Newcastle’s Chances Of Signing Top Coach Look Dim

John Carver may not be doing very well in his first six games in charge of Newcastle as the caretaker manager, but he may not have to do too well to get the job permanently in the summer, because it may be difficult for Newcastle to attract a top coach in over the summer.

mike Ashley smiling

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

One reason is that there has been a lot of publicity about the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United, and if you are an ambitious coach looking for success, Newcastle may not be the right place for you.

Mike Ashley is getting some bad publicity in Scotland for the way he is running the rule over Rangers FC,  and last week sent five Newcastle players to Rangers on loan, and manager Kenny MacDowall was told to play them.

Rangers CEO Derek LLambias told Sky Sports that wasn’t true, but we all know that Mike Ashley has a tight control on things at Newcastle, although he certainly doesn’t pick the team.

But Mike also sells top players in the January transfer window and doesn’t replace them.

How many world-class coaches would put up with that happening to them in a transfer window, and even Alan Pardew seems to have sickened of it, after four years at the helm.

We think Alan Pardew really wanted to build a top side at Newcastle, but he was continually undermined by Mike Ashley selling our best players, so he left for Crystal Palace because they will at least allow Pardew to build up his squad, and not sell players from under him.

The head coach also has to get by with a shortage of players at Newcastle.

As a recent example of that, we have been a striker short all season, yet no attempt was made to bring one in last month, and the absence of a top striker cost us two points yesterday against Stoke, when we missed two gilt-edged opportunities to put the game away late in the match.

Newcastle are also short of a center-back,  but again no attempt was made to bring one in last month, and we all know that Ashley is more concerned about the financials oft the club than how good the team is.

We also have only two experienced goalkeepers, and when both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were injured in December, we had to play an untested Jak Alnwick in goal, and Newcastle conceded 18 goals in the 8 games Jak started and we suffered five defeats and had only one win.

How many points did that cost Newcastle this season?

It is also clear the new coach will have little say on who comes and goes  at Newcastle in terms of players and the new head coach will simply be one member of a committee on transfers and by Lee Charnley’s own words he will not have the final say.

Skybet still has the following five favorites for the Newcastle head coach position:

Steve McClaren 6/4
John Carver 3/1
Rafael Benitez 5/1
Michael Laudrup 7/1
Remi Garde 7/1

And when your stated goal every season is to finish in the top ten, maybe you don’t need one of the top coaches to achieve that,  and somebody like Steve McClaren or John Carver are good enough.

And as Lee Charnley has already said, one of the things the coach will have to do is to buy into the way Newcastle is run, and not rock the boat – like by getting upset if a top player is sold for top money and not replaced.

It just seems that if coaches are reading  the news about how Ashley operates Newcastle United, and what he is doing at Rangers at the moment, why would a top coach want the Newcastle job?

The answer is they wouldn’t.

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17 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Feb 9, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    @charlie (prev thread) – i hate that too but to be fair Willo at the back makes it hard for the defense to play out from the back. Hes terrified og the ball and even when colo, krul or janmaat has the ball hes gesturing and shouting for them to smash it forward and that he doesn’t want it. stokes goal yesterday wouldn’t have happened if he hadnt scuffed that pass to krul making krul under pressure. Better bass back and krul can just roll it to haidara or colo!
    Surprised how poor our technical quality was yesterday! Think that’s something that won’t be changed until we have 2 new centrebacks

  • jayphoto

    Feb 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t agree with this Ed! Be hard for us to get a top english based coach but virtually every coach works under these conditions outside of UK! The problem is Ashley has implemented a system not used in england so journos and PL managers aren’t used to it!
    We also pay more than 85% of clubs in the top leagues!
    Pardew was the 4th worst paid manager in the PL after bruce, Pearson and Dyche but was still on more than Klopp at Dortmund!
    Galtier in France in on about €400,000 a year. If he gets offered the £850,000 rising to £2m with league based bonuses that Pardew was on (tho think he had to win the league for that) thats minimum tripling his salary! Similar story as De Boer!
    Its like field of dreams ….. If you pay them, they will come

  • Tsunki

    Feb 9, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Stokes keeper virtually every time had options to pass out to a defender. I can count on the gingers of one hand Krul did that all game. How come our defence is so high all the time? Willo has to ho, he either passes back whenever there is a player 10 yards away from him or his only ball forward is a long 50/50 punt. Between Krul and Willo we give possession away about 75% of the time when they get the ball.

    Janmaat for me is a mixed bag. He’s ok defensively, gets forward and can get crosses in but he’s no ball player, can’t dribble at all. I’m not sure he’s better than Debuchy. Colo is still good, but he’s not getting younger, and Haidara looks better every game.

