What’s going on with Newcastle United?


The Tyneside club with one of the biggest reputations in the English game has been scrapping out at the bottom of the table with one off-field scandal after another. After yet another turnover in manager, just what is going on?

 

From late 2010 to 2014, Newcastle had a successful, if unspectacular, tenure under Alan Pardew. Towards the end of his reign the Toon fans started to turn against him, and when Crystal Palace came calling he couldn’t say no. Appointed in his place was Jon Carver, first team coach and first-time manager, hoping to guide the club to a comfortable mid-table position before handing over the baton to a more experienced boss. What followed was extraordinary and nearly ended very badly…

Sitting in mid-table, the Newcastle board felt that there was no real chance of European qualification, yet no possibility of relegation, so they decided not to make a drastic change midway through the campaign (for once) and consequently appointed Carver. And so begins the Carver palaver…

I won’t go in to too much detail since it makes for such ugly reading, but let’s just say they had a horrific run and ended up narrowly avoiding the drop on the last day, which may well have spelt the end for Newcastle who wouldn’t have been able to take the financial strain. They survived by the skin of their teeth, and Carver was dismissed, reputation in tatters. Right, Mike Ashley and co. thought, let’s bring in a solid long term boss who can guide us to top half finishes and eventually back to 6th and 7th where we were before the Carver palaver. We need… The wally with the brolly, the Dutch-speaking genius, the England-boss-supreme…

STEVE MCLAREN!

 

You’re joking, right? They didn’t actually bring in that guy? He’s never done a good job in his life! Wait, what?! They made him head coach for three years and offered him a place on the Newcastle board?! What’s going on?

After eight winless matches, he finally got his first victory in a 6-2 demolition of Norwich. But from then on it got worse, not better. And on Thursday he was dismissed after 9 months in charge, with the ‘mighty’ Newcastle floundering about in the drop zone. Shame the 83 million pounds he spent didn’t help him!

It’s not like he had a great squad to work with – Aleksandar Mitrovic instead of Alan Shearer, for example. And as for the owner, well, Mike Ashley is truly awful. Ever since I was born there have been protests about his leadership! He really should resign already, he’s already rich enough…


So what does the future hold? Rafa Benitez has been appointed – FACT – and that has gone many Newcastle fans hope – FACT – yet he lacks experience in a relegation battle – FACT – and he is only used to working with top players – FACT – so is more Toni Kroos than Cheick Tiote!

The short term worry is that if Rafa can’t keep them up then his contract allows him to leave the club. If they do somehow stay up, I worry about Rafa as boss. Of course, he has the tactical knowledge and has a huge list of honours, but is not the best people manager. Steven Gerrard says Benitez is the worst manager he’s worked under because he is so cold and unwelcoming, and he was sacked after 9 months at Madrid because the fans lost faith in him. If anything, what the Toon Army really need is someone more media and fan-friendly and an excellent man-manager – more Brendan than Rafa, if you ask me. However I guess you won’t see Rafa wasting money like McLaren did and with some quality players perhaps they will return to their former glory under Rafa.

But with Mike Ashley at the helm, who knows what will happen…

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8 thoughts on “What’s going on with Newcastle United?

  1. Big man big hands 😂 ^^
    Think Rafa was a bad call. Toon need someone with a whip to ground these 30-70k a week players and to help them realise the real reason why they play football week in week out. The fans! Don’t get me wrong Newcastle are scum but I’m sick and tired of players who don’t care about the fans who really pay them. Just like QPR before the rebuilding…

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  2. To be honest I don’t think they will stay up. The players are a lot of the problem. They play terribly and the fans don’t support them enough. It will be close but the players are better off in the championship.

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    1. Good call. They may need to spend a couple of years in the second tier to recover and rebuild, but a club like that really should be challenging for Europa League every year.

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  3. We’ll have to see, but it is something of a coup for Newcastle to get a manager with the credentials of Rafa. He certainly has the capability and the managerial experience.

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  4. I think Rafa will keep them up, but the only danger will be that if he loses the fans as well, things could go downhill quickly. But it’s always nice to have Rafa back in the Premier League, and I hope he does well!

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