Newcastle Will Go After Top Coach This Summer

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 10, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Rose-tinted spectacles, I think.
    Ashley’s philosophy is to do no more than the Bare Minimum. Why would he change now?

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2


    Towards the end Cisse and Sissoko linked up, all it needed was a little tap for a through ball and Cisse was in on goal. Instead Sissoko hit a nothing shot at their keeper.

    Sissoko is a shire horse and some fans think he’s a thourgh bread. I would have dropped him weeks ago.

    Experience isn’t always the way, even though Raylor busts a guy it looks like he’s running through treacle.

    WBA kept man utd out last week and aren’t bad defensively I’m just hoping Qpr defend shite to give is a chance.

    We have the chance to put out a strongish side next week, I just hope carver has the brains to play them.

  • toonbrother

    May 10, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Is this a belated April Fool’s joke?
    Klopp? LMAO
    Why would he come to SJP?
    talk about deluded

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s had ample opportunitys and done nowt.

    If we stay up he’ll see it as justification to do the same next season.

    Carver will probably get the job until Xmas, using the “he did well considering”
    as the reason behind it.

  • toon22

    May 10, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Its obvious they cant see that the whole world can see through the utter bollocks they come out with.
    Klopp lmfao,its no different to that striker link the other day,utter twaddle to attempt to get people to renew season tickets.
    We will end up with some reject as a manager and cheap dregs for players.

  • scout

    May 10, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Get ya season tickets in lads haha

  • Ron Knee

    May 10, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    They wouldn’t pay the going rate for Gomis and Grenier so we ended up with Rivière and Cabella. They took a gamble on will-o’-the-wisp De Jong. The Inept One was replaced with the even more inept Carver. A track record to be proud of!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed it’s not healthy to delude yourself like this!

    …it’s better you get with the program and start your own riot 😉

  • John Tudor

    May 10, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    deluded conjecture

  • cbtoon82

    May 10, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    We have the same deluded sense of hope every summer. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt Ashley will change anything.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 10, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    great sensationalist headline with zero credibility

  • tweeds

    May 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    I worry a lot it may be Steve Bruce or even big Sam, but even they are an improvement on john carver

  • dave 1961

    May 10, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Following Kevin Keegan’s managerial departure, and the subsequent hiring of none other than the football dinosaur Joe Kinnear. The feeling around the club dropped to a new low. With relegation on the horizon, and Kinnear removed from his post, an inexperienced Alan Shearer swooped in to try and save the club. As Newcastle headed towards what seemingly was their ‘fate’ a number of high profile protests ensued that prompted Mike Ashley to ‘put the club up for sale’, or at least publicly, to take the heat of his regime.

    During this period, Derek Llambias was often the not-so-trustworthy club spokesperson. The full details of this episode, or myth – as we like to call it, can be explored here. However, suffice to say the club did not get sold by Ashley, despite many an indication from Llambias that it was on the verge. 3 or 4 interested parties going through the books, the asking price had allegedly been met by at least 2 parties. At the end of this charade, this was the message Derek Llambias had for the fans (28 October 2009):

    “Mike decided that the best course of action, one that would put the welfare of the club at the top of the agenda, would be to remove the club from the market. His commitment is unwavering and the additional large sums of money he has recently pumped into the club amply demonstrate that.

    “I would urge all supporters of this truly great football club to come together, get behind the team and, whatever grievances you may or may not have, put them to one side for the benefit of seeing Newcastle United regain their position in the elite of English football. Mike and myself are here to do our absolute best for Newcastle United and with you on board, we fervently believe we can deliver a successful football club for you to take pride and joy in.”

  • dave 1961

    May 10, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    now are you sure of your bold statement ed are you sure Ashley is not stupid? i for one think he is just that.

  • ronniegillsbackpage

    May 10, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    what will keep us up is hulls last game , Man U at home, cos I can’t see us beating qpr away and maybe a point against West Ham , same old same old next season im afraid 🙁

  • KevinLee

    May 10, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #17

    So sick after saw Mike fat pig face photo

  • Sav

    May 10, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #18

    I agree that you are being wildly optimistic, Ed. One point at home to West Brom and some reduced intensity in the Ashley Out Campaign and here you are mentioning Klopp and NUFC in the same sentence all over again. Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. I am sorry to remind you that Ashley hasn’t even bothered turning up these last vital and troubled weeks so why anyone would assume he has had some late conversion escapes me. I don’t want to be melodramatic or uncharitable but the man is poison. That is all you need to remember. We’ve learned that the hard way.

  • solano38

    May 10, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #19

    In any normal business, if a Director appoints a man who makes a mess of runnning every day operations, then that man and the Director get the push. Perhaps MA doesn’t realise that under that sagging belly of his there could still lie a pair of balls!

  • Malta Mag

    May 10, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Got to say that it just shows where we are at present when we’re celebrating a draw against WBA??? The truth is that if Hull had not surprisingly lost at home to doomed Burnley we would have been one step nearer to the Championship??? To see Carver berating the players on the touch line is another indicator why this job is simply too much for him. You simply can’t shame players in public and lambast them during games and in press conferences then expect them to play for you??? The choices for replacement are limited and I agree that history does not suggest Ashley will be brave, so you are looking at someone like a Harry Redknapp or Hoddle at best and another Joe Kinnear type at worst. One bloke that has never been mentioned yet has done a decent job but ultimately failed because of no investment is Sean Dyche of Burnley. I like the bloke and always sets his sides out well and plays forward thinking football. The reason I’m mentioning him is that it’s a realistic appointment whilst the mention of Klopp is simply our friend the Ed having had one too many beers!!!!!!

  • WLtoon

    May 10, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21


    Even Dyche would think twice about taking a job up here.
    Ashley will go for someone who has,nt caught the attention of a bigger club,which means he has,nt been that successful,
    He will be a cheap option as usual and someone who we probably dont want.

  • AndyMac

    May 10, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #22

    “Newcastle Will Go After Top Coach This Summer”

    Thought we’d already got one ?
    It’s a Starliner !!!

  • amble_ball

    May 10, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #23

    What an absolutely stupid title to a complete non-article. Pointless


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