    Our defensive coaching is beyond pitiful though. it’s almost an afterthought.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 9, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Still think we’re nailed on for McLaren!
    Carver has lost points in games he needed them to amass enough points to convince MASh hed not relegate us given the job! Needed wins at home to Burnley and Stoke!
    Cabella having a mini fit won’t have helped him either

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    From previous thread – does my heed in. Give Stoke credit they built from the back unlike us their players wanted the ball from Begovic – none of our players wanted the ball they just ran away to the half way line. Anita was the defensive midfield player and is good on the ball along with Colo – for F’s sake why did they not come short to take the ball off a Krul pass out

  • jayphoto

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki – i always think it looks like the defenders don’t train with the attackers just against them!
    The lack of attacking skills our defenders have is shocking! Theyre the equivelent of NFL defence! Just block and get in the way!
    Even stoke had Muniesa starting attacks from the back!
    The only other teams that seem this way are QPR and Leicester and look where they are. Game has changed and defenders need to be as good on the ball as midfielders

  • hibbit

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    tsunki pardue was the defensive coach watson only got the the job 10 days ago we don’t play as unit and have a captain without a voice i have mixed feelings on janmaat

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8


    No fan of ashley but don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. Did we actually sell anyone this January.

    Anyone would have been insane to turn down 36M for carroll. Ba had a buy-out clause which all his hangers on made sure he activated. Cabaye came for 4.5M, bleated endlessly about getting away and even went on strike and we picked up 20M. Ditto Debuchy where we doubled our money.

    As I say Ashley is a nightmare but you need to balance it ever so slightly. We have more inherent problems than just Ashley alone to contend with..

  • firebug666

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9

    I can understand Cabella’s frustration, he was arguably the best player on the pitch, given a sight a goal he would have maybe won it for us. Carver made a balls up of the subs, should have been Gouffran for Sammy imo.

    Not the man to take us forward.

  • hibbit

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #10

    jay it always looks to me the back 4 don’t train with each other or the gk

  • lochinvar

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Ivory Coast have a wonderfully named player:
    Gadji-Celi Carmel Junior
    Tailor made for Newcastle – imagine how many shirts we could sell , the kids would have ” Junior Gadgi ” us older folks could have ” Old Gadgi” and the lads could have ” Radgi Gadgi ” even the Stewards could have shirts “Inspector Gadgi”
    With 22 letters in the name the Club Shop would be on overtime printing the letters onto the shirts and Ashley would watch the coin rolling in.
    Don’t know if the lad is a good player but he certainly would be a good earner from merchandising alone. Go Gadgi go !

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #12

    wewll said our problems are not Ashleys at the moment the problems are on the pitch. Got the players to play well look good – take the first half at Chelsea – showed how we can play
    First half at Hull showed how we cannot play.
    We huffed and puffed yesterday with no continuity – we don’t play as a team and it looks as if the players didn’t know their roles or who they are playing with.
    We must be one of the most static teams in the premiership when we are on the ball

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 9, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Taking Cabella off was ridiculous, I’d have been annoyed if he’d taken me off before Sammy, so his reaction is understandable.

    The game was so boring, it was a continuation of Pinocchio’s ‘style’ of play of which they’ve had engrained into them for months/years. I just hope Charnley is indeed going to get a foreign coach in. I can see Carver being given the job though, in order to save money and because he’ll be compliant. Something small to hope for before Ashley is eventually gone.

  • John Tudor

    Feb 9, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    plain and simple FO ashley

  • sickandtired

    Feb 9, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s indicative of things at the club and its support when people can say things like what’s happening on the pitch isn’t Ashley’s fault.
    This article was about coaches and I agree completely with what was written.
    Like it or not, the remaining squad is down to 21 players, and the invisible Ferryra is in that, along with Saylor who is out for the season.
    Would a manager or coach elsewhere have been looking to bring in players? Would an owner interested in football other than the balance sheet? Too right they would.
    The bloke said he was wanting to follow the Arsenal model. How on earth do we resemble Arsenal in any shape or form after 8 years of the fat buffoons stranglehold on this club?
    What is on the pitch is what Ashley allows us to have. Those players are not good enough, plain and simple.
    That is all the owner wants and is what Charnley communicated once again.
    We’ll never see success or anything close to it again as long as Ashley is here. Plain and simple.

  • count

    Feb 9, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Never heard of this coach they call ‘Look Dim. I’m guessing he has dutch/chinese heritage. Sign him up!

  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Not as simple as blaming Alnwick for all the losses when he was in goal. And if we are relying entirely on the wisdom of Carr, we aren’t exactly a striker light – trouble is Carr’s pick, Riviere has been hopeless, like Luuk de Jong before him. If it hadn’t been for Carr’s ‘long shot’, Perez, coming good, we’d be sunk.


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