If a person is to be judged on his results in any job, then it’s important to allow them to do the job their way – and they can then either sink or swim on the results they get.
So as a football manager, if you don’t get a say on who comes into the club during the transfer windows, you are really not in full control of the squad – and that’s one reason a lot of top managers wouldn’t touch the Newcastle job this year – they wanted more control than the Tyneside club was willing to give them.
Rob Lee – while at Newcastle United
Former Newcastle midfield star Rob Lee thinks that’s exactly the reason not one top manager seems to have been interested in the Newcastle head coach position.
And when Newcastle briefly approached a person who looked to be a good candidate – like Patrick Vieira for instance – he quickly became disinterested when told the club would continue running the club with Lee Charnley, Chief Scout Graham Carr and the head coach running the show – with Graham Carr having the major say on transfers into the club.
Rob Lee was speaking at the Gary Speed Memorial Day at Ramside Hall:
“Because of the policy of the club, if somebody else is bringing in the players, then big name managers will not accept that. Big name managers know players and will want to bring players with them.”
“Everyone wants to keep telling me it works on the continent. But if they are top, top managers then they will have a say. Jose Mourinho would not accept not having a say. At the end of the day a manager will get the blame if the results aren’t right, so you would want a say.”
“You can only make a team so much better. We need somebody who can attract players to this club. We are a club that almost got relegated. We need nine or ten players to be competitive in the Premier League.”
It is the way clubs on the continent work where the coach is given the group of players and his sole job is to get the very best out of what he’s got available – which is really the definition of what a coach’s job is.
And as far as Jose Mourinho is concerned he didn’t always have a say on who come into the club and owner Roman Abramovich was keen on bringing in Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko, who turned out to be a big flop.
We also don’t know if Jose had much say on players coming into the club while he was at Real Madrid.
Unless something dramatic happens in the next few days, it looks like Steve McClaren will become the head coach at Newcastle with John Carver again the assistant manager – even after John’s woeful performance as the interim head coach this year almost got us relegated.