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This Could Be A New Era Starting At Newcastle

4:01 pm, Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Even after the very poor performance of John Carver as the interim head coach this year – and in spite of his shameless self promotion at his press conferences – the fact that he and his assistant Steve Stone have been sacked still comes as something of a surprise – but it’s the right decision by Newcastle and a brave one too.

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Lee Charnley – tough but excellent decision by the MD

It also clears the way for Newcastle to embark on a new era, because it’s clear that Steve McClaren will now bring his own people in and reshape the Newcastle coaching from top to bottom.

And that’s definitely what’s needed – so when McClaren does get announced as the new head coach – maybe even later today – we’ll be told what the new coaching team will be – and maybe Lee Clark will return to Newcastle?

It’s a huge change in the coaching side of things at Newcastle, but it’s what was needed, and John’s ineptitude also showed how vital the coaching is at any club.

With the same players John Carver had available in the last six or seven games of the season – Newcastle went on a six game winning streak earlier in the season under Alan Pardew.

We also think there will not be lots and lots of players leaving Newcastle this summer, because a lot of them are a lot better than they showed  playing under John Carver.

Now what we need to see are new players coming in, and it will be a huge opportunity for Steve McClaren to throw his weight around a bit – when he has the chance to – and persuade Lee Charley to spend big on some of our transfer targets in the next couple of months.

This is an excellent decision made by Newcastle and Lee Charnley (maybe with a little help from Mike Ashley), and it now sets the scene for what we hope will be an excellent summer transfer market for Newcastle United.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM


    This should remove any animosity that I’m sure must have existed between some or all of the players and Carver and Stone given the way Carver publically tried to humiliate some of them.

    McClaren can now have a clean start.

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Article written in an excited hurry. Lots of missing words. However, under these circumstances, it is totally acceptable 😀

  • 3 Graeme // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Not before time though!!

  • 4 Munster Mag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Nobody likes to see guys lose their jobs but this is a good development for the club and for those who love the club. It also shows that Charnley and Ashley can get decisions right and make big calls. We now HAVE to get behind the new coach and hopes he chooses better than the numpties we have had here. We done McClaren – it was clearly his decision that these guys are not what he wants on his team, and that makes a lot of sense. It also says a lot for the new coach.

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:07 PM


    Yeah,its never positive for those losing their jobs, but it is a massive positive for nufc, and the only sensible decision really.

  • 6 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    It’s a false dawn if the same transfer policies remain. I hope it’s not a job half done scenario and we carry on with the silly blueprint in place.

    Im all for a massive change but if we don’t have a squad capable of battling all year round it won’t work.

    They need to get a good caliber of players through the door and let this club have a good strong season without derailment half way through.

    Give the manager the players he wants and back him not hinder him.

  • 7 BandB // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    I’m not sure I can remember feeling so pleased to see the back anyone at Newcastle United. I can’t feel sorry for him.

    Let’s enjoy the moment.

    This is a concession. We have to be getting concessions. If we are making all the concessions by constantly lowering our expectations, we aren’t negotiating.

    If we go all weak at the knees again, Ashley can only think we are very easy to please. We have to give credit, but move on to our next negotiating point.

    McClaren needs to be backed with spending now. He should also be allowed to build a team and not have it sold from under his feet without regard for the effect on the team.
    They need to tear up Charnley’s January statement now.

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Carver getting the boot seemed inevitable -had he stayed I’m sure there would have been an unhelpful atmosphere.
    The biggest problem was not Carver but the man who appointed him in the first place.
    I think Toon fans should forget about any well known signings as it usually equates to more money.
    I only hope they do not hire a load of duds and loan players.

  • 9 JDdubai // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    So far not a bad start to the summer.

    New coach about to start, not my first choice but not the worst either. JC and Stone leave.

    Just need Austin to sign up and then others to follow. Fighting the instinct to get too excited and expectant, fingers burned too many times but lets see.

  • 10 dok - the horrid colonial // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:16 PM


    I don’t think it was brave… it was simplistically smart… I mean, look at his record… brave?? really??

  • 11 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:17 PM


    Your last post was spot on

    Put in in a letter and send it to Charnley! Or go and shout it in his face!

  • 12 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Rumours flying that Rene Meulensteen to be McClarens Assistant

  • 13 richyg01 // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Feeling confident now.

    McClaren is a step up from Pardew, definately a step up from Carver.

