It’s Hard To Praise Lee Charnley – But John Carver Has

It’s really hard to believe the poor way in which Newcastle managed the January transfer window, and some of the moves Newcastle made were simply hard to believe,  and it has left the squad  short of players for the rest of the season – even more so than last season when Yohan Cabaye left for big money and wasn’t replaced.

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Lee Charnley – Managing Director

I’m also a keen fan of Murphy’s Law and a really good definition is – if something can go wrong it will and at the worst possible time.

And that’s a good thing to remember in the planning process, and at Newcastle it should have been a case of who do we need to bring in during the transfer window to ensure the squad is strong for the rest of the season – given what may happen with injuries etc.

And we have also had far too many injuries all season, so the betting was we would get more through May.

Having only two fit and experienced center-backs would have been a  good start,  after Steven Taylor was out for the rest of the season injured on January 1st.

But rather than bring one in,  we ended up selling one to Roma for £5.5M (Yanga-Mbiwa) and loaning out a good 20 year-old (Remie Streete) to Rangers for the rest of the season.

And we even let our left back Davide Santon go on loan to Inter-Milan for the rest of the season, which further weakened the back four.

And because we didn’t strengthen central defense last month we have quickly lost Paul Dummett and Curtis Good for the rest of the season – two players who could have played center-back.

If you don’t plan adequately for these type of things then they come back to bite you, and in Newcastle’s case we are now worse off at center-back since the window closed, because the club didn’t handle the deficiency.

John Carver thinks it was just terrible luck – it wasn’t – it was poor management and poor planning.

It seems Newcastle’s management only looks at the best case scenario (well – we’ve always got Paul Dummett) whereas they should be planning for a worst case scenario (what happens if Paul gets injured and joins Steven Taylor on the sidelines for the rest of the season?).

In short we are left with only two experienced center-backs for the rest of the season and only four experienced defenders for the rest of the season.

How many PL clubs would have let that happen last month?

And turning to strikers, we’ve been short of a striker all season since Loic Remy has still not been replaced.

So rather than John Carver trying to persuade Lee Charnley to bring in another striker and a center-back last month – even on a short term oan – he’s thanked the Managing Director for not selling Papiss Cisse – our top striker.


This is what John said about Cisse:

“I wanted to keep hold of him, and I was supported 100% from Lee,” “It was a relief to be supported, to be honest, as it’s a good sign.”

“I said before he went off to the African Nations that he was our top goalscorer, and the only way you win matches is by scoring goals.” 

“It’s amazing what that one goal can do. He’s been lively about the place, he’s been smiling.”  “What I will say is that up until the Palace game we have been creating and missing chances.”

“We haven’t taken those opportunities and if Papiss had been there he would have finished off one or two of them.”

So John Carver is thankful to Lee Charnley for not letting our top striker leave in January (10 PL goals this season), and it looks like he didn’t even ask for another striker to be brought in.

And now we’ve lost Siem de Jong for the rest of the season, and are worse off now than at the beginning of January for strikers – and as we pointed out above – the same is true for central defenders and the back four in general.

Somebody who doesn’t complain and after a very poor transfer window praises the Managing Director for keeping  a top player, is a (very) good candidate for the head coach position at Newcastle.

And that’s one big reason why we feel it will now be very difficult for Newcastle to persuade a top coach to come to Tyneside, because of the inadequate way the club is being run by the current upper management.

What do you think?

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14 comments so far

  • Alternative Headline

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m completely bamboozled. What possible reason could Carver have to say nice things about Charnley?

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    What I don’t get is, why is Steve stone coaching the forwards? A run of the mill midfielder?

    Surely a forward should coach the forwards! Another cost cutting exercise by the club no doubt. Making do because we’re run on the bare minimum. It’s like a striker coaching the goalkeeper full time. Fcuking stupid as small things like this tend to have a bigger impact than you’d think.

