In light of the positive developments in communication, and the recent interview with Lee Charnley, I for one am filled with a little optimism.

We, as NUFC fans, know the club has a policy regarding transfers and an overall plan regarding the nurturing of youth, one which I actually agree with, but I find the comments attributed to Mr Charnley in his interview with the Chronicle rather pleasing.

newcastle head coachIn it, Mr Charnley emphasises the importance of taking time to appoint the right person in to the head coach role and that they have whittled down some 80 possible candidates leaving a handful they feel are ideally suited.

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I for one agree with this process and have faith that the club will appoint a permanent successor to Pardew who has an excellent track record in developing players, both senior and otherwise, and who is creative, tactically sound and disciplined in their style of play.

Surely this can only be a good thing?

There are also comments regarding inactivity in the current transfer window, nothing new there, but surely it is the correct decision to wait until the new permanent head coach is appointed before signing players.

When Charnley, Graham Carr and the new permanent head coach can discuss what is perhaps needed to fit in with the coaches ideas on playing style and how to take the club forward.

Yes we are short in a few areas but there is no need to panic and a few injured players are on their way back which will surely benefit the team.

If the new head coach, the one the club really want, is unavailable until the summer then so be it.

I don’t mind waiting a little longer for, hopefully, someone who is going to transform the team from junior level up to first team level and who is going to be given time to embed a new ethos around the club.

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  • Steve1221

    Whether we have a permanent head coach or not we are in dire need of a centre back right now, if Carr and Charnley are going to be in charge of transfers then the lack of a head coach is absolutely no excuse for a lack of activity in this regard.

  • geordieladdo

    Neil,
    First of all nobody minds waiting a little longer if it means getting the best possible outcome.
    The problem, of course, is that the club owner/board/management generally couldn’t even lie straight in bed let alone tell you what is actually happening/going to happen with a hint of honesty…
    You say that you are pleased with the comments from Charnley etc.. I’m not…
    My take on is that basically they are waiting for the right person for THEM not. Not for us, not for the players.
    They are waiting for a man who will come in and allow them to trample all over him, sell players over his head withouth him complaining, without him getting the replacements he wants or needs.
    In terms of you saying that its best to wait until the new manager/head coach comes in to decide on which players are best suited… This isn’t going to be a decision the head coach will make either way so it’s a pointless arguement I’m afraid.
    I’m actually filled with dread at the prospect of John Charver having a ‘decent’ (staying up by skin of teeth and being made out to be a success) run between now and the summer and the ‘board’ actually sticking with ‘their man’… If/When this happens i hope you realise you’ve been taken for a mug like the rest of us…

  • Another thing to bear in mind for the short-term is that Carver will be going all out to prove himself over the next few months. 
    The Newcastle job is still open, and if someone new comes along in the Summer and doesn’t they don’t gel, then if he’s done a decent job at NUFC it’ll get noticed.
    I’m not filled with doom and gloom like the majority of fans; not overly excited, but it’s by no means the end of the world.
    Chin up, there are games to be getting on with!

  • geordieladdo

    TrevReav I’d personally rather take a punt on a proven head coach who is forward thinking and not part of the whole sorry regime as it has been over the previous x amount of seasons.
    I’d rather we went for someone that had the tactical nouse to outfox opponents. I’d rather we were not managed by a clueless thick head who goes over to the away fans who have just travelled 340 miles to go and watch the team and offer them out for a fight and swear his head off in front of the young impressionable fans that were there with their families..
    Of course – Charver will have a foot in for the job as he’ll no doubt do as he’s told and celebrate a 10th place finish (if the aim is achieved) with the team like they’d just won a trophy whilst offering us no chance of winning a trophy or getting anywhere near Europe by giving up on the cups before they’ve even started…
    Not like we ask for much is it!?!?

  • Mal44

    Thanks Lee for these comments.

  • howaymebonnylads

    we could be relegated by then!!

  • vbhgft

    geordieladdo TrevReav “The young impressionable fans who were there with their families?” Give over, man, for God’s sake!

    If the away crowd is full of all these delicate types, how come various obscene chants are aired on a regular basis, week in week out, during the 90 minutes? Surely the away fans realise there are children and families present?

  • TonyMarkElsender

    What a load of shyte, all they want is someone who won’t rock the boat so they can keep raping the club

  • geordieladdo

    vbhgft geordieladdo TrevReav Firstly i didn’t say the crowd were full of these. A lot of us have all taken children to the match before no question and yes you do get those type of chants etc..
    You can generally explain this off to a kid as the more they go the more they experience that for themselves and realise it’s wrong, either that or they get a thick ear off their parents..
    What is wrong through is seeing someone of seeming authority, a manager/coach/player confronting their own fans using foul language and offering physical abuse!

  • geordieladdo
    Morning geordieladdo,

    I totally agree, I’d like someone with an ounce of sense in there (and a ‘proper’ manager, not a puppet, but that’s another story), but all I’m saying is that I don’t think it’ll be as bad as everyone is already assuming.

    People have their futures to play for and points to make to other clubs for future job prospects, so very unprofessional all around if it fizzles out.

    I stand to be disappointed! Have a good ‘un.

  • GToon

    geordieladdo vbhgft TrevReav Calm down lads – its the only reason my two young lads go!!!

  • vbhgft

    geordieladdo vbhgft TrevReav ok fair enough but it makes me laugh when thousands of fans chant “w******” at a player and then when he gestures back they go running to the Police like playground tell-tales, bleating “he swore at us”. That really is pathetic.

