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.
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.