Newcastle Hierarchy Must Be Held Accountable For Their Decisions


Steve McClaren is in Crete on vacation today, and he will return to England tomorrow and then will likely be confirmed as the new Newcastle head coach on Wednesday.

It’s  another underwhelming appointment by Lee Charnley, one that will allow Newcastle to continue the way they are currently  running the club,  more than getting one of the many top coaches who were available – somebody who could get the very best out of the players in the Newcastle squad,  and make us into a top side again in England.

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Lee Charnley – cannot be accused of making tough decisions

Lee Charnley will hopefully be held fully accountable for this decision – although nothing seems to have been done about the fact he appointed John Carver for 20 games, and we were almost relegated because of that particular poor decision, which seemed to be based more on sentiment than anything – they liked John.

Even Mike Ashley admitted to being shocked we were in the position we were in on the final game of the season, after we were very comfortable in 9th place in the league at the turn of the year when John took over.

But that’s what comes of an almost catastrophic decision made solely by Lee Charnley.

And Charnley didn’t   strengthen the squad in January, when we had time and money to do so,  even through we had a threadbare squad then – in fact he weakened it further on the final day of the transfer window.

And remember if we has been relegated on May 24th that would have costs the club a minimum of £80M – so that easy and comfortable decision by him could have cost Newcastle big money.

And now his latest decision is to appoint Steve McClaren as the head coach, and that can hardly be called a courageous and bold decision – no – it was another easy decision made by the MD.

We will definitely be supporting Steve in that position and hoping he can make a good start this season to his career at Newcastle – the very least he deserves is support and given some time from the Newcastle supporters.

All we want to see is a successful Newcastle side again doing well in the league and maybe having some good cup runs next season.

But if Steve doesn’t work out – it will not even be Steve’s fault, just as it wasn’t John Carver’s fault either – it was the person who appointed them to that position – Lee Charnley.

When you are in an executive position you get big pay for making the decisions which are critical to the club’s success – or otherwise.

And that’s why you have to be held accountable for the decisions you make.

And Mike Ashley is also accountable for his decisions in appointing people to the Executive positions at Newcastle.

There’s news over the weekend there may be a change in the makeup of Newcastle’s Board – so we’ll just have to wait and see what those changes are – if any.

Comments welcome.

Dr. Ed Harrison is a retired IBM Executive, born and bred in Newcastle, who built and managed a successful Network Consulting business at IBM in the late 1990s which quickly surpassed the $1B dollar mark – he retired from IBM in 2004 after 34 years at the US company.


155 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #1

    I just don’t think G2 has it in him. Is he manly enough to teach colback to kick the ball to willo? Can he make him do it on every corner or free kick? No, i think G2 would crumble, and end up telling someone to shoot, or even pass it to anothwr player other than willo. We could end up looking at a situation where goals may be scored. Unacceptable.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #2

    http://www.fantasticosf.com/reflectionforkspoonknife.aspx

    G2, here’s a picture of our incoming silverware. You don’t need weight lifting… but do you know much about table setting etiquette

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Slaven Bilic is now as short as 1/50 to be the next West Ham manager

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  • scout

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets give Mcclaren a chance. If he gets the head coach role, he deserves a chance. It’s all about having the players. If he’s given the tools he will deliver imo.
    If we buy cheap, every coach in the country would be up against it in this role.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #5

    When in Crete do as the Cretins do I always say! Huzzah Stevie M!!! And don’t worry we have things completely under control back here. I’m putting in an extension on the trophy cabinet for all the new silverware. We’re planning the silverware parties now. Everyone wants to help out. Hope you like all the changes we’ve made when you get back Stevie M. We’re so lucky to get Stevie M. lads.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Of course… kicking it to willo was Pardews continental method. Carver was not able to teach it. He prefered to teach the old fashioned english method of blasting the ball at the nearest defenders’ knees. Colback excelled at that this year. Can G2 honestly say he could do better??? I doubt it.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #7

    I want to see 4 things next year:

    NUFC players successfully passing the ball to eachother more than twice.

    A goal from a set play.

    A penalty that we’ll win without an opponent actually killing Perez.

    Siverware.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #8

    To be honest I would prefer Mclaren over Bilic

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #9

    LMAO Cyprus

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #10

    I accept full responsibility for all incoming silverware mates! Just stand back and prepare to gaze in awe at wor trophy cabinet as it fills up. It’s going to be difficult for clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City when they realize Mike is after silverware now. Well just suck it up Chelski etc. You didn’t deserve it anyway.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Cyprus

    No. 3 is hilarious! I think its right though. Newcastle players have to die before they get a penalty!

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #12

    i just wish we didnt drag our feet and try penny pinch everything losing out on our main targets !…..thats if they was targets at the first and not just for show so the fans think we are doing something.

    i would like some action please instead of “well we did bid but unfortunatly couldnt get them over the line so we missed out on our 2nd/3rd/4th targets also as we was concentrating on our main target”.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #13

    I can say that YCMIU mate! I teach what is known as the subterranean method. We tunnel under the wall and into the opponents’ goal (hopefully). It’s all the rage in South America now. I can guarantee goals if we can get the right diggers on the pitch. Trust me YCMIU, it’s wor only hope mate.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Of course with all the incoming silverware I may have to hire a fairly large number of unpackers etc. We’ll need an entertainment complex to unwind after all the hard work Mike. Assorted refreshments. In fact an open bar might be best Mike.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #15

    G2

    Thats all very well, but will it result in goals? We cant have that. What about willo? Where does he fit in? And defenders’ knees could go for whole games without one single ball aimlessly blasted into them?

