Newcastle Prepare Biggest Signing In Years


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.

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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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10 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    What devalues the merit of this piece is the summarry dismissal of Steve McClaren.
    To bracket him with JC shows a stunning lack of footy knowledge.
    McClaren was Ferguson’s right hand man when Man U won the treble ,took Twente FC to their first ever Eredivsie title sinlehandedly set up Boro’s academy (which is still serving them well) and currently has Derby County in promotion contention in the Championship — Oh and he once managed England

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  • optimistic prime

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Such a financial wiz is Ashley he has NUFC in more debt than when he arrived and restricts it’s income and tells people the club can’t compete.

    I’d call him a liar not a financial wiz!

    I won’t hold my breath waiting for Ashley to take the club to the next level, if he continues as he has for last 7 years the only level we’ll reach is the championship!

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  • southerngeordie

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Completely agree with your points Jeff and i’m surprised you referenced that Ed.

    McClaren has a very good pedigree and is an excellent coach. If the club were to continue down the route of head coach, i personally think he would be a good appointment.

    Derby might have slipped down the places in the last couple of weeks but largely they have been one of the best sides in the championship for two years with some fairly unfashionable players. It would be very foolish to dismiss him based on times with England and Forrest.

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  • martoon

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Jeff @1 – We are all entitled to our opinions and obviously Ed does not rate McClaren. I think I would tend to agree with Ed – McClaren has had some successes but a lot of failures as well.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    martoon // Mar 25, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Jeff @1 – We are all entitled to our opinions and obviously Ed does not rate McClaren. I think I would tend to agree with Ed – McClaren has had some successes but a lot of failures as well.

    AGREED

    But to bracket him with Carver !!!
    Howay son get a grip

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  • geordie157

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    The summer is a chance for Ashley to win back some of the fans and to show some ambition.

    Just can’t see it happening, it’s a major rebuild this summer thats needed with Head Coach, some coaching additions and signings all required.

    If we can get for example Garde, a couple of his coaching staff. 4-5 new signings that would be a good start but Ashley would need to back that up with another 2-3 signings in Jan otherwise it’s the same problem, lack of depth.

    Jury’s still out on Sammy, some sort of incentive based contract might be an option.

    Not sure what’s going on with Aarons.

    Jonas and Raylor, ideally we let them leave and wish them luck with new teams but we may need to give them 1 yr deals if they accept it, add experience and versatility to our squad.

    Ideally need to move on Marveaux, Tiote, Obertan and Williamson.

    Plus maybe Anita and Elliot.

    On that basis we need about 10 additions even with the two Forest lads joining.

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  • hibbit

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    jeff the boro academy was in poor shape till McCLAREN brought in dave parnaby in 2003 who changed the whole system to what it is to day a very well run outfit and very well staffed the boro academy has twice as many coaches with about the same amount of players as newcastle….. just shows we are run a shoestring

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  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    The only way to change Ashley is to employ a shrink to find out why he is so obsessed with profit at any price.

    Find that out and then treat his obsession and we’re part way there.

    However, short of giving him some sort of truth drug to unlock his perverse thoughts, I guess we’re stuck with him.

    No doubt Carver’ll be appointed HC and that should send a big message to fans – particularly season ticket holders.

    Carry on going and Ashley’s won it, taking the pi$$ as usual.

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  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d guess hell will freeze over before the club appoints a head coach with the power to have a complete clear-out of even the coaching staff. Charnley and to a lesser extent Carr will be wary of some new guy making waves and expecting them to deliver what he needs. Mashley likes to help the needy and all his appointments so far have been exactly that. It is why he has targeted Rangers and so many companies on the slide. They are too grateful to argue or to run checks. Newcastle was perhaps an exception. But by hell we’re needy now.

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  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m not a betting man, but my house would be on Cardew
    who can now be guaranteed to implement the fiscal policies which guide everything at NUFC under Mashley and not go aggravating everybody by expecting standards to be raised and sporting targets to be set and achieved.

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