It seems that Newcastle’s goal for the season is a minimum top ten finish, and the bonus structure seems to be in place for both the players, the coaching staff and administration staff – so it doesn’t look like that’s a change from what was in place over the last couple of seasons.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
I’ll only have to pay this tiny amount to get him to Newcastle
What we would expect to be in place at Newcastle is a series of bonus payments depending on where Newcastle finish in the top ten, and three years ago when the team finished in 5th place must have been a bumper year in terms of bonus payments – for everybody.
Managing Director Lee Charnley mentioned the goals of the club yesterday when John Carver was announced as the head coach through the end of the season:.
“John has a long history with the Club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top ten finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this.”
The appointment of Carver was not met with any glee by the Newcastle fans yesterday, maybe that’s the best way to put it.
But if we are going to appoint ahead coach in the summer, it was the obvious arrangement through the end of the season, although if John cannot get the results we assume another coach would be brought in before the end of the season.
Top ten is not particularly ambitious, but in the last ten seasons we’ve achieved that only three times – in 2006 when Glenn Roeder was brought in as the caretaker manager after Graeme Souness was fired.
In 2012 when we were 5th and that was the highest position we have finished in the league since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked by Freddy Shepherd in 2004, for not making the Champions League and a top four finish.
And last season we finished in 10th place, after losing seven of the last eight league games. 🙁
That’s a sad record for Newcastle, but we suppose the incentives are there to finish higher up in the league table then just 10th, which is the minimum requirement for bonuses to be paid out.
If we really wanted to build a top side at Newcastle. we could make the bonus payments tougher to get, and only have the payouts if we finish higher in the league than 10th – like top eight – then top six the next season as an example.
But Newcastle don’t seem to have that kind of ambition – which becomes clearer with each passing year.
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