  • BillBolam

    geordieladdo TrevReav well said georgieladdo that incident has all but forgotten about, is this man fit for the job No! as an ambassador of the Club No! has  he ever apologized?  never seen or heard of one, did the club take him to task ?  by the scum bags who run this club dont think sooooooo

  • 1Flyingmag

    I’m not overly concerned about the lack of signings as long as we tie down who we have. Aarons is going to pick up more than 6 grand a week anywhere else in the premier league. Let’s look at players who have 18 months left, Krul for one should be tied down too. We’ve got De Jong, Obertan, Raylor, Aarons all to come back.

  • Burrells

    They’re not waiting for the right football mind, they’re waiting for the right corporate mind with a football smile. I find this article fairly naïve

  • Mal44

    1Flyingmag  It’s good that you aren’t overly concerned about the lack of signings despite the fact that, with Dummett doubtful for Saturday, we are now down to only 2 recognised first team central defenders.

  • Brownale69

    All the backroom staff are on 5 year contract till Sept 2025. so work out how much each one is on per year multiply it by 5 years…..do the maths. dont think Cashley will pay any of them off it would cost him all of Pards transfer money!! And to pay for another manager & his coaching team…….no way.

  • geordieladdo

    Mal44 1Flyingmag haha i dont recognise Willo as a first team central defenders :-)

  • vbhgft

    Brownale69 Just done the maths. A five year contract from 2015 until 2025! Hmm. Good maths!

  • Mal44

    geordieladdo Mal44 1Flyingmag  All the more reason you should perhaps be just a little bit concerned :-)

  • Very Terry

    Give Carver a chance. He shouldn’t have approached those fans but he did and he obviously felt aggrieved by their bedsheet~ waving negativity. He made a poor choice but I feel it’s unfair to call him a clueless thickhead. That’s just abuse which, ironically, is exactly what you’re condemning in your comment.
    Anyway, passion and a bit of aggro don’t go amiss in football sometimes. What about Eric Cantona executing a flying kick into a fan’s chest? I can’t remember the score in that particular match but I’ll remember that kung~fu kick until the day I die U0001f60a.

  • Brian Standen

    I am the one normally who tries to only give positive stuff on here, hence me going quiet for a week or 2, but while I absolutely admire your optimism, I am now on tne wrong side of 50 and I am wondering just how much patience I am suppose to have before newcastle get it right, it is a simple fact that I am likely to die before newcastle win anything under the current regime! Only consolation I can gain is ashley is about the same age as me…so the stress and worry he undertakes while counting his money might lead to his early demise should a penny be missing! Of course I don’t wish death on anyone, just a bit of ill health to make him want to sell up and retire !

  • Opiner1

    “have faith that the club [will appoint a good manager]”

    Why? What has the club done exactly in the entirety of Ashley’s reign to deserve your faith? When was the last time they made a good decision, specifically a decision designed to improve our performance on the pitch? Of course, I know the answer to these questions: you’re an absolute moron, they haven’t done anything to deserve good faith.

  • Opiner1

    Very Terry Bit of a rubbish comparison though. Cantona’s flying kick is famous and somewhat remembered fondly because on the pitch he was brilliant, Carver is a coach who has achieved nothing of note in his career, done nothing in his limited spells as manager at a few different clubs. People won’t look back and say he was a fantastic coach with a bit of a temper, they’ll look back and see him as a rubbish charver who offered to fight fans for having the audacity to question the people they were paying their hard earned money to.

  • STEVE FAIRS CUP 69

    ALL ASHLEY HAS DONE IS DAMAGED A ONCE GREAT FOOTBALL CLUB WHICH HAD HONOR AND INTEGRITY WE NOW HAVE NEITHER
    I HURTS ME TO NOT GO TO ST JAMES PARK ANYMORE UNTIL HE LEAVES THE CLUB
    BY GOING AND RENEWING SEASON TICKETS OUR HARD WORKING SUPPORTERS ARE NOT SUPPORTING A NEWCASTLE TEAM BUT LINING THE POCKETS OF A DICTATOR WHOSE ONLY AIM IS TO BLEED US DRY
    WE HAVE A GREAT SUPPORT THE BEST IN THE LAND AND UNTIL WE VOTE WITH OUR FEET AND WALLETS WITH NOT BUYING IS MERCHANDISE WE WILL BE STUCK WITH HIM AS LONG AS WE GIVE HIM THE MONEY NO QUESTIONS ASKED

  • vbhgft

    Opiner1 Very Terry Fans are 90% cowardly vermin. Particularly away fans. I don’t blame him for insulting them. They deserve it.

  • GToon

    vbhgft geordieladdo TrevReav i dont. i think its funny and fair as you say. my kids think its funny too. although one of them is too young to understand the sign of or meaning of the forementioned word!!

  • geordieladdo

    Very Terry What i’m condemning is someone in authority who is employed by the club, who is the face of the club, who should be acting like an ambassador of the club going up to the people who pays his wages and teh people who travel and have a RIGHT to an opinion and offering them a fight…..
    Ask yourself would Sir Bobby have done this?
    In my opinion he is a clueless thickhead – as a normal run of hte mill fan with an opinion i can express that. I’m not paid and given the opportunity to represent anyone.

  • Very Terry

    @Geordieladdo. Of course you do have a right to an opinion. Everyone in England has that (even professional sports~club staff). My disagreement with you is more to do with your resorting to name~calling to try to back up your argument. If you don’t rate Carver that’s fine, as a fan of Newcastle I’d be interested to hear more fact~based opinion about him but just giving him personal abuse doesn’t really take the conversation forward for me.

  • BillWIL

    STEVE FAIRS CUP 69 Well said wish lots more would do the same as you have