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Managing Mike Ashley (Not The Team) Is The Biggest Problem

8 years ago
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A lot has been said about Mr Pardew’s capabilities as a manager and admittedly some of his decisions at times have been questionable to say the least…. but I firmly believe he’s not a bad one at all.

He’ll never be an outstanding manager, but given the right commitment from those that are in charge of the money (and the players being sought) he can be reasonably successful.  I doubt we would have achieved 5th in the league the other year if that wasn’t true and I think we all know who the real problem is here.

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The fact is that ANY manager at NUFC will have to walk that tightrope between what they know is wanted and what Ashley is prepared to do. The job of managing Mike Ashley is therefore extremely important and until last season I think AP was doing that reasonably well.

However, I think that his relationship with MA has broken down to a point where the trust has largely gone and that makes it very difficult to buy the right players, or do the right things in the right way. Simply changing AP for Moyes wouldn’t address the problem which is basically MA’s ‘way of doing things’.

This is a man remember who not once but twice employed Joe Kinnear (I rest my case)… so he needs careful direction with regards to the football matters of running NUFC. Respect for the manager is therefore very important unless that trusted football knowledge comes from someone else, and Dennis Wise doesn’t fit into the ‘trusted football knowledge’ category.

However, I am sure Moyes would ask a few pertinent questions of Ashley at any interview that would ensure he withdrew as a candidate for the job if it became vacant – unless assurances over his management and choice of players was given – neither of which I believe AP actually has now.

Having said the above I believe Moyes is the better manager and if he can get on with MA, then that’s as good a team as we could hope for at the moment. Long-term I would love to see Lee Clark as manager with Alan Shearer as his assistant but I can only imagine the sparks that would fly in the boardroom if Lee was in charge under MA.

No, for the foreseeable it’s MA who “owns” our club and MA that the manager needs to have a good relationship with – while we all scour the earth for billionaire Geordies who can kick start proper improvement within NUFC, so we can once again challenge for champions league qualification – it doesn’t have to be a massive investment, it’s just a different financial model, and one that grows not shrinks.

I actually think everyone’s missing the real winner here – a better manager than either Moyes or AP – and that’s Roberto Martinez! Perhaps it is he that we should all be calling for at the end of the season. After all, he’s only at Everton….

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