The majority of Newcastle fans were upbeat after Mike Ashley’s Sky Sports interview given one hour before our last crucial game of the season against the Hammers, when the Billionaire owner said he would not be selling the club at any price, and that he now wanted to win something at Newcastle.
Ashley and Charnley at West Ham game
Mike said we were in good shape financially, but that was only the job half done, and that we now needed to use that money to build a good side at Newcastle, so we could win something.
That’s basically the message he gave in his first interview since he bought the club eight years ago, and this is the poll we conducted after the interview.
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
And then three hours later after Newcastle had for once played very well and won our first game in over twelve weeks ny beating West Ham 2-0 – the Newcastle fans were happy enough as they headed to the bars to celebrate we were still a PL club.
The first chance of Newcastle showing some ambition came over the last two weeks, with a number of very good young coaches available, and the fans were hoping we would bring one of them in.
But it seems Mike didn’t pass on the new strategy to those who are selecting the new head coach – Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – and it looks like they have moved back in for Steve McClaren, who was sacked by Championship club Derby last week.
They could have done worse – they could have appointed John Carver to the head coach position, so these days we have to be thankful for small mercies.
But not many fans think Steve is the answer – around 30% according to our poll.
Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?
- No (73%, 6,518 Votes)
- Yes (27%, 2,462 Votes)
Total Voters: 8,980
And since it looks like John Carver will continue to be the assistant manager, his star has fallen dramatically on Tyneside, after he looked inept and way out of his depth this year as the interim head coach.
Should John Carver Now Get Head Coach Position?
- No (97%, 9,064 Votes)
- Yes (3%, 233 Votes)
Total Voters: 9,297
It’s difficult to see how Steve will be any better than Alan Pardew, who bolted at the beginning of the year and then his new club Crystal Palace gained a massive 19 points on Newcastle in the remaining 19 games of the season.
Palace were third bottom when Alan left Newcastle and we were 9th top – but Palace finished in 10th place and we finished 15th, after moving up two places in the league table with that last day victory.
So hopes of Newcastle changing for the better and becoming more ambitious are starting to take a dive with Newcastle fans, and after a mediocre coach is coming in, we’ll have to hope we can bring in some good players.
But the way Newcastle have looked over the last six months of the season – inept in almost every way even in the way they told Jonas and Taylor they weren’t getting new contracts – it’s really hard to see why any top player wanting to join Newcastle United this summer.
We hope we are wrong on that, and there’s still ample time for Charnley, Carr and McClaren to bring in some top players this summer.
After the huge disappointment on the head coach position, we are still hoping the club can sign some good players before September rolls around, but if that doesn’t happen, fans have every right to again question the ambition of the club.
And while we are disappointed that it looks like McClaren is coming in – we still want him to be a huge success at Newcastle, and that’s not impossible.
What we need is to have the 2011-2012 season all over again, when we finished in 5th place.