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Bad News – Don’t Expect A Top Manager To Join Newcastle

2:06 pm, Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    just expect a manager who can get his team to perform

  • 2 cyprus // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Sorry Ed my man
    Disagree once more. We’ve gone down the line of the type of manager who will instil discipline. e.g. Sounness was the initiator of ‘leading’ this superteam to mediocrity and the lowest of expectations. We got rid of your Bartons (Shearer mgr?) etc. and it didn’t work.

  • 3 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    No point in getting Moyes under the current model of Carr and Charnley buying players and most likely picking the team !!

    Should just put Carr in charge of running the team see how he gets on !!

  • 4 John Tudor // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    fcuing crash and burn appointment that lee

  • 5 OneAlanShearer // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    No one expects the Spanish inquisition or Ashley regime to bother sticking to promises or to bother building the squad properly. Let’s just patch over that fatal wound with a sticky plaster.

  • 6 banjax // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    I’ve said all this earlier but now it seems clear that it is Ashley who has to make the changes because Lee Charnley won’t. Nobody including Ashley seems to be bothered so why should I and my fellow supporters. I won’t be going to anymore matches until things change. As Kevin Keegan said in his news article last week, that Newcastle fans are too loyal, that we are our own worst enemy, and staying away will have more effect on the club than just moaning. Time to vote with our feet.

  • 7 bettyswallocks // Dec 1, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    McClaren said he would need 10 to 12 games to assess the squad and tell us where we’re up to , not to get the team winning.

    He has now accepted that the job is tougher than he imagined and that we are in a relegation battle.
    He also said we can’t change a lot until January and the team must fight for results until then.

    As I see it Ashley will have to decide whether to fully commit to the current management and back them with more money, shut up shop and try to just survive again or sack the manager and start again. Who knows what this enigma of an owner will do.

  • 8 mactoon // Dec 1, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Seriously for GODS SAKE!

    Ashley has publically stated the clubs model is a COACH OF THE PLAYERS PROVIDED FOR HIM!

    Why are you talking about a ‘manager’ who will never be part of this clubs recruitment policy???
    Seriously, explain your article.. ASHLEY WONT EMPLOY A MANAGER. I get sick of pointing this out. McCLaren is a coach not a manager and will NEVER be replaced by a Manager under the clubs current structure

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