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.
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.
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.