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Why Newcastle May Have Problems Recruiting Top Manager

8:47 am, Sunday, March 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

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 Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

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?

Comments welcome.

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    I noted the first ten people I asked yesterday whether Mclaren should be sacked (before the game) four said yes, four said don’t know, who would you replace him with. Two said no, it’s the players fault. Real fans not internet snipers, I think 100 people to ask would have been better but I didn’t have the inclination. After the game I never actually took notes but 52K said he should get the bullet.

  • 3 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:54 AM


    You no doubt recall when there used to be a pathetic race by some bloggers to post “first” as each new thread popped up but it eventually became passe well…….

  • 4 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:54 AM


    So only 40% wanted to sack him in your ‘straw poll’ before the match. Incredible!

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Anyone wondering why there was 52K there yesterday. Bournemouth having their first visit to a modern SJP were in full attendance and very loud. I got my ticket through a student allocation and paid £15 for the Milburn sports bar, I paid £50 to witness a shite 1-0 there three years ago. I bumped into an old school friend who’d chucked his season ticket and had paid £25 through work. The sports bar with its padded seats and great view was full of students and stag do’s on discount tickets. What’s the point of extending the ground.

  • 6 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 8:59 AM


    A small sample sure but as I have often argued on here the fans that go regularly don’t necessarily share the polarised or more extreme views portrayed on here. It would have been interesting to poll the same ones after the match though – impossible I know.

    Yet as you say the crowd’s mood had clearly darkened by end.

  • 7 hibbitt // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    that would have been 100% at the end of the game……. possibly the worst game i have ever seen at st james there’s no doubt in my mind he’s lost the players

  • 8 sparky55 // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    We’re down.

    We have yet to play villa and Norwich but they’re down with us so even if we beat them we’re no better off.

    We have to beat the teams wer’e playing that are currently 17th or above because there’s no advantage to beating them when they’re below us when we have to play Sunderland (a banker for them) and our game in hand is Man City which in essence isn’t a game in hand.

    Sunderland will beat us so that puts them 4 ahead.

    We have to play leicester and that’s also a banker for them so at this point we could be 7 points behind Sunderland.

    It’s no longer in our hands contrary to what Maclaren suggests…it’s too late no matter who we get in to replace him and that’s probably another reason why nothing will be done and we’ll end up keeping him next year as well.

  • 9 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Ron Knee

    The 40% who were wavering on who would replace him would no doubt be influenced by the Board’s eternal difficulties in getting their choice of players and letting it ride until next transfer window. What confidence of even getting an out of work manager in our predicament?

  • 10 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:06 AM


    Yes, it was the match we had to win – and convincingly.

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    It doesn’t matter who comes in…we need a change.

    McClaren has to go as he cant get anything from this group so keeping him will take us down in my opinion. Even if the chance makes us worse we will have the same outcome as not changing, relegation.

    Ideally the new man is capable of keeping us up although i do often think what is the point, we will just go through the same cycle every year.

  • 12 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:12 AM


    If we can finally beat the Mackems (like we used to back in the day) then mathematically it would be back in our hands.

    However your last paragraph might be the reason why McLaren gets to stay if they accept we are going down regardless. Even if Ashley is the one who makes the call that consideration will be uppermost.

  • 13 WestOzMag // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    I don’t comment much cos quite frankly this blog is poisonous , I’d like to say this though McLaren and Charnley is not good enough but neither were Carver, Pardew, Llambias, Kinnear, Wise etc. Ashley is the problem #nufc

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Should he stay or should he go.
    50/50 if we won but unanimous he had to go if we lost and I thought the crowd were quite patient with him until the second half when it turned ugly.
    Why do managers who have lost the dressing room cannot get a result, crowd turned them want stay.
    If they have the interest of the club at heart they would resign and hope the new manager could make a better fist of it.

  • 15 WestOzMag // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Taken from Twitter.

    I for one agree

  • 16 davis_toons // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    I’m sorry McClaren really have to leave.

    Be it assistance coach to takeover or a new manager factor. It will help. Just like the season before. Its sad but true.

  • 17 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:16 AM


    If Ashley doesn’t finally accept that a true footballing DOF is what has been missing throughout his tenure (regardless of what else he has done) we are in a painful loop for even longer.

