Maybe it’s not all that surprising that Steve McClaren is having trouble in the Newcastle job – he was hired by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – those who run the club for Mike Ashley – after he was fired by Championship club Derby County.
There is simply no ambition at Newcastle to get a tough top manager in who wouldn’t put up with the nonsense we’ve seen from some players this year – since Alan Pardew left.
But Lee Charnley and Graham Carr want to keep the control they have at the club – even though it’s taking us down – maybe even to the Championship next season.
David Moyes – one of the favorites for the Newcastle job
So if Mike Ashley does decide to make a change – maybe as early as next week if we take another hammering from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday – then don’t expect a top manager to come in to replace him – not if Lee Charnley and company are responsible.
If Steve is replaced it has to be a manager who can instill discipline in the squad and if players don’t produce for the team they will be dragged off and benched.
It may be that Steve – who is said to be a top coach – is too much a nice guy.
There’s something missing because there are lots of people – managers and former players – who say he’s a great coach – but he’s never had much success in management.
Nothing that said he should be a candidate for the job at Newcastle United.
So unfortunately, a quick fix may not be just bringing in a new manager.
Mike Ashley would need to step in and break up the triumvirate that’s running the club – Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and the manager.
What does Bob Moncur do?
Maybe Ashley just says to Davide Moyes or Brendan Rodgers (the two top favorites for the job) that they will be the ones to choose which players come into the club – with Graham Carr starting to also look at players the manager wants at the club.
That’s been a problem since 2008 when the great Kevin Keegan walked out in early September, when then Director of Football Dennis Wise brought in two players Kevin had never even heard of and hadn’t even been told they were coming in on the last day of the transfer window.
But Dennis did provide some YouTube footage to Kevin that yes – you got it – showed they were good players.
As fans seem to agree, it’s not just the manager that’s the problem at Newcastle it’s the whole setup – and Mike Ashley is the only one who can change it.
And we doubt if he’d do that.
It’s worked once in the past – in 2012 when we were 5th in the league and it could even work again – sometime over the next ten years.