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Newcastle’s Calamity Could Scare Off Good Coaches

Newcastle have got themselves into a very bad situation with the playing staff, and John Carver said yesterday that he is now down to only 15 fit senior players, including the two goalkeepers Krul and Elliot.

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Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

Since Alan Pardew left, we have taken only 9 points from 10 league games, with wins against Hull and Aston Villa,  but now we have the least number of senior players available as we’ve had any time this season – and that will last for a few games yet.

And Peter Beardsley has said a lot of his youngsters are not ready for the first team.


The job of Chairman or Managing Director at football clubs is to set things up so that the manager or head coach can be successful.

But when you look at what’s happened at Newcastle, we keep selling out best players and don’t replace them and we run with such a small squad,  it’s difficult for the coach to be successful at Newcastle.

And what the powers that be did in January has set us up for failure in the second half of the season – and the proof of that is the fact that few senior players are now available.

We’ll just have to hope we don’t go on another long losing streak that happened last year at this time.

The danger here is that good candidates for the head coach position will see the mess Newcastle are in, which has essentially been caused by the club, and realize it will be difficult to be successful at Newcastle working under those stringent conditions.

It may already have happened with some candidates.

A lot of them could be scared away from the job because of that, and we wont even mention the bad publicity the owner is getting because of his involvement at Rangers FC over the last six months.

And Newcastle could even still make John Carver the head coach in the summer, and according to a lot of polls out there – over 90% of fans don’t want Carver as the new coach.

If the club do appoint John in the summer, maybe because some top candidates don’t want the job, that could be the last straw for a lot of our fans.

What do you think?

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11 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    IMHO we are already on a long losing streak & without any signs of it ending.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #2

    There’s no candidates at all, Carvers got the job.

  • Reyantoon

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Re investment:
    It’s well clear that you have to invest from what you gain from footballing activities. Like match day revenue,merchandise sale
    TV income etc..
    You cannot include and invest the money from outside the club according to FFP rule.And any loss you incurr during a season should not exceed something like 38m pound,again FFP rule.Now,I am not accountant or financial expert but if the club not careful with the investment haven’t we already been in debt?
    You cannot complain or see the billions of Mike as to why he has that bunch of money & not invest heavily? because he can only invest from what he gain from Newcastle’s activities & gains,that I mentioned above.I agree with the club that we should invest only if the right players are available,otherwise why waste the money,why should we repeat the mistakes we made before,with the likes of Luqe,xisco,etc
    you can name plenty flopped players, that revenues we gained from TV ,etc
    will go to wages heavily and many more,
    I think we recorded only one fair profit ,the 9m last year or so.And if you can’t record profits, u can’t invest heavily.
    We may record good profit this time,in the region of 30m,that’s why JC go public and say the club is planning to invest heavily in the summer and may make sense.
    I expect that to happen too because minnows like Swansea,Southampton etc started to invest like big club.I can not see our club sit and watch those minnows go step ahead of us.
    JC should have been quiet though,becaus
    he looks like he is going to be in charge until 2020!

  • spitfire_

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Aye, Carver it is, especially after he said that he will speak with Charnley about the summer transfers.

    But hey, even so there will be 50 000 morons at every single home game. The stupidity won… sadly.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #5

    nut meg
    I’ve just looked at our remaining fixtures for the season – and wish I hadn’t! I wonder how SAFC will fare against West Ham. That result could have a big impact on the derby.

  • hibbit

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #6

    spitfire calling folk morons is not going to work i know a lot who still go to games and there’s not a moron among them

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes, it would be the last straw, but it won’t happen. I am tempted to say that if it did I would bare my arse in Burton’s window. But the world is not ready for that. SD’s window, though…

  • banjax

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Mike Ashley has now admitted that his cut price approach to running a football club is a failure. I’m not proud to say (like thousands of other supporters) I told you so – but we did. I don’t know if M A has had a ‘Damascas Moment’ but it is going to take a shed load of money and new and better qualified management to bring the club back from the brink. For now we have to settle for the hope against relegation which for M A would be poetic justice – but not for the faithfull supporters !

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #9

    If you look back throughout my posts over the last 3/4 years you will find at no time have I said Ashley should invest his own money. I have said that the club should look to maximise revenue, and do as they insisted which was “wipe its own nose”.

    The £9.9million profit you mention is attributed to the 2012/13 season. For 13/14 the figures are yet to be announced, but are likely of £40million+. That is money that was earned in the last financial year, and was available to be spent last summer, and the January window just passed.

    That leaves £50million+ that could have been spent and invested in previous windows. Given our ‘investment’ this financial year (June 30th 14 to June 30th 15) we are likely to see another £40million+profit.

    Why would Ashley need to dip into his own pocket to invest in the squad properly? Yes spend wisely, no problem with that, but we aren’t realising our potential as we don’t spend what we have.

    Between 2009 and 2014, the fees invested in signing squad members increased particularly in the English Premier League: €2.43 to €3.43 billion (€171 million per club). This is skewed by the spending of a few clubs, but our net spend in this time is negative. How come the other clubs can spend more money than us without being in breach of FFP rules? This despite our revenues and profits far exceeding a number of rivals.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #10

    The only person’s word we have for Mike admitting he was wrong is Carver. Even if I heard Ashley say it then I would still have my doubts as to there being any truth in it.

  • Sav

    Mar 20, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #11

    It was called ‘poor value in January window’ to the fans forum only a few weeks ago. Its the papers calling it an apology. Lets not kid ourselves.


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