This Man Must Deliver For Newcastle This Summer

Mike Ashley made it very clear in his short Sky Sports interview on Sunday that he is hands off when it comes to making football decisions at Newcastle, and that’s probably a good thing, but the man who has all the power at the club – Lee Charnley – Newcastle’s top executive is not a football man, and he relies on Chief Scout Graham Carr for direction on which players to go after.

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Lee Charnley – must deliver this summer

The way it’s supposed to work is that the head coach makes up the triumvirate of those who manage Newcastle, and John Carver as acting head coach has been in talks since January about this summer’s transfer market.

But John was a disaster as the head man and he mustn’t be given the head coach job this summer.

But our concern is that Lee Charnley seems so inexperienced in these things, that it will be difficult for him to go and bring in a top coach who will be allowed to bring in his own coaching team – because then what happens to John and the current coaches?

It’s difficult sometimes but top people need to be ruthless at times, and you have to take emotion and sentiment out of the decision-making process,  but we saw Lee Charnley back John Carver almost all the way down into the Championship.

Mike Ashley mentioned in his interview he was shocked by the position Newcastle were in on the final day of the season, and he cannot have been impressed with that.

That was not as good sign that Lee is a good executive able and willing to make tough decisions that are necessary at the top level.

When you try to be an independent looking at what happened to Newcastle this year – it’s very difficult – you basically see a poor choice was made to appoint John Carver in the first place, and then that was exacerbated by keeping  him in the job after eight defeats in a row.

It did work out in the end – and the lads were magnificent on Sunday in what was a very difficult game for a team that had got used to winning.

And we’ll never forget how Jonas Gutierrez was simply unbelievable and Vurnon Anita had his best game ever for Newcastle, when it mattered the most.

It was only one game yes, but it showed the greatness of the club and their fans when we all pull together to victory.

Newcastle probably need something like a Director of Football in the mix, who has the football background to work with the existing three in charge – but our two attempts at that – Dennis Wise and Joe Kinnear – have both been complete disasters.

Graham Carr seems to be doing that job at the moment with his duties as Chief Scout.

The spotlight is now firmly on Lee Charnley this summer and his choice of head coach is absolutely critical and what happens to Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman shouldn’t play a big part in that decision.

And if the head coach wants to bring in his own men – so be it.

But the way Charnley managed the club over the last six months suggests that will not be the case.

Lee has to prove himself this summer because we almost were relegated on Sunday – and it was basically Lee’s poor decision-making that took us to the brink of relegation.

Lee now has the chance to set Newcastle on the right direction and he has backing in (big) money from the owner Mike Ashley.

Lee must now produce the goods – and that’s for the good of the club.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Cabella has a chance of becoming a very good player, but he will have to learn quickly. He shouldn’t need to be coached into knowing when to release the ball, he shouldn’t need to be told that doing 2 stopovers when the defender is nearly 10 yards away from you is pointless. He needs to learn that it is about the team, not how many tricks he can do. It isn’t street football. He can be told it, and by all accounts he has, I seem to remember Pardew mentioning it. It has to come from him though on that.

    Rivi was only average in France, not sure why you think he could become a great player. He hasn’t shown anything in the last 5 years to indicate that.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 27, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Lee should not be deciding the ppermanent Head Coach out of sympathy.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 27, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Has everyone checked their bathrooms? There may be a Fife official hiding in it, sh1tting themselves.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 27, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #4


  • optimistic prime

    May 27, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Has Blatter been nicked?

    Hahaha, couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #6

    The only glimmer of hope is that Charnley goes and appoints Carver, and then Ashley 2.0 steps in and cans them both for their ineptitude and making a mockery of his TV statement.

    Although, chances are that would lead to the exiled Rangers duo of Leach and Lambias taking over from Irving and Charnley. Out of the frying pan….

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 27, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7


    Morning,hows it going?

    Agree on Cabella. It took cabaye a season to adjust so surely he deserves the same chance. He showed flashes.

    Rivvy is a big basket of @rse and should be sent packing. Ok he has only had one season, too, but has not shown anything to say he can improve. That second miss on Sunday….. ugh.

  • hibbit

    May 27, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #8

    if we get a new coach / manager all the the players still at the club should get a fresh start and hopefully better coaching

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 27, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #9


    Blatter as yet uninvolved, but the 6 senior officials will drop anyone remotely responsible in it if it saves them a long stretch.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Blatter is safe, for now. Vice President has been though.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 27, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    6 seniors in a swiss hotel, and it may be as many as 15 people arrested world wide. The fact that there was no sign of this raid happening leads me to believe they have got some solid evidence. Usually you hear a little whisper about this kind of thing if they just want to scare them into a mistake.

