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Newcastle After Experienced Manager If Results Don’t Improve

8:54 am, Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

It had to happen sooner or later with the results at Newcastle just abominable so far this season and the Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are lining up former target Harry Redknapp for the head coach position at the club in case Steve McClaren cannot turn things around.

We hope Steve and his coaching staff can still get the job done before Christmas.

But the alarming thing after Saturday’s second terrible display in a row is the players don’t seem to be playing for the former England manager.

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Harry Redknapp – lots of experience

If that’s true that has to be a cause for concern and the next big challenge is against Liverpool at home this Sunday followed by a trip to White Hart Lane.

Another mauling and another inept defensive display in that game would not be good for anybody associated with Newcastle – including the long-suffering fans who are in significant pain right now.

Harry would be a surprise choice for Newcastle after we failed to get him in to replace Sam Allardyce when he was fired in January of 2008.

But Harry is very experienced but he failed to save QPR a couple of years ago and last season he was sacked by the London club – although other good managers – such as Mark Hughes also failed at QPR.

We still think Newcastle’s players are a lot better than they are showing this season and a strong manager like Redknapp, who would put up with no nonsense from the players – could save us in the short-term.

In the past he hasn’t wanted to come to Newcastle in the north-east but this could be a great chance for him to turn things around at an iconic club.

And Harry has always talked about Newcastle in sometimes glowing terms since he turned us down seven years ago,

But this will not happen if Steve McClaren and the coaching staff – and the players themselves – can turn this thing around say with a good win against Liverpool.

That’s what’s needed right now.

If results continue to be hopeless then Mike Ashley will need to bring in another manager and can afford to give them a bonus of say £1M to keep us in the Premier League.

It would be worth the money with the new £5.1B TV deal starting next summer.

That new deal could see Newcastle get an average of around £135M every May up from the £80M we have received over the last couple of years if we finish mid-table.

Yes – football is all about money these days.

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Can Steve McClaren Turn Things Around At Newcastle?

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hibbitt // Nov 30, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    dont be daft ED paper talk

  • 2 optimistic prime // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    I can’t see Ashley sacking Mclaren, he’ll just sit back and watch our misery.

  • 3 Slank // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    A replacement manager and especially one like Redknapp ain’t gonna happen.

    Ashley doesn’t do knee jerks and couldn’t give a f**k about what the media say especially a rag like the Mirror.

  • 4 nut meg // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    I’m not sure of anything anymore with NUFC! They won’t sack him going off recent history so he would have to walk,which he has in the past.He should certainly know by now what type of players he needs & possibly who those players are….BUT…will he get them,will his big pal really go all out to get the kind of players needed to keep us in the PL? The window is only a matter of weeks away now so I think SM will still be here in January but,depending on what business is done I’m not too sure he’ll be here for very much longer after that.

  • 5 martoon // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Ed as I recall Redknapp was not sacked by QPR but left because he needed an operation. I really can’t see much truth in this story but at the moment I’d be prepared to let him give it a go.

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    If its all-about money can anyone envisage in the future that there will be no promotion/relegation.
    The only way a team can get in/out is if they buy a franchise or size of club earnings

  • 7 mindshaft // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    great – another dinosaur picking up a pay cheque
    hopefully this is paper talk – he’s already turned us down at least once before

  • 8 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    its ashley,some crap players and his piss poor endeavours that need to go

  • 9 John Tudor // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    52000 or more sit back and take it in the A**

  • 10 gaz 44 // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    I honestly don’t see mclaren as the problem. It is the recruitment team that’s the problem.. There is a reason why two once great teams are at the bottom propping up the table. Too many fair weather players in this team, never seen sissoko perform when the temp gets below 15 and he doesn’t fancy it.. You could put fergie, mourinho etc in charge of this dross and we would be in the same position .

  • 11 tweaked // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    would rather have brendan rodgers before mr lam chops any day

  • 12 Ron Knee // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    nut meg

    McClaren would probably make some sensible suggestions on players to buy, but as a motivator and tactician I think he’s a dead loss.

  • 13 lesh // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM


    Maybe you can’t see Ashley sacking McClaren but if it’s a case of £zillions or going over Penfold’s head and doing that, then he will.

    And that would put Charnley in an untenable position as weaken Carr.

    Rednapp’d be a good call short term and money might just persuade him to take a break from his retirement.

  • 14 banjax // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    ‘McLaren doesn’t believe Mike Ashley should reach for the panic button’.. That is being quoted in the media over the weekend attributed to the sayings of Steve McLaren. Well if McLaren believes it is the Panic Button to rectify the mess he is in charge of at NUFC then yes by all means panic. In his various press cuttings however he rather disturbingly mutters phrases like ‘.. The longer we lose the harder it is to turn it around… And .. We have to try and fight ..’ Most managers say things like ‘..we will find to the bitter end..’ Or ‘..we have some vital games coming up and we must win them..’ But what a contrast between McLaren and other managers, he talks in a way that exudes failure and lack of drive. If Mike Ashley takes the time to have McLarens comments analysed professionally then I think what he hears, will relay a man who is already defeated and beaten by the situation and who hasn’t got a clue how to scramble out of it. From the club’s point of view it is time to press the panic button and do it fast because we have already lost the upcoming egame against Liverpool !

  • 15 AncientC // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    If we only get beat by one goal against Liverpool, it will be spun as an improvement with the results and that bit of luck right around the corner.

  • 16 Lindisfarne // Nov 30, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    The whole team on Saturday looked like thy had all been Pardewed!!!