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  • BandB

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Cyprus

    What counts as a marquee player?
    Not for a normal football club of course, but for us?

    With our system of accounting a £12.5m player on fifty grand a week over five years is a £25 million player.

    That gives you two for £50 million.

    If you say Adam Lallana is about the normal starting point for someone who might to called a marquee player under normal rules, it gives you one.

    Would three Jack Colback’s pass the marquee player test for you?

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #17

    G2 are you Bob Dylan?
    subterranean homesick blues

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Jesper – on the McLaren issue I’m strangely in agreement with Pokat he makes a lot of sense ha ha. I think he’s a relatively predictable route to stability. I don’t buy Mike’s ” peace in our time” video short, but anything that upgrades Carver is at least a start and I will give Wally a chance. Three maybe five games 🙂

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #19

    If he gets the strong squad im sure he will finish comfortably top 8.

    Hoping this reporting of only signing 6 players is a wind up.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Mike is a man of action now croftus mate. Behind the scenes there has been an explosion of activity. Lee is racing around screaming Buy! Buy! Graham is on the bus to watch some younguns play in a tournament in Scotland. Mike is reviewing my job application. Tremendous.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #21

    BandB

    I thought fees only included the first years wages, sunce they are not yet budgeted, but following years they are in the known budget, or something?

    I could be wrong, or talking cack of course 😀

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  • scout

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Im thinking the first signing will be a beauty to get the old pulses racing.

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  • DeanToon88

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Would love to see this team, it would definitely be a top 8 side and would be well within a 60m transfer budget:

    Krul

    Janmaat Coloccini Nastacic Rose

    Sissoko Colback Schneiderlin Fer

    Benteke/Perez Austin

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #24

    A marquee player for us is Phil Gizzle BandB. Under 5 player of the year in Adelaide. Top goal scorer at the age of 10 with the Adelaide Addendums. Has very long legs and can cross a ball blindfolded. Wants to be paid in Licorice Allsorts. This is our man mates.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #25

    B n B,
    In my note to Mike I meant 50 mil intitial cost:

    Marquee: One Ferrari, one Rolls and a Porsche 😉 No more Peugeots 🙂

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #26

    dean @ 23

    and I would also like a large breasted blonde nymphomaniac, who owns her own bar and liquor store, to marry me… she must also be deaf and mute….

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #27

    £60m ha ha. Sorry did I laugh out loud? Sorry. I must have missed something where did the £60 budget come from? And don’t say Ed.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Don’t talk cack YCMIU mate. If we talk cack we think cack. Soon we no longer believe in the new Ashley plan. Then we don’t win any silverware. Then I’m oot of a job mate. So just stay calm and follow the program.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #29

    @20 g2

    lol all’s good then >.<

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #30

    I really rate that Rose like, good player and wouldn’t cost an arm or a leg either.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Dok I’m a known schizophrenic is that close enough? As for my boobs…er well let’s not get in to that..

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Someones bought Villa I think, lucky twats!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Well, I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made today. We know what our budget will be…..about 60M. We know we’ll win silverware. We know who our player targets are. We’ve got our set pieces sorted. I’ll soon be sweating heavily putting the silverware in its rightful place. It’s good to have everything under control early in the off season isn’t it?

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  • BandB

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Markaccus,

    I have heard it described as I put it and how you describe it.
    You believe what you want to I think.
    I agree with Cyprus. Three good signings would settle some nerves. But I would regard an established current international as a marquee signing at the stage we are at now.
    Last summer we signed one who had played at the World Cup…

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #35

    2 very good cb’s and 1 true big strong no9 that knows where the net is and is tried and tested without any of our main players going would make me think we have progressed a lot imo.

    add siem/rolando/cabella’s new lease of life under new management and same with tiote if maccy can get him playing like he did before and its a very good start to the new season imo.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Dok @ 26

    You can have mine mate, I’m knackered. lol

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  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #37

    TFL

    Bilic to West Ham only because they weren’t brave enough to approach the likes of McLaren like wot Charnley woz!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Scout @22 are you thinking somebody really beautiful like Angelina Jolie as our first signing mate? Does that mean we have to let Brad Pitt come to the matches as well? I’m just concerned it will turn into a bit of a circus mate….. Not that it isn’t a bit of a circus already….but you get my meaning. Harrumph.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Dean
    Benteke is 32 million and Southampton want 25 million for the French bloke.
    Did you buy your calculator in Sports direct by any chance ? 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 8, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Well let’s all put our house on Big Mac and his small Fries and Chicken Nuggets starting the pre season tour of US 3rd tier Colossi with a bang and we can a ride on a wave of resurgent optimism. Before that I think it’s best be careful not to get burned by the coffee. Better wake up and smell it first.

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