    Its about time

  • posada

    May 27, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Sentiment. I wish someone would show some sentiment. To the supporters. His poor decisions have put us through hell for 5 months. Charnley that is.
    Carr – what does he do exactly. He is not at the club every day as I understand it.
    For every good signing he makes three that are poor.

  • Our Toon

    May 27, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Riviere and Cabella aren’t kids they should know how to do the basics. They shouldn’t need coaching on when ti release passes and composure

  • hibbit

    May 27, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #14

    posada not even once a week spends more time in paris then newcastle

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Not bad mate. Haven’t been on much recently – tried to avoid all the depressing relegation babble that was on – are you new, or have you changed your handle?

    The second miss was the icing on the cake, but the first that rolled all the way to the sideline was embarrassing. It wasn’t like he could use the excuse that he was going for power, it trickled along. I just don’t see anything in him. He will stay, but more because who in their right mind would match the fee, or his wages?

    I disagree, some of them have been very poor, you can blame coaching, tactics, motivation, but to go on a run as poor as we did the players lack heart and ability. Guti is hardly a top player, has never been good for assists or goals, but he showed what a bit of passion and heart matched with reasonable ability can do. Where was that from the others?

    Obviously it won’t be a total clear out, that would be suicide, but there are very few that I would be sad to see shipped out of the exit door for good.

  • posada

    May 27, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Managing a club is not difficult. Three people work together. Owner, Manager and Chief Executive.
    We all know what a manager does.
    Owner, he wants to be absent, some needs to delegate this to the right person.
    Chief Executive. Normally someone with a background in accountancy. But, must understand the nature of football and in particular how contracts in the game work.

  • optimistic prime

    May 27, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Shame they haven’t nicked Blatter, Platini also. It’s about time something was done, that mob make Harry Redknapp look kosher.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 27, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #18

    It is difficult to judge Carr, who knows what else was on his list that was deemed too expensive, too old, not enough sell on potential, too many interested parties etc. Everybody makes bad signings, Carr probably still has a bit of credit left on that, but it is a crucial summer.

    Carr needs to step up, and if he is the driving force behind who we sign, then he needs to grow a spine and get the club to sign those higher on his list, rather than accepting he needs to go to the very bottom of his list. The club know they have to spend, so make very short lists of just quality players. Don’t give them the option of looking down the list for a cheap average option.

  • hibbit

    May 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #19

    lilo if players stay at the for what ever reason a new coach must give them a chance we can not get rid of ever one we need a squad players often respond to new managers and new systems

  • lesh

    May 27, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Looking at recent performances, it’d be cheaper and more profitable in the long run to pay up Carver’s, Stone’s and Woodman’s contract.

    Ashley must’ve seen that and he won’t be happy to sanction spend if it’s not going to provide a return.

    It’s Charnley’s chance to show whether he’s a man or a mouse as MD.

    If he proves to be a mouse, then he’ll be out oc the door.

  • banjax

    May 27, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Ashley has realised just lately that he has no clue about running a football clue and that Kevin Keegan was right all along and on Sky Sports we saw Ashley admitting it. So out should go a lot of stupid ideas like buying and selling players on a head coach basis. Any self respecting manager would expect to have a major say in all of these crucial areas. Kevin Keegan had the sense and the foresight to get out of Toon when he saw what was happening and similarly, no decent manager would be expected to join. My major worry now is the reported delay in recruiting our new manager. There is the task of preparing the new squad for the upcoming season and with large numbers of new faces (so we are told) they will need time to bond, otherwise we will have another terrible start to the season. To put it more bluntly – Fingers out Mr Ashley, time to get a move on !

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 27, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #22

    If anyone thinks Charnley and Carr will make good decisions about signing new players they need to think again. Both of them are on the take and eventually it will come out, I truly hope and believe. It’s obvious now that Ashley doesn’t want to know anything about that sort of thing – just too much nuisance value with everything else he has on his plate to deal with.Expect the dud signings to continue unabated…

  • mickalfas

    May 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Whoever is the NEW head coach only needs to finish around 11th place next year and they will make enough money on the premiership place money to get rid of the whole training regime without it costing anything
    Keep the morons who are there now ,and I can see us in the same position next year ,fcuking clueless ,
    Whoever its going to be needs appointing asap ,and let them have a say about the incoming players ,
    Penfold needs to keep well away from any decisions about players
    But ffs ,riviere has to go NOW,waste of oxygen

  • Sav

    May 27, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Who is this ‘Football Board’ Ashley referred to? As far as I know, there’s just Carr and Charnley. Ashley couldn’t lie straight in bed.

  • dave 1961

    May 27, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #25

    I would not trust this fat Trollope to deliver milk


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