  • 17 Lindisfarne // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Consultant role on the Board would be the most beneficial to the Club.

  • 18 davetoon // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    another one of Carr’s mates

  • 19 Slank // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Lesh @ 13

    Newcastle is a minor revenue stream (if that) compared to Ashley’s other companies and any losses at Newcastle could offset tax liabilities in his other more profitable companies.

    For Ashley I don’t think money has any major significance with regards to Newcastle. Fans should forget it as an issue with Ashley. Pride probably has a greater significance.

    And as regards ‘Arry. Never. He he gets nose bleeds north of Watford.

  • 20 BandB // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    The problem in the dressing room at Newcastle is that no-one has authority.
    McClaren is in office, but he is not in power.
    His role is so circumscribed that the players know he has few sanctions against them and is not really calling any shots. They know he can bluster against Colocinni, but that he cannot punish him.
    That is because the captain is more powerful at the club than the head coach is. He has the owner’s ear, and the manager hasn’t.
    Added to this problem and making it worse is that McClaren is a natural number two. He himself lacks the personal authority to make a threat stick. It is exactly the same combination that brought Carver down.
    This means the on the playing side, no-one is in charge. The players take their lead from the dominant clique.
    McClaren needs to cashier this smirking “you can’t touch me crowd” and damn the consequences, even it forces Charnley and Ashley to publicly over-rule him.
    But he lacks the strength of personality to do that. Instead he’ll try to make an example of one of the less well-in players.

  • 21 optimistic prime // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM


    The first time we were relegated it enabled Ashley to saddle us with a loan to handicap our future potential, what’s a years tv loss if he can loan us more money and handicap us for a further several years.

    Nowt he does is by accident and a blind man on a galloping horse could see the trouble the clubs been in for 3years plus.

    The speech and a few quid smoke and mirrors a lot fell for, nowts changes at all, same old Ashley at NUFC

    Ashley out!

  • 22 AncientC // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    At the start of the season McClaren had a bit of swagger about him, the players were having a bit of banter over Mbemba getting mixed up and wearing a tux etc.

    The positivity is completely gone, and I cannot help but think McClaren wasted his opportunity to get things going, as the fresh start was the time to strike, not after 13 games. Why not try a few different formations in preseason, surely playing 4231 every game and not winning a solitary game should have signalled a change needed.

    The players are on bonus sheets for top ten, waiting to the point that top 10 becomes unlikely turns the top 10 incentive into a disincentive.

    Too little, too late.

  • 23 lochinvar // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    The Mirror hacked have started on the xmas here already. Don’t be silly.

    There are Managers with gravitas and respect of their players – think Wenger, Shakily, Ferguson mould.

    There are hybrid Managers / Head Coaches who can still be seen as tracksuit competent while keeping enough distance between them and the players to maintain discipline and respect , think Klopp, Klingsman, possibly Rodgers.

    Which category do Kinnear, Pardew, Carver, McLaren fit ? And there you have your answer. Neither. Redknapp is an elder statesman ( albeit a rough one ) so don’t go there.

    And just remember a Manager of NUFC is for life ( well maybe a couple of years ) and not just for christmas.

  • 24 robertsleftfoot // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    I have been saying since 2 seasons ago it is not all the managers fault whoever it may be at the given time.

    There is a head scout who seems to have most of the say on the transfer front and the managers just have to deal with who they have got. Graham Carr is Ashleys ideal man as he looks for talent that is cheap and they can possibly make a profit on if all is well and they produce anything half decent.

    What Alan Sheare said on MOTD was spot on, they are not looking for players with enough quality to be recognised premier league standard, they are taking punts on individuals with the hope it pays off with the likes of Cabaye, Debuchy, Ba his only real success stories and they all left when the club got a decent offer.

    People have raved about him being this super scout but I said seasons ago that for every one good signing he has 2 bad ones.

    We are carrying too many players, you look through our squad and the following dont appear to be good enough.

    Colo, Williamson, Dummet, Haidara, Tiote, Gouffran, Ameobi, Riviere, De Jong, Obertan, Thauvin (although probably needs more time), Cisse and I think Marveaux is still kicking around in the squad somewhere.

    13 players in a relatively weak squad to start with who just are not up to the job.

    You could go through them individually if need be but I think we are all aware of each ones problems

  • 25 AncientC // Nov 30, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    McClaren said he was not motivated by money when he joined Derby, apparently he was not earning much for the division he was in.

    What does Ashley do… hire the only manager available not motivated by money, then put him on a highly incentived contract.

    I doubt McClaren got a higher basic wage than at Derby after being sacked.

    Let’s be honest, this is textbook Ashley, a combination of penny pinching and mistakes.

  • 26 dannitoon // Nov 30, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    This would be on par with JKS and p45due when appointed

  • 27 Moonraker15 // Nov 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    McClaren proved to me on Saturday he hasn’t got a clue about tactics by not planning to deal with Palace main threat down the wings. Any novice could have worked that out!

    Couple that with him wanting to give Colo a vote of confidence at beginning of the season and not recognising our obvious weakness in midfield and central defence and you have a totally inept manager. Also playing possession football from the back needs quality in defence and midfield otherwise it’s a risky strategy.

    I’m afraid SMc must go asap but I think we are doomed anyway as we need so many experienced players now as confidence is so low in the squad!

  • 28 Moonraker15 // Nov 30, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Try Colo in DM with 5 across the back and 1 up front. It can’t be any worse than the current shambles!

  • 29 widowmagandapoke // Nov 30, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Red nap lives in Sanbanks. This is the hottest place to live in the uk. He won ‘t move here!

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