Newcastle United was a major topic of conversation for the journalists this weekend on Sky’s Sunday Supplement.
Not surprisingly it wasn’t a positive discussion overall if you are a Newcastle fan, although one of the reporters did still think the United Manager/Head Coach job was ‘irresistible’.
The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield:
“It adds to the sense of pantomime at the moment around Newcastle unfortunately and it is thoroughly miserable.
“They are staggering and very lucky the teams below them will not catch them, because at the moment they are basically staggering towards relegation.”
“In principle, the policy of bringing in the young players to then sell on is quite pragmatic and innovative in some ways, it was working for a while but it’s gone stale and stagnated.
“Ashley won’t care about the protests at the match on Saturday, as long as the business plan is working and they stay up.
“I just do not see where it goes. There are suggestions he is going to spend big this summer and reinvent the team, get rid of a few people like Tim Krul, while the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote will leave, then they will rebuild again. Ultimately, it is to the same end, to preserve Premier League status and that is it.
“We have seen what has happened with Leeds United, as a club that has overstretched itself financially. So on the one hand it is an admirable business plan, but a club needs ambition and something to aspire to and he is not giving anyone in Newcastle that. The city, club and people in that region need that and it is a mess.”
John Cross of the Daily Mirror:
“He will take the job as Newcastle is a fantastic opportunity for any manager. There is no doubt in my mind the interest from Newcastle has been a massive distraction for Derby and has really thrown their promotion campaign off course. Because I think they probably do have the best team in the Championship and they’ve lost their way.
“Newcastle is an irresistible challenge for a manager like McClaren. For someone like him, who is at Derby, this would be a step-up. It is the crowd, the promise, the determination to put this sleeping giant right.”
While I agree with much of what is said, most Newcastle fans have come to accept the reality that under Mike Ashley the manager’s job isn’t the glittering prize it once was, if so why would an average manager like Alan Pardew chuck it in for a club such as Crystal Palace?
As for Steve McClaren, Derby County look nailed on to be in the play-offs and is there any Newcastle fan who believes he would find United ‘irresistible’ if he had the option of managing Derby in the Premier League?
As for the talk about buying good young players and then selling them on, it isn’t a great plan because it just leaves you constantly searching for players to replace your best ones that you sell.
Plus the massive faultline in it is that as we have found, for every success there are many more failures.
With time going on those failures are multiplying and food for thought is the fact that we lost Yohan Cabaye and that money bought Emmanuel Riviere and Remy Cabella…