Newcastle Legend Explains Ashley’s Problem With Football

Bob Moncur has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and the new Newcastle Board member has explained why he thinks the Newcastle owner has a problem with football.

Bob explains why he thinks Mike Ashley has voluntarily taken himself out of the football decision-making at Newcastle and is no longer on the Board of Directors – and most people think that’s a good move.

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Mike Ashley and Bob Moncur

It’s a good question as to what role Bob Moncur has on the new Board – so we suppose he’s a third voice – along with Chief Scout Graham Carr and Head Coach Steve McClaren – as to which players to bring in.

Lee Charnley is the leader of the Board as Managing Director (like a Chairman), and he does the (hard) work to get the players into the club, and by all accounts he’s very good at that.

Moncur makes the distinction that it’s very important to spend the money wisely in the transfer market:

“There will be money spent this summer but that’s one thing. How it’s spent is another and that’s the biggest thing in football.” 

“It’s like Mike Ashley in his business. I’m sure in his businesses he gets his top people round, says ‘We’ve got a problem here’ and lets throw some money at it and it’ll be sorted.”

“In the world of football it doesn’t necessarily and I think that’s what Mike Ashley finds hard to come to terms with.”

“You can put £100M into it and it doesn’t necessarily fix it, which is where football is  different.”

“Mike has a problem coming to terms with that and maybe that’s why he’s taken a back step and let others do the football side of things.”

In any business if you don’t identify what the real problem is but throw money at it – then you don’t fix the business problem.

But it is more difficult in football, because you are dealing with people all the time – and that can be both difficult and challenging, and it’s why good man-management for a coach is extremely important.

Newcastle basically seem to need strikers and central defenders this summer – and we may need two of them in each position to fix the weaknesses we had last season in the team.

The other major player needed is a play-making midfielder,  since we never really replaced Yohan Cabaye when he left eighteen months ago – and it looks like Yohan could end up in London either at Crystal Palace or West Ham for next season – since he wants to come back into the Premier League.

That will not be at Newcastle who presumably want to bring in a younger central midfielder this summer.

Bob’s comments above have given fans a good insight into the problems Ashley has with football – it’s very risky basically – and why Ashley has taken himself out of any decision-making about the football side of things.

When you consider what Steve McClaren said yesterday – that the new Board is about bring the marketing and business side of things together with the football side – it seems a (very) good move by the club.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Beginning to feel yet again that talk of player A is a smoke screen while we look to sign player B. West Ham and the Olympic stadium now sniffing round Austin – he wouldn’t even have to move house- is he London boy ? So are we trying to sign him and offer him the number 9 shirt or is Bost the target with Caroll as emergency back up ?

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Here’s a simpler explanation.

    He’s a that. A massive one 😀

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    *twat. Damn auto correct.

  • bobby mango

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Strange comments seeing as he hasn’t spent any money on transfers for years.

    Perhaps he should try and then see how the results are.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #5

    At 6’5 his feet are to far away from his head to make him an athletic striker in the style of Cisse – more like Crouch so he preoccupies defenders whiled Perez feeds off the scraps from hoof ball mark two tactics, Has McLaren a say in matters or will he have to fit his tactics around the players bought in around him ?

  • Lost Plot

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Don’t think we gonna see much movement in terms of transfers .. McLaren stated his role yesterday and it was to get the best out of the team

    Hopefully I’m wrong .. But at end of day Win or Lose the New Boss is tied to big buck contract

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #7

    If we ended up with Bas Dost and Carroll after allegedly being after Austin, Berahinho and Mitrovic, then I think there is no need (if there ever was) to wait any further to see the extent of our ‘newfound ambition’.

    If we went after Carroll, he should be as a third/back up striker. No where near reliable enough to be a first choice signing. Admittedly I haven’t seen mud of Bas Dost, but from what I have seen, he is a box player, and I don’t see the point of signing a box player who will likely take time to adjust, when we have a box player in Cisse who knows the league already.

    Mitrovic, Austin and Berahinho offer us something different then we already have, and each would be far better than bringing back Carroll or bringing in Dost.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8


  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s also shown that hiring lower level managers, not investing enough in quality, and thinking you can get by on peanuts will have you toying with relegation and generally in the lower half of the league.

    His logo on TV is all he cares for. The rest needs to run with minimal outlay to stay in the league and collect the tv money.

    Ashley out.

  • sparky55

    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #11

    What we know for sure is that Ashley / nufc are the masters of deceit. There’s no way we’re getting Austin…it’s just a name they’ve thrown around to make us supporters believe in the statement Ashley made just before the West Ham game.

    Bost won’t come either…there’s no connection with SM…when he played for Twente SM had already gone…so no personal begging can be had there and it’s not really what we want either is it???

    It unfortunately looks to me like it’s all leading up to AC coming home, with Riviere either staying as target man back up or going back home quickly. Perez will stay, Cisse will go to Qatar or someone like that whilst he still has a bit of value, and we’ll be left with Perez and Carroll…with SDJ in behind and An Other

    The big difference between spending 100 million with Pardew in charge and 50 million with SM and Zenden in charge is that SM and especially Zenden will make them play better football instead of buying expensive midfielders and then by passing with them with outdated direct football….It’s all about the coaching and AP and Carver were terrible coaches and it’s great to see the back of both of them.

    AC I think will come…but because he’s so injury prone there’s no way SM will build the team and tactics around him. I think we’ll get a striker with a bit more about him…someone from complete left field because direct football is not gong to work most of the time…but will be useful some of the time.

    We actually do need someone like Austin but he won’t come to NUFC


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #12

    So we have had to endure three relegation battles, countless 4 and 5 nil hidings and some of the worst football ever witnessed at SJP in the PL era just because Mike doesn’t understand football. He doesn’t mention that him and SD have done very well in the mean time.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #13

    I find Moncur’s remarks bizarre.
    I can’t imagine Ashley ever throwing money at a business problem. And is Moncur implying that Fatso has ever contemplated investing £100 million in the club? It’s laughable.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #14

    I can’t see it or even begin to think why Carroll would give up a guaranteed wage for the next three years to come here for less.

  • one fine day

    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Fattys biggest problem is he thinks of us as a retail outlet.
    Every January he has a sale ffs.
    We will see this jan who is really the board “calling the shots”
    Let’s see if bob ” sorry mike did that tickle you?” Moncur and Carr have balls to stand up and refuse to let decent players be sold mid season no matter how high the offer.
    On the merry go round that is Austin.
    Have we learned nothing if we are serious then make an official bid and offer terms THIS WEEK.
    Then we have an answer one way or the other .
    If Austin doesn’t fancy us then fine move on.
    Look at other targets .
    Let’s not dick around for the entire summer like we did with remy,PEA and lacazette ( allegedly)
    Otherwise we will end up with another rivière or some chelsea bench warmer.

  • mickalfas

    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #16

    I had to laugh when I read that the signings will be announced when they return from international duty ,hehe
    Deluded man,!! Unless they play for the french under 18s c-team ,I think a lot of people are getting there hopes up
    There has been NO change in policy /attitude imho
    Hope I’m wrong
    Ashley OUT!!

  • Sazzer

    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Lilongwe Geordie
    Dost is similar to Mitrovic but better. Carroll would be a decent backup. They would offer target guy that Cisse could feed of if playing 2 strikers. But if played with 1 striker then I agree that they are to similar to Cisse.

    Austin is more all round than the above. Still dominant enough in the air and mobile enough to score from outside the box.

    And Berahinho is more similar to Perez.


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