There’s a very disturbing article in the Guardian today on Newcastle and the way the club is being run – being badly run.
And while there have been multiple articles in the papers and various other media outlets which have been surprisingly similar on what is needed oat Newcastle the Guardian (Louise Taylor) doesn’t think Mike Ashley will change the way he runs the club one iota.
Most people think the manager needs more authority at Newcastle and particularly on recruitment – the manager should be identifying the players they want brought in – otherwise how can we attract a good manager and how can we build a good team?
Mike Ashley – no change in the way the club is run
A big deal was made in the summer when Mike Ashley took himself off the Board and left it to Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur to run the club and Mike would be in the background.
But the owner still yields huge influence at Newcastle.
Graham Carr and Lee Charnley are doing what he wants them to do and Carr will continue to scout young talent and bring them in hoping they will increase in value so we can make money on them once they improve and are sold.
And maybe the reason we don’t hear anything much from Lee Charnley is that he simply does what Mike Ashley wants him to do and he has no free hand in running the club and doing the things he thinks are right.
The really bad news is that with nothing changing and if they do decide to fire Steve McClaren it’s a good question as to which managers (head coaches) would want to take over when they are given so little power.
If you hire a person for any job you’ve got to give them a fair chance of succeeding and that doesn’t seem to be the case at Newcastle.
What we need is a strong character at the club with very good man-management skills to turn things around and get the players playing for him – somebody like Jurgen Klopp would be great – but we had no chance of hiring him.
But the Newcastle hierarchy seem to want a head coach who simply coaches the players, prepares them for games – and gets the best out of the players he’s given.
Lee Charnley and Graham Carr, under the guidance of owner Mike Ashley, basically run the other parts of the club – including recruitment.
This has been a recipe for disaster at Newcastle in the past and has led to this being the worst year in Newcastle’s history.
And we hate to say this – but in the tough five games to go until the end of this dreadful year it could even get worse.
Change – big change is needed at Newcastle – and if we are not going to get that then things may not get better anytime soon at Newcastle United.
That’s not good.