    Players respect McClaren and I think he has a decent reputation, so may be able to draw players here (and keep players here to – Tiote)

    Hopefully he will be announced today and then we can get some of the names in that have been touted around:

    Austin, Bamford, Richards, Van Ginkel.

    Hopefully too, he will breathe new life into our current squad and give a decent crack of the whip to players like Marv.

  • 14 Munster Mag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Tuff , there’s no way carver leaving was inevitable. Loads of people on this site thought we would have the same coaching tickets.

  • 15 Mister Tuff // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Still nothing official from the club. Seems a bit strange as Carver was pretty confident he was still going to be at SJP in one capacity or another.
    Bet there’s a twist to the story yet to come.

  • 16 Belfast // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    His assistant manager will be Paul Simpson. That was his assistant manager at Derby. Eric Steele will probably be the new goalkeeping coach. He’s a massive improvement on Woodman.

  • 17 Tsunki // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    What did I tell ya? I can hear champagne corks popping all over the Toon that the leagues most pathetic coaching team is hailing a taxi down Barrack Road. it’s a start.

  • 18 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:23 PM


    Im wondering the same. Has the club just leaked it to ssn. Normally there would of been a statement and then ssn would pick it up from there.

    They have certaintly seemed to have built a closer relationship with with ssn lately.

  • 19 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Come on who are the sympathiseres?

  • 20 shaun__ // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Not thought at all Ed, clearly the new head coaches call (I’m still hoping it’s not mcclaren) and the cynic says this is to buy goodwill. Either way they are gone, I’m glad but they shouldn’t be a scapegoat either, part nowhere near all of the problem

  • 21 shaun__ // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM


  • 22 JP...from The Rock // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Thank God Carver and Stone are gone!! We saw first hand that they were nowhere near good enough for any role within the club after that disastrous this season.

    Now McClaren and co have the chance to get real quality coaches in that this club deserves. Shame we can’t have McClaren as Head Coach and Viera as Assistant Coach. That would be awesome.

    Imagine if Shearer were brought in in some capacity… that would be simply amazing, but with his contract as a BBC pundit I doubt that is possible.

    Kudos to Ashley for ripping up Carver and Stones’ contract to shreds.

  • 23 Munster Mag // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Also, the neggers who said that Carver would be boss – can they now stand up and say – I’m wrong ???

  • 24 bettyswallocks // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Nice to feel a glimmer of hope that things are maybe starting to change for the better.

    Ashley has spoken and has to be allowed to act on his words. The big judgement will come on transfer deadline day.

    We have all been put in promise land for too long to be fobbed off with a less than adequate squad and there will be no no leniency shown from fans this time.

    Over to you Mr. Ashley.

  • 25 Blackstarbullet // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    It was only right that a new man would want his own coaching staff in as it’s his neck on the line if it goes pear shape. Carver & Stone were so poor, not just this season, that the end had to come. Let us hope that this is the start of a new era and that everyone is given a fair chance ( Abeid, Haidara, Anita, to name 3 )

  • 26 will die for the toon army // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Am going to miss Carver. I really liked him but we have to move on.

    WAT abt WOODMAN?

  • 27 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    On a personal note im happy for the change but still remain cautiously optimistic, as I felt over the Ashley interview also.

    I’ll never be truly optimistic until I see these transfer policies ripped up. Only then will I know the club are serious about pushing the club on.

    While we sell the club as a stepping stone, show a lack of ambition and don’t possess a squad capable of fighting all year round, I can’t see any manager pushing us on.

    Fingers crossed for me this manager is backed otherwise it will be more disappointment im sure.

  • 28 nufc 11 // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    As much jc deserves to go charnley put him in place and was there when jc and ap were given 8 year deals now if that isn’t incompetence I duno what lc needs moving on too clean sweep imo

  • 29 stripes1009 // Jun 9, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Feel some sympathy for Steve Stone as l bet JC ruled the roost. Had the pleasure of getting to know Steve a bit when he was at Nottingham Forest. Very decent guy. Hopefully he will get another position somewhere and be able to show his coaching skills…..As for JC…..Bye and turn the lights off when you leave!

  • 30 lochinvar // Jun 9, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Chanleys decision ?
    Or did he do as Ashley told him ?
    Either way feels like some fresh air just blew down Barrack Road not just Tumbleweeds.
    McLaren it probably is – should avoid Lee Clark as Assistant -( but maybe he can work with the youngsters ? ) that’s pandering to our need for local people for local club . Need a strong Management Team that can now attract and keep top calibre players .

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