John Carver has shown this year and at the same time last year, that he isn’t up to being the head coach at Newcastle, even though he is very willing to fit into the way Mike Ashley runs the club to make big money.
John Carver – agrees with Lee Charnley about everything?
Like Lee Charnley before him, he is only too willing to do what he’s told, and those are the people Mike likes working for him – people who believe in and support his MO – his method of operation.
As we explained earlier this morning the only problem is that his financial way of running the business at Newcastle doesn’t work for a football club, and although we make big money we are a mediocre side at best on the pitch and the results under Ashley prove that without doubt.
Last year at this time, John Carver and Steve Stone were also running the side from the touchline, and in seven games in charge we lost six of them and this year in 13 games John has managed, we have won only two games.
So when Newcastle appoint a head coach in the summer there seems to be good reason why we should appoint the new head coach and let him bring in his own people – and make a clean break from the Alan Pardew era.
That’s something Remi Grade wanted to so – but that was a problem for the upper management – because they wanted to keep the current coaching staff.
Why was that – because we have hardly been successful over the last four years.
But that’s what Mike wants – and therefore some of the requirements for the head coach position are as follows:
- Work with the existing coaching staff
- Be the chief spokesman on all Newcastle United matters, even when you have no responsibility for them
- Support the way Ashley runs the club, which is in a strict financial manner
- Don’t be upset if Newcastle sell your top player when a dent offer comes in – whenever that may be
What ambitious coach would sing up for that?
And here’s how Lee Charnley explained that point in his Chronicle interview on January 20th when asked if they were looking for a yes man”
“I’m confident at the end of this process the individual will be best suited for what we’re looking for, and can work within the structure we have. I don’t think anything works and you’re never going to move forward if you have ‘yes’ people in key positions.”
“I know people label me as someone who says yes all the time but believe me, if I said yes to everything suggested I wouldn’t last very long. It doesn’t work that way. They have to challenge me, I have to challenge Mike over things – that is how management works. That’s what I expect from all of my heads of department.”
“But do I want someone in who will continually try to change our strategy or put obstacles in our way? Clearly not. They will have to be aligned with what we are doing.”
I worked for both types of senior executives at IBM – those who wanted open discussion before reaching a decision, and with those who if you didn’t agree with their views – the time working for them would be (very) limited.
It looks like Mike Ashley runs the latter type of operation at Newcastle, whatever Charnley tries to say.
If you don’t support the above points as a head coach then you shouldn’t apply for the job – because you will not get it.
The last thing they want is for the new head coach is “to change our strategy or put obstacles in our way.”
And heaven forbid if they put obstacles in the way of Newcastle continuing to be mediocre at best – how dare they!
Here are the results on the playing field which prove Ashley’s polices just haven’t worked.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2018-2019||18||18 - after 22 games|
And that’s exactly why a top coach wouldn’t touch Newcastle with a barge pole (so to speak), with those types of restrictions in place.
Top coaches want to be successful, and they want to win things – so why would they ever move to Newcastle?
After all, we haven’t won anything since 1969, and we are now owned by a man who puts the Cups at the lowest priority, and we have absolutely no chance of winning the Premier League.
So by definition, the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle ensures we will never win anything and he’s doing a good job at proving that.
And that’s why he wants to keep John Carver and the current coaching staff in place, because they support him – and they also want to keep their jobs.
So the bottom line is nothing much will change at Newcastle in the future with Mike Ashley in charge.
Very sad as that may be for fans.
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