When Alan Pardew walked out after the last game of last year – a 3-2 home win over Everton – it was thought by most that his time at Newcastle had come to a natural conclusion and it was time for both Pardew and Newcastle to move on.
It was an excellent chance for Newcastle to get in a top manager, even though it was half way through the season, but that didn´t stop Newcastle from letting Pardew go.
We got some compensation from Crystal Palace for Pardew and the club took it and then thought who they may bring in – in that order.
Lee Charnley even unwisely admitted at the time that Pardew leaving was a shock and he had no plans to fill the vacancy.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley
We must have been winning the game
So after looking around a bit he put John Carver in charge and John did kind of OK in his first four league games in January with 4 points and a good 3-0 win at Hull at the end of the month.
At that time, we had 30 points from 23 games and no relegation worries at all.
Then everything went pear-shaped and John not only started to lose games but said strange things in his press conferences which couldn´t have helped him with relations with the players:
- The players are not good enough for Newcastle and we´ll sell them in the summer
- If only they had my passion for the club we´d be OK
- Mike Williamson got himself sent off deliberately
- I´m the best coach in the Premier League (said in early May after losing eight games in a row)
Those comments are probably because it was getting all too much for John Carver but did Lee Charnley do anything about it – no – he did nothing – absolutely nothing.
Before the last game we had one point out of the previous ten games and we were very lucky to survive relegation last season and John Carver would have been gone long before the last game if he was at any other PL club.
Mike Ashley came out just before the last game and said he wanted to win something and money would be available in the transfer market.
We expected John Carver to be fired and he was – along with Steve Stone in early June.
So then we had a great opportunity of getting in a top coach – but what happened – we appointed Steve McClaren when he became available – after being fired by Derby County in late May.
And Lee Charnley thought he could be successful at Newcastle?
Newcastle seemed more concerned about getting a manager in who would accept the way the club was being run – than a good manager who could make a difference.
That´s what is so worrying about Newcastle these days.
One of Albert Einstein´s many inciteful statements he made during his life was the following:
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.
That´s Newcastle all right – the system has never worked – yet we keep with it and it could yet take us down to the Championship for a second time.
Newcastle could do a lot worse than changing things so the manager (or head coach) is the one chooses the players coming in – like in the old days.
This is a poll we put out in early April as Steve McClaren was continually being linked with the club as Lee Charnley´s first choice according to lots of reports.
Do You Want To See Steve McClaren As Newcastle's New Head Coach?
- No (73%, 6,518 Votes)
- Yes (27%, 2,462 Votes)
Total Voters: 8,980
And this is a poll pout out after we survived relegation on May 24th.
Should John Carver Now Get Head Coach Position?
- No (97%, 9,064 Votes)
- Yes (3%, 233 Votes)
Total Voters: 9,297
So fans were not too happy at either John Carver´s appointment or Steve McClaren´s appointment.
And now it looks like the whole thing is going pear-shaped again – for the second time this year and fans don´t think Steve can turn things around.
We probably shouldn’t hold our breath in case Steve McClaren is replaced because who will Charnley bring in?
Your guess is as good as mine, but good managers like David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers are probably personalities too big for the current Board to handle and they probably wouldn´t put up with the way the club is being run.
And so we continue to drop down the football ladder with other smaller clubs like West Ham, Southampton, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Watford, Stoke and West Brom making great progress as we continue to founder.