  • 18 davis_toons // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    “McClaren has to go as he cant get anything from this group so keeping him will take us down in my opinion.”

    I agreed with you.

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:17 AM


    To them it’s a job, some believe in themselves, the majority want to be sacked and get a nice little pay out.

  • 20 Veltman // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    David Moyes has mixed career.Doing so well at Everton followed by inconsistent results somewhere else.Despite that,I’ll take him in a heartbeat as fresh ideas,fresh setup and fresh atmosphere is needed quickly to have any chance of survival.Gareth Crooks reckons many times that Moyes is the perfect fit for Nufc.If we get him,which is most likely,I think he’ll save the club from the drop.

  • 21 sparky55 // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:20 AM


    Still won’t be enough.

    Since the turn of the year they’ve got 13 points and we’ve got 6.

    Allardyce has got them playing whereas our man has got them used to losing.

    There’s no way in hell we’ll get more points than sunderland between now and the end of the season.

    Ignore Villa and Norwich…they’ve gone as well…it’s between us and the scum so we’re fcuked.

    we’re fcuked

  • 22 Ron Knee // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:21 AM


    The Board could sell it as a re-building job. ‘Even if we go down, we want you to assemble a team to challenge for re-promotion to the PL, etc.’

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:21 AM


    I just can’t understand Ashley. Regardless of his motive for owning the club surely he wants it to maximise its revenue for the least risk, obviously that increases success on the field and keeps fans happy.

    A proper DoF would be ideal. People same to think he wouldn’t go for one as they expect too much money to spend. We have spent a fortune this season and gone backwards. What we need to do is spend money more evenly, when/where it’s needed and ultimately look to improve each year.

    The plan, which seems obvious to me, I may be wrong, is to merely survive. This makes us stagnate, we have uninspiring people leading the club and this rubs off on the players too. The club is dying a death and needs significant change from the top down.

  • 24 davis_toons // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    I really don’t wish to see us relegated again. It not good for the club especially when now the owner is starting to put in cash into the club to rebuild.

    We cannot be relegated again or the rebuilding of this club will not happen. We have to stay..hang on.

  • 25 magscar // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:23 AM


    With the money involved these days especially no coach/manager is going to forgo compensation by unilaterally resigning even when he knows he is beat (unless for health). Look at Pardew’s reign!

    Best he can hope for is perhaps a golden handshake and being allowed to publicly state he is going in best interests of the Club. May allow him a better CV that way but there aren’t many PL clubs likely to be fooled by it.

  • 26 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Sad world we live in when incompetent mangers of clubs/firms/banks etc., get a golden handshake while us mere mortals – if we get sack get nowt – should be the same them if you are f**kin usless and get the sack you get nowt!!!!!

  • 27 Termijn // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Ive been patient with McClaren but enough is enough he hasnt worked out, somethings just dont. We need to cut our losses and move on before its too late. Id prefer Moyes to Rodgers personally after Rodgers failings after spending big with Liverpool (similar to McClaren and us).

    Its clear the players no longer want to play for him and even clearer McClaren isnt a good manager anymore. Looking at the subs yesterday taking off Riviere at half time puzzled me as he was one of the only players who had any movement in the first half and was actually half decent. While ignoring Doumbia again was criminal.

  • 28 Tsunki // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Magscar – your comment on my comment proves that it has achieved one of its purposes.

    I once saw a programme where a person who had been to South America I think had some kind of insect egg that had been laid in the top of their head, and the larva that resulted burrowed itself deep into the skin. The physician merely placed tape over the hole, which caused the larva to break to the surface to breathe, thereby exposing itself for extraction.

    Ashley Out!


  • 29 AncientC // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Sissoko looked one of the biggest threats, then McClaren leaves Perez on and takes Sissoko off for Aarons. The stats at that moment in time also pointed to Sissoko as the best player.

    People can try and portion out the blame, but if the gaffer is making peculiar substitions that make no sense, there is no port of call left that supports any kind of theory whereby he should stay.

    If the coaching of the players improves, I still have no faith in McClaren to look at the bench and make the correct calls.

    Anyways, back to the 4231 formation drawing board, it has worked once this season.

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