There’s a good interview in the Chronicle today with former striker Mick Quinn and Mick would like to see a head coach come in and in Mick’s words would be “a coach who is strong, who is a character and who will grab the club by the throat and get the fans back onside.”
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
If we understand Mike Ashley and how he operates – then that’s the last type of coach Mike will want at the club.
Kevin Keegan was that kind of coach, and he lasted all of eight months before he felt that Ashley did things behind his back that were unacceptable to Keegan and he left – very quickly – in September of 2008.
The new head coach will be expected to accept how the club will continue to be managed, with players being sold at the convenience of the financial records, and players brought in for relatively low transfer fees, and the playing squad taking second priority to the finances.
Lee Charnley has already emphasized that he will expect the new coach not to get upset (and complain) if players are sold when the financial opportunity arises.
And according to Charnley at the last Fans Forum meeting, Mike Ashley will continue to run the club like he has done over the last eight years – and that has garnered only one finish in the top nine in the Premier League in eight years.
When Alan Pardew came in back in December, 2010, he accepted the restrictions fully, and although Alan wasn’t a yes man by any means – he finally got fed up with not being to build a squad on Tyneside that improved every season.
That’s because Ashley kept selling his best players and would not bring in new players when they were required – like last January – and we think that was the final straw for Alan Pardew at Newcastle – and he left – quickly.
It seems Alan Pardew thinks he will have a much better chance at Crustal Palace of building a good side, and we’re sure he got the promise from Chairman Steve Parish that he won’t sell their top players.
That’s an assurance he never got from Mike Ashley.
This is what Mick Quinn has said today in the Chronicle and he doesn’t think Mike Ashley wants a strong character either:
“I’ve met John Carver but I don’t know him well,” “From the outside, I was pleased he got his opportunity to manage the club but he has to show he’s more than just a cheap option for Mike Ashley.”
“Has John Carver done enough in the games to say he should be in charge? I’d say no.” “Some of the players look like they want to get away. The attitude against Everton was embarrassing.”
“That’s where man management comes in, to make sure you motivate players.” “For me, what it requires is manager to come in who is strong, who is a character and who will grab the club by the throat and get the fans back onside.
“At the minute, the fans are absolutely numb.” “It’s a huge frustration to watch a club that is lacking investment and which won’t strengthen.”
“But I don’t think Mike Ashley wants a manager who is a character.”
John Carver agrees with everything Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley say – almost by definition.
If they want to do something then John will agree with that – like he agreed with Lee Charnley back in January, that we didn’t need any new players brought in.
Not too many fans agreed with that position, and common sense said we were going to be short of players through the second half of the season.
That’s what’s happened and it’s not like it’s rocket science – it’s common sense
So as Mick Quinn says – John Carver is both a cheap option and a (very) easy option for the club, and whatever his record at the end of the season, he may still get the job.
And that means Newcastle will continue in the way we have been going for the last eight years (in short – nowhere), and we may even hit on success again – like we did in 2012.
It’s always possible – like winning the lottery is always possible – but that would be by accident more than by good design.
Sorry to be so negative, but we just cannot see Newcastle being successful under Mike Ashley – who will continue to do things his way – because he owns the club.
And his way is totally about the finances of the club and having them be stellar – and he’ll continue to be very successful at that.
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