headers? No we aren’t so stop being silly Immature little children and crying over Colo taking

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #39

    A bloody holiday. We can all take emergency leave from work and it’s down to the employers discretion. For all you know we might even have something in place where by he doesn’t get paid for the time he goes back.

    Get back to the real issues of manager and hoe best to make us compete again by getting rid of MA and stop taking it out on players due to there personal circumstances.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #40

    TS

    Excellent post on the lack of 5 year plan and progress

    Jesper – yes we agree on Colo personal life remaining just that way. I didn’t hear many complain when the likes of Dyer and Martins used to be out every night drinking.

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