There was news in the Chronicle today that Remi Garde has cooled his interest in the Newcastle job – and that probably means he wouldn’t take the Newcastle job if it was offered to him – assuming we are still a Premier League club next Sunday.
Remi Garde – only one coach who has had second thoughts
But the way the club has plummeted down the league table this year and gained one point from the last 10 games, good coaches will be looking at Newcastle and thinking that’s one club they don’t want to manage.
We have John Carver telling everybody the players aren’t good enough, and we have had protests from the fans – starting with Alan Pardew – who finally had enough of the abuse in late December and left the club – and now there are protests against Mike Ashley – which is eerily similar to what happened in our relegation year six years ago.
Pardew has now has gained 19 points this year at Crystal Palace on Newcastle – so he cannot be that bad – and certainly a lot lot better and more experienced and not as naive as a certain John Carver.
Be careful what you wish for.
Newcastle are not a stable club, and certainly not one that is set up for success say like a Swansea City or Southampton are with very good managers in place.
We have said before that the way Newcastle is run by Mike Ashley will turn off a number of top coaches, because it’s simply not set up to be successful – but set up to make money and to advertise worldwide for Sports Direct.
In the triumvirate that runs the club with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – the coach has little say in who comes into the club.
Lee Charnley described the head coach job as basically taking the players Newcastle get – and then getting the very best out of them – and we noticed when John Carver got the job he kept saying that’s what he loves doing.
And Mike Ashley’s habit of selling his best players whenever the right offer comes in, will help ensure that any new coach that comes through the door will find it very difficult to take Newcastle to any success.
So we think Remi gave up the ghost on Newcastle a month or two ago, as he watched the club in another mess of its own making.
Anybody following Newcastle this year with John Carver in charge can hardly have been impressed by the club. the coaches or the players.
And what good coach would touch Newcastle with a barge pole this summer – and that’s assuming we are still in the Premier League.
If we are relegated to the Championship it’s all over, and that’s John Carver’s best chance of getting the job.
You would think anybody who had managed to take Newcastle from a mid table side to fighting relegation in a short three months would have no chance of staying in the job and would be fired.
But Newcastle is not a proper club and there’s a clique and John Carver is part of that clique – on that case it”s not what your know but who you know.
If we are relegated and if Ashley follows the same mode of operation he followed back in 2009, he will not appoint a new coach as he dithers, and whoever is available on July 1st will get a chance to coach the club.
That was Chris Hughton six years ago, and of course Chris was just fantastic for us and was a great man-manager, who the players respected and played for.
This time it could be John Carver, but he has none of the characteristics that Chris Hughton has – and heaven help us all if John gets the job this summer.
Did you ever hear Chris Hughton say his player weren’t good enough?
And Chris Hughton had passion and pride managing the Newcastle club – he just didn’t talk about it – but was busy getting the results – like 30 wins in 46 Championship games and a record 106 points to get us promoted as Champions.
Chris never even said he was the best manager in the Championship – because he was a good man and a gentleman through and through.
Chris Hughton was great for Newcastle for 18 months and we’ll never forget that.
He was fired in early December of 2010.
This year John Carver has been a complete disaster for Newcastle and he could end up in getting us relegated – and that’s really hard to do given where we were at the end of February – but it’s now more than likely.