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 – 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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