Mike Ashley knocked back an offer to resign mid-season by Chief Scout Graham Carr (pictured above to the left of Ashley) and instead will hold every area of the club up to scrutiny once this campaign reaches its conclusion on Sunday 15 May.
Graham Carr is the person who is widely believed to have the main say on which players are signed by Newcastle and along with all other senior positions, his role will be held to account along with the rest.
A long time banned, Mike Ashley relented and allowed The Telegraph and their north-east reporter Luke Edwards back into Newcastle United recently, and it is they who have run this exclusive.
The Telegraph saying that Rafa Benitez is the only person guaranteed to keep his role if Newcastle survive, whilst the likes of Lee Charnley, Bobby Moncur, Peter Beardsley and Graham Carr will have to justify their role at the club, despite the latest shambolic season at Newcastle United. This review by Ashley will be carried out regardless of whether it is Championship or Premier League football next season.
Newcastle United is crying out for a Manager such as Rafa Benitez and a new quality management team away from the football side, to sort the club from top to bottom.
Similar claims have been made in the past about Mike Ashley deciding to do things properly and change the way things operate at St James Park – but no visible signs of progress have ever come from them.
Interestingly, despite the claims of Carr’s offer to resign and the fact that supporters blame him for the many transfer disasters such as Florian Thauvin, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and countless others, The Telegraph claim that none of the nine signings made in the past year were Graham Carr’s first choice recommendations.
However, they don’t elaborate on these potentially mitigating circumstances and whether it was Mike Ashley refusing to pay the relevant transfer fees & wages, or the recommendations were simply ignored in favour of other targets.
Questions are allegedly to be asked as to why so few players progress from the Academy and supposedly the policy of refusing to sign experienced players over a certain age is also going to be reconsidered.
I think a straw poll of Newcastle supporters would be overwhelmingly in favour of clearing everybody in a senior position out of the club and starting again, hopefully with Rafa Benitez as manager and the aforementioned new non-football management brought in to run the club in an ambitious manner with full authority to get the job done.
As the saying goes – we don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries!