The Grand Experiment Has Failed – Give Manager More Power

Alan Pardew was the big problem at Newcastle – so after he left things would be a lot better and not only that but John Carver – who had been assistant manager at Newcastle for five years under the great Sir Bobby Robson and for almost four years under Alan Pardew – would finally be given his chance.

That was roughly the status at the beginning of this year.

After Alan´s final game in charge – a 3-2 home win against Everton at home we were in 9th place with 26 points from half the season – 19 games played – so no danger of relegation either.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015o

Mike Ashley – this is the man who must change things
That´s if he really does want success on Tyneside

Since Pardew left we have managed a league win only five times in 32 league games this year for a win average of only 15.6% and a loss rate (19 defeats) of 59.3%.

Alan Pardew´s record had a win rate close to 40% in his four years on Tyneside – 185 games played, won 71 drew 41 and lost 73 for a win rate of 38.4% and a loss rate of 39.5%.

It´s not been good this year with Steve McClaren not doing too much better than John Carver – who was an unmitigated disaster at Newcastle in multiple ways – including his press conferences which brought great embarrassment to the club more than once.

Alan Pardew has gone and it was time for Alan to move on for his own career – and also for the sake of Newcastle – because he had run his time at the club and everything was stale.

After a fantastic first 18 months in charge starting in December of 2010, in which he took us to 5th place and back in Europe, the final few years were troubling at best for the Londoner.

So it wasn’t Alan Pardew who was the big problem at Newcastle – so who is it?

We doubt whether any manager – be it David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers or even Sir Alex Ferguson could be successful in the way the manager (yes – it should be head coach – let’s change that back to manager) is so restrained at Newcastle.

Graham Carr chooses the players to be brought in at the club and that being so – how can the manager be responsible for the results when he doesn´t even control who comes in?

The grand experiment of having the Managing Director, Chief Scout and Manager as the triumvirate that leads Newcastle has failed miserably and will fail under any manager – whoever they are.

In fact good managers wouldn’t touch Newcastle at the moment unless the system is changed and it needs to be changed to give the manager more control and which players comes into the club.

Whether that´s a couple of 30 year-olds because of their experience and the team needs more experience – or a couple of 18 year-olds because of their enormous promise should all be the manager´s decision.

Otherwise, it´s hard to hold him responsible for the squad and the results on the field.

We hold Lee Charnley and Graham Carr responsible for the pitiful squad we have in place because before last summer we brought in precious few players in the preceding windows and last January´s transfer deals were unbelievable for their incompetence.

But they are doing what Mike Ashley wants them to do.

Mike wants to bring in younger players who will give Newcastle a big profit over a couple of years when they can be sold to bigger clubs for much more than we paid for them.

There’s nothing wrong with that – but we can’t do that all the time because we will never build up a good side.

We have never built a good side in the eight years Ashley has been in charge except for 2011-2012, and that team was quickly disbanded for profits.

Steve McClaren has now quickly realized he has only limited power on Tyneside and he seems to be doing the right thing – he wants things to change.

But how much chance has he of getting Lee Charnley and Graham Car to change their modus operandi?

Not much – especially when they look up and see who their boss is – Mike Ashley.

It´s a critical time at Newcastle because if Steve McClaren can bring in the players he wants in January – Steve can still change things around and we could still recover to have a decent enough season.

At this stage and where we are in the league table that would be the success scenario for the rest of the season.

If McClaren doesn’t get his way in January then we will remain stuck in the mud – well at least until Mike Ashley decides his adventure as a football club owner is over – and that´s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

It would be much easier if Ashley changes the way he runs the club so we can indeed have some sustained success.

As we said a couple of days ago if things don´t work then most sensible business people look to change it – so it does work – but not at Newcastle United Football Club.

What does that tell you about those who are leading the club?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #2

    “Alan Pardew has gone and it was time for Alan to move on for his own career and also for Newcastle´s – because he had run his time at the club and everything was stale.”


  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Even Stevie Wonder can see De Jong is shite.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d love to see bills try and disagree with any of thst articlr.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Is SDJ fit enough to play, if he is and still can’t displace any of yhat shower then something is wrong, he well maybe shite.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes Ed. But it was the same two idiots, Charnley and Carr, who chose Makro. Yet more incompetence to their names.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley said the buck stops with him. Do you think it doesn’t, more lies !

  • bills-son

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail – fack off you cretin.

  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    No-one’s seen if De Jong is any good because he’s had no pitch time.

    His reputation is excellent…you don’y get that many caps for holland by being sh!te.

    He deserves a manager who’ll give him a run in the team because one things for sure…the current first team squad ain’t performing and there’s no way SDJ could be worse.

    He may not be the quickest but he’s clever and scores and knows how to pick a pass.

    IMO he should be given a chance

  • hibbitt

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #10

    jail the club arn’t expecting sdj to start a prem game till january working with shoenmaker on a fitness and muscle program

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Come on bills, you can do better than that, doesn’t make you a bad person because you been monumently wrong for the last eight years.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    So he’s not injured but just not fot enough for the prem.

  • chuck

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Duh !

    Only took you eight years t figure this one out Ed.

    The problem is in management , just look at the board , Carr, McClaren, Penfold and Moncour, a group of clowns that would sink any club they were at.

    But obviously Ashley controls every decision that is made, down to the nearest penny.

    His is ‘the assembly line policy’ where we buy cheap continental players then sell them on at the first opportunity, for profit.

    Each season there are a team of unfamiliar players, who take a season to bed in, no wonder the side look like it’s the first time they ever played together.

    As for Ashley’s choice of manager, obviously first and foremost is the ability to not ask questions, be handed a side of which you had no input on buying and win the league.

    Beside the fact any regular fan could choose a better couple than Pardew or McClaren, two clowns, but I guess they came cheap and guaranteed a yes to every one of his demands.

    Yes folks it may come as a surprise to you to find that in fact behind the scenes, it’s Ashley making all the important decisions, that’s why we are a crap side.

    which means as long as Ashley remains in charge, nothing will change.

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve a feeling that McClaren’s not far away from walking and January’ll be critical to his continuity or otherwise.

    As Ed implies, the best managers in the world couldn’t do the business as long as Ashley insists on maintaining a failed policy.

    If Charnley had any sense and a pair of balls, he’d be acting as an MD, not a puppet for Ashley and Carr.

  • mactoon

    Nov 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #15

    You should also point the finger of blame at our ‘club ambassador’ Moncur who enthusiastically backs Ashley even though the continuous transfer policy weakens the first team squad at the expense of profit made from young players with a sell on value.

    As long as we have a ‘Football Board’ who can out vote a ‘Coach’ so that he can’t get the players in he wants to CREATE A SQUAD!!!! we have no chance. We will always be near the bottom due to the FACT that the man in charge (and ultimately responsible for the results) cannot get the players he wants, for long enough, to achieve what he wants to bring to the club.

    It’s a farce created by the owners single ambition to make as much profit as he can


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