    Not really surprised in all honesty though as very little does nowadays.

    Fat slimy cheaparse slug out!

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3


    From the last thread.

    Willo? Bony? Together? Pmsl. Yes john I can see how the limited mobility and ability willo likes playing against the super sharp and extremely deadly bony. Fcuk me what’s he on?

    Don’t talk wet.


    On john being “made up” that cisse wasn’t sold and thanking penfold for it – if enough was offered he’d of been away and johnny boy knows this although I’m sure you know that too so it’s another lickarse moment as far as I’m concerned.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4


    No issue with stone coaching the forwards based on where he played. A good player doesn’t make a good coach always and plenty of people know what to do just can’t do it.

    Met some fantastic coaches in my time who know so much just can’t do it themselves.

    What would be nice would be to add guest spots from the likes of Shearer, Cole, Ferdinand (if they aren’t otherwise occupied with jobs) to let them come in and give the odd tip on how they did things.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    alternative —— when you want a job as much as carver does , he wll lick up to anyone . Carver is digging a big hole here nd one day – not too far away he is going to get the same abuse as pardew . He deserves it . The creep is no fan of NUFC he is simply looking after no1.
    Fair enough if thats the case but he must take the flak when it eventually come his way . ther’ll be no sympathy from me

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    The more I see of us under carver the less pleased I am. He talked a good game but we still don’t get anywhere near enough people forward and look lost defending.

    I don’t blame him, he is doing his best but the club should take responsibility as they should appoint the right people. Carver will try to hang onto his job for dear life as he will struggle to get one as good after, especially around his local area.

  • nut meg

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    A lot of verbal .diarrhea coming out of SJP lately,this one is just one more to add to the list.

  • Alternative Headline

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Stuart, he’s starting a revolution dont you now, they watch videos and everything (see last thread)

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Carver is getting more sickening by the day.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10


    I disagree. I think it does matter. What does stone know about forward play for a start? Making runs, losing your marker, turning your marker, link ups, holding up the ball to name a few.

    If your taking the view that having a previous forward on the training pitches giving hints and tips would be beneficial then you must see the advantages of having one full time. Stone is not that man.

  • anthc

    Feb 21, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    John needs to understand that we all would love to manage newcastle as we love our club and breath black and white. The difference is we know its just a dream whereas he is delluded enough to think he can do the job so will do the necessary gaffa noshing to get it. Pardumbs disciple cant will till he clears off with the rest of the coaching staff. We best be careful anyway because if he reads this he might offer us out in the carpark being a hard man and that. What a tool, i cringe whenever he opens his mouth.

  • sickandtired

    Feb 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Here we have a multi million pound business, ran by a multi Billionaire.
    There is no contingency planning in place whatsoever. The plan they adhere to is one which has no relevance to a football team or club and the rapidly changing environment in which it operates.
    Plainly Ashley needs involve some of his SD gurus here instead of trying to run the place himself.
    He is proving he is far from a genius at anything other than creating and extracting revenues

  • wynsleap

    Feb 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Carver is the mirror image of Pardew.
    He has no ability, no class and more importantly no dignity. His constant chatter putting himself forward for the job at every opportunity is quite frankly embarrassing.
    He was the main coach when Pardew was crap and now he is crap himself in the main position.
    Is this what has become of our football club?

  • jayphoto

    Feb 21, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #14

    When it comes to team work i feel we have a team of individuals! Our players aren’t out to do the best for NUFC, they are out to catch the eye and get a big move to a club with ambition to win things or challenge!
    No way Janmaat, Sissoko, Cabella etc join us from a top 10 team in a top euro league (pl, ger, ita, spa)
    When was the last time we signed a player already established in a big league? We are a springboard for stars at small clubs in lesser leagues to come for 2-3 seasons to catch the eye of a big club! There has been a few players established in bigger leagues that have moved that we should have been in for! The clubs model won’t appeal to players with top level experience


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