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Newcastle United – Football Club, Business, Or Laughing Stock?

8 years ago

Newcastle United is not a football club, it’s a business.

In fact, thinking again, it’s a laughing stock.

Appointing Kinnear was a big mistake and this is where we’re really missing Llambias.

A Director of Football is basically the head of transfers, he will have the final say on ins and outs, so basically Graham Carr will scout his gems like his Cabayes, the Tiotes, your M’Biwas etc. and he will say to Kinnear or the DoF, “I’ve found these players, lets ask Ashley to fund the transfer.” So Carr and the DoF will agree on some players, Ashley will give the DoF the funds, and the DoF will make the offer, sort out negotiations and personal terms.

Now amongst the many problems with Kinnear, is that he doesn’t even have the business mind that Llambias had. So in this respect I think it is more Kinnear’s fault than Ashley’s on the transfer front, though Ashley probably won’t care if we don’t spend any of the budget he gives to Kinnear.

Another terrible performance against Everton, has finally been the last straw for me with Pardew. I have always backed him until now.

Ok yes, he hasn’t had full backing on transfers from Ashley or Kinnear but the team he’s got now is the best he’s ever had and ever will have. He cannot get the best out of our top players, watching Yanga-M’Biwa against Everton (bearing in mind he was captain of a title winning Ligue 1 team and also played in the Champions League) was like watching a 6 year old defend. It’s shocking. We have great technical ability, power, pace in the squad and also depth.

We’ve been seeing this crisis for nearly 2 years now, maybe even more. We don’t deserve to be seeing these horror shows week in week out. The kid crying at Everton on the TV summed it up.

Pardew has always been tactically inept, has never had a plan B in a match.

We only seem good when we play the 4-3-3 but again Pardew thought we should play 4-4-1-1 against Everton so that the wide midfielders could help Debuchy and Santon against Baines, Mirallas, Coleman, but it didn’t work because we could never get a foothold in the game.

All Everton had to do was just play it through the middle because we were playing so wide across the pitch. He doesn’t trust the players’ ability to defend, which is disappointing. Then again, Santon and Debuchy would need help from the wingers, because Pardew can’t get the best out of them.

The club needs a whole new beginning; Ashley, Kinnear, Pardew and all the coaches and staff need to leave, we need new owners who can make sure there is £15-35m to spend each summer and can keep making profit and good business to put us in a good financial position.

We then need a new manager, someone who can bring a philosophy to the club so football supporters can say “Play the Newcastle way.” Like Swansea, Arsenal and Liverpool have done. We need new coaches in the attacking, defending, technical, fitness and tactical departments. But in my opinion, we should go all out to get in Michael Laudrup (has a £5million release clause in his contract) who will bring a new attractive and exciting philosophy to the club. He would bring free flowing patient football week in week out which would be a dream come true for us. He and his scouts find excellent Spanish talent for cheap prices; Michu, Pablo, Jordi Amat, Alex Pozuelo are fantastic buys.

Now Ashley may not be able to see this and he may not want to pay £5million for Laudrup, but we could certainly get a message to him to either leave the club, or actually run Newcastle as a proper football club. Get rid of Kinnear, Pardew, Carver etc. and bring in a new talented manager who can get the best out of every player, improve players, and play attractive pass and move football, my preference  – Laudrup.


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