Mike Ashley is not liked much at Newcastle and for very good reason, but he’s also not stupid, so if we can survive in the Premier League this year Mike will very likely spend some big money in the summer – which we all know is available.
Mike Ashley – has an opportunity this summer
Mike Ashley is going to have to spend big money if Sports Direct – sorry I meant Newcastle United – are not going to be relegation candidates for next season.
But the biggest signing for Newcastle in the summer is going to be the head coach, and as the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has pointed out, if he can bring is say Jurgen Klopp from Borussia Dortmund.
That’s absolutely correct but Mike Ashley’s not going to do that.
However, we cannot continue to have a head coach coming in who’s mediocre and chosen simply because he will fit in with the existing flawed system.
We are assuming that John Carver has now done enough to show Lee Charnley, Mike Ashley and even Freddy Shepherd that however much they like him – he’s just nowhere near good enough to manage Newcastle.
If we start (keep?) appointing people only because upper management like them and they’ll fit in, we have seen this year where that will get us.
Nowhere other than going down.
It’s still an assumption Newcastel will not keep Carver on as head coach – because of the disastrous decision-making Lee Charnley has shown this season.
And we are also now hoping that Lee Charnley and Graham Carr will not insist on the current coaching staff remaining at Newcastle, because they have shown this year they are not top quality.
Some good coaches we may still be able to attract to the club include Remi Garde, Christophe Galtier, Paco Jemez and Paul Clement.
Either one of those would be seen as a good appointment by fans.
But to sign up a coach just because he will work well with Charnley and Carr and within tight controls as Newcastle continue to sell players whenever they get the required fee coming has been shown not to work.
If Lee Charnley says in the summer they will continue with their old ways that would be very bad news indeed.
If we do survive in the Premier League, Mike Ashley has a chance to show he’s not as bad as he’s looked over the last eight years.
That’s a very difficult task to be sure, but he would make a good start if he signed up a top coach – and early in the summer too.
There’s a decent chance he will do that.