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.
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.