While John Carver would have you believe it was the players who were almost totally responsible for the club getting one point in ten games towards the end of the season, before we woke up and saved ourselves in that last game against West Ham by winning it for our first win in more than twelve weeks – the truth is that with the players Carver had available, we should have done a lot better than we did.
Steve McClaren – must get off to a good start
While we had a lot of injuries this year, in the final half of that ten game run, the team and players available were those who got us six wins on the trot earlier in the season under Alan Pardew, before he left.
Steve McClaren should be able to get the team better organized than John Carver was able to do last season, and we should be a lot harder to beat than under Carver, who we suppose will stay at the club as the assistant manager.
But you cannot say he’s done anything at all but prove he’s nothing than a journeyman coach at best, and a very poor man-manager who looked completely out of his depth at Newcastle, and simply blamed his players when anything went wrong – and a lot did go wrong.
While Steve McClaren isn’t the appointment we wanted to see, the former England manager is a much better coach than Carver will ever be – so the fact he’s getting appointed other than Carver is something to be thankful for.
With Lee Charnley’s decision-making this year being very harmful to Newcastle, at least he will not make Carver the head coach.
That was going to happen according to Carver even when he had just lost seven games in a row, when he made the ridiculous claim that he was still in pole position for the job, which only proved that John was living on another planet, as some fans had already suspected.
So while we would have liked to see somebody a lot better than McClaren in the job, it seems Charnley and Graham Carr want to keep to the strict system of transfer control they have been running at the club – which has shown no signs of bringing Newcastle any success.
But one thing is certain – Steve McClaren has to get off to a good start to the season – with one point in 10 games it’s even worse than it was last year, when we lost seven of the last eight games.
Alan Pardew didn’t get a win and only 4 points in the first seven games pf last season, and if that happens again we’ll have the Sack Pardew back with Pardew crossed out and McClaren’s name on their placards.
But before the season even starts, Newcastle need to bring in at least six very good players and that will be the next big step this summer.
The first step of appointing a top coach has shown Lee Charnley to be a conservative and staid decision maker, who seems too inexperienced for the job he’s in.
What do you think?