Newcastle have a great opportunity in putting the Tyneside club back on the football map this summer, and it’s nothing to do with how many players we sign and how good they are.
Remi Garde – would be a good appointment
That’s important, but a much bigger signing for Newcastle United is which coach they will be appoint this summer, and that will give us some idea if Mike Ashley has the interests of the club at heart, and wants to see us fighting for the top six again in the Premier League.
Or whether as a lot of us think, he’s only interested in making good deals, and having the finances look pristine every year.
We’ll be able to tell fairly quickly once the head coach is announced, and if it’s somebody of the caliber of John Carver or Steve McClaren, then we are in for more tough seasons coming up, and the only good thing about Newcastle will be the huge profits we make every year – if you think that’s good.
However, if we bring in a top coach of the caliber of a Remi Garde, Thomas Tuchel, Frank de Boer (no chance?) or Christophe Galtier, then maybe Mike Ashley has seen the error of his ways over the last eight years, and really does want to make Newcastle a force to be reckoned with again.
We really hope that’s what happens and Mike has a change of heart – because financially he’s put Newcastle into great shape – he’s a whiz on the financial side of things.
That’s the signing that will reveal whether Mike’s running of Newcastle will change at all – and whether he is interested in making Newcastle into a good (great) team again.
With only two top ten finishes (5th and 10th) in his eight years at the club and a relegation in there in 2009, it’s hard to argue that Ashley has been successful as the Newcastle United owner since the summer of 2007.
So if Mike is really interested in being successful in everything he does, as we are often told by the people who know him, then he needs to fix Newcastle United – starting this summer.
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