Bob Moncur is a member of Newcastle´s Board and was involved in getting Rafa Benitez to the club a couple of weeks ago.
But he was also part of the Board that appointed Steve McClaren in the first place and that has turned out to be a complete and utter disaster for the club and Steve´s horrendous record at Newcastle of 24 points from 28 games could still be what finally gets us relegated this season.
The Board made a very poor choice in McClaren, who had just been fired from Derby County and then they compounded that mistake by waiting far too long before they fired him.
Bob Moncur – Steve did a good job
So some of Bob´s comments today in the Chronicle are a little rich to say the least.
Here´s some of what Moncur has said:
There’s always reasons for managerial change and things don’t always go as smoothly as you’d like them to sometimes. It’s very easy to criticize but there’s always two sides to the story and there’s an explanation for it.
Steve did his best as head coach and he’s been in the game long enough to know when the crowd turn on you a little bit there can be no way back. He knew that as well, and that’s football. It’s unfortunate sometimes and you pay the price.
Steve did a good job and I got on well with him. He is a very good coach and I was privileged enough to be in some of his team meetings and I have to say when I listened to what he said it all made sense.
Sometimes, though, the players didn’t produce – especially away from home. But the boss always takes the blame for results and when players don’t turn it on.
Let´s tell the truth here – Steve´s reign was a disaster from start to finish – the record shows that – it´s not my opinion.
It started by getting three draws in the first eight league games – the worst start ever in the PL for the club – and ended with five defeats in his final six games in charge – and that was after we had spent another £29M on new players in January.
At some point we need to hear why the Board thought Steve McClaren should have been appointed the Newcastle head coach in the first place, only days after he had been fired from Championship club Derby County.
How come a fired Championship manager was what Lee Charnley referred to as the perfect head coach for Newcastle?
Of course that was all nonsense and just shows you how much Charnley knows about football.
As Kevin Keegan said earlier this year on BeIN Sports:
“If you asked Lee Charnley to write what he knows about football on a postage stamp he wouldn’t fill it.”
The Board has run the club this season for Mike Ashley – and they are totally responsible for the mess we are in right now – and they managed to spend £82M on new players in creating the mess.
Owner Mike Ashley is ultimately responsible, because he appointed the Board last summer and waited too long to intervene and tell them to fire McClaren and get Benitez in.
It seems the owner was also trying to distance himself from the mess in those rather strange comments he made on Tuesday about the Newcastle Board.
It´s simply a disgrace and we expect those people who put us in this mess to be held accountable in the summer – that´s what happens in the real business world when incompetence means we miss out on £150M.
And we don´t want to hear any more self-serving nonsense like this from any other Board member.
We´re not kidding when we say there will be books written about the mismanagement of Newcastle United this season and everything they did wrong – they could be pretty thick books too.