McClaren Appointment – Where’s The Ambition In That?

We thought the Mike Ashley interview an hour before the game with West Ham  10 days ago was a big surprise, and it seemed strange that he gave his first interview in eight years he has been the Newcastle owner just one hour before a game that could have seen us relegated back into the Championship.

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Ashley and Charnley at the last game

But it turned out to be a good call by Ashley, and what he said  for him was very ambitious, and he even received some praise from some quarters – which is again surprising.

Mike said he now wanted to win something – and Newcastle fans hopes were raised with his interview and 63% in our poll were more positive after the interview than before.

Are You More Positive On Newcastle's Future Following Ashley's Interview?

  • Yes (55%, 3,094 Votes)
  • No (45%, 2,517 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,611

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It was even a bigger shock the lads showed fight and determination against the Hammers to put on what was one of the best performance this year, and when the chips were really down.

In front of a full house at St. James’ Park we had a great 2-0 win and even moved up two places in the league which got us another £2.4M from the Premier League.

That performance was more like what fans want to see, and we had some phenomenal play from Jonas Gutierrez, and in addition Vurnon Anita had his best game ever for Newcastle, in what was our most important game in six years.

The first test of whether the club has really changed for the better is the appointment of a new head coach, and we have been linked this last week with Michael Laudrup, Remi Garde and Patrick Vieira, who really got the Newcastle fans going – and he could have been a great new head coach for us.

But what seems to have happened is that Lee Charnley and Graham Carr have not deviated on iota from their initial choice of Steve McClaren as the head coach in early January.

Steve was deemed not good enough for Championship club Derby County, and  not for the first time in the last eight years, the 53 year-old English coach has been fired for poor performance.

And John Carver may be the assistant manager again – and that follows a 20 game period when we were almost relegated and Carver did nothing for his reputation.

In fact it’s been wrecked with 98% of fans not wanting him to get the job as head coach as he did whatever he could to appease and impress Lee Charnley and company – but John didn’t win many games and almost had us relegated.

Should John Carver Now Get Head Coach Position?

  • No (97%, 9,064 Votes)
  • Yes (3%, 233 Votes)

Total Voters: 9,297

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And Steve McClaren lost control art Derby Count this year, and they slipped from the top two in the Championship and finished in 8th place and out of the play-offs – and Steve was sacked.

Did that poor performance form McClaren stop Lee Charnley and Graham Carr from making Steve the new head coach in a new era when we are trying to win something?

It doesn’t look like it.

We don’t know what Lee Charnley and company are exactly doing this week – but it doesn’t seem to fans that we are trying to appoint a new head coach who can make us very successful in the Premier League again – and win something.

That’s what Mike Ashley says he wants to do – so there ‘s a huge disconnect here between Mike’s words and Lee Charnley’s  actions – and Lee seems to be going for the easy choice yet again.,

Appointing Steve McClaren and keeping John Carver in place as the assistant manager – two men who have had very poor performance over the last five months – will do nothing to appease Newcastle fans.

In fact it could make things even worse.

There’s still time for Lee Charnley and company to see the light of day and appoint  a really good coach at Newcastle United – there are plenty available.

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