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Short Term Deal Can Still Save Newcastle

7:17 am, Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

The Newcastle Board are moving at the speed of light for them in trying to get a new manager in to replace Steve McClaren, but as they do that their poor management skills are on full display as they leave Steve McClaren drifting in the wind

Steve is still taking training for a bunch of Newcastle players who must be wondering what exactly is going on.

Just like 52,000 fans were wondering what was gong on as they watched a pathetic performance from them when we were disgraced by Bournemouth 3-1 at St. James’ Park on Saturday.


Rafa Benitez – caretaker manager?

With 10 games still to play Newcastle have the option of bringing in a top manager on a short term deal – a disciplinarian – a man who can sort out the defense and get the team playing again, so we may even be able to pick up enough points to stay in the Premier League.

That´s still a tall order.

Rafa Benitez would probably be the best choice and it would be similar to the way he was bought in to manage Chelsea in 2012 after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked – and the way Guus Hiddink has been brought in this season after Jose Mourinho was fired.

Newcastle could just make it a 10 game deal with a huge payoff for the manager if he can save Newcastle from relegation.

Top managers like Rafa Benitez, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers want to get back into managing in the Premier League and it would be a high profile opportunity for one of them if they can turn Newcastle around quickly and save us.

A long term deal would be more difficult and take longer because they would object to the way transfers are handled at Newcastle for one thing.

Then in the summer we would need to hire another manager, but it cannot be left to Lee Charnley – who we must not forget – still wants to keep McClaren in place for the rest of the season – such is his football judgement.

And it´s this man who has been responsible for the delaying tactics that have kept McClaren in the job this long and put Newcastle in this precarious position where we will probably be a Championship club next seoasn.

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In fact the whole Board needs to be fired whether we go down or stay up – and Graham Carr should go back and do the scouting like he used to do but not be responsible for players coming in and moving out during the transfer windows.

The manager should be in charge of transfers and we may even be able to get somewhere – but we will not be holding our breath – we may not even be around next season.

It´s now Wednesday and Newcastle have not even fired McClaren yet – why – you will have to ask them – and what is clear is their total management incompetence is there for all to see.

With this bunch in charge no wonder we have still ended up second bottom of the league with 10 games to go and with the players we have.

For a 10 game stint we would go with Rafa Benitez, followed by David Moyes and then former Newcastle coach and Leicester manager Nigel Pearson.

That would be much easier and much quicker to appoint – essentially a caretaker manager – than to try to do a long term deal.

Even the Newcastle Board – if they continue moving at what for them is the speed of light –  could maybe get that done before next Monday when we play at Leicester.


What is obvious is the shame of Newcastle United with these people in charge is in full view of everybody.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 martoon // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    I get the impression you are a little upset Ed 🙂
    But seriously you are right I don’t understand why they don’t just sack McClaren, have one of the backroom staff as caretaker manager and then look for a new one.

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Stay up
    Go down
    Benitez in
    Moyes in
    McLaren stays till end of season

    Whatever the outcome – the clowns – Charnley, Carr, and Moncur have got to go.

    And Ashley has got a bring in a new board with footballing nouse to run the club.

  • 3 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    Because they are baboon liars incapable of doing anything.

    If they where in a corporate environment they would all be fired day 4.
    But they are working in a circus.

  • 4 hibbitt // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    none of the staff are good enough to turn this round we need new blood a new broom if you like but we need a change

  • 5 firebug666 // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Lil from previous:

    I agree marra, I think a lot of players may be regretting their move to Newcastle given the farcical way the club has been run all season, and the poor performances on and off the pitch.

    The club is showing itself up, the board, staff, players and unfortunate fans have become a laughing stock.

    Up or down this season I see a lot of players wanting out, like you say some are out of contract, Sissoko can go for me, but I wouldn’t mind Janmaat staying.

    I think Perez will stay having just signed a new contract, but Wijnaldum and Saveit may want out.

    I suppose if we did get Benitez he could change some minds.

  • 6 firebug666 // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:39 AM


    I think that some of the staff may be ok, and could maybe do the job.

    The backroom trainers etc, are all working under the direction of Macca and will have to do things his way, maybe that is why we have the rumours of unrest between staff.

  • 7 mkhalaf // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    alot of ppl here have been saying that this is mike ashleys fault. I beg to differ, I feel like ashley is more upset with the current situation than us (considering he spent 100mil on players, and the money he could lose next year if we are relegated).

    He did evreything that he said he would at the end of last year:
    – He fired carver
    – he relieved himself of board/footballing duties, as he doesnt know much, and the fans were harsh on him for intervening in football matters. and left those duties to the ppl that are supposedley qualified for that job (to hire a coach and run the day to day footy operations)

    – He put the Head Coach on the board so that he would have a say in the transfers (obvious when you consider jonjo and townsend), they even changed their policy of buying only foreign cheap players

    – and he put his money where his mouth is buy giving the board 100mil to spend in the transfer windows

    The mistake that ashley made, was hiring charnley, however he could have seen that charnley was a good business man, and when surrounding him with football ppl like moncur and carr, he would be just fine.

    However now is the time for the owner to act decsicevley, when you hire a bad employee, give them 100mil to spend, and could get relegated! and lose 120mil next year! that is a loss of 220mil!

    I dont believe that we bought the wrong players, I blame macca for not bringing out the best in them,, just look at leicster, barley spent any money! and all of their players looked sub-par in previous seasons, however Ranieri is bringing the best out of them week in and week out, and instilling a mentality of confidence! and tbh player for player, I would take newcastle over leicster any day of the week.

    So mike ashley has to step in now, realise that he has an incompetent board and head coach! fire both of them, get in a replacement manager, and be the only board member from now till the end of the season!

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    The players have to take blame as well for the season. Some won’t have been happy with the tactics, some with where they are played. But they have put in poor performances on top of that, I’m regretting some of their moves to Newcastle because some of them are part of the problem.

    It should have been a mass clear out last year given some of the attitudes. If they really want to earn their move away, then they have to perform to a level where clubs want them – look at how Cabaye performed between his ‘strike’ and his move to PSG, goals, assists, he ran the show for us. That is how you get your big move.

    I’m not sure why we bought Saivet. I can’t see Gini leaving if we stay up, I think he would stay another year, and then reassess. Although if we don’t change other structures within the club, and improve the management of the club then who knows.

    I think Ashley needs to look to get a new cart and a horse this summer. Or just sell.

  • 9 cyprus // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    The old one- man band, centralised type of management, is rapidly being thrown out the window. There are simply too many things for one man to handle in complicated organisations. That’s why scouts do the scouting, coaches the coaching.

    Your average ‘manager’, no matter what title, doesn’t have the time today to dig out talent. He can suggest what type he wants and the scouts can deliver suggestions. Despite Carr’s obvious ineptness, personally I doubt he made all these decisions without direct consultation with the manager, be it your ex-favourite or this Steve, who is on the board in any case.

  • 10 Novocastrian66 // Mar 9, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    The trouble is; Benitez may be interested however the despots at the top of the organisation do not want to relinquish any control.
    Benitez is bound to want to have a big say and the “board” won’t want to give him any.
    Therefore we’re stuck. I’ll be amazed if he takes the job.

  • 11 davis_toons // Mar 9, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    The board is almost useless when you have a competent manager.

    You only need a board when you have managers like JK, CJ, AP, SA.

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