Why Ashley Must Be Ruthless This Summer

The Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will carry out a full management review at the end of the season, and will look for the reasons from those he put in charge of what exactly happened this season and why it has been such an absolute and complete disaster.

Mike should do that, but why he didn´t act sooner this season and get Steve McClaren replaced before it was too late for even a manager of Rafa Benitez to turn things around – we´ll never know.

But it shows a complete lack of executive leadership from Mike Ashley.

When you think the targets for this season were a top eight finish and winning a cup,  heads must roll this summer – Newcastle have shown no leadership at all levels of the club including at the owner level.

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Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

The truth is the club is now in a complete mess from top to bottom and Ashley is ultimately responsible for that, so holding others accountable – while that´s the right and proper thing to do – Mike still has put incompetent people in those positions in the first place.

The performances of Managing Director Lee Charnley, Chief Scout Graham Carr, Club Ambassador Bob Moncur and Reserve team Development manager Peter Beardsley will all be assessed by Ashley.

It will be interesting to see what Ashley does this summer, but we have now lost significant hope for the club´s  future.

Newcastle could even flounder in the Championship next season unless big changes and good people – including a top executive and a top manager – are not brought in this summer and quickly too.

Every team in the club have performed poorly this season, including the Youth sides, so Joe Joyce will also come under scrutiny too.

Rafa Benitez will leave the club after the final game of the season on May 14th, so he will have been at the club for a very short 64 days.

Yet Rafa offered great hope to fans when it looked possible he could save us, but now with relegation we will also lose a world-class manager.

That´s very tough to take.


Before Rafa leaves Ashley could do a lot worse than get a written report with recommendations from the former Liverpool manager on what changes he thinks need to be made at the club from top to bottom

Mike should do that even if he has to pay Rafa for the report.

Ashley´s record at Newcastle has been very poor – here´s where we have finished each season – and bottom line – it´s Mike Ashley’s responsibility we have been so poor while he´s been the owner over these last nine years.

That´s the truth.

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11 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Carry out a full management review, didn’t he do that last season after we came close to getting relegated, proves he hasn’t done much to change things around apart from wasting a hell of a lot of money on crap.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope he sells up, get rid of the chuckle brothers Charnley and Carr, sell some of the useless muppets that have been absolute rubbish on the pitch, maybe then we can get somewhere.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Rafa seems to be talking about the need to improve the quality and quantity of assists, crosses and passes into the box. (Quotes from Lee Rider so not dated)

    “We will try. We have been talking about Mitrovic and crosses for him.

    “We have to play quickly if we can for Papiss – we will try to do that, but obviously we don’t have too much time.

    “We can make profit from the quality of these players.”

    I guess this is why Socks and Gini keep getting games, as they are our to passers, whilst Perez is not.

    Moussa Sissoko Ass.5 KeyP.1.8 AvgP.37.4 Comp%77
    Wijnaldum – 4 – 1.4 – 34.7 – 84.7
    Janmaat – 3 – 0.8 – 40.3 – 73.6
    Shelvey – 3 – 1.8 – 56.6 – 81.8
    Pérez – 2 – 1 – 18.3 – 76.8
    Townsend – 1 – 2.7 – 25.3 – 81.6

    These figures are similar to the likes of Norwich and C.Palace but in comparison to Arsenal the average number of passes in a match are way below the minimum of 45 and a smaller improvement is required for completed passes of around 85%.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Got a funny feeling that the Mackems will beat Leicester this weekend aghhh
    Us – cannot see us getting anything at Southampton – but lets live in hope for a win

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Shame Mashers wasn’t Japanese he might well be considering ritual seppeku right now!

  • martoon

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #6

    jimiley @73 from previous topic – read my post again, at no point was I being smug. I was simply defending myself against as a supporter who attends matches, from a particularly nasty comment by a supporter who doesn’t!

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #7

    It does not surprise me that Townsend does not pass as much as the others, whilst Shelvey moves the ball around significantly more than the rest.

    If you were basing a team on these passing figures it may look like this, but I imagine only at home.

    ______defensive midfielder

  • Thump

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #8

    @welsh: nah mate, Lee Charnely investigated Lee Charnely and discovered that Lee Charnely is innocent.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 8, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #9

    IMO maybe add a third CD for a striker away from home.

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #10

    There will be plenty of time for the long knives this summer .
    At the moment there are 7 cup finals to focus on.
    Articles like this are pointless until seasons end.
    It’s a bit like the pilot of Germanwings 9525 as it plunges towards the Alps shouting through the locked flight deck door – “Andreas your’e sacked !!!”

  • lesh

    Apr 8, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Let’s start by using the word ‘probably’ rather than ‘will’ when speculating Rafa’s presence at the Club post May.

    As far as his review’s concerned, Ashley will surely see responsibility for this season’s debacle being loaded onto McClaren. But that criticism should fall flat as even one of the world’s best managers has failed to get results from a very poor squad.

    So, where will the buck stop?

    Who’s been vetoing Carr’s recommendations? Has Carr been recommending players for positions that needed strengthening and been overruled?

    Who selected McLaren as first choice for head coach? Who was responsible for retaining him when it became clear he should have been moved out?

    The Academy’s been in a mess for years and who has presided over that without initiating changes?

    If Ashley was genuinely surprised at our plight, why was he not made aware of the problems?

    Who rejected Carr’s resignation? Charnley
    would have an interest in having Carr as scapegoat but maybe it was Ashley who rejected it?

    On the face of it, the finger must point to Charnley but maybe it’s been Ashley who has maintained a hands off approach to the running of the Club. Will he accept responsibility? Highly unlikely


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