Newcastle has been a difficult club to manage under owner Mike Ashley for nine years now and in fact it was a difficult club to manage even before that.
But if top managers like David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers or Rafa Benitez are to become the new manager at Newcastle to replace the woeful Steve McClaren, they will need some assurances from owner Mike Ashley first.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
The main one is they will want to be responsible for recruitment of new players – and at the moment it seems that Graham Carr – the Chief Scout – is in charge of that.
So we have a ridiculous situation at the club that Graham can bring in some of his favorite players he has been scouting, whether or not the manager likes those players or whether the club even needs them.
Last summer when we needed defensive reinforcement and a proven Premier League goalscorer, Graham was allowed to bring in French winger Florian Thauvin for a massive £13M from Marseilles – a player he had been trying to sign for Newcastle for three years.
Florian, like Remy Cabella before him, turned out to be a compete bust at Newcastle.
So that´s £13M of the £82M spent this season on new players that is doing no good for Newcastle with Florian back on loan at Marseille.
The new manager will need those assurances from Mike Ashley and surely the way the club has been run since 2007 has proven to everybody concerned that it simply doesn’t work.
We could do a lot worse than going back to the old system in England where the manager had most control of things – including who he can bring in during each transfer window.
What doesn´t work is the manager is totally responsible for the results on the field, but he´s not in charge of players he can bring in to produce those results?
That just doesn´t make any logical sense and it´s time to change it.
We are hoping that Newcastle will act fast and fire Steve McClaren and bring in a new manager early in the week, so he can immediately start working with the players.
We could then have a fighting chance of saving our Premier League status this season.
But it´s going to be touch and go now, because the powers that be at Newcastle have left it far too late to replace McClaren.
What do you think?