This Club A Good Example Of How Newcastle Could Be Run

We´ve been very impressed with the way Chairman Huw Jenkins has run Swansea since they were promoted to the Premier League for the first time four years ago.

They have employed some very good managers – Garry Monk being the latest one – and they finished above Newcastle last season – as did a lot of PL clubs of course – and they easily beat us 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium this season.

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Garry Monk – current manager at Swansea

In fact in the nine games we have played against them since their promotion – they have won six of them, and we won one when Papiss Cisse scored a brace in the 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium in 2012.

The other two finished as draws.

It´s interesting that manager Garry Monk in the lead-up to their home game against Everton tomorrow mentions they want to again finish above Newcastle this season, after being surprisingly beaten 1-0 at Watford last Saturday.

This is some of what Monk has said:

“We see ourselves competing with teams like Everton, Stoke, West Ham and Newcastle, as it was last season.” “Last season we managed to come out on top of that group.”

“This year it will be just as hard to achieve that, but we are competing with them on the pitch and we will see what happens this weekend.”

Swansea finished 8th last season to our 15th, and two years ago they also finished above Newcastle in 9th position compared to our 16th place.

Swansea sign good players but they are more willing to pay out big money,  and they have beaten us to Wilfried Bony, Bafe Gomis and  Andre Ayew, all of whom have been successful at the south Wales club.

Maybe one thing we can learn from the summer is that you have to pay more than you want sometimes to get good players, who are proven Premier League players.

If Newcastle had signed Charlie Austin in the summer, we surely would have scored more than the two goals we have in our first five league games.

Swansea is a fairly new club to the Premier League, but along with Southampton, they are an extremely well-run club, and their team seems to be getting better almost every season.

These deserve huge credit for that and it shows you can compete with the bigger clubs in the league.

We still have hopes that Newcastle can have a good season although we haven’t made a good start.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far


    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #1

    i think cisse would of been gone if they had gettin austin but they decided to wait and pick him up cheaper or nothing next year(no guarantee we’ll get him,unless already agreed on the quiet)…..i think cisse still angling for a move now is’nt there a transfer window open somewhere?…i believe there is but im not sure

  • Tsunki

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley Out!

  • Tsunki

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #3

    it’s a good feeling to be in amongst such an honoured bunch of achievers. Thanks Mike.

  • magscar

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Springy last thread

    I agree on all points – and am also unsure about other windows still open – Middle East?

    Probably doesn’t matter though as I think club have now realised that Mitro is no where near the finished article and.can’t afford to let Cisse go until January.

    Perez and/or De jong are options but I am not sure given our start that McClaren would want to decrease his options just yet. When side are playing well trying on different formations and tactics can work better or sometimes the opposite and mess side up.

    From what I hear about coaching set up once (if 🙁 ) we pull clear of bottom and all are getting to know each other better I would expect different formations to be worked on more and more in training and eventually utilised against different opposition.

    As McClaren is way short of the kind of squad he would like ( as opposed to what he inherited) I presume he can only look to work in more limited way for now unless forced.

    The enforced changes last season around this time meant Pardew stumbled on a better formation and personnel and the consequent 6 game run probably saved us.

  • Shot Bru

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #6

    McLaren has shown his lack of ruthlessness and control with regards to Cisse, Sissoko and Coloccini.

    One of his first jobs should have been to get rid of them before the season started.

    They don’t want to play for us, which is plain to see but he keeps playing them.

    Why he doesn’t start with Perez is baffling and what is wrong with Aaron’s?

    McLaren obviously rates Aarons right? Or he would have loaned him out or sold him.

    So why not play him? It’s the usual cautious approach taken by non risk old school has been managers.


    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Comparing ourselves to Swansea…how far have we fallen?


    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #8

    How does Cisse not want to play for us?

  • magscar

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Tiote coming back into side would surely mean both Anita and Coback being dropped to accommodate Gini as well? Where does the creativity/ driving force come from otherwise?

    I also wonder where is head is at these days after seeing him at Northampton game although there was some imrovement 2cnd half but how could their not be after his 1st half debacle.

    Looking at the first team photographs I was struck by how the staff had grown and surely we should be able to see some effect from the extra bodies seemingly brought in ( can’t recall last season’s numbers). Particularly thinking on the lines of motivation and conditioning.

  • Jib

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    UAE and Qatar open until Nov 1

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Magscar, as much as I have “defended” Pardew from some of the more lunatic elements on here I do think he stumbled upon his ideal set up v Man City. And at palace he has this in place. Still the sod is doing well, miles better than many in said lunatic fringe would have thought possible. But isn’t that the curse of Newcastle? If we had got the Tinkerman as mgr we would have all said ” crap mgr, sacked everywhere he went, spends lots ” …and then he gets Leiscester firing. Pardew leaves, saves palace at a canter, gets up to second place beating Chelsea, again. Its partly why I think our problem is with the players, and Carr.


    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew did pretty well when he joined us then the year upon year of terrible predictable football started to reign. The lap dog issue didn’t help either

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Shot Bru, its too early to judge SMC, although I am a bit worried. Thing is , we all wanted Pottechino ages ago, and i’ll bet Spurs sack him. WEe all wanted the overrated de Boer at Ajax and they had a crap campaign last season, being about 20 point behind the winners , and now they have drawn v mighty Celtic in Europa?

  • Shot Bru

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    So Cisse can’t be arsed turning up to play against Northampton.

    Can’t be arsed turning up to a 1-1 meeting with McLaren

    Can’t be arsed putting in any effort against West Ham

    Spits his dummy out when he gets dropped.

    Sell him to any Middle eastern club that wants him, he is plainly unhappy with his situation at the club which is fair enough

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #15

    WW, I think losing Cabaye was a killer blow for him, and the lack of investment in a central defender and striker.

  • Shot Bru

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #16


    It’s not about McLaren, it’s about the type of punters we appoint into the top job.

    Our previous managers, head coaches and various caretakers have included


  • Shot Bru

    Sep 18, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry Munster my chubby fingers pressed publish before I completed my shite list of UK/ Irish managers we have employed over the last decade.

    We never take a calculated risk and go all out for a modern coach like Tuchel..


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